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.

Melissa Malm

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.

Jessica Jaubert

Vice-President

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.)

Lyndsay McCandless
Lyndsay McCandless

Treasurer

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

Secretary

Bio coming soon.

Pilar Bass

Bio coming soon.

Julie D’Amours

Bio coming soon.

Dana Smith

Bio coming soon.

Our Artists

Billi Harrington
Nate Bennett
Emily Boespflug
Babs Case
Rachel Holmes
Kathy Conroy
Matt Daly
Sheryl Haft
Sue Herberger
Kate Jensen
Sarah Kilmain
Melissa Malm

Lyndsay McCandless
KJ Morris
Leigh Reagan Smith
Shannon Corsi
Mari Allan Hanna
Jenna Mahaffie
Becky Struble
April Landale
Will Mumford
Juan Morales
Abby Pafrath
Ben Roth