The Staff

James Railing
Interim Director

Jim Railing is from Southern Indiana. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati with a Major in Art History and Minor in Religion and received his J.D. degree from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. He was employed in the general practice of law in his own firm for more than 20 years with concentration in civil and criminal litigation and commercial law. In addition to handling a wide range of cases in dozens of jury trials, Jim was also legal counsel and board member for several financial institutions and community banks. Jim is now an Investment Banker and is the founder and President of a financial firm in Indianapolis that provides capital and debt financing to established multi-unit franchise owners throughout the country generally involving more than $10 million in each transaction.

Jim has served as President and Chairman of the boards of a number of community organizations and church-related entities. He has been active within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has been a member of numerous committees at the Presbytery, Synod, and national levels including Moderator of the Presbytery of Ohio Valley, Permanent Judicial Commission, Committee on Ministry, and was nominated to serve as the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly. He served as Treasurer of the Brown County Art Guild in 2016 before becoming Interim Director in 2017.

Jim and his wife, Karen, are passionate about Indiana fine art including both historical and current artists, and in particular, the artwork of the member artists of the Guild, with whom they have developed many close friendships.

Roberta Chirko
Roberta Chirko
Gallery Manager

Roberta Chirko was born near Chicago Illinois. At the age of 16 she entered the fashion world as a model. Roberta lived in Milan, London and Paris before moving to New York where she met her future husband. In 1992 Roberta settled on top of a hill in Brown County and started her family. She fell in love with Brown County and the people who lived there. Roberta co-founded the restaurant Muddy Boots in downtown Nashville where she met many local artists. Although she is not an artist herself, Roberta loves all types of art and people. Her friendly enthusiasm is a wonderful addition to the staff of the Brown County Art Guild.

rachel digregorio
Rachel DiGregorio
Office Support Manager

While being born and raised in a family woven deeply into the musical fabric of Nashville, Tennessee, Rachel developed her artistic nature in the visual arts. In her early teen years she was an avid photographer. Her early 30's brought the discovery of clay and the creation of many utilitarian objects that can be found around her home. She is currently a member of the Sycamore Ridge Ceramics Studio..

Rachel left Nashville as a teenager to live with her mother in Vincennes, Indiana where, while being beaten into a cultural stupor, she developed relationships that came to define the next stage of her life. Rachel and her new found friends soon moved to the regional cultural epicenter of Bloomington where she purchased and remodeled a house, managed several businesses (including The Wandering Turtle Art Gallery), raised a dog, grew a million flowers, worked independently as an artist’s assistant, curated art shows and collected more pressed pennies than you care to know about. Rachel is thrilled to share the work of Guild artists with visitors and continue her life's work of being of service to the arts.

Maggie Evans
Maggie Evans
Gallery Associate
Maggie Evans is a Brown County native and has always enjoyed the close-knit, artistic nature of the area. Her family established themselves in Brown County on a Christmas tree farm nearly 50 years ago, and she has no intentions of living anywhere else. After graduating from Brown County High School, she attended Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus and earned her BA in Psychology. After taking some time off from school, she plans to earn her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

Maggie loves the history that makes this small town unique and wants to continue discovering the hidden treasures that make up the area. Although she is not an artist herself, she has a profound appreciation for those who use their creativity in such amazing ways. She finds all types of art fascinating; with the capability art has of representing emotions, places, people, and so many other possibilities. Maggie enjoys being a part of the art community through sharing the history of the Guild, as well as interacting with the Guild staff, board, and member artists.

The Board

David Nickel
David Nickel

David Nickel is an award winning artist and designer. In the mid-1970’s, he studied illustration, oil & watercolor painting at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. His career as a Corporate Design Director has taken him from coast to coast across the United States, from NYC to Los Angeles and Denver. He has expertise in visual merchandising, sales and marketing in addition to all aspects of graphic and conceptual design. In early 2012, David completed an impressive project with the late artist, Pamela Mougin showcasing paintings of angels on the dome of the West Baden Springs Hotel in French Lick, IN

David can be classified as a “visionary,” someone who sees and imagines the potential of a place or situation, while maintaining a deep respect for the importance of its history. He enjoys working in collaborative settings with those who share his passion for artist excellence. He believes in the creative process and how it can be applied to a focused business strategy. David has exceptional skill in predicting trends and the public’s taste for fine art and its presentation. In early 2011, he helped to re-envision the Guild’s interior, galleries, retail, and permanent collection spaces. These updates have been very well received by the many patrons, artists and visitors to the Guild over the past years.

His exposure to the Guild “has touched my heart and soul and I care deeply about its future success and its mission in Brown County. Having a strong connection to fine art and artists has enriched my life, and I want to do whatever I can to share that joy with others.”

Joanne Bennett

Joanne Bennett

Joanne Bennett has rich experience working with not-for-profits. She earned her Masters Degree in Public Affairs, specializing in Non-Profit Management in 2012. Joanne has a deep love for the arts (both visual and musical) and has worked diligently with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for many years as Director of Facilities and Audience Services. She also has freelanced as a Production Stage Manager for opera productions; community theatres; ballet productions; visiting touring productions and special events. 

Joanne joined our Board of Directors in March, 2012 and her knowledge, positive energy and desire to serve are all great assets to the Brown County Art Guild.



Kathryn Richardson
Board Member

As a resident of Brown County for most of the last thirty years, Kathryn has been an active member of the community. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Brown County Public Library and the local Rotary club, and as a volunteer through Brown County Literacy Coalition.

After graduating from Miami University with degrees in French and International Studies, she began a career in banking. Since 1996, she has participated in the family business, McGinley Vacation Cabins. She became active in the real estate industry in 2007.

Her parents are Mike McGinley and the late Elizabeth McGinley. She has a daughter, Elizabeth, and a son, Scott.

David Wilcox, Board Member

David Wilcox
Board Member

David E. Wilcox, P.E. is a graduate of Purdue University with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Mr. Wilcox worked for Indiana Bell Telephone Company for 32 years. After retirement, he chaired the Computer Committee for the city of Carmel, IN. He and his wife, Eleanor, are strong supporters of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and he is a member of their Board of Directors. Mr. Wilcox’s career includes numerous professional and community honors and accomplishments.

David’s interest in the art of Marie Goth, V. J. Cariani, Genevieve Goth Graf and Carl Graf began when he was a preschooler traveling with his parents to visit the four artists. David’s mother, a cousin of Carl’s, was raised by Carl’s parents after her parents both passed. During David’s visits, he was introduced to their latest works, “all so beautiful and oh so many of them.” During the summers, they enjoyed guided tours of Cariani’s garden and Carl’s workshop. These trips would also include visits to the Brown County Art Guild to view the latest shows, enjoy the teas, and to meet other artists as well. David’s mother also took him to the Hoosier Art Salon shows in Indianapolis. After the four artists passed on, David and Eleanor, continued to take his Mother to the spring teas at the Guild. They researched art galleries where the founders’ works might appear for sale, and they bought a few paintings as budget would allow. David says “to be a part of this organization is a dream I never knew I could have, and one which is now bringing untold joy to be able to help preserve the legacy it represents and the strength, support and stability it brings to current and future member artists of the Brown County Art Guild.” David serves on both the Permanent Collection and the Facilities committees, and the Guild is fortunate indeed to enjoy his involvement.

Joe Young
Joe Young
Board Member

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