PCCA’s team is comprised of talented individuals all dedicated to PCCA’s mission of building community through the arts.
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, and she was recently enrolled in Professional Development for Arts Programming at UMass Amherst. Jasmine previously served as Office Manager and Gallery Manager, leading PCCA Gallery to a NICHE Magazine Top Retailer Award for Best Guild Store in 2006.
In her previous role as Creative Programs Director, she coordinated programming at both PCCA Gallery and Landis House, including exhibitions, concerts, presentations and workshops. She has spent significant time with member artists to develop their work and encourage pursuit of their artistic passion. While not on the job, she enjoys reading, gardening, creating art and spending time with her husband and two young children.
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Kathleen Meglio has been volunteering for PCCA since 2004, collecting tickets at Little Buffalo Festival, leading the Country Casual fundraising committee as chair and guiding the board as president. She officially joined PCCA staff in 2020, where she took over the role of Finace Manager from longtime PCCA advocate and employee Teena Beutel. Kathleen comes to PCCA with both a love of the arts and numbers.
She graduated from Penn State University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Art, with a concentration in Printmaking. Although she has not had the opportunity to do intaglio or lithography since she graduated, they are still her two favorite techniques. Relief prints, throwing pottery and kitchen creations have been where she continues to study and evaluate her art. As for the numbers, since graduation her employment has been in the accounting field. Her experiences include cash and customer service in retail, bookkeeping, and working as assistant to controller for her family run Wendy’s franchise.
Most recently, she departed MSC Business Services, a service available to members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, after holding roles as Payroll Technician, Tax accountant, Director of Training, and lastly, Assistant Manager. She holds and maintains her credential as an Enrolled Agent, giving her the privilege to practice before the IRS.
“This position is like my unicorn, it’s one of those magical spots where I can use both my left and right brain experiences to contribute to an organization and mission I really believe in.”
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Ariana Koch joined the PCCA team in August 2022. A native of south-central Pennsylvania, Ariana grew up with a paint brush in one hand and a pencil in the other. She holds her Associate in Fine Art from Harrisburg Area Community college, 2019, and her Bachelor in Fine Art with a concentration in ceramics from Alfred University, 2021. Most recently, she finished a two-month long studio assistantship at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, and is gearing up to teach clay classes at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center, in Carlisle, PA .
Interested in working with her hands from a young age, Ariana found clay during her 2nd semester at community college and has never looked back. Primarily working within the realm of functional ceramics, she focuses on vessels for your home, table, and daily life. It is the connection to family, community, nature, as well as the lineage of craft that informs the direction of her work. Moving forward, Ariana says she is most excited for the opportunity to work with PCCA and share her knowledge as well as love of art with the Perry County community and its neighbors.
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Rebecca Myers is excited to be the new Project Director for Perry County Council of the Arts. She is responsible for the Arts in Education program and Poetry Out Loud event, as well as other collaborative projects.
Ms. Myers is an ordained Episcopal Priest and also holds a Master of Social Work Degree. She brings nearly 40 years of experience working in nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania, Kansas, North Carolina, Washington, DC, and New York City. Her connection to the arts started with piano lessons at the age of 7. She sang in choirs throughout her school years in Mechanicsburg and then sang in church choirs as an adult. She was part of the all-volunteer Cathedral Voices choir at the Washington National Cathedral and sang in the Schola at General Theological Seminary in New York City. She enjoys networking and connecting people.
Rebecca is the mother of Scot and Carrie. Scot is married to Leah and has two children, Logan and Sydney. Carrie is married to Monet and has two service dogs, Rona and Gemma. She grew up in the Mechanicsburg area and lived in the city of Harrisburg for many years, serving on the Harrisburg School Board. She is currently the Chaplain for the Newport Fire Company. She serves on the Board of the Partnership for Better Health and is a member of the Community Investment Committee.
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Marissa McGuire, from Newport, PA, joined the PCCA staff in early October 2022. She just graduated from Newport High school and plans on going to college to study art and arts management. Marissa moved from Newport to Louisiana for a few years with her family which sparked her interest to travel. Since then, she’s never passed up an opportunity to travel and see the world! Marissa loves to see different forms of art and what nature has to offer in new places, this gives her the desire and inspiration to create art.
Marissa has loved art for as long as she can remember. She grew up loving all things art and has always taken an art class. Her favorite art forms are painting using acrylic on canvas and drawing using graphite and colored pencil. Generally, she focuses on realism but would like to experiment more with abstraction. Her most recent painting is of a lionfish which was displayed in Youth Art Day 2023 at West Perry High School. Lionfish also went on to be selected and exhibited in PCCA’s Annual Director’s Choice Exhibition at Landis House. Director’s Choice features highlighted works from that year’s Youth Art Day submissions. Congratulations, Marissa!