As a resident of Indian Lake since 2006 and a born and raised New Yorker, Christine is thrilled to be the AC's new director. Pouch has 15 years of non-profit resource and business development experience. She has a BA in Liberal Arts and Communications from Purdue University and a certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Pouch chose to work in the non-profit field after serving as a United Way Loaned Executive. Former employers include, HG Bass & Co., Horizon Bank, Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County and the Adirondack Museum. Pouch, her husband, Alan, and their black lab, Bosco, enjoy paddling on Lake Abanakee and hiking on various trails throughout the Adirondacks.
Joe Perreault (Technical Director & Production Manager) has been a member of the Arts Center family for seven years now as our resident TD, doing everything from building sets to mounting circus tents through the Adirondack Park. Joe grew up on a small farm in New Hampshire, eventually moved to Florida where he finished high school, and volunteered as a firefighter for Duval County, Florida. Prior to joining the Arts Center, Joe worked with Andy LeBlanc as timber-framer apprentice. Joe is now a resident of Indian Lake and has been for the past six years, and he couldn’t be more thrilled about the new and exciting things happening at the Arts Center. “This job is always bringing something new to the table. It has introduced me to an industry that I didn’t know you could be involved in and still make a living. I’m learning something new every day, whether it’s about a lighting plot in a new venue or a better way for sound to be heard in the back of the house. It has allowed me to meet some amazing people that I never would have crossed paths with otherwise. Having a job like this one in the middle of the Adirondacks is pretty unbelievable.”
Our new Artistic Director is George Cordes, who as a singer performed with such companies as the Met, Chicago Lyric and Houston Grand Opera, and more recently has appeared with many Adirondack companies, including Pendragon Theatre and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. As Artistic Director of High Peaks Opera, he and his wife, pianist Liz Cordes, have brought opera, operetta, musical theatre, and American songbook to venues throughout the North Country. He has been stage director for the spring musicals at Tupper Lake High School for 10 years and has taught music in Saranac Lake. George is excited to continue the Arts Center's tradition of bringing a wide range of cultural events to communities throughout the Adirondacks!
Kathleen Recchia is Decentralization Grant Coordinator for Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton Counties. Kathy worked in New York City and New Jersey as a copywriter and editor for 16 years before moving to the Adirondacks and opening a bed & breakfast (the Book & Blanket B&B in Jay). She continued to freelance in the editing field, wrote Arts Blogs for the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau, and also took up theatre arts - directing, producing, performing - and grant writing. All this has led her to the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts and her current position as Decentralization Grant Coordinator. She has been with the Arts Center for almost two years and has been a DEC Grant Coordinator for nearly four years. Kathy enjoys performing William Luce’s one-woman play The Belle of Amherst and has done so at various venues throughout the North Country. She has also toured with Pendragon Theatre (Saranac Lake, NY) in productions of Death of a Salesman and The Seagull. She has been seen on TV and Facebook as Mom in North Country Savings Bank 2015 lending program series. AND she has collaborated with her son, Sam Balzac, on two musicals, including a musical adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Babs, a three-year-old Staffordshire terrier, is the AC's #1 supporter, staff morale booster and mascot. She comes to work with her owner, Joe, and acts as his co-pilot when they travel to various venues to share our performances throughout the Adirondacks. Each morning when she arrives, Babs inspects the building to ensure everything is in order. She is a welcoming committee of one: greeting all AC visitors with a smile and a wag. Stop by the AC and meet Babs! She'll give you a customized gallery tour you won't soon forget!