Our Creative Team

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Donna Gority

ArtsAltoona Chairperson; Former Blair County Commissioner

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.

ART RENAISSANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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.

Jennifer Knisely

Board Member

Jennifer Knisely has been the Executive Director of the Altoona Area Public Library (AAPL) since 2011. Beginning her library career as a work study student at the AAPL in 1994, Jennifer has held various positions including: Technical Aide, Youth Services Coordinator, Outreach Services Coordinator and Children’s Services Director. She also serves as the System Administrator for the Blair County Library System. Her professional service includes the Advisory Board for Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center, Vice-Chair of the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System Board, and Director-at-Large of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Jennifer lives in Duncansville with her husband Robert and daughters, Meghan and Melena.

Ann Bickel

Director of Curriculum Development

A former middle school art educator, Ann is a community art educator and the owner of Photographic Memories by Ann M. Bickel. Ann brings her passion for art to ArtsAltoona’s After School Arts Program (ASAP), creating inspiring programs for young people that introduces them to all genres of the arts – opening their hearts and minds to all sorts of creative possibilities!

Chelsea Kerr

Board Member

Owner of Kerr Kreations Floral & Gift Shoppe. Chelsea loves what she does and enjoys helping her customers find a unique gift for that special occasion. She is currently working on adding a boutique to her business and is very excited about this new adventure. “I enjoy being part of our community & being a part of the revitalization of Downtown Altoona. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family & friends, worship & being with my horse.”.

Mike Holzer

Steering Committee; Technical Advisor

Ukulele maven, serial hobbyist and technical wizard, Mike is a member of the ArtsAltoona Steering Committee and serves as a technical advisor.

Mark Condrin

Board Member

Korin Coppeta

Board Member

Barry D'Andrea

Board Member

Allen Thompson

Board Member

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.

Rebecca Strzelec

Board Member

STAFF MEMBERS

Tony DeGol

Monthly Contributor

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

Peter Frantz

ArtsAltoona Program Director

During the past ten years, I have been continuing my lifelong work as a professional artist but I have also spent considerable time working for nonprofits. Those efforts have always combined youth and community programming with art, creative problem solving, collaboration and innovation to help create inclusive and sustainable entrepreneurship. We always look for ways of developing personal economies and empowering communities, something that lifts us all. A perfect segue for me into ArtsAltoona and our home in these mountains.