Debbie Komanski has served as CEO/Executive Director of the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens since January 2004. As a native of Winter Park and graduate of Winter Park High School and the University of Central Florida, she brings a deep knowledge of local culture and history to the Polasek Museum as well as a long resume of community service.
Over the past 35-plus years, Komanski has served as president of the Rotary Club of Winter Park, the UCF Alumni Association, the Volunteer Center of Central Florida, and the UCF Town & Gown Council and held key leadership positions on nonprofit boards including Leadership Winter Park, the UCF Foundation, Florida Executive Women, the International Committee for the Woodrow Wilson Monument in Prague, the Winter Park Cultural Collaboration, and the Women’s Resource Center Board which founded the Victim Service Center of Central Florida.
In 2015, Komanski was named one of Winter Park’s most influential people by Winter Park Magazine. She has also been recognized with numerous awards for her service to the community including: Central Florida Women’s Resource Center Summit Award, 2016; Orlando Family Magazine Super Women, 2016; Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Community Leader of the Year, 2016; Winter Park History Museum’s Peacock Ball Honoree, 2015; UCF President’s Award, 1998; UCF Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, 1987; Jefferson Award for Lifetime of Public Service; Orlando Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Community Service of the Year; and Girl Scout Women of Distinction Nominee.
Under Komanski’s leadership, the Polasek Museum was recognized in 2016 as Community Organization of the Year by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and spearheaded the effort to save, relocate, and restore Winter Park’s historic Capen House. According to Winter Park Magazine, “during Komanski’s tenure at the Polasek, the facility has been revitalized into a center for community education, inspiration, and creativity.”