The School of Visual Alumni Group was founded with the purpose of providing a forum in which alumni of the Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) can stay connected to each other and to the School, remain informed about the affairs of the School and the College.

The group hopes to assist the School, as appropriate, in the recruitment of students, and to support and encourage educational and career opportunities for students in the fields of visual arts and art education.


School of Visual Arts Alumni Group Board

Member Position
Vincente Ortiz Cortez (2014) President
Nicole Packard (2014) Vice President
Emilee Taylor (1974) Secretary
Rebecca Poarch (2020) Social Media Coordinator
Greta Miller Incoming Student Representative
Michael Frantangelo (2001) SoVA APG Representative to A&A Society Board
Vagner Mendonça- Whitehead SoVA Director
Kaylie Maines (2018) Faculty Representative
Yang Deng Student Representative
Jeremy Dennis (2016) Member
Heather Bhandari (1999) Member
Jason Lahr (1999) Member
Kelsey Knight Director of Alumni Relations & Stewardship
Ashley Hardison Assistant Director of Alumni Relations