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 29th year of service to our community, United Arts has invested more than $145 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 Teresa Jacobs

Orange County Public Schools
Dr. Barbara Jenkins

Seminole County, Florida
The Honorable Lee Constantine

The University of Central Florida
Dr. John C. Hitt

Walt Disney World Resort
Bettina Buckley

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Chairwoman: Kate Wilson, Wells Fargo

Vice Chair: Stephanie Ghertner,*
Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Treasurer: Daniel O'Keefe, CPA, Moore Stephens Lovelace PA

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

Immediate Past Chair: ** Jean Grono-Nowry, Massey Services

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

Chair, Development Committee: Leslie Carney, Bioclinica Research

Chair, Standards & Allocations Committee: Mark Jones, Orlando Health

 

 

Board of Directors

Sharon Arroyo, Duke Energy

Cecelia Bonifay, Akerman LLP

Howard Britt, Premier Show Group

Bettina Buckley,* Disney Parks Live Entertainment

The Honorable Lee Constantine,* Seminole County, Florida

Deborah Fahmie, School District of Osceola County

Suzanne Gilbert, Holland & Knight

Marcia Hope Goodwin,* City of Orlando

Suresh Gupta, Park Square Homes

Sami Haiman-Marrero, Urbander Marketing Firm

Jodie Hardman, Bank of America

Malika Harrison, Orlando Magic

Edward Hensley, AssistRx

Danielle Hollander, Visit Orlando

Bonnie Hubbard,* Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation

Dr. Barbara M. Jenkins,* Orange County Public Schools

Byron Knibbs, Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC)

Paul Lartonoix,* University of Central Florida

 

 

Vice Chair, Development and Standards & Allocations Committees: Brendan Lynch, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, PA

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

Members at Large:

Linda Landman Gonzalez, Orlando Magic and Orlando Magic Youth Foundation

Stacey Johnson, Valencia College,
East & Winter Park Campuses

Penelope B. Perez-Kelly, Fisher Rushmer, P.A.

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

 

 

Mercedes McCall, CenterState Bank

Marc McMurrin,* Ginsburg Family Foundation

Larry Meador, Evok Advertising

The Honorable Christine Moore, Orange County Public Schools

Diane O'Dell, Universal Orlando

Joyce R. Odongo, Bank of the Ozarks

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

The Honorable Belvin Perry, Jr., Morgan & Morgan

Gail Rayos, Wragg & Casas Orlando

Maria Ruiz-Hays, Wyndham Vacation Ownership,
Inc.

Karen Sheehan, Tupperware Brands Corporation

Joseph S. Terry,* JPMorgan Chase

Commissioner Betsy VanderLey,* Orange County, Florida

Rizwan Zaman, MD Back Office

 

* 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: Erica Henri

Marketing & Communications Manager: Chris Majocha

Development Manager: Valerie Solomon

Development Coordinator: Alexis Sammons

Database Manager: Eneida Perez

Grants & Programs

Manager, Grants & Arts Education: Mary Giraulo

Grants & Arts Education Coordinator: Matthew Kopkin

Grants & Research Specialist: Trudy Wild

OrlandoAtPlay.com Administrator: William Morris

Magazine

Orlando Arts Magazine, Editor: Cindy Bowman LaFronz