Our Staff


Barb Whitney
Executive Director

Barb Whitney serves as the Executive Director of Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center, where she is responsible for strategic leadership, management, fund development, and public relations. Barb’s work is driven by a belief in the arts as a vehicle to change lives.....…. read more


Katrina M. Daniels
Exhibitions and Gallery Sales Director

Katrina’s experience includes over ten years in the arts field with particular expertise in gallery settings and community engagement. Katrina holds degrees in Art History and Visual Culture with a minor in Museum Studies, as well as Interior Design. Katrina coordinates an except…. read more


Michelle Carlson 
Education Director

Throughout her professional career, Michelle has worked to improve communities, find the inspiration in every day, and to cultivate appreciation for the arts. She has implemented a wide variety of arts programs and holds a Masters of Public Administration............ read more 


Carmen Carlton

Carmen facilitates the preservation and presentation of financial records and reports for the Gallery. With over 30 years of experience in the financial industry, she is an invaluable asset to the team. An avid cyclist, Carmen crossed the Mackinac Bridge twice with the DALMAC.


Kyle Richard
Operations Manager

Kyle is a visual artist and former educator. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Grand Valley State University in Education. Kyle is passionate about the environment and is involved with the Citizen's Climate Lobby, advocating for legislation to combat the effects of climate change.


Zane Kemper
Exhibitions and Gallery Assistant

Zane earned a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University with a degree in Arts & Humanities with minors in Art History and Museum Studies. In addition to his role at the gallery, Zane works as an exhibition producer at the MSU Broad Art Museum.

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Julia Sager
Education Assistant

Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Visual Culture and is a graduate student at Michigan State University pursuing a Master of Arts in Arts Management and Museum Studies.
She brings relevant stories of art history to her work in German studies, art history, and photography.

Sara Parker

Sarah Parker
Exhibitions and Gallery Assistant

Sarah loves working as an artist in our community and her career in the creative field. She enjoys painting, photography, and spending time outdoors. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Michigan State University and a certificate in Graphic Design from Lansing Community College.

Staff Alumni


Val Ackerman
Gallery Associate

Val earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Since graduating she has relocated to Lansing and her background in graphic design and art studio lead her to the Gallery where she has a new community to share her passion for the arts with.


Hailey Lamb
Communications & Programs Assistant

Hailey graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design with a BFA in Photography. Hailey has extensive retail and visual art experience and is passionate about accessibility in the arts. She plans to continue her studies in Art Therapy to encourage healing and growth for all.


Quinn Jiles
Americorps VISTA

Quinn joined our leadership team in 2019 as an expert in capacity-building to support Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center through Americorps VISTA. She supported the creation of communications and fund development plans, spearheaded volunteer planning and training, and supported the development of a culture of philanthropy.


Madison Miller

Communications & Programs Assistant

Madison earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts emphasizing in Photo & Intermedia from Western Michigan University with a minor in Marketing.  As a former Intern Madison has plenty of Gallery experience and is looking for opportunities to bring the worlds of art and business together.