Staff

Bruce Bekker

Development Director

BruceBekker@communityartscenter.org

Bruce joined CAC as Development Director in 2020. He previously led development at educational organizations – including Girard College and Breakthrough Philadelphia – and at two nationally-recognized cultural institutions – historic Pennsbury Manor, and the chamber ensemble Philomel Baroque. Bruce is an avid gardener, reader, hiker, and concert-goer, and he loves all things cultural.

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.

Saturday Office Staff

Saturday Office Staff

Sat@communityartscenter.org

Sofia walked in the office one day looking for emaplyment and she started as a class room assistant at our Summer Spree Children’s Art Camp. Now she is our wonderful Evening and Saturday Office person.  She is a high school student attending Strath Haven High School and loves the arts!

 

Austin Dodson

Caretaker

austindodson@gmail.com

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.

Lene Dronen

Program Director

ldronen@communityartscenter.org

Lene, an Artist, Photographer, and Educator originally from Norway, now residing in Philadelphia, brings an international experience to her creative journey. Graduating from the University of Gloucestershire in England, she has since embarked on a journey marked by diverse projects and mediums. Her works have been exhibited solo and group worldwide.

At the core of Lene’s artistic mission lies her dedication to challenging societal perceptions and dismantling stereotypes surrounding individuals with disabilities. Serving as the Family and Community Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, she coordinated inclusive family programs and collaborated with schools and communities. This led to partnerships with organizations like Art-Reach, Baker Industries and Project Home.

In her most recent role as Director of Cultural Arts at Sparc Philadelphia, Lene continued to champion inclusivity and empowerment through art. She has witnessed firsthand how art can inspire and empower individuals, driving positive change within communities.

Cynthia Murray

Administrative Coordinator

cmurray@communityartscenter.org

Italina Shea

Office Manager

ishea@communityartscenter.org

Italina started working at the Arts Center in 2007 as a part-time office assistant and quickly became full-time and then 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 and being mentored by their dear friend Debby Yoder.

Jim Sheffler

Ceramic Studio Manager

jsheffler2011@gmail.com

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.

 


Board Members

Debra Brannan

Member

Joe Console

Member

Marna Elliott

Member

Tom Glancey

Treasurer

Samina Iqbal

Member

Megan Murphy King

Secretary

Christie Markezin

Member

Bryan Messick

Vice President

J. Rossi

President

Patricia Woldar

Member


Advisory Board