Ohio Humanities is pleased to announce that four new members have joined its board of directors. At its September 2019 meeting, the council’s board of directors voted to install four new members, whose terms begin November 1, 2019, and expire October 31, 2021. These new members replace members whose terms have expired: Paul St. Germain of Columbus, Ali Mainai of Cincinnati, Bill Schiffman of Worthington, and Jon Schwantes of Dublin.


New Members (effective November 1, 2019)


Stacia KuceyeskiStacia Kuceyeski (Columbus, Franklin County) is director of the Outreach Division at the Ohio History Connection, where she manages the organization’s engagement with local history organizations, libraries, and educators around the state. She has written and directed several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is a frequent contributor to national museum publications.



Marilyn S. Mobley, PhDMarilyn Mobley, PhD (Beachwood, Cuyahoga County), is professor of English and African American Studies at Case Western Reserve University, where she formerly served as Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity. She is a founding member and former president of the Toni Morrison Society and the recipient of two NEH awards–one for her scholarship on Toni Morrison and one for a summer institute to assist teachers with educating students about slavery. Board member Kenneth Ledford remarked that Dr. Mobley “is a national figure in university administration, as well as a humanities scholar with a national profile.”


Emily Prieto, MBA (Columbus, Franklin County) is a case manager for Molina Healthcare, a national managed care services provider for individuals who qualify for government-sponsored programs. As a case manager, Ms. Prieto creates customized in-home services based on clients’ social and physical needs. She also volunteers as a court-appointed guardian, a member of the Near East Area Commission, and as a certified tourism ambassador for Columbus.


Jeremy Taylor, Phd (Defiance, Defiance County), is the Arts and Humanities Chair and teaches history at Defiance College, where he also serves as an assistant coach for the school’s football team. Board member Kevin Rose reports that Dr. Taylor “has been instrumental in raising the profile of and increasing enrollment in the humanities at Defiance College.” With teaching and research specializations in the Civil War and Reconstruction era, he has written extensively about Johnson’s Island, a prison camp for Confederate officers located on the Marblehead Peninsula in Lake Erie.