Christina Parrish Stone
Christina became an arts presenter and administrator after twenty years of experience as an attorney specializing in historic preservation, commercial real estate, and government finance. Her work on boards and as a volunteer with a variety of cultural organizations eventually led to a career change. She joined the St. Johns Cultural Council in 2019, the same year she received the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s highest honor, the Helen Lane Founders Award, recognizing her as the individual most “dedicated to ensuring that arts and culture are woven into the every day fabric of the community.” She is a 2018 Jacksonville “Woman of Influence” award winner; was chair of the City of Jacksonville’s Art in Public Places Committee; founder of Jacksonville PorchFest; Vice President of the Jacksonville Historical Society; and a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership St. Johns. She is the current Chair of the Flagler College Arts Advisory Board and an active member of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce.
Christina is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review and awarded the Order of the Coif.
Associate Director — Grants Administration
Brenda helps arts, culture, and heritage organizations develop strategies, create thriving programs, and increase their revenues, writing more than 80 grants awarded to area nonprofits. She has held senior management positions in the nonprofit, for-profit, and government sectors with expertise in financial management, strategic planning, program development, and community engagement.
Brenda’s work has received the Museum Excellence Award from the Florida Association of Museums (2017) and First Place in Education from the National Association of Interior Designers (2018). Early in her career, Brenda worked for the State of Florida and oversaw the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research. Brenda earned a Master’s degree in History/Historical Archaeology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and is a member of the 2013 Jacksonville University Davis College of Business Leadership Matters graduating class.
Digital Media Editor
Laura graduated from Flagler College where she studied Art History and Arts Administration. Her passion for the arts started at home where she watched her grandfather create pastel chalk works and listened to her grandmother play organ and piano. In high school, she was deeply involved in theatre where she performed, designed sets and costumes, and produced fundraising showcases.
At Flagler College, she assisted at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum and worked with classmates to curate shows like “Progress?: Art of Activism” to honor Flagler College’s 50th Anniversary and “Florida East Coast: Selections from the Guidi Collection” which exhibited works from the Lost Colony and the Highwaymen.
Originally from The Cayman Islands, Zariah has empowered the Flagler community by serving as the Vice President of The Black Student Union, where she worked to install high-quality educational programming to foster a more diverse and inclusive campus environment, in addition to planning and hosting events for all students.
Prior to joining the St. Johns Cultural Council, Zariah interned at Berkeley Pharma Tech where she spearheaded a Public Relations Project centered around creating promotional materials for an internship placement program that connects disadvantaged and underrepresented youth to biotech opportunities across the country. Zariah believes in transparent and accountable communication that ultimately creates positive impacts for all parties involved, as reflected in her work.
Zariah is a senior at Flagler College majoring in Strategic Communication and minoring in Sociology, set to graduate in the Spring of 2023.
From Palm Coast, Florida, Brandon Santiago found his passion as a painter during high school and went on to study Graphic Design and Studio Art at the University of South Florida. He has been featured at several galleries throughout the state including ArtBox in St. Augustine, Gallery500 in Daytona Beach, and Jane’s Art Center in New Smyrna Beach.
Brandon’s abstract expressionist style is experimental, gestural, and intuitive – reflecting the depth of his work.