our board

VERONICA SILBERBERG

Board Chair

Veronica Silberberg, and her husband, Gary, have raised their three children in Jackson after moving from New York in 2000. She is a cofounder of Center of Wonder, StoneRiver Foundation and New Initiatives in Public Education. In addition, Veronica currently serves on the boards of Dancers’ Workshop and Off Square. She is a member of the Executive and Programming Committees of the Women’s Thursday Roundtable. Veronica has previously served on the boards of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and the Art Association. She attended Brown University and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.

GEORGE A. BELLER

Dr. George Beller and his wife, Katherine Brooks, have homes in 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 the UVA Medical School and Dartmouth College. After spending four years at Massachusetts General Hospital, he returned to UVA as chair of the Cardiovascular Division. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American College of Cardiology and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. He is a Past President of the American College of Cardiology. As a community volunteer, he served on the board of Live Arts, a Charlottesville repertory theater, and Piedmont Council for the Arts (PCA). As President of PCA, he helped 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.

STEPHEN DYNIA

Stephen Dynia, FAIA, is the design director of the firm of his founding. Dynia moved to Jackson, Wyoming, and started Dynia Architects in 1993 after working in the design department of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in New York. Stephen received degrees in Fine Arts and Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and was admitted to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2013. Stephen has great depth of experience on Jackson arts boards, including the Art Association, Center for the Arts, and Dancers’ Workshop. Dynia is inspired by the phenomena of nature, fueled by innovation, and motivated by the essence of architecture in society and culture.

GRACE HARTMAN

Grace Hartman moved from New Haven, Connecticut to Jackson Hole in 2008. She was previously the Web Director at the Office of Public Affairs for Yale Law School and continues to work on discrete projects for them. Prior to the Yale Law School, she worked in publishing at Yale University Press. Grace currently helps manage her brother Jimmy Chin’s film and photography business. She serves as a board member of Spread the Love, a local non-profit that works with the homeless. She has a BA from Stanford University and lives in a yurt in Wilson with her husband and two children.

CATHY KEHR

Cathy Kehr has been Chairman of the Board of Southwestern Energy Company since May 17, 2016 and has been its Independent Presiding Director since 2014. She has been an Independent Director of Southwestern Energy Company since July 15, 2011. She served as Senior Vice President and Director of Capital Research Company until 2006. Ms. Kehr has extensive background within and related to the energy industry. She has over 17 years of experience in various financial, investment and management positions with Atlantic Richfield Company, Payden & Rygel and The Capital Group Companies, the latter from which she retired in 2006. From 1997 to 2006, she served as an investment analyst and fund manager for The Capital Group Companies. She served as an Independent Director of California Resources Corporation since March 15, 2015 until May 10, 2017. She has a BA from Yale University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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.)

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JULIANNE THOMAS

Communications & Development Director

JuliAnne has lived in Jackson, WY off and on throughout her life and permanently moved back in 2010 after spending 14 years in Washington, DC. She owns and operates j4 Strategies, a public relations and strategic planning consulting business. She has worked in the advertising, public relations and government relations areas for over 30 years, primarily focusing on the travel and tourism, energy, healthcare and telecommunications fields. Locally, she has served on the boards of Jackson Hole Trout Unlimited, The Murie Center and Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities.

JuliAnne’s love of Jackson Hole and exploring the outdoors began at a young age when her family vacation regularly in the Pinedale area, visiting family friends and her great uncle who was a professor at the University of Wyoming. In her downtime she enjoys the outdoors with her husband, John, and their family, fly fishing, kayaking, hiking and skiing. A native Iowan, JuliAnne received her B.A. in Mass Communications and Journalism from Iowa State University.

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.