Thank you to our Board of Directors for their dedication and support.
Art & History Museums – Maitland
Board Of Directors 2017-2018
Nate Balint (President) is a corporate attorney and a partner at Akerman LLP, specializing in mergers and acquisition transactions and other corporate representations. He is originally from New York and moved to the Orlando area in 2006. Nate is a graduate of the University of Rochester, with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science, and obtained his law degree from New York University School of Law. Nate has also been a non-profit board member with Health Workforce NY and ACG Orlando, and has done volunteer legal and teaching work with low-income youth. Nate is an appreciator of the arts and enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and coaching and playing basketball.
Elisha González (Past President) is a connector and influencer in the Central Florida region. Elisha leads government and community relations for Duke Energy. González serves as Duke Energy’s leader for local governments, civic partnerships and is responsible for government relations, philanthropy, community engagement strategy and social responsibility. González most recently was director of community affairs for Valencia College and executive director of Valencia Promise/Orange County Take Stock in Children. She previously served as a principal in the Orange County public school system. In addition to her experience in education, González worked as the Central Florida regional director for the office of former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez. Elisha serves in leadership roles for numerous organizations Source Florida State Board, Seminole State College Foundation, Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida, Heart of Florida United Way, Art & History Museum – Maitland, Seminole Regional Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Seminole Board, Seminole County Homelessness Commission, Florida Executive Women, Orlando Economic Development Commission, Team Volusia Economic Development Commission, and the Orlando Philharmonic.
Dave Plotkin (First Vice President) is a political communications, strategy, and media specialist. He has served members of Congress, the Florida Legislature, local governments, and more than 140 campaigns. He has worked as an art director, columnist, and broadcaster, breaking a Guinness World Record at WPRK-FM in 2005 for the longest-ever radio broadcast. Since 2015, he has been the CEO of You Should Run, an organization that empowers progressive professionals of all backgrounds to run and win elected political office. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Central Florida, and has taught at Full Sail University and Rollins College.
Dr. Gloria Pickar (Second Vice President) has more than 40 years in higher education, most recently as President and Chief Academic Officer of a leading online learning services company, working in partnership with regionally accredited regional and national universities to deliver more than 120 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree online programs. As President she also oversaw research services, new academic partner acquisition, contract negotiations, and new program development. Since 2015, she has independently consulted with other online program management organizations and their academic partners. Dr. Pickar also has 26 years of higher education executive and nursing faculty experience. She holds Nursing degrees and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida and is the author of two best-selling nursing textbooks. In addition to serving on the A&H Board, Dr. Pickar is also active in the Florida and Orange County League of Women Voters as 2nd Vice President and Chair of the Gun Safety Action Team. As residents of Maitland for 38 years, Gloria and her late husband, Roger, are sustaining supporters of A&H and its Landmark Society.
Christopher Grim (Treasurer) serves as Chief Financial Officer of Patriot Defense Group, which provides professional services, training and logistics to those who defend America. Mr. Grim has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting, corporate accounting and financial management. Prior to joining Patriot, Chris held senior positions in a number of highly regarded accounting firms, where he was chiefly responsible for audit and financial review functions. Chris has served clients in a variety of industries including construction and real estate, defense, nonprofit, manufacturing, distribution, and technology. Chris possesses an MBA from Rollins College in Florida and a B.S. in Economics from the University of Delaware, and has been a licensed CPA in the State of Florida since 1999.
Bill Randolph, CPSM, Affiliate ASLA, (Secretary) works with JCR Consulting, a landscape architecture firm in Maitland, FL. Randolph received a BS in Photojournalism from the University of Florida with a minor in history, and he earned a MA degree focused on business from Webster University while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Randolph has been actively involved in both professional associations and non-profit organizations. A resident of Maitland since 1988, he volunteered to serve on city advisory boards which earned him recognition as Maitland Citizen of the Year in 2005. He transitioned from the Maitland Historic Society board to the A&H board in 2010 where Randolph served as the 2013-14 Board President, facilitated the expansion and renovations to the Germaine Marvel Building, and spearheaded the city-approved conceptual site plan for the future expansion of A&H’s Maitland Art Center.
As an accomplished photographer, he won several Air Force awards for images depicting life in the military, has images published in books and magazines, and self published a book of his photographs taken at Kennedy Space Center during the final 23 Space Shuttle missions.
Joe Ales is a structural engineer and Senior Principal with Walter P. Moore and Associates and serves as the Managing Director of their Orlando office. He started his career in the firm’s Tampa office and then served as Managing Director of their Los Angeles office before moving back to Florida. He has been a resident of Maitland with his family since 2014 and he and his wife have one child each in Dommerich Elementary, Maitland Middle School, and Winter Park High School. Throughout his 24 years in structural engineering practice, Joe has served on numerous technical committees and boards, and is currently co-chair of the Local Planning Committee for the 2019 Structures Congress, which will be held in Orlando. The Structures Congress is the largest yearly gathering of structural engineers in the United States. He is a licensed professional engineer in Florida and seven other states and is a Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute. Joe received his Doctorate in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and his Master and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Though he is unequivocally left-brained, Joe has a deep appreciation for the arts and is looking forward to being an active member of the Maitland Arts Community.
A journalist for over thirty years, Jackie Brockington recently retired. Jackie is a well-known face around Central Florida and knows Central Florida’s news, and that knowledge made Jackie a strong addition while on the anchor desk at News 13. Jackie has worked in Washington, D.C., (WUSA-TV), Baltimore, Maryland (WMAR), and San Diego, California, (KGTV) She also worked as a news anchor at other local stations in Orlando, (WESH-TV) and WMFE (local PBS station, radio & TV).
Jackie enjoys spending time visiting her New York family. She has two daughters, and two grandchildren, who she admittedly spoils to pieces. The rest of her family is made up of her partner Robert, and two cats Dembae & Justify. Active in the community, Jackie has served on the A&H Board since 2013, is a past Board member of The Beta Center, a past volunteer with The American Cancer Society of Orlando. Jackie recently was one of the recipients of the prestigious 44th President Barack Obama Lifetime Achievement Award for community service. The ever popular former journalist receives constant requests as a speaker. Jackie enjoys cooking, reading, entertaining and traveling. A cancer survivor, Jackie says she wants to make sure that she has contributed something worthwhile with her life.
Butch Charlan was born in Miami and graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Architecture. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a 28+ year member of the Urban Land Institute. Butch is one of the two founding principals of Charlan Brock & Associates, an Architectural and Planning firm formed in 1981. The firm’s main focus is Multi-Family, Mixed-Use, Town Centers, Student Housing, Assisted Living and Hospitality. Butch has been married to his wife Renee for 38 years, and has one son, Matt.
Butch started his involvement in the A&H by taking sculpture classes at the A&H’s Art School 28 years ago. Since that time he’s continued to hone his direction as a sculpture artist. Butch is passionate about the development and growth of the A&H, and was honored to serve as an A&H board member several years ago. At that time he was part of the exploratory unification committee that ultimately recommended the unification of the Maitland Historical Society and Maitland Art Center. He also contributed architectural & planning expertise and passion as a member of the master planning committee.
Both a strategist and practitioner, Lisa Junkerman has 25 years of applied, integrated marketing expertise on national and global levels. She is currently Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Business Development for ITEC Entertainment, a global themed entertainment solutions provider. Lisa previously worked for Fortune 250 companies, including Motorola, Inc. and Progress Energy/Duke Energy, and in the higher education industry where she was Assistant Vice President and CMO for Marketing for Rollins College. Lisa is also Principal of Chief Marketing Associates, Inc., an integrated marketing communications and branding firm. She has an MBA degree from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College and a BA in Business Administration with a marketing major from the University of South Florida.
Natalie Martinez is currently Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. She previously was a Public Affairs Manager at Align Public Strategies, a public affairs and creative firm. She is also the Director of Opportunity Jobs Academy, a training program for high schoolers that focuses on job readiness. She holds a Masters in International Business, a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida. In addition to serving on the A&H Board since 2017, Natalie is active in the League of Women Voters of Central Florida, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, and is a co-founder of the Commission on Local Debates. A Maitland native, Natalie aims to support her hometown by enriching the cultural offerings available to its citizens and visitors.
Susanne Micalizio grew up in Colorado, but after living here for over 25 years considers Maitland her second home. She has over 30 years experience working in the telecommunications industry, including accounting, marketing, business sales, and support for Fortune 500 companies AT&T, Embarq, and CenturyLink. She left her professional career to become a mother of two girls. She considers being a mother her greatest accomplishment. She has an immense passion for all expressions of art, and her loves are quite diverse. From a love of Stand up Comedy to Symphony, Photography to Theater. An avid Photographer she has had her work shown at numerous local exhibits including SNAP and the Orlando Museum of Art. She feels Art is something that makes the heart sing, the soul dance and believes it effects us internally. This in turn brings out the much needed passion within us all.
Morgan Miller has over 15 years’ experience working in marketing and development in non-profit arts and humanities and international retail. She was the Assistant Director for Marketing at Sundance Institute in Park City, UT. There, she oversaw marketing plans for the Sundance Film Festival and Institute programs including NEXT WEEKEND, Sundance London, FILM FORWARD, artist labs, membership and public programming. She led the creative and digital teams, developing unique content and focusing on social media and partner development. She managed the brand identity with an annual rebrand and a website rebuild. She also held positions with Enzian Theater, Coach International and the Amelia Island Museum of History and has a BS in Marketing from University of Illinois and MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
Alex Preisser currently serves as the President of Mitigation Marketing, the largest firm specializing in marketing support for Mitigation Banks in Florida. Alex has over 15 years of environmental consulting experience and offers a wide-ranging background in biological sciences. She performs the marketing and sale of mitigation credits for numerous Mitigation and Conservation Banks throughout the State and represents over 50,000 acres of protected and restored environmentally sensitive lands. Her previous leadership roles include the Central Florida & Florida Associations of Environmental Professionals, Orange County Environmental Protection Commission, and the Orange County Streamlining Task Force. Alex grew up in Central Florida, and earned her B.S. in Conservation Biology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She currently resides in Maitland with her husband and three young children.
James “Keith” Ramsey is a senior counsel in Holland & Knight’s Orlando office and practices in the area of construction litigation. He is board certified in construction law by the Florida Bar and handles complex construction litigation both at the trial and appellant level. Prior to entering private practice, Ramsey served as a law clerk to the Honorable Barry J. Stone of the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Ramsey earned his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida and is a graduate of the University’s Levin College of Law. Ramsey served as the A&H’s Board President in 2014-15.
Art & History Museums – Maitland seeks remarkable individuals to serve on the Board of Directors; individuals who desire to make a difference in Central Florida; individuals who are passionate about arts education for all ages and preservation of our cultural heritage, including a National Historic Landmark; and individuals who are dedicated to the Museum’s mission to “stimulate thought, spark the imagination, enrich the spirit, and foster appreciation in art, historical research and preservation.”
Ideal Board Candidates will have:
- Capacity to directly support the institution;
- Connections to supporting resources in the region; and
- Knowledge, experience and skill sets in leadership areas, such as legal, financial, fundraising, and business development.