The Edmond Sun

August 31, 2012

FAI announces new directors, teen board


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The Fine Arts Institute of Edmond recently announced changes to its board of directors for 2012-13.

Members of the board are selected for their passion for the arts, leadership in the community and ability to share time and skills with the organization, the FAI stated in a press release.

“Even though the Fine Arts Institute is a nonprofit organization, it is managed like a business with a mission, goals, strategic plan, marketing plan, budget and curriculum committee,” said Mitzi Hancuff, executive director.  “Our board members direct and oversee the FAI as good stewards of funds, programs and our beautiful, debt-free building.”

President of the board for 2012-13 is Tom Davies, mortgage banker with Spirit Bank, with Lydia Miller, director of the Oklahoma Dental Association, as president elect. Louise Cleary, CPA at Hale & Co. is treasurer and Kim Wallace, community volunteer, is secretary.  

The Fine Arts Institute is a nonprofit arts organization offering educational enrichment for children and adults in the visual and performing arts. Now celebrating its 27th year, the FAI offers art classes at 27 E. Edwards in Edmond, located in the Edmond Cultural and Urban districts.

New to the Fine Arts Institute board are: Dawn Byram, director of marketing for First Med Urgent Care; Darin Kent, president of OKC/Edmond Regent Bank; Terry Kerr, President of Kerr III Design Group, John Steen, operations officer of Kirkpatrick Bank, Michelle Trimberger, program coordinator for Edmond Electric (representing the City of Edmond) and C.H. Wyatt, president of Citizens Bank of Edmond. Gary Lennon, FAI teacher and artist, is the new faculty liaison who sits on the board.

Continuing their service are: Tim Deimund, president of the Edmond area market for MidFirst Bank; Sherry Earnst, community volunteer; Larry Harmon, area manager for Oklahoma Natural Gas; and Ashley Perkins, sales director for Cox Business.

Other board members are: Katie Collins, community relations specialist at Chesapeake Energy; Wesley Knight, vice president/trust officer at Bank of Oklahoma; Susan Kropp, owner of Chirps & Cheers shop in Edmond; state Sen. Clark Jolley; Abe Cornish, senior financial advisor at Merrill Lynch; Jamie Underwood, president of the Edmond Board of Education; and Greg White, director of Musical Theatre and Broadway Tonight at UCO.

Carrie Funderburk, a senior at Edmond North High School, continues as the teen board board liaison.

“I am grateful that FAI has such strong and dedicated leadership,” Hancuff said. “Passionate board members are essential for the success of any nonprofit and we are proud of ours.”

Hancuff is serving her 25th year as executive director of the FAI. Other staff members are Genevieve McClain, program director; Janet Hoppe, enrollment coordinator; and Shannon Price, assistant director.  

 

Teen Board serves FAI

The Fine Arts Institute of Edmond is a place of learning and encouragement where children and adults of all ages can come and escape into a world of creativity. It is also a place of self-expression where art becomes an outlet for emotion. Budding young actors can get their start at the Fine Arts Institute. And it is where children go from singing in the shower to singing on a stage.

Twelve years ago, Hancuff selected 12 teenagers who had participated and appreciated the arts to be on the first Fine Arts Institute Teen Board. The officers of the 2012-13 Teen Board are: Carrie Funderburk, president; and Summer Stolz, president elect. Other board members are: Andrew Price, Sarah Vaughan, Allyson Cain, Molly Feigel, Christina Hagemeier, Rachel Hagemeier, Raney Aboud, J.D. Baker, Reagan Folks, Maggie Free and Alana Hughes.

The Teen Board represents seven schools and multiple art forms from painting to sculpture to photography, theater, music and creative writing. Its mission is to reach out to help create and assist programming geared for teens and to instill in them the value of art.

At 7 p.m. on Oct. 27, the FAI Teen Board will present “Edmond’s Got Talent,” an evening showcasing the talented in the community. Auditions are Oct. 6 and 20 at the Fine Arts Institute, 27 E. Edwards.

The Teen Board members encourage young people from all walks of life and all levels of experience to come and express themselves at the Fine Arts Institute.

For more information about the Fine Arts Institute or the Teen Board, call 340-4481 or visit www.edmondfinearts.com.