Board of Directors
Debonique Grigsby, President
Debonique Grigsby, her husband Reginald, and their son Jaquaylen have lived in Tampa since 2014 after moving to the Sunshine State 2011. She’s a certified art teacher and has worn many hats in education, including being a fine arts department chair at a middle school, facilitating professional development training for teachers, and being on art curriculum development teams. Debonique earned a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Christine Millar, Secretary
Christine Millar has resided in Tampa, Florida for five years, and is originally from Newark, Delaware. She is a former art teacher who is now a licensed real estate professional working in Seminole Heights. Christine earned a B.A. in Communications from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Tara Hatfield, Treasurer
Tara Hatfield is originally from Miami, and has lived in Tampa for over 10 years. Tara started her teaching career as a middle school science teacher in Miami, but has been an art teacher in Tampa since 2006. Tara earned a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Florida International University in Miami, FL.
Kathy Durdin, Director
Kathy Durdin is a national award winning watercolor and mixed media artist. She has exhibited across Florida, as well as nationally from New York to California. She also teaches classes and workshops, inspiring her students to loosen up their work and enhance their skills. Kathy is on the Board of Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts, and President of Tampa Regional Artists. She is also a coach and leadership develop consultant, and co-coordinator of the Annual Re-Purposed Doodad Sculpture Competition. Kathy is a Certified Public Accountant, and earned a B.A. in Business Administration/Accounting from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Joe Lopez, Director
Photo and biography coming soon!
Earl Speid, Director
Born in South America, Earl Speid developed a passion for the arts at a very early age. He has worked as a professional artist and art teacher drawing inspiration from all different forms of art, particularly photography. Earl earned a BFA from Parsons School of Art and Design in Manhattan, New York.
Jack Wyatt, Director
Jack Wyatt has lived in Tampa for over 20 years. Since retiring, he’s been an active volunteer in the area. Jack is on the Board of Directors of the Henry B. Plant Museum, and is a docent at the Plant Museum, Tampa Bay History Center, and Tampa Theatre. In addition, he conducts his own bike tour of downtown Tampa, and is a co-coordinator of the Annual Re-Purposed Doodad Sculpture Competition.
Liz Van Allen, Director
Liz Van Allen was an art educator in inner city Philadelphia for twelve years before teaching in Tampa, FL. She is also a working artist with a love for drawing and book arts. Liz is passionate about making a high quality arts experience accessible to all, and is also involved with the Hillsborough Art Education Association, and the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.
Dana Warner, Executive Director
Dana Warner recently retired from Hillsborough County Public Schools after 20 years of service. She was the Supervisor for K-12 Art Education for 7 years, and a high school art teacher for 13 years specializing in sculpture, and photography. Prior to teaching, Dana was an Assistant Curator of Education at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, FL, and Curator of Education at the Florida Gulf Coast Art Center in Belleair, FL. Currently she is Treasurer for Tempus Projects, Inc., co-coordinator of the Annual Re-Purposed Doodad Sculpture Competition, and assists the Hillsborough Region’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Dana earned a M.A. in Art Education, and B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.