Foundation Staff


 
 

Kristin Lidinsky
Executive Director
561.802.6023
kris@soafi.org

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 was the previous Director of Development for the School of the Arts Foundation from 2005 to 2013. Her experience includes 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. She received her certification as a CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) in 2005.  She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Forum Club.

Kris earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Florida.  Kris has a very supportive husband, Rick, two children, Kyle (married to Whitney) and Sarah (married to Robbie Turner) and two adorable granddaughters, Cora and Emilia.  In her free time, Kris loves to run, swim, take yoga classes and is an avid reader. During Saturdays in the fall, you can find Kris cheering for her beloved Gators!

 

Kimberly Ramia
Director of Development
561-802-6006
Kimberly@soafi.org

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 both within and outside of the non-profit sector, as well as development and fundraising. She started her career planning engineering meetings and conferences around the world before making a switch to the non-profit sector to focus on fundraising, events, development, and community involvement. Since joining the Dreyfoos team 3 years ago Kimberly has used her experience to maintain and expand on their events and development, becoming an instrumental part of the Foundation. She has stayed active in the community as a member of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Fundraising Professionals where she has represented the Foundation at both a regional and most recently the international conference, and the Palm Beach Young Professionals.

Dreyfoos has sparked a passion for the arts that she never knew she had. She hopes to continue to use this energy and make a difference. Kimberly loves traveling with her husband and exploring new cultures and places. On her down time you will find her enjoying some sun at the beach, checking out the local green market, baking, volunteering, or finding new ways to experience art and culture right here in West Palm Beach. 

 

John Richards
Major Gifts Officer
561-805-6231
John@soafi.org

John Richards became a team member of the School of the Arts Foundation in 2018 as the Major Gifts Officer. His career focus has been in nonprofit organizations during his 33-year career, serving the Westchester County, NY area, and then the Palm Beach, Florida area, moving here in 1989. He received a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Organizational Management from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration from IONA College in New Rochelle, New York. He started his career path with an Applied Science degree in Human Services knowing he wanted to help others. His many responsibilities span healthcare operations management, financial oversight, contract negotiations, staff supervision and consulting. His most recent position as Corporate Director of Account Management for a healthcare financial management company, allowed him to be intricately involved in the daily operations of 40 facilities across the United States.

John is an active volunteer in the local community. Currently he serves on the Vestry at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of West Palm Beach, as well as serving on the Board of both the Saint Andrew’s and Saint James’ Residences in West Palm Beach. He has served as the Chairman of the Quality Assurance and Evaluation Committee, Palm Beach County HIV Care Council, and Chairman of both, the Finance Committee and the Building Committee at his former Church as they constructed a 22,000 square foot building. He proudly is both a (inactive) Florida Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and a former New York State Emergency Medical Technician.

With great excitement, John looks forward to continuing his efforts to help others, by working closely with his co-workers and the Board Directors as they help fund and support the needed programs at Dreyfoos School of the Arts.

In his spare time, if he’s not in the kitchen cooking or baking, he’s scouring his library of cookbooks and recipes. Chocolate anyone?

 

Katherine Bewley
Development Associate
561-805-6298
katherine@soafi.org

Katherine Bewley joined the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation in 2018 as the Development Associate. Throughout college, Katherine wrote for a number of online publications and was very involved in educating college students on the voting process in America on college campuses. During the election, Katherine worked for a non-partisan organization on her college campus and was able to groom her skills in event planning and campaigning.

Upon graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in English, Katherine took some time off to do some creative writing and travel. During this transition period, Katherine thought about attending law school. However, before jumping into another three years of school, Katherine decided to take a position as a marketing associate at a law firm in downtown West Palm Beach. After figuring out law wasn’t for her, Katherine left the law firm to come to work for the School of the Arts. Education, arts and culture have always been passions of Katherine’s. She hopes her love for the arts community will help make her a great asset to the Foundation.

In her spare time, Katherine enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her family, golfing, snorkeling, rock climbing, and volunteering at church.

 

 

 

 

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