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our people







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.


Heather Patterson, Store Manager





Tom Masaveg, Programs and Marketing Manager






Arleigh Savage, Music Programs Coordinator


Michigan born bassoonist Arleigh Savage holds music performance degrees from Michigan State University and the Cleveland Institute of Music.  She brings her love of live music performance and her enthusiasm for community-driven arts projects to the staff of Heights Arts. Arleigh is the bassoon faculty member at the College of Wooster and Cleveland State University, and bassoonist with the Youngstown Symphony and Cleveland Pops Orchestra. She is a founding member of the North Coast Winds, and her newest project is Sororii, a new music cello/bassoon duo that writes original world-indie music that explores sisterhood across cultures.

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 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.



Lisa Smith, President
Vice President, Senior Procurement Analyst, Key Bank





William Stigelman, Treasurer





Charley Bach, Secretary






Greg Donley






Angie Hetrick
Owner of Axon Creative Agency | Producer of Community Engagement Events & Marketing





Ioana Missits
Violinist, The Cleveland Orchestra





Steve Presser
Creator and owner of Big Fun





Charise Reid






Clare Taft
Of Counsel, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff