Board of Directors

Darren Council

Board Chair

Darren has over 15 years of business financial leadership. He successfully ran a daycare business for over 10 years while running 3 locations. Through his leadership, profits far exceeded industry standards. Networking is Darren’s forte. He has established relationships with several different networking groups through Prince William County (1 Million Cups, Manassas Action Xpress, etc.) He has connected with leadership in Northern Virginia. He has...

Amelia May

Vice Chair

Amelia May hails from Cleveland, Ohio, where she grew up in a family of artists. She studied visual arts and art history throughout her youth, spending several stints in Southern France. Highlights were studying poetry there under Gustaf Sobin, and print-making with her father, Ralph Woehrman. Amelia double-majored in French and History at The College of William and Mary and received her MA in French...

Nancy Kyme

Treasurer

Nancy S. Kyme, CPA, is an award-winning author, Treasurer of the Prince William Arts Council, Director of The Clearbrook Foundation, Co-founder of the Clearbrook Center of the Arts, President of the Tackett’s Mill Foundation, Chair of Santa’s Lake Ridge Parade, board member of Occoquan River Communities, and CFO of Well Stone Corporation, (dba Well Stone Properties) a Virginia corporation managing its own commercial properties throughout...

Kristina Nohe

Vice-Chair, Marketing

Kristina Nohe is the Coles district citizen representative on the Prince William County Arts Council.  Many years ago, Kris served on the Arts Council and worked on the committee that turned the Hylton Performing Arts Center from rendered plans to the wonderful facility we have today.  Her background is originally in arts administration, having graduated from Catawba College with a degree in Theatre Arts Administration.  Serving on the...

Stewart N Davis is a patron of the Manassas Ballet Theatre, Manassas Chorale, Manassas Symphony Orchestra and a friend of the Hylton Performing Arts Center. He is also a patron of the Kennedy Center and the Washington National Opera. Stewart has lived in Manassas for 9 years. He works for ATCC as the Director of Intellectual Property and Licensing. Prior to this position, he was...

Peter Alten has over 40 years of experience in government and business logistics and finance. Currently, he is Vice President of Operations, Middle Kingdom, Inc. Financial management and warehouse operations. Peter is a member of the HPAC Membership Committee. As a member of Manassas Landmarks Board of Directors, he helped put the Manassas water tower on the National Register of Historic places. Peter is President...

Robert Marsh

Vice-Chair for Nominating

Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Bob Marsh graduated from Loras College with a BA in Philosophy in 1963. The following year, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 25 years, having served a number of assignments as Administrative and Personnel Officer. Among his stations were the Pentagon, where he served for...

Catherine Perchiano Furr comes from a theatrical background in community performances from New York City, where she gained experience on stage and behind stage activities at The Lenox Hill Neighborhood Association. Also while living in New York, she worked and trained with the renowned hair stylist George Michaels in presenting runway fashion events, and today remains an affiliate hairstylist of the George Michaels System. Over...

Mr. James Gallagher has been able to devote more time to his painting since he retired from the World Bank. Shortly before retirement, he started attending NOVA for their art classes, as well as taking various workshops and classes in the area.   He joined the Prince William Art Society, a local art club, and has held various positions on their board. He is currently the...

Beverly Hess, Executive Director for the Center for the Arts, Manassas, graduated from Salem College with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with an emphasis in Economics.  She is a highly experienced manager and teacher.  She has worked as a consultant with companies such as Belk Stores Services, The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company, and American General Corporation.  Mrs. Hess has also spent several years teaching...

Susan Landess is currently the Sales Manager for the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, VA.  She has been in this position since shortly after the building opened in May of 2010 and has created a strong rental program that makes the facility available to all types of performing groups and event renters.  Her background includes work as a choreographer, in theatrical production and lighting...

Debbie Madsen is a retired PWC music teacher and operatic singer. She represents the Woodbridge Music Club on the Arts Council. She received a BA in music from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and an MA in vocal performance from George Mason. Hailed in the Washington Post for her “effortless high notes and exquisitely fresh voice”, she has performed at the Terrace Theater of the...

Mrs. Denise McPhail is originally from Asbury Park, New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree in Performing Arts Management from George Mason University. In 2002, Denise co-founded CAPAC, Inc. (The Creative and Performing Arts Center). Her vision was to provide a means of diversifying the arts and providing greater opportunities for an underrepresented community of theater professionals, artists, and audiences. CAPAC’s mission...

Alice Mergler

Secretary

Alice Mergler grew up in arts Arlington, close to The National Theater and The National Art Gallery where her mom was a docent. In 1975 her family of 7 found a wonderful antique school in Manassas, which she has made her home since then. When the Arts Council was created, she served on The Board for many years, adding an orchestra, choruses, a photography club,...

Ms. Muscat is the Co-Founder of Virginia National Ballet, and has devoted her entire career to the arts, as a performer, teacher, administrator, and volunteer. The company performs full seasons annually at the Hylton, and is a member of the VA Commission for the Arts Touring Directory.   The company partnered with the OBCO, and many stars of ABT & NYC Ballet have performed with the...

Andrea Saccoccia, a nineteen-year resident of Montclair, has been a longtime community supporter of the arts. Although not musically inclined, she appreciates the outstanding local talent of Prince William County. Andrea credits her love of theater and performing to helping her feel comfortable with public speaking. She has devoted her career to non-profit organizations, serving the vulnerable. As director of Palisades Village, a volunteer-driven organization...

Kathi Tyrell has lived in Prince William County for 41 years. While working for the Prince William County Office of Housing, she helped write, direct, and host “Housing Chatter”, a cable television program on the COMC AST network. In Spring of 2015, Kathi was cast to play in the Castaway’s production of “Hello Dolly as Mrs. Rose. She also performed as part of the ensemble...

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