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Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow Announces New Board Member, John-Michael Scurio

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH) is pleased to announce its newest board member, John-Michael Scurio. Board President, Peggy Kjelgaard, said about the appointment, “We are so fortunate to have John-Michael on our board of directors. He brings professionalism, strategic thinking, positive energy, and a powerful network to the table. The future of the Writers’ Colony is in good hands, thanks to visionaries like John-Michael that have accepted the challenge to be a part of our team and help us grow.” John-Michael is the Senior Human Resources Business Partner, at George’s, Inc. in Springdale, Arkansas where he provides Human Resources support and counsel to senior leadership with the understanding that, for George’s, exemplary service is the primary objective.

Originally from Medford, Massachusetts, John-Michael earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He spent eight years as part of the International Entertainment Team, sailing the high seas with Holland America Line leading entertainment operations. In 1999, John Michael was promoted to Regional Manager, On Board Programming and Holland America Line relocated him to Seattle, WA where he lived for eleven years. In 2008, he moved to Dallas, TX where he led Human Resources Teams at Neiman Marcus, Westin Galleria Dallas, The Joule Dallas, Westin Dallas Downtown, and Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas.

In June 2018, John-Michael, his life-partner, Jeffrey, and their Chihuahua, Kirby, moved from Dallas to their historic home in downtown Eureka Springs, AR. JM has fallen in love with his new hometown and blogs about it at He has chosen to become more involved in our community by joining the WCDH Board of Directors and says, "Our strategic board focuses on looking ahead and beyond. I am so proud to be part of this group of talented people, and it's very much an honor to contribute to the evolution of this beautiful place for our writers and our community. We truly have something special here."

John-Michael also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Rogers/Lowell Chamber of Commerce. JM is an avid reader, a violinist, and he loves to travel and explore new destinations.

Since opening its doors to writers in 2000, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow has made a lasting impact on the arts and literary communities providing uninterrupted residency time for writers of all genres, including culinary, composers, and artists, without discrimination. The WCDH has hosted over 1,500 writers from 48 states and 13 countries. For more information, please visit or call Michelle Hannon or Chad Gurley at (479)253-7444.

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