archived website

VSA Ohio Leadership

VSA and its broad range of programming is only possible with your support, and with strong leadership from its staff and board.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Allison Dickey, Ashland University – Columbus
Vice President Karis Spence, Huntington Bank
President-Elect Connie Page, KeyBank
Treasurer Benjamin Russ, Deloitte & Touche
Secretary Donna Collins, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
& Ohio Citizens for the Arts
Past-President Jim Chapple, Ashland University


Jennifer CaJacob CaJacob Law Group
Norma Capocci Retired
Dave Dohnal Goodyear Rubber Co.
Heather Dohnal community member and art patron
Carol Farmer Columbus State Community College
Tom Kromer Deloitte Tax LLP
Lou Mazzoli Consultant, special education and school administration
Jana Perry Ohio Department of Education - Appointed
Steve Pleasnick Georgetown, Midwest & Pacific
Greta Robertson Columbus City Schools
Julie Schuster Independent artist
Jenny Swinerton Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP


Erin Hoppe, Executive Director

Erin is an experienced cultural researcher, administrator, evaluator, and advocate. She has an M.A. in Arts Policy & Administration from The Ohio State University and a B.A. in economics from the University of California, San Diego. Erin has been an Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader scholarship recipient, president of Central Ohio Student Advocates for the Arts, program assistant for the Partners in Education program at the Kennedy Center, and intern for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Policy and Analysis.


Derek Mortland, Artist Services Coordinator

Derek has served as Artist Services Coordinator for VSA Ohio since 2007 and a Teaching Artist since 2004. His personal accomplishments as a musician with a disability include: the VSA arts International Teaching Artist Fellowship for 2008/2009; the 2009 Ohio Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist; 2008 Native American Music Awards Nominee; and appearances at the the 2010 and 2004 VSA International Arts Festivals.

Derek enjoys creating professional development opportunities and exposure for fellow artists and musicians throughout the state by networking and seeking outlets for their creativity to blossom.

Linda Johnson, Administrative Assistant

Linda Johnson has worked part-time for VSA Ohio and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education for over 10 years. She is responsible for and enjoys taking care of clerical and administrative tasks. Linda is also involved in Sigma Phi Gamma volunteer sorority, Twigs of Children’s Hospital, and Tabitha Circle. Linda is an avid volunteer, who loves to knit, craft, and sew.

Noelle Chun, Program Assistant

Noelle Chun is currently a program assistant with VSA Ohio. As a dance artist she organizes, advocates and participates in the Columbus independent arts community. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Beloit College, and an MFA in Dance from OSU. Noelle looks forward to her work with VSA as an opportunity to bridge service and accessibility to the arts for all in Ohio.

To email any of the above staff, please use the form below.

Select staff member:

Your name: A value is required.Minimum number of characters not met.

Your email:  A value is required.Invalid format.



Please select an item.