S.C.A.C. Board of Directors
Virgil Lovitt II
State Farm Insurance
Sue Koetz, Director of the Sharonville Parks and Recreation, is one of the founding members (2001) of the Sharonville Cultural Arts Center. “I have stayed involved in SCAC because I have a very strong philosophy about art. I believe that it saves people’s lives. Art creates an avenue to express individual personal creativity, and it also creates a group or family that is diverse and accepting like no other.”
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 center, it will be a benefit to the neighborhood and even surrounding areas.”
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 6–year–old granddaughter’s birthday. The Art Gallery was a great space to decorate, making my Alice feel like she was in Wonderland!”
Pat is passionate about the arts, especially for children: “Visual arts, music and theater are being phased out from schools and the children suffer. With our Gallery and the children’s theater programs that encompass theater and music, we can help expose them to these arts.”
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.
Recently, Jen took on a new role on the Board – Fundraising Chair. “There’s still work to be done! Years ago, the inaugural board had a vision and mission in mind and set a strong course of action. Through the years, the work accomplished at the Center is amazing. We have so many possibilities today to work hard and continue to support the Center’s work as a hub for the emerging and working artists and actors, to the kids just starting out and the seniors who remember this building from when they were young, to the volunteers who have poured their love and effort into this place.”
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.”
A supporter of all things Sharonville, Virgil remains committed to the Center for three reasons: “It brings live theater to the community, preserves our historic theater and is an economic driver for our traditional downtown.” His grandson participates in various children’s theater programs; his wife and daughters enjoy participating in the Wine & Art Classes. Virgil is our local State Farm Agent and retired as Sharonville Mayor.
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.
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.”.
Kathy Piech-Lucas, Board Member
Kathy’s business, Your Dream Day, (www.yourdreamday.com) an 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.”
Don Trautmann, Board Member
Don is the owner of TNT Papercraft Inc, located in Cincinnati, Ohio. “When my wife and I moved to Sharonville, we were both happy to have the Arts Center so close to home. I have always believed in the SCAC mission to enhance the cultural growth of our community in Sharonville,” said Don (who for many years has donated paper products and toiletry items to the SCAC). “I rented out the Gallery for my wife’s retirement party, and everyone said what a nice building this was. The party was a hit and people who attended always tell me that since the party, they have been back to the SCAC many times for other events. This place just grows on you!”
Jeff, the owner of Midwest AVS, was approached by an SCAC board member to help assess the antiquated Audio Visual system and create a master plan for updating all of the sound, video, and theatrical lighting systems. “Once I got started, I really appreciated the mission they were on, and I wanted to become more involved. I believe that preserving our historical landmarks is essential to maintaining our city’s charm. I have great childhood memories of going to the old ACT 1 Theater and watching dollar movies. Now, our children can come to this great place to explore the arts and create their own memories.”
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!”