Board of Directors

Desmond Black

Des is an Australian living in Forest Virginia with his wife of 35 years. He has recently retired from an active employment history working for International companies in some 11 different countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. His background is in Industrial Engineering, Change Management and Information Systems. He recently retired from AREVA, a Nuclear Energy company, as their Director of Operational Excellence. He was recently certified as a Chief Question Officer (CQO), with the Inquiry Institute. Des has volunteered for non profit organizations over the last 10 years and is currently the President of the Region 2000 Technology Council, which is a part of the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance. The Tech Council was responsible for the formation of the Future Focus Foundation that supports STEM education through the regional school systems and most recently the formation of the STEM Academy based at the CVCC. He is also a board member for a non Profit Learn 4 Fun which develops software for smart phones and tablets for children 5 to 8 years to learn to read, write and do math in their native language. Current languages include English, French, Swahili, and Arabic. Des is an active Artisan designing and creating wooden boxes and bowls that he sells through his company Forest Splinters Threads LLC.


Stacey Hailey

Vice President

Janet Chalker

Janet grew up in Altamont, NY where she learned the beauty of service from her parents, Beryl and George. After earning a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, a Master in Public Health from UNC- Chapel Hill, and becoming a Registered Dietitian she worked in Public Health Nutrition in Delaware and Louisiana. Since moving to Forest, VA in 2000 with her family, she has held several volunteer leadership roles including Forest Elementary School PTA Ways and Means Co-Chair, Vice President and President; she served as an elder at Forest Presbyterian Church, she was co-treasurer for the Jefferson Forest Band Boosters and currently serves as the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics representative on the Virginia Maternal Mortality Review Board. Janet also volunteers at the Lynchburg Free Clinic and with Hill City Master Gardeners.


Janet has always loved creating things, and began doing stained glass after moving to Virginia. More recently she has developed a love for mosaics, studying with Dotti Stone. Her pieces have been at the Bower’s Center, at TECAC and at Goose Creek studios. She particularly likes using lots of different old or unique materials to make something new or meaningful.


Emilie Temeles

Emilie has taught middle school Social Studies and Science at Community School in Roanoke Virginia for the past 20 years. Community School teachers design their own cross-curriculum with social studies, language arts and the arts. Students are evaluated by their participation in simulations and their creativity through presentations. She believes that learning is about the process and that it should not be product-driven; this allows the students to access their emotions and to truly express themselves. Emilie has run many workshops with students on problem solving and has coached Odyssey of the Mind teams. Emilie has attended many STEAM workshops and blends science and the arts as often as possible. She lives on a large working farm, which informs her teaching and her interest in tying the natural world to creative expression. Emilie loves to share her creative passion with all ages and has included environmental issues such as using recycled materials as art supplies. She has been a Bower Center board member for five years and through them has taught camps, workshops, and kids-night-out programs.

Revelle Hamilton

A native of Locust Valley, New York, Revelle Hamilton began her career as a fashion designer ( 1960-1984 ) after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. She moved to Bedford, Virginia in 1980. She studied watercolor painting with Eloise Gardiner Giles at the Huntington Township Art League on Long Island. In addition to water media, she also paints in oils, acrylic, dry and oil pastels. She has been included in numerous exhibitions and has won awards in juried shows, and has been featured artist of the month in various venues. Revelle had an annual solo exhibition at Moncure’s Frame Gallery in Bedford, VA from 1986 until 2008. In 2009 Moncure’s was sold to Goose Creek Studios where she continues to be represented. She has been an Artist Member of the Virginia Watercolor Society since 1983. From 1995 until 2007 she exhibited with the Virginia Eight, a group of artist friends from around the state. The Virginia Eight had a reunion showing in 2015 at the Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford. Revelle has taught classes in drawing and watercolor at Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford. She began teaching watercolor in the early 1980’s at the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center , at Studios in the Square in Roanoke and the Sedalia Center She is on Bower Center board and exhibition committee. Her paintings are included in three art books by Rockport Publishers published in 1995, 96 and 97.

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