MEET OUR STAFF

CARLA

 Carla Pastore has been the Executive Director of CCArts since 2005. During her tenure she returned to college at West Chester University and received a degree in Fine Arts with a minor in Art History and enjoys working in mixed media. Prior to her years at CCArts she worked in the field of public horticulture for 25 years and served as the Executive Director of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta and as the Supervisory Horticulturist for the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC. Carla resides in Kemblesville, PA with her husband Sam and has one daughter who shares her love for traveling and cooking. Her other passions include running, gardening, Ikebana floral design and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 

GABE

Gabe grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania and graduated from W.C. Henderson High School in 1997. He attended Kutztown University of PA to pursue his passion for design and study fine arts where he concentrated his work in the area of printmaking. He graduated from Kutztown University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and has been involved in art education and art making ever since. Gabe continued post baccalaureate schooling with a focus on art education and worked as a professional art instructor for 12 years throughout Chester County, PA. Gabe’s experience ranges from work in the public education field with the Avon Grove Charter School and White Clay Learning Center, as well as the non-profit sector with organizations like Art Partners Studio in Coatesville, PA and now Center for the Creative Arts.

 

 

KENDRA

Kendra Dingley holds an Associates of Fine Arts Degree specializing in Graphic Design from Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD). After her 2 years at DCAD she went on to intern with the local and prestigious marketing and advertising agency named AB+C Creative Intelligence. Kendra has now been with Center for the Creative Arts for two years where she creates all of the center's design material, manages advertising, and also works with the events committees. In her personal time, Kendra creates artwork from a variety of media and enjoys spending time exploring the natural world.


 

 

 

RALPH

Ralph Kuebler is our longest serving Board member, having joined in 1997. With 30 years of banking experience, he is retired from MBNA America Bank where he was an Executive Vice President. Today he serves on numerous boards including Public Allies of Delaware, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and The Conference Board Business and Education Council. He has also served on advisory panels for the University of Delaware Academy for Nonprofit Leadership, Delaware Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education, and the Business/Education Partnership for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. He is past chairman of the Superstars in Education Selection Committee, has served for four years as a judge for the State of Delaware Higher Education Commission - Merit Scholarship Program, and has been a grant review panelist of the Delaware State Arts Council's. Ralph has two daughters Karen and Susan and two grandchildren. In his spare time, Ralph enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

EMILY

Emily A. Reed earned B.A., M.P.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Marquette University, and the Universities of Hartford and Massachusetts, respectively. She worked for the State of Delaware for seventeen years and taught criminal justice for ten years at the University of Delaware.  She has published two books (one co-authored)and innumerable articles.  She is a versatile artist working in oil, pastel, watercolor and photo art. Her artwork has won numerous awards. Many of her photos have appeared inside the PNC Bank Annual Calendar, and on the cover four times. The Wilmington News Journal has published 278 of her panorama photos. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources displayed her “Birds of America” exhibit in five state parks for three months each. Twenty-three of her photos hang as a permanent exhibition the Community Living Center of the Wilmington Veterans Hospital.

 

NANCY

Nancy is a member of the Board of Directors and has served as the Secretary since 2012. She has also served on the Luck of the Draw committee since 2011.  She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art + Design at West Chester University. Currently she teaches film and digital photography as well as digital media and has also taught 2D design and drawing. Her work has been shown regionally, nationally and internationally. She earned her BFA from Moore College of Art, an MS from WCU and her PhD from Nova Southeastern University. Her work is in the recent book One-Hundred Artists of the Brandywine Valley. She enjoys being involved with CCArts and nurturing the creative spirit in people of all ages. Nancy resides in Westtown PA with her husband Mark Hockman
and their cats.

 

 

ALYSSA

Alyssa Molin-Graves has served on the board for Center for the Creative Arts for 4 years. She is a teacher naturalist for the Delaware Nature Society, and works as the Pre-K 3 teaching assistant at Wilmington Christian School.  She is also an artist and sells her jewelry, clothing, and accessories line "The Lemon Moth" on her online Etsy store, and at local shops, Art shows and festivals.  Her art is heavily influenced by her love for bright colors, nature, and novelty. Alyssa graduated from the University of Delaware in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources, and two minors in Art and Entomology. She is currently pursuing her teaching certificate to lead teach preschool in Delaware, and enjoys bringing her creativity to the classroom.  She grew up in Yorklyn, and now resides in Bellefonte, Delaware with her amazing husband Daniel.  

 

 

BRUCE

Bruce has over 35 years in the banking industry and is currently Senior Vice President with Citibank in New Castle Delaware. He is a University of Delaware Graduate where he met Susan his late wife and artist . He has two children, Caitlin and Quinn who currently reside in Wilmington. Over the years Bruce has been very active supporter and volunteer of community arts programs first with Newark Arts Alliance and with Center for Creative Arts. He is an active woodworker making fine furniture of original design and also enjoys driving, repairing and building British sports cars. He currently resides in Newark Delaware and Ocean City Md. when not traveling to art galleries and museums here and abroad.

 

 

 

EMORY

Emory is a graphic designer and art director with more than 25 years of experience. He is also an award-winning fine artist and an accomplished illustrator who also has published book designs to his credit. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, he decided to make a career change which led him to pursue an Advertising Design degree from The Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio. A job opportunity brought him to Delaware and has since been a successful graphic design professional. It wasn’t until the early 2000s that he began to extend his creativity into the fine arts. To Emory, creativity is an ongoing learning process and, in an effort to always challenge his creativity and nurture his artistic growth, he is currently pursuing his interests in motion design and animation as well as wood sculpture. Emory has served as a Board member since 2005 and is proud to be a part of the growth of The Center for the Creative Arts and the community it serves.

 

SALLY

Sally Van Orden has been teaching at the University level for twenty-seven years. As an Associate Professor, her responsibilities include maintaining an active art exhibition record, applying for grants, conference participation and presentation, curriculum development and advising students. A highlight in her career included receiving an Established Artist Fellowship Award in 2012 that included a Solo Exhibition, at The Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery in Wilmington.  Other highlights included directing study abroad programs to Italy, France, Greece, Ireland, England and Wales.