• OFFICERS
  • BOARD
  • ADVISORS
  • CHAIR EMERITI
Teresa AxfordTheresa Axford, chair – is the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning for the Monroe County School District. Terri has also served the local school district as principal and assistant principal for nineteen years, with numerous years recognition as Principal of the Year, and a teacher for five years. She has been named a Distinguished Educator by University of Florida, and a Technology Leader by the Florida Council of Instructional Technology and has been an Adjunct Professor for Barry University, Nova Southeastern University and St. Leo College. Terri has also been a past president of the Zonta Club of Key West, and has served the Arts Council as a Board member and on the Executive Committee as Secretary. Terri and her husband Bob have lived in Key West since 1976. She has two grown children and one grandchild, Isabella (the apple of her eye).
Michael PhillipMichael Philip, vice chair – is professional architectural photographer and a conceptual artist, and a Realtor. He holds a degree in Psychology from the Universidad Católica Andres Bello in Caracas. Michael has lived in Key West since 1991. He worked at the Wesley House, as the Subsidized Services Director; for the Department of Children and Families as a Community Facilitator and Contract Manager; and was the Executive Director for the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition. Michael is a published photographer in magazines such as Miami Home and Décor, Key West Magazine numerous real estate periodicals and numerous local websites. Michael has exhibited his artwork in Key West at The Studios of Key West, Harrison Gallery, Stone Soup, and Woodenhead Gallery; and in New Orleans at the Kevin Guillentine Gallery. He has a photography book titled “Flores Para Los Muertos,” available on Amazon.com Michael enjoys living and working in Key West, networking and taking photographs of its lovely homes when the sky is impossibly blue.
Michael MarreroMichael Marrero, secretary – is a Cuban American artist whose entire life has been dedicated to the creative. He was born and raised in Key West. To call this unique, odd and wonderful would be an understatement. It was a time of smugglers, crooked politicians, rooster fights, the Mariel boatlift, Navy brawls and Shrimp Boat Row throw-downs. Following a formal education in arts he established himself as a driven professional with a sharp eye for both the micro and the macro - the moving image and the still image. His assignments have taken him from tropical paradises to shantytowns in Central America. He has dealt with the volatile and the delicate always finding the compassion and humanity of his subjects.
Bonnie GreenbergBonnie Greenberg, treasurer – a Key Largo resident, is a grant writer and former general manager for Marathon Community Theatre, having recently retired to pursue her own creative writing path. She has more than 25 years of non-profit and business management experience and holds a BFA in professional writing from Emerson College, with a minor in comedy writing. She’s completed continuing education with The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, Purdue University Executive Development Program, Habitat for Humanity International and Florida Keys Community College. Bonnie has been involved locally with GLEE, Leadership Monroe, REEF and previously was an advisory member to the arts council.ubic service and loves living in paradise.
Ganine DerlethGanine Giorgione Derleth – is a Ballroom & Latin dance instructor www.keysdancecenter.com Married 30 years to the love of her life Theo, they own Theo & Ganine’s Dance Center in Marathon, FL and travel the world together as ambassadors of the dance industry. Their son Theo Alexander, a Key West resident, is an artisan and singer. Ganine is an oil painter www.giorgionefineart.com , a Broadway singer/dancer/actress in the Tony and Grammy awarded original cast of 'The Will Rogers Follies', she was also featured in '42nd Street', and 'A Chorus Line’, and at the Radio City Music Hall as a Rockette. Ganine has performed on The Grammy’s, The Tony’s, The Kennedy Center Honors and in America’s first Olympic Dance Team. She believes in the importance of contributing to community, is a long time Rotarian, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Business & Professional Women, and proud to be on the board of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.
Susanne D'AntonioCarl Hower– is a painter, former gallery owner and retired Art Educator. Carl is a graduate of Montclair State College and taught Art for 33 years in the Newark, New Jersey public school system. He was a member of the executive board of the Art Educators of New Jersey (AENJ) for 10 years, where he also served as President. In 1998 and 2004, he received the New Jersey Governors Awards for Excellence in the Arts. In 1998, Carl was designated as the NJ Art Educator of the Year and in 2004, he was named a Distinguished Fellow. Carl is a full time Key West resident where he lives with his husband, John. Carl's small paintings can be seen at the Gallery on Greene in Key West.
M. Ann LynchM. Ann Lynch – is a year round resident living in Marathon since 1984. She received her BA in Art Education from the University of Cincinnati. Mrs. Lynch has served as a Board member for the Florida Keys Watercolor Society and the Marathon Community Theater. She also served a 3 year term on the Tourist Development Council’s Cultural Umbrella Committee. Most recently, she has been leading the Marathon Book Discussion Group. As an artist, she is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, and an associate member of the AWS and NWS. Her art work has been shown in galleries in Ohio, Florida and in private collections across the country. Currently her work is exhibited at various Marathon business locations as well as the Key West Art Center. She has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women.
Mary CarlinMaryCarlin Porter – has been a Key West resident since 2002. Her love of the arts, especially music, began in childhood, as her mother was a Concert Pianist. She has served as an Advocate and Patron of the Arts in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts and The Arena Stage. She is a certified Library of Congress Reader. She holds an AB in English Literature and a BS in Chemistry from Loyola University, and spent her career as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. She enjoys traveling around the world with her husband, Bill. MaryCarlin is a Key West Ambassador, Keys Chorale member, and a former Executive Board Member of The Key West Botanical Garden Society.
Barbara WeikelBarbara Weikel – received a BA in Mathematics from Winthrop College (now Winthrop University) in South Carolina. Having spent the majority of her career with Eastern Airlines, Barbara has also been a realtor, IT analyst, and office manager. She moved to Key West in 2007 and fell 'in love' with the arts community. Barbara is married to photographer/author, Ralph De Palma. She is co-publisher/co-editor of The Soul of Key West, Volume I & II.

Board Alternate

Susann D’Antonio, Big Pine Key, Artist, Owner of Framing in Paradise, and Independent Title Abstractor
Paula Leftwich, Marathon; artist, retired veterinary technician, community volunteer
Joanne Sloan, Cudjoe Key; artist, member of Artists in Paradise and the Key West Art Center

Jill Miranda Baker, Islamorada; Executive Director, Keys History & Discovery Center, retired hospital administrator
Dr. Sally E. Bauer, Islamorada; physician, History of Diving Museum Co-founder, diving historian, speaker
Janet Bengel, Key West; Fringe Theater of Key West Board President, arts patron
Mary Border, Cudjoe Key; visual artist, acrylic painter
Sharon Braunberns, Key Largo; Treasurer of the Art Guild of the Purple Isles, artist and business owner
Nancy Bunch, Ramrod Key; retired U.S. Naval Officer and Police Academy Director, arts supporter
Joyce Burd, Key West; retired arts administrator
Lucy Carleton, Key West; social dance instructor, realtor, Sustainable Floridian graduate & Sustainability Advisory Board City of Key West
Sheila Cook, Marathon; artist and owner/operator of The Art Studio in Marathon
Alyson Crean, Key West; spokeswoman for the City of Key West, journalist and community activist
Kevin Cunningham, Cudjoe Key; retired arts educator and patron
Rita Felts, Marathon; business owner, seashell artist
Juliet Gray, Key West; author, editor, director and producer
Lori Gaukel, Marathon; Artist and co-owner of Shady Palm Art Gallery and Photography
Beryn Harty, Ramrod Key; photographer, mixed media artist, arts patron, naturalist & biologist, realtor
Janice Kay Lee, Key Largo; retired realtor, past president of Art Guild of the Purple Isles, visual artist
Wendy Lefere, Key West; artist, art educator
Dr. Joanne Mahoney, Key Largo; physician, arts patron
Leah Maki, Islamorada; marketing director for Ocean Sotheby's International Realty and The Gallery, style columnist for the Keynoter/Reporter Newspapers
Liz Montgomery, Marathon; photographer, exhibiter at the Marathon Theater, arts patron 
Erin Muir, Tavernier; legislative assistant, Florida House of Representatives District 120
Michael Nusser, Little Torch Key; painter, sculptor, and musician, former Gallery Owner & Event Coordinator
Anne O'Shea Quattrini, Key West; Minerva Productions - Film and Theatrical Producer
Lucy Paige, Sugarloaf Key; visual artist-acrylic and mixed media
Charlotte Palmer, Big Pine Key; DAC II member, retired teacher, community activist, arts patron
Maria Perez, Islamorada; administrative coordinator for Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty & Roberto Russell Galleries
Mark Pierson, Key West; artist, producer, manager and arts advocate
William Porter, Key West; career and business coach
Dr. Betty Powell-Klimock, Summerland Key; retired psychiatrist, portrait artist, member of Lower Keys Artists Network, arts advocate
Rachel Price, Marathon; lodging & tourism, dance teacher and arts patron
Laura Richardson, Key West; owner of Salt Island Provisions, former Development Director of Key West Theater
Peter Rosasco, Marathon; certified public accountant, arts patron
BJ Royster, Key Largo; artist and art instructor, owner of BJ Royster Ocean Gallery
Maggie Ruley, Key West; artist and art instructor, owner of Maggie Ruley ~ Island Inspirations
Christine Scarsella, Key West; owner of Art@830 Gallery
Becky Shifflett, Marathon; banker, painter and tinkerer
Christopher Shultz, Key West; author, actor, director & D.J.
John Simanek, Cudjoe Key; retired arts educator, arts patron
Joyce Stahl, Key West; artistic director and producer – Nutcracker Key West
Sandy Sun, Key West; ceramic artist, registered nurse
Janis Jo Stevens, portrait painter, sculptor, teacher, former president of Art Behind Bars
Dr. Lesley Thompson, Summerland Key; education administrator, board member of Florida Keys Health System and Monroe County Special Olympics
Cathy Thorpe, Cudjoe Key; registered nurse, arts patron
Jessica Tipler, Cudjoe Key; classical ballet instructor
Melissa Trader, Key West; owner of Stone Soup Gallery and Key West Art Guide
Laura Ashleigh Wolfe, Key Largo; artist, arts advocate and entrepreneur
David Harrison Wright, Key West; maritime and historical watercolor artist
Jill Zima-Borski, Islamorada; journalist, author, speaker, actor, acrylics artist, Art Guild of Purple Isles member

Dr. Shirley Freeman - Director Emeritus, Monroe County Commissioner Liaison
Key West; FKCA founding member; former Mayor, Monroe County; retired (20 years) Monroe County school administrator

June Girard
FKCA Board 1999 - 2006, Chair 2002 - 2004, Patron of the Arts, Served as Chair on Lower Keys Medical Center Board, as President of the Founders Society, as Chair of Red Barn Angels, President for the Keys’ League of Women Voters and Secretary for Florida State Board of League of Women Voters.