ArtsBank, Inc. Board
Board of Directors
Scottie Roberts Wiest, President
Scottie is native of Elkins, West Virginia and is very passionate about the arts and art education. She has been selling functional pottery in West Virginia since 1967. After college she studied ceramics in Kyoto, Japan with Takeichi Kawai and at Rising Fawn, Georgia with Charles Counts. In 1981 Scottie with her husband Jim returned to her home town where she makes pottery, works with arts-in-education, gardens and lives as an active and influential member of the art community.
Rachel Montgomery, Treasurer
Rachel’s background is in theatre, music and education. She came to Elkins in the late 1980s as a
D&E student pursuing a degree in theatre. She earned two business degrees along the way, with a
dream to one day own and produce her own dinner theatre. Through her years in Elkins she has
been involved with Davis & Elkins College Theatre and Music Departments, EACT (Elkins Area
Community Theatre), and the Old Brick Playhouse in various roles ranging from designer to
stage manager to cast member. She currently is a substitute teacher for Randolph County
Schools, and volunteers for several community organizations in addition to ArtsBank for the
betterment of the community and it’s youth.
Jill S. Fisher, Program Director
Jill Fisher joined ArtsBank as the Program Director in July of 2016. She has six years ofexperience working with other non-profit organizations in Randolph County that focuson enriching the lives of children in the community. She has degrees in environmental studies and biology from the State University of New York and worked as a field biologist for the State of Florida before moving to Elkins. In addition to working for ArtsBank, Jill is the owner of Main Line Books, a retail bookstore located in the historic Delmonte Market in downtown Elkins. She is also a potter and is the owner of Wintergreen Pottery.
Kelly Binns Bibey
Although not trained as an artist, Jean grew up with a love of art and beauty, thanks to her mom.
As an English teacher in the Randolph County public school system, she frequently integrated
the arts into her curriculum. An enthusiastic supporter of ArtsBank, she lauds its commitment to
enriching art opportunities in Randolph County Schools.
Mary Alice Milnes
Maggi has loved and practiced art since she was very young. After immigrating to the USA from
Germany, she earned a BA in Art and an MA in German from the University of Toledo (Ohio)
and is certified to teach both subjects. She has taught both German and art to students ranging in
age from 5 to 75. She served Randolph County schools as both ArtsBank artist and art teacher
(elementary and high school) until her retirement in 2005, and is currently active as an artist and
occasional art teacher. She also volunteers her time for ArtsBank and the Randolph County
Community Arts Center.
Pat Schoonover is a retired science educator from the Randolph County School system with 40
years of teaching experience. She was an adjunct science professor for Fairmont State
Community College for 17 years, a science teacher for the Upward Bound program at Davis &
Elkins College, and mentor teacher for the redesigning of secondary science education
curriculum in West Virginia schools. She is a six year member and vice-president of the
ArtsBank Board of Directors; a past president, vice-president and presently a director of the
Rotary Club of Elkins; president of the Youth Health Service Board of Directors; and treasurer for
the Literacy Volunteers of Randolph County.
David Shombert retired from a career in physics research and moved to Elkins in 1994.
Committed to an active role in the local arts community, he has been active with ArtsBank since
2008 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. He has also served on the Board of the
Randolph County Community Arts Center. David is an artist working in wood and is a member
of the American Association of Woodturners and the Southern Highland Craft Guild. He is also
an old-time fiddle and banjo player and occasional square dance caller.
Tammy Swecker is a retired Randolph County elementary school teacher. She is a graduate of
Fairmont State College and earned a Master's Degree from West Virginia University. Through
ArtsBank, she has had the pleasure of working with local artists in the classroom setting. She
has experienced first-hand the unique enrichment opportunity ArtsBank provides for the students
of Randolph County.
Kevin Woodcock is a professional artist, printmaker, and adjunct professor at Davis & Elkins College. He is the print shop manager at The Art Medium Company, a local commercial art firm, and has a BA from West Virginia University and an MFA from Louisiana State University. In his ArtsBank classes, Kevin introduces high school students to various techniques of printmaking. His elementary students learn painting, drawing, and simple print techniques. He also teaches watercolor and enviornmental observation in The Earth & the Arts Program with ArtsBank.