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Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville elects new board of directors and executive committee

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville recently elected new members to serve on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Allison Korman Shelton, Director of Corporate Marketing and Public Relations for Stellar, has been elected to serve as the Chair for a two-year term beginning in fiscal year 2011-2012. The Cultural Council Board of Directors serves as the agency’s governing and policy-making body.

New members of the Cultural Council Board of Directors are: Cathy Chambers, JAXUSA Partnership; Brandon Choy, ADT; Abel Harding, First Citizens Bank; Lisa Rinaman; and Tom Serwatka, University of North Florida.

The Cultural Council Executive Committee members are: Allison Korman Shelton, Stellar, Chair; Larry Wilson, Designmind, Incoming Chair; Mary Ellen Smith, Immediate Past Chair; Elaine Brown, Killashee Investments, Treasurer; Lisa Rinaman, Secretary; Diane Brunet-Garcia, Brunet-Garcia Advertising, Marketing/Communications Chair; David Engdahl, Innovation Chair; Shannon Hewett, Southern Strategy Group, Advocacy Chair; Virginia Steiger, Art in Public Places Chair; and Frank Watson, National Retail Corporation, Strategic Planning Chair.

The Board of Directors works with the staff to implement the Council’s strategic plan in support of its mission to champion the appreciation, relevance, and expression of art and culture.

Founded in 1971, the Cultural Council serves as the designated local arts agency for Duval County. The Council, a private nonprofit organization, administers both the Cultural Service Grant program and the Art in Public Places program on behalf of the City of Jacksonville. Additionally, the Council provides outreach, advocacy and support for area cultural organizations and individual artists.

A complete list of the Cultural Council Board of Directors is listed below.

Cultural Council Board of Directors


Executive Committee

Chair: Allison Korman Shelton, Stellar

Incoming Chair: Larry Wilson, Designmind

Immediate Past Chair: Mary Ellen Smith, Community Volunteer

Treasurer: Elaine Brown, Killashee Investments

Secretary: Lisa Rinaman, Community Volunteer

Marketing/Communications Chair: Diane Brunet-Garcia, Brunet-Garcia Advertising

Innovation Chair: David Engdahl, Sculptor

Advocacy Chair: Shannon Hewett. Southern Strategy Group

Art in Public Places Chair: Virginia Steiger, Community Volunteer

Strategic Planning Chair: Frank Watson, National Retail Corporation

Board of Directors:

Joseph Augustus, Swisher International

Olivia Bush, St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

Cathy Chambers, JAXUSA Partnership

Brandon Choy, ADT

Jackie Cornelius, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

Abel Harding, First Citizens Bank

William Hill, Jacksonville University

Jeanne Miller, Florida State College at Jacksonville

Devin Reed, Jacksonville International Airport

Tom Serwatka, University of North Florida

Penny Thompson, Shands Jacksonville

Sharon Wamble-King, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida


Stephen Joost, Jacksonville City Council

Jessica Deal, Mayor’s Office, City of Jacksonville

Martha Barrett, Duval County School Board


Ann Baker

Jacqueline Holmes

Helen Lane

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