Board of Directors

Pam McKemie Gibson President

Pam Gibson serves as the Executive Assistant/Board Liaison at Big Bend Hospice, Inc. She is a graduate of Leon High School and attended Florida State University. She has served for many years as an Advisor of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority at FSU and is also a member of Leadership Tallahassee Class XII.

She is honored to continue the legacy of her late mother, Sue McKemie, who served as the President of The Tallahassee Civic Ballet Board of Directors in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She is honored to be among esteemed faculty, artists, staff and dancers.

She and her husband Terry have one daughter, Tracie Manrique, who is a Paramedic, and one granddaughter, Morgan, who is in middle school at Maclay and in her seventh year of dance. She is currently a member of The Tallahassee Ballet Junior Company.

Shelby Kennerly Augustyniak Immediate Past President

Shelby Kennerly Augustyniak is a Tallahassee native and alumni of The Tallahassee Ballet. She greatly values the discipline and life-long friendships made through her ballet experience. In addition to her full-time employment at King & Wood, P.A. as Paralegal and Closing Coordinator, Shelby is Past-President of Big Bend Habitat for Humanity, Past-President of the Advent Parents’ Association, volunteer at Grace Mission Sunday services, and an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. She and her husband Daniel have two daughters, Ella B. and Audrey. In her free time, Shelby enjoys running marathons, cooking, reading, and Florida State football.

Kathleen E. Brothers, CPA, CGMA Treasurer

Kathleen is the Audit Partner of Carroll and Company, CPAs in Tallahassee.

Kathleen has more than 25 years of experience serving the not-for-profit industry in the areas of auditing, consulting, and tax compliance.

Kathleen holds degrees in accounting and finance from Florida State University, and has been a Florida CPA since 1992.

Kathleen is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Florida Institute of CPAs, and Georgia Society of CPAs and has served on various FICPA committees and boards.  Kathleen has also served on the boards, finance and audit committees of various charities and municipal organizations, including Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tallahassee and the City of Tallahassee.

Pamela C. Marsh Secretary

Pamela Marsh is a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, and was the first woman to serve in that position. In addition to her time as lead federal prosecutor in Tallahassee, Pamela also spent seven years, from 1999 until 2006, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa. In these roles, she prosecuted cases involving bank fraud, health care fraud, public corruption, national security, drug trafficking organizations, international and domestic terrorism, and human trafficking. Ms. Marsh helps clients respond to state and federal investigations and the threat of criminal charges. In addition, she assists with developing compliance plans and policies to help clients properly deal with complex challenges. Her practice focuses on representing companies, health care entities, and financial institutions, as well as their officers and directors in criminal, civil, and administrative investigations. She has experience in crisis management, internal investigations, and enforcement matters across a variety of industries, including financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, and government contracting.

Karen Joiner Barineau Board Member

Karen Joiner Barineau has lived in Tallahassee for 35 years. She received her degree from Troy University and retired as a case manager. Karen has served on the American Cancer Society board, was involved with the Tallahassee Junior League, The Tallahassee Women’s Club, Springtime Tallahassee and the Leon County Schools mentor program. She is a member of Thomasville Baptist Church. Karen previously served on the ballet board for seven years. She is excited to return as she has a great appreciation for ballet and danced for 12 years. In her free time, she plays golf with the Lady Links and other various women groups. She has a son Thomas and is married to Roy Barineau, Ph.D.

Carmen Braswell Butler Board Member

As Market Development Manager for CenturyLink, a member of the Fortune 150 and third largest telecommunications company in the U.S., Carmen is responsible for public and community relations in Alabama and North Florida. Prior to this, she served as Business Marketing Manager for Texas and North Florida where she led marketing efforts in the business-to-business sector. She has also served as Public Affairs Manager for Sprint and as Associate Director of Community Relations for Florida State University. In addition to The Tallahassee Ballet, Carmen is currently volunteering on several Boards of Directors including the Foundation for Leon County Schools, Tallahassee/Leon County Economic Development Council, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography and Seven Days of Opening Nights. In previous years, she served on the Boards for the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Tallahassee, United Way of the Big Bend and the Red Cross Capital Area Chapter. She is an alumnus of Leadership Florida, Leadership Tallahassee and The Tallahassee Ballet where she danced the role of Clara in the company’s first full-length production of The Nutcracker. Carmen graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University and lives in Tallahassee with her husband Will and son John Fletcher.

Betsy Caire Couch Board Member

Betsy Caire Couch, APR, serves as Executive Director for KCCI, the Knight Creative Communities Institute. In addition to her enthusiasm for the Arts, she is an avid proponent for improving the lives of children and families and enhancing the Tallahassee community. She received 850 Magazine’s Pinnacle Award in 2014, and she was featured on the cover of Tallahassee Woman Magazine as a “Generation X Community Leader” in August 2013. Betsy also serves on the boards for the Foundation for Leon County Schools, Children’s Home Society, and the Gilchrist Elementary PTO. She was also a member of the Cultural Plan Review Committee. Betsy was the 2010-2011 President of the Junior League of Tallahassee, and she served as President of the Florida Public Relation’s Association-Capital Chapter. She is also a former President of the Advent Parish Day School PTO. An avid Florida Gator, she is married to her college sweetheart, dentist Cory Couch, and they are the proud parents of a young dancer, Caroline, and sweet little gentleman, Tucker.

Agatha Muse-Salters Board Member
Felicia Leborgne Nowels Board Member

Felicia Leborgne Nowels is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in International Law and is a Partner at Akerman, LLP, where she practices international trade law and federal regulatory administrative law. Felicia grew up in Miami and danced under the tutelage of Thomas Armour, Robert Pike and Ruth Weisen. Felicia also danced with the Miami Ballet. Felicia graduated from Davidson College with a B.A. in French and a concentration in International Relations. She moved to Tallahassee in 2000, and graduated from Florida State University Law School. She and her husband Matthew Nowels have three children, one of whom is a student at The Tallahassee Ballet. Having danced most of her life and interned as a student at the Louvre in Paris, Felicia is passionate about ballet, the arts and her local community.

Nancy Cusmano Shank Board Member

As a major account manager for CenturyLink, Nancy works with large businesses and organizations to solve complex communications issues. She has twice won the Circle of Excellence award for clearly demonstrating her commitment to improving customers’ businesses through CenturyLink’s advanced technologies and solutions. Her community involvement efforts are extensive as well, having served as president of the Tallahassee Kiwanis Club and lieutenant governor for the Kiwanis Clubs of Division 3, director for the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and chair of the CenturyLink Community Relations Team. She is a current advisor for Circle K International at Florida State University and the Builders Club at Montford Middle School. Nancy is an alumna of Florida State University where she was a member of the Marching Chiefs. She and her husband Tim have four children and live in Tallahassee.

Ernest L. Taliaferro Board Member

Len Taliaferro is a past board president of The Tallahassee Ballet and has served on its board for 19 years including 16 consecutive years until 2007 and two one-year terms after that. He has served on the ballet’s executive committee for eight years including one year as president-elect and multiple terms as secretary and treasurer. Len is a retired telephone public relations executive, serving as Florida Public Relations Manager for Centel Corporation and Public Affairs Manager for successor companies Sprint and Embarq. In the latter position, he served for 15 years as a legislative lobbyist. He is a past president of the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce, the Region 5 Workforce Board and a two-time past president of the Greater Tallahassee Advertising Federation. He is a recipient of the American Advertising Federation’s prestigious Silver Medal Award which recognizes an individual’s contributions to his company, his community and to the field of advertising. A number of publications, photographs and advertisements produced by Len or under his direction have been winners of local and regional Addy Awards. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas and has served as a weekly newspaper editor and a reporter/editor/photographer for the Associated Press. Prior to joining telephone industry in 1970 as Public Information Supervisor for Allied Telephone Company headquartered in Little Rock, he served as a public information officer for the Arkansas State Rehabilitation Service and as Public Relations Manager for Saint Vincent Infirmary, a 1,000-bed hospital in Little Rock.

Kristina Tutton Board Member

Kristina Tutton is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Florida and is Vice President of Finance and Business Management with Altrua Global Solutions.

She is a graduate of Florida State University with more than 20 years of experience in accounting and business consulting, tax and audit within for-profit and not-for-profit industries. She is excited to bring her knowledge to The Tallahassee Ballet.

Having lived in six different cities, Kristina is proud to call Tallahassee, the place she was born, home. Kristina is passionate about our community, youth and fitness. She is in her sixth year as Board Treasurer of Capital City Youth Services (CCYS). Prior to CCYS she served youth and families as a member of the Tallahassee Junior League, as well as chairing the Hope Closet and the JLT Teen Board. As a member of Good Shephard Catholic Church, she is an advocate for faith and fellowship by supporting Life Teen and the Women and Men’s renewal weekends. An avid tennis player and sports enthusiast, she has been a member of the Tallahassee Tennis Community for more than 10 years. In her spare time she enjoys running, traveling and most importantly her family and friends.