FAFO Board of Directors

Beth Cannon
Beth Cannon grew up in Ocala taking art lessons from Shannon Roth. Upon returning to the area, she spent ten years working at Shands Healthcare’s Information Technology department and then owned her own web design business, Stretch Web Design. She currently works with her husband, Craig, at The Cannon Law Firm. Prior to joining FAFO’s board, Beth served as president of both the Happy Hearts Preschool & Kindergarten and the Eighth Street Elementary School boards; she also served on the board of the Marion County YMCA and the Magnolia Art Xchange. Currently, Beth co-chairs FAFO's arts festival. Beth and Craig have two children, Alice and Harris. Beth has been on the FAFO Board since 2015.
Jena Brooks
Vice President
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 most recently 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.   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
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
Treasurer and Symphony Chair
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 and serves on the board of Fine Arts for Ocala as Treasurer. 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.
Sagi Asokan
Board Member
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.
Aaron Campo
Board Member
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, including the Ocala Farm Market, First Friday Art Walk, MAX Advisory Council, and was a past-president of the Downtown Business Alliance. Aaron is married to his lovely wife Victoria and enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with their two dogs, and relaxing around the house.
Anne Dozier
Board Member
I taught in the Marion County school system for 16 years before moving away. When my husband retired we decided to move back to Ocala where we had wonderful friends. I joined the board in 2018 and have enjoyed giving back to Ocala through volunteering.
Jennifer Eggers
Board Member
Jenny is a wife, mother to two young men, and a portrait photographer. She's proudly called Ocala home since 2006. Always jumping feet first into her passions, FAFO was no exception. She loves working alongside her fellow board members and delights in seeing the impact that the arts bring to the Ocala community. When Jenny's not photographing in her downtown portrait studio, she’s attempting to keep up with her boys on the mountain bike trails at Santos.
Meagan Chaney Gumpert
Board Member
Meagan is a local family and event photographer who views her work as a vehicle for storytelling. She specialized in capturing the connection, love, and humor found in real life. She moved to Ocala in 2007 and has put down quite a set of roots with her husband and two young boys. To learn more about Meagan and her work go to www.MeaganGumpert.com
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Rob Jordan
Board Member
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.
John Patrik Kerley
Board Member
I was born in Hollywood FL, where I attended Hollywood Hills High School. I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Science Education from Florida Southern College (1996). Upon graduation, I moved to Ocala and began my career as a high school History teacher at Forest High School (1997-2006), and a head basketball coach (1997-2005). I began my administrative experience as a dean at Evergreen Elementary (2006-2008). I had the opportunity to return to Forest as a dean the following year (2008-2009). My first position as an Assistant Principal was at North Marion Middle School (2009-2012). I again had the opportunity to return to an elementary school, serving as Assistant Principal at Maplewood Elementary (2012-2013). The following year I was given my first opportunity as Principal at North Marion Middle School (2013-2015). My Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern (2006) and my Specialist Degree from National Louis University as well as my current work towards my Doctorate in Education prepared me to assume the role as Area Superintendent of schools from 2017-2019. In 2019 I had the opportunity to move to the role of Principal of Madison Street Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts. I have two daughters Adyla (14), who is an International Baccalaureate Student and a volleyball player Vanguard High School, and Arden (10) who is a student at Madison Street Academy.
Sarah Kirk
Board Member
Sarah is a third-generation Ocala native. She attended Vanderbilt University after leaving the sunshine state. Sarah has always been interested in art of all mediums and enjoys being involved in the Ocala art community.
Jason Lenhart
Board Member
Growing up I was very interested in the environment and sports, throughout my University days, I competed in the national championships, and my senior year we were nationally ranked 12th and ranked number one in the east. As fate would have it we lost to Princeton in the quarterfinals and that loss (the only loss we had all season) ended our hopes. However a great run. When I graduated, I was at crossroads where on direction led me to an MA and a career as a Marriage and Family counselor or do I listen to the advice of a golf professional I worked for all through college and pursue a career as a Golf Professional. I explored both and went to Florida in 1985 to pursue the career of a club pro. My career took off, and I found myself opening new courses or coming to courses that were in trouble and turned them around. In 1999 I joined Billy Casper Golf that took me back to Northeast. I spent the time in the North East as a regional manager and assisted in the growth of the company as well as the opening of new courses and having wayward courses back on track. 2012 I made a decision that I would look to move back to Florida as that is where my kids were so when the opening at Ocala Golf Club became available I threw my name in the hat. I was welcomed in October of 2015 by the city and have enjoyed my experience here in Ocala. October of 2017 we celebrated a new contract with the City. One of the events that caught my attention was “Symphony Under the Stars” the fact that this event is held at Ocala Golf club ensured me that this a place that I would like to be. So here I am starting my first year on FAFO’s board. Looking forward to the journey and the fun along the way.
Billye Mallory
Board Member

Billye Mallory is a Studio Manager for Michelle Foster Photography and is a graduate of the University of Florida. A Marion County native, she has been involved with the Ocala Civic Theatre and Performing Arts Conservatory. Billye enjoys attending local events and spending most of her time in downtown Ocala, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

Buff Moring
Board Member
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.
Leona Patterson
Board Member
I have called Ocala, Florida my home after moving here from Hialeah, Florida in 1972. Last year I retired from the Marion County School Board after working as an Executive Secretary for 39 years which was an awesome career. United Way, Women of Worth (WOW) and most recently FAFO are organizations that are dear to my heart and that I volunteer my time and energy with when I am not spending time with my family. We raised two beautiful children a son and a daughter who have blessed me with five grandsons that I adore.
David Reutter
Board Member
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.
Joanna Robertson
Board Member
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
Board Member
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.
Teddy Sykes
Board Member
Teddy Sykes is a local artist and IT professional who has lived in the Ocala area most of his life. Having attended most every FAFO event from a young age to present, he is excited to be a new member of the board. Teddy is a huge supporter of the local arts and music scene and most of his free time is spent downtown attending or being involved in events.
Melissa Townsend
Board Member
Ocala is Melissa’s hometown and as a middle school and high school student she had the experience of showing her artwork in the Ocala Arts Festival’s student show. She credits FAFO and her experience at the Ocala Arts Festival with igniting her passion for the arts. Life has now come full circle and Melissa is excited to be a member of the FAFO Board. Melissa is passionate about the Ocala community and enjoys showing it off to clients as a realtor at It’s All About You…Real Estate, LLC.
Maggie Weakley
Administrative Coordinator
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. 
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