Julie Shealy recently retired from the Marion County Public Schools after 32 years as a teacher, principal, and district administrator. Past board member of United Way, Women of Worth President, past member of the National Women's Leadership Council, board member and Executive Director for the Public Education Foundation and most importantly, she and her husband Jeff and have two wonderful daughters and four adorable grand babies! Julie has been a FAFO Board member since 2014.
Buff Moring has been a FAFO Board member since 2012. In her career as a Guardian ad Litem, she has witnessed the tremendous potential of art as a healing tool for abused children, and how powerful art and music are for all children.
Prior to moving to Ocala in 2010, Jena Brooks lived in Tallahassee and was employed by the state of Florida for nearly 20 years in various capacities. She was Director of the Office of Greenways & Trails in the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for nearly 10 years and oversaw the management of the Cross Florida Greenway. Prior to that, she served as Chief Cabinet Aide to the Florida Commissioner of Education, and held positions within the Departments of Insurance, State and the Florida Senate. She was an English H.S. teacher prior to working for the State. Jena is also a board member of the Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation and the Wakulla Environmental Institute Advisory Council. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a BA in English and Communications. Jena has been on the FAFO Board since 2014.
Summer Gill was born and raised in Ocala and a proud graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in psychology. You will hear her say Gandhi’s quote “Be the change you wish to see in the world” over and over again and that is how she lives her life. Summer is the Executive Director of the Marion County Literacy Council. She serves on the board for Fine Arts for Ocala, Leadership Marion/Ocala Youth, 2035 Leadership Committee with the City of Ocala, Young Professionals Ocala, and serves on the committees for the First Friday Art Walk and the Tuscawilla Sculpture Project. She is also a member of Rotary Club of Ocala-Sunset, Junior League of Ocala and Grace Episcopal Church. Besides enjoying all the great things Ocala has to offer, Summer loves the beach, spending as much time as possible with her friends and family and facilitating the coolest book club in town "I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie." Summer has been on the FAFO Board since 2012.
Karen McAteer Hatch
Karen McAteer Hatch is vice president of CenterState Bank. Raised in Ocklawaha, Florida, she is a fifth generation Marion County resident and lives with her two children, and husband Kenny in Ocala. She was the 2014 Rotarian of the Year Award from the Belleview Rotary Club for her community support, an active member, Past President and Past Assistant District Governor for the Belleview Rotary Club District 6970, serves on the board of Fine Arts for Ocala and is honored to be the current chair of Symphony Under the Stars. Karen is also active in the United Way of Marion County, PACE Center for Girls and the Discovery Center. Karen has been on the FAFO Board since 2014.
Art Show Chair
Beth Cannon grew up in Ocala taking art lessons from Shannon Roth. Once returning to the area, she spent ten years working at Shands Healthcare’s Information Technology department then owned her own web design business, Stretch Web Design. She currently works with her husband at The Cannon Law Firm.
Prior to joining FAFO’s board, Beth served as president of both the Happy Hearts Preschool & Kindergarten and Eighth Street Elementary School boards; she also served on the board of the Marion County YMCA. Currently, Beth co-chairs the PACE Center for Girls Derby Day 5k & 10k. Beth and Craig have two children, Alice and Harris. Beth has been on the FAFO Board since 2015.
Art Show Chair
Heather Gifford, MSN, BSN, RN is the Director of Organizational Development & Patient Experience at Munroe Regional Medical Center where she has been employed since 2003. Her nursing practice focuses on providing exceptional patient experiences through support and development of exceptional healthcare professionals. Heather grew up in Ocala from 1979 through 1988. Since returning to the Ocala community in 2002 with her two children, Lauren and Walker, Heather is committed to enhancing the lives of our citizens through healthcare, education and the arts. Heather has been on the FAFO Board since 2012.
Sagi Asokan has been a FAFO Board Member for over 20 years. She is currently working at Ocala Plastic Surgery and is the College of Central Florida Foundation Board Treasurer.
Victoria Billig is Assistant Director of Museum Operations at the Appleton Museum of Art. She earned an MS in Interdisciplinary Arts from Nova Southeastern University and a BA in Art History from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining the Appleton Museum of Art, she held positions at the Pelham Art Center in Pelham, NY, the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, and the USF Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, FL. She also sits on the board of the Magnolia Art Xchange, an incubator for emerging artists. Victoria has been on the FAFO Board since 2015.
Aaron Campo is an Ocala native who attended college at the University of Florida. He has worked in the downtown area for the past fifteen years in the medical industry and has been involved in several downtown organizations and committees including the Ocala Farm Market, First Friday Art Walk, MAX Advisory Council, and was a past-president of the Downtown Business Alliance. Aaron enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, and doing projects around the house, and he is excited to participate on the FAFO board this year.
Tyrus Clutter has a BA in Art from Spring Arbor University and an MFA in Painting from Bowling Green State University. He works with painting and printmaking media, as well as with mixed media assemblage. He is an Art History Professor at College of Central Florida, CF. To learn more about Tyrus go to TyrusClutter.com
. Tyrus has been on the FAFO Board since 2012.
Chayo Comas is a former educator. Previously having taught art to children from kindergarten through eight grade. Volunteering for FAFO , and other community organizations involving education and art are favorite pastimes. She was the FAFO Art Festival Chair for two consecutive years. Chayo has been on the FAFO Board since 2014.
Donna DiSclafani has lived in Ocala since 1993. She has been a FAFO Board member since 2012. Donna was the President of FAFO from 2013-2015.
Jennifer Eggers is proud to be part of FAFO for it’s 50th year. She is no stranger to the arts as she spent 10 years as a professional dancer/ singer in NYC. These days, she’s busy raising her elementary-aged boys, running her photography business and teaching dance. Jennifer has been on the FAFO Board since 2016.
Meagan Chaney Gumpert
Meagan Chaney Gumpert is a studio artist working with low fire clay and kiln cast glass. Primarily inspired by nature, her wall reliefs and sculptures are held in numerous corporate and private collections and are shown nationwide. She now teaches workshops and maintains a private studio in Ocala, FL where she lives with her husband and two young children. Meagan has been on the FAFO Board since 2014. For more info about Meagan and her work, please visit MeaganChaneyGumpert.com.
Brian has been a FAFO Board member since 2016.
Rob Jordan has lived in Ocala since the age of four. He graduated from Forest High and the University of Florida. Rob has taught English at Belleview High for the last 20 years. He enjoys traveling, photography, golfing, the Gators and, of course, art. Rob has been on the FAFO Board since 2014.
Lela Kerley moved to Ocala in 1997. She has been involved with various educational pursuits. After teaching French at Forest High School from 1997-2000, she began a doctoral degree in European history at the University of Florida. There Lela developed a passion for art history and since that time she has written several articles and written a book on visual culture in Belle Epoque France. She is an avid collector of late 19th century French art who also enjoys running, drinking Cotes du Rhone with good friends, traveling abroad, and spending time with her family by the pool. Lela has the best job sharing her love of all things European with her students at West Port High School who make her work a pleasure each and every day. Her hobbies and profession pale in comparison to the joy she feels for her husband and two daughters. Without them, she says, she would not know 'joie de vivre.' Lela has been on the FAFO Board since 2016.
Susie has been a FAFO Board member since 2012.
David Reutter is the Registrar at the Appleton Museum of Art. In his free time he does distance running and sprint triathlons. David has been on the FAFO Board since 2013.
Dan Robertson is a Neurosurgeon. A proud father of three, he has lived in Ocala since 2004. Dan enjoys crossfit and golf. Dan has been on the FAFO Board since 2013.
Joanna was born and raised in Ocala. Currently she works at Wells Fargo Bank as a Personal Banker. Joanna has been on the FAFO Board since 2015.
Jim Shelley is a General Surgery Coordinator at MRMC and is a Board Certified Operating Room R.N. Jim supports FAFO because he cannot imagine life without the arts, and in Ocala that which we do not support, we lose. Jim has been on the FAFO Board since 2012.
Pamela Zeljak has been a member of the Ocala community for 13 years. She has worked for several causes in not-for-profits during her career. Pamela enjoys finding new music, going to concerts, and independent films. Pamela has been on the FAFO Board since 2012.
Maggie Weakley has been the Administrative Coordinator for Fine Arts For Ocala, FAFO since 2014. She is the owner/creator of MaggiesAngels.com
. She is an illustrator, painter, art teacher and an avid supporter of the arts in her community. Maggie has lived in Ocala since 1998. She is married to Kent and has two sons, Lucas and Max. She loves living in Ocala and spending time with her family, animals and friends.
2015 FAFO Board Members: Sagi Asokan, Beth Cannon, Victoria Billig, Tyrus Clutter, Donna DiSclafani, Heather Gifford, Summer Gill, Meagan Chaney Gumpert, Karen McAteer Hatch, Rob Jordan, Susie Klein, David Reutter, Dan Robertson, Julie Shealy, Jim Shelley. Not pictured: Jena Brooks, Chayo Comas, David Gadlage Leigh Anne Link, Buff Moring, Kisha Ragland, Cass Roth-Retz, Joanna Robertson
2015 Executive Officers:
- President: Donna DiSclafani
- Vice President: Buff Moring
- Treasurer: Jena Brooks
- Secretary: Joanna Robertson
- Symphony Chair: Karen Hatch
- Art Show Chairs: Chayo Comas, Susie Klein & Julie Shealy
- Administrative Coordinator: Maggie Weakley
- Sagi Asokan
- Jena Brooks
- Beth Cannon
- Victoria Billig
- Tyrus Clutter
- Chayo Comas
- Donna DiSclafani
- David Gadlage
- Heather Gifford
- Summer Gill
- Meagan Chaney Gumpert
- Karen McAteer Hatch
- Rob Jordan
- Susie Klein
- Leigh Anne Link
- Buff Moring
- Kisha Ragland
- David Reutter
- Cass Roth-Retz
- Dan Robertson
- Joanna Robertson
- Julie Shealy
- Jim Shelley