Staff

Tami Salisbury| Executive Director | tsalisbury@pccart.org

Joining Paint Creek Center for the Arts in February 2014, Tami Salisbury is serving as PCCA’s newest Executive Director. After more than 15 years in nonprofit work, Tami brings to PCCA a wealth of experience with events, fundraising, and organizational management. In her most recent role, Tami worked with a Board of Directors comprised of 16 elected officials and a number of businesses leaders in Southeast Michigan.  She facilitated collaborative initiatives to advance regional relations with tangible results. She was also previously employed with The Parade Company serving as a liaison between corporate donors and artists to develop conceptual float and balloon designs.  Under her leadership, PCCA will expand its reach by developing branding initiatives to showcase the finest cultural arts programming in the area that includes exhibitions, studio art classes, outreach events, and the Art & Apples Festival.  

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.  

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

Elise came to PCCA as a special events intern in May 2011. She 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 For the Love of Art event. 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. 

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 PCCA operations. In addition, she provides her creative design talents for laying out the art school catalogs, exhibition postcards, and the many other needs that arise on a day-to-day basis.

Francis Savage | Office Assistant