MCA Staff & Board

Meet The Board, The MCA Team, and Volunteers

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.

Executive Committee

Ginger Cruze


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.

James Hartley


Finance/Endowment Committee Chair

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.

Mary Ellen Poe


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.”

Dr. Saul Reyes

Immediate Past Chair

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.

Board of Directors

Mel Fiorentino

Cultural Grant Committee

In the heart of Ocala, Florida, a seasoned artist, Mel Fiorentino, weaves together a rich tapestry of creativity and passion that spans over two decades. Her journey from the corridors of the Renaissance to the contemporary art scene today is a testament to her enduring dedication to the craft.

From her early teens, Mel’s hands were graced with a brush, igniting a lifelong exploration of drawing and painting. Influenced by the timeless allure of the Renaissance masters, she discovered a profound connection to the symbolism and deep existential meanings embedded in their works. This foundational love for classical art has been the compass guiding her artistic pursuits.

For three years, Mel served on the Magnolia Art Xchange steering committee, contributing to the growth and vibrancy of the local artistic community. In 2021, she assumed the role of Gallery Director at NOMA Gallery and is a founding member of NOMA, where her creative vision and leadership have elevated the gallery into a dynamic hub for artistic expression.
Participation in the First Friday Artwalk for over 12 years underscores Mel’s commitment to community engagement, and her presence in over 75 exhibits and events has left an indelible mark on the art scene. Nationally and internationally recognized, Mel Fiorentino has garnered numerous awards.

At the core of Fiorentino’s artistic focus is her dedication to figurative work, portraiture and teaching at her new art school Fiorentino Atelier in Ocala, FL.

Dr. Leslie Hammond

Cultural Grant Committee

Leslie is an accredited fine arts appraiser for the Department of the Treasury and owns her own fine art consulting business, Artistic Eye Fine Art Services. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, she moved to Florida in 1997 and to Ocala in 2002 to work at the Appleton Museum of Art as its Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs. Passionate about the arts and animals, Leslie also serves on the board of the Humane Society of Marion County, the City of Ocala’s Cultural Art Committee (OMAC) and is on the Advisory Council of the Magnolia Arts Xchange (MAX). Additionally, she has taught many courses in the arts and humanities, curated and juried numerous exhibits and is published. Dr. Hammond holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from The Ohio State University, a Masters in Classical Archaeology from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in Art History and Archaeology, and a minor in Museum Studies. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and scholarships including a Fulbright and Samuel H. Kress Fellowship which supported her dissertation research on ancient Greek ceramics. Her field experiences include over 25 seasons at various sites in Greece as well as working as an archaeological illustrator in Cyprus and Egypt.

Brooke Hutto

Cultural Grant Committee

Brooke is the Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts for Marion County Public Schools. A graduate from Stetson University, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a focus on instrumental music. Brooke was born in Long Island, NY but raised in Spring Hill, FL. She has been a resident of Marion County since 2010.

Brooke serves on the board for Fine Arts for Ocala, the Ocala Municipal Arts Commission, and the Marion County Elementary Music Association of which she is past president. She is a member of the Florida Music Supervisors Association, the Florida Music Educators Association, the Florida Arts Education Association, and the National Association for Music Education.

From 2008 to 2023, Brooke taught elementary music and secondary band in Marion and Lake counties. A recipient of the 2021 Marion Cultural Alliance Arts Educator of the Year award, she is honored to join the MCA Board and to connect the professional arts community of Ocala with the arts in our public schools.

She is married to David, a fellow educator, and is the mother of two incredible children, Amelia and Keaton. In her spare time, Brooke enjoys reading, playing with her two dogs Finn and Betty, and a good cup of coffee.

Wendy Kebrdle

Grants Chair

Wendy was born in Canton, Ohio but raised in Sarasota, Florida. Wendy, her husband Ken and their 4 children moved to Ocala in 2002 where they continued to homeschool.

Currently, Wendy is the Executive Director of Wear Gloves, a non-profit that provides economic opportunity for the distressed in Marion County, FL. Art therapies including Recovery Art are an important part of the healing process for many of their clients.

In her free time, Wendy loves cuddling her 3 grandbabies, traveling with her number one guy, and is an avid reader.

Art Quote: “The more I think it over, the more I feel there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Albert Lynch, Jr.

Cultural Grant Committee

Bio – Coming Soon!

Matthew McClain

Commissioner District 3

Matthew McClain was appointed to the Marion County Board of County Commissioners by Governor Ron DeSantis in September 2023. Previously, Matthew spent over a decade serving residents in Marion County and parts of Central Florida as a Chief Legislative Aide in the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. His work there included research and analysis in a variety of public policy areas.

From economic development and tourism, to constitutional rights and education, Matthew helped shepherd dozens of policy initiatives through the legislative process in Tallahassee. In addition, Matthew served as a constituent advocate, helping individuals communicate with policymakers and navigate the bureaucracy of state government. A graduate of the College of Central Florida, Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Organizational Management.

Matthew is a second-generation Marion County resident. He has been faithfully married to his wife Elaine since 2012, and together they have three children. He is an active member of Redeemer Community Church where he serves as a deacon.

Dr. Sheni Meghani

The MCA Experience-Programming Chair

Dr. Meghani, a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Palliative Medicine and Hospice Care, has a rich clinical and leadership experience for over 20 years.

As a senior partner of Diversified Consulting Concepts, LLC, which specializes in providing training and consulting in diversity and inclusion, organizational development and leadership, Dr. Meghani is responsible for the firm’s strategic planning and execution of business practices.  She has developed and conducted trainings in the areas of leadership, cultural competence, diversity, de-escalation for a wide variety of clients such as healthcare, nonprofit and law enforcement organizations.  She holds certification as an EEO investigator from the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission and is a graduate of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training’s De-Escalation Instructor Course.
Dr. Meghani is the president of Strategic Community Alliance, Inc., which is a nonprofit organization based in Marion County with a focus on diversity and inclusion through education, outreach, the arts, counseling and other means to promote equality and fairness.

Fluent in three languages, Dr. Meghani enjoys wearing Indian sarees at every opportunity she gets, singing Indian songs and painting.  She calls Ocala, FL her home.

Celeste Mondo

Art in the Attic Chair

Celeste, a native of Western New York, holds a BA in Human Services from Judson University. Prior to retirement in Ocala she resided in Metropolitan Chicago where her career began in Corporate Human Resources with JPMorgan Chase. From there she went on to consult with Fortune 100 organizations locating top talent for Executives within the insurance industry. She ultimately partnered with a boutique HR consulting firm designing and implementing comprehensive outsourcing strategies for one of the nations largest banks.

While in Chicagoland, Celeste graduated from and devoted time and skills to Elgin IL’s Leadership Academy which focused on the economic development of the city. She served as a Junior Achievement Classroom Instructor teaching fundamental economics and was a two term Secretary for the Board of The Townes of Fox Chase.

After her arrival in Ocala, Celeste experienced expressions of creativity in the visual, musical, architectural and culinary arts, noting “the city holds a plethora of magnificent venues where one can appreciate the beauty and stimulate the imagination”.

Celeste resides with her husband Lawrence and their fur babies LuLu and Winston. She enjoys golfing, entertaining and has a passion for International Travel and architectural photography.

Nick Navetta

Finance/Endowment Committee

Nick Navetta is a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments in Ocala. He is an Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) through the College For Financial Planning and has been involved in financial services since 1980. Nick also served as the Agency Manager for the Marion County Farm Bureau; Sales Manager for MetLife; and President of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors/Ocala.

As an Army Reservist, Nick served 30 years and retired at the rank of Colonel, with his last duty position as the Training Division Chief for U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). He is branch-qualified in Field Artillery; Combat Military Police; and Civil Affairs and is a Veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm; Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia; Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Operation Enduring Freedom. Colonel Navetta has commanded several units and has served in a variety of key staff positions. His awards include The Army Achievement and Army Commendation Medals; The Meritorious Service Medal; The Bronze Star Medal; and The Legion of Merit Medal.
Nick currently serves as Vice President of the Military Officers Association of America local chapter; Officer, Marion County Estate Planning Council; Board Member,  Marion County Continuity of Care Council; and Military Liaison to West Point Military Academy. He is the past President of Kiwanis Club of Ocala, Co-Chair of the Walk to End Alzheimers; Board of Governors, Clubcorp; Vice Chairman, Marion Military Academy; Pastoral Council, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church;  Scoutmaster/Merit Badge Counselor, Boy Scouts of America; and 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus.

Nick and his family have lived in the Ocala/Dunnellon area since 1974. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, earning a bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science. He and his wife of 37+ years, Diana, currently have four grandchildren. Nick is honored to be a member of the MCA Board and looks forward to giving back to the Community.

Cherrietta Prince

Cultural Grant Committee

Cherrietta has been a business owner for more than 20 years. During half of that, she was college professor, and assisted a number of entrepreneurs to establish solid ventures. This native Floridian is a University of Florida Gator, and holds a master’s degree in business from Southern New Hampshire University. Growing up in a family of businessmen and women, she learned how to survive in the marketplace.

A proud Marine, Cherrietta supports numerous veterans’ organizations and initiatives. She is Events/Marketing Coordinator of Ocala VetNet (supporting veteran businesses), active in VFW, American Legion, and teaches Yoga with Connected Warriors at veterans’ facilities. She is passionate to help reduce the number of homeless veterans. In 2021, she was named a cohort to ACCE’s Inclusive Economic Growth Fellowship.

Cherrietta has been a CEP Ambassador for more than seven years. In her spare time, she enjoys a day at the beach, reading and spending time with family. Working with the #1 Chamber and CEP team is her greatest adventure to help boost the economy and support small businesses.

Jordan Shapot

Artists’ Liaison

Jordan Shapot is a professional fine artist living and working in Ocala, Florida. He was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and grew up in Citrus County, Florida a neighboring community to Marion County. He began studying art at a very young age. Shapot went on to attend the Lecanto School of Art in high school and then furthered his art education at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration.

Now, primarily a painter, Shapot is the owner of Jordan Shapot Art. He exhibits his artwork at reputable galleries, art festivals, art fairs, public art projects, murals, and merchandise. He has won many of awards over the years including five separate Best in Show awards.

Shapot has also been involved in community service efforts for most of his life. He was awarded the high rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 15, he has served on many community service-oriented boards and loves giving back to the community in creative ways.
As a part of the Board of Directors, Jordan acts as a liaison and advocate for artists both local and abroad. He offers a wealth of knowledge of the art world, fresh and exciting views backed by new studies and groups of thought, and valuable relationships with many artists and creative entities.

Maureen Tartaglione

Advocacy & Grant Review

Maureen Tartaglione is the Manager of Government and Public Affairs for Cox Communications. She joined Cox in 2011 to lead its Central Florida community outreach and to oversee the distribution of the more than $1 million in cash and in-kind support Cox contributes to local non-profits.

Maureen is passionate about and has a long history of community volunteerism. She has served on the boards on many nonprofit organizations including the United Way, Junior Achievement, Education Foundation, Child Advocacy Center and Boys and Girls and her Rotary Club in Alachua County. She is looking forward to becoming more involved in Marion County, as well.
Maureen received her B.S. in Public Relations (with Highest Honors); and an M.A. in Mass Communication, both from UF. She spent three years as a Grinter Fellow in UF’s political science doctoral program and has authored or co-authored several book chapters and articles on Florida politics. Maureen taught American Federal Government and upper division public relations courses for UF and Santa Fe for more than 20 years and worked with the University Athletic Association to keep student athletes focused on their academics.

Prior to joining Cox, Maureen worked as a speech writer and community liaison for five UF presidents and supported UF’s state legislative affairs. She also worked as a consultant, helping organizations and municipalities navigate complex inter-institutional processes, like redistricting.

Maureen has two children, Jacquelyn and Robert (Mae), and two grandchildren.

LuAnne Warren

Cultural Grant Committee

LuAnne Warren, a San Antonio native, has been helping small businesses succeed with digital marketing for more than 25 years. She helped lead from a home business to a marketplace that served the community and local businesses for two decades. She now focuses on helping clients grow their businesses in a complex digital landscape. She is Vice President of USA4SALE, a partner in Brick City Digital, and earned a liberal arts degree from Ambassador University in Southern California. Along with her husband, she raised three sons in Ocala. Her hobbies include kayaking, travel, fishing, birding, crafts, cooking, and celebrating the arts!

Favorite Marketing Quote: “You gotta think like a fish, no matter how weird it gets.”

MCA Board Members Emeritus

Daryl L. Collier, CPA, MBA

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

Lisa Irwin


Immediate Past Chair

Lisa Irwin, 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. Currently, she is the owner of NOMA Gallery, President of the LILAC Foundation and Founder of Arts in Health Ocala Metro.

Art Quote: “I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Trish Kilgore


Immediate MCA Past Chair

Chair of Cultural Grants, 4 Friends Grant Fund, and Korzenny Grants for Ars Educators, Megan Boone Grants for Performing Arts

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.

Paula King


Horse Fever Founder, Founding member of MCA, Past Chairman of the Board

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

Founding Member and Past Chair of the Board of Directors of MCA

Storyteller/Educator/Story Retreat Facilitator/Event Producer/Inspirational Speaker/TEDx Speaker

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.

Check out her website here!

Lisa Seiffer

Finance/Endowment Committee

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)

Laurie Zink

Horse Fever Co-Founder, Founding member of MCA, Past Chairman of the Board

Laurie is a creative, results driven professional with entrepreneurial vision, who has over twenty-five years of experience greatly impacting growth and performance in both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Originally from Colorado and arriving in Florida from North Carolina and Brazil, she landed in Ocala due to her work in the equine industry.

Due to her love of the arts, Laurie became one of the original founding members of Marion Cultural Alliance, a not-for-profit arts council which was developed to provide funding for community arts organizations, and subsequently was the chairman of both the inaugural and tenth anniversary Horse Fever public arts projects and the current HF 20/20 Anniversary Collection. She is currently an Honorary Emeritus board member and has served as MCA chairman twice and has been an active board member for many years.
While working as the Development Director for the Centers, Laurie designed and created Kidfetti, the first of its kind, kid-centric, outdoor music and cultural festival focusing on the importance of protecting and nurturing the mental and physical wellness of children, and conceived Healing Heart, an art show featuring the works of the physically and/or mentally disadvantaged that celebrate the power of healing through the arts.  The results are an exhibit that has moved many to action, personally and/or for area service providers.

Laurie was a partner in the creation and foundation of the Silver Springs International Film Festival in Marion County, Florida and served as the volunteer Executive Director of both the festival and the Ocala Film Foundation.

Laurie is currently the Development and Community Outreach Director at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), a world-renown research facility that pioneers technologies aimed at leveraging and extending human capabilities.

She is also the current Ocala Civic Theatre board chairman, chair of the A/V Technology and Communications Business Advisory Council, founding board member of Circle Up-Center for Practical Peacebuilding and has served as the chairman of the Ocala Municipal Arts Commission, the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association and was a Take Stock in Children mentor.

Laurie treasures her roles of Mom, volunteer, community activist, sailor, arts enthusiast, accomplished horsewoman, traveler, reader and lifelong learner and explorer!

Meet the MCA Team

Jaye Sterchi Baillie, APR

Executive Director

Jaye Sterchi Baillie, APR is a creative, enthusiastic, seasoned professional with more than 35 years of progressive governmental and non-profit management experience. Her extensive portfolio includes skills in results-oriented program development, board development, human relations, public relations, marketing, fundraising, and strategic planning.

Jaye has served as the Executive Director of Marion Cultural Alliance, since 2016, where she works alongside the board, volunteers, and arts enthusiasts to champion, convene, and create opportunities for artists and nonprofit arts organizations. While not an artist herself, she is honored to work with the creative industry to support their work and values how art and cultural impact our quality of life and our local community.

Baillie is a travel enthusiast having visited China, Cuba, Colombia, Switzerland, Italy, Alaska, Greece, Hawaii, Iceland, Mexico, and Crotia and many ports of calls while cruising.

She is an avid boater, shrimper, and fisherwoman and lives on Lake George with her husband, Russell. They have two grown children, Rebecca and Sam and four grandchildren, Henry & Lora Kate (Ocala) and Emory & Clark (Los Angeles).

Ashley Justiniano

Chief Arts Officer

Jonia McGill

Gallery Assistant

Courtney Kravig

Financial Officer

Nikki Upton

Executive Assistant

Nicole Upton, is a local artist and alumni of the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Nicole has coupled her life long passion for art and animals with her international upbringing. Nicole lived in the United Arab Emirates and Oman for several years, which lead to her spirited interest in theology and diversity. Nicole’s artwork projects her love of animals and multiculturalism. As a former member of the Worldwide Art Movement based out of Kochi, India, Nicole participated in two international art exhibitions, i.e., Art Maestro 2016 and 2017. Nicole’s domestic art participation includes venues such as NOMA and The Brick.

Today, Nicole spends her time raising her two beautiful daughters, volunteering with animal rescue, participating and understanding the autism community, and immersing herself within the local art community.

Gabi Zuniga

Gallery Host

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Lila Ivey​

MCA Experience Liaison

Lila Ivey has a lifelong love of the arts. She started painting classes when she was nine years old and only stepped away to get “a day job” after graduating from college with an Art/Art History degree. Her work spanned TV news (where she did courtroom sketches) to healthcare community relations (designing collateral). That “day job” turned into a 40-year career. She is back making art and volunteering at MCA to promote other artists and art organizations. She is also editing/designing a book on the Italian Renaissance. Her motto is “all art, all the time.”