The Elk County Council on the Arts Team & Board of Directors


Sara Frank, Executive Director

Sara has been involved with ECCOTA in varying degrees since childhood, volunteering and participating with programs and events. After moving back to Ridgway in 2008 she was asked to join the board of directors and was soon after elected President where she remained until being hired as a staff member in early 2016.
As a graduate of Lock Haven University with a degree in Communication Media concentrating in advertising and public relations, and a studio art minor, Sara brings years of experience in event promotion, marketing and advertising, working with non-profit organizations and small business owners, and a love for the arts. Sara and her husband Matthew can often be found hiking around the woods in Elk County with their rescue mutt or camping in one of Pennsylvania’s state parks. They’re both patrons of the arts in and around Elk County.


Tia DeShong, Public Art Program Manager

Tia joined the ECCOTA team in the autumn of 2018 after spending several years teaching English and creative writing at various universities across the northeast and working as an educator and community organizer with a local victim advocacy nonprofit agency. She studied English and creative writing at Penn State University, where she earned her BA in 2012, and West Virginia University, where she earned her MA in 2015. Her work is guided both by a love of the arts and a passion for helping serve the communities of western Pennsylvania. She is also passionate about animals and the environment. When not working, Tia spends her spare time traveling with her husband, Andy, or cuddling with her three cats, Ruby, Lola, and Henry.


Matthew Frank, Poetry Out Loud Regional Coordinator

Mr. Frank is a teacher at St. Marys Area High School and has been the regional POL coordinator since 2016.


Elk County Council on the Arts Board of Directors

Kate Brock, President
David Larkin, Vice President
Lane Azzato, Treasurer
Lois Devilling, Secretary
Rich Skellen
Liz Hammer
Annette Rupprecht
Victoria Stanish
Geno Boni
Lyndsey Weidow

The Board of Directors regularly scheduled meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 7 pm.

The Board of Directors do not hold a regularly scheduled meeting in July.