Elizabeth S. Young, Executive DirectorElizabeth S. Young, Executive Director - Elizabeth has an extensive background in both the performing and visual arts. Her experience working with non-profit organizations spans program development, board relations, advertising, fundraising, publicity and marketing. She earned her B.A. in Art History and Theater from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. After spending nearly a decade in New York City as a Casting Director for film, television and theater she relocated to the Florida Keys in 1987. Her professional life in the Keys includes being the business manager of Island Wellness for 15 years, and for six years, working in all aspects of the business of the fine art photography gallery of Alan S. Maltz. Additionally, she assisted Mr. Maltz with his award-winning coffee table book, Florida… Beyond the Blue Horizon. Mrs. Young’s volunteer work spans being President of the Board of Directors for the Montessori Elementary Charter School, a current Executive Board Member of Congregation B’nai Zion, working backstage as a stage manager at Nutcracker Key West and as a devoted volunteer La Leche leader for over 15 years.

As Executive Director of the Arts Council, she has expanded her duties and is proud to serve as a Board member for the statewide organization, Florida Association of Public Art Professionals. She has also served on a grant panel for ARRA funding from the Division of Cultural Affairs, presented at the City of Key West’s Ambassador program, Leadership Monroe program and for the Board of the Tourist Development Council to being a judge of over 100 children at the infamous Fantasy Fest Children’s Day costume contest. Liz and her husband, Gary with daughters, Emily and Claire enjoy being a part of the vibrant Florida Keys Arts community. E-mail Liz


Reen StanhouseMartha Resk, Business Manager - Martha moved to Key West in 1993, just after completing her degree in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona. As Business Manager, she brings over 15 years experience working with, and leading local non profits including Audubon House Gallery, Reef Relief and most recently as the Director of the Key West Art Center. She is passionate about supporting the local arts community and working with our local artists. Martha is an avid nature lover, and enjoys spending time outside, whether it is in our local backcountry, skiing and hiking in the Rocky Mountains, or gardening in her Key West backyard. Her responsibilities with the Florida Keys Council of the Arts include providing administrative support, coordinating grant programs, and financial reporting. E-mail Martha


“CocoCoco Page, Executive Assistant & Community Outreach - After spending too many winters in Rhode Island, Cynthia and her late husband were tired of the cold, dreary weather. In 2006, they bought the book, "Quit Your Job and Move to Key West," and took it literally. Within three months, they chucked it all and escaped to what many call the end of the road. Coco brought with her over 15 years experience as a graphics communications specialist in the Office of News and Public Relations at Rhode Island College. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island (BA) and Rhode Island College (MS), she previously worked at the Key West Citizen. Grateful for an amazing group of friends, Coco enjoys the history, art, music and lifestyle of this dynamic, scenic city, while fully taking advantage of the gorgeous, tropical weather. E-mail Coco.

Reen StanhouseReen Stanhouse, membership specialist - As Reen always says, "I'm out doin' the do." And she does it well. Reen's metal sculptures and ironwork are in collections throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Upon graduating from Syracuse University she traveled to the Florida Keys and never returned to the North or its ways again. She continues to pursue a broad freelance career from graphic arts to social work -- all the while following her passions as a “seawoman” and “soulster of metal”. Private commissions are the continuous thread in her journey, the latest being a 12-foot cigar sculpture for the Gato and Fuentes cigar families.