Now it is time to turn it into a traveling art studio!

Board Members


Secretary:  Nancy Parks is a single mother who has lived in the Conifer area for 20 years. She and her two daughters have been involved with helping Krista make School Bus Studios a reality since its inception. Nancy has been in the insurance industry for 30 years and currently is a Client Services Coordinator for Afirm Solutions. In her spare time she enjoys working with seniors, maintaining her mountain home landscape and visiting her girls in Fort Collins at CSU. 


Communications Director:  Teresa Huels has a passion for communication.  For the past twenty years she has had the honor to share her fascination about the topic as a Communication instructor/professor. Currently, she is working on a communication book and creating her own communication workshops. Teresa has been married to her wonderful husband for 30 years & they have two sons.


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Treasurer:  Fran Cremer is currently an Accounting/HR Manager for an electrical contractor.  Throughout her career, Fran has garnered experience in several areas of business including Accounting/Finance, Advertising/Marketing, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship, Data Base Management and Association Operations.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University.

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President/Executive Director:  Krista Hines lives in Conifer, is a wife, and mother to two daughters who are in college.  She is now an "Empty Nester," and is ready to follow a dream she has had for the past decade...to convert a school bus into a traveling art studio.  Krista has been interested in art since she was a child, so it is no surprise that she became an art teacher and illustrator and is now wanting to share her passion for volunteering.  For many years, Krista has volunteered in the mountain schools, a local theater, youth groups, homeless and animal shelters, nursing homes, and food banks.  She also enjoys the outdoor adventures of Colorado and loves to hike with her dogs, camp, raft, ski, and spend time with her family. 

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Art Director:  Joan Arent is a professional presenter, painter, sculptor, illustrator and author. While educating, empowering, and entertaining, she shares her message of “Whimsical Proactive Problem-Solving” through uplifting products and presentations. Joan speaks around the world, motivating others with humor, inspiration, and encouragement while instilling a key life-changing message: No matter the hurdles, with creative thinking, perseverance, and passion, everyone can succeed.

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Bi-lingual Communications Director:  Jane Ratzer is an international sales professional with over 15 years of experience with diverse manufacturers and sales channels. Fluent in Spanish, she graduated with a MA in Spanish from the University of Colorado Denver in May 2015 and a BA in Spanish from Gonzaga University in 1992. She enjoys traveling, including regular business trips to Mexico. She has volunteered with Mi Casa Resource Center, Shared Beginnings (through St. Anthony's Hospital) and Food Bank of the Rockies and is a current member of the Alianza de las Artes Americanas group of the Denver Art Museum and Museo de Las Americas. A foothills resident for 18 years, Jane likes serving the community and is a true believer in the power of art so is delighted to contribute to School Bus Studio's mission.