Board & Staff

Our welcoming, vibrant organization is made up of committed arts enthusiasts.

Our Vision

Our community will be a vibrant hub for the arts, bringing audiences and artists together in quality environments.


Our Mission


LowellArts connects artists and audiences through the visual and performing arts


Board of Directors


Todd Drenth, Chair

John Wenger, Vice-Chair

Kyle Bainbridge, Treasurer

Mary Tobin, Secretary


Julie DeVoe

Gary Eldridge
Rob Freund
Dan Kantorowski

Laurie Kuna

Joella Miller

Kim Miller

Barb Pierce

Liz Ripley

Meet the Board of Directors

Kyle Bainbridge

Loan Officer at Fifth Third Bank, Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador

Julie DeVoe

Jeweler, Jewelry Store Business Owner – Chimera Design

Todd Drenth

Lowell High School Teacher

Gary Eldridge

Director of Communications EnergyTouch Inc, Fine Artist Graphic Designer

Rob Freund

Digital Media Assessor, LowellArts Players Actor, Director, Playwriter, Instructor

Dan Kantorowski

Owner of Home Repair and Remodeling Company, Set Designer

Laurie Kuna

High School English Teacher (retired), Published author and editor, LowellArts Players Actor, Director, Lowell Area Schools Board of Education

Joella Miller

Jeweler, LowellArts Gallery Committee

Kim Miller

Alliance Physical Therapy Partners – Patient Resolution Manager, LowellArts Players Actor, Director

Barb Pierce

Lowell High School Counselor and Art Teacher (retired)

Liz Ripley

High School and College Art Teacher (retired), Visual Artist, Interior Designer (retired), Lowell Arts Gallery Committee

Mary Tobin

Graphic Designer, Fiber Artist, Member Mackinac Arts Council, Member Grand Rapids Modern Quilters

John Wenger

Owner and Lead Sound Engineer at Clear Sky Technologies, LowellArts Music Committee



Lorain Smalligan, Executive Director

Lorain has led LowellArts for the past 21 years and has worked in arts management and fund development for over 25 years. Under her leadership the organization has tripled in its capacity, and held a successful $1.3 million capital campaign to move to a new state-of-the art facility in the heart of historic downtown Lowell.

She holds post-graduate degrees in arts management from the University of Cincinnati and arts education from Aquinas College. She also has a BFA in sculpture from Calvin College University. Prior to joining LowellArts, Lorain was the Cultural Arts Coordinator at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids and the Fund Development Coordinator at the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids. Currently she is an advisory board member for Grand River Watershed Arts and Music Festival and a past board member for the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids, ArtServe Michigan and the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies. 


Janet Teunis, Project Director

Janet joined LowellArts in 2013 and has over 20 years of experience in arts management, program planning, and marketing.


She graduated in 1998 from the University of Michigan School of Art with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree. In 1999, she held a position at LaFontsee Galleries. In 2000, she joined the staff of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) and worked in various positions over 13 years including Exhibitions Program Manager (2000-2002), Visual and Performing Arts Program Manager (2002-2005), Managing Director (2005-2009). and Director of Operations (2009-2013). Her responsibilities at UICA included: artistic and programmatic leadership, human resources, management of programs and events, management of operations and marketing, and special event planning.


Janet is also a practicing visual artist and her paintings are included in many private and public collections including the Spectrum Heart Center and Mercantile Bank.


Laurel Jordan, Program Manager

Laurel graduated from Adrian College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. Some of her favorite performances include Agnes in Agnes of God and Older Elizabeth Law in When the Rain Stops Falling. Laurel has received two Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominations, one of which she took to compete at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She was also elected president of Adrian College's chapter of Theta Alpha Phi, the national theatre honors society. During her two semesters as chapter president, Laurel headed the organization of two theatrical fundraisers - a comedy improv night based off the hit television series Whose Line is it Anyway? and a haunted house held in Downs Hall Theatre.


Before joining LowellArts in 2021, Laurel has previous professional experience in the formal wear industry. She started as a bridal and prom dress consultant at Memories Bridal and Evening Wear in Kalamazoo, MI. Laurel then became the Social Media Specialist and Purchasing Manager after her first year. She particularly enjoyed creating photo and video content, and helping customers have their "say yes to the dress" moment!