About Us

Communities need a breakthrough strategy for providing artists and non-profit arts organizations with critical operating support, and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance has taken on that challenge.

J.J. Pattishall and Fred Johnson - Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz AssociationFounded in 2012, the Arts Alliance evolved from a shared desire among city and community leaders to make a serious investment in our local arts organizations, artists and creative businesses.

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is the only 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to raising money and advocating for our entire creative community – artists, arts and cultural organizations, and creative businesses. We raise money through individual and corporate gifts, event sponsorships, and grants that support community-wide arts efforts.

Our Mission

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is the umbrella organization serving this vital arts and cultural community. Join us in advocating for the arts, facilitating the growth of our arts community and driving arts-related economic development in St. Petersburg.

Our Vision

St. Petersburg is an arts destination with generous and ongoing support from the City, the business community and all who live and work here.

Our Staff

John Collins

John Collins, Executive Director

Rändi Hillesø

Rändi Hillesø, Program Manager


Tracy Kennard, Associate Director

Jenee Priebe, Associate Director SHINE Festival 

Sheila Cowley, Web Content

Rebecca Davis Inc., Bookkeeper

Thank You To Our Volunteers

Delcy Colman, CT Marketing Solutions
Josh Haley, Scout IT
Carol Hess, Media Support
David Meek, ArtWalk Design

Joan Patterson – GilDewey’s LLC, Arts Culture & Museum Guide

Our Board of Directors

  • Mary Anna Murphy - SPAA Board
    Mary Anna Murphy | Chair
    President, MAM Exhibit Design
  • Helen Hansen French
    Helen Hansen French | Vice Chair
    Dancer - Beacon & St Petersburg Dance Alliance
  • Angela Markus Bond - SPAA Board
    Angela Bond Markus | Secretary
  • Jeff Baker - SPAA Board
    Jeff Baker | Treasurer
    Manager, Government and Community Relations - Duke Energy
  • Wayne Atherholt | Ex-Officio
  • Steve Beaty
    President, Dex Imaging
  • Kara Behar
  • Larry Biddle
    Larry Biddle
  • Paul Carder
  • Katie Healy
    Adjunct Professor, USF St Petersburg
  • Kimberly Jackson, Esq.
  • Michael Killoren
  • Lisa Letizio
    Strategic Advisor LivingHR
  • Kelly Lee McFrederick
    Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
  • Joseph Papich
  • David Ramsey
    Managing Director, Raymond James Associates
  • Howard Rutherford
    Director of Development, USF St Petersburg
  • Michelle Tannu
    Principal, Shared Vision Marketing
  • David Walker
    Artist & Co-Owner, ZEN Glass
  • Melissa Finley Williams
    Attorney, Finley Williams Law, PA
  • Jim Woodfield
    Artist and Director, Woodfield Fine Art Gallery

Our Committees

Executive Committee
    • Mary Anna Murphy (Chair)
    • Helen French (Vice Chair)
    • Jeff Baker (Treasurer)
    • Angela Bond Markus (Secretary)
    • Joseph Papich (Past Chair)
Governance Committee
    • Helen French (Chair)
    • Larry Biddle
    • Paul Carder
    • Lisa Letizio
    • Joseph Papich
    • Melissa Finley Williams
Development & Membership Committee
    • Jim Woodfield  (Chair)
    • Angela Bond Markus
    • Kelly Lee McFrederick
    • David Ramsey
Ad Hoc: Cultural Arts Center Committee
    • Paul Carder (Chair)
    • Kara Behar
    • Larry Biddle
    • D Yael Kelley
    • Michael Killoren
    • Howard Rutherford
    • Michelle Tannu
    • David Walker
ACE – Arts for a Complete Education Committee
    • Steve Beaty
    • Dr. Susan Betzer
    • Maria P. Cantonis
    • Sue Castleman
    • Linda Crawley
    • Brenda Dannewitz
    • Madeline Dunsizer
    • Kay Eaton
    • Margaret B. Griffin
    • Vicky Hagedorn, PhD, NBCT (Co-Chair)
    • Latonya Hicks
    • Randi Hilleso
    • Erin Horan
    • Lisa Lehmann
    • Jacob Merrett
    • Margaret Murray
    • J.J. Pattishall
    • Judith Powers
    • Sharon Reid-Kane
    • Jeanne Reynolds
    • Karen Santangelo
    • Susie Hellman Spatafora
    • Frank Williams
    • Teresa Zeoli
Finance & Audit Committee
    • Katie Healy (Chair)
    • Jeff Baker
    • D Yael Kelley
    • Catherine Mary Sullivan

Be part of the Arts revolution in St. Petersburg