our board

GEORGE A. BELLER

Dr. George Beller and his wife, Katherine Brooks, have homes in Charlottesville, Virginia and Jackson Hole. He is an emeritus professor of cardiology at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the UVA Medical School. After completion cardiology training and spending 4 years on the staff of the Massachusetts General Hospital, he returned to UVA as chair of the Cardiovascular Division. His research focus is the development of noninvasive imaging techniques for detection of heart disease. He is a Past President of the American College of Cardiology, the recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American College of Cardiology and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. As a community volunteer, he served on the board of Live Arts, a Charlottesville repertory theater, for 10 years. He was a member of the board of the Piedmont Council for the Arts (PCA), the designated arts council for the Charlottesville-Albemarle County region, from 2004-2014. As President of PCA from 2010-2014, he helped to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for arts and culture in the Charlottesville region. He currently serves on the board of Charlottesville Tomorrow, a nonprofit that provides the public with non-partisan information and research on land use, transportation, community design and public education issues.

SHARI BROWNFIELD

Shari Brownfield has explored various fields relating to creativity over the last two decades. Originally from Montreal, Canada, she earned her BFA from Concordia University with a double major in Painting and Art History. Shari currently spends her time as a private art advisor at Shari Brownfield Fine Art, and is a fine art appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers. She has worked in museums and galleries, and was the Director of Heather James Fine Art in Jackson, WY and Palm Desert, CA. Shari is currently also on the boards of the Art Association and Community Safety Network. She moved to Jackson in 2002, where she resides with her daughter, Finley.

PAMELA GIBSON

Pamela Gibson is an artist and arts advocate who moved to Jackson with her husband Scott, 7 years ago. She specializes in encaustic painting, after having been a tapestry artist for over 25 years. Pamela has deep experience serving and contributing to the arts. In Portland, Oregon she served on the Board of Oregon College of Art and Craft for 9 years. She chaired that board, was co-chair of their $14.8 million dollar capital campaign, and served as interim President for a summer. She also served on the Board of the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland, which is recognized a model for cultural councils and public art programs nationally.
Pamela has served on the Board and as Chair, of Jackson Hole Public Art. She was also on the Board of the Center for the Arts in Jackson, and was a member of their Executive Committee. She loves the puzzle that is non-profit governance, and has studied and believes in best practices. Pamela is committed to the vision of Jackson Hole as a community of creative and inspired citizens, and is very supportive of the good work the Center of Wonder has done to bring that vision to fruition.

ERIKA PEARSALL

Erika Pearsall-Jannotta and her husband, Ned Jannotta, moved to Jackson with their three children in 2005. Erika served on the board of Off Square Theatre for nine years, including three as President. She is currently Co-Chair of the Jackson Hole Community Foundation Board. In 2016, she executive produced two independent feature films, both of which were theatrically released in 2017. She joined the Center of Wonder Board in 2014. Erika attended Smith College and received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

PETA ROUBIN

Peta Roubin has a background in health care and business, combining studies in both Nursing and Economics at Sydney University, Australia. Mrs. Roubin spent her career blending this background in the medical device industry, with her primary responsibilities developing and marketing medical products on a worldwide basis. Additionally, she had the opportunity to work on raising healthcare standards in some third world countries, primarily China and India. Mrs. Roubin has been involved in a range of not for profit organizations, including homeless shelters, hospitals in New York City and Jackson Hole, and a 10-year commitment to Refugees International, where she is a present board member. Additional interests include being involved in providing educational opportunities to all demographics in the Jackson Hole area. She is married to Dr. Gary Roubin, a leading Cardiologist, has four children and lives presently in Jackson Hole, while spending some time in New York City.

WILLIAM P. SCHWARTZ

Bill Schwartz is a lawyer with over thirty years of experience representing individuals, businesses, non-profits, and governmental entities in a variety of contexts both in and out of the court room. Recently, Bill has dedicated his professional energies to promoting the resolution of conflicts through alternative methods such as mediation. Bill has served on many boards and organizations related to the practice of law, including the Board of Advisors of the University of Wyoming College of Law and the Wyoming Lawyer’s Assistance Foundation. Outside of his work as a lawyer and mediator, Bill has been a long-time supporter of the arts and education in Jackson Hole where he has served on a variety of boards including the Center for the Arts and the Community Foundation. Bill and his wife, Cheryl, feel very fortunate to have raised their three children in Jackson where they enjoyed, not only the outdoors, but many other cultural and educational opportunities not usually available in a small mountain community. Bill is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Wyoming College of Law.

GARY SILBERBERG

Gary Silberberg moved to Jackson in 2000 from New York. He is a cofounder of Center of Wonder, StoneRiver Foundation and New Initiatives in Public Education. In addition, Gary currently serves on the boards of CityKids and Grand Teton Music Festival and has previously served on the board of the Murie Center, the Center for the Arts, Cultural Council of Jackson Hole, Teton County Education Foundation and Public Education Coalition. Gary loves the outdoors and can be found skiing, hiking or mountain biking on most days.

emeritus board

ADDIE DONNAN

Emeritus Director

Addie Donnan has been a vital force in organizing major fundraisers including the Silent Art and Antique Auction and the annual “Addie‘s Trunk Show” benefiting the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and St. John’s Hospital. In addition to Center of Wonder, Addie serves on a number of boards: St. John’s Hospital Foundation (Founding Chairman); Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance (Honorary Director); Murie Center (Founding Emeritus Chair); Teton Science School (Emeritus Board member); Stratford Hall / Robert E. Lee Memorial Association; and the Madeira School. She was also involved with hospitals in Dayton, Ohio and Greenwich, Connecticut. She and Ted have two daughters, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

FRANCES TESSLER

Emeritus Director

Frances Tessler was born in Rochester, Minnesota and spent her early years in Philadelphia, PA and then, Boardman, Ohio. She received her B.A. In Philosophy and Math at Cornell University and attended Harvard Radcliffe Program in Business Administration (with honors.) Frances has worked for a number of computer related companies, including Wolf Research and Development and IBM, served as a consultant to Union Carbide, and ran a software company. For many years, she was a financial consultant for Shearson / Lehman/ American Express/ Smith Barney.
Frances has served on the boards of the Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust (currently Emeritus Board member) and Community Foundation of Jackson Hole (and served as Chair of the Board.) Frances and her husband, Allan, have three children ( Andrea, Christopher, and Karla.)

our staff

LYNDSAY ROWAN McCANDLESS

Director Creative Resources

Lyndsay Rowan McCandless became the Executive Director of Center of Wonder in 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. She has evolved into 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 is currently on the boards of pARTners and the Center for the Arts. 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, an interactive app for mobile electronic devices. She 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.

KIRSTEN CORBETT

Arts Communications

Raised in Lander and Jackson, Wyoming, Kirsten is a storyteller and digital media communicator. She holds a degree in Modern Culture & Media: Literature & Society from Brown University. Fond of books as a child, she pursued that passion to help co-found Teton Literacy Program (now Teton Literacy Center) and work in Outreach and Communications at Teton County Library. At the library, she initially led library-wide efforts to grow programs, especially focusing on art exhibits with local organizations as well as outside museums like the Smithsonian, Aperture and Holocaust Museum. Her love of words also led to her work as an outdoor columnist and freelance writer for local publications. Kirsten served on the Teton Literacy Program and Cultural Council of Jackson Hole boards. She teaches meditation and yoga at Akasha Yoga. Most of all, she is a Mom who thrives on being outdoors, traveling and constantly learning.

TRAVIS WALKER

DailyWonder Assistant

Travis Walker is the founder and director of Teton Artlab, a nonprofit arts organization founded in 2007 that supports artists through a dynamic artist in residence program. He earned his BFA in Painting and Printmaking in 2000 from Virginia Commonwealth University. He was an Artist In Residence at the Vermont Studio Center in 2000 and a 2013 Artist in Residence at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Walker was a 2013 panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts Artists Communities Grant. In 2012, he won the "Rising Star Award" from the Cultural Council of Jackson Hole. In 2013, he won Best Emerging Artist in Jackson Hole by Planet Jackson Hole. He is represented by Altamira Fine Art in Wyoming and Arizona and Visions West Contemporary in Montana and Colorado.