Alliance Board Appoints New President and Secretary

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, your source for arts and culture throughout Sarasota County, announced today the appointment of Kelley Lavin as the new President and Sheila McKoy, the new Secretary of its Board of Directors. Lavin succeeds Dr. Larry Thompson, President of Ringling College, who served as President of the board for the last twelve years and McKoy succeeds Pedro Reis, founder of the Circus Arts Conservatory. 

“We owe a great debt of gratitude to Dr. Larry Thompson and Pedro Reis for their dedication to ensuring the continued growth of arts and culture throughout Sarasota County,” said Jim Shirley, Executive Director of the Alliance. “Kelley Lavin and Sheila McKoy both bring extraordinary experience and passion to the Alliance and we are thrilled to have them both in new leadership roles within our organization.”

Lavin currently heads her own strategic planning and marketing consulting company, The Lavin Group. For the previous 11 years, she was Group Publisher of Sarasota Magazine and its ancillary print and digital publications. Prior to joining the magazine, she also led The Lavin Group with Wal-Mart as a major client and created marketing and branding programs for such companies as Unilever, Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft and Colgate. 

“The previous 18 months have had an unprecedented impact on arts and cultural activities in our area,” Lavin said. “The present, however, provides a tremendous opportunity for the Alliance to connect artists and cultural organizations to our community. I am both excited and committed to lead the Alliance towards a renewed future.”

Sheila McKoy, formally with the New Jersey Transit Art Program, heads SDM Art Solution Services, LLC, a cutting-edge boutique firm, assisting developers, private and public partnerships to select artists to create and incorporate artwork into the architectural design of buildings and/or institutions.

Lavin and McKoy join Linda DiGabriele, Managing Director of Asolo Repertory Theatre, who will continue to serve as Vice President of the board for another year, along with Frank Maggio with First Home Bank, who serves as the board’s Treasurer.