Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for the 2021 – 2022 Season:

Officers:

Jeff Kiltie, President
General Manager, Aventura Arts & Cultural Center; Miami-Dade

Jeff Kiltie is the general manager for the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center in Aventura, Florida, an affiliated venue of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and has been with the venue since its opening in 2010. With over thirty years of experience in all aspects of the performing arts industry, from being an Equity stage manager to directing, producing, designing, and even running a follow-spot, Jeff also served as the production supervisor for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for several years. He also chairs the board’s Production & Programming Committee.

Javier Siut, Vice President
Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs; Miami-Dade

Javier Siut is a member of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and former director of Prometeo Theatre at Miami-Dade College. He also chairs the board’s Scholarship Committee.

Donald R. Walters, Esq., Treasurer
Donald R. Walters, P.A.; Broward

Don Walters is an Attorney and Managing Partner of Donald R. Walters, P.A., a full-service Real Estate Law Firm with offices in Pompano Beach and Coral Springs, Florida.  Don graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law.  His involvement in the legal community includes stints serving on the boards of the North Broward Bar Association, the Broward County Bar Association, Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court, and Legal Aid of Broward County/Coast to Coast Legal Services.  In addition to his law practice, Don has been active in the South Florida theater community for over thirty years as an actor and stage manager and served five terms as President of the Hollywood Playhouse.  He has been on the Board of Trustees of The Carbonell Awards since 2009 and as Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the South Florida Cappies, The Critics and Awards Program for High School Theater, since 2006.  After 20 years in Coral Springs, Don recently moved back to the east-side where he was raised and currently resides in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida. He is the immediate past president and will continue to serve on the board’s Executive and Governance committees.

Geoffrey Short,  Secretary

President of the Board of Directors of the Pembroke Pines Theater of the Performing Arts; Broward

Geoffrey Short is the president of the board of directors of the Pembroke Pines Theater of the Performing Arts, and an experienced theater director, actor, and music producer who has worked with numerous South Florida theater companies.

Board Members:

Linda Birdsey

Marketing Director, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; Palm Beach

Ricardo J. Gonzalez III
Owner/Director, Beaux Arts Gallery in Miami, Proprietor and worldwide personal representative for the Estate of Manuel Carbonell; Miami-Dade

Ricardo J. Gonzalez III is a registered architect in the State of Florida.  Mr. Gonzalez has a degree in Architecture from the University of Miami with a minor in art.  Since 1971, he enjoyed an extensive architectural practice throughout Florida and owned a successful development and construction company.  He established Beaux Arts Gallery, aka Carbonell Sculptures Ltd. in 1987 for the purpose of representing Carbonell, being of the few galleries in Miami dating to that time.  Twelve years ago, he retired from his other endeavors and has dedicated himself full time to the art gallery and the promotion of Carbonells’ sculptures. Mr. Gonzalez is the nephew of Sculptor Carbonell and has full authority over the oeuvre of Carbonell as well as being the proprietor and worldwide personal representative for the Estate of Manuel Carbonell.

Herman G. Montero

Director of Production at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts; Broward

Herman Montero is the new director of production at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. He was formerly director of project management for Bombshell Productions in Fort Lauderdale and prior to that he was the production manager for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

William Nix
Former Vice President of Marketing and Governmental affairs for the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County; Palm Beach

William Nix is the former vice president of marketing and governmental affairs for the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County who co-hosted weekly TV and radio programs on the arts. He currently is an ex officio member of the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission, and hosts the annual African-American Film Festival at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

Gary Schweikhart
President, Public Relations by Schweikhart; Palm Beach

Gary Schweikhart is president of PR-BS, Inc., a full-service public relations firm based in Boca Raton. Clients include the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Coral Springs Center for the Arts, Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Lynn University Conservatory of Music & Live at Lynn Theatre Series, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Arts Garage, DCOTA, Caffe Luna Rosa, Mounts Botanical Garden, MusicWorks, etc. He is co-founder of the Gold Coast PR Council and the popular series Culture & Cocktails at The Colony in partnership with the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Gary was formerly VP of PR at Office Depot, Senior Media Manager for The Sharper Image retail chain, Managing Editor of The San Francisco Sentinel, a radio/TV talk show host, print and broadcast theater reviewer for over a decade, and a producer of numerous stage shows, rock concerts and citywide festivals in Omaha, Nebraska. He will continue to serve as chair of the board’s PR & Communications Committee.

Avery Sommers

Broadway, Movie, and TV veteran; Palm Beach

Avery Sommers is a Broadway, movie and TV veteran who continues to sell-out performances in cabarets, night clubs and theaters. Both a Carbonell Award winner and a seven-time nominee, she also is a recipient of a Los Angeles Ovation Award, The Silver Palm Award for Outstanding Contributions to South Florida Theater, and the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 2010 Monaco International Film Festival.