Leann Porrello

Cultural arts specialist for Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry || Executive director of Capital Arts || 2006 graduate of Widefield High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado || Associate of Arts from Pikes Peak Community College

My hubby is my rock and sanity, my grandma is my best friend, and my grandpa is my strength. In Colorado, my mother would be proud to know that even though I grew up saying I didn’t want to be anything like my parents, I am just like her, and it’s the best thing that could have happened to me. I love animals, and my pets are my babies. Family is everything.

Community involvement:

  • Jefferson City, Parks, Recreation, and Forestry
  • Capital Arts
  • Cultural Arts Commission
  • Jefferson City Art Club
  • CPI Board
  • Porchfest Committee

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in business?

Patience and persistence. Success takes time to develop, which means you will go through trials and errors along the way, which you need patience and persistence to overcome. I have worked with so many different personalities, cultures, and beliefs that I’ve learned that to be successful, you need to be respectful, open-minded, and patient while you learn how to work together.

What is the importance of community involvement?

The word that always comes to mind when I think of community involvement is “togetherness.” I have met some of the best people by volunteering because it’s a great way to get to know the people in your community. Community events and projects connect people to other individuals who share the same passions as them, and they’re an awesome way to celebrate the amazing community and all the hard work that went into it.  

Who do you consider a mentor or role model in Jefferson City and why?

Holly Stitt, owner of Avenue HQ, has been a mentor, role model, and friend who has supported me since my start here in Jefferson City. She is so dedicated to this city, her family, and her friends. Her passion is to bring all forms of art to as many people as possible because everybody needs art in their lives. Her fun, positive energy and attitude is infectious.

Most people don’t know that I:

Am a huge nerd who loves to play games and attend Comicon conventions. Cosplay is a cool art form that allows for self-expression or a break from reality for a while.

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