Our Team

Meet the ArtServe Team

Executive Director

Jason R. Hughes

Jason R. Hughes has over 25 years of experience in operations, sales, fundraising, marketing, communications, and management in both non-profit and for-profit organizations.

His background includes founding Fresh Magazine, a publication designed to expose 18-to-34-year-olds to Canadian arts and culture. In addition to founding the magazine, Hughes served as editor and publisher. At PrideVision/OUT TV, he directed the sales and marketing efforts of the world’s first LGBTQ television network, securing major national advertisers, including Pepsi, Proctor & Gamble, Labatt, and Nissan.

Responsible for opening, staffing and leading the only Classical Radio network in South Florida, American Public Media’s Classical South Florida radio, Jason led the management, marketing, fundraising and programming efforts of a network of 4 stations serving over a half million listeners from Miami, Palm Beach, Naples and the Florida Keys, making it the largest classical music network in Florida.

Hughes has also worked in Artist Relations for Atlantic Records in New York City and as Assistant Promotions Director for 99-9 Virgin Radio (formerly 99.9 MIX FM) in Toronto, the flagship of Canada’s Virgin Radio stations.

Hughes holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC, he won several leadership awards, was Concert Chair at the Student Union, Social Director for 25 campus residences, founded a campus-wide First Aid training organization (now led by the Red Cross), and was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Old Well.

An appointed member by the Mayor of the City of Fort Lauderdale, he sits on the Beach Redevelopment Board, Beach Business Improvement Board, and sat for six years on the Economic Development Advisory Board for the City of Fort Lauderdale, where he resides. Jason was also President of the Board of Trustees for ArtServe serving on the Board for 5 years.

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Curator

Sophie Bonet

Sophie Bonet is a South Florida-based interdisciplinary artist and curator. Her academic background includes social and cultural anthropology and contemporary art studies.

Her progressive and transdisciplinary approach has been informed by working on research and curatorial assignments for public and private cultural institutions in the United States and abroad. Her interests include current sociopolitical pressing issues, the impact of contemporary social movements, and environmental conservation.

In her current position as Chief Curator of ArtServe, Sophie facilitates platforms for artists by fostering investigative resources, experimentation, and cross-discipline collaboration. She produces several curatorial and exhibition projects yearly while steering the organization’s public art program working closely with community partners and surrounding municipalities on diverse civic beautification projects.

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Operations Manager

Rion Heldibridle

Born in Las Vegas, Rion was projected into an artistic world at an early age.

As a musician and singer at the age of 4, Rion found her way into the Modeling world at age 13 and has held a 27-year Freelance Model career in the areas of Runway, Print, and Live Action Modeling.

Rion also has maintained involvement in the music industry for over 18 years as a Singer-Songwriter as well as band management and projection.

As the Operations Manager at ArtServe, Rion comes with over 25 years of administrative management and business development through business recovery.

Within this position, Rion is excitedly supporting local artists throughout Broward County with the goal of making ArtServe a household name in the artist community.

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Membership Manager

Tanira Kane

Tanira Kane is our newest addition to ArtServe as our Membership Manager.  She enjoys merging her love of the arts, Broward County and project management to advance the development of artists and education in our community. Creating in collaboration with other artists and brilliant minds through poetry, performance and installation work is her passion. Her goals are to ensure that artists and community members have the space, encouragement and resources necessary to best express their uniqueness and contribute to a thriving world.

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Partnership Manager

Jennifer Gettinger

Jennifer Gettinger, Partnership Manager, has roots in New York but is a South Florida girl through and through. She has a long history in the non-profit industry and is invested in the growth of the community.

Besides being an ‘80s pop culture enthusiast, Jennifer enjoys advocating for the underdog, playing around her with acoustic guitar, and perfecting her cold brew. She also has a deep held belief that milk chocolate is superior to dark chocolate and that isn’t up for debate.

Jennifer managed field trips and summer camp programs at Young At Art Museum; before that she worked as a case manager at Covenant House Florida, where she focused on providing basic needs of the Ft Lauderdale homeless population.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Florida International University and is a true writer at heart. Jennifer has been working at ArtServe since 2018 and is excited to further elevate ArtServe’s mission through grants and partnerships.

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