Meet Our President Steven Ochs!
Steven Ochs is a Professor of Art at Southern Arkansas University with 38 years of experience in education. He has been serving as the Chair of the Department of Art and Design and is the owner of Public Art Walks, which specializes in public art projects utilizing decorative concrete. Steven also works as a freelance photographer; commercially and for artifact documentation. He has received awards in teaching and research. In 2013, Steven was awarded SAU’s Honor Professor of the year. Some of the course he teaches at SAU include photography, ceramics, sculpture, and three-dimensional design. He has published numerous articles about creating and marketing decorative concrete, photo-documentation, and has been a presenter and guest artist at the International World of Concrete, Concrete Décor Show and Bosch Tool events. In November of 2017, He collaborated with the Art Professors of Artemisa Cuba to create a large mural on their campus and co-presented this project at the Universidad 2018 in Havana. Steven holds degrees from the following: B.A. from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, an M.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and an M.F.A. from Ohio University in Athens. He is also an assistant instructor for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and has served as a liaison for SAU’s scuba courses since1992.He and his wife, Kerri have been married for 10 years and are very active in kayaking, hiking, fishing, exercise, and other quiet adventures in nature. They have four children collectively and four recue pets.
Meet Wally Wood, our Treasurer!
Walter D. Wood, CPA, better known as Wally, is a man who has worn many hats and has been dedicated to the Magnolia community for over 60 years. Wally was born and raised in Magnolia and graduated from Magnolia High School in 1974. Knowing he wanted to eventually become a CPA he began working for his father’s firm (K. Dale Wood, CPA) at the age of 17. After graduation he began attending classes at what was then Southern State Collage and graduated with a BBA in 1978 from Southern Arkansas University. In 1980 Wally passed the CPA Exam and was now officially certified. On November 5 of the same year Wally married his wife of 40 years this fall, Jacque Black. By 1985 Wally became majority owner and president of Wood and Wood, Ltd. In the times since he has raised two children Walt and Will and served his community and state in multiple areas. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Society of CPAs, South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and the DeSoto Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He has served as President, Vice President and Treasurer of the South Arkansas Chapter of CPAs, Chairman of the ARCPA Management of Accounting Practice Committee, as well as a member of the AICPA Vision project. He also served on the Professional Advisory Council of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Today, Wally is still head of Wood and Wood, Ltd. Where his father still works as a CPA (at the age of 87) as well as his son Will (also a CPA) his wife Jacque and son Walt. He has remained involved in the community and is currently Secretary of the Magnolia Rotary Club, Treasure of the Magnolia Arts Counsel, President of the Magnolia Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Board, as well as a commissioner on the MRMC Board of Commissioners. He is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Arkansas Society of CPAs, the SAU Alumni Association, and the SAU Mulerider Club.
Through the years he has become a passionate believer in the finer things in life such as good food, good wine, and good company. When he’s not working, he’s either grilling something delicious, spending time with friends and family, or drinking a fine wine, among other things. He is an Eagle Scout and a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal’s fan.
Meet Carey Baker!
Carey Baker has lived in Magnolia for over fifteen years but at three different times. The son of two Air Force officers, he grew up in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Wiesbaden, Germany, where he graduated from high school in 1986. Carey attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he was member of the 1989 and 1990 SEC Championship football teams. After graduating from UT with a degree in Education, he came to SAU in 1993 as a football graduate assistant and finished his masters in agency counseling in 1996. After coaching stints at the University of Southern Mississippi and winning a I-AA National Championship at Georgia Southern in 1999, Carey returned to SAU as defensive coordinator where the Muleriders went on to the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2003. He went on to coach at the University of Charleston (WV) and Henderson State as defensive coordinator. At HSU, he helped the Reddies win the Gulf South Conference title in 2010 and Great American Conference Championships in 2011 and 2012, going undefeated in the regular season his final two years in Arkadelphia.
In 2014, Carey returned to SAU as Associate Dean of Students and in 2016 as Dean of Students. He is also an active member of First Baptist Church, Magnolia and the Rotary Club of Magnolia. He enjoys working out, playing music and spending time with his three children, Johanna, Grant, and Jay Todd, as well as his son-in-law Cooper. Carey is currently pursuing his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Meet Rebecca Burns Gosnell!
Rebecca Burns Gosnell was born and raised in Magnolia, Arkansas. After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a degree in finance a minor in banking and marketing and a few years of working in the finance sector, Rebecca, and her husband, Chris Gosnell, returned to Magnolia in 2013.
She is a member of Magnolia Junior Charity League, where she has served as Provisional Party Chair, Public Relations, and chaired their 2017 fundraiser “Cupcakes and Cocktails”. Her current role is serving as MJCL Vice President and is over the newly formed Provisional Program, a program to educate the new members about the history and services MJCL provides for our community.
Rebecca is also currently a board member, past president and founding member of Magnolia Public Schools Foundation. She has served as chair of the Magnolia Public Schools Millage
Campaign and a past member of Arkansas Children’s Hospital Circle of Friends, Junior League of Little Rock, Emerging Leaders of Arkansas, and Risk Management Association of Arkansas
Rebecca is also a mother to two boys, Grayson, age 7, and Hayes, age 4, and enjoys traveling and spending weekends on the lake with her husband, two boys and friends.
Meet Mike Boyd!
Graduated Magna Cum Who Cares – U of A 1994 (Broadcast Journalism!)
Law School – 1997
Attorney since 1997
Bell & Boyd Law Firm, owner/managing member
Board member – Magnolia Arts – Forever, it seems
8 Glorious appearances in Murder Mystery
Voted Worst Performer 7 times
Voted Best Chest Hair 3 times
President, Arkansas 4H Foundation
Vice Chair, Panel A – Committee for Professional Conduct (Lawyer Police)
Former President – Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
Wifey – Jamie
Have pretty cool kids, and two FUN grandkids.
I love Magnolia Arts. I showed up for the drinks, stayed for the laughs. It has been one of the most amusing, interesting, enlightening, challenging things I’ve done – all while making a lot of really cool friends. This place is a treasure to me. Please don’t make me leave. Again.
Meet our Vice President Steve Nipper!
Steve Nipper currently serves as our Vice-President. Steve was born and raised in Magnolia. He graduated Magnolia High School and went on to further his education at the University of Arkansas receiving his B.S.B.A. in Banking and Finance and getting his Master's in Business Administration. His wife, Deborah, and he have five children and nine grandchildren. He is retired as the Community Bank President of BancorpSouth.
He currently is a City of Magnolia Councilman, Vice-Chair of the Arkansas Community Foundation, Vice-President of the Magnolia Public School Foundation, member of the Magnolia Rotary Club, Lay Leader for First United Methodist Church and Chair of the Magnolia Complete Count Committee for Census 2020.
He is past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Magnolia Regional Medical Center, past President of the Magnolia-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, past Chair of the Columbia County United Way, past President of the Rotary Club of Magnolia, past President of the Columbia County Community Foundation, past Chair of the University of Arkansas Alumni Association, past chair of Leadership Magnolia, past chair of the Magnolia Blossom Festival and co-founder of the Biscuit Boys.
He is a past recipient of the Leadership Magnolia award, past recipient of the Citizen of the Year from the Magnolia-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, and past recipient of the Andrew J. Lucas Alumni Service Award from the Arkansas Alumni Association.
Meet Deby Jones, Magnolia Arts Secretary
Deby was born in Emporia, Kansas. Her family moved to Okemah, Oklahoma when she was in middle school. She graduated from Okemah, High School in 1987. She attended Oklahoma State University for three years and went to work as a graphics designer for a marketing company. She later ventured out as an entrepreneur as an owner/operator of her own pet grooming salon in Okemah. After a very successful 5 years of self-employment, she was ready for a change and she decided to pursue a career in the medical field and enrolled at Tulsa College in the Radiography program. While there she received several recognition honors, one being named the Outstanding Student her junior and senior year. Deby graduated at the top of her class with an Associate Degree in Applied Science. She worked in the Radiology Department at Okmulgee Memorial Hospital. After only two years her leadership was noticed and she was promoted to Department Supervisor holding that role for the next eight years.
This is where she met her husband Rex and started their adventure together. They moved to Costa Rica and spent three years exploring the jungles and beaches of Costa Rica and Panama. Desiring to be closer to family, they moved to Arkansas. Deby and Rex have two daughters and three grandchildren.
They moved to Magnolia due to Rex's career and have lived here for three years. Deby enjoys serving our wonderful community and is a member of the Hospital Foundation as well as Magnolia Arts Center. She has been involved in many projects at the Arts Center with the biggest project being the restructuring of the Costume and Props Department. She loves living in Magnolia and is happy to call it home.
Her hobbies include traveling, scuba diving, motorcycle rides, playing with her many pets, and scrap-booking for her grandchildren.
Meet Zaneta Kitchens!
Zaneta Jackson-Kitchens is a native Arkansan from Little Rock. She is a first grade teacher at East Side Elementary with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Zaneta has been working in the field of education for twelve years. This year is her seventh year teaching in Magnolia. She is married with two boys, one in college and a 5th grader at Central Elementary. She enjoys acting in musical theater, singing, reading great books, cooking, trying different foods, board games, binge-watching great shows on Netflix and hanging out with family and friends, and traveling. She has an infectious laugh that can be heard down the hall and believes that laughter and a positive spirit is a balm for the soul.
Meet Vivian Graham!
I was born in Texarkana, TX but have lived in Magnolia for about 26 years. I love and know Magnolia through and through!
Graduated from Southern Arkansas University as a nontraditional student in 2018 with a bachelors in Studio Fine Arts.
Currently working on Masters in the art of Teaching through Southern Arkansas University.
I am an Elementary Art Teacher at East Side in Magnolia, AR and a resident director at Greene Hall on SAU’s beautiful campus.
I first was involved in Magnolia Arts as an art donor. I would donate pieces to help raise money for the arts. I still do and donate my time by serving on the board. I have been on the board since 2017 and I absolutely love it! My goal is to serve more years than Steve Nipper.
Some of my most popular art pieces are the designs of the Masked Molly for the Mask Up campaign on SAU’s campus. My favorite piece of work was co-created with my husband, TC Graham. Our beautiful daughter Brooklyn Rae Graham!
In my classroom I try to teach kids that they can create from things they already have. They do not have to have a lot of money to be a creative artist. We recycle, reuse, and repurpose for most of our art projects! We create our own watercolors by utilizing dried out markers that we would typically throw away. We do print making with foam pieces that would usually end up as trash.
I absolutely love serving as a board member for Magnolia Arts as well as volunteering for our beautiful community! If you are not a member of Magnolia Arts, I strongly encourage you to join our FUN family!
Meet Steve Crowell!
Steve Crowell has lived in Magnolia since 2010 after moving from Nashville, Arkansas. He was born and raised in southwestern Minnesota on a dairy, hog, and crop farm. As a stay at home dad of four from ages 22 to 6 years old, he has volunteered in every school in the district and served as a Watchdog Dad and as a flu shot clinic volunteer every year. Now he is also the proud Big Pops to his first grandchild.
He has been instrumental in developing a shooting sports program and facility at SAU and for the Magnolia School District. He is the head coach for the SAU Trap Shooting Team which currently has 24 shooters in only the second year. He is an assistant coach for the Magnolia School Trap Team. He serves on the Mid-South Clay Shooting Commission. He is also a member of the Arkansas Gun Club Board. In 2020, he was asked to serve on the National CCFD shooting Committee.
He ministers as a life coach to those in need and serves on the security team at First Baptist Church, Magnolia.
After living in Magnolia for only two years, he was appointed to the City Planning commission. Then in just two more years he was elected to city council. To date, he has served on the Magnolia Economic Development Board, Magnolia A&P Commission, severed multiple years as the Chair of the Magnolia Blossom Festival, and founded both the Magnolia Police Foundation and Magnolia Schools Trap Shooting Foundation. For City Council, he leads the police commission and is on the finance committee. He is serving on the Magnolia City Garver Plan Steering Committee focusing on the development of city plans and policies. Now in 2021, he is working on the Magnolia Community Branding Committee as a member.
Starting in 2018, he was asked to serve on the Magnolia Arts Board which is instrumental in bringing art of all kinds to Columbia County. Steve has been an actor in many of the Annual Murder Mystery Dinners!
In 2014, he became a AAA Arkansas High School Football referee. Most Monday, Thursday, & Friday nights he can be found throughout the state reffing football. In December 2020, he was honored with the offer to referee his first Arkansas High School Football Championship game.
In the midst of his community involvement and family commitments, Steve has been judging pageants for over 20 years. Together with Laura, they have Emcee’d community events through the years.
For the family, he manages SL Crowell Properties. To add one more thing to this very long list, in 2011 he began a journey to build a Christmas Light show at his family’s home to bring Christmas cheer to the local community. The Light show has continued to grow every year. During the 2020 Christmas season, the Crowell Family Christmas Lights had over 3500 people walk through the more than 500,000 lights. Every year, the family chooses a local or state non-profit to raise funds for and to date more than $18,000 has been raised with a focus on children and domestic abuse. In addition to the lights at the Crowell home, he designs and lights the Downtown Square Park and the Cecil Taylor Wilson Garden.
On another note and most importantly, he was recently voted the sexiest man in his household (FYI he is the only man.)
If you would like to make a donation, we are a 501 3 (c) non-profit organization. All contributions to the Magnolia Arts Center are tax deductible. No goods or services will be provided in exchange for this donation. Tax identification #: 71-0481133