Pentucket Arts Foundation Board of Directors

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Jennifer Leonard-Solis

Founding Member, current Co-Chair

Jennifer Leonard-Solis Founding Member, current Co-Chair A founding member of the Pentucket Arts Foundation, Co-Chair Jennifer Leonard-Solis is actively connected to the community through her work as a correspondent for the Daily News of Newburyport and a regular contributor to the North of Boston Media Group magazines. Since 1988 she has lived with her husband in West Newbury. Their four children were all deeply involved in the Pentucket district's fine and performing arts program. Jen is the recipient of the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education 2004 Champion of the Arts Outstanding Parent Award, the 2014 Massachusetts Music Educators

Association Advocacy Award, and the 2015 West Newbury Citizen of the Year Award.

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Sue Stasiuk

Co-Chair, since 2003

Signature Project:

A capella Night

Sue has been involved with community arts programs in the area for over 30 years. She is a certified landscape designer, potter and enjoys playing the piano. Sue has been on the board of the Pentucket Arts Foundation for 18 years and is currently the co-chair. Sue coordinates the annual A cappella Night event for the Arts Foundation. She lives in West Newbury and has raised 3 children and is enjoying a growing extended family.

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Melissa Montello
Member since 2019
Corresponding Secretary
Signature project: Makers Market

Coming soon!

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Julia Techler

Treasurer

coming soon

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Jillian DePaolo

Student Representative & Recording Secretary

coming soon

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Josef Allen

Board Member/ Web Designer

Josef grew up in West Newbury and graduated from the Pentucket High School in 2017 where he developed his love for theatre and the performing arts by acting in any and every show being produced at the school. He works for the Marketing Department at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH and is able to bring his creative experience from Pentucket to the table when helping to plan for new offerings at the Park. Josef originally joined the Board of Directors for the Pentucket Arts Foundation when he was a Senior at Pentucket as the Student Representative and decided to rejoin the board in 2019 after a brief and tortuous hiatus from the arts. Currently, Josef is responsible for designing and sending out the Board’s recent Alumni Arts Alerts as well as planning for a possible haunted attraction sometime in October!

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Jen Pepper

Member since 2021 Signature Project:

Tri-town Murals 

Jen received her BA in Visual Communications at the University of Delaware, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Communication Design at Kutztown University. She is a freelance designer, wedding stationer and illustrator based out of her home in West Newbury. She joined the board in 2021 to help foster the creative community where she calls home.

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Julie Malchow
Member since 2016
Signature project: Fairy Tale Hayride

Julie is an elementary special education teacher in Newburyport, but also taught at the Bagnall School in Groveland for two years. Although her two grown children did not attend school in Pentucket, her niece and nephews did, and Julie enjoyed many Pentucket arts events before joining the Pentucket Arts Foundation in 2016. Julie is the founder of The Fairytale Hay Ride, although credit goes to Jen’s granddaughter for the idea.

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Anna Saraceno
Member since 2018
Signature project: Makers Market

Anna grew up in Newburyport and received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, where she studied metalsmithing and drawing. She works as a video editor and animator from her home in West Newbury. Anna has two children in the Pentucket School System, and joined the board of the Pentucket Arts Foundation in 2018 to promote arts events and education in her community. Anna is co-coordinator of the Makers Market, and helps with the Arts Foundation's marketing and social media.