Meet our Team

Karen O'Baker Porter - President

› Bachelors in Theatre; Master’s in Communications (Theatre Emphasis) - Morehead State University

› Organizing Committee Member, Advocacy Sub-Committee Chair, Programming Sub-Committee Member

› 30+ years of experience in Managerial Positions in Arts Organizations

› Box Office/Theater Manager, Director, Designer, Musical Director, Board Member, Committee Member, Volunteer Coordinator

› 20+ years of experience in Arts Education

› Instructor at Rabbit Run Theater Arts Camp, Ashtabula Arts Center, Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, Cardinal Local Schools, Madison High School, St. John’s High School, Chardon Local Schools (Free Harmony & CMS Drama Club), St. Gabriel School

› Strong interpersonal, troubleshooting, and leadership skills

Paul Sloop - Vice President

› Short Film Programmer - Oscar Qualifying Cleveland International Film Festival - 2003-present

› Director of Programming - Film Pittsburgh

› Short Film Programmer - Cordillera International Film Festival

› Board Member & Executive Board Member at Chagrin Valley Little Theater

› Former Director of Operations for Cleveland Cinemas 1998-2003

› 20 years of movie theater management experience with General Cinemas & Cleveland Cinemas

› Has participated in community theater throughout Northeast Ohio with his wife and six daughters for the past ten years

Sara Tackett - Wilson - Treasurer

› Attorney and risk management professional and native of northeast Ohio

› B.A. in English from Baldwin Wallace College

› J.D. from Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law; admitted to practice in Ohio in state and federal courts; experience representing businesses, families, and individuals in wide variety of civil and criminal litigation

› Organizing Committee Member, Advocacy Sub-Committee Member, Finance Sub-Committee Member

› Trustee of the Perry Foundation (awards scholarships and low-interest loans to graduates of Perry High School)

› Treasurer and Trustee of National Alliance for Mental Illness (Lake County, Ohio)

› Former Secretary and Director of Legal Affairs for The Unionville Tavern Preservation Society

› Former Trustee of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association

› Participated in community theatre productions as actor, choreographer, props assistant, and crew for 15 years across Northeast Ohio

Beth Matthews - Secretary

› Associate Director of Geauga County Board of Mental Health – retired 2018

› State of Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant (25 years)

› Associate Degree in Arts Letters & Sciences – Penn State University

› Bachelor’s Degree in Management – University of Phoenix

› Avid supporter of the arts for all ages

Brian Johnson - Director

› Owner of White Barn Resale and Liquidations

› Member of the Chardon Square Association serving on the Board of Trustees

› Executive Secretary for the Chardon Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

› Member of the Northeast Ohio Chapter #12 Sons of the American Revolution

› Formally certified as a National Certified Guardian by the Center for Guardianship Certification

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Paula Santa - Director

› Past Director of Admissions, Lakewood Catholic Academy

› Past Assistant Director of Annual Giving, Case Western Reserve University

› Past Matching Gift Program Administrator, Case Western Reserve University

› Former President, Friends of Eldred Theater, Case Western Reserve University

› Past state and national High School Forensics judge

› BA in Theater, Case Western Reserve University

› Participated in community and college theater last 15 years

Guy Wilson - Director

› Sherwin-Williams (30+ years)

› 20+ years of Management experience - budgeting, creating goals, performance evaluations and strategic planning

› Associate Director in Research & Development

› Visiting Assistant Professor in Materials Engineering at Virginia Tech

› 8-year member of Chardon Board of Education

› BSc and Ph. D in Chemistry, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Our Founding Committee

Brad Allen
Marc C. Howard
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Don Bernardo
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Ryan Davis
Jonathan Gordon
Sarah Gordon
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Jack-Anthony Ina
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Erik Katko
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Hannah Maxwell
Chloe Porter
Greg Pribulsky
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Sean Thompson
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Geauga Center for the Arts is an arts management organization which provides a venue for all artistic expression, cultivates a multi-level education program, and coordinates community events. GCA embodies a welcoming, engaging, inclusive arts presence which empowers and encourages artists and groups of all art forms, interests, and experience levels to explore their own creative outlets.

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