Joe King and Denis Pichanick join the Board of Directors at the Center for Puppetry Arts

Joe King, Senior Partner, Ernst & Young Atlanta
Denis Pichanick, Head of Finance, Intelliflo at Invesco

Joe King and Denis Pichanick join the Board of Directors at the Center for Puppetry Arts

ATLANTA (March 2023) – The Center for Puppetry Arts is pleased to announce the election of Joe King (Senior Partner, Ernst & Young Atlanta) and Denis Pichanick (Head of Finance, Intelliflo at Invesco) to its Board of Directors after a thorough search of candidates. King and Pichanick are the newest board members to the Center for Puppetry Arts since current board members Ryan Dixon, Larry Mark and John Tester were elected in November 2021.

We are thrilled to welcome both Joe and Denis to our Board of Directors as they each bring unique talents and passion for the arts in addition to their valued professional leadership skills. We couldn’t be happier to have their guidance and expertise to help shape the bright future ahead for the Center.” Beth Schiavo, Executive Director.

Joe King is a Senior Partner at Ernst & Young Atlanta and the firm’s Professional Practice Group with over 35 years of experience. King previously led the firm’s Growth Markets Group and the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Programs. King began his career in 1987 in the firm’s national offices in the Accounting Research department, where he did extensive research on corporate disclosure.

Although a fan of puppetry since I was young, I never saw myself getting involved. However, that all changed when I saw the power and impact the Center for Puppetry Arts can have. Having lived in Atlanta for over 30 years, I’ve known the Center to be an experience in midtown for families with younger children, but after visiting and experiencing the importance of keeping this art form alive, I found myself completely hooked! I am so excited to join the CFPA family!” – Joe King, Senior Partner, Ernst & Young Atlanta

From 1993 to 1995, King was a resident at EY’s National Accounting Group (New York), working on national and international accounting matters. King has also served some of the Southeast’s largest technology clients throughout his career. King was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1987. King is a graduate of the Ernst & Young / Kellogg Graduate Program at Northwestern University and the EY/INSEAD Leadership Program. King is also an Eagle Scout and served on the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Board of Governors, the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Parents Board at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Governing Board of the Cherokee Town and Country Club.

King married Janet R. Pinson of Newnan, Georgia (Auburn University, 1985) in 1992 and have 2 children together; Joseph, 25, a Georgia Tech Graduate and Mary Evelyn, 20, a sophomore studying Musical Theater at Millikin University. King is also an Elder of Peachtree Presbyterian Church. His favorite puppets are Statler and Waldorf from The Muppet Show.

Denis Pichanick is Head of Finance for the Intelliflo, an affiliate of Invesco, which provides financial advisory service solutions. An experienced finance leader, Pichanick has more than 20 years’ experience with major Atlanta institutions including Bell South, AT&T, First Data and the Woodruff Arts Center. Pichanick has built high performance teams that consistently drive standards of excellence for reporting, planning, business analytics and compliance.

Participation in the arts has a profoundly positive impact on children’s lives, I’ve seen it with my own kids. I’ve always known how the Center is able to impact so many young lives in the Atlanta community, but once I saw everything the Center has to offer young and old alike, I wanted to be involved with this group of amazing staff and volunteers. I am thrilled to be joining the Board of CFPA and am honored to be included in this talented group.” – Denis Pichanick, Head of Finance Intelliflo at Invesco

Pichanick has volunteered with annual fundraising and capital campaigns throughout his career and enjoys the culture of non-profit organizations. Pichanick feels that the Center for Puppetry Arts is a great fit with the new Invesco building across the street along with his passion for the arts. Pichanick resides in Atlanta and is a graduate of Georgia State University. Pichanick’s wife, Darija, is from Bosnia and they have 2 children together; Liam, a University of Kansas graduate and Ana, a freshman at Georgia Institute of Technology. His favorite puppet is Gonzo from The Muppet Show.

Center for Puppetry Arts® is a unique cultural treasure – a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened, and entertained. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops, and the hands-on Museum as well as Digital Learning and Outreach programs. Center for Puppetry Arts is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization and is supported in part by contributions from corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. These programs are also supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Center is a member of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA/USA/ASSITEJ).The Center also serves as the headquarters of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the international puppetry organization.

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