Stephanie is the Chief Operating Officer of The Florida Keys Outreach Coalition for the Homeless. She also makes a mean vegan spicy mayo and the best mini-cheesecakes around. Stephanie is a fierce and mighty competitor with a wall full of trophies and she wears high heels no matter what, even when out walking through the rough terrain of Key West with her very amazing dog, Stanley.
A native Conch, Aileen received her BA in Anthropology at the University of Florida and headed back to her home waters by way of a 2 year detour in Southern California, where she was introduced to a career working with the Developmentally Disabled. Since returning, MARC (marchouse.org) is where you can find her most days of the week. If not there, she’s most likely home singing songs to her cats, driving north for a family weekend, or having a drink and planning a surf trip with her partner. Aileen joined the DKW board in 2012.
Cheri Cohen’s fundraising career began unexpectedly in 1993 while obtaining sponsors for a cable television show she and her husband Keith wrote and produced. Cheri and Keith traveled extensively through the Caribbean by boat for four years, covering the Sportfishing Tournament schedule as well as the culture and cuisine of each island. Cheri was the only female captain in the tournament circuit in the early to mid-1990s, and she and Keith won and placed in several International Billfish Tournaments.
After the birth of their only child, Olivia, Cheri continued fundraising for local charities in Key West, Florida, and was recognized as an Unsung Hero/Volunteer of the Year by the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys. Cheri served as vice president of the Key West Entertainment Group for several years. Most recently Cheri served on the Board of Overseers and Board of Trustees for Ross School in East Hampton, New York.
Photo: David Perlman
Kyla is the founder/artistic director of Dance Key West. She has also danced with Core Project Chicago, Paradise Ballet Theatre, The Buffalo Jills NFL Cheerleaders, The Love Show and for artist Manuel Mendive during the first US-Cuba museum exchange in 5 decades. Kyla’s choreography has been seen at Dixon Place, Lincoln Center, Triskelion Arts, Tennessee Williams Theatre, The Waterfront Playhouse, The San Carlos Institute, The Key West Burlesque Festival, The Red Barn Theatre and The Studios of Key West. Favorite projects include: The ReMARCable Dance Project, a program she created for adults with developmental disabilities, and ‘Ok, Toilet Bowl’ (a children’s music project created by STEVENSTEVEN). www.kylapiscopink.com
Owner/Director of CoffeeMill Dance Studio, Choreographer/Instructor (Modern, Musical Theater, Zumba)
Born and raised in the Bronx, Penny relocated to Key West in 1977 with a B.A. in Dance Education from Herbert H. Lehman College. Penny purchased the CoffeeMill property (known for it’s El Brazo Fuerte coffee) in the mid-eighties, co-founded the Key West Dance Theatre and became an original member of the Fabulous Spectrelles (Toni). Penny choreographs for all the theater groups in Key West including Keys Kids (credits include: Annie, Peter Pan, King & I, High School Musical, Footloose, Wizard of Oz, Little Mermaid, Oliver, Wanda’s World) the Waterfront Playhouse (favorites include: Urinetown, Reefer Madness, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Drowsy Chaperone, Xanadu, Spamalot) and the Red Barn Theatre (credits include: Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bat Boy, Forbidden Broadway, Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class, Bingo) and produces DanceWorks! (this year featured A Midsummer’s Night Dream May 16 & 17 at TWT) and Walk on White’s ‘hiPSo fActO’ - an informal live dance performance series. In 2009 the CoffeeMill was awarded an ‘Art Reach’ Grant to present Peter and the Wolf to school aged children. Penny is also interested in promoting dance in our schools through the CoffeeMillDance Outreach and Scholarship Program bringing dance to children who cannot get to the studio and is a recipient of two ‘Artist in Schools’ Grants. Every summer Penny is proud to be a part of Camp Bravo! A musical theatre camp for children in collaboration with the Waterfront Playhouse and Keys Community School of the Arts (credits include:Once On This Island, The Aristocats Jr.)