OCA selects board members, names Brown-Ellis president



COLUMBUS — Ohio Citizens for the Arts has announced Elizabeth Brown-Ellis, Lima Symphony Orchestra’s executive director, has been selected as the incoming OCA President of the Board of Directors.

In addition, the board appointed seven new members: Dr. Philathia Bolton, Janet Chen, Heather Clow, Colleen Houston, Michael McGiffin, Urvi Patel and Emily Toney.

“I am delighted to further the inspiring and important work of Ohio Citizens for the Arts,” Brown-Ellis said. “It’s a true honor to be the first woman to be elected president of the board and to welcome the most diverse class of directors yet.”

With extensive experience in the arts and culture sector, according to a press release, the new directors will serve as a catalyst for creative change as OCA looks ahead to the revival of the creative economy.

“It’s fitting for the OCA board of directors to close out a historic year in advocacy successes by naming Elizabeth Brown-Ellis as the first female president in the history of the organization,” Executive Director Angela Meleca said.


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