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Sara Steffens is a St. Louis native. She received her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts with a emphasis in Photography and a Minor in Art History at Missouri State University in Springfield of 2014. Additionally she had the pleasure of working with a lead photographer in advertisement and a curator of a museum. Sara also attended a semester in Florence, Italy at Santa Reparata International School of Arts for photography and mixed media. Sara drew inspiration from the diverse cultures presented in Italy. At the end of the semester, Sara had an exhibition containing portraits of strangers she met on the streets of Italy. Her most recent photography exhibit, My Room, consisted of intimate portraits of children in their rooms. This exhibition centered on bringing back feelings of nostalgia, imagination, and space for the viewer. Steffens is immensely delighted to have accepted the position of Director for The Arts Council of the Southeast Region. It is her prerogative to fill out the mission of the council, provide opportunities to artists, and be a main resource for artists in our region.


Angela was born in Cape Girardeau and raised outside of St. Louis in Union, MO. After graduating high school, Angela spent time in Indiana and Tennessee. While in Tennessee she had the pleasure of being a Venue Coordinator for Nashville Songwriters Association International's (NSAI) Tin Pin South in 2012. This gave her the opportunity to bump elbows with and host  some of the top songwriters in the music industry (ask her about it sometime - it's one of her favorite experiences).
Since then she has performed with numerous ensembles, including East Central College's Voce Blue, with who she won 102.5 KEZK's Christmas Chorale competition in 2015. Angela has also been a featured soloist with East Central Choral Association, most notably as "A Young Fan" in William Schuman's The Mighty Casey and as the Credo female soloist in Carol Barnett's The World Beloved: a Bluegrass Mass. Angela continues to perform as a vocalist and pianist and will be featured on piano for a worldwide broadcast later this year.
Angela has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at University of Missouri-Kansas City and is currently completing her Master of Fine Arts in Arts Management and Leadership at Webster University.

Board Chair: Jerry McCearley
Past Chair: Peter Nguyen

Vice-Chair: Mark Moore
Treasurer: Annie Criddle
Secretary: Dr. Joni Hand

Board Directors:
Dr. Gabrielle Baffoni
Debbi Bollinger
Dave Carter
Nona Nan Chapman
Randy Hays
Carletha Kosk
Brittney Lee
Lia Mastronardi
Jamie McDowell
Tom Neumeyer
Valerie Ochs
Victoria Pfau
Larry Rhodes
Craig Thomas
Mark Welker

Emeritus Directors:
Caroline Kahler
Jerry Ford
Vicki Outman