Kendall Smith II
Executive Director and CEO  

Kendall Smith has held the position of Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette since February 2007.  He was born and raised in Lafayette, graduating from West Lafayette High School.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduate school studies in Industrial Design from Purdue University and is a life-member of the Industrial Designers Society of America.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Smith spent 30 years as the Vice President, Creative Director, Business Manager and owner of Indiana Design Consortium, Inc. IDC is a full-service design, marketing and advertising communications agency in Lafayette.  He and his wife Beatrice have two children and four grandchildren. 


Michael Crowthers
Curator of Collections Exhibitions and Education

Michael is a native Hoosier originally from Anderson, Indiana.  He holds degrees from Saint Joseph’s College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After graduating from the Art Institute, he traveled to the Accademia Italiana where he focused his studies on art history and sculpture. Although he primarily sculpts with clay and wood, he also works once a year with a medium called cucurbita pepo, more commonly known as pumpkin carving.


Caitlin Thomas
Office Manager

Originally from Tennessee, Caitlin moved to the Lafayette area with her husband, Kyle, in 2015. She is the oldest of four children who were all homeschooled from kindergarten through high school. After graduating from Bryan College, she went on to earn her masters degree from the University of Tennessee where she studied voice performance. Her visual art experience is limited to sketching horses and painting a few rainbows now and then, but her passion for promoting art spans both visual and performing arts. In her spare time, she enjoys watching Reba with her husband, listening to Sandi Patty, and playing with her Golden Retriever, Ivy. 


Kathy Cowans

Kathy and her husband are both originally from Decatur, IN. After living in Boulder, CO and Austin, TX, they returned to Indiana in 1987. Kathy started her own accounting business in 2011 after working at Huth Thompson CPA. When she’s not at the museum, you can probably find her in her office in downtown Lafayette. She has been keeping the museum’s bookkeeping ducks in a row for several years now. Kathy and her husband have two grown children and one grandchild, Auggie.


LaDonna Vohar
Gift Shop Manager

Paducah, Kentucky, is LaDonna's hometown, although she didn't really grow up there because her father was in the Air Force and they moved around a lot.  Her title at Museum is "Gift Shop Manager".  She also facilitates a Live Model Open Studio, teaches Watercolor at the Museum, and coordinates the "Friday Night Live" monthly programs.  She is an accomplished self-taught artist that is best known for her portraiture, murals and other paintings in many different media. She is the President of the Wabash Valley Artists Society and a long-time member of Artists' Own, a local gallery and gift shop.  LaDonna gets much enjoyment out of the challenges of new and different projects.  She has two sons and a fabulous dog named Butterbean.


Cheryl Borst
Information Specialist

A lifelong Hoosier with a love affair in the Arts, Cheryl earned her BFA in Studio Art at University ofTennessee in 1992. She skipped back to Indiana to expand her skills with diverse employment experiences- including teaching kids classes at the Art Museum. Fast forward 15 years, having taken a break from paid employment to be a full time Stay at Home Mom, she returned to the Museum as a Docent. In short order, she found herself employed once again at the museum. This time she enjoys using her lifetime love of learning and various skills to help the museum run smoother, welcome visitors, and keep the community informed about what is going on in our growing organization. When not at work, Cheryl enjoys hanging out with her magician husband, their two cats, tending their 118 year old house, gardening, and helping their two kids achieve their goals as they become wonderful young adults.


Rebecca Brody
Membership Coordinator

After spending over 30 years in free-lance commercial artwork (mostly calligraphy and sign painting) and working in the foster care system, Rebecca Brody is now doing what she always dreamed of: painting watercolors. An artist at heart, her part time work at the museum is about all the left-brained work she cares to do nowadays.  When she’s not painting or teaching watercolor, she attends exercise classes at the YWCA with some other artists and tries to avoid eating sweets. 

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Katie Ribant
Programs and Events Manager

Although Katie has lived coast to coast, she considers herself a Midwestern girl at heart. Katie's love for the arts began when she was a young child, having grown up performing in musicals, singing in choirs, and writing and directing plays. She attended the College of Charleston, and after earning a B.A. in Arts Management in just three years, Katie accepted a position with the Charleston Gaillard Center, a nonprofit performing arts center. While employed there, she progressed through multiple roles in ticketing, development, and marketing and was an integral part of the launch and growth of the newly established organization. Katie recently relocated to the Lafayette area and is excited to serve as the Art Museum's Programs and Events Manager.