About The Board

Palm Beach County and the Board of Trustees of Morikami, Inc. have been partners in bringing Morikami’s services to the public since opening in 1977. The park and building are the property of Palm Beach County. Morikami Inc., a non-profit corporation, provides financial backing from membership, donations, grants and other revenue-producing activities, and volunteer support for all aspects of the institution’s operations.

Morikami Mission:

Our mission is to engage a diverse audience by presenting Japanese cultural experiences that educate & inspire.

Morikami Vision:

The vision of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is:

  • To be a leading destination for experiencing Japanese culture outside of Japan;
  • To present opportunities for transformative personal experiences;
  • To be a leader in community engagement operating as a public-private partnership.


Celia Turner Zahringer,
Christine T. Carton,
First Vice President
Second Vice President

Richard Caster,
Michael Gallacher,


Christine T. Carton
Richard Caster
Paul Connell (ex officio)
Janice D. Florin
Michael Gallacher
June A. Gelb
Norma C. Geller
Leslie C. Gross
O. Cristina Montana
Andrew M. Saidel
Allan Schlossberg
Celia T. Zahringer
Bonnie White LeMay, Director

Mission Statement

To provide authentic Japanese cultural experiences that entertain, educate and inspire.

Palm Beach County Commissioners

Paulette Burdick, Mayor
Melissa McKinlay, Vice Mayor
Mary Lou Berger
Hal R. Valeche
Dave Kerner
Steven L. Abrams
Mack Bernard

Palm Beach County Executive Staff

Verdenia C. Baker, County Administrator
Jon Van Arnam, Deputy County Administrator
Nancy L. Bolton, Assistant County Administrator
Todd J. Bonlarron, Assistant County Administrator
Shannon R. LaRocque, P.E., Assistant County Administrator
Faye W. Outlaw, Assitant County Administrator
Eric Call, Director of Parks & Recreation


2018 Board Meeting Schedule

The Full Board of Trustees meetings will be held on the 3rd Thursday of every month unless otherwise noted, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Meetings will take place in the Library at Morikami.

Meeting Date Time
January 18 4:30pm
February 15 4:30pm
March 15 4:30pm
April 19 4:30pm
May 17 4:30pm
June 21 4:30pm
July 19 4:30pm
August 16 4:30pm
September 20 4:30pm
October 18 4:30pm
November 15 4:30pm
*December 13 (Holiday Social) 4:00pm

*The one-hour December 13th Board meeting will be held on the 2nd Thursday and begin at 4:00 p.m. The Annual Board and Staff Holiday Social will commence at 5:00 p.m., as the staff completes their workday.

Committee Meeting Schedules

All dates and times are subject to change and Committee Meetings are set by the chairperson of each committee. If you plan to attend a meeting, please call ahead (561-233-1348) to confirm date, time, and exact location.

There will be a Finance Committee meeting on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. in the conference room.

Regular meetings of the full Board of Trustees shall be held from 4:30 – 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Museum, unless otherwise noted. Meetings will take place in the library. 

The President may, from time to time, call a Special Meeting of the Board at his or her discretion.

The 2017–2018 schedule is as follows:

*May 11 (note date change)
May 18
July 20 (budget workshop)
August 17
October 19
November 16
December 14 (Meeting will begin at 4 p.m., holiday social at 5 p.m.)

The Committee on Collections will meet on an as needed basis.

The Development, Membership and Special Events Committee meetings are held on the 2nd Friday of the month at 11:30am.

The Education Program & Cultural Events Committee will meet on an as-needed basis.

The Executive and Reaccreditation Committee will meet on an as needed basis.

The Facilities Committee meetings are held on the 2nd Friday of the month at 9:00am.

The Governance & Scholarship Committee meetings are held on an as needed basis.
The Finance, Budget, and Endowment Committee meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 3:30pm.

The Bonsai Garden Committee meeting will be held on the 2nd Friday of the month at 9:00am.