The 2019-2020 Board of Directors of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
Front Row, L to R: Bob Hicks, Kathleen Raupach, Heidi Nicholas, Jonathan Friedman Back Row, L to R: Steve Sampsel, Cristin Long, Yvonne Gaudelius, Kristen Coombs Missing from photo: Amy Caputo, Renata Engel, Brad Keen
Board of Directors
The 2019-2020 Board of Directors of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of men and women from Penn State and the State College communities. The Board determines the organization’s mission, hires professional staff, raises funds, and monitors budgets. Board members serve as ambassadors for the Festival to the community.
The mission of the organization, as determined by the Board, is to celebrate the arts with presentations of diverse, high-quality visual and performing arts through the cooperative volunteer support of the community and The Pennsylvania State University. The essence of the organization is the enrichment and education of the audience, grounded in personal interaction between artist and audience.
Meet Our Current Board Members
Except for a brief post collegiate interlude in Atlanta, Kim Ache is a Penn Stater who came to State College and never left.
A native of Susquehanna County, Kim is a pharmaceutical sales rep for Astra-Zeneca. She’s also the chair of our merchandise booth committee and during the festival, you can usually find her in the sales booth at the corner of Allen and College Avenue selling shirts and reminding folks that although posters are free, donations are welcome. Kim’s mother, Liz Keller, has been a First Night volunteer, and Kim’s husband, Dave, and kids Owen and Katie—both Penn State students—have been known to pitch in as well. Kim is a big music fan and was a longtime usher at The State Theatre.
With a strong belief in public media and making connections with the community, Carolyn Donaldson began a new phase of her life in December 2016, after serving as a news anchor for WTAJ-TV, the CBS affiliate serving the Johnstown/Altoona/State College market for more than 20 years. As Community Engagement Manager at WPSU Penn State, she shares the stories of this PBS, NPR and local public media station with the 24 counties in the service area.
A graduate of Siena Heights University, Carolyn is currently completing her master’s thesis as part of Penn State’s media studies program in the Donald E. Bellisario College of Communications. She serves as a Trustee at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA.
Carolyn currently lives in Bellefonte and is the mother of 2 amazing Penn State graduates – Elisabeth and Sarah and the grandmother to 5 year-old Grace and 3 year-old Henry!
Renata S. Engel, Ph.D. is Associate Vice Provost for Online Programs at Penn State. In that role, she has responsibility for the academic affairs of Penn State’s World Campus, which encompasses the 130+ online programs and includes support for academic advising, faculty teaching online, the development and evaluation of online curricular innovations, and advancing student affairs practices for online learners.
A member of the Penn State faculty since 1990, she is Professor of Engineering Design and Engineering Science and Mechanics, and served as the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Engineering from 2006-2014 and the Executive Director of the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence from 2000-2006.
Engel is an avid Sidewalk Sale shopper and considers the Festival to be one of the highlights of the summer.
David Frego is the Director of the Penn State University School of Music and a professor of music education. He joined the Penn State music faculty in 2017 after serving for nine years as chair of music at the University of Texas at San Antonio and 12 years as faculty and associate director at The Ohio State University.He is the immediate past-president of the American Eurhythmics Society.
Frego regularly presents workshops on Dalcroze Eurhythmics around the globe and has published books, book chapters, DVDs and articles in music education journals and journals for arts medicine.
Jonathan Friedman is a rarity in some circles in State College—he’s a local kid. Born and reared in the State College area, Jonathan was graduated from State High (’95) and afterward earned a bachelor’s degree in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins University (B.A. ’99). He subsequently attended the University of Illinois College of Law (J.D. ’02).
He practiced law in Chicago for ten years, focusing mainly on corporate litigation in the healthcare industry. Once he and his wife Natalie decided to start a family, it became clear that they should move someplace where they could rear their kids close to family and in a friendly and safe environment. As a result, in 2012, they moved back to State College. They have two daughters, Beatrix and Margaux, who enjoy the local parks, museums, libraries and presence of many doting family members.
Jonathan is the Director of Development for several entities within the Friedman Real Estate Group. His career focus is on real estate within the Centre Region and the continued improvement of downtown.
Brad Keen was named the Senior Manager of Business Development for Penn State Sport Properties in July 2018 with Learfield/IMG College. Learfield/IMG College is the exclusive marketing and multi-media rights partner for Pennsylvania State University, creating customized programs which allow our partners to leverage affinity for the university and its athletic programs into business growth.
Current scope of responsibilities include and are not limited to serving clients in the business-to-business, consumer, government, and non-profit sectors, by providing an array of solutions; including regional brand enhancement and exposure, exclusive events and experiences, promotions, community relations, employee recruitment, and hospitality.
Prior to that, Brad was the Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing for Penn State Athletics from September 2014, where he oversaw the marketing and promotions initiatives for Penn State’s broad-based and highly successful 31-sport athletic program. He worked directly with Coach James Franklin’s football program in a variety of areas, including ticketing, branding and gameday fan experience.
Brad came to Penn State after serving as the Director of Marketing at Wake Forest University and prior to that served as the Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing at Vanderbilt University. He began his career as the Assistant Director of Marketing and Promotions at Middle Tennessee State University in 2010.
A native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Keen earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama and was a member of the Crimson Tide’s Athletic Marketing staff as a student.
Cristin Long is an attorney with McQuaide Blasko in the firm’s State College office. Cristin’s primary areas of practice are business/corporate law, real estate law and estates. Cristin received her undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University and her law degree from Villanova University School of Law. She is a member of the 2005 class of Leadership Centre County. Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 2002, she has practiced with McQuaide Blasko for 15 years where she is now a shareholder.
Cristin has served on a number of community boards over the years. Currently she is on the board of the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County and the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund. She is a longtime patron of the Festival.
Heidi Nicholas is a principal in Nicholas Enterprises (since 2001), a State College based firm that engages in the development and management of commercial and multi-tenant residential real estate. Prior to returning to State College, she spent time as in the investment banking and telecommunications industries.
Heidi earned a undergraduate and graduate degrees in in Fine Arts from UCLA and spent time working for New York City Opera’s touring company and teaching at SUNY- Brockport before earning her MBA in Finance at Cornell University. She currently serves on the board of FNB Corporation in Pittsburgh.
She has been involved in numerous civic and community organizations in the State College area including the Centre Foundation, Clearwater Conservancy, and Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA.
Since 2004, Kathleen has been guiding Penn State Recreation, Park and Tourism Management students in the successful planning and implementation of 20 annual special events to benefit local nonprofits, state parks and campus organizations. She earned degrees in Recreation and Parks from Penn State. She loves event logistics, and understands the benefits of special events to individuals and communities.
Kathleen began her professional career in Vermont, working in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, public health, and directing a nonprofit teen center. She served on the Vermont Reparative Board and the Vermont AIDS Council.
A State College native, Kathleen grew up attending the Arts Festival. Her sons have been Children and Youth Day artists. She volunteers weekly with Centre County PAWS as an Adoption Counselor, and has fostered many PAWS dogs, helping each on their journey to find their forever home.