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

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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Hannah Maxwell - Director
  • Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Grove City College 

  • Electrical Engineer (Motion Focus) - Rockwell Automation Team Leader, Project Management, Application and System Support, Global Process Trainer for Process Efficiency, responsible for creating and delivering training material  

  • Experience as a Stage Manager, Costumer, Assistant Director, Director, and Producer 

  • Strong organizational skills  

Sean Thompson - Director
  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati

  • Architect on a variety of project types 

  • Owner of Architecture firm in Ravenna, Ohio

  • Experience designing and building sets for theater productions

  • President of the Berkshire Community Planning Association 

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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 Mission

Geauga Center for the Arts is an arts management organization that 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.

Our Founding Committee

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Brad Allen
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Don Bernardo
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Ryan Davis
Jonathan Gordon
Sarah Gordon
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Marc C. Howard
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Jack-Anthony Ina
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Erik Katko
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Chloe Porter
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Greg Pribulsky
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Sara Tackett-Wilson