Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
Jeremy R Franklin – President
Ronya Anna – Vice President
Ronya is a public and nonprofit professional with many years of experience working with international and U.S.-based nonprofit and public sector organizations. She has held positions on USAID contracts supporting worldwide health programs, a state government substance abuse and mental health services department, an art museum, and a hospital foundation. Currently, she is a graduate student in the executive MPA program at the University of Colorado- Denver. After moving to Grand Junction from the Front Range in late 2016, she left her position managing the statewide grants program for the Colorado chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to pursue her academic work full-time. She and her husband have two small children and live in the Redlands.
Although she was born and raised in Denver, Ronya has deep ties to the community, as her paternal grandmother grew up in Grand Junction and her great-grandfather was a practicing surgeon in town; in addition, her great-uncle was president of Mesa College in the 1940’s. Ronya is a member of the Grand Junction Community Center Campaign’s Community Advisory Board, and a member of the Art Center Guild. She has a passion for the arts, and strongly believes that arts and cultural institutions are vital to the economic health of our communities. She looks forward to enabling those institutions to flourish as the Western Slope continues to grow and thrive.
Chris Briardy – Treasurer
Anita Pisciotte – Secretary
Anita T. Pisciotte, Ph.D., has spent her career in the fields of developmental disabilities and mental health. Most recently, she served for 17 years as Executive Director of Mesa Developmental Services (now STRIVE), a not-for-profit Community Centered Board that serves people with developmental disabilities of all ages, directly and through contracts with other service agencies. She retired in 2008. She currently serves on the League of Women Voters of Mesa County Leadership Team. She previously served two terms as Recording Secretary of The Art Center (Western Colorado Center for the Arts) Board of Directors, 1999-2001 and 2005-2010. Anita is submitting her name for Recording Secretary of The Art Center Board of Directors.
Kirk Granum is the Director of Operations at Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County. Prior to Habitat, he was an interior designer for 12 years at Interiors etc. During this time, he also managed the Oakley Gallery, a collective of Western Colorado artists. He has worked in the market research industry, in the Czech Republic, and non-profit management in the former Soviet Union and Washington DC. Kirk was also a small business volunteer in the Peace Corps in Moldova. Kirk has an MBA in Global Business and a BA in World Political Economy. He has served on a number of community boards, most recently the Downtown Development Authority, Western Slope Volunteer Management Association, and currently the Western Colorado Center for the Arts. Born and raised in Grand Junction, Kirk has been participating in classes and exhibitions at the Art Center since childhood.
Dr. Michael Neste
Dr. Michael Neste was born and raised in Minnesota. He attended college and medical school at the University of Minnesota and did his residency and fellowship training, in Radiology, at the University of Michigan. He has lived in Grand Junction for 10 years, working at St. Mary’s Hospital for 6 years and the past 3 years as the director of Radiology and Chief of Staff at Colorado Canyons Hospital (Family Health West). He also serves on the Board of Directors at Family Health West.
Michael is an avid supporter of the arts. In partnership with Family Health West, he was the recipient of the 2016 “Champion of the Arts” award, given by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture. He believes that it is imperative to have a strong artistic presence in our community. Not only for the enjoyment of current residents, but also to attract businesses and professionals to the valley. As a board member, he hopes to help The Art Center continue with its current success, and look to the future for areas of growth and expansion. Hobbies include most all outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, camping, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting.
When relocating to Grand Junction after living in several large cities, Mykan was surprised and delighted by the valley’s arts culture and community. Her family has since benefitted greatly from the Art Center’s offerings (particularly its youth education program), and her home has benefitted greatly from its annual art auction. Mykan is a mother of three, editor of Spoke+Blossom magazine, and a volunteer classroom art teacher. She loves Colorado skies, gardening, live music, reading, and rusticating in the mountains.
Jack spent his early years in Michigan and Wisconsin. He served 21 years in the US Army before retiring in 1976 and moving to the Grand Valley. While in the service, attended the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and obtained a Master of Science Degree in Physics. In 1977, he completed a master’s program from the University of Northern Colorado and received a MA in Business.
Jack is married to Susan; they recently celebrated their 62nd year of marriage. They have seven children and more than a score of grand and great-grandchildren.
Jack has participated on non-profit finance councils in the valley for more than 30 years. He recently finished as Finance Director on a seven-year new church building project in Fruita. He also served on the Holy Family Board for more than 10 years.
Jack has been a ceramics student at the Art Center since 1997, so he has considerable insight into end-user needs and aspirations as they relate specifically to the ceramics studio and the Art Center in general. He is interested in extending the Art Center’s outreach activities, particularly as they relate to elementary school ages, teens and local veterans.
Kendra McDaniel moved to Grand Junction in August 2007 from Houston, Texas, with her husband, Chuck. She is a Physical Therapy Assistant and has worked in outpatient and skilled rehabilitation settings in Grand Junction. More recently, she has been spending time with her retired husband.
She was a board member at the Art Center from 2009 to 2015 and has served on the Art Center Foundation board from 2017 to present. Kendra is a member of the Art Center Guild and volunteers for several of their projects. Kendra and Chuck have been fortunate to be able to sponsor or co-sponsor several exhibits at the Art Center. Kendra has also volunteered at St. Mary’s Hospital. Kendra and Chuck have been involved in volunteer activities in several other organizations and enjoy hiking and playing with their two border collies.
Kari grew up Gunnison, Colorado, attended Regis University in Denver, and earned her law degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2015. Kari happily returned to the Western Slope shortly after graduation, and has been an associate attorney at the law firm of Hoskin Farina & Kampf, P.C. since that time. Her law practice focuses primarily on real estate and water rights issues, as well as general business matters and other civil litigation. In her free time, Kari enjoys spending time outdoors, running, attending the many community events available in Mesa County, and working on home renovation projects with her husband Sam, an engineer at Knott Laboratories, LLC. Kari joined the Art Center Board in 2018, and looks forward to working with Grand Junction’s art community in the coming years.
Cathy Zippert – Art Center Guild President
Kay Ambrose – ex-officio WCCA Endowment Foundation
Kay Ambrose has been a member of the Art Center since 1995. She is a long time board member, board president, interim director, and current Foundation President and loyal contributor. She is a mix media artist, sculptor and advocate for what The Arts and Art Center does for our Community and Western Slope.
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