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.
Kim Schnepf, Riverside Arts Market Operations Manager
Kim Schnepf is thrilled to join the RAMily as their new Operations Manager for the 2013 season. Kim earned her BFA in Stage Management from the University of Central Florida and will graduate with her Master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Development from Jacksonville University in May.
Before coming back to Jacksonville, Kim enjoyed success as an Event Designer and Entertainment Manager at Walt Disney World before pursuing her dream to open her own event production company, KIS Events, which she still owns and operates. In addition to Walt Disney World, Kim has also worked in the entertainment industry for companies like Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio and Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL. Kim was recently honored by the Jacksonville Business Journal as one of their “40 Under 40” in 2012. Contact Kim.
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