Joy Peterson Heyrman
Executive Director

Joy Peterson Heyrman  became executive director of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) in 2016, after 23 years with the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Art History and Archeology from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in English from Amherst College.


Sheila Gulley Pleasants
Deputy Director/Director of Artists’ Services

Sheila Gulley Pleasants has served VCCA since 1989 when she moved from New York City to Mt. San Angelo to become residential staff with her husband Craig. She holds an M.A. in French from New York University, an M.Ed. in English from Converse College, and a B.A. in French from Wake Forest University.


Mt. San Angelo

Resident Director
David Garratt

Director of Individual Giving

Director of Communications

Assistant Director of Artists’ Services
Dana Jones

Office Manager/Artists’ Services Associate
Beatrice Booker

Development and Program Associate
Kimberley Stiffler

Board Secretary
Mayalin Quiñones

Head of Food Services
Eugenia (Jenny) Botea

Sous Chef

Kitchen Assistants
River Elliott, Greg Ingber

Whitney Wilkerson

Facility Assistant
Derrick Lewis

Moulin a Nef

Resident Director
Cheryl Fortier

Housekeeper and Cook
Fatiha Boukhris

Facilities Staff
Sabine van den Bergh

Support Staff
John Alexander