John Toppe, 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.
Kim Feaster, Immediate Past President
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.
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 .
Barbara Edwards, Corresponding Secretary
Barbara was born in Louisiana and came to Florida in 1970 and has lived in the Largo area for 30 years. When she first came to Florida, she worked for a CPA firm in St. Petersburg for 12 years. She then opened a New York style deli (what a fiasco)! Her next adventure was Leasing Coordinator for a senior living facility in Clearwater for 12 years. She is currenctly working at Royal Palms and can't imagine working anywhere else. Barbara is on the Board of Directors for Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation and on the Board of Directors of her church, Chapel-By-The-Sea.
Susan Juhl, Recording Secretary
Susan is employed by Bright House Networks where she has worked since 1983. She is the Community Relations Coordinator for the Pinellas Region working with local non-profit organizations and the over 150 Pinellas County Schools. She also oversees the Company’s commitment to the Pinellas Education Foundation and its many programs including: Enterprise Village, Finance Park, Doorway Scholarships, Mini Grants and their various fundraisers. Bright House Networks supports approximately 700 local projects, non-profit organizations and events within their 7-county footprint. Susan and her husband Dan are both originally from Miami and currently reside in Belleair.
Leonard Love, Treasurer
Betsy Byrd, Assistant Treasurer
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.
Normajeanne has been interested in and involved with the performing arts since early childhood. Standing on a chair to reach a microphone to sing, is one of her earliest memories. Community Theatre, musical concerts, were a l arge part of her life, so it’s no wonder she is continually infatuated with the Largo Cultural Center. Her career background includes Advertising, Radio, Real Estate, Sales Training and Public Relations.
A constant source of joy is being a part of exposing young people to the thrill of performing, as they develop confidence and skills that will enrich their lives and careers. For the past 3 years, she has been serving as Editor of Arts Beat, a publication of the Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation.
Mike joined the board in 2013. Mike's more than twenty-five years experience in fundraising and not-for-profit leadership began when he was director of theatre and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Father Ryan High School in Nashville, Tennessee. Currently Mike is Executive Director of the Florida Council on Economic Education.
Mike also serves on the boards of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, the AIDS Services Association of Pinellas, Suncoast Solutions and the Florida United Methodist Foundation. Mike received his B.S. in Secondary Education from Tennessee Technological University and his M.Ed. in Institutional Advancement from Vanderbilt University.
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.
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.
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 is past president and current board member for SPAF. Danny’s hobbies include kayaking, volleyball and reading.
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.
Barbara is an owner of Color Pages, Inc., a digital printing business on East Bay Dr. Having gained so much pleasure from the first-class performances at the Largo Cultural Center, she wanted to be more involved and so joined the SPAF Board. She encourages all business owners and employees in Largo to attend a play or concert and meet the wonderful staff and volunteers at LCC. "I look forward to meeting you and sharing the fun and joy of this treasure in our community".
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.