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Karen Santangelo

President, Board Member  2009- present

Karen teaches at Clearwater Fundamental Middle School.  She joined PAEA in 2008 and served as one of our Middle School Representatives.  Karen received her B.F.A. degree from Youngstown State University in Ohio, majoring in Graphic Design and Photography.  She currently received her Masters in Ed. Leadership in September 2015! 

Latonya Hicks
President/ FAEA Representative/Artists Workshop. Board member 2015-present. 

Latonya after beginning her career as a Science teacher has spent the last 8 years teaching art.  She is a Largo transplant artist originally from Jacksonville, FL who currently teaches art at Largo High School.  Latonya is currently teaching 2D, IB,  advanced placement, Eurhythmics and is the co-sponsor for the Largo High School National Art Honor Society.  After graduating from Florida State University with her BFA in 2001 she continued on to earn her master’s degree in Mixed media from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University.  Specializing in 2D and 3D mixed media works, her exhibition experience is extensive and her repertoire includes public as well as private art. 


Natalie Steratore 

Secretary- Board Member from 2015-present 

What is your favorite food?
Any and all types of cheese 🧀 
Are you a Dog or a Cat person?
I’m a cat person. I have two cats, Nugget and Crumble. ❤️🐈🐈
When did you realize you wanted to be an art teacher?
I’ve always known I wanted to be an art teacher. When I was in Kindergarten I used to play school and I HAD to be the Art Teacher... I never wanted to play “House”, and if everyone wanted to play “House” - I insisted on being the Art Teacher that they sent their kids to. 


Lauren Moon


Kerry Marquis

Secretary, Board Member 2014 ~ present
Kerry is an art teacher and artist living in Clearwater and teaching art at Ridgecrest Elementary in Largo.  She graduated from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Drawing and Painting and later completed a master's degree in Art Education and second master's degree in Education Media Design and Technology.
Julianna Guccione
Middle School Representative, Board member 2017-present
Julianna is in charge of the website and is trying to figure out how to work it.  

Stephanie Smith

Middle School Representative, Board member 2017-present

Emily Lees
Elementary Representative/Donations. Board member 2015- present.
Emily is currently the art teacher at Orange Grove Elementary  and has been an elementary art teacher in Pinellas County since 2007.  Emily received a BFA with a concentration in painting and drawing as well as BAE from The Ohio State University.   She later received an MFA from Boston University with a concentration in art education, bookmaking and printmaking.

PAEA Committees:

Advocacy:  Assist in the production and distribution of materials promoting the importance of Art Education. Advocacy is of the utmost importance for Art Education RIGHT NOW!

Exhibitions:  Help with setting up/taking down annual PAEA Member show, recruiting venue space, finalizing details of shows.

Membership:  Assist with retaining and recruiting overall membership. Be a voice for members.

Hospitality:  Assist Chair with planning of events and hospitality needs at special events

Artists Workshops:  Help with planning and promoting inspiring,  creative experiences!

Non-Profit Business Committee:   Assists with maintaining not-for-profit annual filings

Communications:  Works with Chair to soliciting articles and news from members for the PAEA News quarterly publication. Occasionally assist with article writing, attending events to report about. Maintains presence in online communities such as Facebook, Twitter and webpage

Fundraising:  Helps with fundraising efforts.

Awards and Recognitions:  Assists with presenting awards at special events.

Contact: Karen Santangelo <> if you would like to serve on any of these committees. Thank you!