Margie Reese – Executive Director
A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Margie Johnson Reese brings exceptional skills in cultural policy planning and implementation design. Margie’s career has included arts leadership in Dallas and Los Angeles. Currently, Executive Director of the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture, Margie has responsibility for establishing arts policy, artists training programs and creating new grant-making programs to service Wichita Falls, Texas and the surrounding areas.
Margie served as a grant maker for the Ford Foundation in their Office for West Africa as the Program Officer for Media, Arts and Culture. In that capacity, she led the ongoing efforts of the Foundation focusing on heritage preservation, conservation, museum education, governance and cultural policy. She cites among her major accomplishments funding the restoration of the slave castles in Ghana and Nigeria, and providing funding to preserve the ancient Arabic manuscripts of Timbuktu in Mali. Prior to her work with the Ford Foundation, Margie served as General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; and as Director of the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs.
Margie is a long time board member of Americans for the Arts and is Chair of the Board’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. She is an active grants review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and continues to serve as an adviser to the Association of African Museums in Nairobi, Kenya. Margie was recognized with the 2014 National Guild for Community Arts Education’s Lifetime Service Award for her lifelong dedication to increasing young people’s access to arts learning opportunities, both in and out of school; and for her powerful advocacy and action for equity and diversity.
She began her collegiate pursuits at Southern University in Baton Rouge and transferred to Washington State University in Pullman, Washington to earn a BS in Speech and Theater. Margie holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Theater from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria and an adjunct professor at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland where she teaches Public Policy in the Arts.
Ann Arnold-Ogden – Marketing and External Affairs
Ann Arnold-Ogden received a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. The Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce as Community Marketing Director. Before that, she was the KFDX-3 News Morning Anchor and Morning Executive Producer. She has worked on several major city-wide projects, coordinated fundraising efforts for nonprofit, cultural, and civic organizations, and has worked collaboratively with the public and private sectors. Ann is currently enrolled in the Goucher College Master of Arts & Arts Administration program.
She was named Wichita Falls Times Record News 20 Under 40. She helped found the Art and Soul Festival for Downtown Wichita Falls Development. She is an active volunteer for Backdoor Theatre. Ann and her husband James have 3 dogs, all adopted from local shelters.