BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

TRINA SLADE-BURKS | PRESIDENT

Trina comes from an artistic lineage. Her multimedia influences have included creative writing, visual arts, music and theatrical artistic art disciplines, which she incorporates into her works of painting, drawing and writing poetry. The process allows her to collaborate disciplines into a unique critical ensemble.

A graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale,Trina has exhibited at galleries, museums, and events for fifteen years. This includes the Cornell Museum at Old School Square, EG2 Gallery, Clay, Glass, Metal, Stone Gallery, Africa Now by AK and Collaboration: African Diaspora at the Armory Art Center.

Arts in education has been Trina’s passion for almost 30 years and has worked with a number of institutions, organizations and programs teaching art appreciation, enrichment, history and technique to children and adults alike. She has worked in at risk communities and juvenile prisons as well as Catholic and public schools in New York City and South Florida.. Some organizations where she has influenced community and at risk youth include The Children’s Coalition & Artist Showcase of the Palm Beaches.

The Center for Creative Education has been her creative education home for the last 10 years. Besides arts education Trina has influenced neighborhood children the importance of healthy eating habits and proper social etiquette.

In 2009, Trina expanded whom her creativity by self-publishing her first book entitled What is My Priority: My Release, which was book of poetry, affirmations and art, executed by her with collaborations with family and friends inserts. Since then she has publish five more personal and collaborative works.

She is also the co-founder of ATB Fine Art Group Inc. where she curates shows for other artists and promotes the local arts scene. Some exhibitions include Collaboration: African Diaspora, CONTINUUM PB Art Fair, a pop-up art exhibition that is a partnership with ArtPalmBeach, Collaboration: A Salute to Women & Collaboration: Student show at the EG2 Gallery, the Endangered Species of Florida Exhibition at the Paul Fisher Gallery, Background: Cultural Inspiration in Contemporary Art at ArtHouse 429 Gallery & Collaboration: Ubuntu at 1310 Gallery.

In 2013, Trina was the proud recipient of the Women of Excellence in the Arts from the West Palm Beach Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. In addition, that year she received recognition from The Caribbean-American Democratic Club of Palm Beach County for advocacy for the Arts through Caribbean-American Community Change Makers Initiative. In 2017, she became a board member of the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum where she is the committee chair for the exhibition committee.

In 2014, she created several artist improvement programs the No More Starving Artists Initiative. The programs help educate artists in understanding their art as a business. Some of these include The Brunch & Lecture Series, The Artists Lunch & Lecture Series & the No More Starving Artists Lectures.

In 2018 she established a 501 (c)3 called the No More Starving Artist Foundation. Its mission is to build the legacies for artists from Palm Beach County. The vision is to help artists in Palm Beach County be sustainable by providing opportunities and services.

Trina is presently working on a series of collaborative workshops that bridges the understanding of depression and how art and music is a therapeutic source of remedy for the mental illness. She continues producing workshops for local artists for the development in excellence in their professional careers.

CRAIG MCINNIS | VICE PRESIDENT

Craig was born in a small town in Connecticut, June 12th 1972. Music and art runs through his family tree. Craig decided early on that he would be an Artist. His Mother is an artist and his grandfather and great Uncles were all big band musicians. He cherishes his friends and family. Craig creates art for himself with hopes that it will stir something in the viewer…there is no other reason. He creates because he must do so to maintain sanity and relative balance.

Craig doodled his way through high school and then came to Florida to attend the Art Institute. After graduation he plunged into a varied list of artistic endeavors. He enjoys keeping his workload diverse to help expand his skill set and keep the calendar full of creativity. He has had the opportunity to make music, record and nationally tour in numerous bands, paint many public and private murals, make fine art on canvas, illustrate, log many fun hours on Photoshop, create graphics and layouts, create storyboard art and props for motion pictures, delve deeply into set, wardrobe and character design, apprentice as a tattoo artist, teach art to teens and adults, and most recently work behind the scenes to curate, promote and produce art shows for his cohorts.

As Co- Founder of Art Synergy and CONTINUUM Craig is proud to be part of a dedicated team of art professionals with the goal of promoting local art at National and International levels and facilitate access to education, art & culture to those who may not have previously had the chance.

Craig is also proud to be Creative Director of Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Over the past 15 years, he has done, horror make-up, graphics, talent booking, casting and management, branding, set design, scenic painting, and his fair share of getting into character.

Craig’s intent is to stay focused and to NEVER take his creative gifts for granted.

NICKIE HENNEVELT | SECRETARY

Nickie is a 6th generation native Floridian, and has been creating art since she was very young with her first art sale at the age of 9 years old.

After working for a local nonprofit for nearly 8 years as the Dir. of Administration and Finance, Nickie is now completely self-employed and pursuing her dream as an artist, educator and activist for the arts while living life to the fullest.

Nickie is the Co-Owner of Hennevelt's Gallery and Gifts with her husband Freddy, and she is the founder and creative director of Tiny Doors West Palm Beach. She is a content creator and speaks at events. Nickie also organizes and coordinates local art events and community projects. Hennevelts.com

As the founder and creative director of Tiny Doors West Palm Beach she hosts Tiny Mobile Art Studio events, Has a whimsical product line and has a fun Tiny Subscription Boxes with subscribers across the United States. Tiny Doors WPB offers Art Parties and Private art classes as well. TinyDoors.org

Nickie has a blog and YouTube channel called NikPikz where she posts about her love of gardening, art, creative lifestyle, and travel.

Walt Disney World is where you will find Nickie at least once a month! She is a big fan and can be found online at DisNickie.com, on YouTube and social media where she shares Disney travel tips and fun at the parks. “DisNickie” recently was invited to hold a lecture series in 2023 at the Mandel Public Library. The lectures consisted of Disney Planning, News and how to go to it on a budget. (Nickie does not work for Disney in any way.)

Nickie teaches art in many mediums at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach in Studio 411. All art classes are Free to the public. Nickie teaches adults, teens and children at the Library from painting, sculpting to mixed media classes.

Nickie enjoys volunteering her time in the community and is proud to be on the board of Directors of No More Starving Artist Foundation since Aug. 2021.

Nickie is married to Freddy Hennevelt who also is a full time artist. Nickie has a daughter 25 and a son 24 and two step daughters ages 30 and 25.

AARON WORMUS

Aaron Wormus is the Chief Technology Officer of SMArtX Advisory Solutions. Focusing on bringing technology solutions to the financial industry, Aaron Wormus has been the lead architect in the development many key pieces of Financial technology focused on the advisory and alternatives sector.

With an eye for community development, Aaron Wormus serves on the South End Neighborhood Association Board, authors the "a Guy on Clematis" blog, which has chronicled the growth of Downtown West Palm Beach and Clematis St. since 2009, Founded the Engage WPB Facebook group, and is actively involved in the Palm Beach Tech Association.

JENNY ROSS KONING

Jenny Ross Koning grew up heavily immersed in the art scene, and her passion for it has only grown stronger with time. As the daughter of a professional watercolorist and the mother of a young artist, Jenny is thrilled to be a part of No More Starving Artists Foundation. Her artistic endeavors include sewing, costume design, beading, photography, and writing. After spending time as a high school English teacher, she now enjoys teaching executive function skills to teenagers and young adults. She has also worked in the equestrian industry in a variety of areas. Jenny is excited to support NMSAF as a board member and looks forward to supporting local artists through this great organization.

SEABRON SMITH

Seabron has 27 years of experience at the local, state and regional level in the field of community development.

As a professional with a history of creating and maintaining successful linkage between the private and public sectors, he has demonstrated strengths in Grant Writing/Fundraising, Program Development and Business Management. Using calculated business start-up procedures, he has successfully promoted economic growth and community revitalization in communities throughout Florida. He has demonstrated strong intergovernmental and inter-organizational relations with expertise in research and developmental strategies to achieve organizational goals.

A native of north Florida, Mr. Smith earned a degree in Business Administration from Albany State University of Albany Georgia, and received numerous awards such as; member in the National Register’s WHO’S WHO in Executives and Professionals and was named as one of the most 50 powerful Black Executives of South Florida.

He has the ability to get business results through creating a "motivational environment" that provides for mutual benefit and cooperation. He’s experienced in developing policies, programs, effective communication strategies, securing grants, and negotiating with all levels of persons within the community, for-profit and non-profit agencies. He is also experienced for staff development, analyzing programs, and developing budgets to reach goals. He has built a high performance concept to take the communities into the 21st century.

Seabron is a resourceful, detailed oriented and highly motivated individual. He is a competent individual with very good interpersonal skills, allowing him to work well at all levels and displaying flexibility in his approach to people. Additional skills in motivation and leadership of others as well as creative approaches to a wide variety of situations descr ibes some of his attr ibutes. In addition, his co-workers have described him as an energetic, conscientious professional who enjoys the challenge of each new day.

Seabron is active in his community and works well as a change agent and facilitator. He is characterized as someone who approaches any task in an extremely systematic and analytical fashion and has excellent skills in problem-solving. In this role he has established standards, provide support, and hold each leader accountable for outcomes.

SCOTT JEFFRIES

Scott Jeffries is an Artist and Consultant. He is the CEO and Founder of Fannie Ward Carmen Scott. A privately held company which includes Scottyjart.com

He went to the University of Pittsburgh on an athletic scholarship and achieved All-American recognition as a swimmer. He graduated from Pittsburgh’s School of Law in 1992.

He maintained a practice in Philadelphia as a litigation attorney for a variety of clients including major felony criminal defendants to physicians in medical malpractice cases.

Mr. Jeffries moved to Palm Beach County, Florida from Pennsylvania in 2006 beginning a career as a Director of Client Services for a firm servicing Banking Institutions.

He began painting as a young man inspired by his Grandmother Fannie Richards in New York City. He is self taught. As an artist he has shared his work in galleries and exhibitions throughout South Florida. In 2016 he was named one the “Top Ten Visual Artist in Palm Beach County" by the New Times. He is currently affiliated with the NoDoSo Space Gallery in Lake Worth, Florida.

Currently, he lives and paints in Highland Beach, Florida.

ADAM ADELSON

Adam Adelson has grown up in the Art World, under the supervision of his esteemed parents, Jan and Warren Adelson of Adelson Galleries, New York (est. 1964). Seeing the inner workings of his parent’s gallery piqued Adam’s interest in the Art Business at an early age. Before graduating cum laude with a degree in Art History from Boston University, Adam completed an internship at Grogan&Co Auction House in Dedham, MA, which gave him further insight into the current trends in the art market. In 2012, Adam Adelson opened Adelson Galleries Boston with his sister, Alexa. The gallery quickly developed a reputation as one of the most well-respected venues for exhibiting Contemporary Fine Art in Boston, MA, and placed several artworks in Museums and private collections around the world. After seven successful years in Boston, Adam and Alexa decided to move the gallery to Palm Beach, Florida. Since 2018, the two have taken their experience and the Contemporary artists that they have cultivated to a new city. The gallery is in the heart of Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue and represents over 20 established and emerging artists from around the world. Adam works out of the Palm Beach and New York galleries, curating and overseeing the operations of both locations.  Outside of the gallery, Adam is an active member of the Emerging Collectors Council at the Norton Museum of Art. He also serves as a board member for the Bobby Anspach Studios Foundation.

ADVISORY BOARD

SCOTT JEFFRIES

Felix PA - General practice law firm

LEE GLAZE

Magnet Coordinator at
Bak Middle School of the Arts

STEVE CLARK

Clark & Associates accounting firm

CONSULTANTS

ROBERT HAMON

CEO of Center for Creative Education

SABINE MILLIEN-FELIX

Legal & Financial Consultant

DAVE LAWRENCE

President & CEO of Cultural
Council for Palm Beach County