The Things I Can’t Live Without | Jaye Baillie

Jaye Baillie shares the things she can't live without

Portrait by Tammy Griffin
Portrait by Tammy Griffin

Jaye has been executive director of the Marion Cultural Alliance since 2016 working to grow the capacity of artists and nonprofit arts organizations through grant funding, programming, training, and to develop a cohesive and vibrant cultural community.

Photo courtesy of Jaye Baillie



My husband, Russell, (pictured below) and I met on a blind date and have been married 47 years. Our family includes Sam and Beth and their kids Henry and Lora Kate, in Ocala; and Rebecca and Andy and our LA-based grandkids Emory and Clark.


Art and Culture

The art scene is vibrant here and we have many great cultural assets. From the Ocala Civic Theatre (73 years), Appleton Museum of Art (35 years) and Ocala Symphony Orchestra (48 years) to galleries, historic and scientific venues, there’s always something wonderful to experience.

Photo courtesy of Jaye Baillie


St. Johns River

Living on this national heritage river presents ever-changing views and endless opportunities for fun and adventure, like casting for shrimp, pulling crab traps, catching stripers and swimming in crystal clear springs. With amazing sunrises and majestic storms, the river is always awe-inspiring.



My 6 a.m. Master’s swim practice at the Florida Aquatics Swimming Training (FAST) facility is a commitment I make for my physical and mental health. Coach Michael is phenomenal, the friendships are priceless and the sunrises are stunning. 



I believe in working hard and playing hard and always having some adventure on the horizon. This past year, I completed a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago and this year did my first (and last!) open water swim. I’ve traveled to China, South America, Iceland, Mexico, Cuba, Canada, Ireland, Italy and many ports of call.

Photo courtesy of Jaye Baillie



Beth McCall and I have been a dynamic duo since our kids were at Happy Hearts. That’s 40-plus years of a beautiful friendship. Everyone needs a ‘Beth’ in their lives!

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