What If?

What if we could mix the spirit of imagination into the air of community life?

What if the stimulating and generative effects of art, creativity and innovation could infuse the very air we  breathe?

What if a group was born to ensure this mix?

AIR4arts Was Spawned by AIR

For twelve years, the Arts Incubator of Richardson (AIR), focused on obtaining a facility for artist studios, music and theater rehearsals and meetings.  While seeking funding, AIR created popular community programs such as Ricochet Richardson Arts and Music Festival, Pop-Up Art Shows, Storytelling Festival, and the AIRTime interview series. AIR activities were live events. COVID-19 rendered in-person events impossible. In order to survive, grow, and expand its reach, change was necessary.

As of March 2021, we are now AIR4arts.

Embracing the digital age, AIR4arts seeks to inspire and nurture the development of emerging artists and innovators. The organization offers a platform through which to share the fruits of creatives’ efforts with the community. AIR4arts serves as a greenhouse for creative endeavor, taking a spark of imagination, nurturing it and helping it resonate in the delight of possibility.

AIR4arts has established a virtual headquarters on Walkabout Workplace. Other new technologies and platforms are being explored. Programs which educate, mentor and honor creatives, arts and artists are being introduced.


AIR4arts’ mission is to provide a platform to nurture and celebrate artists and innovative thinkers through educational, inspirational and supportive programs and resources. Help creatives enhance their professional and entrepreneurial skills, allowing them to prosper in their fields.


Be an Invaluable Resource and Advocate for Creatives, Artists and Innovators

“…[The leadership of AIR4arts has] totally reworked the Board of Directors with truly passionate artisans who also happen to be incredibly driven, changed the direction from being a sporadic event-driven entity, completely rebranded and seriously upped the game and outreach to where it is today – on a very upward and widespread trajectory. Programming has not only changed to meet the times, it has also increased, along with the influence and additional outreach to solidify AIR4arts as a true artistic one-stop-shop for collaboration, inspiration and education.”

Kimberly A. Quirk
Richardson Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director, Leadership Richardson
City of Richardson
Vice-Chair, Cultural Arts Commission

Board of Directors

David Nethery


David has lived and/or worked in Richardson since 1974. He has been a financial advisor since 1991. Previously, over a span of 20 years, David served as a teacher, school counselor, psychologist and counselor in private practice. A graduate of Henderson State University majoring in English and history, he subsequently obtained a master’s degree in counseling and psychology from the University of North Texas.

The arts have always played an integral role in his life, even as a small child. Playing the piano, acting in plays, and reading numerous books gave wings to David’s spirit and ignited his imagination. Other artistic endeavors have included choirs, band and stage band.

Most recently, David began singing with The Contemporary Chorale in 2009. His support of the arts included serving as Treasurer of the Chorale; Treasurer of AIR; and President and Chairman of the Board of the Richardson Arts Alliance. David is an alumnus of the Leadership Richardson program, which helped to deepen his understanding and appreciation of how the community operates and intersects with the arts and business.

David believes, “While creativity must sometimes occur in isolation, it really is a community experience that is most impactful when shared. It is the symbiosis between the community supporting the creative and the creative enriching the community.”

Laura Davis

Laura Davis


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.

Tony Hurtado

Chair, Education Committee

Tony Hurtado is the Co-Founder, COO and CRO of AERnano, an IoT services company focused on reducing energy costs and carbon footprints for businesses. He has 35 years of experience in helping energy and telecommunications companies identify and pursue strategic marketing opportunities through an array of sales and marketing resources. Prior to founding AERnano, Tony worked in Ericsson’s strategic marketing group where he supported the North America region’s Systems, Cloud and IoT initiatives. Tony was one of the original employees at Masergy Communications and served on the management team with responsibilities for Marketing and Public Relations.

Tony holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah and is a Truman Scholar. Tony has served on the board of numerous non-profits in southern California, including the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts.

Timmy Newsome

Chair, Finance Committee

A member of four collegiate football hall of fames, Timmy Newsome, a former Dallas Cowboys football player, finished his career as the 9th-leading receiver in program history. He was named to the Dallas Cowboys Weekly Newspaper all-decade team.

Football off-seasons were spent working as a computer programmer/analyst in banking, voter registration, and elections systems. In 1991, Newsome founded Newtec Business Solutions (NBS), developing software for wholesale and distribution businesses. Today, NBS is a managed services technology company and provider of unified communications and collaboration products and services to the private and education sector.

Newsome currently serves on the Computer Science Industry Advisory Board for Winston-Salem State University’s Department of Computer Science; on the Board of Directors for Children at Risk and National Alliance on Mental Illness; and is chairman of North Texas Advisory Board. He earned a degree in business administration from Winston-Salem State University.

Brandon Call

Chair, Marketing Committee

Brandon J. Call is an editorial copy manager at Neiman Marcus Group on the internal creative services team. An award-winning business and data journalist, he previously served as an editor for D CEO Magazine and the Dallas Business Journal, as well as 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, the City and Regional Magazine Association, and the International Association of Business Communicators.

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.

Angela Mia De la Vega

Chair, Program Committee

Angela Mia De la Vega is an award-winning bronze sculptor. She is renowned for creating elegant bronze figurative sculptures for international collectors, institutions, and corporations across the globe. She says her work is inspired by the ever-changing individuality of her children.

A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania and completing post-graduate studies at the University of Madrid, Spain, Angela is an elected member of the National Sculpture Society, a Master Signature member of American Women Artists, and was named a Living Master by the internationally prestigious ARC (Art Renewal Center).

Her public bronze installations are featured around the globe. Locally, you can visit Stonecreek Business Park in Frisco, Main Marketplace in Little Elm, CityLine in Dallas, or Hackberry Creek Park in Highland Park to view her extraordinary work.

Toni Portmann

Chair, Technology Committee

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 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.

Kyle Kepner


Kyle Kepner was elected to the City Council in May 2019 and served two years. As a council member, he served as the Cultural Arts Commission Liasion. He is active with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and supports many other organizations through his business and is also active with both of his children’s PTA organizations. Kepner is a lifelong resident and small business owner in Richardson. He has been a sommelier for 20 years and got his wine career started in 1998 at III Forks as the assistant general manager and sommelier. He went on to work in the wine restaurant and wine industry for 19 years before opening his own business, The Wine Authority, in October 2017 in the Canyon Creek area of Richardson. Kyle is currently working on multiple new concepts in the CORE District of Richardson. Kepner graduated from the University of North Texas in 1993 with a BBA in Strategic Forecasting and Marketing with a minor in Spanish. Kepner and his wife, Jazz, have a son and a daughter.

Lin O’Neill


Lin O’Neill is CEO of O’Neill Enterprises and founder of Assistant Living Managers’ Certification and Training (ALM-CT).

Lin is widely recognized for being a thought leader, consultant, speaker, and business coach who inspires and assists with radical transformation. Her experience spans multiple industries and includes expertise in Operations, Consulting, and HR.  She is a former Vice President and Board Member for Continental Airlines, where she operated a $300MM division with responsibility for several thousand employees, and a former HR Director for TRW, where she had both national and international HR responsibility.

Currently, Lin serves as: Lead Faculty for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and DFW Instructor for the SBA’s Emerging Leaders program. Lin has a B.S. in Sociology, M.B.A., and is licensed as an Assisted Living Administrator.  She was named to D CEO Magazine’s 2019 & 2020 Dallas 500 list as one of the most powerful business leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Glen Silver


Dr. Glen Silver, a chiropractor for 30 years, created with his wife, Dr. Ana Cobian-Silver, Silver Health Center in Richardson, Texas. It is a holistic healthcare center for all people with the goal of improving one’s health, well-being, and life through natural methods. In addition, Glen is a faculty member at Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, training senior chiropractic interns at his office.

Outside his chiropractic practice, through observing how stress may affect people on many levels, Glen created a company providing stress intervention programs for the corporate workplace.

For most of his life, Glen’s passion has been music. Following formal music education, he played sax in many Dallas-based bands for years. Currently, one of his sons is a professional sax player in New York.

Paul Adelson


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.


Susan Morrow

Susan Morrow

Executive Director

Susan Morrow brings 25+ years of experience in reputation management and communications strategic activities. She has owned her own firm, Morrow & Associates Reputation Management in Richardson, where she currently resides. Susan holds a degree in English and communications from Georgia  State University and a master’s degree in developmental psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

As a steward in the community, Susan served on the marketing committee for the Tech Titans Awards, sponsored by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce’s Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC); she served on the board of directors for Richardson’s North Texas office of Junior Achievement, was a member of its executive committee, chaired the Awareness Committee, and was a volunteer teacher for the organization. In addition, Susan was a member of the Women and Heart Health committee for the American Heart Association.

Susan is an advocate for missing children, and she wrote a book, published in 2014, “Unbreak My Heart: Meeting My Children as Strangers.” For ten years, she was a consultant for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children where she managed a team of twenty volunteers.