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.
• 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.
Please contact Ms. Frisby if you have an inquiry about any of our Polasek objects or collections management. She will also be happy to assist you with information regarding class offerings and exhibits.
Ms. Frisby received her Bachelor’s in Art History with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin Superior. Subsequently, she earned her Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Kansas with a chosen emphasis on American History. She worked for several years 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 the Stannard Conservation Laboratory in Lawrence, Kansas. Her curatorial experience ranges from student art gallery exhibitions in University settings, to creating exhibitions for historical institutions. She has curated the following exhibitions for The Polasek: 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. Ms. Frisby is the Museum’s Director of Programming and strives to develop collaborative partnerships and opportunities for artists and organizations, as well as acting as the representative for the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program. As an artist and educator of multiple mediums, her goal is to promote collections accessibly and offer exciting programming and experiences for all visitors.
Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
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 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.
Ms. Furno graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in History and a Certificate in Judaic Studies, with a concentration on the Holocaust era. She is the Museum’s researcher, serves as a docent and docent trainer, and regularly writes articles on sculpture and its historical significance. She has served as a Mentor for the Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools and is currently a member of the Oviedo Historical Society.