FAAE Board

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 Michael Caldwell, D.M.A.

Michael Caldwell is celebrating forty plus years of distinction as a higher education professor, concert pianist and cultural leader. With titles ranging from artist-teacher of piano, associate dean, managing partner of a closely held arts corporation to Pianist Foundation of America Pianist of the Year, he most recently served as Founding Director of the Performing and Visual Arts Division of the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Caldwell’s civic experience has included symphony orchestra, cultural theatre, music academy and library board memberships in New Mexico, North Carolina and Tennessee. He currently serves as a board member for Business for the Arts, Fort Lauderdale and Professor of Music in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at NSU.

Antonio C. Cuyler, Ph.D.

Antonio C. Cuyler, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Arts Administration & Coordinator of Internships at Florida State University (FSU). Diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice are leitmotivs throughout Dr. Cuyler’s teaching, research, and service. The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs recently awarded him with a Diversity & Inclusion Award for his service learning program that places students with culturally specific arts organizations that explicitly serve people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQS+ people through their missions. In addition to currently serving on the Association of American Cultures Board (TAAC), he has served on the board of Tallahassee Youth Orchestra and on the Capital Area Cultural Plan Advisory Committee. He has also volunteered with the Harlem School of the Arts, John G. Riley House Museum, Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation, Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, and the Ritz Chamber Players.

Dr. Cuyler completed high school at the Lois Cowles Visual & Performing Arts Center in Lakeland, FL. He then earned a B. M./ES in Voice Performance & Foreign Languages from Stetson University, a M. A. in Arts Administration, and a Ph.D. in Art Education/Arts Administration from Florida State University (FSU). Before returning to his alma mater, Dr. Cuyler held faculty positions at Purchase College, SUNY, American University, and Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD).

Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton

Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton is the Coordinator for the Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT).  Prior to her appointment at PAInT, Dr. Davis-Cotton has been a longtime champion of the arts and arts-integrated instruction, a teaching method that combines academics and the arts.  She founded the Detroit School of the Arts in 1992 and served as the school’s principal, a position she held until 2010.  Among other career highlights, Dr. Davis-Cotton received the Milken Educator Award (1998); is a board member and past president of the Arts Schools Network, a national non-profit group that advocates inclusion of the arts in schools; and is the author of Losing My Mind over Education (Finding My Way Back to Me), in which she chronicles the discord between the preparation of her educational journey, what she discovered and what needs to occur to reignite the educational spirit.

John S. Gebhardt

John is a former Trustee of the Byram Hills Public School Board in Armonk, NY, having served twelve years, where he was President three non-consecutive years.  John was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Westchester-Putnam Regional School Boards Association, where he continued to serve in various positions for eleven years.  Mr. Gebhardt was elected twice to the Board of Directors of the New York State School Boards Association, was appointed to Representative Nita Lowey’s Education Advisory Committee, representing public elementary and secondary schools, and to the National School Boards Association’s Federal Relations Network, which lobbies Congress on behalf of public education issues.  John was also elected twice to the Board of Directors of the New York State Caucus of Black School Board Members.  John has served as a money manager and financial consultant to public companies since retiring from over thirty years of experience on Wall Street, where he served as a Managing Director at PaineWebber (now part of UBS Financial) and later as a Managing Director at Knight Capital Group.  Here in Florida, John is on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Osceola County, as well as the Education Foundation of Osceola County, and is Chairman of the Celebration Community Development District.  He also serves as Chairman of the Osceola County School for the Arts (OCSA) Advisory Counsel.  In addition to mentoring the high school young men at the Kissimmee Boys & Girls Club, he also mentors students in Florida’s Take Stock in Children program.  John is an alumnus of NYU’s Stern School of Business (Economics) and Pace University’s Lubin School of Business (Economics).

Avery Greene

Avery Greene is an enthusiastic educator with over two decades of experience in  exceptional student education across various U.S. school systems ranging from Virginia  to Hawaii.  She currently serves as an Exceptional Student Education Program Specialist  in St. Johns County School District and the emphasis of her work includes improving  results for children and youths with disabilities and their families.  Avery received her  M.Ed. in Special Education from The College of William and Mary and her M.S. in  Education Administration from Shenandoah University; both of which have a)orded her  the opportunity to assist in providing leadership, planning, articulation, improvement  and evaluation of statewide special education programs.  In addition, Avery has guided  and mentored special education teachers and related service providers on research- based instructional strategies, interventions and essential skills to nurture connections  with exceptional students and their families.  Her practices in education foster an  appreciation aimed at the union of arts education and special education, as Avery  emphatically values the knowledge and skill development gained through the arts and  the crucial role the arts can play in the overall success of students with disabilities.

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer N. Jones has been with Bay Arts Alliance since 2000 and has been the Executive Director since 2002. After graduating Florida State University School of Music, she held positions in accounting and marketing which eventually led her to a marketing position with Bay Arts Alliance, Bay County Florida’s Local Arts Agency. Since then, she has acquired the responsibilities of programming and marketing for the organization’s performance series, arts in education activities, promoting the efforts of the county’s artists and arts organization and advocating for both the Arts as an industry and in Florida schools. She also serves on the board of Bay Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Panama City, FL. She is married to Bill and they have one daughter, Maggie, who just began fifth grade band at Bay Haven Charter Academy.

Lark Keeler

Lark Keeler is the former Curator of Education at MOCA, N. Miami and former Lead Art Instructor/Faculty Liaison at NSU Art Museum. Currently she is an Adjunct Professor at NSU Art Museum and visual art instructor at Saint Andrew's School. Over the past 15 years Lark Keeler has taught visual arts in schools and in museums, working with students of all ages and abilities throughout the communities of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.  Ms. Keeler was awarded Museum Educator of the Year in 2010 and since has participated in the National Guild for Community Arts Education Leadership Institute, The National Art Education Association's School for Art Leaders, and received a certification in Mindfulness Fundamentals.  A collector of interesting objects, Ms. Keeler develops curiosity and wonder in her students, encouraging them to become life-long learners and lovers of visual art and aesthetics. Ms. Keeler received a M.S. in Education with a specialization in Integrating Technology into the Classroom and a B.A. in Art. She is currently serving as the Florida Art Education Association's President-Elect, Secretary for the National Caucus for the Spiritual in Art Education and the Florida State Delegate to the National Art Education Association.

Monty Musgrave, Ph.D.

Monty Musgrave currently serves as the Curriculum Specialist for the Performing Arts for Volusia Co. Schools, a position he has held since 2005. Prior to this appointment he taught instrumental music in the public schools of Florida for 19 years. During his tenure as a music educator his ensembles consistently received critical acclaim in the areas of marching band, concert band and jazz band, and performed at various regional and state festivals.

In additional to his duties with Volusia County Schools, Dr. Musgrave serves the education community in a variety of ways. He is president of the Florida Music Supervision Association, and is chairman of the Florida Bandmasters Association Concert Music Committee. He also serves on the executive boards of the Florida Music Education Association, the Florida School Music Association, the Daytona Beach Symphony Society, and the Volusia Co. Cultural Alliance. He also maintains an active schedule as a conductor, composer, arranger, clinician, and author.

Dr. Musgrave holds degrees from The University of Florida, Florida State University, and Louisiana State University.

Pablo Remonsellez

Pablo Remonsellez, born and raised in Santiago, Chile, holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications and Graphic Design from Mayor University of Santiago. Remonsellez gained extensive training in Visual Arts and education by working as a Teaching Assistant at his alma mater and later as a Graphic Designer and Education Coordinator at the National Metropolitan Zoo.  After moving to the United States in 2003, Mr. Remonsellez worked as an Elementary and Middle school Visual Arts teacher in Melbourne.  Since 2007, Remonsellez has served as the Education and Community Arts manager with the Brevard Cultural Alliance.  He has successfully increased the outreach programs of the Alliance through his exemplary work with local teaching artists in bringing expanded arts experiences to schools and other community settings. His outstanding work in marketing, communication, graphic and web design services for BCA has brought positive attention to the arts and arts education in his community.  As BCA's liaison to Brevard Public Schools and Florida Alliance for Art Education, Remonsellez  provides structure for strong collaborations that benefit the community and the schools.

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith serves as director of arts for Duval County Public Schools and works with a team of specialists to design, evaluate, and support all visual and performing arts programs to ensure that every student has access to high quality arts programs. Mr. Smith also oversees the STEAM Cultural Passport program, an initiative that provides 3-4 cultural enrichment experiences for every Title I elementary student. He was recently honored with the Jacksonville Business Journal’s Innovators in Education Award for his role in developing Instruments for Change, a community campaign to collect new and gently used instruments for students with nonprofit and business partners throughout Jacksonville. Mr. Smith taught music in South Carolina and New York prior to moving to Jacksonville seven years ago to join a nonprofit arts organization, Cathedral Arts Project. He possesses a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Education from LIU Post and a Master of Science in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University. Mr. Smith obtained certification in administration after completing a Professional Diploma in School District Leadership from The College of New Rochelle. His work is guided by the belief that rigorous instruction in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts can transform the lives of young people.

Caroll Vick

Caroll Vick joined the Arts Council of Hillsborough County as Director of Education in July of 2014. This signified her return to the Council as she previously held the position of program coordinator for the Arts in Education collaborative between the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and Hillsborough County Public Schools.  Ms. Vick has over 20 years of experience in developing, implementing and improving programs and organizational performance in a variety of non-profit settings, including education, social services and cultural institutions. Prior to her return to the Arts Council, Ms. Vick was the Executive Director of the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, a state-wide arts education advocacy and professional development organization and currently serves on the board.  In addition, she serves on the board of Arts for Health Florida and volunteers with other organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children in our community. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Art History.  Ms. Vick is committed to developing programs, resources, and initiatives that support arts education in the state of Florida.

Donna Wissinger

Flutist Donna Wissinger has been called a 'flutist of rare gifts' by the New York Times. Her concerts include acclaimed solo recitals on the mainstages of Carnegie Hall and on the equally renowned Glinka Capella in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her recital tours include Europe, South America, Asia and the USA. What audiences love about Donna is her beautiful sound and her obvious love for playing and music. Her enthusiasm is contagious! Donna combines fun and real learning for unforgettable educational programs. She is the inaugural recipient of the prestigious Doris Leeper Award for Excellence in Arts Education and is a premier artist with the Florida State Touring Program; The New York based Learning Arts; the Southern Artist Registry, and the South Carolina Arts Commission.