Executive Staff & Board of Directors
Susan Caruso, Executive/Artistic Director, is the founder of Sunflower Creative Arts.
Susan is a specialist in guiding children and adults to discover their passions, realize their potential and develop a strong personal voice. She is an educator, master player, parenting mentor, musician and compassionate voice and advocate for children. Susan is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and an innovator in early childhood education. Her inspired, child-centered approach to teaching led her to develop Sunflower’s model of play-based learning, based on Respect for the Individual, Learning Through Experience and Learning Within Community.
In addition to directing Sunflower’s vision and philosophy, Susan lends her insight, one-on-one, to both children and parents in creative arts, drama, music and parenting classes, and conflict resolution workshops.
Meade Peers McCoy, Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives Director, is research driven, creative, optimistic, and a communication facilitator, with experience in team and project management, instructional design, training facilitation, marketing, sales, and process analysis, and a passion for human motivation psychology and the cultivation of critical and creative thinking in the workforce. Meade holds a B.Sc. degree from the Irish American University in Dublin, Ireland and a M.A. degree in Human Performance Improvement from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She will oversee all of Sunflower’s business operations. Additionally Meade will design and develop all of Sunflower’s adult education programing.
Jaime Greenberg, Communications Director, is an award-winning writer with experience in strategic communications, marketing, copywriting, project management, blogging, social media, non-profit leadership and public relations. She has worked as a journalist, a communications professional for nonprofit associations and as a marketing communications consultant. As Communications Director Jaime sets and guides the strategy for all communications, blog/website, social media, marketing and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate Sunflower Creative Art’s mission. She is responsible for identifying/creating, protecting and maintaining Sunflower’s voice (brand), and works closely with the core leadership team as the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives.
Dorota Salas, Financial Director
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Ilysia Shattuck, Development Director, has a diverse background of grassroots organizing, fundraising, political campaign work, grant making, and business operations. Prior to her work with Sunflower, Ilysia helped build Florida Conservation Alliance from the ground up, including fundraising, board recruitment and development, and staff, campaign, and organizational management. Previously, as Patagonia’s Environmental Grants Manager from 2005 to 2008, she oversaw the implementation of the company’s tithing program, distributing 1% of sales each year through cash grants, totaling over $1.5M to hundreds of grassroots groups annually, as well as through other in-kind donation programs. In addition, she ran the company’s 9th and 10th Tools for Grassroots Activists Conferences, a four-day hands-on training for over 100 activists, and oversaw the production of Patagonia’s Environmental Initiatives Booklet, the company’s only annual publication. From 2000-2005, Ilysia worked with Sierra Club’s California Wild Heritage Campaign, where she helped craft and pass two federal bills protecting over 350,000 acres of California’s last wild places. During her tenure with Sierra Club, Ilysia also took time during the 2004 election to run the Sierra Club Votes office in Reno, Nevada. Additionally, she helped run MoveOn.Org’s San Francisco Call For Change office in 2006. Ilysia started her career as a campus organizer and canvass director for PIRG in Oregon.
Jennifer Ligeti, President
Jennifer has experience in nonprofit strategy, communications, event planning and fundraising. She has been a passionate supporter of Sunflower Creative Arts for the last seventeen years, serving in several capacities. Jennifer graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and worked in the field of mental health in Boston and later Seattle, Washington before moving to Florida.
Susan Dubbin, Secretary
Susan has worked in property management in Palm Beach County since 2002. She is a Licensed Real Estate Associate and Community Association Manager. Susan graduated from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and worked in the commercial banking industry in Boston, MA for eight years prior to moving to Palm Beach County.
Tayler Mariner, Treasurer
Tayler is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University, Magna Cum Laude, 2008. She works professionally as an accounting consultant, working primarily with nonprofits & small businesses in the wellness sector. She has a passion for helping others, and currently sits on the Boards of three local nonprofits, including Nurture via Nature, Inc, which she founded in 2010.
Dr. An is a professor in the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering (OME) at FAU. He is currently the director of the Advanced Marine Systems Laboratory, and is in charge of advanced marine vehicle research and development. He is the director of the Undergraduate Program in the OME Department.
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Bill is a real estate attorney in Boca Raton. He is currently a sole practitioner, but has previously been employed as general counsel of Gimelstob Realty Better Homes & Gardens and was an associate attorney in the West Palm Beach office of Broad and Cassel. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors of Sunflower Creative Arts, Inc. for the last several years, Bill has been involved with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) since the early 1990s, and is currently chairman of the Boca Civil Rights Committee and a member of the Florida Regional Board and Florida Executive Committee of the ADL.
Lora Peers McCoy
Lora has been involved with Sunflower since its inception. In 1980 she received a degree in special education (learning disabilities) from Florida Atlantic University. She taught in the Broward County school system for several years before starting a family and then moving to Massachusetts. Lora and her husband own and operate a software engineering company that serves the needs of a number of water purveyors throughout the country.