Joseph Permetti joined the MPVP LLC team in 2015 to coordinate publicity and programming which included 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 will lend his skills to Alta Arts and serve in the capacity of executive director.
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 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. She is involved in many charity organizations including the Junior League of Houston’s 2021-2022 Charity Ball Committee, Kappa Kappa Gamma Houston Alumnae Association, and the Breeders Greeters committee with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Leslie Ramos is a Houston native. Since 2012, she has served as the senor accountant for MPVP Holdings LLC. Leslie has also been responsible for the planning and coordination of all events for Seeds of Sharpstown including all open house events and the unveilings of new construction for the company.
Derik Mercado serves as the social media coordinator for Alta Arts, as well as assisting the various programs and exhibitions. Derik brings extensive skills in photography, videography and editing.
In his spare time, Derick runs his DM Films company focusing on videography of special occasions.
Rachel Mouton is a Cajun transplant who explores culture both through her world travels and within the diverse art scene right here in Houston. Born and raised in Lafayette, La., she now calls the Houston Heights home and enjoys cultivating a network of fellow art and live music lovers through her role within Alta Arts. With four years in the oil and gas industry under her belt, Rachel now works as a senior financial analyst for P97, a technology startup in Houston. She has a degree in accounting from LSU and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Texas.
Travis is an Austin, Texas based film producer-director, and owner of a production company called Missio Films. He has worked with large national fortune 500 brands to better help them find their authentic voice through large scale re-brands. Most recently he rebranded Pearson Education’s advertising for their entire science program. He has helped everything from luxury brands, national healthcare conglomerates, oil and gas companies, and technology companies.
Hailing from London, U.K, Beaux has been performing and songwriting from a very early age. Having two MTV documentaries made about her, she won the Grammy unsigned runner up award in 2013. She’s been in the studio with many musicians such as Akon and world class songwriters like Johnny Rockstar (The Sugababes, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Robbie Williams, Bjork, Dido), Rudimental, Dee Adam (Mr Scruff, Ella Eyre, Alexandra Burke, Kaiser Chiefs), Ill Blu and many more.
Austin Sutch is originally from New Jersey but found his roots when he moved to Houston after attending Lehigh University. A resident of Montrose for the last five years, Austin frequents the many galleries, coffee shops and exhibits in the area which has put him in touch with many local and emerging artists.
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. He was the former Assistant Electrician on Mickey Mouse’s Rockin Road Show for Disney Live and the former Assistant Technical Director of Queensbury Theatre company. He currently is the Resident lighting designer and Technical Director for Opera in the Heights.
Austin O’Connor brings his entrepreneurial spirit and skills to Alta Arts. He is the founder of Lone Star Livestreams, Texas Skyview, and AOC Designs. His passions include technical engineering, problem solving, and experimenting with the latest technology. He also has extensive experience with music and event streaming. He is a graduate of the C.T. Bauer College of Business where he focused on Management Information Systems and Services. He is also certified with an unmanned systems aircraft pilot license.
Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, Adrian Lewis moved to Houston during secondary school graduating from Lamar High School. Currently at HCC, he plans to complete his studies at the University of Houston. Adrian has a strong interest in music development that was inspired by this software and programming wizardry. He puts this to use as a successful deejay, and has produced tracks for several Houston artists.
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.
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.
As President of Clark Condon, Sheila oversees design and general operations for the firm. Her leadership directs and supports a team disciplined in how to respond to the growing value of environmental stewardship. n 2006, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). She currently serves on The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Stewardship Council and serves as Chair of Trees for Houston.
John A. Evatz has over 25 years of Luxury Goods and Hospitality background, having owned a Global Travel Management company, specializing in only the finest of Hotels, Villas, Yachts and premier air travel around the world. John has networked across the globe, providing an exclusive insider view of strategy, operations and overall company vision of the ultimate in luxury brands, such as Cartier, Graff Diamonds, Leading Hotels of the World, Belmond Hotel Group, Silversea Cruises and many other top names in the world of LUXE. John has a strong passion for the Arts, Literature, Film, Music, Fashion and Cuisine.
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
Felicia Lewis is currently the Director of Advancement for the University of Houston’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Prior to joining the team at UH, Felicia worked in various leadership roles in higher education including a stint as Prairie View A&M University’s first annual fund director. She is also in demand nationally as a speaker for he Council of Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Originally from Saint Louis, MO., Felicia headed first to New Orleans where she received her BA in Communications from Xavier University and a minor in Business Marketing before eventually moving to the Houston area.