Board of Directors

The Mid-America Arts Alliance Board of Directors includes representatives from each of our states: Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Arkansas

Marian Boyd
Interim Director
Arkansas Arts Council
Little Rock

Ed Clifford
Chairman, M-AAA
CEO, The Jones Trust
Bentonville

Denise Garner
Founder, Board Chair
Feed Communities
Fayetteville

John Gaudin
Treasurer, M-AAA
President, Argenta Wealth Management
North Little Rock

Garbo Hearne
Owner, Hearne Fine Art
Little Rock

Antzee Magruder
Chair, Arkansas Arts Council
West Memphis

Melissa Thoma
Principal, Thoma Thoma
Little Rock

Missouri

Michael Donovan
Executive Director, Missouri Arts Council
St. Louis

Alison Ferring
Civic Leader/Artist
St. Louis

Doug Freed
Civic Leader/Artist
Sedalia

Nancy Lee Kemper
Civic Leader
Kansas City

Nancy Kranzberg
Civic Leader/Performing Artist
St. Louis

Nola Ruth
Chair, Missouri Arts Council
Columbia

Frank Uryasz
President, The National Center for Drug Free Sport, Inc.
Kansas City

Nebraska

J. Robert Duncan
Chairman Emeritus, Duncan Aviation
Lincoln

Candy Henning
Chair, Nebraska Arts Council
Lincoln

Ruth H. Keene
Civic Leader
Omaha

Paula Pflueger
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Norfolk

Art Thompson
President, Cooper Foundation
Lincoln

Richard J. Vierk
Secretary, M-AAA
Managing Partner, Vierk & Associates, LLC
Lincoln

Suzanne Wise
Executive Director, Nebraska Arts Council
Omaha

Oklahoma

Billie Barnett
Civic Leader
Tulsa

Lona Barrick
Administrator, Division of Arts and Humanities, The Chickasaw Nation
Ada

Kendric Fergeson
Past Chairman, M-AAA
President, NBC Oklahoma
Altus

Linda S. Frazier
Civic Leader
Tulsa

Nancy Leonard
Chair, Oklahoma Arts Council
Oklahoma City

Amber Sharples
Executive Director, Oklahoma Arts Council
Oklahoma City

Kym Koch Thompson
Principal, Koch Communications
Oklahoma City

Texas

Lillie Fontenot
Consultant, Accent Management/Chesterfield Engineering
Houston

Dr. Gary Gibbs
Vice Chair, M-AAA
Executive Director, Texas Commission on the Arts
Austin

Gregory Perrin
Associate Vice President and Director of Development, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, UT
Austin

Mildred Knape Witte
Civic Leader
Tyler

At-Large

Joan Horan
Civic Leader
Leawood, KS

Ex Officio

Mary Kennedy
Chief Executive Officer, M-AAA
Kansas City, MO

Emeritus

Marian Andersen
Civic Leader
Omaha, NE

John Paul Batiste
Civic Leader
Dallas, TX

Carolyn Dillon
Artist
Hutchinson, KS

Ann Garvey
Civic Leader
Wichita, KS

Kay Goebel, PhD
Psychologist
Oklahoma City, OK

Donald A. Johnston
Executive (ret.), INTRUST Bank
Lawrence, KS

Dorothy Morris
President, Morris Foundation
Hot Springs, AR

Don Munro
Chairman/CEO, Munro Shoes
Hot Springs, AR

Thomas D. Pawley, III
Professor Emeritus, Lincoln University
Jefferson City, MO

Betty Price
Civic Leader
Oklahoma City

Wallace Richardson
Knudsen, Berkheimer, Richardson & Endacott (ret.)
Lincoln, NE

Judith Sabatini
Photographer
Topeka, KS

James R. Tolbert, III
Chairman, First Oklahoma Corporation
Oklahoma City, OK