I completed the certificate program in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation at Capital University Law School. My research paper explores the application of Behavioral Economics concepts to improve public and private decision systems in community planning and development. I hope to further extend these ideas. I speak on the economic development impact of arts and cultural facilities. In the fall of 2009 Rick St. John, Loeb Fellow 2002, and I created and presented a workshop (funded by a Loeb Alumni grant) on artsbased economic development for Chapel Hill and Carrboro, NC. As a trustee and past-president of The Jefferson Center for Learning and the Arts, one of the first multiple tenant non-profit centers in the country, I helped create an award winning facility that provides subsidized supportive housing for women in recovery from substance abuse.
As director of the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, I work with communities across Ohio to help them realize their dreams. In a challenging economy we continue to provide capital improvement funds and technical advice for creation, expansion and rehabilitation at non-profit theatres, museums, historical sites and publicly-owned professional sports venues. In 2009–10 I served as president of the Columbus Metropolitan Club, central Ohio’s premier public forum for presentation of topics of national, regional and local interest.
I’ve connected the Loeb Fellowship to this organization through appearances by Loeb Fellows Robert Liberty, Roxanne Qualls, and Rick St. John. The Loeb Fellowship connected me with a national network of creative, innovative people whom I have drawn upon for insights into challenges in my work and volunteer endeavors.