Rachel Bernstein, Executive Director
As a professional musician, educator, and administrator, Rachel Bernstein has worked in the arts for over thirty years. Bernstein came to Heights Arts in 2013 after fifteen years in various administrative positions at The Music Settlement in University Circle, where she continues to teach as an instructor in the Suzuki cello method. Since joining Heights Arts, Rachel has concentrated her passion for the arts on creative internal collaborations to connect Heights Arts’ many programs in unique ways; and partnering with the many regional arts organizations, businesses, and people who share her belief in the power of the arts.
Courtney Young, Manager
Courtney Young is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, where she studied art history, photography, and fibers arts. She lends her arts and administration expertise to managing the gallery store, facilitating our 11 annual exhibitions, and keeping our data systems and budget reporting on track. She is continually inspired by the range, depth, and creativity of work produced by the Northeast Ohio artists represented at Heights Arts.
Genevieve Schwartz, Assistant Manager
In eighth grade, Genevieve Schwartz decided that when she grew up, she would move to Cleveland Heights. After graduating from Kent State University with a degree in Metals and Jewelry, she set out to realize her dream of being part of the community that remains a daily inspiration.
Kristen McDowell, Marketing Coordinator
Kristen McDowell is a Cleveland Heights resident for almost 20 years who has worked in both the non-profit and art world in Cleveland. She studied visual arts when younger and continues to paint and take photographs when not holding her two, small toy poodles.
Kate Snow is an artist and a freelancer working in development and organizational management for small nonprofits. Having previously worked as the Associate Director of Zygote Press, she now works primarily with CAN Journal and Heights Arts, but has also worked in various capacities for Art House, CIFF, and Lake Erie Ink. She is primarily a printmaker and a painter, though she has also created encaustic work, developed several projects around social engagement, and collaborated on digital pieces. Her work has been exhibited all over the country and in Germany, including at Heights Arts.
Ariel Clayton Karas, Music Program Coordinator
Violinist Ariel Clayton Karas gives more than 150 performances annually throughout northeast Ohio as director of OPUS 216 and Classical Revolution Cleveland, and as an independent solo artist. As director of Classical Revolution Cleveland, Ms. Clayton Karas coordinates the 45+ annual performances by CRC members in non-traditional venues, and the ensemble is frequently featured on local radio broadcasts and independent podcasts. Since 2016, Classical Revolution Cleveland has worked closely with Heights Arts to facilitate their music programming.
Ann Koslow is a freelance program and event manager for nonprofit organization and private social events. With a background in Art History and Urban Planning, her passion is to bring art to the community. She has held arts administration and event management positions in northeast Ohio and southern Florida. Upon returning to Cleveland in 2017, Ann began her relationship with Heights Arts as a volunteer for Close Encounters concert series and the Enticing event, she now manages these events.
Board of Trustees
Learn more about our plans for the future, and the role of our Board here.
Interested in being part of our Board? At this moment in our history, Heights Arts is looking to expand and deepen the board in specific areas, which are a result of the goals and values spelled out in our 2018 strategic plan.
- We are keenly interested in expanding the geographic diversity of our board to include members from the ‘Greater Heights’ suburbs (and beyond) to better reflect our broad service area.
- We are highly interested in reflecting the ethnic diversity of our community to a greater degree.
- We welcome applications from early and mid-career professionals.
- Our board would benefit greatly from membership by people with legal, financial, and human resources skills, as well as those with retail and business technology expertise.
2018 BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Josh Werling, President
Output Center Coordinator: Support Services, Cleveland Institute of Art
Melissa McClelland, Vice President
Photography and Food Stylist
Helen Liggett, Secretary
Professor of Urban Studies, Cleveland State University
William Stigelman, Treasurer
Arts Activist; 2013-15 Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate, 2014 Cleveland Arts Prize recipient
Account Specialist, OverDrive, Inc.
Vice President of Marketing, Cleveland Institute of Art
Vice President, Senior Procurement Analyst, Key Bank
Artist and Poet
Partner, Jones Day