Pikes Peak Arts Council 

Staff and Board of Directors

2016 - 2017



 

Kate Perdoni Executive Director

Kate Perdoni is the Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Arts Council, a television producer with Rocky Mountain PBS, a mother, freelance journalist, and a recording artist on Bar/None Records. She helped develop a public-use recording studio at Library 21c's Center for Public Media, and publishes Mamá Liberada, a zine celebrating creatives and their families with contributions from the region and beyond. Kate has served as Vice Chair the City of Colorado Springs' Public Art Commission since August 2015. 


Kasi Dwyer President

Kasi Dwyer is proud to call herself a native of Colorado Springs and is committed to advocating for artists in her hometown. She graduated from Colorado College with a BA in Theater, Arts Business and Administration and has held positions with Leadership Pikes Peak and Special Kids Special Families. In her free time, Kasi enjoys hiking 14-ers with her husband Nate, playing with her puppies Lemon and Bross, and spending time with friends at one of many local breweries. 


Audrey Gray Vice President

Audrey Gray is a Colorado native and has lived near Pikes Peak since 2007. She is an active member of the arts community and regularly exhibits her artwork throughout the region. In addition to serving the Pikes Peak Art Council, Audrey is Treasurer of the Manitou Springs Arts Council. 



Kate Hudgens Treasurer

Kate Hudgens is a mixed media artist by night, an Accounts Payable Specialist by day and a mother 'round the clock. She has been creating art for as long as she can remember and will continue to create for as long as her hands will serve her. She works with paper, fabric, clay, wire, feathers, fur, sticks, stones, and sometimes bones. Kate says, "Inspiring beauty surrounds us every day; the fierce mountain wind in the pines, the laugh of a child, the kindness of a word, and the light of a smile. To create something beautiful in this world is my purpose in life."


Sarah Groh Correa

Sarah Groh Correa is a lyric soprano and studio business professional. Sarah has taught privately and sung extensively throughout the U.S. as a member and soprano soloist for the St. Joseph Community Chorus, Kansas City Choral, Colorado Springs Chorale, and Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble. She has toured with choirs to Japan, India, England and Italy. She has designed a system for Private Voice and Group Voice Classes that informs the singer’s life by relieving stress, opening doors to self-discovery, teaching them how to sing, and walking them through the lifestyle of a musician.


Kevin-Matthew Siemers Volunteer Coordinator

Kevin Siemers is a licensed K-12 art educator. He's been teaching elementary art for Colorado Springs School District 11 for nearly thirteen years, and is also a regional artist. Kevin's work is primarily mixed media drawing and painting. Interested in volunteering? Email kevin.matthew.siemers(at)gmail.com. 


Deena Bennett

Deena Bennett has been a member of the Bridge Gallery Co-op for ten years, working in ceramic, photography, paper making, and mixed media. She currently curates for the Commons Gallery, and taught art in District 38 for over two decades. Deena enjoys supporting new artists in the community by providing a venue to show their work, and strengthens social contacts with artists in Pikes Peak region through the resurgence of Art Bar, a monthly arts gathering. 


Meredith Smarr

Meredith Ann Smarr is a mixed-media visual artist and the Executive Director of Rooted Studio in Old Colorado City. 


Lisa Cross

Lisa Cross was raised in Black Forest, Colorado and has spent most of her life in the Pikes Peak region. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She is currently working toward her master's degree in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. In addition to the Pikes Peak Arts Council, she serves on the Public Art Commission for the city of Colorado Springs and as the regional representative for the Colorado Art Education Association. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and working on artwork in her home studio.


Ralph Giordano

Ralph Giordano is a graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production and has been involved in the Pikes Peak film community for over thirty years. He is the Executive Director of the Peak Film Forum, a nonprofit networking group for local writers, producers, directors, and actors, and serves on the advisory committee of the Independent Film Society of Colorado. 


Eve Tilley Director Emeritus

Eve Tilley, a native of Colorado Springs, has always been an artist. Though her formal education is strictly academic (B.A. and M.A.T. in Humanities from Colorado College), she presided over the Star Bar Players for seven years, directing, acting and producing, and for 15 years over the Pikes Peak Arts Council, thereby also dabbling in writing. Other skills include calligraphy, pop-up greeting cards and (award-winning) three-dimensional assemblage art. She is married to engineer, Sol Chavez, and enjoys cats, gardening, travel, cooking, and giving parties.



Amyhas lived in the Pikes Peak Region most of her life and enjoys being able to give back to the community where she raised her children. Amy and her husband, George, formed A Music Company Inc. in 2006 which quickly became the premier live music promoter in the Pikes Peak Region.  Not only does A Music Company produce concerts with national artists, but in doing so it partners with local nonprofits to benefit the community in which it serves.  Their local involvement has helped to preserve the arts, benefited public radio and helped support music education for students. A Music Company’s motto is “Keeping Music Live!”

Kasi Carter is proud to call herself a native of Colorado Springs. She graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in Theater, Arts Business and Administration. She currently works at Leadership Pikes Peak as the Program Manager for the Leading Edge and Encore Leadership programs. Kasi enjoys gardening, spending time with family, cake decorating, and playing with her dog Lemon. She is also involved in the theatre community through the Millibo Art Theater (The MAT).

Kasi Carter is proud to call herself a native of Colorado Springs. She graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in Theater, Arts Business and Administration. She currently works at Leadership Pikes Peak as the Program Manager for the Leading Edge and Encore Leadership programs. Kasi enjoys gardening, spending time with family, cake decorating, and playing with her dog Lemon. She is also involved in the theatre community through the Millibo Art Theater (The MAT).

Kasi Carter is proud to call herself a native of Colorado Springs. She graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in Theater, Arts Business and Administration. She currently works at Leadership Pikes Peak as the Program Manager for the Leading Edge and Encore Leadership programs. Kasi enjoys gardening, spending time with family, cake decorating, and playing with her dog Lemon. She is also involved in the theatre community through the Millibo Art Theater (The MAT).

Kasi Carter is proud to call herself a native of Colorado Springs. She graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in Theater, Arts Business and Administration. She currently works at Leadership Pikes Peak as the Program Manager for the Leading Edge and Encore Leadership programs. Kasi enjoys gardening, spending time with family, cake decorating, and playing with her dog Lemon. She is also involved in the theatre community through the Millibo Art Theater (The MAT).

Kasi Carter is proud to call herself a native of Colorado Springs. She graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in Theater, Arts Business and Administration. She currently works at Leadership Pikes Peak as the Program Manager for the Leading Edge and Encore Leadership programs. Kasi enjoys gardening, spending time with family, cake decorating, and playing with her dog Lemon. She is also involved in the theatre community through the Millibo Art Theater (The MAT).

She currently works at Leadership Pikes Peak as the Program Manager for the Leading Edge and Encore Leadership programs. Kasi enjoys gardening, spending time with family, cake decorating, and playing with her dog Lemon. She is also involved in the theatre community through the Millibo Art Theater (The MAT).

Hedy DuCharme 

Kara Galvin is new to the Pikes Peak region, but has been a longtime supporter of arts organizations including the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver, the Fall Arts Festival in Jackson Hole, WY and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival in Reston, VA.  Kara is a member of the Business Development team at FRUITION, an award willing website development and digital marketing agency.  She’s passionate about helping organizations grow by making digital their competitive advantage.  She lives in the North end of Colorado Springs with her husband and son and you can often find them on a local trail enjoying our amazing surroundings.

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