FOUNDERS AND BOARD MEMBERS

Stewart Stewart, Co-Founder and Executive Director, graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in Public Relations.  Before becoming a professional artist, he operated his own public relations firm staging national promotions for such clients as Opera Star Roberta Peters, Musicians Doc Severinsen and Errol Garner, Singer Nancy Wilson, The House of Hermes, and Superba Cravats. STEWART_STEWART 1recropped

Stewart’s community work has included service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Miami Beach Lincoln Road Development Corporation;  a member of the Creative Arts Initiative, a committee established by the Mayor of Miami Beach And a member of the Mosaic Initiative created by the Mayor of Miami-Dade County.

Stewart wears many hats.  In addition to being a talented visionary artist, Stewart is also a professional actor.  He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA), and Actors Equity Association (AEA).

Dena Stewart, Co-Founder and Program Director, earned her degree in education from Pace University.  Before becoming a professional artist, Ms. Stewart taught High School in New York City, was an editor for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishing Company, and personnel manager for E.J. Korvettes, a national department store chain. In Elevator cropped

Dena Stewart paints colorful canvases which express her life experiences, dreams and beliefs.  One of her most well known works, “Christmas Tree in the City” was selected for the 1982, ‘83, ‘84 and ‘89 UNICEF Greeting Card Collection.  Ms. Stewart served as an Honorary Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 1989.unicef card with credits

Dena Stewart is an honored recipient of the 2001 “Woman Worth Knowing” award bestowed upon her by the Miami Beach Commission on the Status of Women.  Dena is listed in The World Who’s Who of Women and Who’s Who in America.  Dena served on the Fine Arts Board and the Art in Public Places Committee for the City of Miami Beach. She is the author of “Inner Peace…It Isn’t Out There” (Amazon and Barnes & Noble).  

Dena and Stewart, together, regularly facilitate workshops and speak at universities and public schools, as well as at local and national seminars and conferences about their Telling Stories Through Visuals programming and how to apply the curriculum to address a variety of social and health-related community issues.

Their engagements include: the Nbest to sizeational AmFar Conference on HIV/AIDS; Voices for a Violence-Free Community Conference, Hilton Head, SC; Florida International University – Learning and Beyond Conference; Bluffton College (Ohio); the New World School of the Arts; Miami-Dade and Broward County Public Schools; the Miami International Press Club; the U.S. Conference on AIDS (Miami, San Diego, Dallas); and the State of Florida Department of Health’s Disease Intervention Conference (Orlando).

Their media interviews include local and national TV news programs and talk shows, hard copy, and a documentary for 1ARD German Television.  Publications include Modern Maturity Magazine; The Washington Post; The New York Daily News; The Miami Herald; The Sun Sentinel; and Associated Press syndicated newspaper articles.  Mr. Stewart and his artwork have been showcased in Country Living Magazine and Salon (Tokyo, Japan magazine).

CFCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

RITA STARR, President, ritarow@aol.com Ms. Starr is an advocate and consultant for cancer patients. Ms. Starr was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship; she has a Masters degree in Languages and teaches English as a second language. She owned and operated Nature’s Gardens bakery that distributed organic breads and pastries to health food stores.

RUTH DITUCCI BARROWS, Director, news@syndicatednews.net President and site manager of SyndicatedNews.NET, LLC a licensed newsgathering website; domain-name pioneer; businesswoman and educator.

STUART FREEMAN, Director, stuartvision@gmail.com Founded in 1983, Mr. Freeman is President and head designer for Stuart Freeman Designs, a combination graphic, jewelry and product design company. His designs are sold at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Eclectic Home, La Maison Moderne, LA Eyeworks, and Macy’s San Francisco. His publishing credits include Vogue, Vogue Italia, Time Out New York, and Village Voice. As Art Director for Ted Chin & Company, Inc., Mr. Freeman was responsible for the design and execution of advertising campaigns, sales promotion items, outdoor advertising and in-store displays for US News and World Report, Parents Magazine, Citizen Watch Company, Timex Watch Company, Mariacron Brandy. Mr. Freeman is a graduate of the Cooper Union, NYC, with a degree in photography and graphic design.

DAVID McNULTY, Director,  dkmcnulty@cfl.rr.com Retired Fire Fighter, currently speculating with some properties in Levy County Fla. and the Fla. Keys, also Business Manager for Syndicatednews.Net.

HIROKAZU YOSHIKAWA, Ph.D, Director,  yoshikhi@gmail.com Professor and Principal Investigator of the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education at New York University; Dr. Yoshikawa conducts research on the effects of employment, poverty, and early childhood education on childhood development. He has testified at multiple Congressional briefings on social policy and child development, and has served on national advisory committees for the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Academy of Sciences. He consults regularly for governmental and non-governmental organizations here and abroad, including most recently the Secretary of Education of Mexico and UNICEF. Dr. Yoshikawa is the former Academic Dean at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Yoshikawa received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at New York University, his M.A. in Psychology at New York University, his M.M. in Piano performance at The Juilliard School, and his B.A. (summa cum laude) in English literature at Yale University.

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