Joel Harmeyer,  Executive Director

Joel brings over twenty years of non-profit experience to Creative Arts. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business marketing from Ball State University and master’s degree from Indiana Tech in business administration. Prior to coming to Creative Arts, Joel programmed student activities at Indiana Tech, and was technical director of The Historic Embassy Theatre. He began his career in the marketing department of Our Sunday Visitor, the nation’s largest Catholic publisher. He also served as the Interim Director of Operations for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Joel has a passion for live music, and served four years as creative director for the Embassy’s popular Down the Line concert series. He volunteers as an instructor for Junior Achievement, and is excited to bring his ideas, energy and enthusiasm to Wells County.

Janiece Lipsey, Director of Programming

As Director of Programming, Janiece Lipsey is responsible for conceptualizing and executing classes, events, and activities contained within the three segments of Creative Arts (School of Ballet, Wells Community Theater, Balentine Gallery). She also is an instructor in our School of Ballet. 

A veteran of Creative Arts, Janiece began with our organization in 2009 teaching ballet classes. She began working in our office shortly thereafter. In 2014, as Assistant Director of Operations and Outreach, she was instrumental in beginning an outreach program with Wells Community Boys & Girls Club. Janiece returned to Creative Arts in August 2016 after earning a graduate degree in Florida. 

 Janiece holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Ministries from Huntington University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Southeastern University.

Jeni Meeks, School of Ballet Director

Ms. Jeni has instructed ballet at the CAC studio since 1999.  She was a student of the CAC School of Ballet from the age of 5 to high school and danced the lead role in the school’s production of Coppélia and had major parts in Cinderella, Nutcracker and Graduation Ball performances with honorary roles in many other performances.  She is an English, Math, and Science Middle School teacher at Southern Wells Jr/Sr High School and a graduate of IPFW with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Secondary Education.  She and her husband David have three children Cole, Grace and Sophia and live in Liberty Center.  Ms Jeni has taught dance classes for the Operation Wellnesses AHA Camp, Norwell High School Dance Team, CAC Ballet Camp, and The Miss Wells County Queen Pageant. She has also presented a vocal music performance for the CAC board of directors in 2005. Ms Jeni instructs Kinderdance, Pre-ballet, Beginning Ballet, and Creative Expression, a music and movement class for youngsters age 31/2 to 41/2 for the School of Ballet. She is not only a teacher, but also the current Program Director for the CAC School of Ballet.




Board of Directors

Ted Smith, president
Bill Hambrick, vice president
Roy Johnson, treasurer
Billy Kreigh, secretary
Theodore E. Chemey, III
Judy Harkless
Nancy Hewitt
Nancy Wagner
Christine Zadylak
Jackie Chaney
Jim Bueter