Mission

AIR’s mission is to provide the Richardson community with a facility and resources for nurturing artists and innovative thinkers; and igniting a spirit of creativity that permeates our entire community.

AIR (Arts Incubator of Richardson) is a 501c3 nonprofit in Richardson, Texas.

Vision

Once a community has been exposed to this artistic synergy, the good that can be wrought is beyond measure. It infuses every fiber of our lives with creativity and ardor – our schools, our businesses, our charities, our homes… our hearts.

Arts groups, individual artists and corporations use the center as a home for inspiration—whether teaching, rehearsing, exhibiting or problem-solving, with a creative twist. AIR’s practical side offers space for rehearsals, classes and conducting business.

AIR is a center of activity, innovation and collaboration. Simply by virtue of being housed in a single space, collaboration will be a focus as the center’s users rehearse, perform, create, exhibit, meet and hold workshops and classes—all under the same roof.

While AIR is seeking a permanent home, we continue to put our best foot forward and live our mission through presenting and development of a variety of arts opportunities.

Board of Directors

David Nethery

President

David has lived and/or worked in Richardson since 1975. His primary work has included a private practice as a psychotherapist and serving as a Financial Advisor (currently).  While he has always been interested in the arts, David recently became more active, performing since 2009 with the Richardson-based Contemporary Chorale. His interest has expanded to include a desire to support all the arts within Richardson. In addition to having served as the Treasurer of AIR, David also served as Treasurer of The Contemporary Chorale and is currently Chairman of the Board, Richardson Arts Alliance. He is an alumnus of the Richardson Chamber’s highly touted Leadership Richardson program Class XXXII.

Heather Hurd board member

Heather Hurd

Director

Heather Hurd is a Business Banker and Vice President at Frost Bank in Richardson. Heather has been very involved in the non-profit community including time spent in her hometown of Bethel Connecticut, Fort Worth, and Dallas/Richardson/Garland area.

Heather has a passion for education, kids and empowering others. In addition to serving on the AIR board of directors, she is currently the President of the Boys and Girls Club of Richardson and a Board member of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce.

Heather brings her connecting skills, financial literacy and sense of adventure to her roles in the community. She is a very active partner in the Richardson community and always finds ways to become involved and help others.

Laura Davis

Laura Davis

Director

Laura Davis is an experienced residential architect and interior designer, having owned her own architecture firm in Dallas since 2008. Her love of art and of making creative things began at a young age and continues to give new opportunities for inspiration in her career.

Laura has lived in Richardson since 2003 and she and her husband are raising their two sons here. She is active in the RISD schools, including helping teach STEAM classes and speaking at career days. Laura is an active board member with The Dallas Woman’s Forum. She has served on and led committees in design industry organizations and has spoken at a number of local and state conferences. Laura has been recognized professionally by D Magazine, The Dallas Business Journal, and the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. When she is not meeting with her clients or driving kids to soccer practice, Laura co-hosts the podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour.

Paul Adelson

Director

Paul Adelson lives his life continually recreating creativity that makes the world unique and individuals who are never forgotten. Paul’s creativity has spanned diverse initiatives throughout his life.

Paul moved to Dallas from Minnesota in the mid-1980’s and launched Select Art, a very contemporary art gallery featuring hand blown glass, abstract paintings, 3-D wall pieces, photography and specialized in large, free standing outdoor sculptures. He marketed his art works to large corporations and hospitals successfully for 34 years. Paul became known as “The Art Guy” as he was always contacted when clients opened a new facility or did an expansion.

For Paul, helping his artists make a living and creating wonderful public spaces was and has always been a joy. He believes that this comes naturally and is inherent in his DNA. Working with AIR, Paul has a keen interest in education and helping young artists succeed.

Bradley (Brad) Lipton

Director

Bradley H. Lipton, CCIM is a director of business development for Mohr Partners, Inc. in the Dallas office. Brad has over 16 years of industry experience including marketing, leasing and tenant representation.

Brad has been an active member of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and was the tri-chair on the Richardson Chamber Signature Luncheon Committee for four years and was the lead chair for 2011 and 2012. Lipton is currently the tri-chair for the Richardson Chamber Bowling Tournament Committee from 2016-2020 (received Committee of the Year for 2016) and was a past board member to the Richardson Chamber of Commerce from 2013-2017. He also served on the board for Xceligent from 2014-2017 and was part of the Richardson Real Estate Advisory Board for over two years. Lipton completed Leadership Richardson Class XXXV and has been on his condo’s board since 2017.

Brandon Call

Director

Brandon J. Call is a contributing editor for D CEO magazine, which has been named the best regional business publication in the country. An award-winning business and data journalist, he previously served as an editor for the Dallas Business Journal and research director for Albuquerque Business First.

A graduate of The University of New Mexico, where he earned a degree in communications and journalism, Brandon has written for a variety of national business and lifestyle publications. His work has been honored by the International Regional Magazine Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the City and Regional Magazine Association.

Brandon is a graduate of the Business Council for the Art’s Leadership Arts Institute class of 2019. His philanthropic passions include sustaining the arts, empowering entrepreneurs, and rescuing animals.

Toni Portmann

Director

Toni Portmann is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Walkabout Workplace, a digital office that is changing the paradigm of remote work through a digital, virtual office.

With more than 35 years of leadership experience in board and executive management, Toni has spent her career in corporate leadership at technology centric companies. She brings a wealth of management skills with expertise in board leadership, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, process improvement and innovative sales solutions. Toni has served on public, private and non-profit boards in roles of chairman of the board as well as chair of nom/gov; compensation and strategic planning committees.

Toni has served as a board member of The Center for Brain Health, an organization for the assessment and treatment of brain diseases and she established the Tyson Johnson Memorial for Another Solution, Inc., dedicated to fighting the disease of addiction. Toni speaks at industry conferences and executive MBA programs about her passion for women in business and her secrets of success surrounding leadership. She loves skiing, biking, enjoying her 6 grandchildren and her cat, Frank.

Staff

Susan Morrow

Susan Morrow

Executive Director

Susan Morrow, APR, brings 25+ years of experience in reputation management and communications strategic activities. She has owned her own firm, Morrow & Associates Reputation Management in Richardson and currently resides there.

As a steward in the community, Susan served on the marketing committee five years for the Tech Titan Awards, sponsored by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce’s Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC); and served on the local board of directors for Richardson’s North Texas office of Junior Achievement, was a member of its executive committee, chaired the Awareness Committee, and continues to serve as a volunteer teacher for the organization. Susan is an advocate for missing children and wrote a book, published in 2014, “Unbreak My Heart: Meeting My Children as Strangers.”

Advisory Board

Mary Bedosky
VP – Bank Manager, LegacyTexas

Dr. Dallie Clark
Professor of Humanities, Collin College, Plano, TX; Writer and Poet

Liz Conrad
Visual artist, graphic illustrator, Richardson, TX

Marlys Damman
Co-founder of AIR

David Fisher
Assistant Director of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture

Gary Grahnquist
Financial advisor and former marketing director, Neiman-Marcus

Bruce MacPherson
Managing Director, Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, Richardson, TX

Nan Phillips
President of Texas Jewish Arts Association
Sculptor and glass artist; past President of Texas Sculpture Association, Richardson, TX

Reid Robinson
Media & Events Director, Dallas Arts District

Lois Russell
Past President of AIR

Chris Simonds
Chief Technology Officer, Orchatect

Susan Young
Business Development, SunWest Communications / PR

Erik Wyse
WealthStar Advisors