Funding Arts Broward Elects New Officers

By: Oct. 02, 2015
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Funding Arts Broward (FAB!) recently elected a new team of officers to begin the 2015-2016 arts funding year. The new leaders are Elaine Blattner, FAB! President; Jayne Mills, FAB! Vice President; Carolyn Lee, FAB! Secretary; and Cindy Kashdin, FAB! Treasurer.

Building on the past 12 years of success and entrepreneurship, Funding Arts Broward aims to continue into another decade of strong support for the arts, through the business community and dedicated residents, who believe the arts to be a vital source for quality of life.

FAB! also welcomes three new members to the board, Linda Carter, Ruth Anderson Coggeshall, and Wendy Boucher - Grants Chair. They join board members Bonnie Eletz, Susan Lochrie, Tara McGinn, Michelle Sorrentino,;as well as Jessica Olefson, Drazia Rubenstein and Les Weil.

"We are ready to strengthen Funding Arts Broward's mission in South Florida," said Elaine Blattner, FAB! President. Since 2003, FAB! has awarded more than two million dollars to 30 plus area organizations, and we hope to increase this number, grow the number of members who make these contributions and keep the arts strong and vibrant in Broward County. FAB! is proud to make a difference for area residents of diverse ages, interests and cultures."

Blattner, currently serves as Director of Development at Nova Southeastern University. She has been with the university for more than 15 years. Previously, she was the Interim President and Executive Vice President at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and currently sits as a member of the Governor's Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance; and recently completed her term of service as a member of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee. Her past work with FAB! includes serving as Chair, Nominating Committee; Captain, and serving as a member of several Grant Screening Teams. She resides with her husband, David, in Cooper City, FL.

Founding member Jayne Mills, FAB!s Vice President has been a Corporate (Morgan Stanley) member since 2013, and has served on the board for the past six years, as well as contributed as Communications Chair for the past four. As Vice President and Portfolio Manager with Morgan Stanley since 2009, and Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch for 24 years prior, Mills brings financial knowledge and expertise to her new role as Vice President. She is a Certified Investment Management Analyst, a Certified Financial Manager, a registered Yoga Teacher, specializing in prenatal yoga, with a BS in Finance from Florida Atlantic University. Originally from Chicago, Mills has three children and has lived in Fort Lauderdale since 1981.

Carolyn Lee, FAB! Board Secretary has been a corporate member of FAB, representing Northern Trust, since 2009. Recently retiring, she plans to continue her membership and involvement as Secretary of the Board. Past involvement includes Membership Task Force Chair and participation on several Grant Screening Teams. Carolyn is a CFP professional and along with FAB!, plans to continue her relationship with The Humane Society of Broward County and Henderson Behavioral Health. She and her husband Wayne, a local physician, reside in Coral Ridge.

Cindy Kashdin, FAB! Treasurer graduated from Florida Atlantic University. She volunteers with Women in Distress and SOS Children's Village for numerous years and she has been FAB! Treasurer for the past eight. Kashdin is married and has raised four children in Broward County.

FAB!'s mission is to enrich Broward County's arts community by funding high quality, Broward-based visual and performing arts programming. The board brings a solid mixture of experience and passion, along with a membership of like-minded individuals with a passion for the arts, and a passion for Broward County.

For further information on FAB! or additional details on these projects, visit, or call 954-353-7673.


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