Board Of Directors
Cindy Bassie, President
Amy Vance, Vice President
Hilda Povall, Treasurer
Barbara Davis, Secretary
Stacie Harris, Ex-Officio
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
David Alford, Mary Ann Alford, Bib Belenchia, Kathie Boone, Phyllis Bunn, Beverly Fioranelli, Debbie Maxwell, Meg McGee, Lucille Pettis, Twila Proctor, Mark Norwood, Bob Ragan, Aimee Robinette, Price Rosson, Scott Speakes, Mickey Thompson, Heather Walker, Sussanah Wessel
Rori Eddie Herbison
Katie Grace Carlini
Meet our Executive Committee
I am a Delta girl. I grew up in Rosedale, graduated from Delta State, married Gary Fioranelli, and have lived in Cleveland ever since. My husband and I have one daughter (Lauren & her husband Hunter) and two grandchildren (Parker & Romie). I recently retired after working as an English teacher/school librarian for 38 years. I enjoy playing tennis, traveling, reading, and following my grandchildren's sports activities.
I believe that art education boosts critical thinking and creates well-rounded, well-prepared learners and leaders. It connects students with the world around them and helps them to excel academically. I am excited to be a part of the work being done at the Delta Arts Alliance because the organization is doing a fantastic job of providing school children the opportunity to experience visual art, music, drama, and dance.
Susannah Wessel is a Cleveland native who moved away for 20 years and came back in 2015. She is married to Sean Wessel, and they own Quality Steel Corporation. Sean and Susannah have 3 children and are happy to call the Delta their home. Susannah is a stay at home mom, but she typically refers to herself as a “professional volunteer.” She credits her parents for teaching her the values of giving back.
I love serving on the DAA Board because I have the privilege to serve with like minded people who love art and want to be sure all youth in the Delta are exposed to it. The Delta Arts Alliance is always looking for creative ways to enrich the lives of people throughout the area with various forms of art.
I grew up in the Arcola and Hollandale area. Kirkham and I moved to Cleveland in 1973 from Oxford upon his graduation from law school. We have four adult children - two boys and two girls; and twelve grandchildren - two boys and a girl. . I was an “at home mom” and community volunteer until my youngest started school in 1990. At that point I began working at the law firm where my husband was a partner, but continued to be a community volunteer. The following year Kirk opened his own law office. I became his office manager and have been a loyal employee ever since.
As a founding DAA board member, I was one of a particularly dedicated group known as the “willing souls” who were personally vested in the future of our organization and its twofold mission: providing quality arts to our community as well as persevering the historic Ellis Theater as our home base. When our conversations began in 1999, friends and relatives thought our mission, though admirable, was impossible - perhaps one could be accomplished, but certainly not both. We set out to prove them wrong. As the individual receiving the call from Mayor King, I promised we would persevere and make the Ellis an attractive asset to our Downtown Historic District. It has taken nearly 20 years to grow our organization and our two missions.