Parent Panel

CFCArts strives to create a Parent/Guardian Advisory Panel comprised of parents and guardians who are diverse in many ways, including but not limited to: location, race/ethnicity, education, socio-economic status, age/grade level of child/children, and CFCArts program area involvement.

Parent/Guardian Advisory Panel members commit to:

  • Being an active member of the Parent/Guardian Advisory Panel for from date of admission (March 2, 2020) through the 10th Anniversary Season (end of September 2021)
  • Attending bi-monthly meetings (every other month) to lend insight and feedback regarding CFCArts Education programs
  • Volunteering to assist with the planning, running, and promotion of bi-annual CFCArts Education fundraising events and 10th Anniversary events
  • Advocating for CFCArts Education programs within the Central Florida community and your sphere of influence


Ronette Arthur is a native of Houston, Texas but moved to Florida to attend college. Ronette has worked with clients in the Florida real estate market since 2003 and has owned/managed Orlando Metro Properties, LLC for the past fourteen years. She is married to Mo Arthur and their son Mosi has been performing with CFCArts for the past four years. Over the years she has tutored students in the public school system, volunteered on boards in Orange County, been involved with numerous nonprofits and organizations in Florida, and is an active volunteer with her church.
Carelle Bailey is an accounting professional with over twenty years’ experience in accounting, banking and finance and has worked in the areas of travel and investment. Ms. Bailey earned a degree in Accounting from Florida Metropolitan University, and an MBA from Everest University. Carelle is passionate about children and changing their lives for the better. Her passion has led her to fostering children which she has been doing for the past six years. She is a member of the Orange Seminole Foster Children’s Association. Carelle enjoys the arts and is a graduate of one of Jamaica’s leading performing arts schools. In her spare time, Carelle enjoys reading, tennis, track and field and watching sci-fi movies with her girls. Carelle has one biological daughter age fifteen, and two long-term foster children ages twelve and ten. Some of her other hobbies include cooking and traveling. Her most memorable vacation was her trip to Paris, France where she hopped on the bullet train from London, spent the day touring Paris by bus and boat and hopped on the train back to London all in one day.
Renée Cartee is a Music Teacher at Galileo Gifted School teaching K-8 general music, chorus, band, and drama. She is a parent of three CFCArts kids: Kyle, Victoria, and Joey. All three perform in band and theatre. Currently, Kyle is part of the Youth Theatre Troupe’s The Sound of Music cast. The Cartee family has been a part of CFCArts for seven years, volunteering at camps and various shows, performing multiple seasons, and supporting our overall youth program. Renée enjoys helping with the performers, front of house, props, decor, and even some face painting here and there! Renée and her family love being a part of our large Performing Arts Forever Family!
Rick Garrett is the Executive Pastor at Grace Church. He has more than twenty years experience working in church leadership in churches ranging in size from two hundred to four thousand. He has been a part of Grace Church since 2010 when he and his wife, Christie, moved to Orlando for the purpose of starting new churches. He has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and is a certified leadership coach through CMM. He and Christie have been married for more than nineteen years and have three children: Hannah-Kate, Trey, and Lily.
As part of a family of musicians and music lovers, Suzanne became involved in the Performing Arts at a young age. An accomplished flutist, she performed in various school and community bands, orchestras, chamber music groups, marching bands and musicals. After earning her degree in Communications from Ithaca College, she worked at TV and radio stations in Upstate New York before joining National Public Radio in Washington, DC, as an Audio and Recording Engineer. During her long career at NPR, she worked on the network’s news and cultural programs, and as a member of the White House Press Corps. After living in Northern Virginia, Key West, and Japan, Suzanne and her family settled in Windermere in 2016. Her daughter, Melissa, has participated in several of CFCArts’ Musical Theater Company productions and is also a member of the CFCArts Youth Vocal Ensemble. Suzanne is a returning member of the Parent Advisory Panel and a member of the CFCArts’ Tenth Anniversary Steering Committee.
Jaime is a proud parent (with her husband, Jarrett) of three children who have all been a part of CFCArts. Their oldest, Annalise has grown so much through the organization over the last four years and eight shows. Jaime has joined the CFCArts Community Choir for special events in the past. She has been a worship director and vocal performer throughout the Central Florida area over the last fifteen years. Currently, Jaime works with a local non-profit, No Child Hungry, to help those in need. She is so excited to be a part of the CFCArts 10th Anniversary Parent Panel.

Terry was raised and educated in upstate New York and moved to Central Florida almost thirty years ago. She has her master’s degree in nursing and is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She has two children, Rylee  and Logan, who have been performing and learning at CFCArts since the summer of 2015 through the Youth Musical Theatre Troupe and Academy.

Mindy Beth Pinto was introduced to the CFCArts Youth Programs over two years ago when looking for an opportunity for her son to play his violin as part of an orchestra. Since then the Pinto family has become even more engaged in programing, such as the School of the Arts and Youth Musical Theatre Troupe, and participated in many service opportunities. As a member of the CFCArts 10th Anniversary Steering Committee and Parent Panel she hopes to spread the brand and mission of this amazing organization.
Melody Rivero has been a part of CFCArts since the Spring of 2019. Melody’s interest in the performing arts began at a young age. She was classically trained in piano for thirteen years and performed with many different vocal ensembles during high school and college. During the time that her husband was in the United States Marine Corps, she was thrilled to be a member of the American Military Spouses Choir. She now lives in Kissimmee, is a member of the CFCArts Community Choir, and her son, Ethan, loves being a part of the Children and Youth Arts Programs.
Nikki is mom to a blended family of seven kids, ranging in age from ten to twenty five! She and her husband, Shane, reside in Longwood. Nikki is active in her church, Sanlando United Methodist, where she has served in several leadership positions for the past seven years. She also helps to run the VBS program each summer and has been a small group leader in the youth ministry. Nikki is a member of the CFCArts Community Choir. Her youngest son, Camden, is very active in the Orlando theatre community as a singer and actor!
This is Michele’s first year with CFCArts. She was immediately impressed with the culture of the Youth Musical Theatre Troupe, which was a perfect fit for her high school sophomore. Michele and her husband Omar are parents of two talented daughters. She works as a social studies teacher with Orange County Public Schools. Michele is committed to doing whatever she can to support this amazing program.
Jen Simon is a behavior analyst specializing in children with special needs. She graduated from UCF with a degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Public Administration. She has two boys, ages eleven and fifteen, and an amazing husband. Her older son is a participant in and big fan of CFCArts classes, camps, and productions. When she isn’t working you can find her driving from one practice field to another or shuttling children to rehearsals. Jen is a true believer in the CFCArts mission and is proud to be a member of the Parent Panel.
Jen grew up on a small horse ranch about sixty miles outside of NYC. She loved everything from horses to theatre. When she moved to Florida with her parents, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and a Masters Degree in HR and Administration. She met and married the love of her life, Daniel while living in Punta Gorda. They both loved Disney so much they decided to move to Central Florida where they’re raising their three amazing children, Juliette and Jimmy (twins) and Trinity. When Jen isn’t busy running her kids around to rehearsals, she’s a special education teacher with OCPS. She has dedicated her life to advocating for all children, especially those with disabilities and from at-risk backgrounds. She passionately believes all children should be given opportunities to be involved in the arts. Jen is thrilled to be part of the CFCArts family!
Brittany Wright is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors in Psychology. Brittany has been involved with Central Florida Community Arts for two years by helping connect kids who would not have the opportunity to be a part of the arts with the scholarship program offered by Central Florida Community Arts. Brittany continues to work with youth in the community and is excited to be a part of the process with CFCArts.