President of the Board of Directors for the Pella Opera House David Smart has announced beginning tomorrow, Heidi Kelley will take the helm as the new Executive Director.
“Our nationwide search generated tremendous interest from many highly qualified arts administrators,” said Smart.
After extensive interviews, Kelley was chosen for her broad experience with other similar organizations. She has spent the past ten years managing nonprofit organizations, primarily orchestras and those connected with the arts.
Recently, Kelley has been the executive director of the Downtown Alliance in Fayetteville, NC where she assisted in the development of the Arts and Entertainment District.
“I am thrilled to be able to work with the team at the Pella Opera House and take it to new heights,” Kelley said in a statement. “The significance of the Pella Opera House and the value it has to the community is not seen everywhere, and it is an honor to be the next executive director.”
Kelley is replacing Kevin McQuade, who is retiring.