Celeste Scott, President

Celeste Scott is starting her fifth year of living full-time in Lake City. She is a retired educator from Oklahoma. During her forty years of education she was an elementary teacher, principal, middle school principal and finished her final seven years as the Director of Elementary Education for Norman Public Schools. During those seven years, she was the direct supervisor of the seventeen elementary principals and their assistants. She says that position was her dream job. Celeste plays the piano and organ for the Community Presbyterian Church in Lake City. She studied piano from childhood with Dr. Leon Whitesell where she participated in annual Guild Auditions even into her adulthood. Although playing the piano is a passion of hers, she often says there is a reason she had a day job! One of her new roles since moving to Lake City has been to join the Lake City Jazz Band. She plays keyboard and is learning a new style of music. When Celeste moved to Lake City, she immediately became a part of the Lake City Arts scene. She has performed in summer plays and musical reviews. Celeste has one daughter, Laura, that is currently completing her Doctorate at Tulane University.

Dave Dayvault, Treasurer is a CPA specializing in oil and gas matters. He divides his time between Wichita, Kansas and Lake City. An avid hiker, Dave and his German Shepherd, Ziggy can regularly be found in the backcountry, keeping the area trails safe from cats.

Carolyn Virden, Secretary grew up in Wichita, Kansas. Graduated from SMU. Got married in 1975 to Phillip Virden and moved right away to Lake City. We have 2 daughters, one grandson, and one dog!

Peggy Bales

Raised in Lake City Colorado, Peggy has been on the board for "longer than (she) can remember".  She has a love for volunteering, especially with the museum.  Peggy also has two young grandchildren that she adores.   

Yolie Brown

Born in Slovenia -Student of life -Seeker of truth and knowledge . She has struggled with and has been blessed by SD -Spasmodic Dysphonia - a rare Neurological vocal disorder - since the age of 11 when she lost her voice . “ The aim of art is not to represent the outer appearance of things , but their inner significance” -Aristotle. Her artist journey has been with vulnerability, humility, self worth, shame, frustration, to overcoming the inner critic and protections and projections of the ego. A journey we are all on! The gift of such an “ outer appearance “ has lead to a life of deep exploration of ways to regain that voice, and feeling of connection through creative expression. These expressions have taken the form of communication through dance, visual representation- paint and photography, music, and creativity. There is a perfection in the universe that when seen, the beauty hidden in plain sight, that surrenders the seeker to be of service to others . Her deep compassion for being with the limitations and blocks to love, life, creative force within herself and others have lead to Insights ,inspirations, healing and integrations. She has spent her life dying to old versions of herself, diving in and peeling back the layers of misconceptions and polarities to find balance and inspiration. There have been many incarnations. The current one serves to help integrate body, mind, and spirit and integration in the nervous system as a massage therapist and Zumba instructor, and as an artist offering her unique vision into inner significance and beauty. This is her second time serving on this board 

Linda Downs

Linda is excited to join the board of LCA.  She’s interested in plans to develop visual arts programming for all ages and abilities, helping folks conquer their fears to discover their ‘inner artist’.  When not working as a house call veterinarian, she enjoys hiking, playing Pickleball, and dabbling with watercolors, silk painting and other media.  She and her husband Bob have two adult children, Ross and Lia, who also live in Colorado.

Donna Flynt 

Donna was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and raised in Key West, Florida where her father served in the US Navy. Donna earned a BSN and MSN from the University of San Diego. She has held various nursing positions including bedside ICU nurse, nursing educator, and quality/process improvement management roles.

Donna has always had a passion for cooking and baking as well as entertaining. Food is such a central part of the social fiber in Lake City. The Culinary Committee has provided a perfect opportunity to share ideas, treasured recipes and time together as we all work together to create an atmosphere for our friends and guests and "give back" to the community of Lake City.

Donna is married to David Flynt who has longtime family roots in Lake City. After a lifetime of summer visits, they have been residents of Lake City since 2016 and spend the winters in San Diego. They have two children, Greg Flynt (the artist in the family) and Mette Flynt who is a historian and lives in Missoula, Montana.

Bob Johns

For more than 30 years, Bob Johns and The Kitchen Source have been installing what he describes as a “piece of art in the home that becomes integral to daily life.” With a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and an MBA degree in Finance, he originally envisioned a corporate career and a corner office. Thankfully, things don’t always go as planned. While Johns grew up in his family’s kitchen remodeling business, he initially pursued a career in insurance. At a big officers meeting in New York City, Johns realized that he desired a successful business that could also provide a family-focused life. Ultimately, he decided a smaller business would better suit him and his young family and he opened his own kitchen remodeling store in 1981. Johns’ secret to success is creating an impeccable client experience that is based on quality and trust. He provides an exquisite product and pairs that with a passionate and creative team that engages the client every step of the way. The fact that a significant portion of his business is repeat clients speaks to the conscientious customer service that is the foundation of The Kitchen Source.  Bob has had a close association with Lake City since his grandparents purchased a home here during the mid-20th century.  He enjoys visiting Lake City, traveling from Dallas multiple times during the year, and is deeply committed to the people of this special community.

Laurel Justice 

Laurel Seibels Justice is an artist, psychotherapist, and retreat curator. A graduate of  Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, with a BA in Art, she went on to earn an MA in  Counseling from Webster University. Originally from South Carolina, she lived in  Colorado Springs for 24 years until moving to Lake City in the summer of 2020. 

While working as a psychotherapist in private practice for 16 years, Laurel has led  countless workshops, retreats and group experiences using art, writing, dance and  drama. She is passionate about creativity as a primary source of healing and self-care,  and is developing an annual month-long art residency program in Lake City. 

Laurel's volunteer experience includes extensive board work, having served as a  commissioner for the Public Art Commission of the Pikes Peak Region for 6 years, the  Memorial Hospital Arts Board (Colorado Springs), the Pikes Peak Arts Council, Ormao  Dance Company, Spark & Echo Arts in NYC, and various other collectives. She has  juried and curated many festivals and gallery shows, public art installations,  performance art events, and digital art experiences based in London and New York.  She has also written arts and culture features for newspapers and magazines, and is  the producer of a film project call Stranger Moments. 

As for her own art practice, Laurel works in soft pastels and charcoal primarily, with  subject matter varying from figure work to abstracts to landscapes. She has shown her  paintings and drawings in countless studio tours, galleries and other public spaces, as  well as many group and solo shows. Her work is found in private collections from coast  to coast in the US, as well as in Canada, China, and Europe. She was an Artist-in Residence at Chateau Orquevaux in France in the fall of 2018, and is the Artist-in Residence at the Inn at the Lake here in Lake City. She has also been a lifetime dancer  in various forms, performing in community theatre, ballroom dance competitions, and  Latin dance events. 

Her artwork can be found at http://Instagram.com/laureljustice. 

Laurel has 4 grown children, all of whom are lucky enough to live in Colorado!

Jodi Linsey

Jodi has been a Lake City resident for almost thirty years. Although she had been involved in theater in both high school and college she had no idea of the power of community theater until she took part in a production of Echoes From the Boardwalk, written about Lake City history and featuring a cast drawn from every level of local society. 

Outside of the numerous shows that she has been in, Jodi has volunteered in support of many of the other local organizations, serving as an EMT and firefighter as well as on a number of boards such as the Library Board, the Town's Planning Commission, and the Town's Historic Preservation Commission. 

Jodi currently works at the Silver Thread Public Health District as Health Inspector for the district and options counselor for Hinsdale seniors. She loves to paddleboard in the summer, ski in the winter, and hide at home when she can.

Amy Humphreys is a Lake City native. Married to Dan Humphreys for fourteen years, they have four fantastic kids. Amy helps run the well known Hartmann Family ice cream business San Juan Soda Fountain as well as co-owning the seasonal gift store Timberline with my brother Christian. Having been involved with Lake City Arts since she was a little girl, she enjoys singing, dancing, heading up youth arts programs and in the community at large, volunteering and getting out in the mountains with her family. 

David Palmer

Pianist David Palmer has performed throughout the United States and Europe since the early 1990’s, both as soloist and chamber musician. Palmer is the Artistic Director and founder of Chamber Music Amarillo, which embarks on its 22nd season this fall.  David also founded and served as Artistic Director of the Quartz Mountain Music Festival in Oklahoma from 2006-2011.  Chamber Music Amarillo was recently awarded Second Place in the 2017-18 Professional Division of the nationally recognized American Prize competition, which celebrates excellence in the arts.  From his work with Chamber Music Amarillo and the Quartz Mountain Music Festival, David has gained an extensive knowledge on managing and performing in the musical arts, working with such artists as the Romero Guitar Quartet; the Harrington, Compi and Arianna String Quartets; international opera singer, Mary Jane Johnson; Montreal Symphony Orchestra Concert Master Richard Roberts; jazz musicians Bevan Manson, Lee Rucker, Kent Kidwell, Mark Little, and Jamie Davis; Nashville producer Darrell Bledsoe; composers John Boyle, Kenji Bunch, Mike Garson, and John Harbison; and songwriters Nina Garcia, Mike Fuller and JD Souther, among various other artists.  In 2012 David collaborated with Singer/ Songwriter Nina Garcia in a YouTube video production of her song Take Me Dancing at the Fibonacci Performance Space in Amarillo, Texas.  During the 2013 year, David recorded works of Ravel for violin and piano for the Centaur label with longtime friend and collaborator, violinist Annie Chalex Boyle following a tour of concerts with her throughout North America, including Atlanta, St. Louis, and Vancouver, British Columbia.  This past January, Annie and David were invited to perform at the prestigious Semanas Musicales, giving multiple performances throughout Chile, South America.  Palmer recently joined the Board of Lake City Arts and assumed the position of Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Series, a series originally founded by his father nearly 40 years ago.  In addition to his duties as a board member, Palmer performs regularly at the Mary Stigall Theater, and David and Annie Chalex Boyle have produced multiple outreaches, entitled Music Matters, to the students of the Lake City Community School during the off-season.  Lake City and the people here are near to David’s heart as he experienced this area of God’s country first as a child and more recently as an adult.  It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of its founders, working closely with the current board members of Lake City Arts, helping to grow and stabilize this important arts organization for this special community.

Taylor Nelson My expression is dance and I believe music speaks to the soul. Being a part of the Arts growing up has shaped me in many positive ways. I was raised in Rockwall, Texas, and attended Texas Tech University where I specialized in Dance.  I then moved to Fort Collins, Colorado where I received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. My husband, Drew, and I moved full time to Lake City three years ago and we now have a little boy, Royal. I hope to assist in fostering the arts for our community and future generations and I am thankful to be a part of this organization.