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Rachel Bernstein



Courtney Young



Mary Ryan

Rachel Bernstein, Executive Director

A New Mexico native, Rachel Bernstein has called Cleveland Heights “home” for the past 17 years.
Rachel joined Heights Arts in July, 2013 as its second executive director, following the retirement of founder Peggy Spaeth. An arts administrator and educator with The Music Settlement of Cleveland for many years, Bernstein continues as a Suzuki cello instructor and chamber music coach, besides maintaining her own musical practice as a cellist.


Courtney Young, Gallery Manager

Courtney Young came to Cleveland six years ago with her drummer husband and scruffy dog, in search of a more vibrant arts and music scene. A graduate of the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, where she studied art history, photography, and fibers arts, Courtney lends her arts and administration expertise to managing the gallery store and facilitating our 11 annual exhibitions. 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 art, worked in the advertising-design field prior to moving to Cleveland, and has exhibited both as a jewelry designer and as photographer. Mary joined Heights Arts part-time in 2014. She brings more than a decade of experience working in arts education, administration and communication for nonprofit organizations in Northeast Ohio.

Board of Trustees

Heights Arts is governed by a Board of Trustees who may serve two consecutive 3-year terms.
Our current Board members are:

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

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

Melissa McClelland
Photography and Food Stylist

John Orlock
Professor of Humanities, Case Western Reserve University

William Stigelman


We are looking for remarkable people to join the Heights Arts Board of Trustees or Advisory Committee to facilitate the direction and philosophy of our organization. Please complete this form to apply.