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).

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.

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.

Dr. Thomas Millins is a currently a 20 + year veteran of the School District of Lee County. Dr. Millins is currently the Principal at North Ft. Myers Academy for the Arts since 2016. Dr. Millins graduated from the University of South Florida 1995 and later earned his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. In 2010, Dr. Millins earned his Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership and School Finance from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Millins also worked at Nova Southeastern as an Internship Coordinator for the Educational Leadership program for 2012-2016. Dr. Millins also serves as a Board of Director on the Florida Alliance Arts Education (State level Foundation) and as a Board Member of the North Ft. Myers Academy for the Arts Foundation.

Michael Petty is the Assistant Principal at Deer Point Elementary in Panama City, after three years as an administrator at Jinks Middle School.   He has also worked at Bay High School, Rosenwald Middle and High School, and Mowat Middle School, all in Panama City.  He has served as an ELA Chair, FOCUS Expert, and an intensive reading and literacy coach.  He is passionate about literacy and the arts and the intersection of the two as it relates to student success, and Deer Point Elementary is an inaugraral Advancing Arts Education Grant recipient through the Arts for a Complete Education Grant with the Florida Department of Education.  Petty has a Bachelor of Science Mass Media Studies from Florida State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida.

Sharon Reid-Kane serves as the Chief Officer of Education & Outreach at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida. Under her leadership, outreach efforts of the Hall have grown exponentially, now reaching 45,000+ students of all ages and abilities annually with over 82,000 contact hours of high-caliber arts experiences throughout the Tampa Bay area. Prior to joining the Hall, she served as a community relations specialist and educator within the state’s public school system, and as a Director of the United Way in Pinellas County. Throughout her career, she has been the recipient of several prestigious accolades including the Cooperman-Bogue Award for service to children and families, and the President’s Service Award. Sharon holds a Master’s Degree in Arts and Academic Interdisciplinary Education and is currently pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership. Her personal background includes years of appreciation, instruction, and performance in all artistic genres - leading to a lifelong passion for the arts and arts education.

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.

Samika Satterthwaite is a jazz musician who is currently an arts integration specialist for the School District of Palm Beach County. Satterthwaite manages a $2.1 million U.S. Department of Education Arts in Education grant that supports integrating the arts into literacy, math, science, and social studies in select Title I schools. Satterthwaite creates and develops integrated curriculum and advocates for student centered learning. Satterthwaite has presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Annual Partners Meeting, the 2018 National Art Education Association National Convention, the Florida Alliance for Arts Education Annual Summit, and at multiple local professional development institutes and conferences. Satterthwaite began her career in education as a music educator and holds a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate in K-12 Reading, K-12 ESOL, K-12 Music, and Educational Leadership – all levels. Satterthwaite understands the positive impact that the arts can have on a student’s life, and as a result, she is passionate about her work, and advocates for equity and access in the arts. Satterthwaite holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami in jazz studies and music business and entertainment industries with a minor in marketing. Satterthwaite also holds a Masters of Education in educational leadership from Lynn University.

Joshua Vickery is a vocalist, actor, teacher, producer, musical director, arts administrator, and conductor. He earned his AA in Vocal Performance at Indian River Community College, and a BA in General Education/Music at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Joshua has been a featured soloist in countless venues, produced musical recordings, and been the director of numerous productions. Joshua has been an entertainment leader, casting director, and vocal coach for Walt Disney Entertainment. He has the honor of several accolades including being named Arts Educational Professional of the Year by the Florida Arts Education Alliance and 50 Most Powerful People in Orlando and Top 3 Community Leader by Orlando Magazine. 

Joshua currently serves as executive director of Central Florida Community Arts, an organization which he founded in 2010. CFC Arts strives to make the arts affordable, accessible, and uses the arts as a catalyst to create change in the community in a variety of ways.

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.