Our Creative Team

Altoona Renaissance Team/ArtsAltoona Board of Directors

Donna Gority

President

President of the Altoona Renaissance Team, and former Blair County Commissioner, Donna’s primary role in the arts is audience, champion, promoter and advocate. She is committed to ArtsAltoona being a countywide venture and the Altoona/BlairCounty area becoming a destination haven for the arts.

Ken Decker

Vice President

As Vice President of the Altoona Renaissance Team, Ken’s enthusiasm and energy for all things arts is immeasurable. An investment advisor by day, Ken dreams of walking across Pennsylvania with his camera around his neck – and before his legs give out!

George Sackandy

Treasurer; Principal Instigator

Treasurer of the Altoona Renaissance Team, visionary and principal instigator, George identifies himself as a frustrated carver and sculptor. He is passionate about the arts, about creating arts educational programs that touch and inspire young people and about his community. His vision: when live music is available seven days a week in Blair County.

Pam Snyder-Etters

Secretary

A muralist at heart and Secretary of the Altoona Renaissance Team, Pam also carries the titles of Art Executive, artist, arts advocate, collegiate soccer coach and mommy. A true lover of the arts, Pam enjoys traveling internationally with her Murals Talks Program.

Tiffany Stuckey

ArtsAltoona LIVE! Host

Wife to amazing husband Matt, mom to two incredible sons and a former teacher with a heart for Blair County, Tiffany also serves as host for ArtsAltoona Talks. She loves to meet new people, hang with family and friends and stay active. Tiffany brings great energy and insight to the Board.

Andrea Devorris Cohen

Board Member

Currently Vice President/Partner in Blair Companies Real Estate in Altoona, Andrea has been a part of this family business for thirty years. With many directorships and board memberships to her credit, Andrea lives her belief that community building is important for everyone’s quality of life and seeks to make a difference in her hometown by serving as a leader and director for many local organizations - including ArtsAltoona!

Patricia W. Savage

Board Member

President and CEO of Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries for more than 20 years, Pat shares her talent and expertise with many community agencies in our area. She has also served as an adjunct instructor for the MBA program at Mount Aloysius, Vice President of Program Operations for Lutheran Welfare Services in Hazleton, PA, and Director of Hospice – Saint John, Kingston, PA. Her love of community and inherent desire to improve the lives of those around her make a perfect member of our Board.

Dr. Charles Prijatelj

Board Member

A newcomer to the Altoona/Blair County area, Dr. Prijatelj is Superintendent of the Altoona Area School District. His passion for exceptional education, young people, the arts and for his newly adopted community is unparalleled. Music is in his soul as a former band director and trumpeter extraordinaire! He is also founding member of the Altoona Brass Collective. Dr. Prijatelj’s vision and passion for music bring an exciting perspective to ArtsAltoona.

Angie Yasulitis

Board Member

Angie is Client Virtual CMO and Lead Marketing Strategist for The YaZo Group, a collaboration of professionals and creatives working together as contractors and partners to provide clients access to top marketing and digital talent. With award winning PR professionals and an LA based production company, Angie’s firm brings incredible talent and expertise to each and every client it serves.

Aubrey Farabaugh

Aubrey Farabaugh

Board Member

The arts are wonderful to experience in any capacity. We have many extraordinary arts-related events, organizations, and businesses in Blair County that deserve all the recognition, along with our ever-expanding small business growth. In my involvement with ArtsAltoona, I intend to continue to illuminate the arts in Blair County for all.

Deb Leberfinger

Board Member

Korin Coppeta

Board Member

A graduate from Penn State Altoona with a degree in Integrative Arts, Korin has always been a lover of the arts! Her passions are fashion and interior design! As an Associate Director with the fashion brand Stella & Dot, Korin enjoys helping women style their life through clothing, jewelry, skincare and more! She and her husband, Jude, work with their families’ businesses; Little Caesars, Al’s Tavern and Frosty Cow Soft Serve. Korin loves traveling with her family; their favorite place to visit is Aruba!

Mike Holzer

Board Member

Mike has been a lover of the arts his entire life. Mike serves as the technical advisor to ArtsAltoona as well as keeping the websites up & running. Mike is also the chief ukulele evangelist of the Allegheny Ukulele Kollective.

Rebecca Snyder

Board Member

Bridget Hammel

Board Member

Kathy Muller

Kathy Muller

Board Member

Kathy Muller has a long-standing commitment to Blair County and community programs. She is a former board member/officer of the Allegheny Ballet Co., High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Program, and United Way of Blair Co. As an early childhood educator for most of her career, she also wrote a monthly newspaper column for parents of preschoolers called, “Small Talk.” As a mother of an artist and grandmother of budding artists, she is excited to be part of ArtsAltoona and is looking forward to its growth.

Mandy Murphy

Board Member

Harriet Gaston

Board Member

Doug Meintel

Board Member

Patti Meintel

Board Member

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Kristine Fraundorfer

Board Member

ARTSALTOONA STAFF

Leah Klevan

Director of Community Relations, Event Coordinator

Leah is a part of the church council of Simpson-Temple United Parish that gifted their buildings to ArtsAltoona to become the ArtsAtloona Center! She is a lover of music and loves to support local art and artists. She is passionate about the arts, event planning, and working with kids and is excited about working with the After School Arts Program and all of the possibilities for the future of ArtsAltoona.

Olivia Steele

Director of Programs, In-House Artist

Sherry Dilling

Education Coordinator

Harold Dertinger

Special Projects Manager

Mike Quinn

Michael Quinn

Director, John F. Gority Academy for Veterans

Mike is a 20 year Army veteran with many overseas assignments including Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Hawaii. Since retiring from his 20 year Army career Mike has volunteered for multiple veterans support organizations and has worked to make a positive impact in the veteran community, something he is excited to continue doing through his role at ArtsAltoona.

CONTRIBUTORS

Tony DeGol

Monthly Contributor

Tony DeGol is thrilled to profile talented artists and engaging events for ArtsAltoona.

Doug Rhodes

Content Contributor

Jim Price

Jim Price

Content Contributor