The Cultural Council Board of Trustees is made up of leaders of our community who understand the value and importance of arts and culture as an integral part of a thriving city.
The 2021 Slate of Officers:
Jannet Walker-Ford Chair Senior Vice President & National Transit & Rail Leader for WSP USA
Walker Ford is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, Central Michigan University with a master’s degree in business administration. She has completed significant coursework towards her doctorate in information systems from Nova Southeastern University. She serves on numerous diverse boards including as board chair of the American Public Transportation Foundation, is a board member of the American Public Transportation Association, chair of the WTS International Foundation Board and vice chair of the WTS International Board, ENO Transportation Advisory Board, a member of the Jacksonville University Board of Trustees, and is chair of the Greater Jacksonville Cultural Council Board. Learn more about Jannet Walker-Ford.
Ari Jolly Vice-Chair Assistant General Counsel for GuideWell Mutual Holding Corp.
Lisa V. Johnson Treasurer Senior global sales executive with IBM
Lisa Johnson is a seasoned Global Sales Executive for one of the world’s premier technology services company, IBM. Currently, she manages a global client, the largest independent systems integrator in the world, and operates across 6 continents. During her 25+-year tenure at IBM, Lisa has been recognized with many corporate awards for outstanding sales leadership, and has been recognized in the industry for some of her innovative efforts with clients around transformation and modernization. Learn more about Lisa V. Johnson.
David Faliszek, Secretary Senior vice president/national contracts and lender strategy counsel for Fidelity National Financial
Michael Boylan, Jacksonville councilman for District 6
Kemal Gasper, VyStar @Work Financial Wellness Program Manager
Kemal Gasper serves as VyStar @Work Financial Wellness Program Manager, where he connects VyStar to members of the community to increase the awareness of the “people helping people” model that helps VyStar Credit Union thrive on its commitment to Northeast and Central Florida. In his role, Kemal strives to take his passion and meet it with his purpose of helping those that are unbanked, underserved, and or disenfranchised from traditional financial resources and solutions.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Kemal serves on The Leadership Florida Northeast Regional Leadership Council, Executive Board of NLC Tallahassee, King Soutel CRA Advisory Board Member, and is a former Chair of ImpactJAX in 2015 and Atlantic Circle’s Young Professional Affinity Group in 2019. Kemal is a JAX Chamber Hightower Fellowship graduate, member of Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2019, & United Way Stein Fellowship Class of 2018. In 2017, Kemal was named as one of The Top 40 Under 40 Young Professionals in Jacksonville by the Jacksonville Business Journal in 2016 named Top 20 Under 40 Black Pages Magazine, and in 2013 was named Top 30 Under 30 for BUZZ Media. Most recently, Kemal was selected as a member of Leadership Florida’s Connect Class X (Ten) in 2019.
Karen Feagens, Vice president, client and community relations director for PNC Bank’s Port Cities Market
Karen Feagins is Vice President, Client and Community Relations Director for PNC Bank’s Port Cities market of Jacksonville, Savannah and Charleston. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing PNC’s strategic brand alignment and philanthropic initiatives. Before joining PNC in March of 2018, Karen served as the chief operating officer of WJCT Public Media. She began her career as a television news reporter and joined WJCT in 2005 as the host of 89.9 FM’s Morning Edition. Over 13 years with the company, sheserved in a variety of roles in radio, television and executive management. Karen is active in the community, serving as a board member for the Early Learning Coalition of Duval, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, and WJCT Public Media. She is a 2016 alumna of Leadership Jacksonville and was named one of the 2019 “Women of Influence” by the Jacksonville Business Journal. She holds a degree in broadcast journalism from The University of Missouri and has two daughters.
Sel Buyuksarac Chief of Public Affairs and Government Relationships at River City Science Academy
Adriel Rocha Community Relations Manager at Jacksonville Jaguars
Sandra Hull-Richardson Retired City of Jacksonville division chief
Sandra Hull-Richardson is a retired Division Chief with the City of Jacksonville. Born in Atlanta, Sandra was reared in Jacksonville. She is a graduate of the University of Florida and she has been married to James A. Richardson, II for 30 years. Sandra Hull-Richardson is serving her fourth year on the Cultural Service Grant Program committee as well as serving as a member of the board for the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.
Jeff Strohecker Owner : Jeff Strohecker Photography
Kirsten Doolittle Founder and managing shareholder, Aequitas Counsel
Chris Lazzara Founder of MountainStar Capital
Ryan Ali Chief of sports and entertainment for the City of Jacksonville
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is sponsored in part by the City of Jacksonville and by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.