Board of Directors

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

Arkansas

Ed Clifford
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
Artist
West Memphis

Patrick Ralston
Executive Director, Arkansas Arts Council
Little Rock

Melissa Thoma
Principal, Thoma Thoma
Little Rock

Kansas

Stacey Dillon
Civic Leader
Lawrence, KS

Joan Horan
Civic Leader
Leawood, KS

Peter Jasso
Director, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission
Topeka

Larry Meeker
Chair, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission
Lake Quivira

Daniel Sabatini
Sabatini Architects Inc.
Lawrence

Kate Van Steenhuyse
Founder and CEO, Harvester Arts
Wichita, KS

Missouri

Susan Barrett
President, Barret Barrera Projects
St. Louis

Sharon Beshore
Chair, Missouri Arts Council
Joplin

Michael Donovan
Executive Director, Missouri Arts Council
St. Louis

Nancy Lee Kemper
Civic Leader
Kansas City

Susan Sherman
Civic Leader
St. Louis

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

Todd Simon
Sr. Vice President, Omaha Steaks
Omaha, NE

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

Suzanne Wise
Executive Director, Nebraska Arts Council
Omaha

Oklahoma

Billie Barnett
Civic Leader
Tulsa

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

Kendric Fergeson
President, NBC Oklahoma
Altus

Linda S. Frazier
Civic Leader
Tulsa

Amber Sharples
Executive Director, Oklahoma Arts Council
Oklahoma City

Phyllis Stough
Chairman, Oklahoma Arts Council
Nichols Hills

Kym Koch Thompson
Principal, Koch Communications
Oklahoma City

Texas

Dale Brock
Chair, Texas Commission on the Arts
Owner, Visiting Angels
Fort Worth

Lillie Fontenot
Consultant, Accent Management/Chesterfield Engineering
Houston

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

Linda Hatchel
Civic Leader
Waco

Gregory Perrin
Associate Vice President and Executive Director for Development, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, University of Texas
Austin

Hector Villarreal
Co-Owner, LUCHO Inc.
Houston

Mildred Knape Witte
Civic Leader
Tyler

At-Large

Holbrook Lawson
Holbrook Campbell Lawson, LLC
Tulsa

Margie Reese
Executive Director, Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture
Wichita Falls

Ex Officio

Todd Stein
President and 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

Betty Price
Civic Leader
Oklahoma City, OK

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

Judith Sabatini
Photographer
Topeka, KS

Art Thompson
President, Cooper Foundation
Lincoln, NE

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