Jennifer Conley Darling
Executive Director

Jennifer Conley Darling is native Marshallite. Upon graduating Marshall High School, she lived in New York City for 23 years, working in event management and non-profit arts management. She is the President of Darling & Company and the Artistic Executive Director of terraNOVA Collective. Since moving back to Marshall in late 2015, her local clients include The Franke Center for the Arts as the Director of Children's Theater and Arts Education, Eastend Studio & Gallery as the Acting Executive Director, and Starr Commonwealth as the Project Coordinator for Marshall Public School's Resilient Schools Project and the Albion-Marshall Resilient Communities Project. She is also the Managing Director for the Marshall Youngish Professionals Committee. All of these projects and clients speak to Jennifer's passion for mentoring youth, for sharing our stories with each other, and for creating new opportunities to express ourselves through all forms of art.

Kat Whaley
Program Director

​Kat has a degree in Visual Communication from Ashland University. She grew up in Ohio, but has lived in Michigan since 2004. She taught art in public schools for nearly 30 years and has been with Eastend wince 2015. Kat also has experience as a program coordinator and an event planner. An artist herself, Kat creates art in many different mediums including felt, colored pencil, watercolor, and sculpture. Kat is outgoing and a great organizer. This along with her enthusiasm and love of art are an asset to Eastend.

Warner Ball

A graduate of Albion College, Warner majored in studio art and minored in art history, a dynamic combination for an art gallery. He also lived and studied in New York City for a time before completing his degree. Warner grew up in Manistee County, Michigan, where he also showed artwork and worked with Daybreak Gallery & Studio. Warner is knowledgable of many different movements in art history, and has a strong interest in contemporary artists. Warner’s art can be found at

Board of Directors

Eastend Studio and Gallery
2022 Board of Directors with Affiliation
Derek Allen

Chairman of the Board
Starr Commonwealth, Chief Operating Officer 

Kathleen Lambrix

Vice Chair
Teacher/Director, Kinderhaus Montessori Pre-School (retired)

John Walton

Retired – art teacher for Marshall Public Schools
President – Michigan State Teacher’s Association

Blake Bambach

Edward Jones Investments

Jay Larson

Board member
Retired – Eaton Corporation, Engineer
Michael Peck

Founder and Honorary Director
Visual Artist and Designer

Michael Dixon

Board member

Visual Artist and Professor of Art

Carol Petredean

Board member

Visual Artist and Philanthropist