Staff & Board 


Carly Dahl

Executive Director

Carly is an artist from Monroe, Michigan who relocated to Batesville in 2010. She earned a BFA in Printmaking from the Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Toledo, Ohio. She worked as the Director of the Kresge Gallery at Lyon College for over four years, and has served as a board member of Number, Inc. an arts journal based in Memphis, TN, which is dedicated to promoting the art of the South. She also served on the BAAC board for four years and is grateful to now lead the organization as Executive Director. Carly is also an active artist who has exhibited her work both regionally and nationally. 

Board of Directors:

Mirranda Sprayberry

Board President

Mirranda is the Advancement Services Specialist in the office of Institutional Advancement and Development at Lyon College. Being born in Batesville to one of the Arkansas Twin Artist’s, Judy Gagner, Mirranda was exposed early to the both the visual and performing arts. Although life took her out of the area, she returned in 2005 to the Ozarks to pursue her education and raise her two children. Mirranda is proud to be a part of the Batesville Area Arts Council, and looks forward to contributing to the community in such a meaningful way. 

Alicia Williams

Board Vice-President

Alicia Williams is the Human Resources Onboarding Specialist at Citizens Bank.  Alicia, a recent graduate of Citizens Bank EDGE Leadership Program, loves her position with Citizens Bank but also has an artistic side.  She grew up in southern Arkansas where her grandmother and mother owned a ceramic studio.  Alicia spent most of her early years in life pouring molds, firing ceramics, and painting alongside the matriarchs of her family.  “We always had an art project going in our house…painting, sewing, cross stitching, crafting, scrap booking.  Art was just part of our family.”  Alicia has a degree in instrumental music from Southern Arkansas University and still continues to lead and perform music all across Arkansas.  She also serves as the part time worship minister at the First United Methodist Church of Batesville.

Aaron Herndon

Board Treasurer

Aaron Herndon is Retail Branch Manager and Consumer Loan Officer at Citizens Bank’s headquarters location in Batesville.  He earned an Associate of Applied Science Business Services degree, with a Banking and Finance focus, from the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.  He is a graduate of the Barret Graduate School of Banking and the Citizens Bank EDGE leadership program.  Aaron, who is a native of Cave City, also serves as a member of the Old Independence Regional Museum.  He is excited at the opportunity to expand the support for and appreciation of the arts in our community.

Morgun Henson

Board Secretary

Morgun is an artist that has grown up in Batesville and has always had a passion for the arts. She recently graduated from Lyon College with a Bachelor's Degree in art, and is currently the Marketing Manager at David's Home and Sleep Center. She enjoys painting murals and giving back to my community in an artistic way.  During college she worked at BAAC for 4 years, and is excited to continue serving the organization on the board! "The Batesville community and art are two of my favorite things and I love to see these two things combined." 

Madeline Pyle

Board PR Ambassador

Ira Lee Barnett

Board Member

Ira Lee Barnett has lived in Arkansas her entire life and loves it! She graduated from ASU in 2002 with B.S. in MRI/CT, an Associates in Radiology, and a minor in BioAnthropology, and has worked at MPOC Orthopedic clinic since graduation. Although Ira Lee doesn't work in a creative field, her life is full of creativity, always having a project in the works, and like most creatives, her interests bounce all over the place! She is excited to lend her time to BAAC to help focus her creativity towards the organization and it's outreach, and looks forward to pushing herself into new experiences and growing in purpose and position in the art community. 

Colyn Bowman

Board Member

Cindy Cooke

Board Member

Ashley Holmes

Board Member

Originally from Ozark, MO, Ashley attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where she met her husband, and moved to Batesville a few years later. She now works in electronic solutions at First Community Bank. While her profession is in finance, her heart is in the arts! Ashley states, "I am a jack of all trades but a master at none! While I love anything that requires creativity, I particularly enjoy photography and drawing! I am excited to serve on the board to help cultivate awareness of arts in Batesville and the surrounding communities."

Carla Ladd

Board Member

Amanda Lucy

Board Member

Kim Whitten

Board Member

Kim Whitten is Director of Advancement at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville and has worked in higher education since 2002. She has a passion for education and community development. She has an MS in Community and Economic Development and BBA in Marketing from the University of Central Arkansas. Her love of community has provided her with opportunities to serve on several boards and volunteer organizations including currently serving as a Chamber Ambassador for the Batesville Chamber of Commerce. Kim’s other important role is “Grammy Kim” to five delightful grandkids! She enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee, yoga, painting, photography, travel, and an eclectic mix of music. She also has a weekly podcast with her friend entitled “Friends Since 5.”

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