MEET THE TEAM

Since it began its work in 1997, this organization has been shaped by the rigorous efforts of numerous team members. The tasks they accomplished have run the gamut, from doing research, prepping documents and holding meetings to advising staff, maintaining budgets and triple-checking every document that’s left the office.

Some have come and gone; others have come and stayed.

The jobs and tenures varied, but from our inception to the present, the staff’s unifying focus was and is its passion for arts and culture — and for what this sector can accomplish.

Today, the current staff and a deeply engaged Board of Trustees are catalysts creating connections between and among individuals, organizations and communities, within and outside of the arts and culture sector.

What Arts Cleveland is = Who Arts Cleveland is.

Board of Trustees

Chair
President/CEO, Panzica Construction Company
Vice Chair
Healthcare Customer Experience Expert
Treasurer
Head of Key Family Wealth, executive managing director, KeyBank N.A.
Secretary
Executive director of local government and community relations, Case Western Reserve University
Analytics consultant, Cypress Research Group
President and Executive Director
The Center for Community Solutions
CEO
Western Reserve Historical Society
Executive Director
United Labor Agency
Managing Director
Cleveland Play House
Executive Vice President
The Adcom Group
Vice president, project management and site selection, JobsOhio Regional Office of Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO)
Owner
Happy Dog

Staff

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Megan L. Van Voorhis

President and CEO

Phone: (216) 575-0331, x125

Email: Megan@artscleveland.org

Bio

Megan Van Voorhis credits her love for arts and culture, as well as her own artistic faculty, to her parents. “The arts were important to them,” she says. “Which is kind of interesting, because neither was really an arts person. But they absolutely supported me and my brother when we showed an interest in it.”

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Abby

Abigail Del Rio

Business Manager

Phone: (216) 575-0331, x126
Email: Abby@artscleveland.org

Bio

Abby Del Rio’s feelings about arts and culture don’t fit the narrowly stereotypic outlook of a numbers-driven bean counter. “Life without the arts would be pretty boring,” she says, pointing out that there’s more to life than just one’s daily, prosaic routine. “I definitely appreciate [live theater],” she adds, andher amateur interest in drawing is serious enough that she’s taken classes to acquire some technique training.

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Kristen

Kristen Levy

Development Manager

Phone: (216) 575-0331, x122
Email: KLevy@artscleveland.org

Bio

Kristen Levy wasn’t born and raised in Cleveland, but she’s been here her entire adult life (excepting a four-year sojourn to Los Angeles), and she’s “definitely a Clevelander,” she states. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Kristen moved northeast in 2002 to attend Case Western Reserve University.

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Meg

Meg Matko

Community Relations Manager

Phone: (216) 575-0331, x123
Email: Meg@artscleveland.org

Bio

Meg Matko’s interest in artists and in arts and culture is personal — she’s a visual artist herself. “I know what it is to go to art school and graduate not knowing how to survive as an artist,” she remembers. And trying to figure out how to make a semblance of a living wage while also staying committed to her artwork wasn’t easy: ...

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Kristin

Kristin Puch

Senior Researcher

Phone: (216) 575-0331, x124
Email: Kristin@artscleveland.org

Bio

Kristin Puch’s perspective on arts and culture is perhaps more numeric than aesthetic — as a researcher, she looks at arts and culture through the lens of data. “Data infuses all the work we do,” she says. “It’s a tool for understanding what’s going well [in the sector] and what the challenges are.”

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LeAundra Richardson

Associate of Programs and Marketing

Ph: (216) 575-0331, x132
E: LeAundra@artscleveland.org

Bio

LeAundra Richardson discovered her love for music early — she began piano lessons at age six and was playing violin with her school orchestra by fifth grade. “I was just always talented at [music] and enjoyed it,” the Oberlin, Ohio, native says of her germinal attraction to and immersion in the arts.

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Valerie

Valerie Schumacher

Director of Programs and Services

Ph: (216) 575-0331, x128
E: Valerie@artscleveland.org

Bio

Valerie Schumacher majored in studio art and arts management at Baldwin Wallace University, and she feels a gravitational pull toward drawing. She’d studied photography, including at Italy’s Umbra Institute, and has won awards for her work in that medium, but although she enjoys shooting pictures, she just isn’t as attracted to it as she is to process of “putting charcoal to paper.

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