David Rousso came to the Highland Park Art Center about four years ago when he was asked to help assess its health as an organization.
Rousso stayed on with the center to help it reorganize, and since it has reemerged as a thriving organization.
"Over the course of the last three and a half years this place has really come into full fruition," said Rousso, who continues to work with the center as a board member.
His wife, Gabrielle, came to the art center shortly after he began, and today she is the executive director.
And although not artistically inclined, Rousso has taken several painting classes and discovered a love for it.
"I really love the idea of there being an art school in Highland Park. I just think that it makes for such a lovely community," said Rousso.