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our people


Rachel Bernstein



Courtney Young



Mary Ryan

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.


Mary Ryan, Marketing Coordinator

Mary Ryan is a firm believer that art has the power to transform lives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art, and brings more than a decade of experience working in arts education, administration, and communication for nonprofit organizations in Northeast Ohio. Since joining the staff part-time in 2014, Mary has coordinated Heights Arts communications: maintaining the website, publishing a monthly newsletter, and rolling out the publicity and graphics needs of our 60+ events a year.


Genevieve Schwartz, Assistant Manager

Board of Trustees





Learn more about our plans for the future, and the role of our Board here.

Heights Arts is governed by a community-based Board of Trustees who may serve two consecutive 3-year terms.

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 2017 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.


Josh Werling, President
Digital Output Coordinator, Cleveland Institute of Art

Melissa McClelland, Vice President
Photography and Food Stylist

Rachel Rawson, Treasurer
Partner, Jones Day

Helen Liggett, Secretary
Professor of Urban Studies, Cleveland State University


Marcie Bergman
Arts Activist

Tami Brown
General Manager, Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Kathleen Cerveny
Arts Activist; 2013-15 Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate, 2014 Cleveland Arts Prize recipient

Ann Cicarella
Landscape Designer

Thomasine Clark
Education and Interpretation, Cleveland Museum of Art

Mark Inglis
Vice President of Marketing + Communications, Cleveland Institute of Art

John Orlock
Professor of Humanities, Case Western Reserve University

Vince Robinson

William Stigelman