Our Executive Staff
Paul holds a B.A. in Music and Secondary Education from Anderson University. Paul began his career in 1993 serving two churches in Indiana and West Virginia as associate pastor leading each congregation in worship, education, and growth. Paul later joined Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana (1998-2004) where he most recently served as Vice President of Programs. There, his responsibilities included new and existing program development, volunteer recruitment, educational and corporate sales, leading education and operational teams, managing organizational technology, and supporting major fundraisers.
In 2004, Paul returned to northeast Ohio where he joined Rebuilding Together Summit County as Executive Director. Through his leadership, the housing organization grew into a 13-county service area, meeting critical needs of more than 1,200 elderly and/or disabled homeowners each year through a combination of corporate, civic, faith-based, and local government partnerships.
Paul served as President of the Home Repair Network of Summit County, as a leader in Rebuilding Together’s recent national service delivery re-envisioning effort, and as chair of various regional program and fundraising committees. He has continued to lead worship in congregations he has attended and performs when possible.
Throughout his career, Paul has maintained his love for the arts and its importance in his life. Building on his childhood experiences, Paul has directed community concert bands, college musicals, church choirs, and orchestras, sang in vocal ensembles, played in jazz bands, brass ensembles, wind ensembles; and acted in plays. His greatest joy comes from developing and empowering people to be their best and building each organization for success. He is excited to lead The Fine Arts Association as the role brings together all the things he loves and is passionate about.
In his spare time, Paul enjoys travelling, reading, spending time with family and friends, and catching the performances of his favorite artists.
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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.
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-five years and been teaching for eleven. David’s previous directing credits at FAA include Willy Wonka, Doctor Dolittle, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr., My Way, Kiss Me, Kate, and Xanadu. 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 Center for the Arts, the Jewish Community Center, and the Cleveland Play House.
Alyssa Lombardi holds a B.A. in Two-Dimensional Studies with a focus in Arts Management from Bowling Green State University. She recently completed her M.A. (all but thesis) in Arts Administration from The University of Akron.
Previously, Alyssa was a visual arts instructor and worked at various nonprofit organizations in development and marketing roles. She was also a fitness instructor for three years teaching pilates and yoga. While in Bowling Green, she was a college cheerleader and a part of the first place nationals team in 2014. Remaining heavily involved in her community through leadership, public art exhibitions and mural installations, she grew a deep passion for community engagement.
Today, Alyssa is an advocate for incorporating accessibility best practices and policies within arts organizations. This stems from having grown up around her brother who is on the Autism spectrum. From Massillon Ohio, she has always appreciated both the arts and the philanthropic community here in Cleveland.
She shares her love of art through live painting events, and teaching those of all ages and abilities. Alyssa has sold her paintings both nationally and internationally. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys yoga, fishing, spending time traveling with friends and family, attending art events, and painting in her home studio.
With a creative eye and an entrepreneurial spirit, Alyssa is excited to join The Fine Arts Association to help with internal and external communications.
Alyssa will begin her role with The Fine Arts Association on May 13, 2019. We are very excited to welcome her to our team!
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.
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.