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FAAE Board

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Michael Caldwell, D.M.A. 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.

 


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 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).


Mary Giraulo at United Arts of Central Florida since 2004, Mary Giraulo is lucky to get to work alongside more than 70 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and hundreds of individual artists who make Central Florida a great place to live. Her role as Manager of Grants & Arts Education is to funnel resources to arts groups and artists and schoolteachers so that arts can reach every corner of the community. She has a deep love of Excel spreadsheets, teaching workshops, and brainstorming nonprofit issues. She is grateful to the governments, corporations, foundations, and individual donors who make it all possible.  Mary is a music graduate of Rollins College.

 


Pamela Haas is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. After a successful career in the field of design, she decided to pursue her passion for teaching in Osceola County. Ms. Haas currently serves as the Fine and Performing Arts Resource Specialist for Osceola County. Since 2016, she has also been a consultant for FAAE, to bring high-quality arts lesson plans and resources to the CPALMS platform for the use of all arts teachers in Florida.

 

 


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.

 


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.


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 4th 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.


Dr. Thomas Millins is the Principal of North Fort Myers Academy of the Arts.  Millins was an assistant principal for eight years at Dunbar Middle School before coming to NFMAA, where he worked on the elementary side. Before that, he started his career in 1998 at Trafalgar Middle School as a social studies teacher. He went to Diplomat Middle soon after before transitioning into administration in 2004 at Dunbar Middle. Millins moved to Fort Myers in 1991 after being born and raised in the Chicago area. He attended Edison College and the University of South Florida, where he got his bachelor's degree. He moved on and got his masters and doctorate degrees at Nova Southeastern University, the latter of which he got in 2010.


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.


Jeffrey 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 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.


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.