Meet the Art Reach of Mid Michigan Board of Directors
Jordan Brockman earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Central Michigan University in 2014, with a double major in History and Social Studies and a minor in English. She currently teaches a variety of social studies courses at Mt. Pleasant High School where, in the last several years, she has developed a new Honors World History program for freshmen students. While art does not play a significant role in her career, Jordan enjoys artistic outlets in drawing, painting, sculpting, paper-crafting, and coaching the dance team at MPHS.
As the newest member of the Art Reach Board of Directors and fellow lover of the arts, she also looks forward to getting involved in some of Art Reach’s wonderful community programs geared towards teens and young adults. In addition to traveling, reading and listening to music, Jordan enjoys spending time with her husband, Andy, and their son, Benjamin.
Dr. Pamela Gates received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in English from Central Michigan University, her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy from Michigan State University and did post-doctoral work at Harvard University. She was a tenured full professor in the Department of English Language and Literature with a strong research agenda as demonstrated by her publication record, her research presentations at national and international conferences, and over one million dollars in external grants that supported professional development school initiatives for Mount Pleasant Public Schools. She also reviewed children’s books for the WCMU Radio and TV Programs, The Children’s Bookshelf, for several years prior to her retirement.
She served as Professor of English, as Associate Dean, and for nine years as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Science until her retirement in 2018 completing over 30 years at Central Michigan University.
Her personal and professional commitment to diversity is grounded in her research and demonstrated though her decades of involvement in every aspect of diversity through her teaching, committee work, professional development opportunities, and program activity on and off campus. She was a member of the Strategic Planning for Advancing Diversity for many years, promoted and supported program development in ethnic studies, and served as Chair of the Olga J. and G. Roland Denison Visiting Professorship for Native American Studies. In addition, she was instrumental in the university efforts to address the NAGPRA process to return the Native American remains that were housed at the Museum of Cultural and Natural History at Central Michigan University. Through collaborative efforts with the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, Central Michigan University returned the remains of 144 Native American ancestors in November 2010.
Dr. Gates continues her writing and outreach during her retirement and enjoys spending time with her twelve grandchildren.
Anne Gochenour has a Master of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and Psychology from the College of William and Mary. She is an artist, curator, and arts administrator. Anne is the University Art Gallery Director at Central Michigan University. She likes to read, garden, create art, and visit art museums and galleries. Anne has been involved in Art Reach for over 10 years, and volunteers her time there because of her love for the arts. In addition to her time at the university, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tom, and their daughter, Sara.
Jeff Hoyle began volunteering in 2011 after a suggestion from a Central Michigan University colleague. In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University, Jeff received his Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing, from Central Michigan University. He currently teaches marketing at CMU, and his Enterprise Selling class will be collaborating with Art Reach to help raise more awareness of the organization. He is a past President of the Art Reach Board of Directors, a past President for the Mount Pleasant High School Athletic Boosters, and is an Elder at the First Church of Christ. In addition to running, reading, and traveling, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife Cindy, his sons, Justin and Nathan, and his daughter-in-law Morgan.
Growing up in the Mt. Pleasant area, there was a thriving community of artists residing here. The town was full of musicians, actors, writers and artists of all types. As I got older, I watched that community diminish in size. It is my goal to rebuild that community and I believe it needs to start with the children.
I have been an artist of one sort or another throughout my whole life. I have been a musician, writer, actor, director and a visual artist. I am currently back in school pursuing my bachelor’s degree in concept illustration. I plan to share all the knowledge and techniques with the Art Reach and the community.
John Jensen has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University and a Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Academy. He is currently retired from architect practice, but spends his time volunteering for organizations such as Art Reach, Rotary International, the American Institute of Architects, the Mount Pleasant Community Foundation, and many more. When he is not spending time with his wife, Ann, and their children, Elizabeth and David, John enjoys travelling, swimming, boating, and gardening.
Fritz Kuhlman is the marketing manager at Migizi Economic Development Co., and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree as well as a Master of Business Administration. He is the former National Director of Promotion for both Giant Records and Curb Records. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his children, Maeve Elisabeth, Emma Grace, and Campbell McCarthey.
Marie Pilkington has a Bachelor of Science in nursing and is a fitness instructor. She has been involved with Art Reach since 2006, starting as a docent for the Picture Program at Vowles Elementary. Her favorite events at Art Reach are Art Flair and the Auction for the Arts. In addition to reading and fitness, Marie enjoys spending time with her husband, James, and her three children, Eric, Jack, and Ian.
George Rouman has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. He is involved in the Art Reach Festival of Banners Committee, The Mount Pleasant Kiwanis Club, the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen, and the John H. Goodrow Emergency Services Fund. George has volunteered his time at Art Reach for over 11 years, helping increase the accessibility of the arts to our community. When he is not reading, listening to music, or golfing, George spends his free time with his wife, Fran, their four sons, Sam, Steve, Mike, and Chris, and their eight grandchildren.
Chris Rowley is the Executive Director of the Mt. Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and current president of the Michigan Association of CVB’s. She has served as President for Meeting Professionals International, MI Chapter and is a member of various Michigan associations focusing on tourism and meetings. Locally, she is involved in Interservice Club Council, Mt. Pleasant Jaycees, and serves on the Mt. Pleasant Craft Beer Festival planning committee and Art Walk Central committee. She also has helped with Art Reach’s Festival of Banners. She is a proud Mt. Pleasant native and mother to Andy and Melody.
Born in Bay City, Rhonda Tudor has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Northwood University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Eastern Michigan University. Rhonda’s professional accomplishments include being a certified public accountant and a member of the Michigan Association of CPAs. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of United Way of Gratiot and Isabella Counties. She has served on the Art Reach of Mid Michigan Board of Directors since 2017. In addition to her professional accomplishments and volunteering, Rhonda enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and greyhounds.
Kelli Walton is a graphic designer at Isabella Bank. She is sole proprietor and photographer at Little Ones by Kelli Jo Photography, and co-owner at Max and Emily’s in downtown Mount Pleasant. She is actively involved in the arts in her community. She has served Art Reach since 2011 through the Art Reach Auction, Membership and Art Walk Committees. Kelli joined our Board of Directors in September of 2016. She proudly gives back to the Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum, serving on their Bowties and Bourbon fundraising committee. Kelli and her husband, Chris “Elmo”, reside in Mt. Pleasant with their two children, Lennon and Charlotte.