Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation installs 2013 Board

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
2013 Chairman, Glenn Cooper (from left) with newly-inducted board members, Jackie Ely, Kathy Whidden and Patrick May. Dr. Alexis Tibbetts is not pictured.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation installed its 2013 Executive Committee and Board of Directors at the Jan. 23 board meeting at a special reception.

Serving on the 2013 Executive Committee are Glenn Cooper, chairman of the board, Beverly Wilson, vice chairman, Alan Wood, treasurer, Allison Tringas, secretary, Matthew Dahlman, education, Eric Navarre, membership and Janna Morrison, special events.

Newly elected directors, Jackie Ely (J. Ely Business Services), Patrick May (Coastal Business Products), Dr. Alexis Tibbetts (Walton County School District), and Kathy Whidden (Emerald Coast Chiropractic) were inducted and will serve with fellow incumbent directors Stacy Barrett, Lynn Dugas, Jennifer Lovell, Jerome P. Miller, Jeffrey Rink, Paul Schreiner, Nancy Smith and Ashley Watkins.

Outgoing chairman David Rauch presented Jennifer Lovell with the Chairman’s Sterling Award for her commitment, spirit and vision to the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation. Lovell has served two consecutive terms as the Foundation’s secretary, recruited hundreds of volunteers for the Festival of the Arts and has helped raise student education outreach funds for All Kinds of Art as one of the top celebrity servers. Her board contributions and volunteer efforts have been invaluable to the Foundation’s mission and she will continue to serve on the Foundation’s 2013 board.

The Foundation also recognized Tracy Wood of Century21, Wilson Minger Agency with the Volunteer of the Year award for her contributions to The Arts Guild. Matthew Dahlman with Wells Fargo Advisors was recognized as an “Emerging Leader” in his first year on the board as education chairman for All Kinds of Art.

“This year will mark a milestone for the Foundation,” said 2013 Board Chairman Glenn Cooper. “We are planning major enhancements to the Cultural Arts Village, thanks to a generous grant by the Dugas Family Foundation. The board and executive committee are working together to enhance our signature events while continuing to expand our reach in arts education through our All Kinds of Art program."

Since 1995, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation has inspired more than 200,000 children through literary, performing and visual art programs in more than 55 schools. The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation is a leading art advocate supporting cultural arts and student educational outreach serving Okaloosa and Walton counties in Northwest Florida. For more information, please contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation at 650-2226 or visit