Foundation Staff


 
 
Kristin Lidinsky
Executive Director
561.802.6023
 
Kris started her second tenure at the School of the Arts Foundation in June 2015 as executive director. Before joining the Foundation, she served as the senior philanthropy officer at Scripps Florida. Kris had previously served as director of development for the School of the Arts Foundation from 2005 to 2013. Her past experience included being the executive director of the Epilepsy Association, associate executive director of The Arc of Palm Beach County, and director of development and community programs for Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies. Kris has over 30 years’ experience in the areas of non-profit management and fund development and received her national certification as a CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) in 2005.  She is currently is a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Planned Giving Council. 
 
Kris received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Florida.  Kris has two children, Kyle and Sarah, and is married to Rick. In her free time, Kris loves to run, swim, and is an avid reader.
 
 
Stefani Kochanski
Director of Development
561.802.6066
 

Stefani Kochanski joined the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation in 2012 as the Associate Director of Development with a focus on special events management.  Her background in technical theatre, event management and operations shaped her into a great addition to the Foundation team.  As a class of 1996 graduate of Dreyfoos, Stefani is extremely passionate about the future of the school and the impact it has on the arts in the community.  

She attended Florida State University (Go Noles!) studying in the BFA Theater Design/Technology program.  After FSU she worked on the production team at the Cuillo Centre for the Arts in downtown West Palm Beach and proceeded to travel the world as a production stage manager.  She later went on to be the Operations Coordinator for palmbeach3 contemporary art fair and Palm Beach | America’s International Fine Art & Antique Fair. 
 
 
 
Kimberly Ramia
Special Events Manager
561.805.6225
 

Kimberly Ramia joined the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation in 2015 as the Special Events Manager.  She relocated from Gainesville, where she received her degree in Hospitality & Event Management from the University of Florida (Go Gators). Since graduating in 2012, she has gained experience working with events on a small and large scale. With a focus on non-profit events and development at her last position, she hopes to be a positive addition to the Dreyfoos team. Kimberly loves to travel and is always up for some sun at the beach. On her down time you will find her spending time with her husband, baking, exploring her new home of West Palm Beach, and cheering on the Gators.

 

Nicholas Arenstein
Administrative Assistant
561.805.6298
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Nick returns to Dreyfoos School of the Arts after graduating in 2011 from the Communications deparment. He is back, working as the Administrative Assistant to the School of the Arts Foundation. He is currently working on his Bachelors in business management from Palm Beach State College. After leaving Dreyfoos, Nick found himself working in the theatre arts as cast and crew for regional theatre companies in South Florida. Credits include, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse. Nick is grateful to be back at Dreyfoos, and working with the foundation to keep educating South Florida’s most talented art students. When he isn’t working, Nick, continues to write and make short films, as well as lending a hand backstage on multiple shows.

 

 
 
 
School of the Arts Foundation
PO Box 552
West Palm Beach, FL 33402
Phone: (561) 805-6298
Fax: (561) 805-6299