Deb­bie Koman­ski

Exec­u­tive Direc­tor

Deb­bie Koman­ski has been Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens since Jan­u­ary, 2004.  She received her degree from the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida in Orlando, Florida. As a native of Win­ter Park and grad­u­ate of Win­ter Park High School, she brings a deep knowl­edge of the cul­tural arts and his­tory of the area to the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens and the City of Win­ter Park.

Over the past 30+ years, Koman­ski has served as pres­i­dent of a num­ber of orga­ni­za­tions includ­ing the UCF Alumni Asso­ci­a­tion, Vol­un­teer Cen­ter of Cen­tral Florida, Town and Gown Coun­cil as well as held other key lead­er­ship posi­tions on mul­ti­ple Boards of Direc­tors for non-profit orga­ni­za­tions and schools in the community.

Cur­rent activ­i­ties:
• President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Win­ter Park
• Lead­er­ship Win­ter Park, Alumni Coun­cil rep­re­sent­ing Class XVII
• Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida Foun­da­tion, Board of Direc­tors
• Florida Exec­u­tive Women, Board of Direc­tors
• Town and Gown Coun­cil of the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida, Board of Direc­tors
• Inter­na­tional Com­mit­tee for the Woodrow Wil­son Mon­u­ment in Prague, Czech Repub­lic
• Chair­man of the Board of Ying­Expo: Dr. Nel­son Ying Sci­ence and Engi­neer­ing Expo (aka Orange County Sci­ence and Engi­neer­ing Fair)
• The Win­ter Park Cul­tural Collaboration.

Among her hon­ors and awards Ms. Koman­ski received the high­est honor pre­sented by the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida Alumni Asso­ci­a­tion, the 1987 Dis­tin­guished Alum­nus of the Year Award. Addi­tion­ally, she was the recip­i­ent of the esteemed Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida 1998 President’s Award bestowed by Pres­i­dent John Hitt in recog­ni­tion of a life­time of ser­vice to the Uni­ver­sity; 2008 Jef­fer­son Award for Life­time Excel­lence of Pub­lic Ser­vice and the Orlando Cham­ber of Com­merce Dis­tin­guished Com­mu­nity Ser­vice of the Year Award.

Rachel Frisby


Please con­tact Ms. Frisby if you have an inquiry regard­ing Polasek works or col­lec­tions man­age­ment ques­tions. She will also be happy to assist you with infor­ma­tion regard­ing class offer­ings and exhibits.   

Ms. Frisby serves as the Polasek’s Cura­tor and Direc­tor of Exhibitions/Programming. Ms. Frisby received her Bachelor’s in Art His­tory from the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin Supe­rior, and earned her Master’s degree in Museum Stud­ies from the Uni­ver­sity of Kansas. Before join­ing the Polasek’s staff, she worked as the Lead Teacher for the his­toric What­so­ever Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in the heart of Kansas City, MO.  In addi­tion, she worked as the Col­lec­tions Spe­cial­ist for the Uni­ver­sity of Kansas’s Archive of Recorded Sound and has been trained as a Lab­o­ra­tory Tech­ni­cian for books and works on paper for at the Stan­nard Con­ser­va­tion Lab­o­ra­tory in Lawrence, Kansas. Her cura­to­r­ial expe­ri­ence ranges from coor­di­nat­ing uni­ver­sity-based stu­dent art shows, to cre­at­ing exhi­bi­tions for his­tor­i­cal insti­tu­tions, such as the Mt. Hood Museum in Ore­gon. Since join­ing the Polasek she has curated the fol­low­ing exhi­bi­tions: Art­ful Strings: Four Cen­turies of Harp Mak­ing, A Parisian Affair: The Art of Andre Renoux, Life in the Fast Lane: The Art of David DeLong, From Start to Fin­ish: The Florida Sculp­tors Guild Exhi­bi­tion, Awak­en­ing: The Art of Ursula Schwartz, The Holy Art of Impe­r­ial Rus­sia: Icons from the 17th C. –Early 20th C, Behind the Cur­tain: MicheLee Pup­pets and the Art of Pup­petry, Nature’s Design: The Art of Car­olyn Cohen and Redenta Soprano. As Exhibition/Programming Direc­tor, Ms. Frisby strives to develop col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ships and oppor­tu­ni­ties for artists and orga­ni­za­tions, and act­s as the rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the His­toric Artists’ Homes and Stu­dios Pro­gram. She has also had the honor to serve as judge/jour for numer­ous art exhibits and fairs across Cen­tral Florida and is an active mem­ber of the local arts com­mu­nity. As an artist and edu­ca­tor, Ms. Frisby’s goal is to pro­mote col­lec­tions accessibility/conservation, and to offer excit­ing edu­ca­tional pro­gram­ming and visual arts expe­ri­ences for all visitors.


Carynn Jack­son

Exec­u­tive Assis­tant to the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor

Carynn Jack­son received her B.A. in Anthro­pol­ogy and His­tory from the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida. She also holds a cer­tifi­cate in Entre­pre­neur­ial Stud­ies from Florida Atlantic Uni­ver­sity. Her pro­fes­sional expe­ri­ence includes work­ing as Man­ager of Oper­a­tions for two small busi­nesses as well as field work in His­toric Preservation.


Kim Ruffier

Event/Rental Coor­di­na­tor


Alayne Ben­son

Vol­un­teer and Mem­ber­ship Coordinator/Research

Ms. Ben­son grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida with a B.A. in His­tory, and she is cur­rently com­plet­ing the university’s M.A. His­tory pro­gram. She coor­di­nates and trains Museum vol­un­teers, staff, and docents. She also pro­vides docent-led tours of Albin Polasek’s his­toric res­i­dence, coor­di­nates group tours, and serves as the Museum’s researcher and mem­ber­ship coordinator.

For more info­ma­tion on book­ing a group tour or becom­ing a Museum vol­un­teer or mem­ber, please con­tact Ms. Ben­son via e-mail or call the Museum at (407) 647‑6294.


Elaine Noel

Noel received her B.S. in Account­ing in 1982 and her M.A. in School Coun­sel­ing in 2004, both from the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida. She main­tains the account­ing records for the museum on a part time basis while serv­ing as full time grandmother/caregiver to her grand­daugh­ter. Noel is cur­rently on the board of Ten Thou­sand Vil­lages of Orlando, Inc. and is active with sev­eral fundrais­ing events for non-profit orga­ni­za­tions each year.


Petra Hays

Senior Docent

Petra Hays grad­u­ated with a B.A. in Ger­man and French from the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Florida and with an M.A. in Ger­man Lit­er­a­ture from the Uni­ver­sity of Florida. She is the museum’s in-house edi­tor, docent trainer and lead docent, reg­u­larly con­duct­ing tours of the prop­erty in Eng­lish, Ger­man and French.