Board of Directors and Staff


Qiana Thomason 
Jim Dunn
Chair Elect
LaDonna Gooden
Vice Chair
Kathleen Gound
Edgar Palacios 


Bunmi Alli                    
Kara Bouillette                 
Jenny Isenberg    
Cat Larrison       
Colleen LeCount
Marvin Manlove
Jana Meyers                 
Tracy Milsap                    
Chad Rau
Kristin Raven               
Kristin Rosen                  
Sterling Stanford
Stacy Stotts             
Jennifer Sussman 
Brad Thies 
Lisa Williams

Director Emeritus

Lennie Berkowitz



Advisory Directors

Michael Cline
Pam Gradinger
William M. Lyons
Heidi Nast
Guy Townsend III
John Vaughn
Reeves Wiedeman
Brian Williams

Our Staff

Martin English
Executive Director
816.531.4022 ext. 1012

Kara Armstrong
Director of Arts Education
816.531.4022 ext. 1011

Marty Arvizu
Director of Marketing &
Business Development
816.531.4022 ext. 1002


Christian Buller
Development Assistant
816.531.4022 ext. 1015

Beth Flemington
Graphic Design & Marketing Assistant
816.531.4022 ext. 1010

Anne Gouty
School & Community Programs Coordinator
816.531.4022 ext. 1007

Mary Needham
Director of Development
816.531.4022 ext. 1004

Janell Rinne
Administrative Assistant
816.531.4022 ext. 1000

Jenny Ruark
Arts Partners Coordinator
816.531.4022 ext. 1009

Lisa Smith
School Programs Assistant
816.531.4022 ext. 1008 

Tim Valverde
Director of Finance
816.531.4022 ext. 1005


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