FAAE Board of Directors

FAAE Board

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Douglas Santini
Douglas Santini, Ed.D., is the Executive Director for the Fine and Performing Arts of  the School District of Lee County.  He has been in education for over 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.

Lianna Knight
Vice President
Principal Lianna Knight makes it a priority to work collaboratively with all stakeholder to ensure her students receive a challenging, academic repertoire while fostering and encouraging a life-long passion and appreciation for the arts. Ms. Lianna Knight is in her 5th year as principal of LaVilla School of the Arts. Under her leadership, the school has received many awards and recognitions, such as Florida Arts Model School in Dance and Music, Arts Schools Network Innovation Award, Outstanding Art School Award, and North Florida Math Counts Championship. Prior to her role as the Principal of LaVilla School of the Arts, Ms. Knight served as the assistant principal of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts for 8 years. Ms. Knight has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance and Masters in Educational Leadership. Prior to her move to Jacksonville in 2005, Ms. Knight served as a middle school and high school dance and math teacher in Houston Texas.

Grace Kewl
Past President, Development Chair
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.

Julie Hebert
Julie Hebert is the Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist with the School District of Manatee County.  Prior to this position, she was the Executive Director of the Florida Alliance for Arts Education and an elementary music educator for 17 years in the School Districts of Manatee and Sarasota Counties.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from The University of Central Florida and a master’s in educational leadership from The University of South Florida.  Julie is a passionate advocate for equitable high-quality arts education for all K-12 students.  She works toward this goal by serving on the Executive Board of the Florida Alliance for Arts Education and the Board of Directors for the Florida Center for Partnerships in Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT).  Additionally, she is a Past-President of the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association..  In 2018, Julie partnered with Manatee Education Foundation President, Mary Glass, to launch the Manatee Arts Education Council. Julie serves as co-founder and advisor to the MAEC Board of Directors. 

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 sons and enjoy living in Central Florida.

Caroll Vick
Executive Committee At-Large

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.