Board of Directors
Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center is proud to have a diverse and energetic Board of Directors to contribute to the success of our organization and play a very important role in the leadership of Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center. The board composition blends skill sets, expertise, community connections, and diverse perspectives.
President: Keith Rouse
Prospecting & Strategy Analyst, MSU Business Connect
Keith first became involved with the Gallery back in 2014 and has served as Board President since 2019. Prior to becoming Board President Keith has held roles with the Lansing State Journal as well as acting as Chair of the Marketing Committee for our organization. Keith is a strong believer in art for art’s sake and the uplifting and thought-provoking power of the Arts. He is deeply involved in our efforts toward a more prominent and accessible location in Lansing while continuing to expand and deepen our relationship with the City of Lansing.
Vice President Becky Ten Brink
Becky’s passion for the arts developed, in part by growing up in a family of creatives. She received a Bachelors in Fine Art from Calvin College and a Masters in Museum Studies from John Hopkins University. Currently working at Michigan State University, Becky has enjoyed attending Lansing area arts and culture events over the past few years and is looking forward to becoming more involved with arts advocacy in the Greater Capital Region. Becky joined our Board of Directors in 2020 and envisions our organization as a highly valued arts collaborator in the Capital Region.
Secretary: Mickey Hadick
Webmaster and Content Strategist at Accident Fund Holding Inc.
Mickey believes that Art is a fundamental part of being human and has the power to inform, heal, and entertain us all at the same time. He has served as a member of our board since 2017 and assumed the role of Board Secretary in 2019. As a member of the downtown community, Mickey enjoys attending cultural events in Lansing. He is excited for Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center to become a destination for more “Lanstronauts.” Mickey’s artistry is evident as a novelist and satirist in his free time. His work can be found at www.mickeyhadick.com.
Treasurer: Mike Wenstrup
Chief Credit Officer at Capital National Bank
Mike made it clear when joining the board his desire to support the arts and the role they play in community development. Though this will be his first experience sitting on the board of a non-profit he has extensive experience in the banking industry as well as sitting on various other Boards during his career. He’s lived in many national hubs for the arts including Chicago and Indianapolis, where he was able to witness first hand how these municipalities transformed their public spaces with art. Mike is enthusiastic about the Gallery, its mission, and our capacity to impact our local and statewide communities through the arts.
Board of Directors At-Large
Communications Manager, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union
Elected to the role of Vice President in 2019, Danielle believes art has the power to open our eyes to new perspectives and experiences. Danielle is a leader in and around the community, serving on multiple boards including the Central Michigan Public Relations Society of America, Marketing Association of Credit Unions, and NextGen@Wharton, a Wharton Center program for the Performing Arts. In addition to her service, Danielle is passionate about Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center’s mission, and an opportunity it offers to Michigan artists to showcase their work right here in our state's capital.
Judy actively promotes the visual arts to build increased community awareness and appreciation, as she believes that Michigan is full of talented and aspiring artists. Judy has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2015 and is an active member of our Fund Development Committee. As a former educator, Judy is passionate about education in all its forms and deeply supports our efforts to support arts and arts education in Lansing. In her free time, Judy enjoys painting and staying involved in the lives of her grandchildren.
Exhibits Coordinator, Kalamazoo Nature Center
Kim’s expertise as an arts administrator enhances our Board of Directors greatly. Living in Kalamazoo, she is deeply involved in arts and cultural activities in Southwest Michigan and brings diversity in geography to our Board. Her involvement dates back to 2012. She previously served in varied roles, from intern to staff. She enthusiastically supported our 50th-anniversary exhibition during her tenure at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Kim now serves on our Board’s Marketing Committee and is excited to serve the Gallery in this new capacity. Kim believes that Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center has built a strong foundation and looks forward to an even more robust slate of programs and resources to benefit Michigan artists and our community as a whole.
Senior Business Consultant, Michigan Small Business Development Center
Laurie’s passion for the arts in our community is evidenced in myriad ways, including through event attendance and volunteering at arts-related activities like Lansing JazzFest and Michigan BluesFest. Originally a patron and art collector, Laurie joined our Board of Directors 2017 and currently serves as Marketing Committee Chair. One of the things Laurie enjoys most about Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center is the quality of exhibitions presented, believing them to rival those of any major city. She is invested in our process working toward truly reflecting the demographic makeup of the Greater Lansing community in our stakeholders.
Vice President Dewpoint
For Michelle, giving back is part of her DNA, she has given time to important causes and efforts in and around Lansing over the last 20 years. Currently serving on boards with the Wharton Center and the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Michelle brings a level of professionalism and expertise to our board with her. Beyond her professional experience, art and creative forms of communication have been an interest of Michelle’s from a very young age. Michelle believes that the Gallery’s mission and purpose will bring her circle of interests together by providing her the ability to further engage with the arts and give her an opportunity to continue giving back to the Lansing community.
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
Rich’s passion is for helping to provide education for others. He has been involved with Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center since 2012 as member of our Board of Directors and Board President from 2017-2019. Rich actively volunteers throughout the Lansing community, attends events in our area, while also serving on other boards and donating to other causes he cares about. His aspirations for the Gallery are to touch even more lives through arts education with a larger, more accessible space, and expanded donor base.
Graphic Designer, State of Michigan; Professional Artist
Brian joined our board to become more deeply involved in the local art community. His professional relationship with the Gallery dates back to his college thesis exhibition in 1985. Since then, Brian has exhibited in numerous solo shows and served as a juror for public art projects, student exhibitions, and more. He believes in the Gallery as a permanent facility and envisions our future as the premiere arts and cultural center for the region. As a community member Brian is a steward in his church and has served on the Board of Directors with the Uplift Our Youth Foundation since 2005. Noteworthy accomplishments: he designed the Ingham county flag and the Michigan Mackinaw Bridge license plate.
Ex-officio, Executive Director, Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center
Barb Whitney is an arts educator, administrator, and visual artist. In her role as the executive director for Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center she has increased arts engagement through diversity, inclusion, and equity. Of note, Whitney serves as adjunct faculty for Michigan State University and Vice-Chair for the Mayor’s Arts & Culture Commission in Lansing, and she recently received the Michigan Art Education Association’s Distinguished Service Award. For more about Barb Whitney, visit barbwhitneyart.com.
retired City of Lansing EDC
Dean - Fine Arts Division, Mott College
James Duby, Jr.
Attorney, Duby & Associates
Owner, Designers Choice Landscaping
McKinney & Associates
Attorney, Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith
CPA, Warmels & Comstock
Vice President, Comerica Bank