Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Together with Katie Grazier and Wendell Purrington, Russ co-founded PMAC in response to a call from the city of Portsmouth’s 2002 Cultural Plan. Russ’ passion for music began at a young age when he learned “Dust In The Wind” on guitar. He then transitioned to saxophone and music composition and studied at The Tanglewood Institute, Boston Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Chicago. Russ has taught at many prestigious music schools including the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, the Merit School of Music, the University of Chicago, and Roosevelt University. He began his career as an administrator working for Dantalian Publishing and later served as the manager of the Contemporary Chamber Players of Chicago. When not playing music or teaching, Russ can often be found working on his putting game on a disc golf course with Katie, their two sons, Max and Jake, and their dog Maizie.
603-431-4278 ext 5 | Russ@pmaconline.org
Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
Katie co-founded PMAC alongside Russ Grazier and Wendell Purrington in 2002 after a varied background working in corporate and non-profit sectors. Her nonprofit experience started by working with the administrative team at SPARC – School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community alongside her mentor, Jeri Cutler-Voltz. The highlight of Katie’s corporate background included working for Franklin Covey – a leader in time management solutions. At Franklin Covey, she received awards for management and customer service excellence. Katie currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for PMAC and enjoys her ‘behind the scenes’ role in making sure that PMAC runs smoothly. As a student at PMAC, she studies drumset with Mike Walsh (10 years and counting!) and continues to play in a variety of ensembles. Katie serves as a mentor with GoodWork and is on the Board of Trustees for WSCA Community Radio. Outside of PMAC, you can see Katie attending live music shows, walking her dog Maizie, enjoying her new cats, Lincoln & Lily and learning how to play disc golf with her family.
603-431-4278 ext 4 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Education
Michelle has over 20 years experience in community arts education as both an administrator and teaching artist, having worked at several schools and colleges in the greater Boston region. She has taught and developed music curriculum for students of all levels from avocational adults to youth beginners, as well as undergraduate and graduate students. Michelle is an accomplished clarinetist, and holds a doctoral degree in clarinet performance from New England Conservatory. She loves being outdoors, whether she is hiking, running, paddling, or camping with her family in their tiny RV. Michelle joined the PMAC staff in 2019.
603-431-4278 ext 8 | email@example.com
Cellist Eli Kaynor is a touring musician who has recently relocated to Portsmouth, NH. As an active teaching artist and performer, Eli’s professional career encompasses the full gamut of musical genres, including chamber, orchestral, solo, ethnic, folk, and rock. Before moving to Portsmouth, Eli served as the Orchestra Committee Chair and Philanthropy Committee representative for the Winston-Salem Symphony. With the move north, Eli subsequently stepped into a new role at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, becoming Director of Development at a time of immense enthusiasm for PMAC and the entire Seacoast. Through his work, both at and away from the cello, Eli brings to PMAC more than a decade of experience building audiences and fostering community relationships.
603-431-4278 ext 6| firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut and moved to New Hampshire in 2000. Kim came to PMAC in the second career of her life, after spending 25 years as a professional dancer with many ballet companies throughout New England, including Portsmouth’s former Ballet New England. While dancing she earned a degree in Accounting and Economics. Kim is a 13 year member of the faculty for the New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts, the current Finance Director for the New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts, and Finance Manager for Scott Family Chiropractic in addition to her duties to PMAC. When she is not doing all things finance or teaching ballet, she can found hiking, biking, kayaking New England in addition to traveling and exploring her current passion of the American Southwest with her daughter Izzy and husband Scott.
603-431-4278 ext 1 | email@example.com
Carrie holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, and a Master of Education in Educational Studies, both from the University of New Hampshire. She taught in elementary music classrooms in NH & ME for 6 years. While primarily a percussionist, she discovered a passion for singing and playing the ukulele through her teaching.
Front Desk Team Member
Nadia has been a seacoast native for the past 9 years, and feels so lucky to call this area home. She loves nature, cooking, crafting, spending time with friends and playing ukulele.
603-431-4278 ext 1 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mea has been involved with PMAC for 10+ years as a student, volunteer, and intern. Since graduating from Cocheco Academy of the Arts in 2019 she has been working with multiple non-profits on the seacoast in various ways. One in particular is Wrong Brain, where she is a resident artist and paints smaller landscapes and surrealist work, along with portrait photography. When she is not at PMAC you can find her in her studio or at the beach with her favorite pup!
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