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Patrick J. Quinn

Executive Director

With a passion for sculpture and education Patrick uses forging as a vehicle to express himself sculptural and uses toolmaking and teaching as a way to share what he find so intrinsic about metalworking with his students.  With a firm belief in “quality work starts with quality tooling,” Pat uses this philosophy to forge the best possible tooling for the Center for Metal Arts and himself.  Trying to give all the students the best quality education is atop his priority list and he works tirelessly to try to make the Center for Metal Arts the best forging classroom it can be. Pat’s sculpture is a mix of technique driven, and expressive forgings.  Often inspired by Joinery techniques, he uses these as an outlet for sculptural and a way to join together contemporary forgings.  Exercising a keen eye for design and developing work through both form and line,  Pat is dawn to simple forgings, and building work with multiples.  Reliant on design and composition, his work combines clean forgings with carefully contemplated construction.

Patrick is the executive director at the Center for Metal Arts in Johnstown Pa. where he teaches the resident blacksmithing classes and coordinates the visiting artist workshops. Pat has taught blacksmithing, fabrication, and tool making at Southern Illinois University, Hereford College of the arts, The Penland School of Craft, The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and The Adirondack Folk School. Patrick is a 2015 Niche award winner and has work in the Evansville IN Museum of Art and science permanent collection. His work has been featured in juried exhibitions such as “Transitions” (Belgium), and “Forge” contemporary forged metal design (UK), “Craft Forms”, “43rd Mid States Craft Exhibition”, “New York Silver, Then and Now”(Museum of the City of New York) and “Metal in Motion” (National Ornamental Metal Museum).

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Heidi Nagle

Office Manager

Heidi graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a double major in Communication and Theatre Arts. She has worked for various non-profit organizations in Pittsburgh, PA including Squonk Opera (shared Company Manager), corningworks (shared Company Manager), off the WALL productions/Carnegie Stage (Production Stage Manager), and the New Hazlett Theater (Operations Manager). Heidi is excited to be a part of the CMA team and looks forward to helping further the educational, artistic, and historical mission of the organization. In her free time, Heidi enjoys working on her (very old) house and dreaming about her future goat farm.

contact@centerformetalarts.org

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Mark Kelly

Classroom Manager

Mark Kelly's experience with metalworking began with non-ferrous metals at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, where he specialized in printmaking and metalsmithing. He began learning ferrous metalwork after graduation and has since worked as a blacksmith at a series of historic sites. His career, up to this point, has focused on recreating historic designs of hand-forged tools, hardware, and cooking equipment for restoration, demonstration, reconstruction, and sale at museums.

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Yamila Audisio

Administrative Assistant

Yamila Audisio studied Secondary Education in History at Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto (Argentina), where she also did her Licenciatura in History. She furthered her education by obtaining a B.A in history from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Yamila's career started in Argentina, where she worked as an undergraduate assistant in Philosophy of History. Over time, she has gained significant experience in conducting workshops in public history and research, collaborating on several such projects. Yamila played an integral role in organizing the first National Conference of Historiography in Argentina and has worked as a Curatorial Assistant and tour docent at the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. She is also a volunteer intern at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial and the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site. She is deeply passionate about the remarkable industrial past of Johnstown and enjoys sharing its history with others as a member of the Center for Metal Arts.

yamila@centerformetalarts.org

Board of Directors

Kathleen Ortel - Board Chair

Kathy Rabin - Secretary

I recently retired from the practice of law, having specialized in legal research and writing.  I am a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School and a lover of the arts.

Scott Becker

Scott Becker, former President and CEO of the Conemaugh Health System spent much of his professional career making sure Pennsylvania communities had access to exceptional healthcare.

Mr. Becker previously served as Vice President, Hospital and Mid-Market Sales with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh. Prior to that, he held top leadership positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health System, where he served as Chief Operating Officer of the Hospital Division. Career highlights also include his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Butler Regional Health System and Chief Operating Officer of Monongahela Valley Hospital.

Mr. Becker also actively served at the local, regional and national level on numerous advisory
boards including chairing The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). He continues his role as a national level consultant and speaker on healthcare strategic planning and quality.

Mr. Becker holds master's degrees in public health and business administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington and Jefferson College.

Bill Locher

Senior Vice President/Corporate Banking of Somerset Trust Company, a $2 billion community bank founded in 1889. Forty-eight (48) years of experience in banking with broad-based commercial lending experience with specific expertise in commercial real estate lending including C-PACE financing, asset-based lending, project finance, acquisition financing, ESOP financing, and energy sector loans in the coal, natural gas, and hydropower industries. Deep experience working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U. S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) and their loan guarantee programs.
1990 graduate of Saint Francis University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and a 1991 graduate “With Distinction” from the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware. Published thesis “Equipment Leasing within the Community Bank”.
Life-long resident of Johnstown, PA.

John Saracena

Leonard Vigna, Esq

Leonard P. Vigna was born and raised in Johnstown. Mr. Vigna is currently a Partner at
the law firm of Kaminsky, Thomas, Wharton, Lovette, & Vigna, and his practice includes
business law, real estate, consumer bankruptcy, creditor rights, family law, and estate
planning. Mr. Vigna is a 2002 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown and
a 2005 graduate of the Widener University School of Law. He is a member of the
Pennsylvania Bar Association as well as the Cambria County Bar Association where he
served as President from 2017-2019; Vice-President from 2021-2022; and currently
serves as Treasurer. Mr. Vigna also serves on the Board of Directors for the
Community Arts Center of Cambria County.

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