Who We Are 

Supporting an Industry of Service and Creativity

Art MattersUnited Arts of Central Florida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the one-stop-shop to support the arts, sciences and history in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

Through a dynamic collaboration of individuals, businesses, local governments, foundations and more than 60 arts and cultural organizations, we work to enhance the quality and variety of cultural experiences throughout Central Florida.

We serve arts, sciences, history and other cultural providers, benefiting Central Florida residents and visitors, by raising and distributing funds and by providing management, administrative and advisory services.

Now in our 30th year of service to our community, United Arts has invested more than $155 million in local arts and culture organizations and education, and through them, the diverse and energetic community that is Central Florida because we believe that art, music, science, dance, history and theater matter… for our children, for our economy and for our community!

Our Leadership

Board of Trustees

The City of Orlando
The Honorable Buddy Dyer

Darden Restaurants Foundation
Stephanie Ghertner

Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation, Inc.
Bonnie Hubbard

Ginsburg Family Foundation
Alan Ginsburg

JP Morgan Chase
Joseph S. Terry

 

Orange County, Florida
The Honorable Jerry Demings

Orange County Public Schools
Dr. Barbara Jenkins

Seminole County, Florida
The Honorable Jay Zembower

The University of Central Florida
Thad Seymour, Jr.

Walt Disney World Resort
Bettina Buckley

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Chair: S. Brendan Lynch, Lowndes

Vice Chair: Daniel J. O'Keefe, CPA,
MSL CPAs& Advisors

Treasurer: Lindsay Abt, Ernst & Young, LLP

Secretary: Jennifer Quigley, WBQ Design & Engineering, Inc.

Immediate Past Chair: ** Kate Wilson, Wells Fargo

Chair, Audit & Finance Committee: Wilson Lopez, RiskPoint Consulting Group

Chair, Development Committee: Linda Landman Gonzalez, Orlando Magic

Chair, Standards & Allocations Committee: Penelope B. Perez-Kelly, Fisher Rushmer, P.A.

 

 

Board of Directors

Sharon Arroyo, Duke Energy

Carlos Barrios, Bakers Barrios Architects, Inc.

Marcellene Baugh, Massey Services, Inc.

Cecilia Bonifay, Akerman LLP

Howard Britt, Premiere Show Group

Bettina Buckley, Disney Parks Live Entertainment

Leslie Carney, Bioclinica Research

Deborah Fahmie, Retired from School District of Osceola County

Dr. Wendy Givoglu, Valencia College

Marcia Hope Goodwin,* City of Orlando

Pamela Gould, Orange County Public Schools

Sami Haiman-Marrero, Urbander Marketing Firm

Jodie Hardman, Bank of America

Roseann Harrington,** Orange County, Florida

Malika Harrison, Orlando Magic

Danielle Hollander, Visit Orlando

Bonnie Hubbard, Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation

 

 

President & CEO, United Arts of Central Florida: Flora Maria Garcia**

Members at Large:

Linda Ferrone, Orlando Utilities Commission

Stephanie Ghertner, Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Mark Jones, Orlando Health

Marc McMurrin, Ginsburg Family Foundation

Maria Ruiz-Hays, Wyndham Destinations, Inc.

Dr. Richard Sandler, Nemours Children's Hospital and University of Central Florida

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Barbara M. Jenkins, Orange County Public Schools

Charles King, CPA, KPMG LLP

Paul Lartonoix,* University of Central Florida

Mercedes McCall, CenterState Bank

Commissioner Christine Moore,* Orange County, Florida

Diane O'Dell, Universal Orlando

Joyce R. Odongo, Bank of the Ozarks

Terry Olson,** Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs, Orange County, Florida

Dr. Debra Pace, Osceola School District

Matthew Pengra, Full Sail University

The Honorable Belvin Perry, Jr., Morgan & Morgan

Gail Rayos

Karen Sheehan, Tupperware Brands Corporation

Joseph S. Terry, JPMorgan Chase

The Honorable Jay Zembower, Seminole County, Florida

* Trustee Alternate

** Ex-Officio Member

 

Staff

Administration

President & CEO: Flora Maria Garcia

Executive Assistant: Heidi Gunderson

Vice President of Administration & CFO: Juliana M. Steele

Development & Communications

Director of Development: Elizabeth Rodriguez Neuman

Marketing & Communications Manager: Sean Thurman

Development Manager: Arika Richardson

Development Coordinator: Alexis Sammons

Database Manager: Karissa Michelin

Grants & Programs

Manager, Grants & Arts Education: Rafael Torres

Grants & Arts Education Coordinator: Matthew Kopkin

Grants & Research Specialist: Trudy Wild

OrlandoAtPlay.com Administrator: William Morris

Magazine

Orlando Arts Magazine, Editor: Cindy Bowman LaFronz