MKAF awards, installation

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
The Chairman’s Sterling Award winner, Paul Schreiner of Carrabba’s Italian Grill (left) and Chairman of the Board Glenn Cooper, are pictured with Marcia Hull, CEO of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation installed its 2014 Executive Committee and Board of Directors at the Jan. 15 board meeting at a special reception. Serving on the 2014 Executive Committee are Glenn Cooper, chairman of the board, Beverly Wilson, vice chairman, Alan Wood, treasurer, Allison Tringas, secretary, Matthew Dahlman, education, Eric Navarre, fundraising and Janna Morrison, special events.

Newly elected directors, Stacy Brady, Donna Fox, Peter Mohylsky, Mary Kay Samouce and Anita Skipper, were inducted and will serve with fellow incumbent directors Stacy Barrett, Lynn Dugas, Jackie Ely, Rebecca Job, Jennifer Lovell, Jeffrey Rink, Paul Schreiner, Alexis Tibbetts and Kathy Whidden. 

The foundation’s most prestigious award, the Chairman’s Sterling Award, was presented to Paul Schreiner of Carrabba’s Italian Grill for his generosity, spirit and vision to the organization’s mission. Kay Phelan of Phelan & Lowrey, was honored as the Volunteer of the Year for capturing images and creating a photo library to document MKAF’s history over the past decade. MKAF also named Marcia Hull as chief executive officer upon her 15 year anniversary and commitment to serving MKAF. 

 “2013 marked a cultural milestone for the Foundation with the opening of the Dugas Pavilion and Village Green at Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village,” said 2013 Board Chairman Glenn Cooper. “With a strong board and staff, the 2014 season will feature exciting cultural events and we will continue to expand our education outreach in schools, including a new art partnership with Emerald Coast Autism Center through All Kinds of Art.”

Since 1995, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation has inspired more than 260,000 students in more than 56 schools, including children with special needs. The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation is a champion of cultural arts and education in Northwest Florida.  For more information, call 650-2226 or visit