Meet the Board

Nicole Fearnbach Viverito

President

Years in Circus: 2007-2012

 

Acts: Aerial cradle, Flying trapeze, Acrobatic jump rope, Web, Balancing

 

Favorite Flying High Memory: I loved all of the behind the scenes moments - Putting up the tent, spreading the sawdust, building and raising the frame, rigging for the first practice of the day, creating new routines, and tearing down after the last show each summer at Callaway. All the things that make the circus go. But if I had to pick a favorite performance memory, it would be my 300th and final show on cradle with Jake Pacilio.

Sosie Kae Quarrie

Vice President (President-Elect)

Years in Circus: 2009-2017

 

Acts: Triple trapeze, Bike for 5, and Production Team

 

Favorite Flying High Memory: Besides meeting my best friend, Keenan Rogers; a family came up to me after a show and told me how amazing it was seeing representation of people of color in our show, especially how important it was for their kids to see. I think about the moment a lot.

Shannon Calloway

Secretary

Years in Circus: 2003-2008

 

Acts: Hanging perch, Bike for 5, Setting slack wire, and Ringmaster. I also practiced skating a whole lot but never performed it.

 

Favorite Flying High Memory: Choosing one favorite memory is impossible. I spent every minute of my life at the lot and with circus people. It continues to be such an important part of my life. For the sake of brevity, I'll say that I was fortunate to make Dickie Brinson's famous peach cobbler with the man himself on a few occasions, and that was pretty darn special.

Current board serving April 2021 - April 2022

Laurie
Allie

Treasurer

Years in Circus: 1975-1980

Serra
Rahe
Abel

Student-Alumni Liaison

Years in Circus: 1985-1989

 

Acts: Flying trapeze, Cloudswing, Hand balancing, Sky pole, Web, Bike for 5

 

Favorite Flying High Memory: This is too hard! In my last home show weekend, I had made some mistakes and had some falls in the shows leading up to Saturday night. Somehow, I (we) pulled it all together and hit everything including our passing leap! I was so excited I could not stop jumping up and down on the p-board. I also had many cast mates perform big that night, it was awesome!

Luke Nassar

Social Media Chair

Years in Circus: 2015-2017

 

Acts: Quartet Adagio & Bike for Five

 

Favorite Flying High Memory: It's hard for me to choose just one memory - because aren't they ALL the best? I obviously enjoyed performing in all of the Home Shows and Callaway shows, but I also really enjoyed rigging them - sometimes even more than performing. Something about knowing that YOU are making the show go on makes you feel important and almost bigger than the acts. Riggers are the "invisible" heroes of the show. My ultimate favorite memory has to be all of the people met along the way, and how supportive everyone is throughout the entire circus. I chose not to drink until I turned 21, but went to Callaway in the summer of 2016, after my freshman year concluded. Everyone was so supportive of my decision not to drink and even invited me to play in all of the drinking games with MY personal drink of choice (usually root beer), never once pressuring me to drink (although I think that's really because they just wanted all of the alcohol to themselves). The words "You don't have to do anything you don't want to do" rang true at Callaway Gardens and continued throughout my circus career, and I still see it in the Circus today.

Chuck Ross

Fundraising Chair / Circus Expansion Project Ambassador

Years in Circus: 1966-1969

Acts: Quartet Adagio, 3-Lane Breakaway, Hand Balancing, Teeterboard, Triple Aerial High Casting, Flying Trapeze (Catcher)

Favorite Flying High Memory: My very best memory of all is meeting my wife, Donna, in the circus and performing together, especially Flying Trapeze. My favorite Callaway Gardens memories are of the Bird, the Knob, stream parties and football games against the lifeguards. My favorite Home Show memories are catching Donna's and Ace Carlson's 2 ½ somersaults and being a member of Coach Catarzi's first Teeterboard Team (the "Teetering Toads"). We were blessed to have additional great memories from when our two children performed with the FSU Flying High Circus in the early 1990s.

Era 
Reps

1960-69:

Chuck Ross
Sheila Kay Riley
Angela Seymour
Donna Hendrix


1970-79:

Ron Austin
Sharon Schiro
Teri Murphy Smith
Linda Kellam Barker
Larry Spencer


1980-89:

Patti Wilsey LaVoy
Susan Hewlings
Gregg Abel 


1990-99:

Spencer Klein
Tricia Ravenhorst
Ann Healy
Andrew Lopresti

Sara (Carey) O'Malley


2000-09:
Meghan Gudelsky
Jack Rice
Ayesha (Hussain) Kietzman

Sarah Siefke 


2010-19:

Lessie (Skiba) Longstreet
Callan Roten
Harley Rockhill
Mary Jeanes 
Haylee Swick  


2020-Present: