ArtsWave’s BOARDway Bound, competitive professional development program, begins September 12


Selections have been made for the 2018 class of BOARDway Bound, ArtsWave’s signature professional development program, with this year’s class of 30 individuals representing 22 corporations, organizations and institutions across the region.

Networking events for this year's class are being sponsored by the law firm Thompson Hine. Cincinnati office partner-in-charge Shane Starkey notes, “BOARDway Bound provides a unique opportunity for business professionals to grow their connections within the business community while adding their expertise to our region’s exceptional array of arts organizations.”

BOARDway Bound provides all the tools necessary to become a successful arts board volunteer, while offering a unique peer learning environment across companies and the chance to interact with Greater Cincinnati’s arts professionals. For the first time, 2018’s program is being led by ArtsWave President & CEO Alecia Kintner, whose career in arts administration spans two decades.

Comprised of six, 2.5 hour sessions from September 12 - November 14, BOARDway Bound blends directed learning and classroom interaction with videos, case studies and panel discussions. The first session enables candidates to hear directly from arts organizations looking for new board members in an elevator speech-marathon session. Information on best practices, industry trends, and the Greater Cincinnati arts scene is shared over the course of the program. Topics range from advocacy, fundraising and marketing to understanding arts budgets and nonprofit governance. In the final session, candidates meet with 25-30 arts groups in a fast-paced, speed-dating approach. The program culminates with an “observership” period with a carefully chosen arts board and in many cases, with a subsequent invitation to join it.

Over the last decade, BOARDway Bound has placed more than 300 candidates on various arts boards throughout the region. Candidates have come from a wide variety of organizations, which typically underwrite the program fee for their employees, including The Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Duke Energy, Fifth Third Bank, GE Aviation, Kroger, Macy’s, PNC Bank and many more. Applicants are accomplished and motivated business professionals who wish to engage in leadership opportunities within the region’s arts sector.

BOARDway Bound Class of 2018

Laura Blackorby, VP/Enterprise Risk Management Reporting Manager, Fifth Third Bank

Ryan Boggs, PE Finance & Accounting Analyst, Fort Washington, Western & Southern Financial Group

Robyn Brands, Services Engineer Executive Leader, GE Aviation

Raejeana Broughton, Assistant Director, Ohio National Financial Services

Mark Brownstein, Senior Engineer, Duke Energy

LaCrea Burns, Consumer Insights & Analytics, P&G

Bruce Carter, Development Project Manager, The Community Builders, Inc.

Ford Clark, Senior Maturity Analyst, PNC Bank

Kim Cochrane, Art Director, Kroger Co.

Catherine Cook, Senior Financial Analyst, Children’s Hospital

Brooke Coughlan, Analyst, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Sijie Dai, Senior Product Manager, P&G

Teresa Ernst, retired Section Head, P&G

Kevin Gillie, former Group Technology Leader, Michelman

Dawn Gilmore, Director, Talent Development, Kroger Co.

Kate Haralson, Manager, Clinical Quality Improvement, The Health Collaborative

Alex Holtel, Finance Director, Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Abby Horn, Hamilton County Public Defender's Office, Attorney

Amber Rea Hurak, Manager, Accenture

April Mummert, Interior Designer, Champlin Architecture

Lisa Mell, Wealth Advisor, BB&T

Lindsay Nichols, Associate, Thompson Hine

Ileana Prego, Brand Manager of On Demand Talent, P&G

Audra Rance, Group Manager, Global Finance, GBS Facilities and Real Estate, P&G

Jillian Scherzinger, Employee Benefits Sales Representative, MetLife

Ian Silander, Model Controls Analyst, Fifth Third Bank

Lydia Sites, Senior IT Project Coordinator, TEK Systems/P&G (contractor)

Beth Sweeney, Academic Coordinator, Northern Kentucky University

Terrance Truitt, Compliance Specialist, Fifth Third Bank

Jane Welling, Principal Engineer, P&G