Welcome to Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation, Inc.


Welcome...

We strive to make live theater, music and dance accessible to all residents of Largo and the surrounding Suncoast.

Our vision is to inspire youth, enhance business and transform the lives of our residents through the Arts; to create a cohesive, passionate, energized community that embraces our culture and positively impacts the future.



 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Danny Lehan, President
Danny was born and raised in Largo, graduated from Largo high school in 1993 and has been very active in his community his entire life. After graduating from St Pete College with an AA in Business Science, Danny has enjoyed a rewarding career as the General Manager with Village Inn Restaurants. Danny also graduated from the City of Largo Citizens Academy and has taken that experience to its next level serving as past board member for the City of Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Advisory Board, past board member of City of Largo Planning Board, and as president  for SPAF. Danny’s hobbies include kayaking, volleyball and reading. 

John Toppe, Immediate Past President
John was the architect for the Largo Cultural Center and is a founding member of SPAF. John is the President of Toppe Consultants, Inc. Architects Planners. His recent consulting work includes Master Plans for the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA and the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, designer/owner’s representative for the new Temple Terrace Arts Center and he is the Architect for the new Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton for the Manatee Players. He was appointed to the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design in 2011. He received his Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Florida. John and his wife, Melanie, love theatre and juggle a busy schedule of performances among the Largo Cultural Center, the Manatee Players and the Straz Center.

Margaret Coupe, Vice President

Margaret is a healthcare consultant, having served with senior management at the national and Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield organization, Tampa General Hospital, Sun Coast Hospital, and recently retired from the Nemours Foundation as national Director of Communication. Margaret is the founding past-president of SPAF and serves on the board of the Sun Coast Osteopathic Foundation; she has served on the boards of the Tampa and Largo Chambers of Commerce .





Sue Osborne, Secretary
More than 20 years experience in advertising account management, Sue has won national recognition from AFCP, Florida Press and other professional associations including first place for copywriting, new product development and ad design. Her expertise includes print and visual communications. She has served on numerous boards of directors for both companies and charities including past president for Partners N Progress for the Arts, Volunteer Corp Advisory Board, Largo Medical Center, Largo Rotary and Largo Mid Pinellas Chamber of Commerce. Her dedication to philanthropy of all genres and a passion for the arts enhance the SPAF mission.        

Jim Conlin, Treasurer
Jim has been in the financial services industry since 1988. He is a Senior Vice President-Investments/Branch Complex Manager for Raymond James. Jim had served on the PNP board going back to 1999 and is excited to now be a part of SPAF.  Keeping the arts as affordable for as many as possible and continuing to offer programs that benefit children are two areas that are shared by Jim.  He currently is also President of the Board for Corbett Preparatory School and has been involved with the Lion’s Eye Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters and others. Jim graduated the American University in Washington D.C.  He and his wife Nora, in addition to the theater, enjoy traveling as well as all the wonderful things living on the west coast of Florida has to offer.

Betsy Byrd
Betsy owns and operates the fabulous catering company, The Stuffed Mushroom in Safety Harbor, where she lives with her husband Mark. Raised in Ocean City, New Jersey,  Betsy attended Colgate University in New York. Besides her  successful catering business, Betsy has many notable  accomplishments that have made her an invaluable member  of the SPAF Board. She has twice served as the Chairman of the  Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce and is currently the Business  Manager for our own Eight O’Clock Theatre. You can spot Betsy at just about all of the performances as she not only handles the business matters for EOT, but she occasionally fills in as technical director, stage manager and of course her latest achievement of acting on the stage in the EOT production of Broadway's Best.

Joan Byrne - Director, City of Largo Recreation, Parks & Arts
Joan has been the Director of Largo's Recreation Parks and Arts Department since 2003. Before becoming director she served as a recreation program manager for the City of Largo for four years. Prior to joining the City she was the Director of Continuing Education for Eckerd College, the Executive Director of the Eastern European Schools Association and a faculty member of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Joan holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fontbonne University (St. Louis, MO) in Education and French and a Masters of Art in Administration from St. Thomas University (St. Paul, MN). Joan is a current member of the Rotary Club of Largo, Chair of the St. Petersburg College Parks and Leisure Studies Advisory Committee and serves as a faculty member of the Florida Recreation and Parks Association Leadership Academy. Joan and her husband, Patrick, love to travel and have lived in two foreign countries and travelled to over 75 countries worldwide.   

Kim Feaster
Kim has been a resident of Largo for twenty five years and has been involved with the Largo Cultural Center since 1996. She served as the facility’s operations manager for nine years, before joining the board in 2005. Kim is a very dedicated board member and promotes our mission with a passion. Kim and her husband, George, were the chairs for our 2006 Gala, ‘Largo Lights Up for the Arts’, our most successful gala to date, raising over $57,000 to benefit the Largo Cultural Center and increase the PNP endowment. In addition to her dedication to the arts, Kim is 2nd Vice President of Largo Lions Club, chairs the Spotlight Series and serves on the Tea for Tots fundraising committee to benefit Pinellas Lighthouse.

Marya Flurnoy
Marya DiBari-Flurnoy has been on the board of directors for two years. Originally from New York, she has lived in Florida for 35 years. Marya is the co-owner and President of Creative Design Team, a well-established interior decorating firm in Clearwater for the last 20 years. Marya decided to play an active role on the board because she is very dedicated to the performing arts, especially for our community's youth. She loves being an active fundraiser and donor for the Gala and Artists' Market to benefit the organization.



Ron Flurnoy

Judith F. Hall
Judy joined the board in 2007. With over thirty years in the financial services industry, Judy is a Senior Vice President, Guided Portfolio Manager, specializing in wealth management and financial planning. 
Judy has long been active in her community and has held several offices including Past President for Clearwater Business and Professional Women, Regional Director Florida Business and Professional Women, Past President for Upper Pinellas American Heart Assoc., and since she is an ardent animal lover has served as a foster parent for the Humane Society. 
After completing her primary education in Belgium, Judy received her BA from the University of Bridgeport (CT) and attended graduate school at the University of Connecticut. Judy speaks fluent French, loves reading, traveling, bowling and doing yard work.

Victor Lucas

Brenda Simpson 
Brenda Simpson, RN is the highly-respected Chief Nursing Officer of Largo Medical Center. Brenda's career in healthcare has spanned more than 33 years in positions from bedside nursing to administrative. Her healthcare journey brought her to Pinellas County from other hospitals throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. Brenda specialized and held directorship positions in invasive cardiology and ambulatory surgery. She holds a BSN in Nursing from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA and an MA from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Brenda's mission is a simple one. She focuses on safe and compassionate patient care, and it shows! Brenda has received multiple awards during her tenure in this industry including the Excel Employee of the Year. Brenda serves on the Board of the Sun Coast Performing Arts Foundation. She participates in numerous running events around the state and the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk. Brenda is happily married to Ron Berdell and they have five incredible pooches. She and Ron enjoy boating and tournament fishing. Brenda is an avid runner and rides a Harley.
COMMITTEES
  • Executive Committee
  • Board Development
  • Budget & Finance
  • Eight O'Clock Theatre
  • Endowment/Investment
  • Events
  • Fundraising
  • Legal
  • Marketing & Public Relations
  • Scholarship