Camp Staff

Thank you to our camp staff for a great summer!

Education Director

2015SummerCampStaff-BethLaBaronRootBeth LaBaren Root is an established dance professional with a Masters of Public Administration and Non-Profit Leadership and a B.A. in Dance from Western Michigan University.  Her areas of expertise include non-profit administration, arts integrated education, teaching, choreography, directing and interdisciplinary collaborations. Beth was named Education Director at the Carrollwood Cultural Center team in March 2015.

To contact Beth about Summer Camps, email or call (813) 922-8167.


Staff for Campers ages 4-6

Ms-Liz---squareBefore moving to Tampa, Florida, Elizabeth Van Allen was an art educator in inner-city Philadelphia for twelve years.  An active Art Ed writer/blogger with strengths in classroom management and program development, Liz has led her students to create award-winning projects in drawing, ceramics, weaving, book arts, painting, and more. She is very excited about joining the staff at Carrollwood this summer and looks forward to working with her campers!  You can read more about Liz at, or join her on her blogging adventures at


Staff for Campers ages 7-12


2015SummerCampStaff-MichelleStoneMichele Stone has created art for events at the Straz Center, curated art at the Shimberg Playhouse, painted cakes at Cakes by Marie, painted faces at Publix and Whole Foods, won awards at the Tampa Bay Business for the Arts Chalk Walk, painted residential and commercial murals in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Wesley Chapel, chaired  Reflections Committee at the Northwest Elementary PTA, taught adult classes at the West Tampa Center for the Arts, Costa Del Sol Assisted Living Facility and children’s classes at the Bob Sierra YMCA, Wilderness Preserve Lodge in Land O’ Lakes, Centre for Girls various schools through The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and the Carrollwood Cultural Center.


2015SummerCampStaff-MatthewJonesA member of the Latin Guitar Guild of Tampa Bay, Matthew Jones performs regularly as a flamenco/jazz musician in Ybor City and beyond. You may have seen him perform with his band, The MJ3, a 90s rock trio, or as a solo performer at any number of venues around town. He is slated to play the guitar in MAS Community Theatre’s production of All Shook Up this July at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, and is thrilled to get to teach music this summer.


2015SummerCampStaff-AshleyCarawayAshley Caraway, born and raised in the Tampa area, is a dancer of 18 years with a B.A. in Applied Dance from the University of Tampa. Ashley has studied under the instruction of Susan Taylor Lennon, Director of the University of Tampa’s Dance Program, a program in which Ashley’s education was built from the foundation of creative dance education. Her love and passion for dance has her pursuing a career in teaching her skills to adults and children of all ages.



Jill AssaltiJill Assalti has been acting, singing, writing and teaching for over 20 years in Miami, New York City, and Los Angeles. She is an honor’s graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelors of Arts Degree and a proud mother of two young boys. Jill is a published author and local television personality here in Tampa Bay on NBC/WFLA Channel 8 News and CBS/WTSP Studio 10 LIVE where she speaks on her published articles for Tampa Bay Parenting MagazineJill is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory and has performed and written sketches at The Second City as well as Improv Olympic. She has also been part of the Screen Actors Guild (S.A.G.) and American Federation of Television Artists (A.F.T.R.A.).


Todd DunkleTodd Dunkle is the Center’s development director and has been involved with the Center’s camp program since 2010. Todd has worked with campers on a variety of art projects currently on display at the Center, including murals and ceiling tiles. Todd also works with youth at Van Dyke Church and coaches softball and baseball at Citrus Park.


AaronWashingtonAaron Washington is originally from Ohio where he spent years as Director/Choreographer for many theatre and non profit organizations including 5 years as Theatre Manager for the DJCC as well as founder of Angel Theatre Works. A resident of Tampa for the past eight years Aaron has been fortunate to perform on the stages with such companies as Busch Gardens Tampa, The Straz Center- Jaeb Theatre,  Show Palace Dinner Theatre, MAD Theatre, Event Show Productions and here at Carrollwood as “Seaweed” in their production of Hairspray: The Musical. As a Director/Choreographer here in Florida he has worked on such shows as All Shook Up, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Music Man and Cabaret to name a few.  Aaron is a certified Drama teacher for grades 6-12 and proud to be a member of the Florida Theatre Education Association and an active instructor and adjudicator for Florida Thespians.

Camp Crew

Student volunteers will be paired with each teacher to assist with classroom preparation and activities.