Christina Parrish Stone

Executive Director

Christina Parrish Stone

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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.

Branda Swann

Director of Grants & Operations

Brenda Swann

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Brenda helps arts, culture, and heritage organizations develop strategies, create thriving programs, and increase their revenues, writing more than 150 grants awarded to 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.

Laura Baldwin

Digital Media Editor

Laura Baldwin

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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.

Event & Facilities Manager

Cathy O’Brien

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Cathy has been involved in the North Florida performing arts scene for over twenty years, performing on stages throughout St. Augustine and Jacksonville. She has been involved with the Limelight Theatre since 2002, having served as a Board Member, actor, director, volunteer coordinator, house manager, and more throughout the years. She has worked almost 20 years in higher education in athletics, student affairs, and student success departments.

Cathy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Flagler College, and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership/Athletic Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

As the Events & Facilities Manager for the St. Johns Cultural Council, Cathy oversees maintenance, leasing activities, and events at the two historic venues managed by the Cultural Council: The Waterworks and the Cultural Arts Center at the St. Augustine Beach Hotel.

Executive Assistant

Chelsea Cornelius

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Chelsea has a lifelong passion for the arts and the historic coast, where her family has lived for four generations. She received her BA in Studio Art from Florida State University before moving to Denver, Colorado, where she worked with hundreds of local and international artists in galleries and organizations. She managed Abend Gallery and coordinated the annual Colorado Plein Air Arts Festival and subsequent juried exhibition held at the Denver Public Library. In 2016, she joined a committee to kick off the Colfax Business Improvement District’s “Art on the Avenue” Program that installed 13 utility box works along the historic Denver roadway, as well as the “Art-I-Fax” showcase at the “Art on the Avenue” Program Launch Party.

To further her education, she took part in a curatorial internship with the Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens before moving to London to pursue an MA at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in the area of Fine and Decorative Art and Design.

Brandon Santiago

Program Assistant

Brandon Santiago

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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.