Yellow House is a place shaped by the creativity, compassion, and commitment of hundreds of individuals.  We believe in co-creation and engage artists, activists, neighbors, friends, and family in every stand of our work.  There are several individuals who play a consistently brilliant role in making things happen – they are doing the heavy lifting, with love!


executive volunteer . gracious greeter . editor extraordinaire . queen

Phyllis (she/her/hers) has many years of experience in communication, education and volunteer management, and she continues to hone these skills as the executive volunteer with Yellow House. She began volunteering with Yellow House January 2018 and has been instrumental in curating, offering promotional and office support, coordinating special events, organizing volunteers, and providing big doses of love.

“When Hope opened Yellow House, I knew it was a place that I wanted to be of service in some capacity,” said Phyllis. “Because we had forged a relationship over the many years, I was familiar with Hope and her desire to make sure there is a seat at the table for everyone.”

Phyllis’ affinity for art started when her son, Harold, began the Junior Docent Program, while in elementary school, with the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Phyllis fell in love with galleries as a result of chaperoning a Junior Docent trip to New York with Hope where they witnessed the works at the Frick Collection, the Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.

At Yellow House, you will find Phyllis greeting guests, snapping pictures, and making sure that all who enter the doors of Yellow House feel welcome.


multidisciplinary artist . DJ . grounded in Blackness and the art of Femme . activist . spreader of joy

Jordy (they/them/theirs) is a multimedia artist close to earning their Bachelors of Fine Arts. Jordy’s interests and concerns are rooted in Blackness, social justice, and gender expression in the context of the condition of our culture.

“Art making has been the only thing to ever fill me up,” Jordy explains. “The world is beautiful and messy and harsh all at the same time, seeing that reflected in the art I love and the art I create is how I make sense of it all…As an artist who is constantly fighting for marginalized groups and who considers myself very much a part of a greater society, I just know that Yellow House is where I need to be.”

Books, Films, and Music primarily inform the marriage of art and activism that Jordy lives in daily.

DJ: EnerJi | instagram @ iamenerji


educator . curator . healer . problem solver . sunshine

Micaela (she/her/hers) is an art educator, and a Jacksonville native, who attended LaVilla and Douglas Anderson Schools of the Arts. Micaela received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Florida. A true lover of the arts, Micaela’s experience spans multiple arts institutions including the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville.

Micaela first met Hope at the Cummer Museum, where she volunteered in the education department of the museum under Hope’s guidance and expertise. As a Fellow at Yellow House, Micaela worked with Hope in the Ken Knight Drive neighborhood, helping families in need following the devastation of Hurricane Irma. Currently, Micaela contributes to the valued partnership of Yellow House and the Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine helping facilitate programs that integrate the arts and humanities into medical education and patient care.

A lavender latte enthusiast and lover of dogs, Micaela is happiest working with children and families integrating the arts into education, healing, self-reflection and positive change. Or on a road trip with her dad.


designer . director . tech geek

Caryl (she/her/hers) is first and foremost a creature of the theatre. She has contributed in a variety of ways to almost every theatre in the area and directed productions with a number of them. She is one of the founding members of The 5 & Dime Theatre Company, and is the founder of Actors Collective, a group that collaborates with local organizations to amplify their missions through theatrical storytelling. She is an active member of the larger local arts community and along with her work at Yellow House, served as the Marketing & Communications Manager with Cultural Fusion, and designed print and digital media, built websites, and created marketing campaigns for non-profit organizations throughout Greater Jacksonville. She is currently the Marketing & Communications Manager with Jewish Family & Community Services.

But that is what Caryl does. Who she is, is someone deeply committed to using her talent and expertise in service to building “The Beloved Community” – one based in compassion, justice, and opportunity for all.