Timucua Arts Foundation Announces New Board Chair 

ORLANDO, Fla.—January 1, 2020—Timucua Arts Foundation announced today that attorney Mary Doty Solik, Esq., has been appointed chair of the Board of Directors. A high-profile land use and real estate development attorney, Solik notably lent her services to Timucua in 2015 when she guided the organization in securing a Conditional Use Permit with the City of Orlando to continue operating as an arts and music venue. Since 2000, Timucua has presented diverse, high-quality, and usually free-of-cost musical performances in its intimate and acoustically refined space, featuring the best in classical, jazz, rock, folk, electronic, and beyond.   

Solik, who joined Timucua’s Board of Directors in April 2018, succeeds Timucua’s co-founder Benoit Glazer as chair. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the BETA Center.

“Mary Solik is the perfect choice to succeed Benoit as chair of the Board,” says Chris Belt, Timucua’s executive director since 2016. “In searching for a new chair, it was important to build on a relationship of trust. Benoit has led Timucua’s board since its inception; to step down is an expression of his utmost confidence in Mary and our new Executive Committee.”

In addition to Solik’s appointment to the Board, Timucua also announced its new Executive Committee, which consists of Vice Chair Geanne Share, Secretary Mimi Hwang, and Treasurer Jason Schaller. 

“It is a privilege to contribute to an organization that enriches the cultural life of Orlando,” said Solik. “When I first became acquainted with Timucua, I immediately appreciated the unique aspect of its artistic programming and performance space, so I embrace this opportunity to work with the new Committee and continue to serve the community through our offerings.” 

With a dedicated new committee and Solik’s leadership, the nonprofit organization will continue fostering the arts and culture in Central Florida, and celebrating the diversity and multiculturalism of today’s rich musical landscape.     

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About Mary Doty Solik, Esq.

An experienced attorney at Doty Solik Law, P.A. in Orlando, Solik handles select matters statewide. Throughout her career, Solik has been devoted to representing clients facing zoning, land use and real estate development issues. She frequently appears before zoning boards and other municipal and county agencies and has obtained positive outcomes through litigation in state and federal courts.

During the course of her 29-year legal career, Solik has represented clients ranging from large corporations to local developers and individual homeowners. As a veteran attorney, she brings analytical skills and wide-ranging knowledge of municipal, state and federal laws governing land use. She was admitted to the bar in Florida in 1990. 

 

About Geanne Share

Geanne Share served as president of Kinneret Apartments Affordable Senior Housing from 2015 to 2017, and currently serves as past president. Share served on the board of the Orlando Ballet from 2002 to 2015. She has been comptroller of Temple Israel Winter Springs since 2017, and is also a board member of the Jewish Pavilion and the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. 

About Mimi Hwang

Mimi Hwang has more than 35 years of experience in program management, leading cross-functional teams with capital and operating budget responsibilities. She has served in consulting and corporate executive roles. Hwang has successfully achieved strategic goals in both the profit and non-profit sectors across multiple industries (publishing, government and healthcare). She actively supports her community and currently serves as the Orange County Democratic Party Precinctwoman for District 520.

Hwang is also a resident artist at Faith Arts Village (FAVO) in Orlando, and was selected as one of Central Florida’s Emerging Artists at Mills Gallery in 2017 and 2018. Her work has been exhibited at Dr. Phillips Library, Orlando City Arts Factory and Winter Park Art-at-Home. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

About Jason Schaller 

Jason Schaller is an accomplished real estate executive with more than 20 years of experience in property management, operations, design, and construction. He is a versatile and creative leader with a reputation for building dynamic, customer-focused teams that achieve extraordinary results. He is responsible for overseeing the most challenging acquisitions and projects throughout a $5 billion real estate portfolio with over $100 million of direct renovation experience. 

In 2017 Schaller founded The Schaller Group, for which he provides outside consulting services on value-add design, construction, marketing, branding, sales, and property management for real estate owners and investors.

About Timucua Arts Foundation

A pillar of Orlando’s cultural community, Timucua Arts Foundation presents diverse, high-quality, and usually free-of-cost musical performances, welcoming all audiences on a weekly basis since 2000. Most of these unique events take place at the celebrated “Timucua,” an intimate and acoustically refined music venue and recording studio, located minutes from downtown Orlando.

Called Orlando’s “Best Saving Grace,” and ranked number 3 on the list of “100 Things to Do in Orlando Before You Die” by the Orlando Weekly, Timucua presents musicians from around the world from the fields of classical, jazz, rock, folk, electronic, and beyond. Timucua also collaborates with select local organizations and festivals that foster and promote art music, including Accidental Music Festival, Civic Minded Five, and the Central Florida Composers Forum. 

In October 2016, Timucua launched its first education initiative, Works With Sounds, to teach music composition to people of all ages and skill levels. Offered at Orlando Public Library’s Melrose Center, the weekly program combines music making with computer science.  Students create multimedia works, using coding skills to sculpt audio and visuals.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Timucua Arts Foundation’s mission is to inspire the world through experiences of the performing and visual arts in intimate venues.