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Chairman – Patrick Farrah

Patrick A. Farrah is an attorney with the Law Offices of John E. Moore, III, where his practice focuses exclusively in the areas of estate planning, probate, and tax law. Prior to his transition to the Law Offices of John E. Moore, III, Patrick was an estate planning attorney with the Vero Beach law firm of Rossway Moore Swan, P.L. Patrick graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 2009.

Patrick originally moved to Vero Beach in 2002 to teach at Vero Beach High School, where he was the director of school choirs and music theory teacher until 2007. Under his direction, the school choirs continued their long history of excellence, receiving top ratings at regional-, state-, and national-level competitions. While at Vero Beach High School, Patrick directed the school's choirs and orchestra in several large-scale choral-orchestral works, including the choral edition of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Borodin's Polovtsian Dances. Students under Patrick's direction consistently won music scholarships to universities within and outside the State of Florida.

Patrick has degrees in music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. While at Oklahoma, Patrick was graduate assistant to the graduate choral studies department and was the director of the University Chorus.

Patrick also sang professionally with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and recorded two CDs with that ensemble.


Vice Chairman –Alicia Quinn

I am fortunate to have the luxury of being able to do the things I enjoy rather than things I have to do. In that vein, I volunteer as docent at the Vero Beach Museum of Art and am an active member the Vero Beach Art Club. I have repeatedly chaired the Under the Oaks Fine Art and Crafts Show, and served as vice-president and board member of the Art Club. I serve as vice-chair of the Docent Board and as treasurer of my condo board as well as a director of the Cultural Council. With a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics and a Masters of Arts in Education/Guidance and Counseling, I was employed for 30 years as an educator in a public high school and private university in Rhode Island. My current artistic endeavor is creating unique jewelry pieces featuring Cabochon cut and polished natural stones in gold and/or silver hand-fashioned settings. This is a hobby; rather than sell commercially, I donate my work to local charity auctions to benefit our non-profits.

I am very committed to and involved with the arts in the local Vero Beach area. It is with a love of the arts and artists that I choose to work diligently to make cultural events and opportunities available to residents of Indian River County and to assist and promote our local artists.

Treasurer – Lois K. Work

Lois Work is a Realtor who specializes in Barrier Island homes and has been selling property in Indian River County for 20 years. She is the past president of the local Realtors Association and has served at several levels of leadership capacities at the state and national levels of real estate.

Raised in New Jersey and New York City, Ms. Work is a graduate of Vassar College (BA) and the University of Michigan (MA). Her New York positions include work in the advertising, publishing and stock brokerage industries including classes at the New York Institute of Finance.

After completing her Masters Degree and attaining Ph.D. candidate status at the University of Michigan, Ms. Work became a legislative aide in the Michigan State House of Representatives. She later worked for New Detroit, Inc., the nation's first urban coalition. Various positions at New Detroit, Inc. culminated in the post of Vice President. Her duties included representation of NDI at the local, state and national levels as well as extensive work with the corporate and public sectors, including fundraising and public/private partnerships.

Locally, Ms. Work served as a 14 year director of Baytree Condominium Association, including the posts of Secretary and Treasurer. She is a support of the Vero Beach Ballet, Planned Parenthood and the Humane Society of Vero Beach. In her spare time, she enjoys art and antique shows, travel and reading.

Secretary – Donna Lindsay

Donna has always been forward thinking in building relationships, trust and rapport and believes customer service is a must to build good relationships. she believes if you make connections between the right people, create good partnerships and alliances, then motivating forward momentum will accomplish the goals set to complete the project.

She started her career at Antioch College in Ohio, hired to automate the manual student registration and class selection system. At that time, Automation was working with punch cards, plugs and wires, unless you had millions of dollars for magnetic tape systems.

After moving to California she worked for General Telephone Company (GTE, now Verizon) in various positions which utilized her project management skills. In 1986 GTE moved its California Regional Headquarters from Santa Monica, CA to Westlake Village, CA.

At that time she was able to convince the company that Office Automation was the thing of the future, but passing them by and they needed to step into the 20th Century. she was given the responsibility of developing a project plan to evaluate and purchase equipment, schedule and train more than 15,000 employees, 460 management employees and 160 executives. After the presentation of that plan to the executives of all the units of the region, it was approved.

She was also recognized by the City of Westlake, CA for her contribution on the Commission to investigate the feasibility of building a library suitable for the growing needs of the city. That library was built.

After retiring from GTE, she returned to college for a certificate in meeting an convention planning after which she went to work for the National Association of Orthopedic Surgeons planning the yearly conventions and various other meetings throughout the year.

Eventually moving to Vero Beach with her husband, she volunteers for three nonprofit organizations. The Hibiscus Children's Center which works each year to raise more than 8 million dollars to service the needs of neglected and abused children, and sits on the board of the Vero Beach Opera and the Cultural Council of Indian River County.

Emeritus - Richard (Dick) Stark


Richard A Stark has been a generous supporter of the arts and other charitable causes in our community for many years as well as a supporter and Director Emeritus of the Cultural Council. We are very grateful for having known him as both a friend and a leader in the arts in Indian River County.



Shelley Adelle

Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Enthusiast, Experimental Human.

altA former military brat, farm girl from Texas and actress Shelley spent almost ten years in NYC where she studied with the top teachers in the Yoga industry and received her Conservatory Training at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy under the direction of David Martin, Dan Daily, Dr. Roxana Stewart, and Mark Riherd.

Specializing in Classical Theatre, Technique and Improvisation with a minor in Stage Fighting (rapier, rapier-dagger and broadsword) and Costume Construction Shelley boasts over 60 credits to her name in stage & film. Shelley continues to explore her craft in Vero through Improvisation, Photo Art and Local Theatre. She most recently stared as Velma in Hairspray at the Vero Beach Theatre Guild and in her first feature film, Rivers of Eden (Zoleus Films).

As a Yoga Teacher Shelley has over 1500hrs of Advanced Training and Ten years of studio and private instruction under her belt. She has hosted four local teacher trainings at her studio The Yoga Pagoda while building the schedule to 28 weekly classes taught by a staff of fifteen. An innovative entrepreneur she leverages social media, after hours events and unusual collaborations to foster community involvement beyond the standard studio class.

Shelley is also on staff at Camp GLP in New York, a yearly pilgrimage bringing together creatives, entrepreneurs and the business minded for a week long event utilizing classes team building and lectures to teach others how to community build and lead with passion. Camp GLP is part of a broader initiative The Good Life Project, Founded by her mentor Jonathan Fields.

Past charitable relationships include Yoga for Veterans, Homeless Family Center and Safe Space.

Shelley was a Star Dancer for the 2016 Dancing with Vero's Stars benefiting The Healthy Start Coalition of Indian River County.

Ken Daige

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Clifford Henry

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Michael G. Kissner, Jr.

altBorn: Vero Beach, Florida.
Education: Princeton University (A.B. 2003); Florida State University College of Law (J.D. 2008).

Michael Kissner is a life-long resident of Vero Beach, Florida, and a third generation native of the area. In 1999, he graduated from Vero Beach High School, where he received honors for both academic and athletic achievements and was a leader in student government. He went on to receive his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, where he played varsity football and was a member of The University Cottage Club. Mr. Kissner’s academic success continued while a student at Florida State University College of Law, where he received a book award for achieving the highest grade in his Torts class. Upon receiving his law degree, he returned to Vero Beach and practiced with a highly regarded local litigation firm prior to joining Collins Brown Caldwell.

Devoted to his community, Mr. Kissner is an active member of several local organizations and has held leadership positions in each of them. He is currently president elect of Rotary Club of Vero Beach Oceanside and a board member and treasurer of the Princeton Club of Vero Beach. He is also on the board of the Indian River Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network, Indian River County Foundation for the Elderly, and Main Street Vero Beach. He is a past president of the Indian River County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

Mr. Kissner is a member of First Baptist Church of Vero Beach. Mr. Kissner focuses his practice on the areas of serious injury, wrongful death, commercial litigation, probate litigation, and business disputes. He has represented a wide variety of clients, from local businesses and individuals to governmental entities and multi-national insurance companies. Mr. Kissner is admitted to practice before all Florida state trial courts and the Middle and Southern Federal District Courts of Florida.

Caesar Mistretta



Francis (Frank) Tellier

altBorn in NYC 1938

Peckskill Military Academy 1956

Saint Lawrence University 1960 BA in History and Economics

Awarded regular Army commission through ROTC Program – Captain Infantry 1963

Joined Morgan Guaranty Trust Company as Trainee 1963 – to appx 1992 with many assignments in client commercial banking.  Last two, Senior Vice President and area head of bank’s busine3ss from Delaware to Hawaii.  Senior Credit officer North America, managed loan books approved major loans,

Ran LBO book of business and special loan group financially troubled clients Leveling authority up to $750 million. 

Joined JP Morgan and Company; newly created investment bank in 1993 as Senior Managing Director and member of Management Committee.  Oversaw and participated in typical investment banking activities.  Raising debt equity and M & A business.  Retired in 1999.  Director of Johns Island Foundation for three years.


Executive Director - Barbara Hoffman

altBarbara Hoffman, a Minnesota native and graduate of Iowa State University began her professional career teaching school in Connecticut, Illinois, and Kentucky. As she and her husband made Louisville their home, she continued her career serving in executive positions in local government, a human resource executive with a large company headquarter, and eventually opened her own consulting firm. The Hoffman Group consulted in management development, organizational development, compensation structures, human resources, assessments, and training and development. During her 12 years of consulting she worked with several companies throughout the country at both corporate headquarters as well as plant operations, community college systems in over 10 states and many non- profit organizations. Ms. Hoffman sold her consulting firm to SHL, Ltd, a leader in talent measurement solutions, employee development and succession planning, headquartered in London, England. She worked with SHL as a senior consultant until her retirement.

A devoted volunteer, she served in leadership positions on many local, state, and national boards of directors and commissions. That list includes Chairman of Fifteen Telecommunications, Inc., Board and Executive Committee of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Board and Executive Committee of National Association of Public Television Stations, National Task Force on the Future Funding of Public Television, Board and Chairman Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc., Chairman of Commission on the Future of Adult and Technical Education in Kentucky, Chairman of the Kentucky Council on Economic Education, Vice Chairman of the Bluegrass State Skills Corporation and Executive Officer of Palm Beach Sail & Power Squadron. She was a member of the charter classes of Leadership Louisville and Leadership Kentucky, and was the first woman member of the Downtown Louisville Rotary Club. After retiring, Ms. Hoffman and her husband, Dwight, lived on their boat, visiting Vero Beach as they traveled the Intracoastal Waterway.

After 5 years of boating they chose to settle in Vero Beach. Since moving to Vero Beach, Ms. Hoffman chaired the 2006 and 2007 Vero Beach Book Festival, and serves on the Friends Committee of the Vero Beach Museum of Art, 2 of those years as President. Ms. Hoffman joined the Board of Directors of the Cultural Council in 2009 becoming its Vice Chairman for 1 year and its Chairman for 3 years. Ms. Hoffman’s interest in the cultural arts includes the music, oil painting and literature.

Emeritus - Richard (Dick) Stark




Richard A Stark has been a generous supporter of the arts and other charitable causes in our community for many years as well as a supporter and Director Emeritus of the Cultural Council. We are very grateful for having known him as both a friend and a leader in the arts in Indian River County.









Lisa Lindner, Executive Assistant

Janet Begley, Bookkeeper

Sharon E. Morgan, Websites, Calendar, Cultural Connection, Social Media