Board of Directors
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.
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 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, elder at Forest Presbyterian Church, and co-treasurer for the Jefferson Forest Band Boosters. Janet currently serves as the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics representative on the Virginia Maternal Mortality Review Board. She 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 Center, at TECAC, and at Goose Creek studios.
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).
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.