Meet the Team is a series of interviews featuring the various professionals on our project team – both in-front and behind-the-scenes – who regularly provide valuable input, countless design iterations, guidance, leadership and much more. Without these talented individuals, we would not be where we are today in realizing the possibilities of The Bay Park.
For more than 20 years, Jeannie Perales has been designing and implementing informal visitor-centric engagement at museums and gardens. She began her career at The Denver Art Museum before her role at the Ringling Museum where she managed the docent and youth and family volunteer programs centered on The Ringling’s unique narrative and legacy of the legendary circus king, John Ringling, his home, and collections.
Perales, a Sarasota native with a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver as well as a K-6 teaching certificate, has served for the past ten years in the outstanding Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ senior management team. While at Selby Gardens, she oversaw a Gardens-wide interpretation, wayfinding and theming project including the design and implementation of interpretation and programming for The Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden. She has expertise in visitor-centric experiences, exhibits, education for all audiences, volunteer engagement, and site activation by creating comfort in natural settings.
As Chief Experience Office, Perales is responsible for developing site and operating strategies that deliver a positive, memorable experience for park visitors.
Perales has also been involved in strategic planning, master site planning as well as becoming a Smithsonian Affiliate institution and achieving re-accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.