Staff

Catherine Brewer

Summer Spree Coordinator

Catherine is a former scientist from Winston Salem, North Carolina, Catherine now spends her time as an after-school and substitute teacher at School in Rose Valley and teaches art classes for kids on the weekends at CAC.

Tracy Buchanan

Program Director

tracy@communityartscenter.org

Tracy joined the CAC staff as Program Director in September 2017 after working for many years in programming at the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.  She holds a BFA in ceramic sculpture and an MS in arts administration.  Besides the arts, Tracy is super passionate about running, camping, travel and sharing good food with good people.

Liz Coley

Volunteer Coordinator

volunteer@communityartscenter.org

Liz joined the CAC staff as Volunteer Coordinator in the fall of 2015 after retiring from a 35 year career in the private sector.  Liz rediscovered CAC when she enrolled her granddaughter in the ArtStart Program and instantly was drawn to the vibrant environment and people.  When not recruiting volunteers or participating at events held at CAC she enjoys travel and gardening at her home in nearby Springfield.

Andrea DiFabio

Marketing Coordinator

adifabio@communityartscenter.org 

Andrea has been CAC’s marketing associate since 2011.

A communications professional and writer specializing in the fashion, art and entertainment industries with 25+ years of experience, she has secured media placements for CAC in the Daily Times, Town Talk, Swarthmorean, City Suburban News, Destination Delco, Main Line Today Magazine, and more.

Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications/ Radio-Television-Film from Temple University and is a member of The Press Club serving the Philadelphia suburbs.  When not working, she enjoys going to concerts and hanging out at her record store.

 

 

Austin Dodson

Caretaker

Austin is the Caretaker of Buildings and Grounds.  He earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and is a certified Permaculture Designer.  He is rarely without pen and notepad on his person.

Paul Downie

Executive Director

pauldownie@communityartscenter.org

After many years as a working artist painting community murals and teaching, Paul joined the CAC staff in 2010, serving as the Program Director for the first two years. He became the Executive Director in 2012.  When not at the Arts Center Paul can often be found playing drums in a wide variety of situations.

Anna Masciantonio

Administrative Coordinator

anna@communityartscenter.org

Anna joined the CAC staff in 2018 as the Administrative Coordinator. After falling in love with clay in a class at the CAC many years ago, Anna went on to pursue a career as a studio potter.  She is happy to be back at the CAC and excited to get involved in the ceramics studio.

Sarah Scarborough

Saturday Office Staff

sat@communityartscenter.org

Italina Shea

Office Manager

ishea@communityartscenter.org

Italina starting working at the Arts Center in 2007 as a part-time office assistant and quickly became full-time and the office manager.  She found the Arts Center a few years prior looking for somewhere to take drawing and painting lessons.  She took her first lesson  and  fell in love with the place, the people and the rest is history.  She lives in nearby Springfield with her husband where they raised their two amazing daughters who spent  middle school and high school summers attending, volunteering and working at Summer Spree being mentored by their dear friend Debby.

Jim Sheffler

Ceramic Studio Manager

jimsheffler@communityartscenter.org

While working as a licensed Chemical Engineer, Jim began taking classes at the Community Arts Center in 2006.  In 2009, Jim became an Associate at the arts center and was juried into the Potters Guild in 2016.  Jim joined the staff in 2017 as the Studio Coordinator.  Jim’s Website: http://www.jimshefflerpottery.com/

 

Jane Valdes-Dapena

Development

jane@communityartscenter.org

Jane joined CAC in 2005, and never gets tired of telling people what an amazing place it is. She has lived in her own old (but much smaller!) house in nearby Media for 25 years. Her background includes working for a number of nonprofit organizations and small art galleries.


Board Members

Parris Bradley

Member

Debra Brannan

Member

Shane Campbell

Member

James Curtis

Vice President

Marna Elliott

Member

Tom Glancey

Member

Zubair Kahn

Member

Megan Murphy King

Secretary

Ginger March

Member

Deb Nason

Member

Lisa Pacell

Treasure

Rinal Parihk

Member

J. Rossi

President


Advisory Board

Susan Albrecht, Wendy Cotton, Joan Gallagher, Bob Gross, Jim Harrison, Robert Kenworthy, Elizabeth Rubin, Carol and Harry Salo, Saundra Shepard, Robert Speare