Evelyne Bates, Volunteer Coordinator and Historian
In 1970, Evelyne began working under Christopher Norton, the founder of the Lighthouse ArtCenter. She has performed many functions , including serving as assistant director and teaching children’s art classes. Currently, she works on Fridays and Saturdays, greeting visitors, conducting docent tours and coordinating the more than 50 volunteers that serve at the ArtCenter.
Jennifer Chaparro, Communications and Outreach
Jennifer grew up in San Diego, California, and has a BA in Design from UCLA. She has worked as an art director in advertising and communications for a wide variety of organizations, like Domino’s Pizza, Lifecycle, Hospice of Martin County, American Red Cross and the Town of Jupiter, but she is also an internationally known award-winning chalk artist/street painter, under the name Amazing Street Painting. She’s moved across country a couple of times while raising her two daughters, living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Irvine, California, and Dayton, Ohio, before moving to the West Palm Beach area in 1999. Jennifer has been an artist and artist advocate for over 30 years, serving on the board of the Dayton Visual Arts Center, the Armory Art Center, and is the founder of the International Street Painting Society.
Sheri Gansz, Administrative Assistant and Visitor Relations
In January of 2011, Sheri and her mother visited the Lighthouse ArtCenter for the first time. They were delighted with the museum, and completely charmed by Evelyne Bates, the Volunteer Coordinator, who gave them the grand tour, complete with an offer to sign up as a volunteer.
Having been laid off from a job, volunteering at the museum was an opportunity to become more involved with art and inspired Sheri to take some art classes, pursuing a life-long calling to develop her skills as an artist.
Sheri became familiar with the different programs and events the museum and school are involved in, signed up for painting classes and found herself spending more and more time there. After about nine months, she accepted an offer for a part-time position, and after a year, was thrilled to be part of the full-time staff.
Working at the Lighthouse ArtCenter is a challenging, exciting and very rewarding experience for Sheri. The staff is talented, dedicated and a great group of women to work with. Sheri feels very fortunate be part of this organization.
Janeen Mason, Curator
Janeen is the author and illustrator of the national award winning children’s books in the Ocean Commotion series. Her
original artwork hangs in the notable collections of universities, movie stars, and museums. A passionate arts advocate, she served on the Florida Council of Arts and Culture, the board of directors of Citizens for Florida Arts, and the Division of Cultural
Affairs Strategic Planning Task Force. Mason’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at museums and cultural institutions around Florida.
Will McComb, Ceramic Resident
Will McComb graduated with a BA in Art Studio from the University of Kentucky in 2010. He has studied and exhibited ceramics at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Craft, Kentucky Mudworks and Cambellsville University Anagama Pottery Exhibition. He comes to us as our Ceramic Artist in Residence on the stellar recommendation of our Ceramic Department Chair, Justin Lambert. Will apprenticed with Justin Lambert during several workshops, and will be maintaining the integrity of our ceramics studio during his one-year residence. He is relocating to Florida with his girlfriend, Stacy Haynes, a happy chihuahua and a cat.
Sheila McDonald-Bell, Director of Events and Marketing
Raised in southern California, Sheila graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of California at Irvine. While working as an Art Specialist for the city of Norfolk, Virginia, she and her husband built a catamaran sailboat and, when finished, sailed to Florida. Sheila’s professional background is in shopping center marketing and management, spending over 25 years in the field in South Florida. The ArtCenter has been a part of Sheila’s life as a Tequesta resident, with her family enjoying ArtCenter membership, attending the ArtCamps, volunteering at the School of Art and taking art classes.
In August of 2008, Sheila found her métier as the Director of Events for the ArtCenter. Using her background in art, management and marketing, she enjoys the creativity of planning and executing all facets of the many varied special events and finds it very rewarding being a part of a team making the Lighthouse ArtCenter a continued success.
Sarah Nastri, Data and Media
Born in upstate New York, she now lives in Jupiter, Florida. Sarah earned a bachelor's degree in printmaking/drawing from the University of Central Florida, and a certificate in web design from Palm Beach State College. She first became involved with the Lighthouse ArtCenter by exhibiting her artwork, teaching classes and volunteering at the 125 Club. A talented artist and web designer, Sarah Nastri has both the creative spirit and technical know-how that was a perfect match for the role of Data and Media Manager.
Nancy Politsch, Executive Director
Before joining the staff at Lighthouse ArtCenter, Ms. Politsch was a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Private Bank in Baltimore, Maryland. After 38 years in banking and wealth management, retired from the banking world to pursue her passion for the arts and begin her position at the Lighthouse ArtCenter.
Ms. Politsch served on the Maryland Hall Center for The Creative Arts (Annapolis, MD) Board of Directors Executive Committee and as Chairman of their Finance Committee. She also served as the Chair of their annual fundraising event, All That Art, that took place on April 29, 2016.
Ms. Politsch holds a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Missouri. She began her financial career in Kansas City with Waddell & Reed and moved to Baltimore to serve as a portfolio manager for Bank of America. She has also managed portfolios at PNC and Andersen Tax. In 2010, she joined Wells Fargo Private Bank as a Wealth Advisor.
Besides her work with Maryland Hall, Ms. Politsch has been involved with The Kidney Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Chesapeake, Paul’s Place, and is a founding member of Leadership through Athletics. She established her own fused glass art studio at Maryland Hall and has published two books of her photography. She is also an avid scuba diver. Ms. Politsch was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record, which recognizes outstanding women who are both professional and community leaders.
Penny Robb, School Registrar
Penny has been working at the Lighthouse ArtCenter part time as an administrative assistant for eight years. She became passionate about the arts when she was an “au pair” in Paris, France in 1962. She paints portraits, where she “tries to capture the essence of a person.” She has studied at the Art Students League and The New School for Social Research in New York, the Community College in Peoria, Illinois, The Somerset Art Association in Bedminster, New Jersey and the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL. Awards include: Award of Excellence, 2004, Merit Award, 2006, and Honorable Mention, 2007, at the Lighthouse ArtCenter.
Cynthia Trone, Director of Education
Cynthia is a familiar face in Tequesta, having managed Jupiter Outdoor Center and Jupiter Pointe Paddling for the last six years has since taught thousands the simple pleasure of the glide. With a deep love for the ocean and respect for our tropical paradise, she is also the volunteer Project Lead for Expedition Florida 500, a statewide conservation effort.
Cynthia graduated from Colby College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. A Jersey girl who was raised with Manhattan in her backyard, Cynthia spent her twenties and early thirties on the inspiring coast of Maine. She raised her three children in Burlington, Vermont, and relocated to Tequesta in 2005.