One of Ohio Humanities more popular programs, Ohio Chautauqua, will celebrate its 18th year in 2016 with a new program coordinator. Melissa Ricksecker, who joined the staff October 7, brings many years of cultural nonprofit experience to the position. “I am thrilled to join the talented staff at Ohio Humanities and excited to contribute to the great public programming happening throughout the state,” said Ricksecker.
Most recently, Ricksecker served as Public Information Director at the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), where she previously was executive/special projects assistant. Prior to her work at the OAC, Ricksecker was director of adult education at the Columbus Museum of Art; director of marketing & communications at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD); and public relations coordinator at the King Arts Complex.
“It was important that the new program coordinator be able to step right in and maintain the high quality of Ohio Chautauqua. Melissa’s experience and skills will ensure that,” said Pat Williamsen, Executive Director.
Active in community service, Ricksecker serves on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations in Columbus, including the Green Lawn Cemetery, Friends of Goodale Park, High Street Neighborhood Fund, ACME Art Co. and the Godman Guild. She also served as President of the Discovery District Development Corporation and remains active in the promotion of this vibrant downtown Columbus district. Ricksecker holds a BA in Classical Greek from the College of Wooster and an MA in Classics from The Ohio State University.