Stephannie joined the Mote team in August 2018 as the Public Relations Manager and now serves as Mote's Director of Marketing & Public Relations, overseeing social media, media relations, paid advertising, email marketing, and reception.
Born and raised in Orlando, Stephannie developed a passion for learning and teaching others about animals and the environment through a love for nature documentaries and shows as a kid. After studying Wildlife & Fisheries Biology at Clemson University in South Carolina, the passion for public outreach drove her to join the Education team at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford, FL. Stephannie later became the zoo’s Public Relations & Marketing Specialist, serving as the zoo’s spokesperson and social media manager. Stephannie moved to Mote and Sarasota in August after 2.5 years at the Central Florida Zoo.
While studying at Clemson, Stephannie was also a recruited student-athlete as a member of the Women's Rowing Team. Go Tigers! In her senior year, she served as Captain of the Rowing Team, as well as Vice President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
B.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries Biology from Clemson University
Florida Public Relations Association, Central West Coast Chapter: Award of Distinction in 2020 for Mote's Communication Training
Florida Public Relations Association, Central West Coast Chapter: #TransformFPRA chapter award in 2021
We are tremendously thankful that Mote Aquarium will be able to reopen to the public on Saturday, October 1, during normal operating hours (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM), following our closure for preparation and response to Hurricane Ian. Unfortunately, our Sharktoberfest event, which was scheduled for October 1, will be postponed. If you have purchased a ticket, please check your email for more information. Our thoughts and best wishes are with our friends, family, partners and all of those who are continuing to manage recovery efforts. Any additional updates about reopening will be provided via social media: @MoteMarineLab on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.