Center for the Arts adds board members

JACKSON, Wyo. — Center for the Arts today announced the election of a new board chair, three new board members, and a new officer following the quarterly meeting held on September 17.

The board elected David Hopkins to serve as chair. Hopkins had previously served in the role of vice chair. He takes over from Valerie Brown who served as the chair for three years.

Current board member Chris Lea was nominated to take over as treasurer.

The Center also welcomed back Agnes Bourne and Nona Yehia, both previously served on the board. A new face to The Center, Reece Jenkins was also elected. All new members were unanimously elected and will serve three-year terms.

Bill Waterman, Steve Ryan, and JJ Healy rolled off the board after having served two three-year terms.

Meet the members

David Hopkins

David Hopkins moved to Jackson in 2017 when he quickly became deeply involved in the area’s vibrant nonprofit community. Hopkins sits on the Arts and Culture Committee of the Jackson Community Foundation Competitive Grants program, and is a trustee at Silicon Couloir, where he sits on the leadership committee of the TEAMS program. He is also a mentor to entrepreneurial startups in the greater WYDAHO area.

Following a long career in the high technology, banking, and automotive industries, Hopkins founded and ran his own consulting firm specializing in family-owned businesses. He has been president of a manufacturing firm, and a consultant to several industries including reclamation and aviation. He participated in the Tech Inclusion Summit at the White House in 2013.

Now retired, Hopkins is an active investor in early stage companies and is an advisor and board observer.

He and his wife Debby, a trustee at St. John’s Health, live year-round in Jackson, WY. Their five grown children are scattered throughout the U.S. and the U.K. and are frequent visitors to the valley.

Agnes Bourne

Agnes Bourne has been involved in design over 40 years, working on residential and commercial interiors, product designing for companies with national distribution, historical restoration, and set design.

In 1987 she introduced her own line of furniture, The Agnes Bourne Collection, and created a showroom in San Francisco featuring her designs and pieces by a select group of artists and manufacturers.

Bourne has served as a trustee for many boards and councils supporting Art and Design. Some of these institutions are Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and San Francisco Art Institute.

Reece Jenkins settled in east Jackson three years ago, where he lives with his German Shepherd/Border Collie mix Nika, who came from the Wind River Reservation.

Jenkins is a Mountain Host at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Previously, he enjoyed a 25-year career with Ernst & Young, working internationally in developing markets.

Jenkins is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has degrees in economics and history (B.A.), accounting (M.S.) and taxation (M.S.) from Colgate, Northeastern, and Bentley, respectively.

Jenkins also enjoys playing music and maintains a YouTube channel under the handle “Pianoman Reece.”

Nona Yehia

Nona Yehia is uniquely positioned as a practicing architect, principal, and co-founder at GYDE. She is also CEO of the first vertical hydroponic greenhouse in the United States: Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole.

Yehia moved to Jackson Hole with her husband in 2003 to raise their two children Wyatt and Lucy. While her husband thrives in the mountains, Nona finds her inspiration and strength in the artistic community.

Yehia has been involved in multiple organizations, serving on the boards of the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Art Association, and KHOL Jackson Hole Community Radio. She is serving her third term on the Center for the Arts board.

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