BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Carrie Zeisse, Chair
Thomas McDonnell, Jr., Esq., Vice-Chair
Robert Brink, CPA, Treasurer
Ron Giovannelli, Secretary
Charles Levin, Esq., Founder
David Gudelunas, PhD
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Robert Drapkin, MD
David Hall III.
Fraser Himes, Esq.
Nancy de Waart
STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS
Zora Carrier, PhD, Executive Director
Alana Waddill, Communications and Development Manager
Pierre and Cathy Dutertre, Education and Outreach Manager
Kalin Velez, Membership & Development Manager
Amy Shafer, Special Events Coordinator and Outreach Manager
Clark Perkins, Administrative Assistant
Deirdre Powell, Website Designer, Docent, Digital Experience and Development Manager
Jim Miller, Docent Volunteer
Michael Sheehan, Docent Volunteer
Rachel Ford, Multimedia Specialist Volunteer
Dr. Carrier is an accomplished art educator. She received her Ph.D. in Education from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovak Republic in 1989. In 2002, she co-founded and was director of Gallery Art Factory in Prague, Czech Republic, a not-for-profit institution presenting modern and contemporary art. In 2006, she founded the Open Concept Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where, as director, she managed art projects and art education programming. Before becoming the Director of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, she consulted on educational opportunities.
Membership & Development Manager
Kalin graduated from the University of South Florida with her BA in History with a minor in Communications in 2019. Her love for museums has translated to her achieving her degree and has led to her position here at FMoPA. In charge of membership, her attention to detail and positive attitude allows her to connect with every new face she encounters as well as personalize all communications. She loves early 20th-century history and has an interest in traveling, drawing, and experiencing new cultures.
Education & Outreach Manager
Pierre and Cathy Dutertre are full-time collaborative artists, art consultants, mentors, educators, curators, and owners of a fine art photography gallery representing artists from the U.S. and Europe. Their goals reside in making an impact in the overall art community and giving, passing forward their knowledge and experiences. They hold multiple master’s degrees in fine art, physics and French literature and have 5 grandchildren.
Events Coordinator & Outreach Manager
Amy Shafer graduated from the University of South Florida with her BA in Art History in 2017. Amy’s interest in the arts began at an early age and her love of art has grown immensely into her adult years. She was incredibly blessed to live in Europe for three years and had the opportunity to travel to over 25 countries. So she has been able to enjoy and appreciate art from all over the world. She is fun, friendly, outgoing, and loves to plan parties which make her perfect for her position here at the museum. She has worked in the events business for the past four years and loves every minute of it!
Communications and Development Manager
Alana graduated from the University of South Florida with her BA in Communications. Alana frequently visits museums, and has a great interest in the arts. Her combined appreciation for unconventional perspectives as well as the arts have helped her navigate a course to FMoPA, where she is able to keep in contact with local artists and others interested in museums. She is an avid reader and a certified yoga instructor.
Website Designer, Docent, Digital Experience and Development Manager
Deirdre Powell has a double Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Multi-Media Systems from London Guildhall University. In 2014 she receiced a Entrepreneur Certificate from University of Florida. Deirdre is an editor, graphic designer, and web designer. She creates custom themes through her web design company Design & Launch.
Clark Perkins is a fashion and fine art photographer currently in his senior year at Ringling College of Art Design pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Imaging with minors in both Art History and Business of Art and Design. Clark’s love for photography began at the age of nine when he received his first camera. For Clark, photography has been a constant, spanning the distance from childhood into adulthood. Over the last two decades, Clark has worked as a fine art, travel, fashion, and advertising photographer. He has photographed numerous commercial projects and has been published in dozens of magazines, including the Wall Street Journal Self Magazine and Elle Magazine. Clark loves to travel, cook and spend time with his family.
Marieke van der Krabben graduated with a BA in Art History and an MA in Photography Theory and History from Leiden University in The Netherlands. She worked as an assistant curator at the Museum of Photography in The Hague where she also co-authored the book Photo Stories about the photography collection of the museum. Additionally, she was a board member and a curator for the International Photo Festival Leiden before moving to Florida. Passionate about working with photographers and sharing their stories, Marieke now creates exhibitions for the FMOPA.
Michael Sheehan was born and raised in Ireland but has lived and worked in Florida for the last 30 years. As a practicing psychiatrist, he is a longtime student of human perceptions, emotions, reactions and conditions.
His photographs have been on display in a variety of local venues over the last 3 years, including St Petersburg: The Dali Museum, Leslie Curran Gallery, The Studio@620, Platformz, Creative Soul studios, bar@548, ARTpool gallery Clearwater: Ruth Eckert Hall, Studio 617, Pour Yours, Tampa: Florida Museum of Photographic Art, Jose Gomez Gallery, Red Door Studio New Port Richie: Dulcet Restaurant & Lounge.
Jim is an avid photographer now turning his attention to fine art. He enjoys art history and the opportunity to talk with others about photography and it’s ability to communicate ideas. So, being a volunteer Docent is a perfect past time. Jim is retired from the telecommunications industry and currently serves on the board of Wellspring International Outreach, a charity devoted to the support of abused and abandoned children around the world. He attended the University of South Florida studying computer science
Multimedia Specialist Volunteer
Rachel Ford is a multimedia specialist with experience working in multiple facets of the media industry. She has been a professional in the Tampa Bay Area since 2013, previously moving from Tallahassee where she attended Florida State University for undergraduate and Masters studies in Psychology and Instructional Systems, respectively. Combining Instructional Systems and Psychology, Rachel has produced comprehensive media.
Rachel started her career as an Instructional Designer in Tallahassee, where she developed online courses for the College of Hospitality at Florida State University; later accepting a position in Tampa with Vector Solutions where she developed courses catering to a wide range of industries (i.e., architecture, engineering, construction, and industrial). Transitioning to Nielsen in 2014, Rachel currently works as a full-time multimedia specialist. In this position, she produces both internal and external media productions, including but not limited to: live online broadcasts, marketing videos, technical training videos, professional headshots, event photography, and much more.
When not behind the camera or editing, Rachel has been known to run a marathon or two, but also enjoys slowing down to stroll around town with her German Shepherd. And, in her free time, she still enjoys being behind her camera capturing moments with family, traveling or of the sky above her head whenever possible. As Don McCuaig, ASC, said to her once, “if you find yourself doing your work during your free time, then you found not a job, but your passion.”