Board of Directors

Emergent Arts – 2017 Board of Directors

David Reagan, President: Garland Co. District 1 Justice of the Peace, Dave is a retired college wood shop teacher and owned his own construction company for several years. His Education is in the history of Architecture and he currently serves as the president of the Hot Springs Community Garden Network. Because of Dave’s background in construction he is the primary board support for the needs of the facility. Dave is also very connected with the community as a Justice of the Peace and is a constant and active ambassador garnering support from the community.

Karen Holcomb, Vice President: Retired Administrative Assistant, Karen studied costume design and comparative literature at the University of Texas and worked professionally in the theater. In addition to her theater work, Karen is an artist and has performed, displayed, and dabbled in many creative areas. Her professional administrative experience and her understanding of the arts brings a valuable blend of skills to Emergent Arts. Karen is also very involved in the Hot Springs community most notably being a founder and market manager of the Spa City Food Co-op which partners with Emergent Arts as their market location.

Jeri Hillis, Secretary: Self Employed as a professional artist and art educator. Jeri also has served on the Board of Directors of the Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs and is a founding member of the St. Croix Artists’ Cooperative, USVI. Jeri works closely with Erin Holliday, the Executive Director, on the programmatic and artistic integrity of Emergent Arts. The two meet weekly to discuss operations, plans, and needs of the studio facility and the programs. Jeri is responsible for maintaining the supplies and equipment in the visual art studio and she also serves as a teaching artist.

Jean Lacefield, Treasurer: Retired Procurement Specialist, Jean’s professional background has focused on championing minority and women owned business as suppliers for large corporations, including PepsiCo Inc., Frito Lay Inc., and Temple University. Jean is originally from Hot Springs and has retired here to reconnect with the community. Jean also serves on the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Hot Springs, the Gateway Neighborhood Organization, R.E.G.A.R.D. (Recognizing Everyone’s Gifts and Respecting Diversity), the United Way of the Ouachitas, and is on the Diversity Advisory Board of the Sam Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas. Jean supports Emergent Arts as Treasurer of the Board and also serves as community liaison to the surrounding neighborhoods, churches, and African American community.

Dawn Boudreaux, Board Member: Self Employed, Dawn has worked professionally in the fields of non-profit, environmental studies, and holistic wellness as a massage therapist, reiki practitioner and yoga instructor. She has also taught on the college level in these areas. Dawn works directly with staff on social media, marketing, and volunteer coordination.

Deborah Griffin, Board Member: Self Employed, Deborah has spent the last 25+ years as a graphics professional in the San Francisco Bay area with the last 10 years as Art Director for an environmentally-focused consulting firm. While in the Bay Area, she served on the board of Alameda Women Artists and Alameda Arts Center and volunteered with the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. Since returning to Arkansas she has assisted other nonprofits with her design services. Deborah joined Emergent Arts in December and will lend her talents to increasing the visibility and effectiveness of the Emergent Arts brand.