Staff

MELISSA

Executive Director: Melissa Paolercio joined our staff as Executive Director in June 2019. She has been managing non-profit arts organizations for over 10 years and is excited to join the CCArts team. Melissa is a passionate theater artist who holds a B.F.A. in Acting from Arcadia University and a M.F.A. in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama. Professionally she has managed non-profit regional theaters in Bristol, Philadelphia, Ambler, and Wilmington. You can email Melissa at: mpaolercio@ccarts.org

JENNIFER

Program Assistant: Jennifer Hartz joined our staff in April 2019 to help support the educational programs. Jennifer is a printmaker and mixed media artist currently residing in South Eastern Pennsylvania with her daughter. She earned her M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, her B.F.A. from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and attended the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. She has participated in numerous art shows throughout the region and is represented by Red Raven Art Company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. You can email her at: jhartz@ccarts.org

BONNIE

Bookeeper/Registrar: Bonnie Kinsley is a retired administrator and dedicated volunteer for Longwood Gardens. She helps students register for classes as well as managing our membership records. You can email Bonnie at: bkinsley@ccarts.org

Board of Directors

RALPH

President, Board of Directors: 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 Councils. Ralph has two daughters Karen and Susan and two grandchildren. In his spare time, Ralph enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. You can email Ralph at: ralphkuebler@aol.com

EMILY

Member, Board of Directors: Emily A. Reed is a photographer and artist working in oil, pastels and watercolors.  She has had innumerable solo shows and exhibits.  She has had 444 panorama photos published in the Wilmington News Journal. She has a BA from Marquette University, a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Hartford and a PHD from the University of Massachusetts. Her husband is the CCArts attorney.

NANCY

Member, Board of Directors: Nancy Rumfield 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 Hockmanand their cats.

MANISHA

Secretary, Board of Directors: Manisha Antani has been involved with CCArts since 2014 as a ceramic student.  She primarily sculpts and carves. To pay the bills, she is currently employed as a risk analyst at Wells Fargo. When she's not at work or the art center, she can most often be found outside hiking, kayaking, camping or attending music festivals with her young son.

SALLY

Member, Board of Directors: Sally Van Orden has been teaching at the University level for twenty-nine 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.

NOREEN

Treasurer, Board of Directors: Noreen Campbell joined the CCArts board in 2018. She is retired from Nemours/A.I. duPont as an Operations Manager. She also serves as a Teacher/Naturalist for the Delaware Nature Society.

SUSAN

Member, Board of Directors: Susan Lipscy has supported CCArts since 1984, when her oldest child first took clay classes. She herself has dabbled in stained glass and even ballroom dance.  A reference librarian at the Newark Free Library, Susan has volunteered on the Board since 2007.

PAUL

Member, Board of Directors: Paul Throne is a retired chef, CEC from the Navy. He is also a sales associate at Staples. Paul is an avid music lover and supports CCArts performing arts programs by providing equipment and sound support for plays, concerts, and special events. He is also helping to shape future music events at CCArts.

KARI

Member, Board of Directors: Kari Getchonis is senior gardner at Longwood Gardens and is also an experienced ceramic artist. Kari supports the ceramic studio with maintenance support, new glaze mixing, pottery sales and odd repairs. She also lends her expertise to the grounds and helps with yard clean up and pruning.

GEORGE

Member, Board of Directors: George Esterling is the owner of George & Sons Seafood Market and Oyster House in Hockessin, DE. George supports several causes with his popular shrimp feasts.