For over 25 years the Indian Valley Arts Foundation and its committees have been your community arts advocate. You have probably enjoyed one of our many area programs, brought to you by the hard work, spirit and dedication of our local volunteers.
MARC ROSENBERGER, Member Emeritus
Past owner of Rosenberger's Dairy and active Souderton Telford Rotary member since 1970, Marc was instrumental in Rotary's promotion and construction of the Maurice W. Foulke bandshell in the Souderton Park. He chaired the Concert Sundaes Committee for 24 years from its inception in 1987 and still enjoys being part of the concerts.
JOANNE LEVA, IVAF President, MCPL Founder & Executive Director
An advocate for creative writing and community service, Joanne Leva is founder and Executive Director of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program (MCPL). She received the prestigious Philadelphia Writer’s Conference Community Service Award in 2011 and now serves as President on the Board of Directors for the Indian Valley Arts Foundation (IVAF). Joanne leads the IVAF in their sponsorship of Concert Sundaes Community Day and organizes poetry readings at the Souderton Art Jam for the 100 Thousand Poets for Change (100TPC) event. She founded The Forgotten Voices Poetry Group, which has been meeting the first Saturday of every month at The Indian Valley Public Library since 1990.
KATHLEEN CREIDLER, IVAF Vice President, CAI
Kathleen is an artist and lifelong advocate of the arts. Her journey includes time spent as a high school art teacher in Richmond, VA, Creative Director for a magazine in Chicago, a stop in Memphis where she created and taught the “Get Smart About Art” Program for Memphis City Schools to finally landing in the Souderton Area School District via IVAF’s Artist in Action Committee (Now CAI- Community Arts Initiative). She brought the mural project she started in Memphis with her to SASD and these wonderful student collaborations a can be found throughout the Indian Valley community. In addition to her day job, Kathleen operates the freelance art and calligraphy business she started 30 years ago and enjoys playing music with her other half in her spare time now that her 3 boys are grown.
DREW JOHNSON, IVAF Co-Secretary, Concert Sundaes
Drew Johnson is a teacher in the Souderton Area School district for over 15 years. He has led a number of committees and been a coach to several extra curricular activities at his school, Indian Valley Middle School, always passionate about finding the strengths and talents in the young people of today. Drew is an active participant in his church and involved in their youth and music programs. In addition, he sings in the Souderton Alumni Mens Chorus, bringing music to a variety of people in the Indian Valley
TIM MININGER, IVAF Treasurer
Tim is a life-long resident of the Indian Valley, currently residing in Franconia Township just outside of Souderton with his wife, Betty. Tim and Betty successfully became empty nesters after raising three children and are now enjoying their roles as grandparents. Tim retired a few years ago after a career in trust banking. In addition to participating in lots of outdoor recreational activities, he is also involved in several local organizations including the Indian Valley Public Library and his church. Tim enjoys music in general and American roots and Americana music in particular. While not considering himself much of a musician, he occasionally attempts to add some sounds from his bass guitar to his church’s praise and worship band.
HARRY BOARDMAN, CAI Co-chair
Born the son of a scientist and a clown, Harry Boardman is an artist living and working in a former cigar factory in Souderton, PA. As an artist he is drawn to Pennsylvania's landscape: the farms, trees, sky, and rolling fields. Souderton's street scenes and industrial areas are also a new source of inspiration.
"Living and working in the old factory continues to be an amazing experience for me as well as my customers. My wife Heather and I have put our heart and soul into this building and have been welcomed with open arms by this amazing community. Crusher The Gallery Dog has a lot of fun here too."
You can visit Harry's studio inside Exhibit B Gallery on Main Street during regular hours or by appointment any time.
MARSHA STEVENSON, CAI Co-Chair
Marsha Stevens is an artist, an entrepreneur who owned and operated Sunstone Mountain Boutique, a committee member who helped to start Skippack Days, and worked for American Olean Tile in multiple states. She helped to found IVAF and has served as chairwoman of the Artists-in-Action committee. She helped bring public art to the area from noted sculptor Wayne Trapp, and co-founded the Community Arts Initiative committee. Marsha feels it's very important for young children to learn and experience all forms of art in as many ways as possible.
JOANNE COPPENS, CS Chairperson, MCPL
A resident of Souderton, Joanne has two grown children and is a self-admitted artist wanna-be, life-long admirer of the arts and a firm believer in the ability of art to change a life, change the environment and change the world. She is very proud to have created the Souderton Art Jam during her tenure as Main Street Manager and is looking forward to continuing to showcase and promote the arts in the community as an active member of the board, and on both the Concert Sundaes and MCPL committees.
Joanne currently runs her own graphic design and marketing business JCop Creative to continue to support the success of non-profits, artists and entrepreneurs and is opening Eclipse Center for Creative Community in Lansdale in the Summer of 2021.
CHAD FRAME, MCPL Director
Chad Frame is the Director of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program and Poet Laureate Emeritus of Montgomery County, the Poetry Editor of Ovunque Siamo: New Italian-American Writing, a founding member of the No River Twice poetry improv performance troupe, and founder of the Caesura Poetry Festival and Retreat. Chad’s work appears in Rattle, Pedestal, Mom Egg Review, Philadelphia Stories, Barrelhouse, Rust+Moth, and other journals and anthologies, as well as on iTunes from the Library of Congress.
What free time he manages to have is often spent reading voraciously, playing obscure board or card games, or fencing foil and historical rapier. He lives in Lansdale with a bobtailed Maine Coon named Jabberwocky among precarious piles of books.
HAYDEN SAUNIER, MCPL
Hayden Saunier is an award-winning poet, actor and teaching artist and the founder of the Poetry + Improvisation performance group No River Twice. She has performed at numerous theatres across the country including the Guthrie Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre, New Playwright’s and the Montgomery Theatre and her film and television credits include The Sixth Sense, Philadelphia Diary, House of Cards and Mindhunter. She has published four books of poetry and is committed to the idea that arts and art-making are an essential means of expression and connection in all communities. Hayden lives on a farm in Bedminster.
JENNIFER WILKINSON, IVAF
Jennifer is happy to be a part of the IVAF to continue their mission to bring dynamic and collaborative art to the community. Her involvement in the arts with community and professional organizations includes musical theater performance, choreography, and music therapy. She choreographs at local theaters including The Montgomery Theater and Playcrafters. She has choreographed and performed at regional theatres throughout the country including the Prince Theatre in Philadelphia. She has performed with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and National and European tours of 42nd Street, Crazy for You, and The Will Rogers Follies. She continues to teach and run her own kids' musical theatre program and is a board-certified music therapist working in a local private practice http://jenniferwilkinsonmusic.com.
JON LEIGHT, Concert Sundaes
Jon was born and raised in Kulpsville, and is a graduate of The King’s College and Temple University. The vocal music director at Souderton Area High School for 20 years, Jon previously taught at Claremont Elementary School, Ossining, New York, and locally at Lower Salford and E.M. Crouthamel Elementary Schools. He has been instrumental in arranging many concerts at Zion Mennonite Church, Souderton, and at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, North Wales, that feature local and internationally-known performers. In addition, he is the founding director of the Souderton Alumni Men’s Chorus and directs the chorus at Meadowood Community. Prior to settling down in the North Penn area, Mr. Leight was the personal secretary for the Inspector General, Army Security Agency Pacific, in Japan and later in Hawaii.
JORDANA FITZGERALD, IVAF
Jordana creates publicity and events for clients that bring communities together and aim to leave the world better than they found it. With over 10 years of experience, Jordana has been involved with events such as The World Science Festival, Toys for Tots, Tribeca Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival. She has created content for MTV, The Food Network, A&E, Lifetime, and VH1. Jordana is happy to share her expertise with the Indian Valley Arts Foundation.
MARIAN EIDE, Concert Sundaes
A retired nurse and elementary school teacher, Marian has resided in Souderton most of her life. She loves books, art museums, Philadelphia Orchestra Concerts and theater. She also enjoys gardening, swimming, zumba, and mah jongg. She especially treasures time spent with her daughters and grandsons.
SAM MARTIN, Member Emeritus
Sam has spent much of her life serving the community; as a member of the first Souderton Telford Main Streets Committee, past member of the Souderton Fire Company Ladies' Auxiliary, and participant in the Souderton Centennial event which led to her long term commitment to the Concert Sundaes Committee from the early 90's through today serving as chairperson for over 10 years. She most recently worked with the Concert Sundaes Committee to host a benefit for the Stone Flick Children's Fund, raising over $7500. Sam is a resident of Franconia, office manager at Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County, and was the recipient of the 2015 Pennridge Chamber of Commerce Professional Support Person of the Year award.