EMERSON STAFF

Susan Denson-Guy

  • Executive Director

Susan has more than 20 years’ experience working with education and outreach programs at museums, art centers, schools and state education agencies. She has experience in administration; physical plant management; marketing; membership services; exhibit installation, maintenance and programming; working with nonprofit boards; event planning; fund raising; program evaluation; and writing successful grants. Community association and involvement in the arts and culture; student and child voice; and civic awareness have always been important in her life and work.

Renee Stephens

  • Operations Manager

Renee earned her BA in political science with an emphasis in public administration from the University of Montana. Her education and 17 years of large project management experience make her uniquely qualified to oversee the operations of this 100-year-old, 65,000 square-foot community landmark.

Alissa Popken

  • Education Curator

Alissa has six years’ experience planning and implementing enrichment programs for students of all ages. She earned her BA in fine arts with an emphasis in painting from Northwest Missouri State University. For the past year, Alissa has been revising the Emerson’s art education offerings to best meet the needs of our community.

Mike Weix

  • Theater Manager

Mike, who started with the Emerson in 2001, earned his BA in ceramics and sculpture from Montana State University and a BFA in inter-media from the University of California-San Diego. He has worked with the renowned performance artist Allan Kaprow. Mike oversees all Crawford Theater events and provides technical assistance for events in the Ballroom and Weaver Room. Mike also plans the music program for Lunch on the Lawn, now in its 17th year on the Emerson west lawn. His band, the Longhorns, is a local favorite.

Erik Hansen

  • Maintenance Technician

Erik has 21 years of experience in construction and renovation, which is a tremendous asset for this historic building. He earned his BA in fine arts with an emphasis in sculpture from Montana State University.

Kelsey Schuerg

  • Community Outreach Coordinator

Kelsey earned her BA in Public Relations and Advertising and a minor in Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago. With work experience at a marketing agency, a non-profit literacy organization, and an architecture firm, Kelsey’s diverse background has given her the insight to reach different groups of people with the right messaging – perfect for the Emerson’s fundraising and outreach potential.

Laurie Newhouse

  • Administrative Assistant

Laurie has been a long time supporter and visitor of the Emerson. She brings a variety of skills from her past experience in sales, event planning and floral design. It’s a pleasure to now have Laurie as an integral part of Emerson’s staff as she focuses on supporting staff and visitor needs and concerns. Laurie’s friendly demeanor and attention to detail makes her a perfect fit for her role at the front office of the Emerson.

Terry Karson

  • Arts Preparator

Terry earned a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Montana State University. Throughout his career, he has served as an arts administrator, instructor and curator. In addition to his position at the Emerson, Terry has a longstanding studio practice.

EMERSON BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Wynn Jessup

  • President

After an extensive career in the investment industry in leadership positions, including most recently as chairman and president of Chartwell Investment Partners and Rigel Capital, Wynn now serves on a number of boards as a director or president. He has been with the Emerson board since 2012.

Brook Merrow

  • Secretary

Brook, who initially pursued a career in public relations and advertising, is a former middle and high school English teacher. Currently a writing instructor at Gallatin College, Brook was named to the Emerson board in 2012.

Jim Runyan

  • Treasurer

A certified public accountant and owner of Runyan and Associates, Jim was an aeronautical engineer and later an internal auditor with The Boeing Company. He established his business in Bozeman in 1995 and was elected to the Emerson board in 2014.

Shannon Roberts

  • Director

Shannon, a fourth-generation Bozeman native, brings a strong finance and organizational background to the Emerson as a senior program manager/finance and operations with the Wildlife Conservation Society. She joined the board in 2014.

Jessica Palmer

  • Director

One of two Emerson tenant artists on the board, Jessica has served on the board since 2012. Jessica experienced a successful career in investment banking where she served as a managing director with Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking, previously Salomon Smith Barney/Salomon Brothers.

Alissa Banks

  • Director

A fifth-generation Montanan, Alissa returned to her hometown to follow her passion after attending art school in Arizona. She worked for a well-known gallery in Bozeman before opening A. Banks Gallery in June of 2013. A dedicated advocate of arts in the community, Alissa became a board member in 2013.

Rod Zullo

  • Director

An Emerson tenant artist, Rod brings a unique perspective to the board, which he joined in 2014. As owner of Rod Zullo Fine Art, Rod is a sculptor who works primarily in bronze. He has earned membership and multiple awards from the National Sculpture Society. Rod is on the teaching faculty of The Scottsdale Artist School and The Campbell Center for Study of American Sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens.

Maggie Hammett

  • Director

Maggie is the Assistant to the President at Montana State University, working as the scheduler, event coordinator, and community liaison for Dr. Waded Cruzado. Before moving to Bozeman in January 2013, Maggie worked in NYC as an Assistant Vice President at Deutsche Asset Management and in the CFO’s office at The Blackstone Group.

Mike Drewiske

  • Director

Mike, retired after 38 years in Federal Civilian service with the US Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, specialized in commercial guaranteed loans, grants, agriculture and consumer loans, and economic development. Mike is currently employed by First Security Bank as Assistant Vice President with an emphasis in commercial and consumer loans. Mike was elected to the Emerson board in 2015.