From the Executive Director

Happy Anniversary 

Art museums are responsible for collecting, preserving, and presenting the world’s great art. Their collections, in turn, are a reflection of the tastes, interests, and intellect of those in their community who believe art is an essential part of life and should be shared. As such, the museum serves as a permanent record of those many philanthropists who made the museum’s very existence possible by donating or funding the acquisition of artworks, building a facility to house the collection safely, and giving the financial support the museum needs to operate.

The FIA began as an art school in 1928 and soon became an art-collecting museum. The generosity of the community, from our first purchase by public donation in 1929 to the first gift of a Japanese print from George Willson in 1930, has been unfailing and substantial. In 1930, The Flint Journal noted, on the occasion of the first gift of artwork to the FIA’s collection, “The first gift may someday be productive of great results. If we look into the future, we would see in Flint a beautiful building where students could pass in and out of classes and where collections of fine paintings, sculpture, and art objects would be on display. That facility is now available.” Since then, the collection has grown significantly, numbering more than 8,000 objects, and representing cultures from around the world and from ancient to contemporary. And, as the collection has grown, so too has the museum and school, with expansions in the 1960s, the 2000s, and most recently, 2018, with the new contemporary craft wing and glassblowing studio. As C.S. Mott, CEO of General Motors Corporation, noted at the 1966 ribbon cutting of a new wing, “This is the newest thing but not the last thing that will happen to the Institute.” 

This year we turn 90 as an art school and museum—the perfect occasion to look back and thank those who brought the FIA to where it is today and to recognize those who will take it forward into the future. In celebration of our anniversary on September 14, we will open an exhibition titled Collecting Stories focusing on selected works of art that reveal  stories about how they were acquired and the patrons who made the FIA what it is today. We will also be celebrating the beginning of a new era marked by the passage of an arts millage on August 7, 2018. It is both timely and fortunate that now everyone in our Genesee County has become a patron and stakeholder in our future. Their vote certainly is testimony to the trust and pride the community has in its arts and cultural institutions and to their resolve to guarantee our future for many years to come. 

Please join us at the opening of the exhibition for a stroll through history as we celebrate our 90th birthday. 

John Henry

Executive Director

John Henry has been the FIA's Director since July 1996, and holds an M.A. from the University of Mississippi in Art History and a B.F.A. from the University of South Carolina in sculpture.

He is a member of Rotary International and a member of numerous professional affiliations including the Board of Trustees of the Flint Classroom Support Fund, The Association of Art Museum Directors, American Association of Museums and the Midwest Museum Conference.

The Director is responsible for the administration of board policies and all museum operations.

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Board of Trustees

The FIA welcomes the following members to the Board of Trustees:

Eleanor E. Brownell

Eleanor E. Brownell is a long-time resident of Flint. She was a reporter working nine years at the Flint Journal and for 19 years, served as a trustee for the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. Eleanor currently serves on the boards of the Child Welfare Society of Flint, McFarlan Charitable Corp., and Court Street Village Non-Profit Corporation. She is also a Master Gardener with the MSU Extension.

James Draper

James Draper resides in Burton with his wife, Lynne Taft, president of Friends of Modern Art, and he returns to the FIA Board as the current president of Founders Society. Jim first served as an FIA Board Trustee in 2003, and has served as Founders Society president from 2010 to 2015. The retired GM engineer chaired or co-chaired the Flint Art Fair three times and is a past chair of the Wine Tasting Committee. He is currently on the board of the Greater Flint Arts Council and the Flint Sail and Power Squadron, which is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, America’s Boating Club.

Carol Hurand

Carol Hurand, almost a native “Flintstone,” moved to Flint in winter 1974.  She holds a Criminal Justice degree from Michigan State University, where she met her husband, Gary. A proud “professional” community volunteer, Carol is a long-term member of the FIA Development Committee, and she currently serves as a Trustee of The Community Foundation of Greater Flint where she is a member of the Women and Girls Advisory Committee. She is a Sustaining member of The Junior League of Flint, and is the Treasurer of Congregation Beth Israel Sisterhood. She is a past Board member of The Flint Jewish Federation.

Karl Olmsted

Karl Olmsted has been developing innovative marketing communications since 1981.  After working as a creative director for Dallas C. Dort & Company, a graphic designer for WFUM Public Television, and managing a design services department for the University of Michigan-Flint, Karl founded his communications consulting firm in 1986. Karl attended the University of Michigan-Flint and the College for Creative Studies.  He is an active member of the American Advertising Federation, American Institute of Graphic Artists and Rotary Club of Greater Flint Sunrise.

Dr. Brenda Rogers-Grays

Dr. Brenda Rogers-Grays has devoted her life to caring for people. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology/PreMed from Tougaloo College in Mississippi, a Master’s degree in Biochemistry/Microbiology from Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, a medical degree from Michigan State University, and an Executive MBA in Healthcare Management from Oakland University. She founded and became the CEO of the Diabetes Prevention Foundation, nationally and internationally, and she instituted the National Urban Health Program. Presently, she is on the Mott Community Health Center Board of Trustees and the Genesee County Medical Society Board of Directors. 

Tiffany Stolzenfeld

Tiffany Stolzenfeld resides in Holly with her husband George and four children. She is currently the Director of Sales and Marketing for American Machining, Inc., located in Fenton and Cygnet, which operates out of Plymouth. She received her BA in History and Political Science from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Tiffany has been an avid supporter of the Flint Cultural Center for over 18 years, specifically the Flint Institute of Music and the Flint Institute of Arts. She is a Rubens Society member, and actively serves on the FIA’s The Party committee as well as the Member & Guest Relations Committee.

Officers & Trustees

The board of directors is the governing body of a nonprofit. Individuals who sit on the board are responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities. Board members meet periodically to discuss and vote on the affairs of the organization. At a minimum, an annual meeting must occur with all board members present. Additional meetings are likely to take place throughout the year so board members can discuss and make other necessary decisions. Board memberships are not set up to be permanent positions; most organizations have terms set up for board members, which typically fall between two and five years.

Thomas J. Mitchell

President

Thomas J. Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager, Huntington Private Bank. Tom is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and Genesee County Bar Association. Tom serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Communities First, Inc., and is a member of the Capital Theatre Revival & Renewal Campaign Committee. He is a past Finance Committee member of Whaley Children’s Center and past board member of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and the Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Thomas B. Lillie

First Vice-President

Thomas B. Lillie is a Director at Lewis & Knopf, CPAs and a licensed Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner.™ Tom is a director of AmerInst Insurance Group Ltd, a Bermuda based reinsurer and chair of their investment committee. He is a member of the investment committee for the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and the Beechwood Estates Association President. Tom served as past chair of the State and Local Tax Committee and as editor of the State and Local Tax Clinic for the Michigan Association of CPA’s. Tom is a member and former chairman of the Flint Estate Planning Council and former chairman of the Leave A Legacy group of Greater Flint.

Louis A. Hawkins

Second Vice-President

Louis A. Hawkins, since 2003, is the Community Relations Administrator for HealthPlus of Michigan. He previously served on the FIA Board of Trustees for nearly a decade, 2008–2010 as President, and currently serves on the Flint Downtown Development Authority and Jewish Community Services Boards of Directors, the McCree Theatre Board of Directors as Vice President, and the Community Capital Development Corporation as Treasurer, to name just a few. 

Kathryn C. Boles

Secretary

Kathryn C. Boles is the Executive Director for the Valley Area Agency on Aging which serves Genesee, Lapeer and Shiawassee Counties. Kathy currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Alzheimer’s Association. She also serves as an Advisory Council member of the Central Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Kathy is serving her second term on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging in Washington D.C. She first became involved with FIA by serving as co-chair for the yearly Community Gala event. Kathy is married to Jim.

Martha Sanford

Treasurer

Martha Sanford has been a resident of the Flint area her entire life and is a 1985 graduate of Albion College. Martha is Director of Marketing for Miller Apple which owns 22 Applebee’s restaurants in Michigan. Her past volunteer work includes serving on the board of the Bishop Trust, treasurer of the FIA Founder’s Board, the Junior League of Flint and Cedar Street Children’s Center. Martha and her husband of 30 years, Timothy, live in Grand Blanc and have two grown children living in Chicago. 

Dean Yeotis

Immediate Past President

Attorney Dean Yeotis is in private practice in Flint. He serves on the boards of the Greater Flint Sports Hall of Fame, the Bruin Club, and the Atwood Stadium Authority.  Dean lives in Flint with his wife, Lynda, who is Executive Director of Jewish Community Services.

Shannon Easter White

Trustee

Shannon Easter White resides in Fenton with husband, Ridgway, and their children, Isabella and Sammy, who have taken numerous classes at the FIA Art School. She is the president and architect of FUNchitecture, LLC. Since its inception, Shannon served both as chairperson or committee member of The PARTY. She currently is a trustee and chairman of the board of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. She also serves on the boards of the American Institute of Architects, the Ruth Mott Foundation, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. 

Janice T. Harden

Trustee

Janice T. Harden, a long-time resident of Flint and retiree from General Motors’ SPO, has been a member of the Urban League of Flint, a board member and Chair of the Black Scholars Program for 30 years, served on the FIA Community Gala Committee for the last four years, and on the FIA’s Art School Committee. 

Richard Harris

Trustee

Richard Harris, a Flint native, graduated from Oberlin College, Wayne State University School of Law, and New York University School of Law. He has a law practice specializing in estate planning, tax, and business planning and advised charitably inclined individuals and charitable organizations on legal and tax matters. He has served on the boards of the Friends of Sloan Museum, the Flint Estate Planning Council, the Genesee County Bar Association, and a religious federation, in addition to serving on FIA committees. He and wife, Ilene, reside in Grand Blanc and have two children. 

Lynne Hurand

Trustee

Lynne Hurand is a Flint resident, FIA docent and on the Founders Society Board. Lynne was vice president of Education & International Business Development at the Flint Area Chamber of Commerce, general manager of the Ramada/Sheraton Flint, and marketing coordinator/trainer for Dawn Donut Systems Inc. She is past-president of the Flint Jewish Federation and was a director at the Flint Area Chamber of Commerce, Flint Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (president), Fair Winds Girl Scout Council, GEAR, and the Greater Flint Arts Council. 

Raymond J. Kelly, III

Trustee

Raymond J. Kelly, III was raised in Flint and has a B.A. cum laude from Notre Dame in English and a B.A. honours and M.A. in Literae Humaniores (Ancient and Modern Philosophy and Ancient History) from Oxford University. After Oxford, he served for nearly four years on active duty with Army Intelligence in Berlin, Washington, and Vietnam and is a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. R.J. is in his 47th year of serving Flint-area clients in the financial services industry.

R.J. and his wife, Kathleen, have five children and five grandchildren. He and Kathleen have lived in Flushing since 1972. R.J. has written two books as catalogues for exhibitions at the Flint Institute of Arts, Love Everlasting: The Art of Romance Through the Millennia and To Be or Not to Be: Four Hundred Years of Vanitas Painting.

Alan Klein

Trustee

Dr. Alan Klein graduated from New York University’s College of Dentistry, followed by three years at the University of Rochester, completing a general dentistry internship and a fellowship in Pediatric Dentistry. Currently, Dr. Klein is in private practice, providing care to children with special needs and extensive needs in a hospital setting. In addition, Dr. Klein received a law degree from Cooley Law School and a Master’s in Taxation from Wayne State University. Over the years, he has visited hundreds of art and history museums throughout the world! 

Jimmy King

Trustee

Jimmy W. King, Consumers Energy retired area manager, enjoys his family and community service. He is past chair and board member of the Foundation for Mott Community College, treasurer of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, past chair of Metro Community Development and Lapeer County Child Advocacy Vice Chair. Jim supports the IMA Children Recreation Fund by serving on the Human Relations Committee. He is also president of the Easterners, a Consumers Energy Retirees club. Jim enjoys his art work, watercolors, pen and ink, acrylics, oils, and pastels.

Jamile Lawand

Trustee

Jamile Trueba Lawand teaches Spanish at the University of Michigan-Flint, where she also chairs the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures and directs the "Middle Eastern" Studies Program. Born in Brazil, she was raised both in Michigan and Spain, and has travelled to numerous European destinations. A graduate from the University of Seville, she received her PhD in Romance Languages & Literatures from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan-Flint since 1995. Her publications include a book on the art of letter-writing in Renaissance Spain and scholarly articles in her specialty, Golden Age Spanish literature. 

Mark Lippincott

Trustee

Mark Lippincott grew up in Flint and has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The president and owner of American Electric Motor Corporation, Mark has previously served on the FIA board, and currently serves on the boards of both the Genesee County Humane Society and the Glenwood Cemetery. He and his wife, Charlotte, have three children and four grandchildren. 

Eureka McCormick

Trustee

Eureka McCormick grew up in Flint. She and her husband, Sean, have three children, all of whom took classes at the FIA yearly until they graduated from high school. An art/technology teacher, Eureka holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Mott Community College, a B.S.Ed. degree from the University of Michigan-Flint, and a M.Ed. from Marygrove College.

Bill Moeller

Trustee

Bill Moeller and his wife Kitty moved from Detroit to Flint in 1958. Flint became a wonderful home for them to raise their three children. They both also became very active in the community. Bill have always enjoyed the FIA and was pleased to be on the board during the last expansion and look forward to his future time back on the board.

Elizabeth S. Murphy

Trustee

Elizabeth Murphy is returning to the FIA Board of Trustees after having served two previous six-year terms in which she served as Board Secretary for five years and Board President for two more of those years. Liz is a member of the Rubens Society and previously served as the FIA’s Rubens Society Coordinator for five years. Professionally Liz is an industrial engineer, receiving her BS and MS from GMI (now Kettering University). She was a senior engineer with Buick, served on the executive staff of Flint’s Mayor Collier as Deputy City Administrator, and is currently the Senior Assistant to the Emergency Manager for the City of Flint. Liz is married to Dr. Kienan Murphy (pediatrician) and they have three adult children.

Jay Nelson

Trustee

Jay Nelson received his BS Degree in Industrial Engineering from Ohio State University in 1959. Jay was commissioned in the U.S. Navy after completion of his NROTC scholarship. He joined the Trane Company after completion of his tour of duty in San Diego on the Pacific theater. Jay graduated from Trane Company's graduate HVAC engineer program and was assigned field sales positions in Connecticut and Chicago. In January 1997 he purchased the Trane Franchise for Mid-Michigan and incorporated Nelson Trane with his offices in Flint, Saginaw, and Lansing. Jay and his wife of 56 years live in Grand Blanc.

Michael Rucks

Trustee

Michael Rucks, EdD, is a retired professor of psychology and sociology. He taught for 20 years at Baker College of Flint. Wife Virginia is a retired counselor and faculty of Mott Community College. Michael has been a trustee several times at the FIA and is very happy to return. He is also a member of Friends of Modern Art where he has been chairman of the Film Series committee for 20 years. He has also served as a chairman of the annual Flint Art Fair. 

Ira Rutherford

Trustee

Ira Rutherford is also returning to the FIA Board of Trustees after having served one previous six-year term. Ira has been a resident of Flint for 37 years. During his 40 years in education, Ira served in a variety of capacities ranging from class room teacher to Superintendent of schools. Ira has been an active member of the Flint community serving on numerous boards. He has garnered several awards for his service. His interests are varied with music, the arts, and athletics in the forefront. Currently he is President/CEO of the Rutherford Group and a happy member of the Grandfathers Club.

Mary Ryan

Trustee

Mary Coe Ryan and Dr. Daniel Ryan have resided in Flint for 30 years. In addition to a 25-year career at McLaren Healthcare Corporation in Nuclear Medicine, Mary has fostered her lifelong love of art through collecting. She has also served on the FIA Development, Collections, and Exhibitions committees, and is a member of both the Founder’s Society and the Rubens Society, chairing its Annual Holiday Dinner in 2014.        

Elisabeth Saab

Trustee

Elisabeth Saab works for Sorensen Gross Construction Services in Flint Township and currently serves on the FIA’s The Party and Beer Tasting event committees. Elisabeth serves on the boards of the Foundation for Mott Community College, Metro Community Development, Workforce Development/Career Alliance, and the YWCA of Flint.

Patt Spangler

Trustee

Patricia Spangler is joining the FIA Board of Trustees in 2015 as a new board member. She is a member of the Rubens Society and has co-chaired the Rubens Holiday Event. Patt received her BA Degree in education and history from Drury University and a Masters Degree in education from Oakland University. Professionally, she was a classroom teacher for 16 years with the Lapeer Community Schools where she received awards for her service. She has been an active volunteer and board member in Flint and Metamora communities. Patt is married to James Spangler and has two married children and three grandchildren. 

Jan Werschky

Trustee

Janis (Jan) Werschky is returning to the FIA Board of Trustees after serving a previous 6-year term. As a life-long resident of the Flint area, Jan has been involved in many community projects over the years but the one constant has been her service to the Flint Institute of Arts. It is here where she has volunteered in many capacities for over thirty years. Graduating from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in biology, Jan has previously worked in the health field. Jan and her husband, Jay (a dentist), have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Elizabeth Neithercut 

Honorary Trustee

Shiela Smith

Founders Society President

Lynne A. Taft-Draper

FOMA President

Steve Heddy

FCCC Board Representatives