Our Executive Staff

Roy Smith, Interim CEO

Roy has been on the FAA board since 2013 and has served as the chair of FAA's Building & Grounds committee and as a member of the Capital Campaign and Development committees.  He also served as the board's second Vice-President.  He steps off the board to move into this interim role.  Roy is a retired corporate technology executive who has worked for companies such as Honeywell, Bailey Controls, ABB, IBM and Eister Perfection.  He served on the American Cancer Society board for over 30 years (local, district and national levels) and received the ACS's national St. George Medal award, given in recognition of outstanding contributions.  Roy has appeared in numerous local theater productions and enjoys creating stained and warm glass art.

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Lora Workman, Director of Education

Lora oversees and coordinates the Fine Arts Association Educational programs including the management of personnel, curriculum and resources.

Lora brings over 25 years’ experience as an arts administrator, producer, director and performing artist, including over 18 years as Community Relationships Manager in the Community Engagement & Education department at Playhouse Square, the second largest performing arts center in the nation. Responsibilities included: program selection for the annual Children’s Theater Series, International Children’s Theater Festival, and Discovering the Performing Arts.

Lora created resource tools for principals, teachers and parents to better prepare students for a live theatergoing experience, resulting in the attendance of over 400,000 students and teachers during her tenure. This was successful as a result of a subsidy program for underserved schools and districts in a nine-county area.

Lora has worn many theatrical hats. As an award-winning Director/Producer, her many ventures include: Class By The Glass – a successful series of Cabarets/Wine-Tastings, 2016: A Race ODDyssey – A Political Cabaret, (Produced at Nighttown) and Gay Games 2014 events that took place in Idea Center and the State Theatre at Playhouse Square. Lora has been a champion and advocate of the Cabaret artform both regionally and nationally, having studied the genre in Italy as well as NYC, and was selected to participate in the renowned Yale Cabaret Conference. Lora’s production company – The Cleveland Cabaret Project – has introduced and sponsored Concerts and Masterclasses with such renowned artists as Liz Callaway, Alex Rybeck, and Pamela Myers, as well as her sold-out Cabaret 101 Workshops.

Her work as a Choreographer has included The North Coast Men’s Chorus (Resident Choreographer since 1997) where she has facilitated and worked with such Guest Artists as Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Michael Feinstein and Linda Eder.

Her eclectic and varied career as an actress and director also includes appearing with Barbara Eden in The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (National Tour), The Student Prince with Jerome Hines at the infamous Kenley Players, and was a singer/dancer in Cedar Point’s Live Shows (Long ago!)

Lora directed the critically acclaimed Berea Summer Theatre production of The Will Rogers Follies which was the recipient of A Times Theatre Tribute for Outstanding Directing. She has also taken to the page in her years as Theater Critic for the Lorain Morning Journal. Lora is currently the Cleveland Affiliate for MainStreet Musicals (http://mainstreetmusicals.org/) a nationally recognized incubator of new musicals committed to regional productions.

Lora received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and completed over 30 hours of graduate-level course work in Arts Management at The University of Akron. She is on the advisory committee of The Singing Angels and volunteers for the North Coast Men’s Chorus Annual Murder Mystery which occurs each fall. She is a member of the International Performing Arts for Youth and Theater for Young Audiences (TYA), TCG: Theatre Communications Group, and is a frequent participant in their yearly conferences.

lworkman@fineartsassociation.org
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Yvonne Delgado Thomas

Yvonne Delgado Thomas, Director of Development

Yvonne Delgado Thomas holds a M.S.E. in Education Administration from Youngstown State University, a B.S.E. in Education (English) from Kent State University, and active Superintendent, Principal (Elementary) and Teaching (grades 7-12) licensure. This is Yvonne’s second tour here at The Fine Arts Association (2012-14) recently returning to the organization (March 2017).  Between The Fine Arts Association tours, Yvonne was the Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer at Kent State University’s department of Institutional Advancement (4 years).  There she worked with faculty mainly from the College of Education and the College of the Arts along with other colleges and programs to develop mutually beneficial relationships between KSU and private foundations to secure private funds for the university.  Prior to that, Yvonne was a public school administrator for 14 years through Lake County Educational Service Center holding various roles including the Director of the Porter Center for Science and Mathematics. 

Yvonne is a dedicated educational professional.  She has strong connections with corporations, schools, non-profits, government, foundations, private funders and individuals throughout the geographical region.  She is excited to be back at The Fine Arts Association and looks forward to growing the financial base for operations and programming.  Raised in an artistic family, Yvonne appreciates and respects the benefits the arts can bring to people of all ages.  She is proud to have two sons in the  military– the oldest in the Navy and the youngest in the Army.  Her personal hobbies include making maple syrup and candies, rain barrel painting, barn quilt painting, acrylic painting, reading and gardening.  She also volunteers with the Department on Aging through the Meals on Wheels program.

ythomas@fineartsassociation.org
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David-Malinowski

David Malinowski
Roger and Anne Clapp Chair of Performing Arts

David began his relationship with The Fine Arts Association in 1983 as a violin student of Dr. Carol Linsenmeier. His interest and fondness of theatre began and developed while a member of the Youth Orchestra between 1990-92. In December of ’93, he appeared in his first production, Babes in Toyland. David continued his theatrical and musical training at FAA until he graduated from Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School in 1998.

A professional actor and director, David earned his BA in Theatre with Minors in English and Philosophy at Ashland University. He has been acting for twenty years and been teaching for seven. David’s previous directing credits at FAA include Willy Wonka, Doctor Dolittle, Alice in Wonderland, and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. He has directed at other area theatres including Almost, Maine, God of Carnage and The Maltese Bodkin (Chagrin Valley Little Theatre), Of Mice and Men (Geauga Lyric Theatre Guild), An Evening of David Ives and #MyLife (co-directed with Sandy Kosovich Peck at South High School).

David runs the Theatre program at Notre Dame Elementary as well as The Breckenridge Village Players. He is also a Baritone with the North Coast Men’s Chorus. Some of David’s favorite acting credits include The Sound of Music (Captain Von Trapp), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Wackford Squeers/Mulberry Hawk), Doubt: A Parable (Father Flynn), Frost/Nixon (David Frost) at Rabbit Run Theatre, Cats (Munkustrap) at GLTG and A Tuna Christmas (11 roles) at CVLT. David has directed, stage-managed and performed at many local theatres including, FAA, CVLT, GLTG, The Beck Centre for the Arts, the Jewish Community Center, and the Cleveland Play House.

dmalinowski@fineartsassociation.org
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Wanda Wareham

Wanda Wareham, Director of Communications and Marketing

Wanda joined The Fine Arts Association as Director of Communications and Marketing in 2001. She is responsible for the development and coordination of all marketing, publicity, public relations, media relations and advertising for the organization.

Before coming to Fine Arts Ms. Wareham held the position of Executive Director of the Willoughby Area Chamber of Commerce for twelve years. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Clarion University in PA and earned a certification in Organizational Management from the Institutes for Organization Management at the University of Notre Dame. She completed the Dale Carnegie Course and was awarded the Highest Award for Achievement by her peers.

Wanda currently serves on the editorial advisory committee of Cleveland Magazine's Lake County Community Leader. Formerly she served on the Steering Committee of Lake Kidz Biz  and several boards including Lake Communicators (holding the positions of President and Treasurer), the American Marketing Association (Cleveland Chapter)where she held the positions of Hospitality and Programming chairs, United Way of Lake County, Lake County Council on Aging and Chamber of Commerce Executives of Ohio.

In her spare time Wanda enjoys reading, needlework, attending arts events and most importantly spending time with family and friends.

wwareham@fineartsassociation.org
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Suzanne-Benet

Suzanne Benet, Manager of Finance

Suzanne is responsible for the oversight and coordination of all financial matters at The Fine Arts Association.

Suzanne is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Ohio. She earned her B.A. in Prelaw and Accounting from Cleveland State University. Suzanne has had a unique and diverse career of thirty years plus in both the private and public sectors. She was the controller for Recovery Resources, Total Recovery Group, Equity Consultants, City of Cleveland and Moreland Management Company. She is thrilled to be working for an organization that fosters creativity and self expression and enriches the community through the arts.

Suzanne's hobbies include ballet and ballroom dance. She is also an avid Cleveland sports fan.

sbenet@fineartsassociation.org
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Support Staff

Tami Bartholomew, Adminstrative Coordinator

Tami joined The Fine Arts Association staff in 2018.  She works directly with the CEO, finance manager, director of development and board of directors. She also coordinates the rental of the facility.

tbartholomew@fineartsassociation.org
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Ann Hedger, Programming Coordinator

Ann has been involved with The Fine Arts Association's theatre productions since 1982. She joined the office staff full time in 1994 and currently is the Programming Coordinator working with both the Theatre and Education Departments and handling the Fine Arts IT system. In addition, Ann has performed, directed and stage managed over 80 productions at the Fine Arts and other area theatres over the past 25 years. Ann created the FAA Annual One Act Festival and has been involved as an actor or director since its inception in 1997. She has directed productions at many area theatres and favorite directing projects include To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday at the River Street Playhouse, Frost/Nixon, Educating Rita, Broadway Bound, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Sleuth at Rabbit Run Theatre and You Can't Take it With You and Barefoot in the Park at Geauga Lyric Theater Guild.

ahedger@fineartsassociation.org
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