Leadership

Staff

Joseph Permetti

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Joseph Permetti assisted the MPVP Holdings LLC team to coordinate publicity and programming for the Sharpstown Prize for Architecture and Seeds of Sharpstown art installation events. Bringing his work experience in the NGO and nonprofit world, Joseph will lend his skills as a consultant to Alta Arts.

Alexander Squier

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Alexander Squier is an interdisciplinary Artist, Curator, and Houston native. Operating out of his studio at Houston’s BOX 13 ArtSpace, where he also serves as Exhibitions Director, Squier’s work ranges from printmaking and drawing, to photo, video, and installations. In addition to curating for Alta Arts, he has also taught printmaking at the University of Houston, and headed up the Printmaking Department at the Glassell School of Art (MFAH) from 2016 – 2020.

Mary Morgan Stevens

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Mary Morgan Stevens is a nonprofit fundraising professional focusing on arts and education. She has worked in the development departments of museums and  foundations in New York, Texas and Florida. Her most recent role was at Annunciation Orthodox School. 

Derik J. Mercado

STAFF VIDEOGRAPHER AND EXHIBITIONS ASSISTANT

Derik Mercado, of Pinnacle Pictures, serves as a consultant videographer for Alta Arts, as well as assisting the various programs and exhibitions.  Derik brings extensive skills in photography, videography and editing.  

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. 

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

MEMBER AT LARGE

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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