Our Staff


Val McCarthy

Executive Director

Valeri McCarthy is the Executive Director of Arts for All of Northern Michigan. With over twenty years of experience in various capacities, she has developed a strong understanding of the organization’s operations and fundraising. She can effectively manage multiple aspects of the organization’s business, including fundraising and staff development. In addition to being an artist, Valeri also has a background in human resource management, graphic & web design, writing, and illustration.

As the Executive Director of Arts for All, she is able to oversee the organization’s various programs and activities, which are designed to provide individuals with the necessary skills to experience the joy of arts and cultural experiences, with an emphasis of creating a sense of belonging, for and among all, in her community.

Valeri is driven by her passion for helping others and her ability to follow her mission and inspire the people around her. She believes that she is well positioned to lead and is committed to building strong relationships with the members of the community. In her free time, she enjoys being active in the outdoors and writing children’s books.

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Diane Frederick

Program Director

Diane Frederick is a filmmaker and film educator.  Her work has taken her around the country from Los Angeles to rural Alaska, New York and Northern Michigan.  Diane looks forward to developing more teaching workshops and other creative programs for Arts for All.