Board Members

Kenneth Howell
Founder
My late wife, Alexa Rose, brought this electrical engineer to a life and home filled with art and whimsy. Alexa was a puppeteer, a poet, a pianist, a linguist, a humorist, a watercolor artist, and so much else. Her connection to and her desire to support Boise Valley’s Art Community and its individual artists was the inspiration for this Foundation. My own creative work is seemingly a knack for renovating and restoring notable, architectural properties from Boise’s past. What began simply as an endeavor to support my family, has grown to where it supports not only my immediate family, but also aids an extended family of community artists. Alexa’s vision and her
Foundation will hopefully continue for generations to come.

Lily Yasuda
Grants Operations Manager
Lily is a writer, educator and filmmaker. She was born and raised in Boise, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting from Chapman University. She was an Alexa Rose grant recipient in 2018, and now serves the foundation as the Grants Operations Manager. She is an alumni of Foothills School, Balance Dance Company and Boise Contemporary Theater’s THEATER LAB program. She now teaches at BCT, helping small(er) humans make art. She has performed with Alley Repertory, Homegrown and Campfire Theater companies, and enjoys flexing her creative muscles both on and off the stage. Her first feature film (LIKE LOVE) was shot in August 2018, and will premiere in 2020. She is, above all else, a writer, and can usually be found typing anxiously in a public space. She currently resides in Garden City.

Karen Bubb
Executive Director
As Boise’s Cultural Planner, Karen Bubb leads implementation of Boise’s Master Cultural Plan. For 19 years she was Boise’s Public Arts Manager, leading the implementation of the Percent-for-Art policy and the development of a robust public art collection. In 2012 she received the Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Arts Administration. She teaches Design Thinking at BSU’s Executive MBA program; is co-founder and board member of Surel’s Place, an artist-in-residence program; and Trustee of Alexa Rose Cultural and Mitchell Foundations. Bubb’s MPA is from BSU, and BFA from University of Oregon. She is also a visual artist, showing at Capitol Contemporary Gallery and participating in BOSCO.

Anne Wescott
Board Member
Anne Wescott moved away from her native Boise at 15 to pursue her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer. She danced professionally with Pacific Northwest Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, including performances at the Kennedy Center. When she retired from dancing she earned a masters degree in Public Administration, began a second career in public policy, and has provided consulting services to local governments throughout the West for over 20 years. To compensate for having chosen ballet over her other love, musical theater, she was grateful to have played the lead in Boise Music Week’s Meet Me In St. Louis and has not ruled out having her own cabaret show if she can find the right costume. Anne has served on the Board of the Boise Contemporary Theater, Balance Dance Company, and Foothills School of Arts & Sciences, as well as on review panels for the City of Boise Arts & History grant program.

Jack Forem
Board Member
Jack Forem is an author, ghost-writer, and educator. Passionate about the unfoldment of full human potential, especially the creative and spiritual dimensions, he studied with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India as a young man and was trained as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation (TM). He served as head of the TM organization in New York, taught training courses for TM teachers in Europe, led conferences and seminars on the development of creativity, leadership, and higher states of consciousness, and wrote several books including a best-seller on TM. He is also on the Board of the Kagan Foundation that gives grants to teachers to further their education.

Bob Vestal
Board Member
Robert Vestal has been an Idaho resident since 1977. He is an internist, gerontologist and clinical pharmacologist, and served as professor of medicine and pharmacology, now emeritus, at the University of Washington in Seattle and associate chief of staff for research at the affiliated VA Medical Center in Boise. With his wife, Jyl Hoyt, a retired public radio journalist, Bob established Star Garnet Media to assist organizations and businesses communicate their message using photography and videography. They share an abiding love of the visual and performing arts. Having known Alexa Howell and appreciated her artistic expression for many years, Bob is honored to serve as a member of the Alexa Rose Foundation board of directors.

Jacqueline Crist
Board Member
Jacqueline Crist is an artist and Boise native who has managed the James Castle Collection since 1995. After opening J Crist Gallery in downtown Boise, Idaho she began working with the James Castle heirs to develop a plan to introduce their uncle’s art to the larger art world. Castle’s art was placed in private and public collections across the U.S. and western Europe
including the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City. Now known as the James Castle Collection and Archive, the Castle work has been included in one-person and group exhibitions around the world including the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. Crist continues to manage the art of James Castle as well as serving on the Alexa Rose Foundation board.

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