LAC Staff and Board
Doug Spriggs | Executive Director
As a native of Lander, Doug is excited to be back home after 18 years of being away. After graduating from the University of Wyoming Doug taught English/Communications in Charleston, SC before returning to Wyoming and taking a job teaching and coaching in Casper at Natrona County High School. He went on to earn a MA of Theology/Philosophy that would lead him to the University of Arkansas where he was a Liaison between the University of Arkansas and St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish. After 3 years in Fayetteville, he moved back to Laramie to become a Principal and English teacher within the Albany County School District. Last year Doug returned to Lander to expand his photography and graphic design business. When he found that the Art Center was looking for an Executive Director, he couldn't think of a better way to help give back to the community that helped make him the man he is today. Through it all, Doug has gained a vast amount of experience in leadership and is excited to use his gifts, talents, and knowledge to serve the Fremont County and Wyoming communities; helping artists to grow, develop, and inspire the world around them.
In his free time, Doug enjoys everything outdoors. He can often be found with his camera in tow, documenting the beauty of his home town, state, and everything else he encounters in this beautiful world. Doug is a true connoisseur of all the beauty that life has to offer and wholeheartedly embraces the healing power of all that is Art.email: email@example.com
Megan Bridgeford | Member & Outreach Coordinator
Megan Bridgeford was born in Northern Kentucky (considered the greater Cincinnati area). Megan has always been considered a very gregarious girl that creatively marched to the beat of her own drum. She has always been open to trying new things and new ideas.
Megan grew up going to a private school her entire life, even through college. She went to the College of Mount Saint Joseph to major in Graphic Design with a minor in Fine Arts. When she finished college, Megan took a different path. She started working at the nicest wine shop in Cincinnati. She may not have gotten paid a lot but she definitely was paid in knowledge. After working at the Wine Merchant for a couple years Megan decided to hop on a train and move to Mammoth Lakes, California. She was ready for a new adventure and realized she needed more than what Cincinnati could offer. So she chased a boy out west with six suitcases and $2000. This changed her life forever. She explains how liberating the experience was and the three-day train trip was unlike anything she had ever done in her life.
After two years Megan and her now husband Adam, moved here to Lander. She found out she was pregnant and wanted to be around family. Megan’s brother, Mike Ruehl lives here with his wife and two kids which works out perfectly with her son. Cousins are so fun to see grow up together. Due to more experience with the wine industry in California, Megan’s depth in wine knowledge grew. Because of that knowledge she was hired as a B-Licensed Wine Broker. She has been selling wine through out the state of Wyoming for almost three years now and loves it.
Being that she loves wine and art, this job suites her very well. She loves event planning and engaging with all the local Lander folks. It is a passion of hers. She has expressed how honored she is to fulfill this roll as part of the Lander Art Center and hopes to do big things. You better believe wine WILL be involved.email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chrissy Pruett | Education Coordinator
Chrissy is Lander Art Center’s new education coordinator. Chrissy comes to us from Rock Springs, Wyoming where she taught Kindergarten-8th grade art at Sweetwater County School District #1. During her 6 years teaching art she taught all different art media at many different elementary schools and taught Drawing 1 and 2 at Rock Springs Junior High School. She holds a B.A. in Art Education from the University of Wyoming and has been working to complete her Masters of Science degree in special education through Western Governor’s University. She holds a Wyoming Teaching Certificate with Art k-12 endorsement through the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board. During her time as an art educator, Chrissy was part of leadership teams that wrote both the art curriculum and art assessment for Sweetwater #1 students.
Board of Directors:
Nancy Pieropan, Chair:
Nancy Pieropan has been on the Lander Art Center Board since 2015 and has served as Chair since 2018.
Raised in rural New England surrounded by a family of artists and educators, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1980 and moved to Lander later that year.
In the years since, Nancy went on to serve on the Lander City Council, Lander Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Fremont County Weed & Pest District Board of Directors. During her terms on these Boards she presided as President or Chair. She also served as Secretary of both the Wyoming Weed & Pest Council and Northern Rockies Invasive Plant Council.
Nancy enjoys fiber arts and is an avid gardener.
Lennie Poitras, Secretary:
Lennie Poitras is currently Secretary to the LAC Board and has previously served as the secretary, vice chair, chair, and director. She has also been integrally involved with the education program as a teacher. She is passionate about displaying artists and their work with the LAC and has been involved with the Art Center since 2003 or 2004, although she took a prolonged break from leadership positions for a number of years. She is proud to have the #2 Lander Art Center membership card!
Lennie is a horticulturist by training but has worked in agricultural science, garden design and LAC. She is currently working as a jewelry artist and selling her work at Alchemy, Lander’s local artist cooperative.
Lennie is lucky to raise her family, grow great gardens and make satisfying art in a place she loves (Lander), surrounded by a wonderful community.
Maggie Bell, Treasurer:
Maggie moved to Lander, Wyoming in 2000 from Oklahoma. She arrived with two children and two dogs to teach science at Lander Valley High School. Since then, Maggie has received her Masters of Science from the University of Wyoming, a Yoga Teacher Certificate, and is currently working on a nutrition certification. She presently has two sweet grandsons, the same two wonderful daughters, and a loving husband with a BIG dog.
Now retired from teaching, some of her favorite pastime activities include fishing, hunting, rock hounding, cooking nutritious foods, baking sourdough bread, and fine art crafts.
Art has always been a part of Maggie’s life by having extremely talented and artistic parents and sister. Lander Art Center has provided her the opportunity to stay connected with the art community by teaching an occasional art class, advocating for a strong art community, and to give back to the Lander community through service.
Noelle Weimann van Dijk:
Noelle is a passionate person who believes deeply in the mission and vision of the Lander Art Center in supporting artists throughout Wyoming and connecting them and their work with the world. She knows that the LAC is more than just a place for art and art education, but also a place that supports tourism and commerce in our rural little town, enhancing community connectivity and sustainability within Lander. She sees and values the events put on by the LAC as they become a part of a larger creative movement, enriching the lives of others and engaging the community on a deeper level.
Noelle is a full time artist who works predominantly with painting. Previously, she had a 15 year tenure in the healthcare industry before making the leap to become a full time professional artist. Noelle currently has regular business hours at SweetWater Studio and is a member of the Alchemy Artists Cooperative here in Lander.
Noelle’s dedication and commitment to art and LAC highlight her abilities to advocate for and be a valuable resource for the arts community and people in general. She appreciates taking the time with others to enjoy a good laugh, share matters of the heart, and explore and engage the courage it takes to live a life of continual growth and impact. She truly looks to be an asset to our community in all of these respects.
In her free time, Noelle enjoys painting, hiking, walking, swimming, and generally exploring this vast world and all that inhabits it.
Alan Garms is a Licensed Master Social Worker with an Advanced Practice Certification. He worked in administration providing services to persons with intellectual and physical disabilities for more than 40 years, primarily in Texas. His most recent position was leading a team of social workers and RN's who investigated allegations of abuse and neglect in long term care homes. He retired in 2018 and moved from the Houston, Texas area to Lander, where his daughter and son-in-law reside.
Alan has served on a number of Boards' of Directors including the United Way of Greater Houston, the Texas Association on Mental Retardation, the Private Providers Association of Texas and the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Advisory Board of Harris County.
Alan and his wife are avid collectors of fine art and were supporters of the Arts in the Houston area. This included season passes to the Houston Symphony and the Alley Theatre as well as frequent attendance at visual art presentations in Houston. Alan believes that all types of art are critical to the overall health of a community and its citizens. The Lander art scene is remarkably diverse for a community of this size.
In his free time Alan enjoys hiking with his dogs in the mountains, fishing, rock climbing and biking.
Sophie Barksdale relocated from Australia and joined the LAC Board in early 2017.
Her background is in arts administration, with one of her career highlights being with The National Gallery of Victoria, one of Australia’s premier cultural institutions, for several years. Over the past 10+ years, she has also worked for Handle Media and Music Recruitment in London, the Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board in Ireland and on film festivals in Australia, Ireland and the U.S. She brings a wide range of experience to the LAC Board, having worked in production, project management, promotion, human resources, and venue & event management.
While project management is her forte, her passion is for storytelling through film and she currently produces documentaries with local film company Caldera Productions. Sophie now lives permanently in Lander, where she gets to elevate underrepresented voices and advocate for art and access within the community. She loves to hike and rock-climb year round with her family.
Audie was born and raised in Lander, Wy. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Santa Fe and a Master’s in the Business of Art and Design from MICA. She is a librarian at the Fremont County Library in Lander and also owns her own small business, Audie Rose Design, a stationery line featuring her own original artwork and designs. She also does freelance print design for apparel, fabric and other stationery brands.
In her free time, she loves to mountain bike, read and do yoga. She is passionate about growing and nurturing the art community in Lander and is thrilled to be a member of the Art Center board.