Christina Parrish Stone
Christina Parrish Stone is Executive Director of the St. Johns Cultural Council, the local arts agency for St. John’s County, Florida responsible for managing arts, culture and heritage grants and marketing for the county. She is an attorney with twenty years experience in historic preservation, commercial real estate and government finance and a graduate of the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law where she was a member of the Law Review and awarded the Order of the Coif.
In 2019 she received the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s highest honor, the Helen Lane Founders Award, recognizing her as the individual “dedicated to ensuring that arts and culture are woven into the every day fabric of the community.” She is a 2018 Jacksonville “Woman of Influence” award winner; was chair of the City of Jacksonville’s Art in Public Places Committee; founder of Jacksonville PorchFest; former Vice President of the Jacksonville Historical Society; a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville; and a board member of Sculpture Walk Jacksonville.
Christina is married to Cliff Stone; has four children; and is restoring a recently purchased 95 year old home in St. Augustine’s Nelmar Terrace Historic District.
Associate Director -- Grants Administration
Since 1996, Brenda has helped numerous arts, culture, and heritage organizations develop strategies, create thriving programs, and increase their revenues. She has held senior management positions in the nonprofit, for-profit, and government sectors. In the past 10 years, she has written 80+ grants that have been awarded to numerous nonprofits. Other areas of expertise include financial management, strategic planning, program development, and community engagement.
Brenda’s work has received the Museum Excellence Award from the Florida Association of Museums (2017) and First Place in Education from the National Association of Interior Designers (2018). Early in her career, Brenda worked for the State of Florida where she oversaw the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research. Brenda earned a Master’s degree in History/Historical Archaeology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and is a member of the 2013 Jacksonville University Davis College of Business Leadership Matters graduating class.
Digital Media Editor
Laura Baldwin is Digital Media Editor for the St. Johns County Cultural Council. She graduated from Flagler College where she studied Art History and was first to graduate with the Arts Administration program. Her passion for the arts started at home where she watched her grandfather create pastel chalk works and listened to her grandmother play organ and piano. In high school, she was deeply involved in theatre where she performed, designed sets and costumes, and produced fundraising showcases. At Flagler College, she assisted at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum and worked with classmates to curate shows like “Progress?: Art of Activism” to honor Flagler College’s 50th Anniversary and "Florida East Coast: Selections from the Guidi Collection" which exhibited works from the Lost Colony and the Highwaymen. Laura currently lives in St. Augustine with her cat named Nikolai.