BOARD OF DIRECTORS & EXECUTIVE STAFF
Ginny Eckley – Ginny Eckley creates in an amazing studio, nestled in the woods, in Texas. She is currently showing her work in two galleries, Hollywood Gallery in Houston and Copper Shade Tree in Roundtop, TX. She often participates in group quilt shows throughout the world. Her silk-screening and soy wax techniques were filmed on Quilting Arts TV and PBS. Ginny also distributes silk dyes, called Colorhue and her own line of silkscreens. Since her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the 1970’s, Ginny has combined her love of art, fabric and nature to create art that pushes the boundaries through technique and skill. Traveling throughout the US, Canada and Japan, she teaches and shares her love of art and sewing.
Davonya is an Occupational Therapist and full time mom. Aside from working with developmentally disable children in Africa, Davonya uses her extensive experience of working with children to help the Creativity Shell design programs that focus on fine motor skills. There are many children in this world that do not have opportunities because of the conditions they are born in and Davonya shares a personal passion for helping all children in need.
Dr. Lee Foster, PhD.
Lee graduated from Drake University and the Eastman School of Music where he earned his MM and DMA. He retired from the Penfield Central School District in 2005. Lee is Director of Music and Organist at Lake Avenue Baptist Church and is Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee of the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester. Lee is also a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and a board member of the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY.
Monica is a native Houstonian Real Estate Agent and a mixed media artist. When she is not selling houses, she experiments with many different art techniques, and utilizes various materials to achieve the desired effect. She enjoys working with ink, acrylic, and oil and loves to balance unique colors, movement, and texture in her work. Some of her work includes (but not limited to) canvas/oil painting, woodworking, sewing, crafts and more! Monica is passionate about the Montessori system of education and most of all; she very enthusiastic about infusing arts back into education.
Shelancia Daniel, M.Ed.
Shelancia Daniel holds a Technical Diploma in Costume Design from the International Academy of Design in Toronto. She also holds a Bachelors Degree in Finance from Thomas Edison University and has a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology (Creativity, Cognition, Innovation and Development) from Texas A&M. She has worked in the non-profit sector since she was 12 years old and has worked as a costume/custom bra designer for the last 16 years. After being influenced by her own children; Shelancia realizes there is nothing more important in this world than our kids. Shelancia plans to use her vast creativity experience in sewing and textiles arts to help build the Creativity Shell.
Laurelei Horton is passionate and knowledgeable artisan in 2-D and 3-D art, craft and design. She has over 20-years of experience in art, craft and costume design. While I was the Costume Supervisor for Midland Center for the Arts in Midland Michigan, I produced several costume, art, theater and design classes. Laurelei is the program director for the Creativity Shell and is responsible for planning the projects for the hundreds of students enrolled in Creativity Shell programs.
Mara Valentina is a unique and driven individual. Her creative passion has inspired this dreamer to step out of the box and pursue her career in creativity. As a self-taught crocheter and knitter Mara Valentina possesses the patience and dedication it takes to enlighten the minds of our youth. Mara Valentina looks forward to teaching the young artist of today, and launching a clothing line of knitted and crocheted items in her spare time.
Keesha Craig graduated from the Art Institute of Houston with a Bachelor of Art in Fashion Design in 2014. Her senior showcase was the first ever plus size fashion show ever done at the Art Institute of Houston. She is a native Houstonian, who has a passion for motivating women of all ages to love themselves and the body they’re in.