Our Staff & Board

With an office at the Center for the Arts, pARTners Executive Director serves as a liaison between resident arts organizations and the schools. Originally, pARTners was managed by an oversight committee composed of teachers, school district administrators, artists, art organization representatives, and parents. Today our board of directors has the same representation and we embrace a formal partnership with the Teton County School District. We have focused on creating the right mix of people and ideas to bring all the benefits of the arts community into the lives of all students in our community schools.
Ruth Moran-Rooks

Executive Director

Ruth comes to pARTners with 12 years of grant/project management experience. She has a MS in Education and BS in Health Science. She believes that art and creativity is an excellent way for children to positively connect and contribute to their society.

Liz King

President and Treasurer

Current Development Coordinator for JH Community School, former Associate Professor of Geology at Illinois State University, PhD from University of Wisconsin, parent of Wilson School students. She joined the board of pARTners to promote the importance of art and art education in all classrooms. As a geologist, she applied art in her field work, lab work, and teaching to interpret the world around us.

Melissa Malm

Vice President

Melissa began working as a pARTners artist in 2002, merging her love of art making and teaching into an opportunity to excite and enlighten students to the idea that everyone is an artist, that art is everywhere and in everything we do. She has taught many of the pARTners integrated arts projects in K through 12 classrooms, including the Golden Rule Project, the Belief Project, Stained Glass Math, Historical Fiction Illustration, Obras De Artes and designed the Second Grade Journal project for their study of the animals of Jackson Hole. As a professional artist and teacher she is deeply committed to helping others discover their inner artist and understand how essential art is for creating balance and diversity in education, leading to innovation and awareness. As a board member she looks forward to using her insight and passion to support the mission and goals of pARTners. Melissa has been a professional artist for over 30 years and holds an Associate of Arts degree.

Stefani Wells

Stefani moved to Jackson, WY in 2000. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in communications. Stefani relocated from Seattle, Washington to Jackson to pursue great skiing and climbing. Since that time she has owned a small business, written for the Jackson Hole News and Guide and currently works at the JH Community Housing Trust in marketing and communications. Stefani joined the pARTners board in 2016 because she believes that artistic expression through education is what makes each students learning experience complete. Stefani and her husband David have one son, Max, and a couple of four legged family members too.

Theresa Lindquist

Current 3rd grade teacher at Munger Mountain Elementary. I have received a Master’s of Education in Second Language Acquisition and Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. I feel fortunate to be on the pARTners board because I have seen first hand the strong impacts that PARTners projects make in building interdisciplinary connections through the arts.

Julie Walker
Julie Walker

Julie moved from California to Wyoming with her husband, daughter and son 8 years ago. She is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley and has worked in finance and the software industry. Julie is passionate about education and values the work that partners does to bring artists from our community, into the classrooms to engage students in hands on art experiences.

Pilar Bass

Bio coming soon.

Sarah Kilmain

Having taught Kindergarten for five years, I have always been interested in school curriculum. Once my children started kindergarten, my interest was reignited albeit now from a parent perspective. I joined the board of pARTners in 2008 because I was drawn to the special projects they were bringing to the schools and I was excited to raise money so that we could support more teachers and students. Regardless of what my part was, helping out an artist or recording the process, it was exhilarating to be in the classroom again. I love watching all the different ways kids learn. I relish hearing from my children how a special art, music or dance teacher guided them through a new learning process. Now that my daughter is in fifth grade and my son is in second grade, I’ve been able to experience the impact pARTners has made in the schools. I feel very lucky to be able to help with such a wonderful organization.

Lyndsay McCandless
Lyndsay McCandless

Lyndsay Rowan McCandless became the Executive Director of Center of Wonder in the spring, 2014. After graduating from Princeton University in 1991 with degrees in Art History and Studio Art, she moved to Jackson to be a “ski-bum” for just one year. Twenty-three years later, she has evolved as a creative leader in Jackson. An artist herself, she has also taught art and art history to all ages through the New Hampton School, Snake River Institute, Art Association, National Museum of Wildlife Art and pARTners. She has been a board member of the Art Association, Teton ArtLab, and Pursue Balance. She was the Director at Martin-Harris Gallery and Heather James Fine Art. In 2008, Lyndsay was awarded the Cultural Council’s ‘Award for Creativity”. Her own gallery, Lyndsay McCandless Contemporary, was voted “Best Contemporary Gallery” in 2009 and 2010. As an Art & Culture Consultant, she helped to develop TravelStorys Downtown Gallery Tour, as interactive app for mobile electronic devices. She recently curated art shows for local artists at the Rose/Pink Garter Theatre. She is also the mother of three girls, and an avid skier and ice-hockey player.

Catherine Holland

Bio coming soon.

Jessica Jaubert

Jessica Jaubert moved from Louisiana to Wyoming in 2005 after graduating from Louisiana Tech University. She has worked in the design profession for eleven years, and is currently Managing Director of Three Elephant Public Relations. She loves raising her two sons (Oscar & Beckett) in this wonderful community, with her husband Chris, and taking advantage of the great outdoors. Jessica believes it is vitally important to provide quality art education to children, as it is essential in nurturing well-rounded, successful children.)

Sara Fagan

Sara joined Teton Science Schools in 2008 and currently serves as Finance Director. She brings over 15 years of experience in education, outreach and nonprofit management, including work at Duke University, the Home Depot Environmental Programs Department, NC Wildlife Federation and Southface Energy and Environmental Resource Center. Sara received a B.A. and B.S. in Botany from Miami University (Ohio) and Master of Environmental Management from Duke University. Sara enjoys running, yoga, dabbling with art, volunteering for her local community, and exploring the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with her husband, Chris, daughter, Dani, and dog Moxie.

Our Artists

Nate Bennett
Katy Ann Fox
Nicole Madison-Garrett
Sue Herberger
Melinda Linn
Jesse Cole
Kathy Conroy
Abby Paffrath
Juan Morales
Jennifer Tennican
Matt Daly
KJ Morris
Walt Gerald
Hillary Camino
Aaron Linsdau

Nina McConigley
Heidi Christine
Nicole Gaitan
Claudia Bueno
Karin Waidley
Mae Knowles
Molly Loomis
Neal Zeren
Sam Dowd
Jen McNaughton
Natalia Duncan
Oliver Goss
Emily Boespflug