Board of Directors
Belyn Richardson is a local real estate agent who loves selling the community as much as the home. She is active in Main Street Wetumpka and Trinity Epsicopal Church. Prior to entering into a real estate business she was Deputy Director for the Department of Human Resources. Belyn will tell you she is not an artist but going to visit museums is one of the first things she does when traveling.
Tra Cosby is a retired community banker who, along with his wife Connie, has lived and worked in Wetumpka for 40 years. During that time Tra has been involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations, including being President of the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce twice. Tra, who claims he has zero artistic talent of any kind, has always had great admiration of anyone who is gifted artistically and has nurtured those skills. He doesn’t understand why anyone would purchase a print when affordable originals from local artists are so readily available.
Ashley Cousins is an environmental engineer with a passion for the great outdoors and its beauty, and is in awe of the artists who capture it on canvas. She and her husband, William, moved to Wetumpka a few years ago and wanted to get involved in the community. They enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, and just about any activity on the Coosa River. The Kelly provided an opportunity to combine her love of the outdoors and art with the first Annual Wetumpka Wildlife Arts Festival, and she was “hooked” (no pun intended). She is excited about the Kelly’s mission and plans for the future. She is a member of First Methodist of Wetumpka and has two “almost” grown children.
Linda Lewis is a local Wetumpka resident and artist who loves the community. She has served on the Kelly board for the past three years and enjoys reading, cooking and painting.
Lynda Fain is a newly retired teacher after 43 years of teaching elementary and middle school. She taught an art appreciation class which helped to increase her love for art and history. This is her first year to serve on the Kelly board, and she is excited about working with the Kelly as it expands and grows. She attends First United Methodist Church in Wetumpka. She loves spending time with her grandchildren and introducing them to art and cultural experiences.
Erin Rogers is a homemaker with lots of passion for her community. A native of Northwest Alabama, specifically Sheffield, she grew up on the Tennessee River & feels very much at home in the river town of Wetumpka. A graduate of Judson College with an interdisciplinary degree in Business Administration & Political Science, Erin feels quite useful serving as the new Treasurer of The Kelly. She is actively involved with Trinity Episcopal Church, Scouts, The Mayflower Society, DAR, P.E.O, her book club, & of course, The Kelly! In her downtime, you’ll find her planning trips, reading, cooking, entertaining, working on genealogy, & treasure hunting for her personal art collection. Erin is wife to Matt & mother to three young boys, Rutledge, Gaines, & Pearson.
Barbara Bennett has been with The Kelly since its beginning and served as treasurer for many years. She retired from USDA Rural Development as Director of Administrative Programs. She lives in the suburbs of Wetumpka, aka Wallsboro, keeps books for her husband’s business, and hopes to soon resume her love of traveling to places she’s never been. And, no, Barbara isn’t an artist, just enjoys hanging out with creative people.
Beth Coleman is an interior designer as well as an architecture enthusiast. She is an active member of First Methodist Church Wetumpka. She loves her community that she has called “home” the last 35 years. As a third year board member, Beth has been fortunate to help steer the vision and design of The Kelly’s prior location on Main Street and current home at 301 Hill Street.
Justin D. Edwards is an Attorney in Wetumpka, Alabama for the Law Firm of Edwards & Edwards, P.C. He is a licensed member of the Alabama State Bar, the Florida Bar, and the Elmore County Bar Association. Justin serves as the City Attorney for the City of Wetumpka. He is also an appointed Special District Attorney for ad valorem tax appeals and handles corporate matters, wills, trusts, and estates for the firm. Justin is a dedicated husband, father, and coach of his children’s athletic teams. He is a member of the United Methodist Church and is a supporter of the Arts in Elmore county and abroad.
Charlotte Whetstone is a retired educator who delights in living on Lake Jordan. She also enjoys traveling with her husband and reading. Although Charlotte is not an artist, she does appreciate their work and has a collection of art from her travels and local artists. She likes to plan the special events for The Kelly.
Wayne Turner is a retired attorney who lives on Lake Jordan. He and his wife Adelia are active members of Trinity Episcopal Church. Wayne has been on the board since 2014 and, although he is not artistic ( can’t draw stick figures), he appreciates and enjoys art, and Adelia is an artist. He chaired the committee which searched for a new home for The Kelly and has overseen the renovation of our new building.