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 $150 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: Kate Wilson, Wells Fargo

Vice Chair: Stephanie Ghertner,
Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Treasurer: Daniel O'Keefe, CPA, MSL CPAs & Advisors

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

Immediate Past Chair: ** Jean Grono, 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

Deborah Fahmie, Retired from 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

Roseann Harrington,** Orange County, Florida

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

Paul Lartonoix,* University of Central Florida



Vice Chair, Development and Standards & Allocations Committees: Brendan Lynch, Lowndes

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

Members at Large:

Linda Landman Gonzalez, Orlando Magic and Orlando Magic Youth Foundation

Dr. 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

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

The Honorable Belvin Perry, Jr., Morgan & Morgan

Gail Rayos

Maria Ruiz-Hays, Wyndham Vacation Ownership,

Karen Sheehan, Tupperware Brands Corporation

Joseph S. Terry, JPMorgan Chase

Rizwan Zaman, MD Back Office

The Honorable Jay Zembower, Seminole County, Florida

* Trustee Alternate

** Ex-Officio Member




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


Orlando Arts Magazine, Editor: Cindy Bowman LaFronz