The Bossier Arts Council is a community organization that is focused on teamwork. We are made up of a small but dedicated staff, a diverse Board of Directors and a revolving group of interns!
Robin Jones, Executive Director
Robin Jones moved to the Shreveport/Bossier area in 2004 with her husband & two children. She currently serves as a Board Member for the Louisiana Partnership for the Arts, NWLA Makerspace, and serves as Vice-President of the Shreveport Bossier Attractions Association.
In her time at BAC, Robin has more than doubled funding and programming for our youth. With over fifteen years of experience in both education and the arts and armed with a passion for her community, she has helped cultivate worthwhile activities for students of all ages.
Through the Budding Artist Association (BAC’s Jr. Arts Council) she has provided leadership training to over 250 High School students. In addition, four years ago she created and launched Project Art Supplies which collects funds and art supplies to distribute to Bossier/Caddo Parish Schools.
Michael Byrnes, Community Development Coordinator
Michael Byrnes is a recent graduate from LSUS, and has had a passion for art his whole life. He garnered numerous awards over the years. Most recently, he secured 5 American Advertising Federation awards “ADDY’s” due to the superb instruction from the professors at LSUS. Michael is a proud military veteran of the USAF where he served 24 years of active duty as a decorated medic with valor. During his world travels in the military he was also allotted the experience of visiting some of the most prestigious museums and working with some of most outstanding people in the world that supported his love for the arts.
Education is a roadmap to success as he has acquired an Associates of Art and Design from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Associates of Science from Southwestern Illinois University, Applied Science from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) , Military Science Degree from (CCAF), Bachelors in Liberal Arts (Psychology), Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from Louisiana State University Shreveport (LSUS) and is Currently working on his masters degree in Marketing from LSUS.
Michael was born and raised in Shreveport/Bossier Louisiana, where he currently resides in Bossier City with his “Super” family. He has 4 Superkids, Mikaela, Matthew, Mason, and Meagan, and is married to his high school sweetheart, Amy. When he’s not at work he’s off saving the world as Superman……Come see, you’ll understand what we mean.
Emerie Eck Gentry, Donor Relations
Emerie Eck Gentry started volunteering with the Bossier Arts Council in January of 2016, which led to her position in Donor Relations. With her experience working in the community with various organizations, she brings new and creative ideas to life in her role.
Emerie is very community driven. She is proudly serving her third term as President of the Young Professional Initiative of Northwest Louisiana and sixth year on the Executive Committee.
Emerie has been honored with several awards in the community, including being named as one of Southern Hospitality Magazine’s Most Fascinating People of Shreveport / Bossier City for 2015, the Very Important Volunteer Award (VIVA) from the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce in 2015, and most recently was named a top six finalist for the Inaugural Virginia K. Shehee Most Influential Woman Award in 2015. Emerie is also a graduate of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ 2012 Community Leadership Program.
Emerie Eck Gentry is a Shreveport native, where she currently resides with her two sons, Ethan and Trevor. She obtained her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration from BPCC and continues to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree from Louisiana Tech University.
Kimberly McKinney, Admin Assistant
Kimberly got her start at the BAC as a volunteer. When the position of Administrative Assistant became available, she jumped at the chance to be a full time BAC employee.
Kimberly has a great passion for community and loves showcasing that our area is vibrant and active through her mad social media skills.
When she isn’t at work, volunteering, or helping raise awareness to the multitude of opportunities in the area, Kimberly is usually at home with her daughter and cats. In her spare time, she likes to craft things and add to her collection of random knowledge. She also likes dinosaurs and robots…a lot.