Staff & Board
Bob Ebinger - Board President
Before moving to Montana in 1998, Bob Ebinger was an award winning free-lance Director of Photography based out of Los Angeles. He is a founding member of the Livingston Center and current Board President. In addition to his artistic interests, he is involved in local and state-wide historic preservation projects and civic and economic development issues. He is currently writing the biography of Emanuel Goughnour, an early Livingston lumber entrepreneur.
Gayla Nicholson - Treasurer
Kathy Bekedam - Executive Director
Originally from North Carolina, Kathy and her husband, Steven, a NPS employee, have lived in seven different western states since 1998. Having received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from American University; Kathy has held a variety of jobs working for small retail businesses and non-profits. Upon their move to Montana in 2014, she and her family have become committed members of Livingston’s vibrant community life. Accepting the position of Executive Director in October of 2015, Kathy brings strong organizational and retail skills as well as a deep appreciation of art and a commitment to promoting the value of art and cultural education for all members of the community.
Robin Hoggan - Board Member
Robin has served the Center during the past twelve years in various posts including President, Secretary, teacher, and volunteer. Prior to her work with the Livingston Center, she worked as an accountant in the film industry (Imagine Films and Castle Rock Entertainment). Earlier work included administrative duties for several Government sub-contractors whose work involved military applications (she held a Top-Secret clearance). Robin sat on the Sixth Judicial CASA/GAL board, is a member of the Livingston Gallery Association, and works part-time for the Parks Reece Gallery. In all of these capacities, she has provided her website and graphic design skills.
Chau Nguyen - Board Member
Chau Nguyen is a working jewelry and felting artist as well as the manager of a local vacation rental. She teaches classes and contributes many volunteer hours to several important committees at the Center. Born in Saigon, Chau and her family moved to America at the end of the Vietnam War. Prior to her career as a working artist, she worked as a programmer and business analyst. She received a BS in Math and French from Birmingham Southern College and obtained her MBA from Samford University while working for South Central Bell and BellSouth Services. Chau also enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and outdoor activities.
Cynthia Handel - Board Member
Cynthia has investigated sculpture and performance for the past 25 years. Her work combines fabricated steel, cast bronze and iron elements with silk, wood, beeswax and fire. All of which are "poetic and graceful, intuitive and intimate much like a dance of the body". Cynthia obtained her MFA from San Jose State University. In addition to teaching at numerous universities throughout the US, she has presented her work internationally at The College Art Association, International Sculpture Conferences and The International Conferences for Cast Iron. She has participated in artist in residencies in Wales, England, CA, MN, WY, MT and NM. She now maintains a studio in Montana.
Ann Gannon - Board Member
Born in Hawaii, Ann has lived in the West and Montana in particular for most of her life. Growing up, she attended schools in Minnesota, Montana and Oregon. Ann holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology which she uses in her work as a middle school counselor. She is married and has two twenty-something sons of whom she is very proud. In her free time, Ann enjoys reading, knitting, dancing, artistic endeavors and being outside in all seasons. She participates as a LCAC board member to advocate for art and creativity education for everyone.