Thank you to the board members at Pocono Arts Council for selecting me to replace the wonderful Laura Goss. I am so excited to continue the good work of Laura and the arts council promoting arts and culture in the Pocono region. I am an East Stroudsburg native who acquired a love of the arts at a very young age at the piano (my teacher was the amazing Wendy Mazer).
I continued to play the piano and clarinet through school and began my college career studying music therapy at Elizabethtown College. I finished my undergraduate degree at Penn State University with a B.S. in Recreation with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation and have continued to employ some aspect of the arts in every position I’ve held.
For the past 5 ½ years, I worked for the Eastburg Community Alliance at the beautiful historic Dansbury Depot where my role was to be a voice for downtown revitalization. This allowed me to interact with a wide variety of community stakeholders and partners.
One such partnership was with the arts council. Through the PPA project stream grant, we brought art and music into downtown East Stroudsburg with the popular concert series on Monday evenings which allows local artists and musicians to showcase their work. I began to meet and interact with a very passionate Pocono arts community which cemented the idea that the arts are very much alive and well in our area.
My parents instilled in me the value of serving and giving back to the community. My father, W. Jack Wallie, was an inspiration to many in our community and I am striving to continue his legacy. At present, my community involvement includes board positions at the Pocono Cinema and Cultural Center, East Stroudsburg Little League, and membership in the Pocono Mountains Penn State Club, East Stroudsburg’s Shade Tree Commission and East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church.
Although I will now be working “across the bridge,” I live in East Stroudsburg borough with my husband, Steve, daughter Lindsay, and son Lucas. When I’m not out appreciating the arts or shopping local, I can be found with my nose in a book or cheering on the Nittany Lions. Thanks again for the opportunity, and I look forward to meeting many of you in the years to come.