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LEADERS for the ARTS, 2021

BOARD MEMBERS

Cynthia Haffey

CYNTHIA HAFFEY, Director

Cynthia has thirty-one years of experience in museum administration. She is a graduate of Fine Arts at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and began her professional career at the Museum of Science and Industry during their successful $36m capital campaign, making a positive impact on their programs for 10 years. She has since contributed her professional experience to prestigious organizations such as the University of South Florida, Polk Museum of Art, and Young At Art Children’s Museum, Fort Lauderdale.

Cynthia returned to her home in Lakeland in 2011, accepting the leadership position as executive director for Platform Art, Inc. expanding the cultural arts and developing a public art initiative in central Florida.

JULIE BURFORD
JULIE BURFORD
Julie is an Environmental Consultant in Lakeland with the planning and design engineering firm, Kimley-Horn and Associates. Julie was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida and graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in 2010 and is currently finishing an MS in Interdisciplinary Ecology, both from the University of Florida. Before her career in the private sector, Julie worked for the State of Florida as a wildlife biologist. She landed in Polk County in 2013 to partner with the agricultural community in co-managing their land for wildlife habitat. Julie has a passion for the human dimension of natural resource conservation and providing innovative solutions to environmental protection. While her clients often refer to her as “bat girl”, “eagle girl”, or “tortoise lady”, Julie also has a love for the arts and is honored to serve as a member of the Platform Art Board to bring art and culture to our community.
TERRY CONEY
TERRY CONEY
Mr. Terry G. Coney is a new member of the Platform Art Board of Directors for 2021.
Mr. Coney was raised in Lakeland, and is currently the President of the NAACP, Lakeland Branch. Terry served in the United States Air Force for 22 years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

After retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Coney spent 19 years in Durham, NC, before returning to Lakeland in 2014. While in Durham, Mr. Coney volunteered on several boards and organizations. Terry is the former President of the Durham Public Schools Scholarship Foundation, a member of the North Carolina state Mathematics and Science Advisory Board, and a Mentor with the Rites of Passage Mentorship program. In Lakeland, Terry currently services on the Polk Vision Mentorship Leadership team. He is a member of the Rochelle School of the Arts, School Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Polk County Public Schools, Attendance Boundary Committee. Mr. Coney was a member of the Polk County Public Schools, Superintendent Citizens selection committee, and he is the former Vice President of the Washington Park/Rochelle High School Alumni Association, Inc.

Terry is a 1968 graduate of Rochelle High School in Lakeland. He is a 1972 graduate of Florida A&M University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Terry earned a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1988. Terry and his wife Earlene have seven children, nine grand kids, and one great grandchild.

PATRICK FAGAN
PATRICK FAGAN
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WINDY KEENE
WINDY KEENE
Windy is a Customer Success Manager with the fundraising platform, Qgiv, a career that allows her to parlay her talents and passion for helping the nonprofit community. Her expertise lies in maximizing fundraising across a huge variety of segments and organizations. Windy understands that art is for everyone and believes that Platform serves as a springboard for bringing it to the community. A Florida native, Windy holds a B.S. in Public Relations from FIU along with a Level 3 Award from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Windy has long been a lover of the arts, and in her free time you’ll find her reading the latest fiction or painting portraits of interesting faces.
VICTORIA LOWE
VICTORIA LOWE
Victoria Lowe of Birmingham, holds an MS in Art from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. After graduation, she relocated to Washington DC to continue her art career, exhibiting in the south and mid-Atlantic region. After working in the White House, she opened Art Studio Bed & Breakfast in Dupont Circle, welcoming guests and showing works of emerging artists for thirty years. She moved to Lakeland in 2006 and is currently touring a 40-year working retrospective of her paintings at museums in the south and midwest. Victoria has been teaching at Florida Polytechnic University since its opening in 2014.
PATRICK MIMS
PATRICK MIMS
A born and raised Lakelander, Patrick Mims, returned to work for T. Mims Corp. after completing his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Florida. As part of his master’s degree program, Patrick studied International Business in Hong Kong and Oslo, Norway. In addition to his studies, he worked in London to gain experience in the startup space. Upon returning to Florida after his travels, Patrick explored international job openings; however, he ultimately determined that his greatest professional growth opportunity landed him in Lakeland.

Currently living in Tampa, Patrick commutes to work, where he is Vice President of T. Mims Corp. Sand mining, cattle ranching, wetland banking, and real estate development are just a few of the industries that Patrick manages on a daily basis. He loves his job due to its diverse nature and believes that true personal development stems from when one steps out of their comfort zone.

Patrick’s passion for education allows him to explore different facets of the human experience. Whether it’s climbing mountains, discovering new genres of music, or simply walking through the local Polk Museum of Art, he never wants to stop learning.

SANDRA SHEETS
SANDRA SHEETS
Sandra is a shareholder in the Lakeland office of GrayRobinson, PA, who practices in estate and tax planning, estate and trust administration, with an emphasis on business succession planning involving closely held businesses. Sandra was born in Winter Haven, Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1983 and her juris doctor degree from the George Washington University in 1987. She was elected to the Order of Coif, was a member of the Moot Court Board and was editor of the Law Review. In 1985, she served as a legislative intern for The Honorable Lawton Chiles, U.S. senator from Florida. In 1987, she served as a judicial intern for The Honorable Kenneth W. Starr, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
DR. SALLIE STONE
DR. SALLIE STONE
Dr. Sallie Stone is the Founder and CEO of The Well, a public/private partnership with the City of Lakeland’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). She is President of Compass Smart Solutions educational consulting: training, professional development, business coaching and motivational speaking for diverse groups around customized themes. She is also the owner of Well-done Events! multi-media production services helping businesses and organizations promote their message through digital marketing and branding strategies. Dr. Sallie is married to Mario Stone, Director of Operations for The Well. Her passion is seeking out opportunities to partner with those who are committed to uplifting the community and making it a better place to live and work for all. She models this belief with intentionality through engagement and advocacy. Dr. Stone’s efforts have earned her a solid reputation for facilitating collaborative relationships and partnerships.
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