ALOMA BRATEK - FOUNDER/PRESIDENT
Aloma Bratek has many roles-First and most important she is a mother…of six, to be exact.
Next, she is a musician…the passionate kind that wants others to feel the sense of connection that only music can create.
Finally, Aloma is the founder of #SHARP Musical Experiences, a series of musical events that are uniquely designed for individuals with disabilities and their families.
Aloma holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in music from Rollins College of Winter Park, Florida. She is currently pursuing a degree in music therapy from Saint Mary of the Woods College, in Indiana. Her primary instrument is flute but she also plays guitar. She enjoys opportunities to play in worship services as well as the Central Florida community.
For over 15 years, Aloma has shared her love of music with children. She serves as choir director for the most amazing group of elementary school age children at Wekiva Presbyterian Church in Longwood, Florida. In addition, she is the music teacher at Christian Child Center where she instructs more than 100 students yearly. Combined, she has directed nearly 400 performances.
The connection of parenting to advocacy efforts for disabilities came through her son’s autism diagnosis. Aloma quickly recognized the positive impact of music towards strengthening his deficits in communication and social skills. Aloma feels called to provide ongoing high quality music experiences that are inviting and accepting to individuals with disabilities. With great support, the first musical experience, a Concert for Autism, took place at Rollins College in April of 2015.
Her studies, research, and missions continue to focus on strengthening communities by providing social links for disabilities through the gift of music.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DR. JOHN V. SINCLAIR - Director
Dr. John V. Sinclair is celebrating his 27th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the renowned Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. He serves as Chair of the Department of Music and is the John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music at Rollins College. He also conducts the Moravian Music Festivals, Messiah Choral Society, and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has prepared choirs for many orchestras including the London Symphony.
Dr. Sinclair is also a conductor of the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT where he has conducted nearly eight hundred performances. In addition he has conducted recordings for Warner Brothers, Walt Disney Corporation, Moravian Music Foundation, and numerous Bach Festival recordings.
A master teacher, Dr. Sinclair has received many awards while at Rollins College, including the Hugh F. McKean Teaching Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Sidney Algernon Sullivan Citizen Award, Distinguished Service Award, Barden Teaching Award, and the Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship. For two consecutive years he was named “Outstanding Music Educator of the Year” by United Arts of Central Florida, and Florida International Magazine selected him as one of its “Power Players in the Arts.” In 2013, his Alma Mater, William Jewell College, honored him with its prestigious Citation for Achievement. Dr. Sinclair was recently listed as one of Winter Park Magazine’s “Most Influential People in Winter Park.”
Dr. Sinclair earned his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. During the past twenty-five years, he has made over fifteen-hundred appearances as conductor, clinician, or lecturer throughout the U.S. and in many foreign countries.
DR. JENNIFER TUCKER - Director
Dr. Jennifer Tucker is a board certified pediatric specialist in physical therapy. She is faculty in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida. Under Dr. Tucker’s direction, the UCF Go Baby Go! The program began at the University of Central Florida, in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in 2015. GoBabyGo is a national, community-based research, design and outreach program founded by Cole Galloway at the University of Delaware that provides accessible, inexpensive and common sense solutions for kids and adults with limited mobility. Jennifer’s research is focused on promoting early mobility, physical activity, and service delivery models for pediatric physical therapy. She serves on the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida Medical Advisory Board, the Florida Hospital Sharing Smiles Board of Directors, and the Faculty Advisory Board for Student Accessibility Services at UCF. In addition, Jennifer is engaged in many community outreach programs including the Annual Down Syndrome of Central Florida Clinic, Let’s Ignite! Physical Activity Day, and pro-bono clinical services through initiatives within the College of Health and Public Affairs. She maintains clinical practice with Children First Home Health Care and private practice in the Central Florida Community. Jennifer has presented locally and nationally on topics related to physical activity, promoting early mobility, and pediatric physical therapy.
JONATHAN r. lUCAS, CPA, CGMA - Director
Jonathan R. Lucas is the Chief Financial Officer of Triad Isotopes, a national radiopharmaceutical company headquartered in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Lucas has over 15 years of accounting and finance leadership experience and over 20 years of accounting and finance experience – both currently as a member of Triad Isotopes and previously as a Senior Manager with the public accounting firm Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Lucas received his B.S. and Masters’ degrees in Accounting from the University of Central Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Florida.
Daniel flick - Director
With over thirty-five years of experience as a professional musician and a Masters Degree in performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Daniel has performed in a wide variety of music styles and settings. From Solo to Symphony, from Bluegrass to Bach, Daniel’s passion for music has played out on stages across the country, on numerous stringed instruments, and includes music for theater and film. In addition to being featured in numerous productions by theater companies such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Denver Center Theater Company and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Daniel has written and produced a variety of multimedia concerts for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and written several youth theater productions, Rivers for Everyone, an energetic event focused on the importance of aquatic environments being his most recent.
On this season’s Bach Festival Concerto’s by Candlelight program Daniel was featured in a double Mandolin concerto.
Daniel was previously the “Program and Education Manager” for the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and is currently on the music faculty at Rollins College, where he organizes creative collaborative projects, teaches song writing, private lessons, and directs the Acoustic ensembles.
Over the past several years filmmaking and sailing instruction have become an integral part of Daniel’s endeavors.
katherine fleming gatch - director
Katherine (Fleming) Gatch graduated from Wake Forest University with a BS in Math/Business in 1977. She began her career as a computer programmer with Southern Bell in 1977 and retired from AT&T 40 years later. Katherine supplemented her Information Technology career with multiple long term community volunteer engagements including the Ronald McDonald House, Shepherd’s Hope, the Junior League of Greater Orlando, Stephen Ministry, and various community support activities through AT&T. As an Elder, a Deacon, and a volunteer at Wekiva Presbyterian Church for 35 years she has participated in or directed service opportunities in many areas, from childhood activities to high school and college mission trips. Katherine has served lengthy terms on the Youth Committee and the Congregational Nurture Committee as well as various other committee memberships including Finance, Nominating, and Mission & Benevolence. She has been a handbell ringer and has sung with Wekiva’s choir. Recently she partnered with another denomination to bring to Wekiva their Marriage Renewal Weekend curriculum and she successfully chaired Wekiva’s own Marriage Renewal Weekend twice across five years. Katherine most recently has become a Guardian Ad Litem in Seminole County. Katherine has been married to John Gatch for 35 years, and they have made Longwood, Florida, their home for all of that time.
Katherine is the proud parent of three grown children, and has two precious grandsons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and most recently gained an awesome son-in-law in October of 2018.