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“The GFA was created to accept donations, encourage donations to support the arts in the community, and also to be the vehicle for which an arts center will be established.”
– Tim Vetang, Past GFA Board Vice President

“The GFA is a non-for-profit 501(C)(3) created in 2014 by a group of individuals who really felt a need to create an environment in Geneva putting a focus on the arts and to fund a community arts center. The future arts center will be the central point in Geneva for the different arts and will offer artistic services to the community.”
– Larry Johnson, Past GFA board member and artist

Board

GFA Board of Directors

The Geneva Foundation for the Arts is managed by a Board of Directors. Today, that board is comprised of the following members:

Doug Holzrichter, President

Doug Holzrichter joined Geneva Foundation for the Arts Board of Directors in 2018 and is a lifelong Geneva Resident.  After graduating from Geneva Community High School, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Iowa State University. Doug recently retired after his 43-year career as an architect where he was a firm principal / owner for many years. He managed a variety of projects with an expertise in recreation, aquatic and golf clubhouse projects. His interest in aquatic design led him to writing a planning guide titled “The Complete Aquatic Planner – Just Add Water”.

As Doug was in the process of retiring, he got the itch to build a vacation home in Michigan, which was completed in 2020. He and his wife, Elaine, also a lifelong Geneva resident, have been married since 1975. They have two children and four grandchildren. Doug’s hobbies include art, gardening, golf, and motorcycles.

Tim Nelson, Vice President

Tim Nelson was born and raised in Geneva. After attending Geneva High School, he earned his Master of Architecture Degree from The University of Michigan. Tim worked for several years for a couple different architecture firms while pursuing his license to practice in Illinois. Once acquired, he started his own practice in Geneva in 2005.

Specializing in residential architecture, Tim has had a hand in designing many additions and new homes in the area. His commercial projects, while fewer in number, have also been a distinctive part of his practice.

Tim’s many interests besides architecture include gardening, reading, and working with volunteer organizations. Tim is a member of Geneva Lion’s Club, Geneva Community Chest, and Geneva Beautification. He joined the Geneva Foundation for the Arts Board of Directors in 2019.

Brett Sanders, Treasurer

Brett Sanders joined Geneva Foundation for the Arts Board of Directors in June 2020. He was born and raised in Geneva and graduated from Geneva Community High School in 1975.  Brett recently retired after working for 20 year as a Financial Analyst for Smithfield Foods in Lisle, Illinois. Prior to Smithfield, he worked as a banker with several local, community banks. He and his wife, Sue, also a lifelong Geneva resident, have been married since 1981. They have one daughter, Megan Snyder, who is married and lives with her husband Bob in Longmont Colorado.

Several years ago, in anticipation of his retirement and as a creative release, he decided to take up abstract painting. He was searching for a way to express his creativity and appreciation for art.  In fact, early in his life he wanted to be a painter. On a whim, he picked up some acrylic paints and small canvases on his way home from work one night. At first, his thought was to create a few pieces as a hobby, but once he started researching the great American abstract painters, he was hooked, and has been chasing an artistic dream ever since. He is driven to create and is inspired by the great painters of the Abstract Expressionist movement; painters such as Willem De Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Franz Kline and Clifford Still, to name just a few. Examples of his past and current works can be viewed at his website www.brettsandersfineart.com.

Lynette Dubovik
Dubovik

Lynette Dubovik is an artist and graphic designer from Geneva, Il. She became interested in art at a very young age. Finger paints was where it all began and today she still doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty. She decided to pursue the arts and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and Moraine Valley Community College while attending Argo Community High School. She earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology and continues to take classes around the tri-cities area.

Lynette became a member of the Greater Geneva Art Guild in 2014 and is a founding member. Currently she is the President of (GGAG) and has been involved with the cultural arts of Geneva throughout this time. She continues to paint abstract, conceptual art and pursues photography as well. Her artwork has been in galleries in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs and her photography has won awards in Michigan. She’s a member of Waterstreet Studios and has participated in classes at Fine Line studios.

In 2019, Lynette became a member of the Geneva Foundation for the Arts. Her work with the arts community of Geneva is a natural fit for the Foundation and hopes to bring her experience to a new art center in Geneva.

Founding (past) Board Members:

Kent Gallagher
Earnest Mahaffey
Tim Vetang
Pat Engel
Trish Tkach
Carolyn Hill