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.
Eliseo Casiano is a painter and educator who relocated to Batesville in 2021. He received his BFA in painting from East Central University in Ada, OK and his MFA from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. His paintings have been shown widely across the United States and he currently teaches part-time in the Fine Arts program at Lyon College. Eliseo is excited to share his passion for visual art with the Batesville community.
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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.
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.”
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.
Abby Perrine is a professional writer and marketer who moved to Batesville with her family in 2020. She holds a Master’s in Professional Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and works as Senior Marketing Specialist at Bernhard, a national engineering and contracting firm. Art, music, and creative writing have always been part of Abby’s life. She loves all kinds of creative projects, like making crafts with her kids, renovating her family’s historic home, and sewing her own clothing.
Kori Bowers is the Marketing and Branding Manager at Mascot Media, a company based in Fayetteville, AR. She earned her Bachelors of Art at Lyon College and spends her free time taking care of her houseplants, spending time on the White River, doing freelance graphic design, and creating digital collages. Kori is excited to serve on the board and is looking forward to the many opportunities it will provide to bring art to her hometown.
Gene Crawford earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, and health care administration from Lyon College. He earned his MBA at Southern Arkansas University and was named Lyon College Distinguished Alumnus in 2020. Crawford has been in banking for 36 years, and currently serves as SVP Director of Non-Interest Income at First Community Bank. He is also an ordained priest of the Episcopal Church. Crawford is an active member in his community and serves on Board of Directors of Family Violence Prevention, Independence County Historical Society, and is a member of the Batesville Rotary Club. He is a strong supporter of the arts, having served as President of Batesville Community Theater Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the South Arkansas Arts Center (El Dorado) Board of Directors. “Arts are a key component of education, and they need more emphasis in our schools and community. I am a wannabe artist!”
Megan is from Evening Shade, AR and graduated from Cave City High School in 2010. She received the Arkansas Regional Scholarship and attended Ozarka College for her associates degree. Renihan received a transfer scholarship to Arkansas State University where she completed her degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Sociology. During her time at ASTATE Renihan worked at Region 8 News as an assistant producer, had an sports reporter internship with both the Sunbelt Conference and the Jonesboro Radio Group, and served up never ending soup salad and breadsticks at Olive Garden. Graduation brought a job opportunity at 5NEWS in Fayetteville where she worked as a Digital Sales Assistant and On-Air Personality. She gained digital marketing, sales, advertising and media management experience which led her to Pioneer Nation in 2016. Renihan is now our Communications Coordinator and manages our PR, advertising, marketing, social media, and website design. When you don’t see her with a camera in her hand, she enjoys spending time with her family, spoiling her nieces and nephews, and caring for animals at her parents’ farm. She is currently a member of Leadership Batesville for the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and a board member on the Batesville Area Arts Council. Renihan said her favorite part about working for the Batesville School District is working with so many amazing people who truly care about putting Students First.
Hannah is a graphic designer, marketing strategist and Batesville native with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Being the daughter of photographer Keith Sturch, her entire life has been immersed in the arts, and her greatest joy is being able to express herself creatively. Upon marrying her high school sweetheart after college, Hannah moved to Chicago. She and her husband have now returned to Batesville to get back to the community that has always made them feel at home. Hannah is excited to take part in the Batesville Area Arts Council and help Independence County experience the vibrancy the arts have to offer its citizens. In her personal life, Hannah is regularly found making crafts, working on her lifestyle blog, and doting on her two cats, Bowie and Theodore.
Victoria Hutcheson is an Art Therapist and artist originally from Missouri. She moved to Batesville in 2015 to attend Lyon College where she got a B.A. in psychology and art. After graduation, she attended graduate school at Florida State University where she obtained an M.S. in Art Therapy. Victoria currently works as an Art Therapist on the Stepping Stones unit within White River Medical Hospital. As an artist and therapist, Victoria is excited to be a part of the Batesville community and a board that is so involved in bringing art to all people within it.
Justine is the TRIO Student Support Services Academic Support Coach at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. She has an MLA from Arkansas Tech University, as well as a BA in Anthropology from the University of Central Arkansas. She has taught as an adjunct professor at both UCA and ATU. Outside of her career in higher education, Justine spends her free time working with vintage textiles, handmaking jewelry, and crocheting.