OMAHA – The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped WhyArts from planning for its future.
Jon Flower was elected president of the WhyArts Board of Directors at the board’s March 26 meeting. He replaces longtime board member and president Heike Langdon, who is stepping down from her duties. Langdon began her association with WhyArts in 2003 as a grant writer, then became a member of its board of directors and later served as board president.
“Heike has truly been such a wonderful, compassionate champion for WhyArts,” said board member Matt Bross. “She led our board with a deep understanding and appreciation of the specific needs required of a nonprofit educational arts organization. Her presence and pivotal contributions will be truly missed. We wish her the best in all her future endeavors.”
Flower, an associate in First National Bank’s enterprise sourcing division, most recently served as the board’s treasurer. He also serves as president of the Ralston Community Theatre, a community arts organization dedicated to producing high quality musical theatre in the metro. “Providing access to arts opportunities for Omaha’s underserved populations is as important now as it has ever been,” Flower said. “I’m confident our current board of directors, in conjunction with our executive director and talented staff, are fully equipped to guide this organization into a future that continues to provide high-quality service to our partners and reach more community members than ever.”
In other business at its March 26 meeting, the board named Kim Jubenville as the organization’s executive director for a two-year period ending Dec. 31, 2021. Jubenville was named as the organization’s interim executive director last fall upon the retirement of Carolyn Owen Anderson. A professional actor and graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., Jubenville has a longstanding affiliation with WhyArts. She began working as a teaching artist for the organization in 2001, was named after school coordinator in 2013 and became program director in 2016.
“During the past four months, it became clear to the board that Kim is uniquely suited to ensure the long-term stability of the organization, lead it through the COVID-19 pandemic and help determine what its next decade of service to the community will look like,” Flower said.