Krysten Bennett, Riverside Arts Market Director
A native of Jacksonville, Krysten 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 volunteers her time as box office manager for The 5 & Dime, A Theater Company. She is also a proud urban core resident who lives in Murray Hill, Riverside’s neighbor to the northwest. Contact Krysten.
Crystal Floyd, Riverside Arts Market and Riverside Avondale Preservation Financial Manager
Crystal works with the treasurer and accountant to ensure finances and reporting for RAM and RAP are accurate and timely. She has more than 10 years experience in financial and office management after working as legal assistant and office administrator for a busy family law firm.
She is a Jacksonville native and has lived in the heart of Avondale for the past 15 years. In addition to her business knowledge, she is also an avid adventurer, gardener, nature lover and artist who creates works in a variety of mediums. As one of the earliest tenants of CoRK Arts District, Crystal spends her spare time working in her studio and serving as event coordinator. She recently took on the role of vice chair of the Museum of Science and History’s young professionals group, the Elements of MOSH.
Sharing a common vision for our unique neighborhood, Crystal looks forward to working with RAP aand RAM and their current and growing membership on the collaborative effort to support the sustainability of one of the most beautiful and historic preservation districts in the Southeast.
Jennifer Paulk, Riverside Arts Market Vendor Relations Manager
A Florida native turned Marine Corps spouse, Jennifer has spent the last 11 years bouncing between the East and West coasts. During this time, she has completed coursework for her bachelor of science degree in business administration through Campbell University. Her career expertise draws from her time in the banking and financial industries.
Jennifer has always enjoyed community involvement in the form of theatrical arts. She has appeared with both amateur and professional organizations throughout Florida, North Carolina and California. In Northeast Florida, she has appeared with the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre (ABET), Amelia Community Theatre and Players by the Sea. She is a founding member of Jax Treblemakers.
For questions related to becoming a vendor or vendor relations, contact Jennifer.
Heather Bailey, Riverside Arts Market Program Manager
With a passion for the Jacksonville community, Heather believes in living the change you want to see in the world. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Florida with a bachelor of arts degree in history and a minor in art history.
Heather’s background includes communication and programming for an advertising agency with wedding photographers and a local museum. She was the communications manager for RAM for 1 1/2 years and has now transitioned into the program manager role.
She lives in the Riverside area and loves being able to walk and bike to work. When not working on ways to improve her neighborhood, Heather spends her time traveling.
For non-profits, special theme days and Morning Yoga at RAM, contact Heather.
Kerry Speckman, Communications Manager
If there were an award for Jacksonville’s biggest fan, Kerry might just win it—and if she didn’t, she would demand a recount. Originally from Aston, Pa., “The Specktator,” as she’s known about town, moved to Jacksonville at the age of 12 (it’s not like she had a choice … she was 12) and has lived here happily ever since.
A proud alumnus of Jacksonville University, Kerry has been a professional writer for more years than she cares to admit. But she truly found her niche as a blogger at thespecktator.com (which won Folio Weekly’s Best Of Awards in 2013 and 2014) and “social(media)ite,” a term coined for specifically for her because of her omnipresence in the virtual world. She’s pretty hard to miss in the real world too because … pink hair … and orange glasses.
Kerry is a diehard Riversider where she lives with her feline children, Fonzie Ann and Puddy, both rescues.
Contact Kerry for all things marketing and public relations.
Katie Delaney, Farmer Liaison
A community-oriented professional with a passion for local eats, Katie believes that supporting regional, ethically-minded farmers is one of the most powerful investments we can make in our community.
Katie spent her formative years traveling and eating her way across Europe as a U.S. government brat and developed an appreciation for regional cuisine at an early age. A graduate of Flagler College, Katie fell in love with the local grassroots movement when she moved to Jacksonville six years ago to marry her husband and BFF Bill.
Katie has worked at the University of North Florida for more than five years in various programming and event positions and has established a close working relationships with the growing number of farmers who contribute to the local food culture through her work with Slow Food First Coast.
She is a self-described pie expert who enjoys hiking, travel-eating and watching cartoons with her black lab Abe Simpson.
Julia Torres-Carmichael, On-Site Volunteer Supervisor
Born and raised in Jersey (but says she’s nothing like that “awful” TV show), Julia was first introduced to RAM in 2011 by her son Nicholas who needed to earn community service hours as part of his high school requirements. Since it was more convenient to stay with him while he volunteered than drive back to Mandarin and back again to pick him up, she ended up volunteering as well. And she’s been part of the RAMily ever since.
Julia enjoys giving back to the community and never considers her volunteer hours as work. She loves working with RAM vendors and volunteers and is proud to be a part of such a creative atmosphere.
In addition to RAM, Julia has contributed her time to the Jacksonville Zoo, One Spark, Starry Nights at Metro Park, The Jacksonville Jazz Festival and MOCA through the Bank of America Volunteer Network. She celebrates her 28th year with Bank of America this year.
Julie has two sons, a stepdaughter and four grand babies.
RAM Staff in the TARDIS at RAMi-Con