From the Executive Director 

Although you are reading this letter in September, due to a publication deadline, I am writing to you from midsummer. This moment in time gives me an opportunity to both reflect on the past and look forward to the future. It is my hope that this issue of the FIA Magazine finds you and yours healthy and well.

On March 14 the museum closed to the public, but the essential curatorial, security, and maintenance staff still reported to the building. They were busy keeping our collection safe, thoroughly cleaning the building, and monitoring environmental controls. So, in a sense, we never really closed.

Other staff members adjusted to working remotely and displaying their creative abilities to react to those circumstances beyond their control. Exhibitions and events had to be rescheduled, canceled, or postponed; educational programs redesigned for online use; grants for special COVID-19 related funds were written and requested; and art school classes adjusted for limited capacity.  

During the closure, communications were increased via social media platforms, the FIA website, and the weekly newsletter FIA @ Home. With the exception of those who could perform their jobs at home, staff members were back in the building by mid-June, busily preparing for the public to return in July.

Though we have decided to cancel large indoor gatherings for this fall, there are several exhibitions planned to provide you with a variety of exciting visual experiences in our clean and spacious galleries. Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle offers an intersection of art, science, and history; and the exhibition featuring photographs by Nathalia Edenmont reveals an intimate and personal story of finding beauty in the pain of life. Matthew Owen Wead’s Black Matters takes an unflinching look at the brutal violence enacted on African Americans by police officers and vigilantes. Art of Jade shows how humans have imbued meaning in natural substances, creating objects of power, status, and healing. Not all art has representational subject matter as seen in Pure Abstraction, where artists aim to evoke emotion simply through the use of color, line, and gesture.

At this writing, nothing can be certain about our program scheduling for the fall, given the unyielding pandemic. Nevertheless, with the hope of reaching some semblance of normalcy by the time this reaches you, we have arranged a full fall schedule of films, demonstrations in the Hot Shop, classes in the art school, and educational in-reach and outreach programs. Rest assured, all necessary safety protocols will be followed to guarantee your comfort and well-being.

We have missed you these past several months and look forward to seeing you again very soon.

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:

David T. Taylor

Dr. David T. Taylor, DPM was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, and grew up in Birmingham, Michigan. He earned his B.S. in Microbiology and Biological Sciences with honors from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Dr. Taylor attended the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1999. After graduation, he completed a three-year residency in Foot and Ankle Surgery at Hines Veteran’s Administration Hospital and Loyola University Medical Center in suburban Chicago. Dr. Taylor published several research papers during his residency regarding great toe joint arthritis.

In August 2002, Dr. Taylor joined Community Podiatry Group located in Flint, Michigan. He is Board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) in both Forefoot and Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery. He is the program director for the Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency at Ascension Genesys.

Dr. Taylor lives in Fenton and has three children (Lauren, Emily, and TJ). He enjoys scuba diving, photography, alpine skiing, fitness/running, ice hockey, and gardening.

John Bracey

Trustee

John Bracey earned a degree in philosophy from the University of Michigan-Flint. His graduate work has been in liberal studies with a focus on American Culture. He recently retired from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), where he served as Executive Director for 13 years, previously serving as the Director of Programs. He has also been a lecturer at the University of Michigan-Flint for the Rackham Graduate School in Arts Administration, in addition to holding positions as a journalist, editor, and as an employee of General Motors Chevrolet Truck Assembly.

John has served on numerous boards and task forces, including the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Arts Midwest, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and as a grant reviewer for the Kresge Foundation and several states throughout the country.

John and his wife Dianne have two children, Denise and Dan, daughter-in-law Amy, and one incredible grandchild Hailey. He enjoys making pottery, writing, poetry, the Detroit Tigers, and nearly all music. 

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.

Elizabeth S. Murphy

President

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.

Thomas B. Lillie

First Vice-President

Thomas A. Lillie is a Director at Lewis & Knopf, CPAs, P.C., heading up the firm’s Financial Planning Division. He serves in various capacities for the Flint Institute of Arts, including as a member of the development and exhibition committees. Tom is a member of the investment committee for the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. He holds a BS in Accounting from Central Michigan University. He enjoys golf, international travel with his wife, and spending time with his eight nieces and nephews.

Mark Lippincott

Second Vice-President

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. 

Elisabeth Saab

Secretary

Elisabeth Saab works for Sorensen Gross in Flint Township. A long-term volunteer on several FIA committees, including those for The Party and Art on Tap, Elisabeth currently serves on the boards of the Foundation for Mott Community College, Metro Community Development, and the YWCA of Greater Flint. She is also a member of the Flint Women and Girls Fund Advisory Committee at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

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. 

Thomas J. Mitchell

Immediate Past President

Thomas J. Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager, Huntington Private Bank.  Tom received his BA from the University of Michigan and his JD from the Detroit College of Law.  He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Genesee County Bar Association where he serves on the Probate Sub-Committee.

Tom serves on the Finance Committee of the Communities First Inc. and is a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees.  He is also a past Finance Committee member of Whaley Children’s Center, past board member of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and the Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina.

John Bracey

Trustee

John Bracey earned a degree in philosophy from the University of Michigan-Flint. His graduate work has been in liberal studies with a focus on American Culture. He recently retired from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), where he served as Executive Director for 13 years, previously serving as the Director of Programs. He has also been a lecturer at the University of Michigan-Flint for the Rackham Graduate School in Arts Administration, in addition to holding positions as a journalist, editor, and as an employee of General Motors Chevrolet Truck Assembly.

John has served on numerous boards and task forces, including the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Arts Midwest, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and as a grant reviewer for the Kresge Foundation and several states throughout the country.

John and his wife Dianne have two children, Denise and Dan, daughter-in-law Amy, and one incredible grandchild Hailey. He enjoys making pottery, writing, poetry, the Detroit Tigers, and nearly all music. 

Eleanor E. Brownell

Trustee

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.

Ann K. Chan

Trustee

Ann K. Walch-Chan has been a life-long resident of Flint where she and her husband, Alex, have raised their two children. Ann is a graduate of Central Michigan University and had a previous career in banking and teaching. Her lifelong interest in the arts has grown from a love of music and fine art. Ann serves on the Board of the Founders Society and has been actively involved with the FIA for the past 20 years.

James Draper

Founders Society President

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.

Mona Hardas

Trustee

Dr. Mona Hardas is a private practice OB/GYN physician in Flint and Associate Clinical Professor at MSU College of Human Medicine. She is a member of the American and Michigan State Medical Societies, the Michigan Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, and Genesee County Medical Society Board of Directors, among others. Mona resides in Fenton with her husband, Dr. Samasandra Kiran.

Carol Hurand

Trustee

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.

Lynne Hurand

Trustee

Lynne Hurand returns to the Board this year, where she previously served as trustee and president. A Founders Society member and longtime FIA docent, Lynne also serves on the Board of Directors of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation, the Whiting Governing Council, and is a Flint Community Players Trustee. Her art collection began during her studies at the University of Michigan, and she is “mom” to two rescue dogs, Bottom and Thisbe.

Raymond J. Kelly, III

FIA Rep to FCCC Board

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! 

Jamile Trueba 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. 

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.

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.

Karl Olmsted

Trustee

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

Trustee

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. 

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. 

Mary Coe 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.        

Sharon A. Simeon

Trustee

Dr. Sharon A. Simeon moved to Flint, Michigan in the late 1980s. An avid art lover since childhood, the retired teacher consultant for the Flint Community Schools has been a student at the FIA Art School for many years studying several mediums. Currently working part-time at Powers Catholic High School as a tutor, she is also a volunteer with the American Red Cross, as well as a caseworker at East Central Bay Restoring Family Links. Dr. Simeon holds an Associates degree from Mott Community College, BS from the University of Michigan-Flint, MA in teaching from both Marygrove College and Saginaw Valley State University, and a Doctorate of Education from Wayne State University.

Patricia 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. 

Theresa Stephens-Lock

Trustee

Theresa Stephens-Lock has a long career in public service. She was selected as the first female Chief of Police in Genesee County, the first female to be elected chair of the Law Enforcement Regional Training Commission, and the first female to go to the FI National Academy from Flint and Genesee County Police Department. She is a retiree of the Flint Police Department and currently serves as the first African American female police chief in Mott Community College history. Chief Lock is married to Alvern Lock and will tell you her proudest accomplishment is being a mother to her son Alvern Tristian Lock, Jr.

Tiffany Stolzenfeld

Trustee

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.

Lynne A. Taft-Draper

FOMA President

David T. Taylor

Dr. David T. Taylor, DPM was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, and grew up in Birmingham, Michigan. He earned his B.S. in Microbiology and Biological Sciences with honors from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Dr. Taylor attended the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1999. After graduation, he completed a three-year residency in Foot and Ankle Surgery at Hines Veteran’s Administration Hospital and Loyola University Medical Center in suburban Chicago. Dr. Taylor published several research papers during his residency regarding great toe joint arthritis.

In August 2002, Dr. Taylor joined Community Podiatry Group located in Flint, Michigan. He is Board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) in both Forefoot and Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery. He is the program director for the Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency at Ascension Genesys.

Dr. Taylor lives in Fenton and has three children (Lauren, Emily, and TJ). He enjoys scuba diving, photography, alpine skiing, fitness/running, ice hockey, and gardening.

Gregory G. Viener

Trustee

Greg Viener is president of Huntington Bank’s Mid-Michigan Region. Previously, he was Treasury Manager at the University of Michigan, Senior Treasury Analyst for Coors Brewing Company, and the Assistant Cash Manager at United Artists Theatre Circuit. Prior to starting his career in financial services, he served nine years in the U.S. Air Force as a noncommissioned officer. The Genesee County resident serves on several boards, including the Flint Downtown Development Authority (treasurer), United Way of Genesee County (vice chair), and Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

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.

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.