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.
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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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Lund Ziegler
Development and Marketing Coordinator
Melissa joined PMAC in 2022 after working in arts development, marketing, and management for nearly 10 years. Through her work with both arts non-profit and for-profit organizations and businesses, she has brought customers, students, patrons, and donors meaningfully closer to their art form. Melissa is an accomplished violist and teacher, holding two degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH and has performed with many orchestras across the midwest. Outside of music and work, Melissa loves spending time with her husband and kids (and dog), is a foodie, and has a growing passion for gardening.
Private Lesson Coordinator
Relishing in the variety and creativity of life in the arts, Meghann has worked with non-profit arts organizations along the seacoast since 2001 as an artist, educator, technician and theatre performer. Meghann first came to PMAC in 2008 as the Technical Director/Lighting Designer for the Annual Faculty Jazz Night Concert and in 2017 joined the Admissions Team, helping students and families to continue their lifelong learning in the arts! Meghann is also a 200 Hr Registered Yoga Teacher and a certified Youth Yoga Teacher – seeking to bring mindfulness and balance to her students of all ages. Meghann is passionate about food and one of her favorite places to be is at her home either cooking up meals sourced locally or playing in her own garden.
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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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtney Daniel is a creative strategist and executive virtual assistant who lives by her own rules and makes things happen. As a nationally recognized award-winning business owner her dedication and ability to build relationships has afforded her the opportunity to work with top name celebrities in the industry. Courtney’s love for design won her national recognition for the United States Postal Service when she designed a postage stamp. In her spare time you can find her connecting and sharing stories of members in the community through her online group No To Patterns ™ or hosting The Courtney Daniel show at WSCA, Portsmouth Community Radio. Most recently Courtney was recognized for the 2020 Seacoast Leaders Award.
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.
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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!
603-431-4278 ext 1 | firstname.lastname@example.org