Board of Directors

Executive Board

Des Black



Des is an Australian living in Forest Virginia with his wife of 35 years. He recently retired from an active employment history working for International companies in 11 different countries in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. His background is in Industrial Engineering, Change Management, and Information Systems. Des most recently worked at 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 nonprofit 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 oversaw the formation of the Future Focus Foundation that supports STEM education through the regional school systems and the recent formation of the STEM Academy based at the CVCC. Des is also a board member for the nonprofit Learn 4 Fun, which develops software for smart phones and tablets for children ages 5-8 to learn to read, write, and do math in their native language. 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


For nearly fifteen years, Halifax native Stacey Hailey has called Bedford home. He brings his background in business administration and management along with a heart of service and philanthropy to the Bower Center. Stacey has ingrained himself into the fabric of the greater Bedford community: from fighting fires with the Bedford Fire Department to serving as Town Councilman on Bedford Town Council, Stacey is committed to improving the quality of life for the greater Bedford and Central Virginia community. Stacey, who also happens to be an electrical professional at Lowes, oversees the Building & Grounds committee at the Bower Center.

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

  • Co-treasurer for the Jefferson Forest Band Boosters where she was responsible for writing a procedures manual and redoing the Quicken accounts 

  • Forest Elementary School PTA holding the position of President, Vice-President and Ways and Means Co-Chair

  • Elder at Forest Presbyterian Church, responsible for Christian Education ministry team and interim minster search team.

  • Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics representative on the Virginia Maternal Mortality Review Board. 

  • Dietitian at Lynchburg Free Clinic 

  • Gardner with the 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 Center, at TECAC, and at Goose Creek studios. In 2020 she was the guest curator for the show "Signs and Shibboleth" at Goose Creek Studio; a collaborative event that included 15 local artists. 

Board Members

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 pastels, and oil pastels. She has been included in countless exhibitions, won awards in juried shows, and named 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 1980s 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 1996, and 1997, respectively).

Emily 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. Over the years, Emilie has helped teach and volunteer at various Bower Center camps, workshops, and kids-night-out programs.

Nicole Johnson

Nicole has served as the director of tourism for Bedford County since 2017. Prior to that, Nicole was the associate director of development and marketing for the National D-Day Memorial. The tourism office is located inside the Bedford Area Welcome Center, welcoming more than 50,000 visitors annually from all over the world. The Welcome Center not only serves visitors, but also local residents and area businesses. The tourism department also serves as Bedford’s “Destination Marketing Organization”. The mission of the new tourism marketing campaign, “Destination Bedford”, is to market Bedford County and the Town of Bedford as a tourist destination and to promote its vibrant beauty, local businesses, area attractions, activities and history, thereby generating new and repeat visitations and increasing revenues to stimulate economic development and growth for the community.

Toni Henneman

In addition to being a watercolor artist and Zentangle instructor, Toni Henneman brings 20 years of education marketing experience to The Bower Center. Toni is the Marketing Director for Davis Publications, an art education company committed to the belief that ALL STUDENTS deserve a quality art education. For more than 119 years Davis has provided superior art curriculum, engaging studio lessons, and valuable advocacy and classroom resources for K-12 educators.

Jon Hayden 

Hailing from Southwest, Virginia, Jon Hayden, also known as, DJ Showtime has solidified his presence in the central and northern VA area with his ease on the turntables. Knowing how to rock a party fro weddings to cookouts to proms to company events, DJ Showtime shows his skills through a mix of hip hop, top 40, pop and country. You can catch him weekly on Facebook live, spinning his custom mixes. Hayden is also a community leader and a volunteer with new Bedford Mentoring. He coordinates and hosts various annual community events such as back to school fun day (which gives out more than 200 backpacks), Halloween Trunk 'N Treat, "Before the Works" Independence Day Festival, "Lighting of the Tree" Holiday Festival, and the Hoopskid Basketball Program. Hayden has been recognized by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce as the "Citizen of the Year" for 2017. He has also been recognized by U.S. Senator Mark Warner, as well as the Lynchburg News & Advance Readers Choice "Best DJ" for 2017, 2018, and 2019. 

Phillip Baker

Advisory Board Member

Phillip is a Senior Attorney and Partner at Sanzone & Baker, L.L.P.


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