MCA is governed by an all-volunteer board. Members are elected for three year terms, and are eligible for a second term. The Board of Directors meets once a month, with the exception of December. MCA’s Annual Meeting of the Corporation is held in January when MCA members elect new board members, receive the annual report, and learn about MCA’s strategic direction.
Lisa Midgett, a native of Miami, FL, has lived in Ocala/Marion County since 1994. Her work experience has included management roles in both for profit and not for profit organizations. Lisa also owned and operated a coffee shop, a fitness studio, and a hair salon.
Lisa has been married to David Midgett for 27 years and has two grown children and a grandchild. When not horsing around at her farm, Lisa focuses on her philanthropic work, traveling with David, and learning new things.
Art Quote: “I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.” – Vincent Van Gogh
Since 2015, Dr. Saul Reyes has served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida. Reyes has over 30 years of leadership experience in higher education, including 13 years in the Florida College System and State University System. He previously served as Dean of Student Services and Center Manager for Polk State College.
Reyes has a doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of South Florida and a master’s in counseling from West Virginia University. He has participated in leadership programs of the American Association of Community Colleges, National Community College Hispanic Council, and Florida College System Chancellor’s Leadership Program.
Saul is a first generation American born to Cuban immigrants. Saul and his wife Sharon, celebrating 34 years of marriage in 2020, have lived in Florida since 1996. Together they have three adult sons, Joshua, Benjamin, and Caleb. Saul enjoys wildlife and nature photography and visiting America’s national parks.
Mary Delancey has been an “arts enthusiast” from the first time she took a crayon in her hand and drew pictures on the underside of her grandmother’s kitchen table. Her love of all things creative has been nurtured by classes in drawing, painting, music and dance from a very early age. And all these experiences have given Mary an appreciation of artistic expression and an understanding of how art enriches our lives. She is grateful for the arts community here in Ocala and to be part of MCA’s work to support art and artists.
Mary came to Ocala 10 years ago after a 30 year career with the Department of Veterans Affairs, living almost all those years in San Francisco. Currently she is on the clergy staff of Grace Episcopal Church where she serves as Chaplain for Grace VPK. Art is an essential part of learning and development for these children and it is her pleasure to nourish a love of the creative as they learn. Mary is also a Coordinator for the Orlando Volunteer Team of International Justice Mission. As passionate as she is about art, Mary is also passionate about ending modern day slavery and works locally, regionally and globally to this end. These two passions converge in Mary’s conviction that both are working toward seeing the world as God intends it to be.
Growing grown up in Marion County, then moving to other areas, I came back in 1989 to find the Appleton Museum! Since I moved back here from Washington, D.C. where I had the opportunity to visit so many wonderful exhibits, it was a marvelous surprise.
Over the years there have been arts activities in Marion County…now there are ARTS ACTIVITIES IN MARION COUNTY! Much of that is due to Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA), partner artists and organizations, and the community. As a non-artist, I am so grateful to be associated with the arts movement in the area by being on the MCA board.
I have had a wide variety of work adventures, and have been selling real estate in Marion County since 1989. It is so nice to be able to talk about the growing arts community to folks who are moving to the area. It’s work that will continue to offer artists and non-artists the ability to support this lovely place to live.
Lisa is originally from Merritt Island, FL and has been an Ocala resident since 2003. She’s a numbers geek and counts sprinkles for a living at Signature Brands, LLC (translate that as “she’s in the Finance department and looks at spreadsheets all day and likes it!”). Lisa has always enjoyed art; taking drawing and painting classes up through high school, singing in her church choir and holding season tickets to Broadway shows in Orlando. A big Star Wars fan since forever, she has a room decorated with all kinds of memorabilia from the movies. Lisa also loves to read, cook and bake (all her cookies get rave reviews).
Art Quote: “[Art] is very, very involved. It requires the passion and commitment, the research and the dog-mindedness just to bludgeon your way through it and make it happen” – Lawrence Noble (creator of the Yoda statue at Presidio Park)
Ginger was born in Davenport, Iowa and has lived in several places – St. Louis, MO; Glen Cove, NY; & Oak Ridge, TN. She finally settled down in Ocala in 1986. Ginger is currently the principal of West Port High School – she is proud to be at the helm of the Marion County Center for the Arts, Arts Achieve Model School. She boosts that the school has 13 Arts programs along with 3 other magnet programs. She has taught at Lake Weir Middle School, College of Central Florida, and West Port High. Ginger has been a reading coach for 10 years; for 3 of those years she was the district coach for CTE. In September 2020, Ginger was selected for the Leadership Florida board; she also serves on the board for the Public Education Foundation of Marion County.
In Ginger’s spare time she loves to read, exercise, go to the beach, and mostly loves to play with granddaughters. She has been married to Randy for 36 years. Her two children, Jordan and Cailin, are both educators. Jordan lives in St. Augustine with his wife Annie and has two daughters. Cailin lives in Ocala, carrying on the teaching tradition, at Liberty Middle School.
David A. D’Alessandris creates artworks in acrylics, watercolor, and mixed media, emphasizing color, vibrancy, texture, and perspective. His materials of choice are recycled paper, boards, various fibers ,wood, canvas and glass. (also found recycled and repurposed objects).
His award winning paintings, drawings, and mixed-media/ decorative arts have been featured in group/ solo exhibits and International Juried shows including Lynn Kottler Galleries, 225 Gallery, and DIFFA , New York City; Around the Coyote, Chicago, ILL.; Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA.; Shady Side Arts Festival, PGH. PA, .The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh, PA.; Greenburg Museum Of Art, Greensburg PA, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West VA.; Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach, FL; Gallery 221, Boca Raton, FL; Gallery East, Webber Gallery (CF Campus) Ocala, FL., Kevro, Gallery, Delray,FL.; Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL; Marion Cultural Alliance, Ocala, FL.,FAFO, Ocala; FL., ArtRestoration, Dallas,TX, Artspace, Miami,FL.
David is the recipient the Annual “Conch Awards” from the Burdines Department Store for Home Fashion/Design,(89,90,91) National Accessory Design/ Home Fashion Awards from the Dallas Buyers Mart: 1991/92/93. International Color-Marketing Award 1998, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, product design.(93,94,95)
Who’s Who in American Art.(2000).
David has more than 30 years experience in home fashion and product design. His work in that field has been featured at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta , Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh; PA ,Merchandise Mart, High Point, N.C., Dallas Merchandise Mart, Dallas; TX. Chicago Merchandise mart. He credits his international travel and retail experience as a major influence on his fine art and home designs.
He earned an Associate of Science Degree in Commercial Art, Beaver Co. Community College/1974, Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting, design, and studio arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1976. Graduate study in the Master of Fine Arts program at Carnegie Mellon University/Huntingtom Museum, West VA., and holds a dual MFA in Fine Art/Design and Art/Product Marketing 1980.
David is a member of the following organizations:
Ocala Art group, Visual Artists Society, Marion Cultural Alliance (Board member), Delray Art League, Gainesville Arts Association, Florida Society of Artists, Gallery 22, Boca Raton, Society of Artists, Pgh. PA., National Watercolor Society. Smithsonian Invitational.
In 2011 David’s design “Forest King” was chosen to be part of the second generation of “Horse Fever”. Angie Lewis Insurance sponsored David’s piece and it sat on their grounds for several months.
Received the 2017 Service Award from Applaud the Arts, City of Ocala /National Endowments of the Arts for his active service to the arts in the city of Ocala.
Art Quote: “To be an artist is to believe in life.” – Henry Moore
James is a native to Ocala. He is currently the Director of Business Operations at the Reilly Arts Center where he handles all of the financial and legal aspects for the organization. He has an undergrad degree from UCF in Psychology, and obtained his law degree in 2016 from the University of South Carolina. On top of serving the MCA Board as part of the financial committee, he also serves on the City of Ocala Board of Adjustment.
James has been married to his high school sweet heart, Kaycie, for 10 years. They have a 2-year-old boy named Clark, with another baby boy on the way in August. They are also animal lovers with two dogs named Champ and Steve, and a cat named Squeeks. In James’ off-time he enjoys being with his family, cooking, live music, and Florida football.
Salyers has had a diverse career in tourism, marketing and hospitality. For the past 15 years Jo has been with On Top of the World Communities, LLC in positions including Corporate Director of Marketing and General Manager of Circle Square Commons. Today, Jo’s focus is on Circle Square Commons and the Cultural Center.
In the past, Salyers’ community involvement included the Ocala/Marion Chamber of Commerce, and was instrumental in passing the Tourist Development Tax. She served as founding member of the Tourist Development Council and was a Council member for 7 years. She was a member of the merger committee of the EDC and Chamber, and continues to serve on the board of the Ocala/Marion Chamber and Economic Partnership. Salyers is a member of the 2020 Ocala Culinary Festival.
Scott Mitchell has served as the Director of the Silver River Museum in Ocala since 2004. He has worked as a field archaeologist, scientific illustrator and museum professional for the last thirty years. Prior to coming to the Silver River Museum, Scott worked as an archaeological research Collections Manager at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville.
Scott holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of Florida and a Master’s of Arts degree in archaeology from the University of South Florida. He is a registered professional archaeologist and serves on advisory boards for both the Fort King historic site and the Trail of Florida Indian Heritage. He also serves as the Director of the Camp Kiwanis summer camp program in the Ocala National Forest.
His interests include the prehistory and history of Florida, Native American cultures and primitive technologies. He has an affinity for American folk art, especially early southeastern folk pottery. Scott is also a history buff, a former United States Marine, an avid outdoorsman and a fourth generation Floridian.
Richard Mutarelli, Jr., is a partner at Schatt, McGraw, Rauba and Mutarelli, PA, specializing in property related matters and civil litigation. After graduating from St. John Lutheran High School in 2005, he obtained a B.S. in marketing from Concordia University Wisconsin and a Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law. Richard currently serves on the board for NAMI Marion County and is a member of the Sunset Rotary Club. He enjoys traveling, running and spending time with friends, family, Steph and Wager.
Mary Ellen was born and raised in Ohio. She was awarded a license as a registered nurse in 1970. After working in that role for a few years, Mary Ellen’s career direction moved into nursing administration. She furthered her education at St. Joseph’s College in Maine, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in administration. Later, she was awarded a Master’s of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.
Living in Florida became a reality in 1985 when she accepted a position with a software company located in Orlando. From there she moved to Winter Haven and began an extended career path in nursing administration with the local health system. Her last position with the health system was as the Administrator of Good Shepherd Hospice. She later held an executive position at TideWell Hospice in Sarasota. In 2009, Mary Ellen was named the CEO of Hospice of Marion County. She retired from that position in December 2019.
Since her arrival in the Ocala/Marion area, Mary Ellen immersed herself into the community. She continues to be actively involved as a member or as a volunteer with several local organizations. When approved as a member of MCA’s Board of Directors, Mary Ellen noted “…there is a welcoming environment that exists within the walls of the MCA’s Brick City Center. The leadership team has extended that spirit of collaboration and cooperation to other organizations in the Ocala/Marion area. Because of these efforts, strong partnerships have been created to benefit all involved.”
Todd Rudnianyn was born and raised in Ocala, graduating from Vanguard High School in 2000. Since then he has lived in Philadelphia, Seoul, New York, and Boston. In 2014, he returned to Ocala to serve as President of Neighborhood Storage Center Co., a regional commercial property management company. He earned a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is currently pursuing an Executive Masters in Urban Planning at the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with his two beagles, Rosco and Snoop.
Margaret Hankinson Spontak, a native Ocalan, has two strong passions – arts and conservation. Once chosen the Chamber’s Environmentalist of the Year, Margaret has been involved in major efforts to protect natural areas, water, and wildlife such as the passage of the “Pennies for Parks” referendum, a $20 million parks acquisition program. Margaret is currently leading the Free the Ocklawaha River Coalition for Everyone, a coalition of 50 national, state and local organizations focused on restoring the Ocklawaha River and Silver Springs. She also serves on the board of Conservation Florida.
Her past arts and cultural work includes promoting organizations such as Fine Arts for Ocala, Gainesville Arts Celebration, and the former Big Sun Arts Fest. During her stint at College of Central Florida, she was charged with overseeing conference and cultural facilities, including Brick City Center for the Arts and the Webber Gallery.
She has held a variety of senior management positions at Silver Springs, St. Johns River Water Management District, Career Source, UF Leadership Institute, College of Central Florida, Audubon Florida, and the Duke Energy Foundation.
Margaret has been married to Vince Spontak, former co-owner of Toffaletti Hardware, for 38 years and has one son, Michael. She has authored two environmental books and dabbles at poetry.
Sandra Wilson was appointed City Manager for the City of Ocala in June 2020. Prior to that appointment, she served as the Interim City Manager beginning in December 2019. Sandra is responsible for the entire city organization, except for the Police Department. Before her City Manager/Interim City Manager status, Sandra served as the Deputy City Manager, with oversight for the Electric Utility, Water Resources & Engineering, Human Resources & Risk Management and Fleet Management. Sandra served as the Assistant City Manager for Support Services for three years. Prior to serving as Assistant City Manager for Support Services, she was the Human Resources and Risk Management Director. Sandra has been employed by the City of Ocala for over 20 years.
Prior to working for the City of Ocala, Sandra held management level positions with the City of Lauderdale Lakes and the Town of Lady Lake, Florida. She has an Associate of Science Degree in Office Systems Technology, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Master of Business Administration. Sandra holds the designation as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, and as an ICMA Credentialed City Manager.
In her time away from work, Sandra enjoys traveling with her family.
Daryl was born in Kentucky and grew up in Fort Pierce, Florida before migrating north to Tallahassee where he attended college. He received both his Bachelors and Master’s Degrees from Florida State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He began his career with Price Waterhouse & Co. and in 1978 founded his own Certified Public Accounting Practice in Ocala. His expertise spans a wide array of industries as well as financial statement design and analysis. He created a six hour course on understanding financial statements for FASTTRAC, a nationally known entrepreneurial program sponsored by the University of Florida. Daryl has served in the capacity of president at his accounting firm for over 40 years and continues to work full time.
Daryl and his wife of more than 50 years, Dee, raised their family in Ocala and have always been actively involved within the community, serving on many boards and sponsoring community events. They have always considered everyone having access to the arts of the utmost importance and believe it enhances the community as a whole. Daryl’s love of art is on full display as he shares his office with many forms of art, each speaking to him uniquely.
Art Quote: “Art speaks where words are unable to explain.” – Unknown
Paula King has been a resident of Ocala since 1989, and owns Agapanthus boutique since 2007, and Breeze Day Spa in Ocala, and in Gainesville, Florida since 2013. In 2020, Paula was named one of the top 50 retailers in the U.S. by Home Accents Today.
Her support the arts in Ocala began in 1990 when she wrote the initial strategic plan and very first grant for the Discovery Science Center, then operating in what is currently the Marion Theatre. Other volunteer work includes service as a member of the board of the Munroe Foundation supporting Munroe Regional Medical Center (now Advent Health), and as the Style Partner to the Ocala Culinary Festival (2016 – 2019).
Paula continued her downtown commitment through volunteer support of Brick City Center for the Arts, beginning on it’s opening day in 1991 through its merger with Discovery Science Center forming the Ocala Arts and Sciences Coalition. Over the next decade Paula worked with others on multiple fundraisers and events supporting “The Brick” as it served as a catalyst for downtown redevelopment.
Inspired by abundance and excellence in the Ocala arts community, in 2000 Paula worked with others on the development of MCA as a support and funding organization for all local arts organizations. Paula served as founding chairman of the board, also serving four subsequent terms and on various other committees over the next 15 years.
Paula was a leader in conception and development of MCA key initiatives including public art (Horse Fever co-chair 2000, 2005, 2010), the Artist Within, Ride for the Arts (2015-2019), advocacy, community and city partnerships, endowment, grants, and strategic planning.
Paula retired from the MCA board in 2019, devoting herself full time to her business and family. Her current ambition outside of work is to experience as much of the arts as she can as an audience member, travel, and one day pick up her tennis racquet again.
Jessica McCune is a Registered Nurse and Licensed Mental Health Counselor working for Hospice of Marion County. She is passionate about Health Advocacy and believes our health is the infrastructure we stand upon as we pursue happiness. She volunteers with the arts and enjoys storytelling as a path for healing and insight. She has worked in preventive medicine, whole person health and the combination of body, mind and spirit her entire career, but specifically since 1999 here in Marion County. She holds a BS in Nursing from Baylor University and a MS in Counseling Education from the University of North Texas plus a MA in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University.
Born in Ocala, Lynn graduated from Forest High School in 1972. She moved to Oklahoma where she married Roy Neil Burch in 1973. She and Roy owned and ran a very successful car dealership for over 40 years. She has a daughter named Sandra and a granddaughter named Declan whom she can’t stop raving about. When her husband Roy passed away in 2014, Lynn moved back to Ocala and built a house just down the street from her brother and sister-in-law. She was introduced to MCA through Amy Mangan during a Mark Emery event at The Brick Gallery. Lynn is so grateful to Amy for her kindness. She says: “I love volunteering at MCA! So glad to be back home.”
We love Lynn! She is a ray of sunshine to those who are fortunate to know her. She is always in for anything and does everything with a big smile on her face.
Originally from New York, Lucy lived in Connecticut and Georgia before settling in Ocala with her husband, Greg, three years ago. She has a Fine Arts degree and studied Art Therapy at NYU. She also studied business and worked in corporate life for many years in Corporate Banking, Duracell Corp. and managed a plumbing company part-time before retiring. Since she only dabbled in the arts during early life, she feels blessed to be able to resume her art education and producing art. She is a member of MCA, FAB, VAS, FAS and leads an Art Workshop in Stone Creek. She has participated in ‘Pleasures 2’ & other exhibits at The Brick/MCA, and is currently part of the VAS show at the Webber Gallery, Florida College in their November Show, “Best of Season 2020.”
Lucy is thrilled to be an MCA Volunteer at the Brick City Center for the Arts. “Surrounded by the ever changing, outstanding landscape of art on display makes her heart pitter patter and the staff has been a joy to work with!” We love Lucy! Her energy is contagious and her creativity is outstanding.
Cat found her way to Marion Cultural Alliance / The Brick through Lucy George, another one of our volunteers. She has an extensive background in Arts Marketing having worked as the Marketing & Creative Director for Big Arts in Sanibel Island, Florida for 10 years. She holds a B.S. in Public Relations, Marketing & Graphic Design from Northwest State University in Missouri. Her love of creativity and marketing led her to launch two high-end gift stores and two nail salons – all prior to attending college. Cat says: “Whether learning at the heels of my parents and grandparents (all of whom were entrepreneurs with ‘Heart of the Plains’ can-do attitudes and work ethics) or launching my own retail and service businesses, I’ve always mixed business and diverse pleasures.”
We are so excited to have Cat on board! Her experience and skills make her an asset to MCA. Whether it’s assisting our Administrative Coordinator, or our Gallery Manager, or participating as an artist member herself, she brings great energy to anything she works on. We just love having her on our team!
Stephani is a Navy veteran and has lived in Ocala for almost 4 years. She is married to “a wonderful man who rocks her world”, with two awesome boys and one more on the way. Stephani is enthusiastic about art and all the different shapes and forms it can take. She is passionate about giving back to her community and furthering the creative outlets available to all artists. She enjoys creating upcycled fashion and the challenge of bringing new ideas to life. She has an undergrad in Business Marketing and an MFA in Fashion Product Development.
We are thrilled to have Stephani join our growing volunteer team! Her skills and enthusiasm make her an asset to MCA. Look out for more of Stephani’s work helping out the MCA team.