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Jefferson Arts Council Board

Bringing The Arts To Everyone

Peggy Smith


Peggy is a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and has always been active in the community. She retired from City National Bank but presently serves as chairperson for their advisory board of directors. Peggy is a past President of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and she served on the board for over twenty years. She has served on the Jefferson County Development Authority and the Eastern Regional Planning and Development Council. She has served on the board of directors for United Way, served as a campaign co-chair, was volunteer of the year and received United Ways highest honor the Van Ryzin Award. Peggy has served on Habitat for Humanity board of directors.


From 2005 to 2017, Peggy served as mayor for the City of Charles Town. She started the movement to save Happy Retreat and was a founding member of Friends of Happy Retreat. During her term, Charles Washington Hall was renovated and returned to its original use.  Peggy initiated a National Endowment of the Arts grant to establish a C Town arts district.  She also initiated and then chaired committees for the Charles Town Car Show and the WV Fest. Peggy serves on the Jefferson County Convention and Visitor Bureau board of directors and is dedicated to promoting tourism and the Arts.


Judy Chesley

Board Member, Treasurer, Co-Chair Teaching Arts Creatively Grant Progam

Judy was a Jefferson County Art Elementary Educator for thirty-five years before she retired in 2016. Judy's Arts education background includes being Jefferson County Mentor Teacher, a Shepherd University Student Teacher Supervisor and 19 yrs. as Co-director of the Jefferson County Arts & Humanities Alliance Summer Sampler. Judy has been a recipient of the following awards: 1992 West Virginia Art Education Association "Outstanding Art Educator" Award, 1992 & 1994 WVAEA Fall Conference Presenter, 1996 WVAEA Fall Conference Presenter & Gallery Show, 1997 Jefferson County Teacher of the Year, 1997 WVAEA "Outstanding Art Educator" Award, 1998 Robert Rauschenberg- "Power of Art Award" Washington D.C., 1999 Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar to Japan, 2001 & 2006 WVAEA "Elementary Art Educator of the Year." Judy has been awarded 22 grants from WV Education Mini-grants, WV Dept. of Culture & History, Jefferson County Arts & Humanities and Jefferson Arts Council.


Kendra Clark

Board Member, Secretary

Kendra has a BFA from James Madison University and  BA in art education k-12 from Shepherd University. She currently teaches elementary school art in Jefferson County. Prior to teaching she worked in the art department at IBM and in marketing for EDAW, Inc., landscape architects and planners. Kendra also serves on the board of directors for Art Works for Good.


Christine Ware

Board Member

Christine Ware is a homemaker from Charles Town, WV. She was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. Moved to West Virginia in 1978 where she graduated from Philip Barbour High School. She is married with 1 daughter, 1 stepson, and 5 wonderful grandchildren. Christine started her career as a nurse’s aide in Belington, WV. After moving to Charles Town in 1985, she received her certification as a Phlebotomist. She attended Blue Ridge Community College pursuing a degree in nursing. This endeavor was cut short do to battling cancer for 10 years. She was able to obtain her EMT certification through RESA 8/9 in 2008.She has worked various jobs in the medical field ending with being an EMT at Berkeley Medical Center. Her passion is working with crafts and designing furniture.  She enjoys making educational puzzles for her grandchildren to help them learn their school work. She loves making Christmas decorations for her home, family and friends.


Kirsten Lee

Board Member

A lifelong career training horses and their humans taught Kirsten empathy, application of biomechanics and psychology, communication and teamwork. Tending to the farmland further honed observation and stewardship. These both inform and are often central subjects of her art and business. Kirsten creates in paint, photography, and mixed media.


Ken Fanelli

Board Member

Ken Fanelli is currently president and Board chair of the Washington Street Artists Cooperative in Charles Town, WV. He holds a B.A. in Art History from American University and an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Eastern College. His late father, Victor, was a commercial artist in the “Madmen” era, and his mother, Janice, was a high school art teacher. In the 1980s Ken was an arts and culture columnist in the Philadelphia area. He worked for nearly 30 years as a writer, editor, marketer and desktop publisher for associations and nonprofits, among them Winterthur Museum, Hagley Museum, Catholic University and the Club Managers Association of America. Since 2017 he has worked as a substitute teacher in the Jefferson County public schools.


Suzanne Ravgiala

Board Member

Suzanne Ravgiala’s talents include gold leafing, faux marble, wall murals, stenciling, antique reproduction signage, woodworking, decorative furniture painting, songwriting and quilting with found embroidered pieces. Some of her clients have been The Architect of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., The Smithsonian Institute, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Pratt Art Institute in Brooklyn, and The National Park Service Restoration Division. She was commissioned to stencil a historic church addition in Ellicott City Maryland and won the Craftsman of the Year Award from the Building Congress of Baltimore for that job. She lettered numerous display cases in the Smithsonian Institute’s 1876 Exhibit. She has gold leafed for many clients such as The Kennedy Center, The Pride of Baltimore tall ship, The National Park Service in Alaska, Roosevelt’s house Sagamore Hill, The Capitol Building in D.C., one of the clustered gold spires in Frederic Md., and the Pentagon. Some of her work can be seen at


Gail C. Boober

Board Member

Elected in 1984 as a Magistrate in Jefferson County, W.V and retired after 36 years of service. Gail attended many State and international conferences as a judicial representative for the state. She served as a past President, Vice President, and Secretary of the W.V Magistrate Association. Gail has been married to Ed Boober for over 30 years and is a stepmother, grandmother, and aunt. She attends Asbury Methodist Church and currently sits on the Altar Guild and as a Board Member for the pre-school. In her career, she has been an active volunteer at Ranson Elementary School, a school she attended, reading and encouraging students to read through the Robes to School Program. In addition she has participated in many service organizations and currently is a volunteer at the Jefferson County Health Department. 


Diana Myers

Board Member

Diane Myers is a fiber artist concentrating on traditional handweaving. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Mercyhurst University and a Master of Urban Affairs degree from Virginia Tech. Diane worked in the corporate world before moving to Jefferson County in 2002. She worked in the county schools as a substitute teacher before becoming a juried member of the Over the Mountain Studio Tour. She serves as treasurer for the Waterford Weaver Guild and is a member of the Fiber Guild of the Blue Ridge.


Linda Wright

Board Member

Linda is a self taught artist and has done many murals in Jefferson and Berkeley county. She loves painting birds and flowers because they have beautiful colors and are gifts from God. 

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