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.


Julie Cantrell, Project Manager

Before working at Creative Arts, Julie enjoyed the organization’s programming through participating in Wells Community Theater. In 2015, she joined the Creative Arts team as an intern, helping administratively with a special focus on graphic design and web content.

Julie completed music industry and event internships in Nashville, TN before graduating from Judson University in 2018 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Business and Entrepreneurship. She then returned to Creative Arts as Project Manager, bringing a passion for social media/web presence, branding, and live events.

Board of Directors

Ted Smith, president
Jim Bueter, vice president
John Emshwiller, treasurer
Linda Kelly, secretary
Theodore E. Chemey, III
Judy Harkless
Nancy Hewitt
Marlyn Koons
Sarah MacNeill
Nancy Wagner
Christine Zadylak