BOARD OF governors

Amy Abernathy

Currently the Branch Manager for the MidPointe Library in Middletown, Amy has served the MidPointe Middletown Library patrons for over 13 years. When she started in 2007, she served the community as the Audio/Visual Acquisitions Librarian. Amy is originally from the Middletown area, proud to be a LMHS graduate. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Bowling Green State University and worked for the Toledo Symphony for several years before relocating back to her roots in Middletown. 

Richard M. Davies

Co-Chair Exhibits

(Board member since 1996) is Co-Chair of the Exhibits and Nominating Committees in addition to active involvement in various special events. He is a Miami University graduate and a long-standing member of MAC, serving as President from 2000 until 2005. He held various commercial positions at Armco/AK Steel and has been actively involved in many community activities including Junior Achievement, YMCA, MiddFest and Hospice. He is also a member of the Browns Run Country Club Board of Directors.

Alaina Geres

Treasurer - Finance Chair
Alaina was born in Richmond, Indiana and moved to Germantown in 2019 after she accepted a position with the City of Middletown as the Economic Development Program Manager. She previously worked for the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, Indiana for seven years. She holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Alaina has been involved with the Rotary Club of Richmond as the Secretary/Treasurer for 4 years and was on the Richmond Art Museum Membership and Marketing Committee for 1 year. She is now involved with Junior Achievement as a volunteer, the Middletown Arts Center Board of Directors, and is a member of the Greater Miami Valley YMCA.

Corinne Hemesath

Shane Mears

(Board member since 2010) is a graduate of Morehead State University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and is associated with Mears Insurance Agency in Franklin, OH. He is active in the Middletown Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, Butler County Quail Unlimited, the Morehead State Alumni Association, and various youth sports organizations. 


Fran Morrison

Fran has been involved in public education for 34 years. She taught art for 15 years primarily at the high school level, focusing on drawing, painting, ceramics, and mixed media - with special attention to the AP Studio and AP Art History programs. Fran served in administration for the Northwest Local School District and included her position as Assistant Director of Curriculum. Later during her time at Lakota Local Schools she was the Senior Director of Curriculum. Currently Fran is the active Senior Director of Curriculum and Innovation for Middletown City Schools. She holds a BA in Art Education from Miami University and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Xavier University.

Cathie Mulligan

(Board member since 2008) is a graduate of the College of Mt. St. Joseph and the University of Cincinnati, holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics, and is Vice-President of the Middletown Arts Center. She was a member of the original faculty of Miami University-Middletown where she taught mathematics for 31 years. She retired from Fenwick High School in 2009 after serving as principal.  A Middletown native, Cathie has been actively involved in such community affairs as PRISM (Preservation, Restoration, and Improvement of South Main), the Miami Middletown Citizens Advisory Board and is a past president of Middletown Community Foundation. She is also a Board Member for Middletown Area Neediest Youth (MANY); is Vice President of the Middletown City School District Board of Education; and a member of the President’s Advisory Board for Cincinnati State - Middletown.

Janis Nein

(Board member since 2009) graduated in Fine Arts from Indiana University. She was an account executive/designer for Knight Goodman Inc., a Middletown public relations firm, and the chief fashion layout artist for Federated Dept stores in Milwaukee WI. After transferring to Philadelphia, she worked as a freelance designer. Upon returning to Middletown, she continued her freelance design business and produced many design projects for area companies and organizations. Presently, she is a sales representative/designer for Alliance Printing & Mailing Services. Janis is a previous member of the MAC Board of Governors and past chair of the Center’s Art Auction.

Julie Nickell

Vice President & Development Co-Chair

Marilyn Noll


(Board member since 20011) Marilyn is a native of Northeast Ohio and graduated in 1976 from the University of Cincinnati with a BS degree in Medical Technology. Marilyn started working at Middletown Hospital in 1976 as staff medical technologist in the Clinical Lab, advanced to supervisor, then Laboratory Director for 20 years. Marilyn then stepped up to Project Manager for design and construction of Atrium Medical Center campus which includes the hospital & 7 other surrounding buildings/businesses. She retired as Vice President of Operations for Atrium Medical Center in 2017.


Nancy Peterson

A Middletown resident since 1967, Nancy has been involved in many community organizations over the years including the Middletown Symphony Board,  President of the Middletown Symphony Women's Association and Middfest International. Currently she is only active on our Board of Directors. She is a 1961 graduate of Presbyterian University Hospital School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA, and in the past has served on the Advisory Council for the Council on Aging, Advisory Board of the Orr Foundation for Nursing Excellence, and the Board of Quality Review Services.  In addition to being an active member of First Presbyterian Church, she also previously served as Moderator of Miami Presbytery.  Nancy was on the staff of Mount Pleasant Retirement Village as Admissions and Public Relations Director and then Director of Community Services. Once she retired, she took up watercolor!

Ray Peterson


A Middletown resident since 1980 and member of MAC since 2005 working in watercolor painting  and photography. Graduate of Wabash College, B.A. in Philosophy and the University of Dayton,  Master of Computer Science. Retired from General Electric Aviation in 2014 after 38 years. 

Rhonda Seidenschmidt

Anita Shew

Development Co-Chair

(Board member since July 2015) Graduate of the College of Wooster with B.A. in English and Masters of Library Science from (Case) Western Reserve Univ.  Retired Director of the Butler County Law Library and former Assistant Director of Univ. of Akron School of Law Library.  In retirement Anita has served as President of AAUW (Amer. Assn. Univ. Women), currently MidPointe Library System President,  and is active with Middletown Community Foundation, First United Methodist Church, Middfest volunteer, and Kiwanis.  She is an active supporter of arts in Middletown. 


Peggy Trimble

(Board member since 2014) Peggy Trimble is a graduate of New York School of Interior Design and attended Ohio State University and Miami University.  She is a current artist and art instructor at the Middletown Arts Center since 2008, teaching both Beginning/Intermediate and Advanced Watercolor classes. Her art has been shown in many one-person exhibits, received numerous awards, including acceptance in the Ohio Watercolor Society Exhibit, Cincinnati's Viewpoint, Arts Council of West Chester & Liberty, Fitton’s Greater Hamilton Art Exhibit, Kettering's Rosewood Gallery, and MAC Masters Exhibit.  She has recently been a guest artist at the Fifth St. Gallery, Cincinnati, and Pop Revolution Gallery, Hamilton.  Her work is currently on display at Hanover House in Cincinnati.  Her paintings are in private and corporate collections in 12 states and Europe. Peggy has had an art studio, Paint and Panache, at the Pendleton Art Center in Middletown since 2012. Preceding her art career, she worked in the corporate world, retiring from Financial Planning Consultants as Corporate Secretary in 1993.  She then founded The Finishing Touch, a custom framing business, which continues to the present.

Kathy Wassenich

Jack Howard

Honorary Member & Co-Chair Exhibits



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