Shauna grew up in Utah where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Weber State University. After graduating, she moved to Orlando in 2008 where she started working in various leadership positions in the Central Florida area. Shauna has always had a passion for the arts and performing and is so excited that she has found a home with CFCArts.
Matt HeimSr. Director of Marketing & Communications
Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Central Florida and has worked in arts marketing in Central Florida since 2011. Originally from Oklahoma City, he has been surrounded by music his entire life and enjoys singing and playing the bass guitar. Matt’s passion for the arts has expanded to volunteering and serving on the board of directors for the Garden Choir.
Leah Porrata Sr. Director of Education & Outreach
Leah is originally from Columbus, Ohio. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts and teaching certification in Theatre Education from Ohio Wesleyan University, Leah relocated to Naples, Florida to take the position of Director of Education at the regional theatre Gulfshore Playhouse. While in Naples, Leah and her husband Jason co-founded Ave Maria Children’s Theatre, where Leah served as Managing and Outreach Director. Leah is thrilled to be a part of the Central Florida community and the CFCArts family!
Erin StillsonAssistant to the Executive Director
Erin is a professional singer, actress, and chorister. Originally from Florida, she has performed in Chicago, New York, and abroad. She holds a Masters of Music in Voice Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a dance minor from the University of Central Florida. As a private voice and piano teacher, Miss Stillson has worked for Central Florida Community Arts and the School of Arts at the Doctor Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. She currently performs at Capone’s Dinner Show and is a professional chorister with St. James Catholic Cathedral, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Queen of the Universe, and the Diocese of Orlando.
Bia SivaDevelopment & Events Manager
Bia is graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in advertising and public relations, with a specialization in journalism and social media. She has been a flautist for over 10 years – having played in several bands and orchestras across Florida – and is now in the CFCArts Symphony Orchestra. Her interest in the performing arts extend to her volunteering experiences, years of playing the piano, and her main hobby: swing dancing She hopes to further her involvement with the arts in tandem with her passions for language and culture.
Marissa LattanzioCommunications & Patron Manager
Marissa has been involved with the arts since she was given a pair of tap shoes when she was 3. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre from DeSales University in Pennsylvania where she got to experience theatre from all aspects: from the box office, to the scene shop, to the main stage. Marissa also spent 4 magical years working at Walt Disney World – her favorite role was being part of the training team at Disney University where she got to welcome and train new cast members!
Kaileigh Anne BuckleyDirector of Education & Outreach
With a degree in Music Education, Kaileigh Anne has had diverse experiences working with musicians, performers, and students of all ages. She has over 16 years experience in vocal performance, in addition to credits in directing, pit conducting, and stage-managing. Her past experiences include teaching music and theater courses to young performers, in addition to teaching workshops regarding the techniques of Creative Drama to peers at the collegiate level. Additionally, she works for the Walt Disney Company in a variety of different capacities.
With a degree in Music Education and a focus on Instrumental Conducting, Justin has taught music at all levels, directed marching bands, conducted choirs and orchestras, and served as the Director of Music and Fine Arts for a large United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Justin currently works as an Entertainment Manager at Walt Disney World.
Donald RupeDirector of Theatre
Donald received his Master’s Degree in Applied Theatre from New York University and has enjoyed a career directing and teaching Theatre ever since. He was a celebrated High School Theatre teacher for 8 years, and he continues to teach Acting and Theatre at Valencia College and Stetson University today.
Rob LottCreative Catalyst
Rob has been a member of the professional artist community of Central Florida for over 10 years, during which time he has performed, created, and directed intimate atmosphere shows for local theme parks, as well as spectacle stage productions for large audiences. Rob is currently a performer and creative consultant for Odd-O-Ts’ Entertainment, and a Featured Actor and Singer for Walt Disney World.
Rebekah Lugo-MeliseEducation & Outreach Manager
Rebekah has been dabbling in the arts since second grade when she starred in Ponderosa Elementary’s rendition of The Little Red Hen. She became heavily involved in chorus opportunities throughout her schooling including and was able to participate in Florida’s All-State Chorus multiple times. In college, she studied language arts and received a Master’s Degree in Education. She is excited to have joined the team at CFCArts and looks forward to putting her personal experiences in the arts and education to use helping others.
Eric YowDirector of Dance
Eric Yow is thrilled to bring his love for dance to the CFCArts family. Born and raised in Wilmington, NC, Yow started formal training in dance at UNSCA in Winston-Salem, NC. After attending Juilliard he performed for The Martha Graham Ensemble, Dance Kaleidoscope, and Rioult, where he got the opportunities to perform at such places as City Center, The Joyce, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, as well as travel locally and internationally. Also having a long performing background with Disney, Yow was seen in shows such as Festival of the Lion King, Tarzan Rocks, Dream Along with Mickey, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, and The Hoop Dee Doo Revue! In 2008 Eric formed Yow Dance, a modern dance initiative to bring accessible forms of dance to all. Along with choreographing, he has taught both at Dr. Phillips Dance Magnet, and has a continued collaborative reaction ship with Valencia Dance and Drama. Yow is ecstatic to bring passion and commitment to inspire people to find their inner voice through dance!
Brandon FenderLead Show Director
A Native Floridian, Brandon began singing and playing piano at a young age. He was a member of the Bach Festival Children’s Choir. He directed his first choir at age 15 and has continued to direct choirs and ensembles since. He was an All-State Musician in 2003 and graduated from Seminole State College, where he studied Music. He currently works in Entertainment at Walt Disney World.
Russell StephensGrant Writer
Russell Stephens, originally from Huntsville, Alabama, earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre at the University of Alabama before permanently relocating to Orlando in 2014. In addition to his credits as a performer, he has organized fundraisers benefitting Beat Auburn/Beat Hunger food drive and disaster relief in Haiti, and volunteered with arts organizations in Alabama and Florida since 2000. He takes great pride in his passion for bringing people together, and strives always to enrich the lives of those around him through any means possible.
Katherine GrayFounding Team Member
Katherine Gray Scholarship Fund
Katherine has been directing children’s musical theater since 2002 when she founded a performing arts program for Orlando Christian Prep. Since then, she has directed over 75 shows for multiple schools, churches, and theaters and has taught music and drama to all ages of students; she has also been a performer and training coordinator at Walt Disney World. Katherine has served in a variety of key roles at CFCArts including the director of education and all youth programs.
Sara Brady Public Relations, Inc., specializes in crisis management and strategic communications. She has been named PR Professional of the Year by FPRA and one of Orlando Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People. Sara also serves on the board for the Orlando Science Center.
Joshua VickeryFounder/Executive Director
Joshua earned a B.A. Degree in General Education/Music at Palm Beach Atlantic University and has been a Worship Pastor, Fine Arts Director, and Executive Director of Central Florida Christmas Celebration. He has lead adult and youth choirs and orchestras with memberships exceeding 250 and has been a producer, director, and vocal coach in many of his ministry and educational roles. He is a member of the Young Nonprofit Professional Network and a Member Partner of Visit Orlando.
For more than three decades, Carlos Barrios has dedicated his career to creating architecture that exemplifies excellence, innovation and the utmost attention to detail. He oversees Quality Control and Assurance on major projects and is responsible for the development of innovative delivery systems, staff development and mentoring. Barrios sits on the Corporate Board of Directors and serves on multiple committees.
Dean currently serves as a Wealth Advisor for BB&T. He serves on several local Boards including the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. He is an active member of Grace Fellowship Church and has sung with the Central Florida Community Arts Choir for three seasons.
Jim Bowden is the Director of Employee Relations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Jim began his career at Walt Disney World Resort in 1988. He has held a variety of leadership roles in hotels, park operations and human resources. Jim’s community involvement includes a grants program panelist for United Arts (2013-2015) and recently served as a board member for Center for Independent Living. He holds a B.A. in business management.
Mary Recchia Brown
Mary is Founder & Chief Learning Officer at Possibilities YOU, an essential success skills training hub for small business owners & independent entrepreneurs. She is also a principal with Recchia Brown & Associates, a strategic-think-partner consulting practice facilitating nonprofit board retreats focused on strategic planning, visioning & executive transition.
A northern transplant, Brenda works as a residential sales agent with Keller Williams Winter Park. She and her native-Floridian husband have two very musical sons, and they have been supporters of CFCArts since its inception. Her son, Jonathan, just might have something to do with that!
Jonathan ColeCo-Founder & Board Emeritus
Jonathan grew up in the Central Florida area with a passion and love for the arts that started at a young age, while learning to play the piano. After initially co-founding and then being on the Board of Directors of CFCArts, he graduated with his Master’s Degree in Worship Arts – Leadership from Liberty University in 2013 and is now the pastor of music and worship at Westview Baptist Church in Belleville, Illinois. He is extremely grateful to have been able to serve an incredible organization such as CFCArts.
Scott Evans is the Visual and Performing Arts Administrator for Orange County Public Schools. He is proud to support over 600 amazing arts educators who provide arts learning opportunities to over 180,000 students. Previously, he served as an elementary music teacher and secondary choral director for the Orange County Public School system.
Vicki Fuller is the CFCArts Community Liaison for VITAS Healthcare, a hospice provider that cares for patients facing life-limiting illnesses. Vicki is a member of the Advisory Council for Senior Resource Alliance, and earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work from UCF. She is Stanford University-certified as a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Leader, and this year earned her certification as an Alzheimer’s Association Support Group Facilitator. A recent appointee to the CFCArts Board, Vicki indulges her creative side by singing with Musical Minds, and supporting her daughter in the CFCArts Children’s Choir.
Kris Lewis is savvy, forward-thinking marketing professional with over fifteen years designing strategic communications, and integrated marketing and public/media relations campaigns. She is a respected leader in her field and is on the cutting edge of communication tactics. Lewis works with corporations, brands and individuals to help them build their brands and be their voice to the world. Prior to joining The Orlando Magic as the Director of Corporate Partnership Sales, Kris served as the Partnership Manager at iHeartMedia, served as a national sales manager with a media group in South Florida, was instrumental in the development of Major Brand Partnerships with Simon Malls in the South East, as well as owned a boutique marketing firm that worked specifically with nonprofits. Committed to professional excellence and lifelong learning, Kris has graduated various leadership programs in Florida as well as holds several marketing accreditations. Lewis graduated with honors at Hofstra University in New York with a double major in Marketing and Communications. Currently, her community involvement includes volunteering with the Victim’s Service Center, UCF College of Medicine internship program, the Winter Park Leadership Alumni Committee and a board member with The Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.
Jessica Guthrie is the President of One Compass Consulting, a management consulting company she founded in 2014. She specializes in guiding businesses and individuals in their right direction by developing strategic plans, driving operational plans and projects, and facilitating communications and organizational change. Jessica has always loved music and grew up playing flute and piano with various organizations. She enjoys the camaraderie of creating music together and connecting with others through the arts. She has been performing with the CFCArts choir since 2013. Jessica is actively involved in the community and participates in Toastmasters and Orlando Science Center events. Jessica and her husband, Vance, reside in their native Orlando, Florida and enjoy every opportunity to explore and travel the world.
Jeffrey M. Moore is the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and a Professor of Music (Percussion) at the University of Central Florida. Prior to his role as Dean, he served as the founding Director of the School of Performing Arts and Chair of the Music Department. Active in all facets of percussion, he has performed with several major symphony orchestras and is a frequent performer of chamber music. He also performs on drum set, and is an international clinician, lecturer, and soloist. He served as an Associate Editor of Percussive Notes and is currently on the Board of Advisors for the Percussive Arts Society. In addition, he currently serves on the Boards of the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, the Orlando Repertory Theatre, the Orlando Philharmonic and A Gift for Music.
Mary Palmer, University of Central Florida Professor Emerita and former College of Education Dean, has taught in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve schools, as well as colleges, universities, and community settings throughout the world. As president of Mary Palmer & Associates, LLC, a consulting group in education and the arts, Mary assists schools and community organizations in transforming their practices through the arts. As founder of the Florida Alliance for Arts Education and a board member for numerous local, state and national organizations, she is a tireless advocate for arts education in schools and communities. She is past-President of the Florida Music Educators Association, the Music Educators National Conference Southern Division, the Florida Alliance for Arts Education and is a member of numerous national, state, and community arts Boards of Directors. Palmer holds Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois.
Dr. Stephen Summers joined CFCArts in Summer 2011, and continues to perform in the community choir, classical choir, and orchestra. He holds a doctorate in chemistry and currently serves as Dean of Arts & Sciences at Seminole State College.
As Vice President of Innovation and Development for the Better Business Bureau, David orchestrates forward-thinking marketing programs, public relations, technology and day-to-day outreach efforts to recruit new and engage existing Accredited Businesses. With over 35 years’ experience in media, marketing, and advertising, David is dedicated to setting high standards for client services and a reputation for providing high impact, high-value marketing programs with a solid track record providing a high rate of return on investment for internal and external clients. David began his Internet career in 1999 co-founding CareerTV.net and later CareerTV.com, a global Internet and social media company streaming career videos across the web catering to some of the most sought-after employers in the world. His work with CareerTV.com has led him to be recognized as an industry pioneer in video-streaming. David’s career footprint spans across all major markets from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Miami to Boston; servicing a diverse list of clients such as American Express and the FBI. David ended his 10 years on the of the City of Orlando’s Downtown Arts District this year as Chairman Ex-Officio. He’s currently Executive Director of the Miss Orlando Scholarship Pageant for the Miss America Organization. David was honored in 2015, awarded a Proclamation by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer for his service and dedication to the arts, and for promoting economic development through the growth of arts and culture in the City of Orlando.
Daniel J. Yee completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts, Classics from Loyola University at Chicago, followed by a Bachelor’s of Science of Pharmacy from Midwestern University. He then completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree the following year, also from Midwestern. After completion of his PharmD, Dan completed Pharmacy Practice residency at Edward Hines VA Hospital in Chicago. Out of residency, Dan joined Dr. P. Phillips Hospital as a Clinical Coordinator. Dan decided to return to Orlando Health in March of 2011 to ORMC as a Pharmacy Supervisor and was promoted to his role as Pharmacy Manager of APMC in December of 2012. Dan currently plays violin for the CFCArts Symphony Orchestra. He joined Central Florida Community Arts in September 2012.
Lori grew up in Central Florida and graduated from UCF with her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work. She worked at Florida Hospital until she had her two daughters and then had the privilege of being a stay at home mom. She started with Central Florida Community Arts as a parent volunteer and transitioned into her current role as Administrator of Youth and Education. She enjoys getting to meet new families and assist them in getting plugged into the many exciting programs at CFCArts.
Madison RoachAdministrator, Young Artists Orchestra and Teaching Artist, Academy
Madison graduated from University of Central Florida with a Bachelors degree in Music Education. She is originally from Texas and has played French Horn for over 14 years. Madison is currently an elementary music teacher and works with students kindergarten through fifth grade. She is involved with the CFCArts Orchestra as well as the mass choir.
Loretta FredrichChoral Programs Administrator
Loretta is a retired educator who spent many years teaching music, math, and English to elementary and secondary students primarily in Missouri and Illinois. After a 15-year stint as Assistant Director of an Early Childhood Center at SIU Edwardsville, she has held several retail and administrative positions in San Diego and Orlando. Loretta has been involved with CFCArts since the 2011 fall season. She now happily calls CFCArts her focus as the arts and service are where she wants to spend her retirement years.
Jake TeixeiraAssociate Theatre Director
Jake is a graduate from Rollins College and has worked with many different theater companies in the Orlando area for the last 5 years. He co-founded his own theater company, Point Blank Productions, in 2011 and his most recent directing projects include “Little Shop of Horrors” and “All New People.”
Terry LulofsMusical Minds Choir Administrator
Terry was born and raised in Southern California and has worked several in several fields of work including dentistry and in-home childcare. She relocated to Central Florida 20 years ago with her husband and three children and began working in the insurance industry until she retired 6 years ago. Terry sang in choirs all throughout her time in school but didn’t have the opportunity to sing again for many years until she joined her church choir and then, later, the CFCArts community choir, which she’s been a member of since its inception. She currently volunteers her time with her church and with CFCArts as the Choral Librarian and Musical Minds Administrator. Terry is now a very proud grandmother of two.
Priscilla has been involved with music since she started playing the flute in 4th grade. She was a member of an award-winning high school marching band and symphonic band and capped her instrumental career with four years in the Big Brown Music Machine at CSU Long Beach. Since relocating to Florida from California in 2004, she has been involved with several area choirs and has participated in the Candlelight Processional at Epcot as a member of the Walt Disney World Cast Choir for the last 8 years. Priscilla has been a member of the CFCArts Community Choir since its inception and works for the Walt Disney Company as a Guest Information Coordinator.
Melanie Galiardo has been a private vocal coach for over fifteen years and is Central Florida’s only certified Speech Level Singing Instructor. She has a Master’s in Music in Vocal Pedagogy from Belmont University and her Bachelor’s in Music from Stetson University.
David KiyakArtist in Residence
David joined Orlando Ballet in 2010, and in the summer of 2011, he was invited by prima ballerina, Maniya Barredo, to perform in the Philippines as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. He also had the opportunity to perform as an on-call artist for Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba in Orlando throughout the year of 2014. David just completed his fifth season with Orlando Ballet where he performed numerous principle roles. He is now working as a guest artist, teacher and choreographer. David gives all glory to God for his gift of dance.
Scott KinkeadArtist in Residence
Scott’s formal training comes from Kirkwood College and Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Ia. with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Education but it’s the school of life through performing, directing, teaching and business management that he feels is what has given him the ability to coach students and achieve their personal goals. Scott has also been a Music Minister to Adults, Children and Youth for the past 20 years directing Choirs, developing arts programs for children, youth rock bands for middle and high school students and choirs.
Mary Thompson HuntArtist in Residence
Mary been professionally improvising and teaching for over 30 years and has interviewed and worked with numerous celebrities, executives, and politicians from all around the world. In addition to television and film work, Mary is also a voice over artist. She is married to graphic artist, Jason Hunt.
Amy Martin ColeArtist in Residence
With 30 years at working and performing at Walt Disney World, Amy now enjoys teaching choral groups, vocal clinics and private coaching sessions. She holds a Music Education degree and can frequently be found either in the recording studio or performing.
Jason BaileyArtist in Residence
Jason graduated with a B.A. in Vocal and Instrumental Education with an emphasis in Jazz Studies from Spring Arbor University. Since graduating, Jason has been an actor, a teacher, and worship leader. His acting and singing career has included tours with Missoula Children’s Theater, American Family Theater, Rocky Mountain Repertory, and his all-time favorite, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. Jason has also been playing the saxophone for nearly 27 years and has played in a number of jazz bands and ensembles, including performing with jazz great Dan Lanphere.
Kevin HarrisArtist in Residence
A graduate of UMKC Conservatory of Music, Kevin has led choirs and orchestras, music camps and conferences all over the nation. His company, Harrisland Studios, provides voice coaching and training, song writing, arranging and production. He is the Music Minister for Windermere Union Church and a sub for Voices of Liberty at Walt Disney World. His philosophy is that music is a special gift that binds us together, touches our soul and helps us become one family.