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Mikayla Queeley

Class of 2017

Mikayla Queeley

Mikayla Queeley is a proud alumni of DCA, class of 2017. While attending DCA she was a Dance major but was able to foster her love for theater while attending and has since furthered her career in the arts...
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Analea Harris

Class of 2018

Analea Harris

A trained vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Analea creates soulful music that reflects delicate, introspective intimacy. Their music fuses a wide range of American styles, from neo-soul to singer-songwriter to alternative rock...
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Kirby Fellis

Class of 2012

Kirby Fellis

Kirby Fellis is a captivating Chicago based jazz trombonist, educator, arranger, and composer. Kirby holds an undergraduate degree in jazz studies from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in jazz studies from Northern Illinois University...
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Anielya Wells-Miller
Class of 2019

Anielya Wells-Miller is an aspiring opera singer from Miramar, Florida. She has been singing since age 2 and grew up performing at St. Christopher Episcopal Church. Around the age of 9, she began taking vocal lessons and then went on to compete at local talent shows. She attended Miramar Elementary, Parkway Middle School for the Arts, Dillard Center for the Arts (Dillard High School, 2019), and Florida State University (FSU). She recently graduated from FSU with a Bachelor of Music (BM) in Voice Performance in May 2023. She is currently continuing her studies by attending FSU graduate school for a Master of Music (MM) in Voice Performance. After obtaining an MM in Voice Performance, she plans on continuing to perform in Young Artist programs and audition for opera companies around the world.

Joi D. McCoy
Class of 2017

Joi D. McCoy, is an actor originally from Fort Lauderdale, Fl and a proud alum of Dillard Center for the Arts class of 2017. She is currently touring the country in the National Broadway tour of Mean Girls! She graduated from the #1 public university in the nation UCLA, as a Musical Theater student, class of 2021. She has studied multiple forms of performing, including singing, acting and dancing, stepping, cheerleading and stage combat. She uses these skills all across the country in roles like Little Inez (Hairspray Broadway National Tour), Ali (Mamma Mia), and dance captain in numerous productions.

Black Violin
Kev Marcus & Wil B

Black Violin is an American hip hop duo hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, comprised of two classically trained string instrumentalists: Kevin Sylvester (Kev Marcus) on violin and Wilner Baptiste (Wil B) on viola. Their musical journey began at Dillard High School of the Performing Arts in the late 1990s, where they honed their classical techniques by day while listening to R&B and rap by night. Both pursued higher education on full music scholarships—Wil B at FSU and Kev at FIU. After completing their studies, they became roommates, bonding over their shared love for jazz violinist Stuff Smith. This mutual passion inspired them to fuse classical, jazz, hip-hop, and R&B into a unique musical style and in 2004, officially formed Black Violin. They gained attention by winning the Showtime at the Apollo 2005 Legend title, which led to performing with Alicia Keys at the Billboard Music Awards, touring nationally and internationally with artists such as Kanye West, Tom Petty, Lupe Fiasco, and Aerosmith. They released the first of many albums in 2007 and in 2013, had the honor of performing at President Barack Obama's Inauguration festivities. Kev and Will-b have created an incredible opportunity to reach young children. In 2019 they launched the Black Violin Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth by working with them in their communities to provide access to quality music programs that encourage creativity and innovation. When not on tour, the two-time Grammy nominated artists remain committed to giving back to their roots, frequently returning to Dillard High School of the Performing Arts to share their journey and inspire the next generation of musicians.

Mikayla Queeley
Class of 2017

Mikayla Queeley is a proud alumni of DCA, class of 2017. While attending DCA she was a Dance major but was able to foster her love for theater while attending and has since furthered her career in the arts. As a graduate of New World School of the Arts, with her Bachelors Degree she is now working at the professional level of her field. Her previous jobs include Cinderella at Fantasy Theater Factory, Our Dear Dead Drug Lord at Zoetic Stage and her most recent endeavors have been with Disney Cruiseline for the past two years. Her past roles included Rafiki in Disney & Believe, Bulda in Disney & Frozen and the Peddlar in Disney & Aladdin. She is currently cast as Elsa in Disney & Frozen aboard the Disney Fantasy until March 2024.

Ameleke "Kidd" Bradley
Class of 2016

Ameleke "Kidd" Bradley is a professional dancer from Pompano Beach, Florida and a DCA alumni from the class of 2016. His 20 year long movement experience has led him to many bodies of work including Cirque Du Soleil, Louis Vuitton, Emmy Award winning tv series "Blindspotting", Red Bull, Snoop Dogg, LA Clippers, NFL and many more. He is currently the lead soloist for Cirque Du Soleil's Michael Jackson ONE show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Farid Cano
Class of 2019

Farid Cano, from Fort Lauderdale, FL, is a professional freelance sousaphone and bass trombone player. A graduate of Jackson State University and Florida Memorial University, he has performed globally in various genres, including theater, brass bands, and TV shows. Farid's notable credits include touring with Drumline Live!, performing at the Latin American Music Awards and Premios Lo Nuestro, and appearing in Amazon Prime's "THEM." He has also collaborated with artists like Drake, J. Cole, and Lil Wayne on the "Big as the What/It’s All a Blur" National Tour. Currently, he performs locally in South Florida, specializing in Junkanoo and contemporary brass band music.

Analea Harris
Class of 2018

A trained vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Analea creates soulful music that reflects delicate, introspective intimacy. Their music fuses a wide range of American styles, from neo-soul to singer-songwriter to alternative rock. Like their music, Analea’s message is grounding and soothing, constantly reminding us that above all, we are healed by the lessons we learn. Based in New York, Analea is working on a new project and performing shows around the city, both with their personal project and as a support for other local artists such as Ghosdee, Robot X, Sarah Anjali, and Kamra. Raised in Hollywood, Florida, Analea was exposed to the arts at a young age. A childhood of studying and performing a variety of genres and instruments led to more professional pursuits. After graduating from Fort Lauderdale & Dillard Center for the Arts, Analea studied Vocal Performance at Columbia College Chicago where they developed their unique sound. Their R&B/soul style is influenced by the likes of Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse, and Lianne La Havas. Modern, soulful grooves are paired with lyrical themes of self-acceptance, sapphic romance, and harsh reality checks.

Miles Lennox
Class of 2019

Jazz artist Miles Lennox is a pianist, composer and bandleader currently based in Los Angeles. His debut album, “Something To Say” is now available on all major streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play and Amazon Music. Miles is currently a 2025 Master of Music candidate at the Herbie Hancock Institute at UCLA, under the guidance of Ambrose Akinmusire and Herbie Hancock. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, under the guidance of Marc Cary, Phil Markowitz and Stefon Harris, and is also a proud alumnus of the Dillard High School Jazz Band Class of 2019.

Summer Camargo
Class of 2019

Summer Camargo, a native of Hollywood, Florida, is a Jerome Green Fellowship recipient at the Juilliard School. She received her Bachelor's Degree in 2023 and Masters Degree in 2024, majoring in Jazz Studies with trumpet as her instrument. While attending Dillard Center for the Arts, at the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Essentially Ellington Festivals, Summer received Outstanding Trumpet Soloist Awards. In 2018, she won the Ella Fitzgerald Outstanding Soloist Award and the Dr. J. Douglas White Student Composition Contest. In 2022 alone…Summer placed first in the International Trumpet Guild’s Ryan Anthony Trumpet Memorial Competition; performed as a guest artist for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Wynton at 60”; participated in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center; played with the Jazz at Lincoln Orchestra as they performed her original composition, “Alalazoo,” at the 2022 Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala; and toured with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s Big Band Holiday Tour. In 2023, Summer toured with her sextet throughout Cape Cod, performed with Jon Batiste at the Newport Jazz Festival, and played in the Broadway pit for Disney’s Aladdin. Summer regularly performs at notable NYC jazz clubs like Dizzy’s, Birdland, and with the Mingus Big Band, and in 2022, she became the newest member of the Saturday Night Live House Band.

Kirby Fellis
Class of 2012

Kirby Fellis is a captivating Chicago based jazz trombonist, educator, arranger, and composer. Kirby holds an undergraduate degree in jazz studies from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in jazz studies from Northern Illinois University. Hailing from South Florida, Kirby has been working with award winning jazz musician for over a decade including positions in Florida, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana. Kirby has also studied under some of the most renowned trombone virtuosos of our time including Tom Garling, Michael Dease, and Andre Hayward to name a few. As a Trombonist, He has received awards from organizations such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Gold Coast Jazz Society, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, DePauw Jazz Festival. Chicago Jazz Festival, and Jack Rudin Jazz Festival. He has also worked with many award-winning individuals and ensembles such as Darius Rucker, Terrell Stafford, Kurt Elling, Nate Smith, Sean Jones, Dana Hall, Steve Wiest, Clark Sommers, Rodney Whitaker, The Tom Garling Jazz Orchestra,The New Standard Jazz Orchestra and the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra. As a Jazz Educator, Kirby is a long-standing member of JEN (Jazz education Network, ITA (International Trombone Association), Birch Creek Music and CYSO (Chicago Youth Symphony Jazz Orchestra). Under the tutelage of distinguished jazz educators such as Rodney Whitaker, Reggie Thomas, and Christopher Dorsey. Kirby has become a versatile educator, through clinics, masterclasses, consultations, and adjudication. From over a decade of educational experience, Kirby has developed a deeply rich teaching philosophy. Kirby currently serves as the Jazz Ensemble Director of Harper College.

Aiden Higgs
Class of 2023

Aidan Higgs, a 2023 Dillard High School graduate, began playing piano at age 12 on a modest upright inherited from his grandmother. Despite the classical tradition considering this a late start, he remained undeterred. His initial piano teacher was Juan Fernandez, a faculty member at Dillard High School. Aidan's talent graced national and international stages, including the Rushmore Music Festival in 2021 and the Miami International Piano Festival Academy in 2022, where he met his future piano teacher, world renown pianist Francesco Libetta. He now studies at the Paolo Grassi Foundation in Martina Franca, pursuing his dream of becoming a concert pianist. His message to young musicians: chase your dreams relentlessly

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Stefany U. Howard

Secretary

Stefany Howard is a former marketing and advertising professional who transitioned to a career as a science teacher, bringing with her a robust background in science education and a dedicated passion for community service. Her commitment to teaching and the creation of an engaging and supportive learning environment established her as a valuable member of the schools where she not only taught but also created new courses and ran key after-school STEAM enrichment programs.

Stefany earned respect within her school community early in her teaching career and was selected as an instructional coach for local college students, a role she fulfilled for almost a decade. Even in retirement, Stefany maintains connections with former students who continue to seek her guidance in navigating young adulthood.

Believing in the potential of students and influenced by her own daughter’s accomplishments as a violinist trained at ChiArts Magnet High School in Chicago, Stefany is committed to supporting the valuable work being done with arts education at Dillard Center for the Arts. She brings to the DART board an extensive volunteer history that includes serving on local boards and committees in her former home of Chicago.

Darryl J. Howard

VP Finance

Originally from the Midwest, Darryl relocated to South Florida to enjoy winter sunshine. Mr. Howard holds a BS in Applied Mathematics and an MBA in Finance, boasting over thirty years as an Investment Advisor for a major pension fund with assets exceeding $20 billion. His expertise lies in shaping and optimizing investment portfolios, advising the Investment Committee on asset plans.

As a new board member, Darryl aims to leverage his commitment to strategic financial planning to fortify the DART Foundation’s fiscal outlook. In his spare time, he manages a music, news, and entertainment blog, showcasing his keen interest in music.

Deatra J. McCoy

Vice President

Deatra J. McCoy is the Vice President and Founding Board Member of the DART Foundation, Inc. Ms. McCoy is a proud 7th generation Floridian, a graduate of Dillard High School, and an alumna of the Performing Arts program. After watching her oldest child, Joi D. McCoy, perform on the stages at Dillard Center of the Arts, she was motivated to do more than attend the performances. Ms. McCoy was trained under her mother, the late community activist Dr. Leola R. McCoy, about creating positive change within the community. In honor of her mother, Ms. McCoy organized L.E.E.S. Justice to address legal, environmental, educational, and social injustices in the South Florida area. Ms. McCoy brings her historical knowledge, community awareness, marketing, and alumni outreach skills to the DART Foundation, Inc. She supports the emerging artists at DCA and believes that DCA students are able to graduate from Dillard High School and matriculate to the next level—college or other pursuits.

Kyle Butler Harris

President

Originally from Massachusetts, Kyle Harris is a versatile visual artist who transitioned her creative skills from Time Warner Cable to a successful career in television production. Passionate about community activism, she produced programs focusing on women and children’s welfare and rose to become an esteemed on-air personality and community activist.

In 2003, Kyle and her family moved to South Florida, where she not only volunteered in her community, but rekindled her passion for art by establishing Harris Art Studio in 2012, She offers commissioned paintings, art classes, and workshops.

During her daughter’s attendance at Dillard Center for the Arts from 2014 to 2018, Kyle played the role of the quintessential “mom volunteer”, always ready to lend a helping hand wherever needed. In 2017, she took on a leadership role as the head of the newly formed DART Foundation, a position she continues to hold with passion and dedication.

As a proud small, black-owned female business owner, she embodies the belief that “We all do better when we all do better,” echoing the wisdom of John Legend. Her journey is a blend of artistic excellence, community engagement, and a commitment to positive change.