Ohio Humanities is pleased to announce that Deena Epstein of Shaker Heights (Cuyahoga County) has joined its board of directors.

“Deena combines professional expertise in arts and humanities philanthropy with a wisdom and keen intelligence that is uniquely hers. She is dedicated, sincere, and hard working, and I look forward to watching her serve the citizens of Ohio through her Ohio Humanities board tenure,” said Kay Shames, Ohio Humanities board chair.

A longtime supporter of arts and culture, Ms. Epstein followed her 22 years as a reporter for The Plain Dealer with a 25-year tenure as senior program officer at the George Gund Foundation. She currently serves on the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank board of directors, the advisory group for MetroHealth’s Arts in Medicine program, and the visiting committee for the Siegal Lifelong Learning program at Case Western University. In addition, she works with the National Council of Jewish Women to engage elementary-school readers through the fifth-grade book club and elementary school readers theater programs. Ms. Epstein also played a significant role in efforts that led to public support for the arts in Cuyahoga County and served as advisor for more than two decades to the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (now Arts Cleveland).

Ohio Humanities Executive Director Pat Williamsen observed, “Deena’s experience with strategic programming and grantmaking will be tremendous assets for Ohio Humanities. I am so pleased to welcome her to our board.”