BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Anne Leslie Nygaard grew up in Lynchburg and after a few adventures living in Charlottesville, Copenhagen, Madison, Wisconsin, and Philadelphia, returned in 2012 to work for the City of Lynchburg as a city planner. With the City, she has been involved in development review and approval, the adoption of new plans, the rewrite of the City’s zoning ordinance, and numerous small scale projects like the installation of creative crosswalks in Tinbridge Hill. In May of 2016, Anne was accepted into the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the only nationwide, independent verification of planners’ qualifications, pledging a high standard of practice in a commitment to serving the public. Anne is passionate about creating walkable, healthy, and vibrant urban environments and sees the arts as playing a critical role in achieving this vision.
Jill Jensen is a visual artist who has been affiliated with Riverviews ArtSpace since the building was purchased. She created a studio in the building using wooden crates and worked there until the building renovation began. She is a printmaker and mixed media fiber artist who has had her work included in regional, national and international exhibitions and 18 one-person shows. Jensen has worked as a gallery curator, exhibit juror/judge, instructor and as an artist in residence in schools throughout the Commonwealth. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her degrees in Chemistry and Engineering are from The College of William and Mary and Columbia University in New York City.
David’s passions include the arts, nonprofit excellence, legal aid, and small boats. He was the founding president of Opera on the James in 2005, of the JRCAH in 2008, and of the Central Virginia Academy for Nonprofit Excellence in 2013. In his professional life, he has been executive director of Virginia Legal Aid Society since 1990, held leadership roles in legal aid programs in three other states, served as minority counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, and worked as a professional sailmaker. He and his wife Mary have two grown children, two cats, four terriers, a canoe rigged for sculling, a kayak, and a small sailboat.
Kelly Hitchcock is a Senior Planner and RideShare Coordinator at Region 2000 Local Government Council. She works with localities to apply for and manage Community Development Block Grants. She specializes in grant writing and participates in several regional environmental projects such as Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies, watershed protection and greenways. Kelly is dedicated to place-making and the use of public art to create a thriving community. The successful Artful Bike rack project Downtown Lynchburg originated with Kelly, who was aware of bike rack projects in other cities, promoting alternative transportation.
Jawansa is the Creative Director and Owner of Blackwater Branding, a graphic design & visual branding studio located in Lynchburg Virginia. For over a decade he has been apart of some of Lynchburg’s best ad agencies, helping businesses and non profits rebrand their image and online presence. In addition to Blackwater Branding, Jawansa is the Co-Owner of Twenty23 Haberdashery and serves as the Creative Director for promotional campaigns and online marketing. He holds a BFA in Art & Graphic Design from Virginia Intermont College and has received Alumni of the Year in 2007 for his show Negronomics 301. When he is not busy creating and rebranding, Jawansa can be found making memories with his daughter Keziah and amazing wife Michelline Hall.
Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, have lived and made my home in Lynchburg for 25 years. My love of artists and the arts brought me to Riverviews. I have enjoyed many art exhibits, movies, and fun gatherings for First Fridays at Riverviews. My husband Bill and I have two wonderful sons that attend college out of town – one on the east coast and one on the west coast which allows for lots of fun travel and cultural opportunities. I hope to bring ideas from my ongoing experiences with the arts scenes in Memphis and Los Angeles back to Riverviews. I also work as an attorney serving the people of Central Virginia with my law office located on Historic Rivermont Avenue near Randolph College.
I am originally from New Hampshire, but have spent a chunk of my life in the midwest, mainly Kansas City. There I worked for BNSF Railway as a train engineer. This gave me behind the scenes access to create great train photography. I also learned the art of pyrotechnics. I am a Certified Pyrotechnician licensed by the State of Virginia. After moving here in 2014, my wife and I created Lynchburg VA Eats, which allows us to promote small business, plan fundraisers and host large events. I work for the City of Lynchburg at Parks and Rec. There I have been involved with the Celebration of Lights at Riverside Park, have designed and built a pumpkin catapult, and have a been a part of small projects such as the rededication of the downtown skate park. I am dedicated to helping the Riverviews Artspace thrive within the redevelopment of downtown Lynchburg.
Laura is Curator of Education at the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College where she designs interpretive strategies for all audiences, from Pre-k to lifelong learners, from college students to faculty. She trains docents and interns, facilitates active-engagement with the Collections, and teaches courses in Museum and Heritage Studies. She is passionate about connecting communities through art and making museums and galleries welcoming, active spaces for everybody. Her favorite spot is on a gallery floor, listening to children decode/recode a work of art. Prior to joining the Maier in 2016, Laura was Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs at the NCMA (Raleigh, NC), Curator of Education at MOBIA (NYC), and Director of Curriculum at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (Pittsburgh, PA). She also worked at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Everson Museum of Art, the Noguchi Museum and was an art teacher in Pittsburgh. Laura has developed fifteen exhibition guides and audio tours, curated five exhibitions, and semi tamed one tenacious schnoodle rescue named Riley Fitzgerald.