FAAE Board of Directors

FAAE Board

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Grace Kewl
President

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
President-Elect

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.


Julie Hebert
Secretary

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 teacher for 15 years in the School District of Manatee County. 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 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 Partnerships in ArtsIntegrated Teaching. Additionally, she is a Past-President of the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association where she was the founder of the All-State Elementary Orff Ensemble in 2015.  She is currently working with the Manatee Education Foundation to launch the new Manatee Arts Education Council.  This organization will unite K-12 arts educators, instructional leaders, community arts organizations, and arts advocates in promoting, supporting, and celebrating arts education in the School District of Manatee County.


Mike Reinmund
Treasurer

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.