President of the Board/Plein Air Festival Committee Chair
As a retired classroom teacher and district resource instructional technology teacher with a Master’s in Reading, Sharon brings a diverse educational background to Summit Art. She hopes to bring new and exciting ideas to our programs and educational opportunities.
Sharon is a juried artist member in oils/acrylics and enjoys painting nostalgic landscapes in monochromatic style and plein air painting. Painting outside in “plein air” makes unique memories. Feeling the breeze, freezing cold or sweating during a hot summer day melds your feelings with the painting experience.
Vice President of the Board/Chair of these Committees: Membership, Programs & Education, and Scholarships
Nicole “Niki” Staab is a juried artist in mosaics. She works mainly with stained glass, but also uses mixed media and tries to use more recycled items for her substrates. Niki owns Marigold Mosaics and has extensive experience in board leadership from her time in Indianapolis including representing new artists, planning events and assisting with gallery operations.
Laura Wheat is Vice President at Security Bank, located in downtown Lee’s Summit. Laura is active in the Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street organization, the Lee’s Summit Rotary, and the Chamber of Commerce. She has a passion for the arts and over 25 years of business management experience in the financial sector.
Board Director/Director on Staff
Jody has executive level experience working in both the nonprofit industry and in wholesale/retail manufacturers’ sales. Her service to Summit Art includes implementing policies, program development, event production, financial management, marketing and community relations.
Combining her love of art and professional experience, Jody has found the perfect niche leading the overall executive management of Summit Art.
Board Director/Governance Committee Chair
Mike Lewis is a juried artist member. He comes from a journalism background, so his interest in photography was part of an instinct to tell a story by describing a scene and capturing a mood. His hope is to strike a chord with the viewer of his photography, and start a conversation.
Mike currently serves on the Leadership Team of the Board of Directors, and helps out in many ways including as Team Captain for the Festival Site Prep. His work is exhibited around the community in various fairs, festivals and shows.
Board Director/Past Chair/Past President/Nominating & Development Committees Chair
Teddy Jackson is a former Human Resources professional and is a Signature Member of Missouri Valley Impressionist Society, Member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society, American Impressionist Society and Blue Springs Art League.
Teddy has served Summit Art in various leadership roles over the years. Her active participation, experience and wisdom continue to guide the board and the organization.
Board Director/Exhibitions Committee Chair
Inspired by nature, Wanda’s glass artistry depicts a story that represents nature, a specific subject, a client’s vision, an emotion, a memory or explores patterns, textures or color combinations and infusing it with whimsy.
Wanda is a juried artist member and currently serves as our Exhibitions Committee Chair and in various other leadership capacities within our organization.
Aimee Fresia is a Missouri born artist who currently lives in the Kansas City region and is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute with a fiber emphasis. Her latest work consists of acrylic monoprints on paper and collages on canvas. She has shown work across the country in a variety of galleries and juried shows, winning first place in the printmaking category at the MidWinter Art Fair in Kansas City in 2018, and 1st place in the fiber division of the Missouri Art Educators Member Show in 2019. She lives a happy life with her spouse, children and dog.
SLE Gallery Committee Chair
As a juried artist member, Barb is a glass artist whose connection to animals and nature drew her into larger home decor pieces and then into more abstract and complex art.
She curates and manages the Summit Art Gallery at Saint Luke’s East Hospital.
Jury Committee Chair
As a juried artist member, Tammie strives to capture the moments of life in graphite, oil, acrylic and watercolor. Painting from life whenever possible, Tammie is constantly transposing the scene before her onto her panels. This active local Missouri artist has attained numerous awards, and her portraits are in private collections world wide.
Tammie manages the jury process and mentors artists to Juried Artist status.