Carolyn is a true Floridian, born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida.  She is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelors and Masters in Art Education and was an art instructor for 30 years.  Highlights include: Being hired by Ida Baker and Opening Cape Coral High School in 1979-80 as its first full time art instructor, as well as teaching at Cypress Lake Middle School, an arts magnet, for 18 years.  She was honored as a Golden Apple Teacher in 2001. She’s a National Board Certified Teacher and was Middle Art Teacher of the Year twice for Lee County and Middle School Art Teacher of the Year for Florida.  She worked as an adjunct professor at Edison Community College, University of Florida, and Florida Gulf Coast University.

Carolyn has always been involved in the arts organizations in Lee County.  She has been involved with the Alliance for the Arts since its inception and is currently a board member.  She was co-President of the Lee County Art Education’s Association and taught workshops at Florida Art Education Association’s conferences and at the National Art Education Association convention. Also, she is currently the Chairperson of the Public Art Committee for the City of Fort Myers.

Carolyn has always been drawn to crafts, preferably working small.  She originally created jewelry, which she taught for 5 years at Edison Community College, and then worked in fused glass in the 1990’s when it was a new medium. Currently she likes to work with multi mediums, paper, fiber, watercolors to design 3-dimentional creations.

Carolyn’s works have been juried into shows at the Cape Coral Art Center, the Alliance for the Arts, RSW “Art in Flight,” FAEA Educator Show, Tampa Art Museum, and an Israel-USA Show “Art Beyond Boundaries.”  She has juried shows for the Alliance for the Arts, Cape Coral Art Studio, Cape Coral Art League, The Fort Myers Art Association, The Pine Island Art Association and LAEA High School Juried Art Show.

Corris L. McIntosh, Jr. is a southwest Florida native and practicing attorney with legal experience serving both non-profit and for-profit organizations. He is married to Shadreka McIntosh and together they have three kids: Corris III, Chloe, and Carter. 

Jonathan is the Program Director for the Southwest Florida Community Sourced Incubator (CSI). He supports new businesses and grow existing ones to make SWFL a better place to live and work while  building an economy where everyone succeeds.

Jonathan has spent the past decade in Southwest Florida starting, growing, and managing small businesses that generate more than $14M in revenue. He has an affinity for measuring results yet has a major soft spot for people. Jonathan sees each day as an opportunity to help someone succeed or empower a whole community of “someones” to make a better future. He has led corporate social responsibility efforts while having wide range of board and advisory positions spanning non-profit, public, political, and philanthropic sectors.

When not engaged in the community, Jonathan enjoys exploring and traveling to new places with his wife and daughter. He dreams of being an emoji designer for Apple one day and is passionate about GIFs.