National Society of Arts & Letters Florida names Dr. Velazquez as new president

Opera singer

The National Society of the Arts and Humanities of Florida has announced that Dr. N’Quavah R. Velazquez will be the new president of the nonprofit, which provides emerging artists in multiple disciplines with grants and competitions. Judi Asselta, who served two terms as President, will now assume the role of Treasurer and serve the National Council as Vice-President.

The Boca Raton-based nonprofit has been supporting young local artists for more than 40 years and is a chapter of the national organization, which was established in 1943. To learn more, visit

“In my three years on the NSAL Board of Directors, I have been so impressed with the incredible talent we have mentored,” said Dr. Velazquez. “It is truly inspiring to see the progress of our NSAL alumni as they are recognized on the local, national and global stages. I am honored to accept the role of President and look forward to use my influence to help even more young artists achieve their dreams.”

Dr. Velazquez is the Founder and CEO of Achievement Heights Academy located in Boca Raton, an international hybrid K-12 STEAM program and full-service education management organization. Dr. Velazquez earned her Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees from Lynn University, Donald E. and Helen R. Ross College of Education in Boca Raton, Florida, and attended workshops at Harvard, Stanford-School of Medicine , at Florida International University College of Law and at the University of Birmingham, Leeds and London She is also a published author in peer-reviewed journals, as well as a presenter at national conventions on topics ranging from effective secondary character education medical decision-making in neonatology.

A passionate community leader, Dr. Velazquez is a member of the Rotary Club of Boca Raton Sunrise Nonprofit Grant Committee and has successfully served on the steering committee for fundraisers such as the Brain Bowl Luncheon for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Dementia; Faulk Center for Counseling Awards Gala; Rotary Club of Boca Raton Annual Sunrise Golf Tournament; and the annual Rotary Club of Boca Raton Sunrise Teacher of the Year Awards Dinner. She has been recognized for her dedication to service with a number of honors, including her recent nomination for the Boca Raton Junior League Female Volunteer of the Year award. She was also named 2016 Rotarian of the Year, Rotary Club of Boca Raton Sunrise and awarded the Rotary International Paul Harris Companion 2016.

As president of NSAL Florida, she will work with board members to secure donations, manage competitions and organize the organization’s flagship event, The Star Maker Awards, which is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19. 2023 at The Addison in Boca Raton.

NSAL aims to discover young talent at the start of their careers and offers scholarships and competitions in the fields of art, dance, drama, literature, music and musical theatre, and strives advance their careers and creative opportunities. Excelling at the chapter level allows competitors to progress to national competitions and many stars have been discovered. Among these are Shirley McLaineactress/dancer/writer; Jessye NormanOpera singer; Megan Hilly, Broadway and TV star; Awadagin Pratt, pianist; and Amanda McKerrow, prima ballerina and opera star Nadine Sierra which was discovered by the Florida chapter.

For more information on NSAL scholarships, competitions and how to become a supporter, please visit