Staff

Laura Bates | Festival Director | lbates@pccart.org

Laura came to PCCA as an intern from Central Michigan University and worked as a marketing and special events assistant. After graduating with her degree in Integrative Public Relations in August of 2008, Laura went to work at Macomb Community College until she was recruited back to PCCA in August 2009. She took on the position of events manager and oversaw planning for the Art & Apples Festival, For the Love of Art, the Regional Arts & Culture Awards and facilitated all requests to use the PCCA facility. Since then, Laura has been promoted to Festival Director where she utilizes her talents to plan and execute the Art & Apples Festival year-round.

Edward Duff | Art School Director | eduff@pccart.org

Ed first served as part of PCCA’s teaching faculty before being hired as Art School Manager in August 2011. Ed studied at both the College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University before receiving his BFA in Art with a concentration in painting from Wayne State in 2009. Since graduation, Ed has exhibited work in various group and solo shows throughout southeast Michigan. Working within a variety of mediums from oil to charcoal, Ed focuses primarily on figurative work and landscapes. In addition to his extensive teaching experience with PCCA, Ed has taught at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial and served as a studio assistant at the Detroit Institute of Arts.  

Mary Fortuna | Exhibition Director | mfortuna@pccart.org

Mary received a BFA from Wayne State University and has been an exhibiting artist since 1990 in which time she has shown work in Detroit, Chicago, Berlin and Beijing. Her tenure at PCCA began in 2000 serving as Education Coordinator until she was eventually promoted into her current position as Exhibition Director. Mary has been active in the Detroit art community for twenty years and has served on several exhibition committees including the Detroit Artist Market and the DIA’s forum for contemporary art (a committee of Friends of Modern Art). Working with PCCA’s exhibition committee, Mary has a successful record of developing exhibition seasons that garner significant media attention and highlight a careful balance of both established Michigan artists as well as emerging artists from the Metro Detroit area.

Elise Salerno | Membership, Volunteer and Events Manager| elise@pccart.org

Elise came to PCCA as a special events intern in May 2011. She quickly impressed the staff with her organizational skills and took on the role of Volunteer Coordinator for the 46th annual Art & Apples Festival. In just a few short months, Elise recruited over 300 volunteers for the festival weekend. After graduating from Oakland University in December 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Advertising, Elise was promoted to Membership, Events and Volunteer Manager. In this position, Elise has overseen the annual Regional Arts & Culture Awards and the fundraiser, For the Love of Art. She has also helped to almost double the membership base of PCCA in her time overseeing the department. She continues to not only find and train volunteers for the weekend of the festival but also for various events year-round at PCCA. 

Tami Salisbury| Executive Director | tsalisbury@pccart.org

Tami joined Paint Creek Center for the Arts in February 2014. After nearly 15 years in the non profit arena, Tami brings to PCCA a wealth of experience with events, fundraising, and organizational management. Under her leadership, the goal is to brand the organization to the residents of Rochester and its surrounding communities as a first class art center providing cultural arts programming and annually hosting the nationally recognized Art and Apples Festival.

Marilyn Schuster | Business Manager | mschuster@pccart.org

Marilyn joined PCCA in 2012 bringing a wealth of financial and business management experience in both the private and public sectors. Her diverse background, organizational and analytical skills serves as a strong and reliable foundation for the stability of operations. In addition, she volunteers her creative design talents to numerous non-profit organizations in the community and dedicates countless hours to their charitable endeavors.

Francis Savage | Office Assistant