Cheryl Coughlan new Josephy Center director

<p>Cheryl Coughlan</p>

JOSEPH – The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture has announced that Cheryl North Coughlan of Joseph has been hired its new permanent executive director.

Coughlan brings a wealth of organizational and artistic skills to the job. In addition to working 10 years as a Wallowa County Circuit Court clerk, she has owned a small business and volunteered extensively for the Josephy Center and elsewhere in the community, while continuing to develop her own artistic talents.

Coughlan’s photography was recently featured in the Josephy Center’s popular Hang ‘em High Exhibit.

“We are all so pleased that Cheryl has accepted the position of executive director, “ board Chair Nancy Knoble said. “We were looking for someone who had, not only the right experience and skills, but who also seemed a good fit for the organization and its goals and who was passionate about the arts and the culture of Wallowa County, and Cheryl brings so much to the table. Cheryl was a standout in a remarkably strong field of candidates.”

Coughlan will step into the position in early September.

When asked about her new job, Coughlan said, “This is a rare and remarkable experience for me. I hope to, not only enhance the Josephy Center’s image as a vibrant community arts center, but also to help bring to fruition strategic plans for fundraising efforts that will provide a solid financial future for the Center.”

Coughlan replaces Amy Zahm, who has served as interim executive director since June. “I’m so pleased that the Board chose Cheryl to fill the ED position,” Zahm said. “I think her blend of enthusiasm, creativity, passion and organization are just what the center needs to continue to thrive.” Zahm will stay on with the Josephy Center in the role of part-time development director.

For more information on the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture or upcoming exhibits and events, please contact Zahm at 541-432-0505 or visit www.josephy.org.

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