mmns foundation boardThe Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated exclusively to improving the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS). This goal is primarily accomplished by providing and encouraging funding for the Museum from a variety of public and private sources. Private funding may come in many forms, including tax-deductible dollar donations, as well as the energy and expertise donated by laypeople and professionals. 

Without the Foundation and its dedicated leaders, volunteers and membership, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science as we know it today would not be possible. Whether through inspiring financial support for the Museum's extraordinary exhibits, recruiting manpower for the Museum's activities and research projects, or accomplishing any number of other fundraising and volunteer functions, the symbiosis between the Museum and the Foundation represents the strongest of natural relationships.



Foundation Leadership
These dedicated volunteer leaders give the Museum their time and expert advice in the areas of site development, planning, exhibits, education and fundraising.

Chris Zachow President

Alex Alston, Jr. - Vice President

Janice Larson - Secretary / Treasurer

Board Members

  • George Allen 
  • Alex Alston, Jr. 
  • Betsy Creekmore 
  • Opal Dakin 
  • Marianne Dempsey 
  • Halla Jo Ellis 
  • Sean Wesley Ellis 
  • Dick Hall 
  • Libby Hartfield 
  • Matthew Holleman, III 
  • LoRose Hunter
  • Janice Larson 
  • Ashley Parker 
  • Alice Perry 
  • Avery Rollins 
  • Ollye Brown Shirley 
  • Sheila Smith 
  • Phillip Street 
  • Chris Zachow 
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