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Daryl Ward is in his second year as principal at Harrison School for the Arts in Lakeland, FL. Prior to his appointment as principal, he served as the assistant principal at Harrison for eight years. All told, Daryl has been involved in public education for over 26 years. He is a member of the Arts Schools Network and has presented at their national conference on subjects related to arts-based research and the use of data by arts educators. Previously he served on the Arts Achieve Model Schools committee as an evaluator in addition to volunteering frequently as a site-visitor for SACS-CASI. He is currently finishing a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of South Florida. He is married to Julie Ward, an elementary school principal and has two children, David and Katie.
After serving as an elementary music teacher for twenty years, Debbie Fahmie is currently the Fine and Performing Arts Resource Teacher for the Osceola District Schools. She has served as President of the Osceola Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the Osceola Arts for a Complete Education Coalition and the Osceola Center for the Arts. Debbie also serves as a Past President of the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association and the Central Florida Orff Chapter. She is the Awards Chair for the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) and serves on their Mentor Program, the FMEA Assessment Task Force and Writing Team, the Grade Level Expectations Writing Team and Project Manager for Start With the Arts Curriculum Writing Team. Debbie served with the Florida Department of Education as an evaluator for the Florida Music Demonstration Schools. Debbie represented Osceola County as the 2008 Teacher of the Year and was selected as a state finalist.
Jennifer Coolidge has over 27 years of experience as an arts administrator and currently serves as the Director of Development, College of Fine Arts, University of Florida. Coolidge has served as the Executive Director for the Museum of Florida Art (2001-2012); Executive Director for Florida Alliance for Art Education, FAAE (1995-2001); Education Coordinator for the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL and served in education positions for the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem-Forsyth County Arts Council, Sawtooth Center for Visual Art in Winston Salem, NC and others in North Carolina. Coolidge graduated with a B.A. in Fine Art from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC and completed a fellowship with the Denali Initiative on Social Enterprise in 2000 through The Kauffman Center on Entrepreneurial Leadership. Coolidge has received such awards as an Ambassador of the Arts Award from Florida First Lady, Columba Bush, in 2005; Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Music Educators Association in 2002, and the ACE of Hearts Award from FAAE in 2001.
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Mike earned the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation, as well as the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation. He attended Westminster Preparatory School in Simsbury, CT and received his Bachelor of Arts from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Mike also completed the Florida Trust School at the University of South Florida, the ABA Private Wealth Management School at Emory University and the National Trust & Fiduciary Program at Northwestern University.
Mike is actively involved in the Central Florida community through United Way, the Central Florida Estate Planning Council and Back-to-Nature Wildlife Refuge. Mike and his wife Stacey have 2 high school age sons and enjoy living in Central Florida.
Enrique A. Puig is the Director of the UCF Morgridge International Reading Center at the College of Education and Human Performance and Executive Director of the UCF Book Festival/ Orlando 2014. He is a board member of the Florida Reading Association, Orange County Reading Council, Florida Literacy Coaches Association, Florida Alliance for Arts Education, and the Asociación Internacional de Poetas y Escritores Hispano. He currently teaches graduate and undergraduate K-12 content area reading at the University of Central Florida.
Executive Committee Member at Large
Douglas Santini, Ed.D., is the Principal of North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts in North Fort Myers Florida. He has been in education for 50 years and has taught or was a Principal in Lee County, Florida for his entire career. For the past 10 years he has been the proud Principal of North Fort Myers Academy of the Arts and has taken the school from an F to an A school. He has successfully taken this Title One School to one of the most sought after schools to attend in Lee County. Dr. Santini’s philosophy is to provide students with solid foundations in academics and the arts. Through Arts Integration he has given our students the tools they need to be successful. His passion is and has always been giving each and every child the opportunity to succeed.