Alexis Arrazcaeta is the Arts Coordinator at PARC, a center serving over 800 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Alexis holds a Bachelors in Arts in Psychology and Art Therapy with a concentration in Fine Art from the University of Tampa. She is currently a Graduate student at the University of Florida studying Arts in Medicine. Her undergrad experience includes creating art with the Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit at Tampa General Hospital, along with a silk scarf dying workshop offered to adult patients in the rehabilitation unit of Tampa General. Alexis has facilitated workshops at museums for arts and accessibility raising awareness and empathy for those who don’t always have the ability to advocate for themselves.
Devan is a life-long dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She grew up in Virginia where she took ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop, and ballroom at the Concert Ballet of Virginia, Shuffles Dance Studio, and Valarie Simpson’s School of Dance Arts. Professional training includes Ballet, Jazz, and Modern at the University of South Florida. Along with teaching classes at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, she choreographs for the dance team at St. Leo University and took them to competition in their first year as a program. She is a graduate from the University of South Florida, College of Pharmacy.
Suzanne Chen is a USF Graduate. She‘s had a long career in Commercial Real Estate, and she’s also a Certified Tai Chi & QiGong Instructor, a Professional Fitness Instructor /Trainer, and Life Coach. Suzanne‘s been teaching Tai Chi, QiGong, and various health-oriented exercises in Tampa for years. She’s experienced in teaching adults of all ages, all levels, and is excellent at helping participants to modify exercises for their needs. She believes in Fitness for Better Balance, Strength, Coordination, and Flexibility...for overall greater Health & Longevity.
Katie is an Eckerd College graduate with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. She has been a professional actor and teaching artist, working with students of all ages in the Tampa Bay area for over 10 years with American Stage, Patel Conservatory, and the Carrollwood Cultural Center. Theatre credits include three of American Stage’s School Tour productions; Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Charlotte’s Web, and The Wind in the Willows. Most recent acting credits include Fahrenheit 451, Hay Fever, Taming of the Shrew, Crimes of the Heart, All New People, and The Last Night of Ballyhoo at Jobsite Theatre, Biloxi Blues at Stageworks and Musings of a Postmodern Romantic and The Children’s Hour with Tampa Repertory Theatre.
A member of the Latin Guitar Guild of Tampa Bay, Matthew Jones (Music/Guitar) performs regularly as a flamenco/jazz musician in Ybor City and beyond. You may have seen him perform with his band, The MJ3, a 90s rock trio, or as a solo performer at any number of venues around town. Jones played the guitar in MAS Community Theatre’s production of All Shook Up in July 2015 at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, and is thrilled to do more with the Center. (Matthew also teaches private lessons.)
With more than twenty-seven years of teaching experience, McCaskill has taught classical ballet throughout the U.S. and Europe. As the Director of Ballet Conservatory of Orange County for more than ten years, he taught open professional class in Los Angeles as well as company class for the San Diego City Ballet. A Professional Ballet dancer for over sixteen years, McCaskill danced in the States with such renowned companies as the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the Chicago City Ballet, and the San Antonio Ballet. He has guested with numerous companies from the Los Angeles Ballet to the Southern Ballet Theatre in Orlando. While in Europe, Mr. McCaskill had the privilege of dancing with the Hannover Staats Open Ballet; Hannover being The Royal House of Germany.
Sharon graduated from USF in 1982 and has lived in Tampa ever since. Sharon has been a preschool teacher for 30 years and has loved every moment. She has an Early Child Care Association certificate, and is certified in CPA and first aid. Sharon is also a certified Yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance, a National association for yoga teachers. She has been with the Carrollwood Cultural Center since 2009.
Michele has created art for events at the Straz Center, curated art at the Shimberg Playhouse, painted cakes at Cakes by Marie, painted faces at Publix and Whole Foods, won awards at the Tampa Bay Business for the Arts Chalk Walk, painted residential and commercial murals in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Wesley Chapel, chaired Reflections Committee at the Northwest Elementary PTA, taught adult classes at the West Tampa Center for the Arts, Costa Del Sol Assisted Living Facility and children’s classes at the Bob Sierra YMCA, Wilderness Preserve Lodge in Land O’ Lakes, Centre for Girls various schools through The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and the Carrollwood Cultural Center. (Michele also teaches private lessons.)
For more than 43 years, Dianne has shared her love of art by teaching students in grades K-12 skills and techniques in media from drawing and painting to ceramics, photography and stained glass. Dianne has taught in the public schools of New York City, New York, Denver, Colorado and Florida. She recently retired from the Hillsborough County Public School System. Dianne has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Art Education from Queens College, City University of New York. In 2003, Dianne accomplished National Board Certification in the Arts.
Miriam attended the University of Florida, graduating with a degree in Interior Design at the College of Architecture. While in college, she took many classes focusing on art and design. Miriam has always been drawn to art and clay, taking classes in drawing and sculpture throughout her life. Several years ago, she returned to her education in wheel thrown pottery under the tutelage of Master Potter, Gilda Butler. It is here at the Carrollwood Cultural Center that Miriam has rekindled her love of clay and all that it can do. She welcomes the chance to be able to share her love and knowledge of the art of crafting pottery on the potters wheel.