Board Member since February 14, 2023
Mary is a Financial Advisor with Centsable Wealth Management, and Creatrix of Rising Tide Soulpothecary. She graduated from Eastern Oregon University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Business, and went on to earn her Masters of Business Administration in 2013.
Mary joins the ACE Board of Directors with almost a decade of non-profit board experience, and looks forward to using that experience to help ACE further its mission- to inspire, enrich, and interlace Eastern Oregon communities through creative expression. She lives in La Grande with her husband, Chris, and their dog, Sarge.
Board member since September 29, 2021
Berenice is an Admissions Counselor and Social Media Coordinator at Eastern Oregon University. She graduated from Eastern Oregon University in 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Art and Anthropology.
During her time at EOU, Berenice gravitated towards photography and worked for the university as an event photographer. Over the years her work has been featured at Art Center East in a group and solo exhibition.
Berenice joined the ACE Board of Directors to support the arts and her community.
Board Member since February 7, 2023
A photography class in junior high was the catalyst that launched George's career in photography. He wore many hats over the years, including photo assistant, photographer, set builder, studio manager, and animal wrangler, to name a few. He later took a sales position that allowed George to share his real-world knowledge and experience with others and to communicate clearly with people at all skill levels. As a technical editor for Wiley & Sons publishing, George helped authors explain various photographic concepts and became an advocate for the reader of the many books he edited. George worked as a color management and photographic workflow consultant and has extensive experience with large-format fine art inkjet printing.
Rikki Jo Hickey
Board member since February 21, 2023
Rikki Jo Hickey is an actor, professional storyteller and theatre director. She earned a B.A. in Theatre at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande and M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
Rikki is also a substitute teacher in the public schools. She has taught acting, puppetry, creative drama, mask making, storytelling, and playwriting to people ages three to 87 in classroom settings for the last 20 years, sharing her passion for the performing arts with others.
Board Member since May 24, 2023
At an early age, Jeanne discovered that art, when taken seriously, has the ability to improve people’s quality of life. Art can make the difference between getting through a dull day, or living in an exciting world where you feel free do something wonderful.
After many successful years of running her own graphic design business, Jeanne founded Evermine Labels in 2000. Today Evermine Labels serves companies and individuals all over the world. She continues today to direct the creative design work at Evermine, in addition to supervising the restoration of the 1914 former Elks Lodge of La Grande.
Jeanne joined the ACE Board to help preserve and encourage the important part that ACE plays in the community, which is to provide increased access to art’s benefits to all community members.