The Eau Gallie Arts District Main Street (EGAD) Board of Directors held their annual election of
directors and officers for the coming year. The Executive Board is now comprised of Derek Gores,
President, Marty Mercado, Vice President and Promotions Chairperson, Tom Powers, Treasurer, and
Mary Bonhomme, Secretary and Past President. The remaining board members with committee chair
responsibility include Jacie Stivers, Economic Restructuring, Vonnie Hoyman, Organization, and Link
Johnsten, Design. Other continuing board members are Dani Clevens, Carla Funk, Carl Kaiserman,
Steve Lum, Barbara Rumpel, Eric McKinley, Ally Soltesz and Kim Deffebach. The members of this
year’s board bring with them strong ties to the community and a tremendous wealth of talent.
Tom Powers, Carl Kaiserman and Link Johnsten have not only served in a variety of capacities on the
EGAD Main Street board over the past five years but were instrumental in the genesis and formation
of EGAD as a Florida Main Street. Members continuing on the board are Derek Gores, noted collage
artist, Jacie Stivers, commercial real estate broker, Vonnie Hoyman, long-time community volunteer,
Steve Lum, president of Slug-a-Bug, Carla Funk, director of University Museums for Florida Institute
of Technology (Foosaner Museum of Art and Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts), Barbara Rumpel,
president of Victoria Landing Assisted Living, and Dani Clevens, owner of Clevens Face and Body
Specialists and an active community volunteer.
New to the board is Marty Mercado, formerly with American Cancer and March of Dimes and most
recently Eastern Florida State College Foundation, who brings tremendous fundraising and
promotional event experience; Eric McKinley, who brings business development experience and has
past ties to Harris Corporation, but is now owner of CrossFit Rise Above Gym; Ally Soltesz, who is
new to Brevard but brings grant and marketing experience to the board; and Kim Deffebach, who is
a child psychologist and also a long-time community philanthropist and volunteer.
EGAD is very fortunate and grateful to have such a talented assemblage of notable members of the
Brevard County community working towards revitalizing the old Eau Gallie area.
For more information about EGAD, please visit our website--www.eaugalliearts.com.