FAAE Board

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Grace Kewl

From the trenches to boardrooms, Grace Kewl-Durfey has a rich public and nonprofit sector background in arts and culture, community and neighborhood development, and non-profit organizational management. Her mission is to contribute to the systemic integration of the arts and cultural sector within the socioeconomic and educational fabric of our everyday lives.    

Grace holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University, credits towards a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Studies from Union Institute and University.    

She is president of The Association of American Cultures, a national arts service organization dedicated to advancing democratic and equitable policy, practice, leadership and funding in the arts and cultural sector; and is a guest lecturer with UMass Amherst College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Arts Extension Service.

Douglas Santini

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.


Julie Hebert

Julie Hebert was appointed Executive Director of the Florida Alliance for Arts Education in July 2014. She came to the position with fifteen years of experience as an arts educator in the elementary music classroom, earning National Board Certification in 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from The University of Central Florida and a Masters in Educational Leadership from The University of South Florida.  Julie’s professional mission is to ensure a well-rounded education for all students, one that nourishes the mind, body, and soul while creating well-rounded individuals who are prepared to thrive in an arts-minded global economy. To this end, she has been a passionate advocate for music and fine arts education. She is Past President of the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association, has presented arts education sessions at local, state, and national conferences, and authored a collaborative arts integration lesson for fourth grade students while attending the National Endowment for the Humanities Mozart’s Worlds Summer Institute in Vienna, Austria.

Mike Reinmund

Mike has been advising affluent families, institutions and non-profit organizations in Central Florida with comprehensive wealth management solutions since 1989. He provides holistic advice addressing the protection and preservation of wealth efficiently during lifetime, as well as strategies to retain family wealth over multiple generations. As a Wealth Management Advisor, Mike provides customized portfolio management, estate planning advisory, retirement income alternatives and diversification strategies to unlock and monetize concentrated wealth.

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.

Daryl Ward
Past President

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.

Tommy Bledsoe
Executive Committee at Large

Tommy Bledsoe is a native of the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia who fell in love with Florida’s sunshine, waterways and cultural diversity. He holds a BS in Business Administration and has worked in the arts industry since 1972. As a member of Appalshop, Inc.’s Roadside Theater (Kentucky), he spent a quarter of a century exploring the intersection of art, music, culture and community. Since 1989 Tommy has lived and worked in St. Johns County, FL, helping to build and reinforce the arts infrastructure and community. He served as Operations Manager for the St. Augustine Amphitheatre from 2000-08 during its transformation into a world class performance facility and community gathering place. In 2008 Tommy became the K-12 Fine and Performing Arts Program Specialist for the St. Johns County School District, where he supports teachers and develops arts education programs and curriculum. He also manages the Community Education and Driver Education programs for the School District. Tommy is past President and current Board member of the St. Johns County Cultural Council, the Local Arts Agency for St. Johns County. He is active in the arts as an actor, musician, writer, teacher and advocate, working with the St. Augustine Ballet, Limelight Theatre, A Classic Theatre and others. Tommy specializes in traditional songs, stories and acoustic string instruments, including banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and bass. He is married to Joy D’Elia and has three adult daughters.