Our Story is Our Community.
Located just 5 blocks from Ocala’s Historic Downtown Square in picturesque Tuscawilla Park, the Reilly Arts Center is Ocala’s home for the arts and live entertainment. Featuring state-of-the-art acoustics and production equipment, the 705-seat venue hosts an eclectic assortment of events, concerts, meetings, and parties and has become a hub for the arts in Ocala.
The Reilly opened in October of 2015 after a $3.4 million renovation to the City Auditorium – a WPA project that was completed on July 4, 1940. Over the decades the auditorium hosted countless Ocala proms, graduations, concerts and events from the Boston Pops to good ol’ southern wrastlin’.
In addition to being the home of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and producing local, regional and national acts, as the new flagship center for arts and culture in Ocala, the Reilly is committed to being an active and accessible venue in our community.
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Driven to make impacts on the broader community and to be a catalyst for growth, Matt has extensive experience as a orchestra conductor, educator, Artistic Director, Chief Executive, and has been instrumental in significant, multi-million dollar arts fund-raising campaigns. Believing we owe our communities much, he successfully ran for public office in 2015 and was elected as a member of Ocala, Florida’s City Council, a position he was re-elected to in September of 2019. He is enthusiastic about the future of orchestral music in the world.
Pamela Calero Wardell
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Mary Kelley Hoppe
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Concessionist, Marion Theatre
Concessionist, Marion Theatre
Box Office Assistant, Marion Theatre
Concessionist, Marion Theatre
Our Board of Directors
The Reilly Arts Center is governed by a board of directors, and serves on behalf of the membership to ensure that the organization operates within the bylaws and other policies of the corporation. Each director supports the Reilly Arts Center through their time, talents and treasure on an annual basis.
Officers: R.J. Jenkins, President; Tom Dobbins, Vice President; Sonya Nasser, Secretary; Randy Coates, Treasurer. Directors: Anne Koch, Rick Kravetz, Angie Lewis, Michael Mangan, David Midgett, William Nassal, Rebecca Rogers, Jim Schneider. Emeritus members include Robert Reilly, Morris Dittman and Paulette Millhorn.
Mike Mangan is a native of Ocala and has resided in his hometown for much of his adult life. He is a graduate of Forest High School and completed his education as a graduate of the College of Central Florida and the University of South Florida. For more than 25 years he was the co-owner and President of George Mangan Insurance. After leaving the insurance industry, Mike’s career path led him to his current position with Duke Energy. As a member of the Duke Energy Large Accounts team he is responsible for the relationships with governmental and industrial customers over a six-county territory throughout Central Florida.
Mike has always valued the importance of community service and his past involvement has included serving terms on the board of directors of the College of Central Florida Foundation, the former Ocala/Marion County Economic Development Council and Chamber of Commerce, the Salvation Army, as well as being past president of the Metropolitan Ocala Rotary Club.
Mike and his wife Amy are approaching their 30th wedding anniversary and have a son Griffin and daughter Gillian. They also have two very spoiled Lhasa Poo dogs – Lucy and Lizzy – who keep the nest from feeling too empty. In his spare time, Mike enjoys travel, hiking and walking, and reading a good detective novel or historical fiction. And most evenings include listening to the music of John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Pat Matheny.
Bill Nassal is the Chairman and Founder of The Companies of Nassal based in Orlando/Los Angeles. He is a graduate architect of Kent State University and a graduate engineer of New York State University. He has been a board member with the OSO for 13 years, and is the immediate past president. He has also served as past president for the Orlando Philharmonic and past board member of the Orlando Ballet.
Rebecca currently serves as the Executive Director of Circle Square Foundation and The Colen Family Charitable Trust. These private operating foundations primarily focus on educational, health, and recreational initiatives. She is the former Director of Philanthropy at Hospice of Marion County from 2015-2019 leading all fundraising efforts for end of life care.
Rebecca is presently a member of the Ocala Women’s Network and has served as a Board Member for Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection where she led the Fundraising Committee for her 3-year term. She is a member of the Non-Profit Business Council and was a Forum Member of the National Healthcare Philanthropy Initiative.
Rebecca has been a Program Presenter at the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association and earned her CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) certification in October of 2018. Additionally, Rebecca sits on the Ocala Aquatics Board of Directors.
Rebecca is a ‘curious’ musician who loves many genres of music and still plays her baby grand piano every day. She is married to Steve and together they have 3 adult (!) children and 1 Australian Shepherd.
Naaz Samji Saju
Naaz Samji Saju
Born in Kenya, Naaz spent her childhood and formative years in East Africa. She moved to Boston where she completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Naaz moved to Ocala, Florida in 2004 after her marriage. She continued her career as a clinical pharmacist, which she still practices at AdventHealth Ocala. She also immersed herself into the hospitality world of the family hotel business. That business has now grown to become HDG Hotels, where Naaz is currently an investment partner.
Having an unwavering commitment to serving others, Naaz has led youth and community development for the Ismaili Center in Boston and Ocala for the past 25 years. She currently serves as a board member of the Aga Khan Foundation in Florida.
Jim Schneider recently retired as President & CEO of Signature Brands, LLC in Ocala, FL after 22 years and today is the Managing Partner and President of Saratoga Potato Chips – America’s first Kettle potato chips established in 1853. The Company is located in Saratoga Springs, NY where today they offer a full range of “great tasting chips and ready to eat popcorn positioned for the health – conscious consumer”. In addition, Schneider is President of a French fruit processor based in Lancaster, PA that is building a presence in the US with a range of products that are again, positioned to the health conscious consumer.
Signature Brands is a leading supplier of dessert decorations, Easter egg dyes, Pumpkin Carving Kits and fresh popcorn being marketed under the Betty Crocker®, Cake Mate®, PAAS®, Pumpkin Masters® and Popcorn Expressions® brands in North America. Today, Signature Brands is a $300 million business owned by Hero AG of Switzerland where Schneider was on the Executive Board of Directors.
Schneider began his Consumer Packaged Goods career as an intern with Procter & Gamble after graduating from Missouri State University in Kirksville. He then moved to Reckitt Benckiser where he held several positions of increasing responsibility during his sixteen years where he was Vice President & General Manager of the Spice & Seasonings business before joining Signature Brands in 1993 owned by Hero AG in Switzerland. In his 22 years with Hero, Schneider was also CEO of Beech Nut baby food in Amsterdam, NY.
He is past Chairman of United Way of Marion County, Junior Achievement of North Florida, and Munroe Regional Medical Center. Schneider is also on the Board of The Ocala Economic Development Council, Florida Tax Watch, The Board of Governors for the Florida Chamber of Commerce and The President’s Advisory Board of The Grocery Manufacturers of America.
The Associate Board
In 2017, the Reilly Arts Center established the Associate Board. The Associate Board is comprised of community members, 21-45, with a strong passion for growing the reach of the Reilly Arts Center and Ocala Symphony Orchestra. The three main focuses of the board are:
1) Build and engage audiences that are 21-45 years old
2) Support Youth Outreach initiatives
3) Support and grow opportunities for family activities at the Reilly Arts Center
Caly Bryan is a local singer-songwriter specializing in stripped-down acoustic performances. During the week, she works full time as Chief Operating Officer at Angie Lewis State Farm. Caly also serves on the board for YPO (Young Professionals Ocala) and is passionate about enriching our community through music and art.
Hilary A.C. Hoover
Hilary A.C. Hoover is a Speech Language Pathologist who works at Marion County Public Schools and has a growing private practice. She supports local art and community organizations as a member of the Appleton Museum of Art, volunteer for Couch Sessions, and supports the Kimberly Center.
Classic- Fleetwood Mac – “Rumors”
Guilty Pleasure- Kesha – “Rainbow”
Lauren is currently the Community Engagement Director for Marion County Public Schools. She serves on the Ocala Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Board as the Accreditation Chair, is a board member for United Way of Marion County, a member of the board of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida and serves on the Marion County Litter Task Force.
Kaycie Hartley is a chiropractor, anatomy professor, wife to James and mother to two sons. She is also an active member of Junior League Ocala. Her hobbies include yard-saling and keeping her plants alive. She enjoys family time, traveling and good coffee.
Krista is the Director of Sales for the Springhill Suites by Marriott Ocala- one of 21 hotels in the HDG portfolio. Krista also runs her own flower company, Eufloria Flower Cart. Krista currently holds a position with the United Way on the PR + Marketing Committee.
Originally from Iowa, David has lived in Ocala for 13 years. He is the Registrar at the Appleton Museum of Art. In addition to the Reilly Associate Board he also serves on the FAFO board and the Ocala Municipal Arts Commission. In his free time he enjoys painting, distance running, and drinking beer, though usually not at the same time.
Teddy Sykes is a local artist and IT professional who has lived in the Ocala area most of his life. He also serves on boards for FAGO and YPO and is very involved in community events. He is a huge supporter of Ocala’s art and music scene and most of his free time is spent downtown supporting local businesses.
Hannah is a music educator at Madison Street Academy. She serves as Vice President of the Marion County Music Association, FMEA (Florida Music Education Association) member and a board member of FAFO. Hannah also directs several after-school music ensembles and produces performances with her student groups. Hannah has worked as a mentor at Madison Street and has also worked with local high school marching band programs.