Board of Directors

Dennis Burgard- President

Dennis Burgard has lived in Jacksonville NC since 1992.  He has been married to Stephanie Burgard since 1993 and has two daughters, Kelly and Taylor.  A graduate of UNCW, Dennis has been involved in real estate brokerage and investment in Onslow county since 1994.  Dennis has served on many boards including BOLD, Jacksonville Kiwanis, Jacksonville Board of REALTORS, UNCW Board of Trustees, as well as being a Deacon at First Baptist Church and currently part of the Pastor Advisory Council at Catalyst Church.

Dennis was part of the original group that first obtained the 501-C non profit status for the Children's Museum of Jacksonville at inception. After over a decade off the board, he came back in 2020  and was elected as President of the Children's Museum Board in January of 2022.
Kathy Canby- Vice President

Kathy Canby joined the board in order to bring a much needed children’s museum to the families of Onslow and surrounding counties. As a kindergarten teacher's assistant on Camp Lejeune for 25 years, she enjoyed field trips to other museums and vowed, upon retirement, that she would help realize that dream. Kathy and her husband have been here since 1977, raised their family and now enjoy being grandparents to 4 beautiful little ones. She loves living in Eastern NC, is proud of what we’ve accomplished and is excited for the future of the museum.

Jennifer Wisely- Treasurer

Jennifer Wisely is a former Marine who served at New River Air Station. She holds a BBA and an MS in Accounting from Texas A&M University. She is currently an instructor in the Accounting/Business department at Coastal Carolina Community College, and when she's not busy being active in her community she enjoys spending time with her husband and three wonderful boys.

Matthew Mano- Board Member

Matthew is the public communications specialist at the Onslow County Public Library. He has worked with children and youth for over ten years as a Children’s Pastor and in Libraries as a youth programmer and head of youth services. He currently volunteers as the chair for the North Carolina Library Association, Youth Services Section and at his church with school-age children.  Matt holds a bachelors degree in a English and Journalism and a Masters in Transformational Leadership.  He is married with two children, Aurora and Jensen and two fur babies, Bella and Rex.  In his free time, Matt enjoys reading, hiking, camping and playing games with his children.

Jaime Dorn- Board Member

Onslow County has been Jaime's home for over 22 years. She was born and raised in Lenoir County and relocated here after meeting her husband, Trey. They have three amazing children and three beautiful grandchildren that make their hearts full, their pockets empty and keep them on their toes. She's been a Realtor® in the community since 2007 and has helped hundreds of families relocate to Onslow County. She has a passion for helping others and giving back to the community which has led her to volunteer with Zing Zumm Children’s Museum. She looks forward to sharing her vision and passion for one of Jacksonville’s best kept secrets for children!

Additional Members:

Shannon Sydes, Secretary

Kristin David

Lani Beuerman (Founder, Honorary Member)

Liz Owens (Founder, Honorary Member)

Christine Phelps (Honorary Member)