Krysten Bennett, Riverside Arts Market Director
A native of Jacksonville, Krysten Bennett is a graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on the Fine Arts from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
Krysten began her career in the development office at Atlanta Ballet and also worked with Georgia Shakespeare Festival before returning to Jacksonville in 2001. She has since worked with The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus and as a Senior Public Affairs Consultant with Langton Associates, Inc., securing State and Federal funds for local government projects, including park development and historic preservation initiatives for the City of Jacksonville.
Most recently, she served as the Director of The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Krysten sits on the Board of Directors of the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Alumni Association and The 5 & Dime, A Theater Company, and is a member of the organizing committee for TEDxRiversideAvondale. She is also a proud urban core resident who resides in Murray Hill, our neighbor to the northwest. Contact Krysten.
Amy Saltmarsh, Riverside Arts Market Operations Manager
Amy holds a degree in Sociology from Appalachian State and a Masters in Agritourism from NC State. She has most recently worked as a farmers’ market manager at a large NC market, and as the sales and events manager at a sustainable catering company.
Through her work with the Midtown Farmers’ Market, Amy built and strengthened relationships between growers, consumers, and area restaurants, successfully convincing chefs to include locally grown products on their menus and boosting the Market’s foot traffic and media presence. At Green Planet Catering, Amy increased sales by 600% in her first year.
She has a love for details, planning, and approaches events with creative positivity. Amy continues to consult with farmers about their Agritourism practices, helping them to develop alternative revenue streams and further engage consumers in the local foods movement. Amy is an active gardener, whitewater enthusiast, and avid weightlifter (competing in her first lifting meet this year!).Contact Amy.
Heather Bailey, Riverside Arts Market Communications Manager
With a passion for the Jacksonville community, Heather Bailey believes in living the change you want to see in the world.
She brings extensive experience in marketing to her role as communications manager, with prior roles at a local advertising agency, with wedding photographers, and a local museum. Heather graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Florida, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a minor in Art History. She lives with her husband in the Avondale area; where they collaborate on the blog Outside The Den, and freelance for local publications. Contact Heather.
Harriet Armani, On-Site Volunteer Supervisor
Harriet came to RAM as a visitor on Opening Day 2009, signed on as a volunteer, and two years later accepted the staff position of On-Site Volunteer Supervisor. RAM also utilizes Harriet’s graphic design skills to promote the RAM brand and various Market events.
While Harriet was studying cinematography in Gainesville, she took a job with a printing company, which led her to a career in graphic design. She has since applied her design skills in the healthcare management field, visiting the nation’s capitol as an ambassador for the elderly, at ATP Tennis and currently for C3 Media Group.
A love for quaint historic communities led Harriet to Micanopy, which was settled in 1821 and was the first distinctly US town in Florida. While living there, she co-chaired the Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival.
Harriet is a native of Jacksonville and, for the better part of four decades, has been a resident of the Riverside and Murray Hill communities. She loves food, art, and the outdoors so RAM is the perfect spot for her!
RAM Staff in the TARDIS at RAMi-Con