Staff Directory & Team Descriptions

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency funded by public investment in arts and culture. The staff consists of several collaborative teams: Executive Leadership, Operations & Public Affairs, Investment, Arts Education & Organizational Programs, Artist Programs/Percent for Art, and the OAC Riffe Gallery. 

Executive Leadership

The Executive Leadership team manages the Council’s work, board relations, funding, partnerships, policy, and top-level external relationships.

            
DONNA S. COLLINS DAN KATONA
 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DEPUTY DIRECTOR
 donna.collins@oac.ohio.gov dan.katona@oac.ohio.gov
614-728-4445 614-728-4457


ARTS EDUCATION & Organizational Programs

The Arts Education & Organizational Programs team serves as the initial contact for arts institutions, nonprofits, educators, and other organizations seeking information about opportunities for OAC support. Those interested in arts education may contact one of two coordinators below, while organizations should view the Organizational Programs Region Map to determine the coordinator for their county.

team member coming soon                    
CHIQUITA MULLINS LEE VACANT BRIANNA DANCE JIM SZEKACS
ARTS LEARNING
COORDINATOR
ARTS LEARNING
COORDINATOR
ORGANIZATIONAL PROGRAMS
COORDINATOR
Eastern Region 
ORGANIZATIONAL PROGRAMS
COORDINATOR
Western Region
chiquita.mullinslee@oac.ohio.gov      brianna.dance@oac.ohio.gov jim.szekacs@oac.ohio.gov
614-728-4455 614-728-4400 614-728-4427 614-728-4449


Investment

The Investment team oversees all agency grant administration and grantmaking activities—including managing ARTIE, the OAC’s online grants system.

                           
DIA FOLEY JANELLE HALLETT KIM TURNER CARLA OESTERLE
INVESTMENT DIRECTOR INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE
& ADA COORDINATOR
FISCAL OPERATIONS
ASSOCIATE 
dia.foley@oac.ohio.gov janelle.hallett@oac.ohio.gov kim.turner@oac.ohio.gov carla.oesterle@oac.ohio.gov
614-728-4429 614-466-4496 614-995-0066 614-728-4471


Operations & Public Affairs

The Operations & Public Affairs team directs the agency's communications, major events, legislative affairs, and technology needs, in aid of the Executive Leadership team.

      
       
JUSTIN NIGRO AMANDA ETCHISON TED HATTEMER
OPERATIONS &
PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTOR
COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIST TECHNOLOGY STRATEGIST
 justin.nigro@oac.ohio.gov  amanda.etchison@oac.ohio.gov ted.hattemer@oac.ohio.gov
614-728-4445 614-728-4463 614-728-4469


Artist Programs/Percent for Art

The Artist Programs/Percent for Art team administers programs, awards, and services for individual artists in Ohio and executes the state’s Percent for Art program.

                 
KEN EMERICK KATHY SIGNORINO
ARTIST PROGRAMS/
PERCENT FOR ART
DIRECTOR
ARTIST PROGRAMS/
PERCENT FOR ART
COORDINATOR
ken.emerick@oac.ohio.gov   kathy.signorino@oac.ohio.gov  
614-728-4421 614-728-6140

 

OAC Riffe Gallery

The OAC Riffe Gallery in downtown Columbus generally features the work of Ohio artists through quarterly exhibitions, accompanied by workshops, curators' tours, and other arts learning opportunities for the public. Admission is free. Visit riffegallery.org to learn more about current and past exhibitions and activities.


MARY GRAY   
RIFFE GALLERY
DIRECTOR
          mary.gray@oac.ohio.gov       
614-728-2239