1. Craig McInnis- Creative Director of Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds/Craig McInnis Studios
2. Aaron Wormus-CTO, HedgeCoVest
3. Scott Jeffries- CEO and Founder of Fannie Ward Carmen Scott
4. Jamnea Finlayson- Owner and Gallery Director of JF Gallery/ Board Member of AIPP of City of West Palm Beach
5. Lee Glaze- Magnet Coordinator at Bak Middle School of the Arts
6. Yolanda Mondy- Teller Supervisor at PNC Bank
7. Orlando Chiang- Physical therapist/ Sculptor
8. Seabron Smith- Executive Director of the TED Center. (The Center for Technology, Enterprise & Development, INC.)
9. Trina Slade-Burks- President of A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC.
10. Steve Clark- Clark & Associates accounting firm
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 well over 25 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. 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 four more personal and collaborative works.
She is also the co-founder of A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC. where she curates shows for other artists and promotes the local arts scene. Some exhibitions include Collaboration: African Diaspora, CONTINUUM WPB Arts, 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.
Jamnea Jacas-Finlayson was born in Havana, Cuba, in the late 70s during a well-documented time of religious and political oppression, Finlayson immigrated to the United States as a small child in 1980. In 1999 she graduated with an Associate of Arts from Palm Beach State College and attended Florida Atlantic University to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts, while serving as a Drawing & Sketching, and Ceramics teacher at the Boynton Beach Art Center.
In 2003 she opened her own frame shop and gallery in West Palm Beach where she featured her own work and the work of other local up and coming artists.
In 2010 she expanded her gallery and relocated to the nationally acclaimed Antique Row Art and Design district where she now exhibits works from nationally and internationally recognized artists. As the owner of JF Gallery, a well respected and renowned local contemporary art gallery, she has participated in internationally known art fairs such as Art Palm Beach, Art Naples and Art Wynwood. She has also served as curator or judge to many local art shows and institutions (Palm Beach State College Art Gallery, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Wellington Art Society, Continuum) and continues to support the local art scene.
She is currently serving as a board member of the City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places Committee and Secretary of the West Palm Beach Antique Row Art & Design District Association, a non profit corporation that implements community leadership and enhances the business image of South Dixie Antique Row through ventures such as the renown yearly event: Evening on Antique Row, which is done in partnership with the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
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.
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
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.
Lee L. Glaze Jr. began his career in art education in Palm Beach County. He taught art at H.L. Johnson Elementary for 8 years and Golden Grove Elementary for 6 years with the Palm Beach County School District. Lee is currently working as the Administrative Coordinator for Bak Middle School of the Arts. Bak is a high achieving academic and art audition based Magnet School in the areas of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts.
Lee is a native Floridian born and raised in Belle Glade, Florida. He moved back to Palm Beach County after graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
Understanding the importance of arts in education, Lee has served as President and Vice President of the Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association, board member of Juno Beach Marine Life Center and currently on the Board of Directors for the South Florida Fair. He is the Co-founder of the African American Arts Organization and has assisted in organizing numerous art exhibits
throughout Palm Beach county including: Kwanzaa, Pan African Book fest, African American Artistic and Cultural Heritage Exhibit, Northwood University Gallery, Armory Art Center, Palm Beach Eissey Gallery and the K-12 Student Art Exhibit at the South Florida Fair.
Lee’s life philosophy is “My art is part of who I am, what I perceive, and my life experiences in this world. Clay and paint are the means through which I communicate these experiences. Art is Life and Life is Art.”
The skill and inspiration for Orlando Chiang’s sculptural work derives from many organic sources. His formal training and career are in physical therapy. As such, he remains a life-long student of anatomy—especially the skeleton or, as it’s known in sculpture, the armature.
His training in painting, drawing and sculpture has taken him on a path from representational to metaphoric ruminations on the meaning of life. His initial artwork featured a straightforward, literal focus on the human figure. More recently, the figure is implied: he creates installations in which the human form of the viewer completes the work.
Chiang was born in Chile of Chinese parents. He attended Catholic school, yet now is a practicing Buddhist. That breadth of exposure and connection helps fuel the desire to express his views concerning the human condition. It also bred in him an appreciation for layers of meaning. Even Chiang’s choice of material hints at a work’s meaning, if only to suggest that everything is not as it appears. His intent is to provoke a spectrum of reactions, to nurture the diverse mix that has helped to shape him as an artist.
Yolanda Mondy was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She spent the majority of her life attending performing arts schools because she loved the energy of being around creative people. She had the opportunity to take various classes so that she could constantly learn, grow, and appreciate the joyful benefits that being surrounded by the creative arts can bring. She joined Muse Machine which allowed her to attend plays and musicals, audition for the local rendition of the Wiz (she made it to the final round of cuts), see her first ballet, and attend her first art gala showing.
After graduating high school she went on to attend The Ohio State University and Columbia College (Chicago campus). Once Yolanda moved to Florida in 2007 and began working at PNC Bank, she enrolled at Kaplan University where she graduated with honors and obtained her degree in Business Management. She has now worked for PNC for 11 years of which 6 of them has been in a management role. She loves being able to teach the young adults that come into the branch about banking, maintaining their accounts, and the importance of saving.
Yolanda is currently a member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars where she assists them with reviewing entries from the various scholarships that students have applied for. She is a member of PNC’s Multicultural Diversity Council and determined to assist the bank with finding ways to positively impact the communities here in South Florida.
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.
Steve Clark: Treasurer