Leadership

Staff

Joseph Permetti

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Joseph Permetti joined the MPVP Holdings LLC team in 2015 to coordinate publicity for the Sharpstown Prize for Architecture and Seeds of Sharpstown art installation events. Bringing over 40 years of work experience in the NGO and nonprofit world, Joseph now lends his skills as a consultant to Alta Arts.

Derik J. Mercado

STAFF VIDEOGRAPHER & VISUAL EVENT COORDINATOR

Derik J. Mercado, CEO of Pinnacle Pictures, wears several hats at Alta Arts – most notably as chief videographer. He will be coordinating our visual arts events and assisting with social media outreach. Derik brings extensive skills in filmmaking, videography and editing.  

Alexander Uribe

Programs &Exhibitions Assistant

Alexander’s handiwork is always on display at Alta Arts.  His focus is assisting with exhibition installations and key event coordination.  In his spare time, he pursues to expand his acting career which in the past has included an Astros commercial and several stage productions.  He is also a key member of the On The Verge Theatre stage crew.

Edgar Guajardo

LIGHTING & SCENIC DESIGNER

Edgar Guajardo is a Lighting and Scenic Designer/ Theatrical Producer/ Poet/ Actor/ Painter/ Carpenter originally from Pharr Texas, but has been residing in Houston for 10 plus years. He has a BFA in Theatrical Production with an emphasis in Lighting Design and Scenic Design from the University of Houston. 

JP Perez

Director of Programs and Exhibitions

JP “Zenturo” Perez will take the lead in developing quality programming, and play a key role with marketing and social media outreach.  JP is also a digital media photographer with a BFA from the University  of Houston. 

 

Board of Directors

Michael S. Prentice

CO-FOUNDER & CHAIR

Michael S. Prentice is a renowned sculptor and investor based in Houston whose innovative initiatives to enhance Houston’s Sharpstown neighborhood have received acclaim. His most recent effort, the creation of the Sharpstown Prize for Architecture, resonated with city of Houston officials as well as the art and architecture community. Prentice established his own sculpture atelier in Paris 30 years ago, prior to moving to Houston in 1998. During his residency in France, he received private and public commissions from clients including Takashimaya, Cartier, LaCoste, GlaxoWelcome, City of Paris and more.

Michelle Bouchard​

CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

C. Michelle Bouchard has created, managed and scaled non-profits and private/public partnerships since 1986, serving 13 years as President of HealthCorps, a national program founded by Dr. Oz. During her tenure, the organization raised over $70mm and impacted 2.5mm students across 17 states. She has received recognition from the TX Legislature; CA Senate, Clinton Global Initiative; NYC Chamber of Commerce; NYC Council; Log Cabin Republicans; the Off‐Off Broadway Review Board and more for her work.

Christopher Gongolas

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Christopher Gongolas – artist, drummer, tribal art collector, inventor/designer, finance geek/tech entrepreneur – has served on numerous art museum boards. Co-founded ARGUS Software in 1984, still the global standard for valuing & structuring > $10 trillion in commercial properties & loans annually. He’s gifted over $12 million to 120 universities worldwide, beginning as a finance guest lecturer at Wharton Business School in 1984. During a 20 year hyatis in Greece & Cyprus, he designed a line of globally patented, mass market, kinetic art & silly consumer products – and is also scaling up his unique monumental kinetic sculptures that inspired these product

HEATHER CURRAN

MEMBER AT LARGE

Heather Curran has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Heather’s 27+ year career in oil and gas, and global commercial real estate services earned her a wide range of skills. Her 11-year tenure at Exxon, as part of the Management Development Program, involved changing positions approximately every two years to experience different types of responsibilities and build on her skill sets, which included supervising large teams as well as project management. This led her to a 16+ year career at Hines as Corporate Director of Learning & Development where she directed the efforts to establish the firm’s global learning offerings and services, and built the department. As a learning professional, she was requested to be a speaker at various external industry meetings and conferences. She is now applying her expertise and passion for learning & development as a free-lance consultant.

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