Board of Directors

Studios welcomes leaders to join us in paving the way for a stronger creative community. We look to enrich the lives of artists and welcome people of all backgrounds to join. Our board embodies the type of optimistic leadership that supports a vibrant and growing community of artists. We’re looking for new leaders to give their guidance as we strengthen Studios Inc’s influence and advance to the next level as a model for the arts in KC. Collaborate with us to promote KC’s thriving art community. Email us for more information!

Executive Director

Courtney Wasson, Executive Director

Courtney Wasson (Executive Director):

At the beginning of 2019, the Board of Directors at Studios Inc welcomed Courtney Wasson as the organization’s new Executive Director. Wasson joins Studios Inc with 10 years of gallery, marketing, and business management experience.

Wasson received a BFA with honors from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2005. She majored in art history and printmaking. After graduation she has continuously worked to support artists through exhibitions, studio critiques, and marketing. Wasson began working for Weinberger

Fine Art at the beginning of 2016, working as the Curator, Marketing and Gallery Director. Since 2010, Wasson has worked with the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and is now the acting Executive Vice President for the Leedy Foundation. In 2016, Wasson began working with Linda Lighton as the Program Coordinator of the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program.

Wasson is a dedicated artist advocate whose mission is to service the promotion of artistic dialogue and connect artists to opportunities. She will be responsible for the general management and advancement of Studios Inc, building on the foundation established by Smith and the Board of Directors. 

Wasson states, “My goal is to have a positive impact on the arts community and to further support artists within the Kansas City region through the programs available at Studios Inc. I love how Studios Inc engages and creates a community centered around the relationship between artists and patrons.”

Board of Directors

Brad Satterwhite

Brad Satterwhite: Brad is a co-founder and Principal of KEM STUDIO and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional. KEM STUDIO is a design firm fusing architecture and industrial design. Brad is the recipient of design awards from the American Institute of Architects, Industrial Design Society of America and ID Magazine. He teaches an architecture design studio at the University of Kansas and an annual, multi-disciplinary design workshop with his firm at Virginia Tech. A Centurions Alumni, he has been involved in a variety of art and charitable organizations including the Urban Culture Project of the Charlotte Street Foundation and The Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.

Linda Nicholson

Linda Nicholson: Linda is a former Creative Director at Hallmark Cards, Inc. with over 20 years of management experience. Linda now devotes most of her time to supporting not-for-profit endeavors with a passion for animal welfare and the arts. She is co-director of the Bradley W. and Linda J. Nicholson Foundation, was a founding member of Great Plains SPCA and currently sits on the Studios Inc Board.

Brad Nicholson

Brad Nicholson (Chairman): Brad is the founder of the Studios Program and an avid art collector. His company, the Nicholson Group, is a boutique real estate development and investment firm located in Kansas City. While the company’s investments have a national footprint, much of the firm’s effort over the last 20 years has gone toward developing the Crossroads Arts District in downtown Kansas City, Missouri into a vibrant cultural district.  He has served on a number of boards and was a member of the Board of Trustees at the Kansas City Art Institute along with his duties as Chairman the Board and President of Studios Inc.

Mike Lyon

Mike Lyon: Mr. Lyon is a full-time artist in Kansas City whose work is in the permanent collections of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The Springfield Art Museum, the Miriana Kistler Beach Museum of Art, and other museum,  corporate, and private collections. Mike received a B.A. in Architecture and Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973, a B.F.A. in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1975, and studied Japanese Woodblock Printmaking under Hiroki Morinoue in 1996 and 1998 and under Hidehiko Goto in 2017. Mike has served as Midwest Regional Director of Shotokan Karate of America since 1988 and currently serves on t he boards of the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado.

Jack Holland

Jack Holland: Jack has a 35 year career in investment banking, and is responsible for numerous project financings of regional and national significance, including: The Sprint Center, Truman Sports Complex, Kauffman Center, Plaza Library, Kansas City International Airport, American Royal Exhibition Center, and Brush Creek Improvement Plan. He has served on a number of civic and non-profit boards in the Kansas City area, and currently serves on the boards of Theater League of Missouri, Quixotic Fusion, WaterFire Kansas City and the Western Golf Association. Jack and his wife, Karen, are collectors and active supporters of the arts in Kansas City.

Frank D. Uryasz: Frank D. Uryasz is the Founder and former President of The National Center for Drug Free Sport in Kansas City, Missouri. Frank serves on a number of not-for-profit Boards including the Kansas City Missouri Police Foundation, where he serves as chairman; the Kansas City Art Institute, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Alpha Theta Chi Educational Trust, The Studios Inc., Penn Valley Park Conservancy and Bright Futures Fund.  He is a former president of The Kansas City Club and former secretary of the Chi Phi Fraternity (Atlanta). Frank serves as the president of The Uryasz Family Foundation (Kansas City, MO) where he guides the Foundation in its philanthropic support of programs in five areas:  education and school choice, pediatric cancer research, public parks, law enforcement and the arts. Frank and his wife Ann are native Nebraskans and reside in Kansas City, Missouri, and in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Jeff Ganaden

Jeff Ganaden: Jeff is currently employed by US Bank as a Senior Vice President and the KC Market Manager for the Commercial Real Estate Department.  In this capacity he provides funds for acquisition, refinance or construction (including rehab) for non-owner occupied commercial real estate throughout the country – property types include multifamily, industrial, office, retail and hospitality.  Some of his most notable recent, local projects include the Polsinelli office project on the Country Club Plaza and a variety of local multi family projects. Jeff has been involved in a variety of youth sports programs including board positions and coaching of youth basketball, baseball and football in Lees Summit, MO from 2003-2010. He has been advisory director of Operation Breakthrough since 2011 and serves as a board member of the Downtown Council. Jeff and his wife, Amy, reside in Lees Summit, MO with their three children.

James Reed III

James Reed III: James considers himself an emerging patron on the path to becoming an art collector.  Involved with Studios Inc since 2009, he came up thru “the ranks” by volunteering in every capacity available, including coordination of program development. His career experience ranges from facilities management and small business development to designing regional recycling programs.  He has served on several business development association boards, and recently created to promote the development of an under-utilized business district in Kansas City, Missouri.

Barry Anderson

Barry Anderson: Barry is an artist, his work in video, photography and installation has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world and is in the permanent collections of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Everson Museum of Art. He received a BFA in photography from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in photography and digital media from Indiana University Bloomington. He is a Professor of Studio Art in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Whitney E. Kerr, Jr.

Whitney E. Kerr, Jr.: Whitney E. Kerr, Jr. is a native Kansas Citian who graduated from Rockhurst High School in 1977 and from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in the Classics in 1981. He has worked in real estate for the past 34 years as a specialist in commercial and industrial property and is currently a managing principal with Cushman & Wakefield. Whitney has served as a Children’s Mercy Hospital ambassador and now serves as board president of the Missouri River Bird Observatory. He and his wife, Debbie, have four children, ages 26 through 30. His personal interests include hunting, fishing and writing; his book, Flashing Bugs, was published in 2012.

Kerri Reisdorf

Kerri Reisdorff: Kerri is a shareholder of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., a labor and employment law firm dedicated to defending employers across the Globe.  Since 2012, Kerri has been named a Leader in her Field (Labor and Employment Law) byChambers USA and in 2014 was a recipient of the Kansas City Business Journal’s NextGen Award, an award designed to recognize Kansas City’s next generation of civic and charitable leaders.  In addition to the Studios Inc Board of Directors, Kerri serves on the Board of ImpactKC and is actively involved in a number of other organizations including, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, the Central Exchange, and the Centurions Alumni Association.

Rachel Scott: Rachel is with Ada Media. She designs adaptive marketing models by leveraging data, automation, and AI to enrich brands in the public and private sectors. Rachel has spearheaded projects for clients such as Barkley, Blacktop Creative, DST, Tableau, IBM, Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Kauffman Foundation, The City of KCMO, Burns & McDonnell. Some of her pet-project civic work includes the Mayor’s Task Force for The Arts, Arts KC, Launch KC, and the Mayor’s Bi-State Innovations team. Rachel proudly served on Mayor Sly James’ Challenge Cabinet for two terms to implement the Open Data Policy. Rachel believes in greater leaps in human advancement through tech. Most evenings she can be found practicing yoga at her favorite studio, Maya Yoga, or scaling the walls at her favorite rock climbing gym, RoKC.

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Colby K Smith
(816) 994-7134