Executive Board of Directors
Mark McClane - President
John ‘Tony’ Hayden - Secretary
Tim Hayden - Treasurer
Alice Collette - Board Member

Year-Round Staff
Cathrine Hayden - Operations
Mark McClane - Operations / Administration

Committee Members
JoAnne Northrup - Art Committee
Nancy Elliott - Art Committee
Mark McClane - Art Committee / Technology
Cathrine Hayden - Operations
Tony Hayden - Technology

Mark McClane, Executive Director
Mark oversees all administrative operations of the OAC. He served 28 years working in a variety of industries from health care management to the Arts. In 1998 Mark transitioned from a fourteen year professional career as a Radiologic Specials Procedures Technologist at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Following this, Mark worked in many Bay Area nonprofit organizations, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Richmond Art Center, and Palo Alto Art Center. Mark served as a volunteer; docent; intern; consultant; educator; preparator; and manager.

In addition to currently holding a board position with the Osage Arts Community, Mark has held executive board positions for the Blue Room Gallery as a founding member, Cultural Connections an organization of professional educators and served as their web master on the technology committee. He has a graduate degree from the University San Francisco in Education, and has completed a graduate certificate in Museum Studies in Public Programming and Art Administration from John F. Kennedy University.

John ‘Tony’ Hayden, Executive Secretary
Tony oversees all record keeping and documentation for OAC. For more than thirty years, Tony has held senior management positions at Biotech firms in California. He has 20+ years of project management experience in running small to global-scale projects, and he is currently a Sr. Director at Clarient, Inc. Tony holds the following academic credentials; EMBA, Executive MBA Program May 1994, Washington University, St. Louis; MS, Analytical Molecular Biochemistry 1985, University of Missouri, Columbia; BA, Biology and BA Chemistry from Drake University 1983, Des Moines.

Tony’s feelings on the property are, “I had a picture in my head since I was 12 and when I first saw the property, I knew that the dream and reality had finally converged. This is a place for people, plants, and other things to grow and flourish. It’s a place we can pass to the next generation.”

Cathrine Hayden, Operations
Cathrine lives on site full time and is responsible for daily operations and coordination of OAC. Cathrine has attended a variety of colleges and trade schools. She started out by going to the University of Missouri, Columbia, and then finished the year at a community college in St. Louis. After traveling to a job in Wyoming at Flagg Ranch, she returned to eventually attend a trade school for computer programming. She spent time raising her children and going to another trade school to learn drafting and CAD. She worked in that field for a number of years until 9/11, when the telemarketing field took a big hit and she and others lost her job. After that she worked for a small food service business to finish raising her children. When the children enrolled in college, Cathrine decided to take her brother up on his offer to help out with the OAC project. She realized that it was a good time for a life change. She was not satisfied with city life and thought a change to the country would be a stronger positive move. She sold her home, resigned from her job, and moved to OAC.

Cathrine absolutely loves her decision of moving to a country farm. In her words, “I can look out my bedroom window and see the Gasconade River. In the winter I watch Bald Eagles fly over the river. In the summer I love the weekends because we sit in the river to wash the day’s work off us and enjoy watching the people that float by in their boats and canoes. We generally barbeque and sit in the river and watch the beautiful sunsets as they reflect off the rivers surface. We watch the stars come out and enjoy the ambiance of the environment, and smile, knowing that we don’t have to check out from our resort. During the spring, I love watching everything come to life. All of the fresh new colors after the ice and snow have finished. I watch the new born animals as they emerge from behind their mothers on shaky legs. The fall is especially beautiful with the abundance of trees and the colors they display. Their colors of gold and rusty reds, yellows, and during all that you will see the fields ripe for harvest. During all these seasons you see different flowers pop up. Then you see the multitudes of butterflies fluttering around the flowers. It is so peaceful and awe inspiring. The move to Belle from St. Louis was the best thing that could have happened to me. I have reached an inner peace that I was unable to find in my former life. I live in God’s country. I am content walking the property, feeding the animals, and attending to daily chores. Walking the property, you see all of the wild life you do not see in the city; there are quite a few eagles, deer, skunk, raccoons, rabbits, hawks, turkey, buzzards, humming birds, blue birds, and I could go on. It is a very good life on the farm.”

Tim Hayden, Treasurer
Tim is responsible for recording of all financial operations and fiduciary oversight for the organization. Tim is a Senior Vice President in the Administration department of Summit Strategies, Inc. located in St. Louis, Missouri. Summit is an institutional investment consultant. In this role he coordinates all business-related aspects of Summit. In addition to overseeing the Administrative areas, he has responsibility for all financial reporting, S.E.C. regulatory compliance, and the financial aspects of our client relationships. Tim is a CPA with a BSBA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

He has over 15 years of experience with a public accounting firm working with the auditing and tax aspects of not-for-profit organizations, public and private corporations, and employee benefit plans. Tim is also the Treasurer for St. Louis Area Foodbank, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization in St. Louis, Missouri. Foodbank is a food distribution center for organizations that feed hungry people in 14 counties in eastern Missouri and 12 counties in southwestern Illinois. Foodbank distributes nearly 12.6 million pounds of food each year to more than 450 food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and emergency-feeding programs.

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