New Chair Announced

Ohio Humanities’ new board chair, four newly elected members, to begin new terms 

At its September board meeting, Ohio Humanities confirmed Katie Shames of Pepper Pike as Chair for a three-year term beginning November 1, 2015. Shames comes from a background of cultural and civic service, currently serving as the founding Director of the Center for Arts and Innovation at Cleveland State University.  In her capacity as Director of the Center, Shames produces a community wide annual Arts Summit which has drawn notable keynote speakers such as Harry Belafonte, Antwone Fisher, Anna Deavere Smith, and Richard Dreyfuss. She also directs the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium, which convenes over 80 cultural organizations to work collaboratively on issues of advocacy, research and professional development.

Raised in Shaker Heights, Shames attended the Hawken School in Gates Mill before receiving a B.A. in History from Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, New York.  After receiving a Juris Doctor from New York Law School she practiced law for 12 years and served as an Administrative Law Judge in New York City.   In 2000, Shames returned to the Cleveland area to take on the role of Director for the Center for Arts and Innovation at Cleveland State University. In addition to the annual Arts Summit, Shames produces the Kulas Series of Keyboard Conversations® with pianist Jeffrey Siegel.

Pat Williamsen, Executive Director at Ohio Humanities says Shames is a good fit for the organization, “because her passion and energy, combined with leadership expertise are a good fit for our ambitious goals.” Shames says she is ready to help expand the reach and impact of Ohio Humanities because, “the programs the organization supports demonstrate the wide array of human experience and allow citizens throughout Ohio to come together to understand, interact and open themselves to new ideas.”

Four New Members Elected
In addition, four new board members were elected. M. J. Albacete from North Canton is retired as Executive Director of the Canton Museum of Art and author of “Architecture in Canton” and “Historic Architecture in Canton.” Jay P. Giles of Burton is Senior Vice President of Middlefield Bank and active in many community organizations. William Loudermilk from Dayton is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Edison State University, teaching courses in Literature, Speech and Theatre. Kevin Rose of Springfield is currently the Historian for the Turner Foundation, specializing in the history of the local built environment and the interpretation of architecture to the public.


2016 Ohio Humanities Board of Directors

Kay Shames, Chair, Pepper Pike
Director – Center for Arts and Innovation, Cleveland State University

M. J. Albacete, North Canton

Brodi Conover, Wilmington
Assistant Attorney General – Ohio Attorney General’s Office

Theresa Delgadillo, Columbus
Associate Professor – Department of Comparative Studies, The Ohio State University

Jay P. Giles
Senior Vice President, Middlefield Bank – Burton

Robert Gordon, Gallipolis
Research Associate – Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs

Andrew Hershberger, Bowling Green
Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History – Chair Division of Art History, Bowling Green State University

Kenneth Ledford, Shaker Heights
Associate Professor of History & Law – Case Western Reserve University

Rick Livingston, Columbus
Associate Director – The Ohio State University Humanities Institute

William Loudermilk, Dayton
Assistant Professor – English Department – Edison Community College

Ali Minai, Cincinnati
Professor – Department of Electrical Engineering & Computing Systems, University of Cincinnati

Angela O’Neal, Hilliard
Manager – Genealogy, History & Travel, Columbus Metropolitan Library

Jamie Oxendine, Toledo
Executive Director – Black Swamp Inter-Tribal Foundation

Kevin Rose, Springfield
Historian – The Turner Foundation

Bill Schiffman, Worthington
President – Schiffman/Grow and Company

Peggy Shaffer, Cincinnati
Director and Professor – Program in American Studies, Miami University

Deborah Witte, Centerville
Program Officer, retired – Kettering Foundation