The Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA) is a rural, grassroots success story that was founded in 1982 and established 501(c)3 status in 1985. Over the course of three decades, PCCA has cultivated and promoted a growing, then thriving arts culture in the area. In 2007, PCCA was named Best Arts Non-Profit (tie) in the country by NICHE Magazine. In 2014, more than 60,000 adults and children took a class, displayed their art, saw an exhibition, attended a recital, took photographs, interacted with an artist, read their poetry, bought artwork, held meetings, danced, sang, or painted, all under the auspices of the Perry County Council of the Arts.

STAFF

PCCA board, staff and volunteers strive to fulfill the mission by helping artists become more economically viable, encouraging adults and young people to explore art forms that resonate within them, and providing numerous local programs that community members can join as creative participants or as members of an appreciative audience.

Erika
Erika Juran
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Erika Juran, PCCA’s Executive Director since early 2017, is passionate about connecting community through the arts. Erika is primarily responsible for financial management, fundraising oversight,raising the profile of PCCA, and supporting and developing our professional and volunteer staff team and our board of directors. She is a painter who exhibits throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Erika, along with her husband and daughter, enjoys exploring and supporting our strong Central PA arts scene, kayaking, volunteering, traveling and care taking of an old house with good bones.

erika@perrycountyarts.org  |  717.567.7325
Jasmine Colbert
CREATIVE PROGRAMS DIRECTOR

Jasmine Colbert joined the Perry County Council of the Arts team in 2003. She is a graduate of Lycoming College with a double major in photography and commercial design. Jasmine coordinates programming at both PCCA Gallery and Landis House, including exhibitions, presentations and workshops. She spends time with member artists to develop their work and create an aesthetic setting for displays and sales. While not on the job, she enjoys reading, gardening, creating art, spending time with family and traveling and skiing with her husband.

jasmine@perrycountyarts.org  |  717.567.3120
Teena
Teena Beutel
FINANCE AND LANDIS HOUSE MANAGER

Teena Beutel has been a member of PCCA since 1988. She exhibited and demonstrated her hand woven baskets at Little Buffalo Festival of the Arts for several years, claiming best of show for two consecutive years. She teaches basketry workshops at PCCA. Teena serves PCCA as Finance and Landis House Manager. Which means that she takes care of all aspects of accounting and reporting as well as sees to the business of Landis House, which could be arranging a rental, preparing for an event, or even helping with exhibits.

accounting@perrycountyarts.org  |  717.567.7018
Missy
Missy Smith
COMMUNICATIONS AND GALLERY DIRECTOR

Missy Smith joined the PCCA staff in the fall of 2013. As Communications and Gallery Director, she directs and coordinates PCCA marketing and outreach and has administrative oversight of PCCA Gallery. Graduating from Millersville University in 2004, Missy holds an English/Journalism degree and a Sociology minor and is a self-taught photographer. ­­­In her spare time, she enjoys photography, writing, cooking and eating, walking, yoga, music and exploring small towns and cities.

missy@perrycountyarts.org  |  717.567.3476
Kathleen Lesh
ARTS IN EDUCATION COORDINATOR

In her role, Kathy supports PCCA as one of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ 13 regional Partners, charged with the responsibility of implementing quality Arts-In-Education programs in 7 counties – Perry, Juniata, Mifflin, Huntingdon, Snyder, Union and Northumberland – and 19 school districts. Kathy has been described as very professional, thinks fast on her feet, is a concise, strong communicator and holds the big picture. She served as a Reading Aide in 2 school districts- Newport and Susquenita. Before her work in schools, she held management roles at hospitals and hotels in Harrisburg. Her hobbies include reading, walking, traveling, cooking, watching movies, baking, going to the lake, decorating, and entertaining and hosting friends, cheering and supporting her daughter in all activities and sports, and, most of all, spending time with her family.

aie@perrycountyarts.org  |  717.925.8205
Kim McMullen
GALLERY ASSISTANT

Kim McMullen joined PCCA staff in March 2017. A Perry County resident since 2001, community service has always been an important element of Kim’s focus. She has devoted her time to Perry County both personally and professionally, volunteering with the New Bloomfield Civic Club, and serving a term as Perry County Auditor. In addition, she brings years of bookkeeping and retail sales experience with her to PCCA. Kim oversees daily operations of PCCA Gallery, inventory and artist and customer relations. She loves spending time with her husband, friends and family. She celebrates her creativity through photography, writing, cooking and music.

gallery@perrycountyarts.org  |  717.567.7017
Paul Wyatt
VOLUNTEER ETHNOGRAPHIC MARKETER
Paul is a Newport resident, and is heading into his senior year at Albright College in late August. He is co-majoring in anthropology and economics, and studied photography and journalism as a Marine Corps combat correspondent. He is a descendant of Sir Thomas Wyatt, the 16th century poet credited with introducing the sonnet into the English language. Paul is following his ancestor’s footsteps and is a published poet who won Albright’s AGON Literary Award in 2015. He also has a serious love for birds.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kathleen Meglio, President

Kate Morrow, Vice President

Richard Steffy, Secretary

Gage Lightner, Treasurer

Jason Finnerty

Maddie Fortelka

Jan Kipp

Dale Lesperance

Chris Lyter

Bob Martin

Debra Nyce

Ann Shull

Jeff Trace

Diane Witcoski