S.C.A.C. Board of Directors

Virgil Lovitt II

Virgil Lovitt II

President

Lovitt Agency,

State Farm Insurance

Meet Virgil Lovitt II

Tom Burton

Tom Burton

Board Member

Superintendent, Princeton City Schools

Meet Tom Burton

Eileen Berke

Eileen Berke

Vice President

Berke Family
Foundation

Meet Eileen Berke

Jennifer Catanzaro

Jennifer Catanzaro

Board Member

The Utilities Group   Shadddronville

Meet Jennifer Catanzaro

Pam Ison

Pam Ison

Treasurer

Ison Family Restaurants, McDonald’s

Meet Pam Ison

Michael Catanzaro

Michael Catanzaro

Board Member

The Utilities Group   Shaddddronville

Meet Michael Catanzaro

Susan Wyder

Susan Wyder

Secretary

Princeton Board of Education
      

Meet Susan Wyder

Sue Koetz

Sue Koetz

Board Member

Director Parks and Recreation Sharonville (Ret.)

Meet Sue Koetz

Eddie Meiners

Eddie Meiners

Board Member

LaRosa’s Restaurants, Meiners Group

Meet Eddie Meiners

Lisa Speiller

Lisa Speiller

Board Member

Language Arts & Media Creation teacher for Mason City Schools

Meet Lisa Speiller

Brian Merrick

Brian Merrick

Board Member

Retirement Corporation Of America

Meet Brian Merrick

Steve Subit

Steve Subit

Board Member

Director of MRO Program Management

 

Meet Steve Subit

Kathy Piech-Lucas

Kathy Piech-Lucas

Board Member

Your Dream Day LLC   Sharfffonville

Meet Kathy Piech-Lucas

Jay Wampler

Jay Wampler

Board Member

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office

Meet Jay Wampler

Don Trautmann

Don Trautmann

Board Member

TNT Papercraft, Inc.  Shargggonville

Meet Don Trautmann

Eileen Berke

Sharonville Cultural Arts Center awarded a special Patron of the Arts Award to Eileen in 2015 in recognition of her long-term commitment and continuing support of the arts. “The arts center has so many things: plays, movies, and things for adults and for kids. It is really a neat place to go. And, as we have more people coming to the centerit will be a benefit to the neighborhood and even surrounding areas.”

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Tom Burton, Board Member

Mr. Tom Burton is the Superintendent of Princeton City Schools, located just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio and the Past-President of OMLA. Tom has been in administration since 1995 with over 12 years of service as a building principal. He is the author of “Mark of Leadership: Strategies for Leading with Purpose, Plans, and Passion.” Since 2001 Tom has spoken to numerous audiences throughout the United States with passion and purpose on a multitude of topics. Additionally, Tom has written articles for publications both in Ohio and nationally and was the “Mark of Leadership” columnist for Middle Ground Magazine, an AMLE and formerly National Middle School Association publication. He is the winner of NASSP/MetLife Ohio Middle School Principal of the Year, Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Slippery Rock University, and many other awards. Most recently he was selected as Ohio Educator of the Year by the Ohio Middle Level Association and was inducted in both the Cleveland Heights High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame and John Carroll University Athletic Hall of Fame. Tom is married to wife Franca, and they share the joy of raising three children, Cailey, Bryce, and Tommy.

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Jennifer Catanzaro, Fundraising Chair

Jen Catanzaro is CEO of The Utilities Group Inc., an energy advisory firm based in Sharonville, Ohio.  She’s also a frustrated singer, dancer and award-winning actress who possesses absolutely no performance talent.  With no expectation of ever lighting up a stage, Jen decided to cozy-up to the arts by applying her time, enthusiasm and business experience to help progress and promote the SCAC and lend her support to the thousands of truly talented artists and budding creatives who call this place home for a time.  Jen’s been a member of the Board of Directors for SCAC for 5 years and currently co-chairs our Marketing Committee where she can flex some creative talent in our print and communication materials.  Jen lives with her husband Michael and their three quirky shelter dogs Alice, Molly and Daphne.

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“We have so many possibilities today to continue to support the Center’s mission as a hub for emerging and established artists and actors, to the kids just starting out and the seniors who remember this building from when they were young.”

Michael Catanzaro

Michael became active in SCAC when his company, The Utilities Group moved into Sharonville. “We felt you have to support and be active in the community that you call home for your business. I love old buildings and when you include a good story or two about its colorful past how can you not want to be part of seeing it succeed.” He believes SCAC is important as an outlet for local creative folks and “provides cheap entertainment that can make for a fantastic date night. Going downtown to the Aronoff Center or to the Playhouse in the Park isn’t something that folks can do on a regular basis.”

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Pam Ison

As a Sharonville resident and business owner of the local McDonald’s, Pam feels “making our downtown area a destination is key to our community growth and vitality. Community arts and family activities are what define a city and neighborhood. Two of my granddaughters have been in Performing Arts children’s theater productions. Our family rented space for a Mad Hatter Tea Party for my 6yearold granddaughter’s birthday. The Art Gallery was a great space to decorate, making my Alice feel like she was in Wonderland!”

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As a Sharonville resident and business owner, Pam feels ‘making our downtown area a destination is key to our community growth and vitality….. (all that other stuff…)

Sue Koetz

Sue Koetz has been involved professionally and personally with art for over forty years. She was very proud of her public service, first as Program Coordinator and subsequently as Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Sharonville for over thirty six years. During her tenure, her passion was in providing broad range programs and events for people of all ages, ability levels and diverse interests. It was during that time that she was able to especially honor her two passions and personal interests: arts and sports. In addition to a lifetime of service with programs, Sue Koetz is also an artist, a painter and a jewelry maker.

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With her professional and personal background in the arts, it was a natural progression to become one of the founding members of the Sharonville Fine Arts Council which eventually became the current Sharonville Cultural Arts Center. Trying to focus solely on the arts and expanding broad range arts programs, Sue Koetz helped to lead the founding of the 501c3 Sharonville Fine Arts Council in 2001 and the opening of the Fine Arts Center in 2009. She strongly believes in the mission of providing comprehensive arts programs and events for the Sharonville Community and Northern Cincinnati Area. Her belief is that “ the arts saves lives” as it provides a creative outlet and “family” to those who embrace art as an observer or participant.

.Virgil Lovitt, Board President

Virgil and Sharonville are interwoven.  He graduated from Princeton High School and the University of Cincinnati-College of Business.  He was always active in school organizations and community groups and he grew up on his grandparents’ farm, which is now Chester Road in Sharonville.

He worked his way through high school and college at his father’s State Farm Insurance Agency.  When he graduated from college, he started his own State Farm Agency in Butler County and, 19 years later, moved it back to Sharonville when his dad died.  In June 2020, Virgil celebrated his 40th anniversary as an agent with State Farm Insurance. He has built a profitable Car, Home, Life and Financial Services Agency and has received such prestigious awards as “Legion of Honor”, “Life Ambassador” and has qualified many times for national conventions.  Perhaps starting at his father’s office when he was eleven prepared him for developing his own successful business. 

Virgil was involved with Sharonville government for 28 years, as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals, Councilman, President of Council, and 16 years serving as our Mayor.  His involvement in local government led to these roles: Chairman of the Planning Commission, President of the Board of Health, President of the Sharonville Community Improvement Corporation, Chairman of the Hamilton County Stormwater District and member of the Hamilton County Convention Facility Authority.  As Mayor, his energy infused the creation of Sharonville Patriot Pointe Memorial, Sharonville Aquatic Center, Trammel Fossil Park, Twin Creek Preserve, the expansion of the Sharonville Convention Center and the development of the Sharonville Cultural Arts Center.    

While this is some of what he’s been a part of, this is not who Virgil would say he is. He’d say he’s a family guy.  Tracey and Virgil celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in 2020.  Their children, Amanda, Glen, Amberly and Andy have made Sharonville their homes, too.  He says, “Adding Jason, Meg & Jenn to the mix has been perfect since they were handpicked by all of us.  Now, with 7 grandchildren, the fun just keeps growing.”

If we might use Virgil’s own words, “I live in Sharonville, I work in Sharonville, and on a good day I never leave Sharonville.”  However, he and Tracey have this really nice farm in Kentucky and sometimes they just have to get away and visit their horses and cows. So, just maybe, some good days are down there too!

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“It brings live theater to the community, preserves our historic theater and is an economic driver for our traditional downtown.”

Eddie Meiners, Programming Chair

As the operator of the Sharonville LaRosa’s, Eddie supports an active historic downtown. “The Sharonville Cultural Arts Center has a beautiful building. The arts can drive business development but they are being cut everywhere. I want to see SCAC succeed for the next 100 years and be here for the arts in Cincinnati.” He has also enjoyed the rental options of the building’s Loft and Theater for private parties – birthdays, even a private Super Bowl viewing event.

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Brian Merrick, Board Member

Meeting a business neighbor was the start for Brian. “Working in the building next door to the SCAC, I was interested in finding out more about the organization and the building itself, so I stopped by one afternoon and met the Pat Madyda. It is all history from there.” Brian has taken his young son to children’s performances, which he loved. He has also booked the Gallery and the Loft for a marketing events and the Theater for a community event. “I invited my neighbors to watch the first Star Wars on the big screen with their light saber wielding children. All of the events were incredibly well received.”.

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Kathy Piech-Lucas, Board Member

Kathy’s business, Your Dream Day, (www.yourdreamday.coman award-winning event planning & wedding consulting business, is located in Sharonville. “Since childhood I have been involved with the arts as a musician and actor. When I moved to Sharonville I wanted to become more active in the community. I met the members of the SCAC board, learned the history of the building, the group’s mission, and I knew I had to be part of it.” She has rented SCAC spaces to meet with clients, and to host networking events for wedding professionals. “The rates at SCAC are so reasonable and it lets you bring your own food (or choice of caterer) and beverages so it’s a great value.”

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Lisa Speiller, Board Member

Bio

Lisa is new to the S.C.A.C. family but not to the creative and performing arts.  She currently works as a Language Arts and Media Creation teacher for Mason City Schools, where she has been using her creative talents to inspire middle school students for the past 16 years.  She has 8 years of experience as a high school and middle school producer and artistic director and over 25 years of on stage and backstage experience.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and Bachelor of Science in Adolescent English Education from Miami University and a Master of Literacy Education from Cambridge College’s National Institute for Teaching Excellence.  

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What I love about the S.C.A.C. is how accessible it is to each and every member of our community.  People of all ages gather here–to learn, to grow, to create, to collaborate, to tell their stories.  I grew up on Broadway show tunes blaring out of my mother’s vintage record player and summers staining my fingers at arts camps. Now, as I watch my daughter find her passion on the S.C.A.C. stage among hundreds of other children, I’m grateful for this gem of a place that gives voice to our community.  S.C.A.C. recognizes the inherent need in us all to engage in creative expression.  Their programs nourish our souls and connect us, creating the fabric from which we can share the stories that will become our legacies.

 

Steve Subit, Board Member

Bio

Steve Subit is a business manager for GE Aviation where he has built his career since graduating from The Ohio State University.  Both originally from Wheeling, WV, Steve and his wife, Melissa, have called Cincinnati home for more than half their lives.  Steve and Melissa have 2 young daughters.  While living in West Chester, the family stays active in Sharonville through Sharonville United Methodist Church and the SCAC.  Steve serves as vice-chairman of Trustees at Sharonville UMC and his wife works for the church running the children’s ministry as well as being involved in multiple church committees.

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My older daughter’s passion for performing introduced our family to the SCAC and we became regular patrons of her various shows.  Then that fateful moment came when the SCAC and PMI decided to experiment with a family show, and I got to join my daughter on stage, a first for this left-brained engineer – what an opportunity and what an experience to share!  Since then, my entire family has participated in a number of shows at the SCAC and built a network of friends.  The SCAC has become a big part of our lives.  In addition to giving the kids a great friendly environment to expand their talents and have fun, I’ve seen my own kids and others build confidence and skills that will translate to other areas of life as they grow up.”

Don Trautmann, Board Member

Don was born and raised in Bridgetown, a suburb on the west side of Cincinnati.  He attended LaSalle High School and later graduated from Xavier University with a B.S.B.A. in Business Management.   Don worked in sales management for 12 years before starting his own business in 1995.  Don is the owner of TNT Papercraft Inc located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Today his company services over 1,200 accounts in the greater Cincinnati area.  TNT Papercraft is mill supported and now the largest independent paper merchants in Cincinnati. 

 

Don and his wife Judy always enjoyed the fine arts over the years attending many performances at The Aronoff Center and Ensemble Theatre in downtown Cincinnati.  “When my wife and I moved to Sharonville in 2005 we were both happy to have the Sharonville Cultural Arts Center so close to home.”  Don became a member of the Board of Directors in 2016.  His company has sponsored many First Friday of the month Artists Openings in the art gallery and has also donated paper products and toiletry items to the SCAC for many years.  On many of the First Friday of each Month, you will find Don and his wife in the art gallery enjoying the scheduled artist openings.

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 “I have always believed in the SCAC mission to enhance the cultural growth of our community in Sharonville,” said Don. “I rented out the gallery for my wife’s retirement party and also my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday celebration.  The parties were both a hit. Many people who attended have since commented what a great place it was to host a party or event and they have returned for other events at the SCAC.  This place just seems to grow on you!”

Jay Wampler, Board Member

Bio

Mr. Jay Wampler, Esq. is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office. In addition, Mr. Wampler is the principal owner of the Wampler Law Firm, LLC. Previously, Mr. Wampler served as a judicial law clerk for a U.S. Federal judge and Hamilton County Common Pleas judge. In addition, he has worked in multiple industries (i.e., business, banking, and athletics) and brings that experience to the board. Currently, he serves on several nonprofit boards and has provided legal expertise to other boards throughout southwest Ohio. At an early age, Jay got involved with acting in community theater and that continued through high school. When he is not working, he can be found acting with his three children on the stage at the S.C.A.C., hiking, or coaching/attending sporting events. Jay is married to wife Jessica, and they enjoy raising three children: Madison, Ellery, and Grant.

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“The S.C.A.C. has so many things to offer: theater, movies, and history. It is essential and vibrant within Sharonville, and it serves families of all ages. The history of the theater and the arts center is truly a treasure.”

Susan Wyder, Board Member

After a teaching career of more than 35 years, Susan remains involved in education as the immediate past President of the Princeton Board of Education and serves on the SCAC board. “Kerry Rabe asked me to volunteer spending time to keep the Gallery open; Virgil Lovitt asked me to join the SCAC Board. Susan brings to the Board yet another community connection – Princeton City Schools. “I am passionate about the arts! John Cheever said, ‘Art is the triumph over chaos.’ By working with the SCAC, we are winning that battle every day!”