2017 IAC Board of Directors
Board Member Biographies
Rebecca Anthony holds a master’s degree in music performance from the University of Massachusetts, as well as a bachelor’s degree in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. During her time as a graduate assistant at the University of Massachusetts, she assisted in organizing the annual UMass Honors Band, was a camp counselor at Greenwood Summer Music Camp and participated in several community outreach and side-by-side performance. Born and raised in Indiana County, she understands the importance of and is excited to continue promoting the arts within the community.
Joe Baunoch serves as Associate Professor of Voice at IUP. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Michigan State University and has trained as an apprentice artist with Toledo Opera and Dicapo Opera Theatre in New York City, having performed in over 50 different operas and over 30 operatic roles with New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, Liederkranz Foundation, National Lyric Opera, Opera Worcester, as well as the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Baunoch has alo performed in several opera educational outreach programs across the country with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Toledo Opera, and Manhattan School of Music. In 2015, Dr. Baunoch was invited to join the voice faculty of Opera Festival di Romateaching in Rome, Italy. His voice students have performed at home and abroad with Opera theater of St. Louis, Wichita Grand Opera, Kansas City Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Delaware Valley Opera, and with the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar in Germany, the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Opera Festival di Roma, the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy, and Opera Orvieto and The Orvieto Art of Song Summer Program in Orvieto, Italy.
Sarah Bond is an elementary teacher in the Indiana Area School District and she and her husband have lived in Indiana since 2006. Though Dr. Bond’s degrees are in education, she comes from a family where music and the arts have always played an important role. Many people in her grandparents’ church joked that when the family was all together, it was like the Van Trapp family was part of worship. Sarah sees and knows the value in giving students opportunities to foster awareness, creation and appreciation of the arts in school, and beyond, for creating more well-rounded humans. Sarah looks forward to continuing that mission while serving on the board.
Chauna Craig is author of the story collection The Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms (Press 53, 2017). Her creative work has been published in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, Flash Fiction International, and elsewhere. A Montana native, Dr. Craig is professor of creative writing at IUP where she also advises the student literary magazine.
Cate Planisky was born, raised, educated, and is employed in Indiana County. She appreciates and supports all that our communities can offer in the way of arts and entertainment, and she works and volunteers to help bring events and activities to our region. Cate is employed as the Program Services Assistant in the office for the Lively Arts of the IUP College of Fine Arts. With her free time, she has volunteered with the Indiana Arts Council, Northern Appalachian Folk Festival committee, and the Indiana County Humane Society. Cate has been a photojournalist, editor, writer, portrait/wedding photographer, and graphic designer since graduating from IUP in 1993 with her bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations. She enjoys “all things creative” and understands the importance of the arts within the community.
Rebecca Slak has served with a variety of non-profit organizations as volunteer, staff, or board member over the past 20 years. From 2009-2015, she held the position of Executive Director for the Indiana Arts Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University, Portland, OR. Currently, Ms. Slak manages marketing for her husband, the sculptor and furniture maker, Hisham Youssef. She also serves as the administrative point person coordinating international exhibits featuring the work of her father-in-law, the artist Kamal Youssef.
Tim Toy is a local craftsman and entrepreneur. He is a student of all poetry styles and has been privileged to share that passion with students in writing seminars. He has studied at Penn State and The New York Institute of Photography. Tim grew up in rural western Pennsylvania and has a love of all things outdoors.
If you would like to work with these board members and contribute your skills in support of advancing the Arts in Indiana County, contact us.