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Meet M-AAA's governing body

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

Arkansas

Jimmy Cunningham, Jr.
Executive Director, Delta Rhythm Bayous Alliance (DRBA)
Pine Bluff

Representative Denise Garner
Founder, Board Chair, Feed Communities
Fayetteville

John Gaudin
President, Argenta Wealth Management
North Little Rock

Garbo Hearne
Owner, Hearne Fine Art
Little Rock

Antzee Magruder
Council Member, Arkansas Arts Council
West Memphis

Patrick Ralston
Executive Director, Arkansas Arts Council
Little Rock

Melissa Thoma
Secretary, M-AAA
Principal, Thoma Thoma
Little Rock

Kansas

Stacey Dillon
Civic Leader
Lawrence

Sarah Fizell
Chair, Kansas Arts Commission

Jane M. Gates
Executive Director, Stiefel Theatre
Salina

Daniel Sabatini
Sabatini Architects Inc.
Lawrence

Curtis Young
Director, Kansas Arts Commission
Topeka

Missouri

Sharon Beshore
Chair, Missouri Arts Council
Joplin

Michael Donovan
Treasurer, M-AAA
Executive Director, Missouri Arts Council
St. Louis

Monique Johnston, Ph.D
Executive Director, Youth Ambassadors
Kansas City

Kaveh Razani
Co-Director, St. Louis Art Place Initiative
St. Louis

Nola Ruth
Civic Leader
Columbia

Nebraska

Shari Hofschire
Chair, Nebraska Arts Council
Omaha

Kathy LeBaron
Civic Leader
Lincoln

Mike Markey
Executive Director, Nebraska Arts Council
Omaha

Brigitte McQueen
Executive Director, The Union for Contemporary Art
Omaha

Dan O’Neill
Owner and President & CEO, Kwik Stop
North Platte

Todd Simon
Chairman, Omaha Steaks
Omaha

Richard J. Vierk
Managing Partner, Vierk & Associates, LLC
Lincoln

Oklahoma

Billie Barnett
Civic Leader
Tulsa

Lona Barrick
Executive Officer, Cultural Tourism, Department of Communications and Community Development, The Chickasaw Nation
Ada

Tracie Chapman
Chair, Oklahoma Arts Council
Mansville

Linda S. Frazier
Civic Leader
Tulsa

Holbrook Lawson, At-large member
Chair, M-AAA
Holbrook Campbell Lawson, LLC
Tulsa

Amber Sharples
Vice Chairperson, M-AAA
Executive Director, Oklahoma Arts Council
Oklahoma City

Kym Koch Thompson
Principal, Koch Communications
Oklahoma City

Texas

Gary Gibbs, Ph.D
Executive Director, Texas Commission on the Arts
Austin

Maria May
Senior Vice President, Resnicow and Associates
Dallas

Celeste Guzmán Mendoza
Senior Director, Major Gifts and Planned Giving, Trinity University
San Antonio

Karen E. Partee
Chair, Texas Commision on the Arts
McKinney

Gregory Perrin
Playwright & Associate Vice-President, St. Edward’s University
Austin

Mike Rome
Dean of Archie W. Dunham School of Business, Houston Christian University
Houston

Ross Shegog, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Texas School of Public Health
Adjunct Professor with the University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics
Houston

Ex Officio

Todd Stein
President and Chief Executive Officer, M-AAA
Kansas City, MO

Emeritus

John Paul Batiste
Civic Leader
Dallas, TX

Ed Clifford
Director of Campaign Gifts, The Jones Trust
Bentonville, AR

Carolyn Dillon
Artist
Hutchinson, KS

J. Robert Duncan
Chairman Emeritus, Duncan Aviation
Lincoln, NE

Kendric Fergeson
President, NBC Oklahoma
Altus, OK

Lillie Fontenot
Consultant, Accent Management/Chesterfield Engineering
Houston, TX

Ann Garvey
Civic Leader
Wichita, KS

Kay Goebel, Ph.D
Psychologist
Oklahoma City, OK

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

Ruth H. Keene
Civic Leader
Omaha

Dorothy Morris
President, Morris Foundation
Hot Springs, AR

Judith Sabatini
Photographer
Topeka, KS

Art Thompson
President, Cooper Foundation
Lincoln, NE

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

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