Our Staff

WSOTA employs professionals from all over the world!

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Executive Director (Violin/Viola Instructor)

Kyle Wehner has played the violin and viola for more than 35 years and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music in 2000, Mr. Wehner has performed with countless ensembles, including the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, Richmond Symphony of Indiana, Coastal Symphony of Georgia, and...

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Director of Dance and Marketing

Holly Wehner was born in Arkansas and raised in Orange Park, Florida. She studied dance and piano throughout elementary, junior high and high school, prior to earning a BS in Communications/Advertising and a Minor in Sociology from the University of North Florida in 2001. Holly worked for JTA Communications & Marketing...

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Piano

Keri Ashby was born and raised in Middleburg, FL. A graduate of Clay High School in 2016, Keri took private piano lessons for 12 years before attending FSCJ, where she is currently working towards her A.S. in Dental. She has been playing and performing piano since 2003. Keri joined the WSOTA team as a piano instructor in 2019.

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Front Office Staff

Karen Booth was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and raised in Jacksonville Beach before moving to Orlando to earn her B.A. from UCF. Married for over 30 years, Karen and Kevin Booth have two sons, Kyle and Kody, both of whom were students at WSOTA throughout their childhood. Karen has been a part of the WSOTA front office team since 2011 and currently studies piano with WSOTA instructor, Rob...

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Piano

Barbara Broach was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Her home town of New Madrid, Missouri, is famous for the New Madrid earthquake fault. She earned a BA in English from the University of Mississippi and a MAT in English from Brown University. Barbara has been teaching Piano at WSOTA since 1989. She has...

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Piano

Joe Cataulin has been teaching piano at WSOTA since 2019. He was a former student at WSOTA starting in 1989 when he began taking piano lessons at the age of 10. Joe studied piano at WSOTA until 1997, when he received a music scholarship to attend the University of Florida. His professor was world renowned pianist, Boaz Sharon. Joe graduated from the University of Florida in 2001 with a...

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Woodwinds / Brass / Piano

Anna Cristodero is originally from Long Branch, NJ, and has lived in the area for most of her life. Anna has been playing for almost 40 years. She began her time at Wehner's School of the Arts as a student in 1987 and in 1993 began teaching at the studio. Anna graduated from Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City with an...

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Artist / Art Curator (Gallery at Wehner's)

Currently the curator and manager for Gallery at Wehner’s, Cynthia has been producing artists exhibits at venues throughout the community since 2011. A lifetime artist, she has studied many fine art mediums and has worked alongside a myriad of artist mentors. A background in computer programming and business operations gives her an edge in incorporating current technology into her promotions.

Cynthia has enjoyed...

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Artist in Residence (Dance)

Marisa Dolan started dancing in Jacksonville, Florida training in ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. Her love for the arts led her to pursue a BFA in dance and a BFA in graphic design at Jacksonville University. During this time, Marisa was also a part of a contemporary/hip-hop company called A Rhythm Nation and danced in many local performances.

Marisa attended...

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Piano / Voice

A native of Boca Raton, Rob Eccles has lived in Florida his whole life. He is a graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (2009) and received his AA in Piano Performance at FSCJ before attending the Berklee School of Music for Musical Composition. Rob has been performing since 2003 and teaching piano/voice at WSOTA since 2009.

Rob enjoys composing music for...

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Violin / Viola

Megan Fox was born in Okinawa, Japan, and raised in Orange Park. As a toddler, Megan was diagnosed with Stage 4 Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She finished her treatments at the age of 5 and when Megan's parents asked her what she wanted to do now that she was cancer free, Megan said "I want to play the violin!" Without hesitation,...

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Artist in Residence (Dance)

Carlos was born and was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. When Carlos first started his dance training, he equally trained in many styles of dance. Becoming versatile was a fun challenge and passionate goal to him. It later on became essential in order to create and sustain a career in dance. Prior to dancing, Carlos has a martial arts background in Taekwondo and is a second-degree black belt!

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Front Office Manager

A native of Nowra, Australia, Peg Gillick moved to the United States in her twenties. She chased snakes on horseback, had kangaroos as pets, and taught school in Australia before traveling to Europe to explore, where she lived in her van for two years! Peg used to manage the Andromeda Pre-School in Orange Park before joining...

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Artist in Residence (Dance)

Eugenio Gonzalez was born in Havana. He studied at the National School of Ballet (1965-1969) where he graduated with honors, under the direction of Alicia Alonso and other prominent teachers like Mirta Pla, Aurora Bosch and Fernando Alonso.

From 1969 to 1992, Mr Gonzalez was one of the leading figures and soloist in the National Zarzuela of Cuba, the...

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Violin / Viola / Cello

Violinist and music educator Laura E. Ingalls is based in Jacksonville, Florida. She has a BA in Music Education from University of North Florida and a Master of Church Music from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Laura began studying violin when she was five years old and started teaching violin when she was seventeen years old. She has taught violin, viola, cello, piano, general...

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Dance

Keeli Knight was born in North Carolina and has lived in Florida since 2004. She has been dancing since she was three years old and was a cheerleader throughout her youth as well. Keeli has been teaching at WSOTA since 2015 and is currently working towards the "International Dance Training" certification as well as the "Acro Dance Teacher's Association"...

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Artist in Residence (Dance)

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Dance

Carly Moore has been teaching at Wehners School of the arts since 2015. She was born and raised in Fort Myers Florida, and trained at Dance Theater Academy for 16 years. After being accepted into a dance company called Potter's Desire she was inspired by Dance director and choreographer Gordon Wright to pursue dance as a full time career. Carly graduated from...

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Voice

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Dance

Lauren Sundberg is a native of Orange Park, FL. She began dancing as a student at WSOTA in 1998 and has been a dance instructor for WSOTA since 2013. A graduate of FIHS, Mrs. Lauren was a member of the FIHS Dance Team from 2009-2013 before attending St. John's River State College. She then became the...

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Fiddle / Mandolin / Ukelele / Guitar

Faye Tarin was born in Tifton, GA, and grew up in the nearby farming community of Omega. Faye received her first guitar as a Christmas gift as a child and learned songs and chords that she heard on TV and radio from programs such as "Hee Haw" and "The Andy Griffith Show." She continued practicing music as she added other instruments such as the fiddle and Mandolin to her repertoire....

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Front Office Staff

Laura Tawney was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has lived in Clay County for most of her life. Married for over 25 years, Jim and Laura have two grown kids. Their daughter lives in Oregon and their son is a JFRD Firefighter in Jacksonville. Laura currently works full time as a Therapeutic Mentor for local families. She has been part of the WSOTA family since 2008. Laura loves to Cruise and...

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Dance

Suzanne Tudor was born in South Carolina where she began dance lessons at the age of 3, following in her sister’s footsteps. Suzanne quickly rose through the ranks of her Ballet company and she began to seek more professional exposure in her region. She traveled to dance with the Carolina Ballet in Columbia, under the direction of Margaret Foster and then moved on to the...

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Dance

Ella Wehner is the oldest daughter of WSOTA owners, Kyle and Holly Wehner. A native of Fleming Island, Ella has been dancing since the age of two. She currently attends FIHS and has been a part of every Dance Company at WSOTA, the highest of which is her current Senior Company. When she is not within the halls and dance rooms of WSOTA, Ella enjoys expanding her dance knowledge and technique...

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Guitar

Pete Winders has been teaching at Wehner’s since 1993. A native of Tampa, Pete settled in Jacksonville in 1989, studied Jazz at the University of North Florida, and began playing with a number of North Florida rock and Caribbean acts. From 2008-2011 he toured with surfer-turned-rocker Donavon Frankenreiter, playing on stages across the U.S., as well as Brazil, Europe, Japan, and Australia....

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