Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of no less than fifteen persons nor more than thirty, all of whom must be Members of the Museum.  Elected Directors are chosen from a slate presented by the Nominating Committee and serve three year terms.  Directors are selected to provide a variety of careers, ages, and cultures to represent the Museum membership.  The full Board meets at least twice per year.  Inquires should be directed to the Board President at the Museum mailing address or phone number.





Kristen Houser Barker, President

Tom Duren, Vice-President

Jeffrey Gignac, Treasurer

Scott Jones, Secretary

Mira Becher

Tom Duren (Vice-President), a Board member since February 2014, is a retired home builder who participates regularly in Museum sponsored classes. He and his wife are Museum volunteers. He is an active member of First Baptist Church, where he has served as chairman of the Board of Deacons and of the Leadership Council. 

Niki Fallis

Dr. Timothy Fulop

Jeffrey Gignac (Treasurer), joined the board in July of 2015. Jeff was born and raised in Danville, VA, returning home to work after receiving a degree from Virginia Tech. He obtained his Certified Public Accountant license while working at Harris, Harvey, Neal and Co. before joining American National Bank and Trust Company in 2014. He is currently serving as the Treasurer for Danville After-Hours Rotary and previously served on the board for Danville-Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity. Jeff fondly remembers trips to the Museum while growing up in town and looks forward to the impact that the arts can have on Danville’s economy.

Dr. Debra Holley

David Holshouser

Kristen Houser Barker (President), a Board member since June 2014, graduated Summa cum laude graduate from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (1996) with a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy. She is a pediatric occupational therapist and the co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Pediatric Therapies and Building Blocks Center for Children with Autism. In August 2004, Center for Pediatric Therapies opened Building Blocks Center for Children with Autism, the first private day school established in Danville, Virginia, specifically for the treatment and education of children with autism spectrum disorder. With over 18 years of formal dance training and two years as an assistant tap and ballet instructor, Kristen is a dance fitness instructor for the Meredith Gravely School of Dance. She has also performed in musical theater, including Little Shop of Horrors, MameThe Music ManOliverFiddler on the Roof, and Some Enchanted Evening. Kristen enjoys traveling to many premier museums in New York, Washington DC, and Europe. 

Scott Jones, a Board member since February 2014,graduated from George Washington High School, University of Virginia,and the law school at University of Richmond. Scott is an attorney and law clerk to the Hon. Jackson L. Kiser. Scott also serves on the Board the Danville Historical Society. 

Dr. Janet Laughlin

Trina McLaughlin

Jane Barrett Murray

Courtney Nicholas

Carrie Petrick

Elizabeth Russell

Rachel Schoonover

Jonathan Scollo

Teresa Wiseman

Joe Zappacosta