FY19 PWC Arts Grants Panel Members

Six panel members review and score grant applications for non-profit arts organizations wishing to receive funding allocated by the Prince William County Government.

These six individuals bring significant levels of experience to the grant review process in areas such as financial management, grant analysis, public relations and marketing, arts education, arts funding and arts performance.

Potential Applicants: you are encouraged to invite the Grant Panel to your event(s) for a chance to gain more insight on your organization’s contribution to the greater Prince William County arts community. If you choose to offer this invitation, please prepare a VIP event guest list to include each panel member name, all six individuals must be included with no charge. In the case that a guest list is not feasible, you may instead email (6) six complimentary e-tickets to artscouncil@pwcgov.org with subject Panel Comp Tix, for distribution or mail to: Arts Recreation Specialist, 14420 Bristow Rd., Manassas VA 20112

No forms of solicitation or persuasion involving any panel member allowed. Any questions pertaining to PWC Arts Grants process should be presented to the Arts Recreation Specialist (703)792-8782.

The Panel Review meeting for accepted applications will take place the second week of May, please plan delivery of any possible event invitations accordingly.

FY19 Grant Panel:

    Current President/CEO of Betty Dean & Associates, a private consultancy offering services that help not-for-profit and small business clients succeed. Recent engagements have included facilitating strategic planning initiatives to help several area nonprofits, including a local arts organization and an educational foundation, plan for their future success.Prior to her time in the non-profit sector, Dean served as Vice President, Communications & Development, Didlake, Inc, during this term she facilitated Didlake’s partnership with the Hylton Performing Arts Center, resulting in the naming of the Didlake Grand Foyer career. Previously, Dean worked in financial services, serving as AVP, Marketing, for Wilmington Trust Company and later as VP, Marketing and E-Business for Fidelitrade.A graduate of LEAD Virginia and the inaugural class of the Leadership Prince William program, Dean was named an “Influential Woman of Virginia” by Lawyer’s Weekly magazine and one of 20 Women to Watch by Piedmont Business Journal.
    Detra Moorman is a Manassas Park resident, Full-time Real Estate Investor and Co-Owner of Jirani Coffeehouse located in Historic Manassas, VA.With a professionally diverse background in Project & Resource Management, extensive Information Technology expertise and Financial Management; culminating in over 15 years of proven aptitude for building and maintaining, professional–and–organizational relationships. 

    Detra, along with Jirani affiliates/sponsors have poured their knowledge, wisdom, networks, expertise, and most importantly their love for the community in order to build upon the exposure for the arts. Detra has been deeply committed to the generating, organizing and support of events and organizations ranging from: Open Mics Nights with donations drives, laugh-out-loud improv comedy, live music events; free to the public health clinics in sponsorship with Novant Health, and local business leaders mixers to name a few. With a tried and true purpose of promoting the Arts through coffee and community, Detra is a guiding example of collaborative leadership in the Arts & Community of Prince William County.

    Martin J. Cervantez enlisted in the Army Signal Corps in July 1986 as an Illustrator. His most prestigious assignment was Artist in Residence at the U.S. Army Center of Military History where he was responsible for capturing the Army’s history through art. Two of his oil paintings were recently featured in the National Constitution Center’s public exhibition Art of the American Soldier in Philadelphia. Martin is a self-taught artist who has created art since he was a child. Cervantez is also known for turning the Workhouse guard towers into static kaleidoscopes by using colored films on the windows of the towers, creating a dynamic piece of art that changes with time of day, and position of view. Martin is the 2017 recipient of the Prince William County Kathleen Seefeldt Award for Outstanding Artist.
    Since moving to Prince William County sixteen years ago, Kris Nohe has been delighted to see the growth and maturing of the arts community in our county. Many years ago, Nohe served on the Community Leadership Committee for what was then called George Mason University Community Arts Center, and can remember looking at renderings for what would someday be the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Nohe attests to the excitement of the growth of arts groups covering seemingly every diverse artistic pursuits from writing to visual arts, dance to photography, and quilting to clogging. A graduate of Catawba College with a degree in Theatre Arts Administration, Kris Nohe uses her arts administration training in a variety of ways from public relations to education. She believes that Prince William County is truly alive with the arts and has brought her experience and support of this community to serve as an active Prince William County Arts Council, Board member.
    Susan Landess is currently the Sales Manager for the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, VA. She has been in this position since shortly after the building opened in May of 2010 and has created a strong rental program that makes the facility available to all types of performing groups and event renters. Her background includes work as a choreographer, in theatrical production and lighting design, and arts management in various capacities. Before coming to the Hylton Center, she spent 10 years as Executive Director for Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theater in Alexandria, VA, handling all business aspects of the company including marketing, financials and grant applications. Ms. Landess has served on grants panels for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Montgomery County Arts Council and the District of Columbia Arts Commission.
    Teresa MacWelch has been with Prince William County since 2008 as a Contract Specialist. Now in her position she currently supports the Department of Parks and Recreation.Teresa received her Bachelors of Science for Computer Information Systems with honors from Strayer University. She has earned her Virginia Contracting Officer (VCO) and Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) certification along with graduating from the County’s International Public Safety Leadership and Ethic Institute (IPSLEI). 

    Teresa fell into the Purchasing world by accident, her career started in the computer field but she took time off to be a stay at home mom for six (6) years. When she reentered the workforce, she took a position with Fairfax County in the purchasing department, where she discovered her career. Teresa enjoys spending time with both of her adult son and daughter. She awaits the day she will be able to enjoy her grandchildren.

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