M. Jane Christyson
President of the Board
Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
Jane Christyson has more than 35 years of nonprofit administration and management experience with a concentration in special events and corporate sponsorships. She is currently Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio which serves almost 30,000 girl members and 14,000 adult volunteers in 18 counties. She also serves on the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) National Strategic Partnership and Membership Category Committees.
With a budget of $11,000,000, the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio is focused on building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place through unique programs and opportunities. Three Council run camps serve as the anchors for outdoor adventures and leadership learning.
Jane also served as Director of Marketing and Golf Clubhouse Services for Cleveland Metroparks where she oversaw the marketing, visual communications, visitor services, research and program evaluation, and golf clubhouse divisions. Her department had a $6 million operating budget, and won numerous local and national awards for writing, design, video production, marketing materials, events, programs and campaigns.
Jane began her career at United Way Services of Cleveland and served in several capacities managing company fund-raising campaigns. She then became executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation a nonprofit health agency with a budget of $2 million.
Jane possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Cleveland State University. She graduated cum laude. She has served in the community as a board member and officer of Cleveland Press Club, Ohio & Erie Canal Marketing Consortium, Ohio Museums Council, Cleveland Waterfront Coalition, United Way Council of Agency Executives, and ALCOA Community Relations Board. She is currently a member of the Education Committee for The Beck Center for the Arts and The Musical Theater Project. She also assists in costume design and construction with several local theater groups.
She has served as a guest speaker at many local, national and international seminars and conferences, including: The GSUSA National Board and CEO conference, the Annual Conference of the National Parks and Recreation Association, the National Association of Interpretation Conference and Best Practices in Parks and Recreation Conference in Melbourne, Australia. She was also a marketing consultant with the Parque Natural Metropolitano, near Panama City, Panama and worked onsite with their board and staff.
Jane is a resident of Strongsville, Ohio, where she lives with her husband Bob Mahoney and daughter Bridget, a former Girl Scout and college student at Ohio Northern University. Jane was a Girl Scout for 10 years, a Girl Scout Leader for 8 years and earned the First Class Award (now known as the Gold Award) the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Kevin A. Lumby
Treasurer of the Board
Senior Development Engineer, Moen Inc.
Kevin Lumby is new to non-profits. His Secretary then Treasurer positions with North Pointe Ballet are his first non-profit position. He has held several positions in Mechanical Engineering in his career.
Kevin has been in product development for over 15 years. He started as a Product Development Engineer in the automotive industry working for a tier 1 supplier. He spent a total of 6 years in automotive working for 2 local companies. Next, he went to Invacare Corp. as a Project Engineer where he gained experience in healthcare and developed new products for power and manual wheelchairs. Currently, Kevin is an employee at Moen, where he develops new and innovative designs for faucets, flush valves, and garbage disposals. At Moen he gets to work with fast paced cross functional teams to deliver high quality results.
Kevin possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Toledo. He graduated cum laude.
Kevin has always been active giving back to the community. He is an annual contributor to the United Way. He also gives to Berea Animal Rescue Fund, and enjoys participating in Habitat for Humanity.
Kevin is a resident of Olmsted Township, where he lives with his wife Angela, their son, and pet dogs.
Secretary of the Board
Supervisor of Preservice Teachers at Baldwin Wallace University, Retired Principal at Olmsted Falls City Schools
Colleen Longville has worked with children and adults in the field of education for thirty-two years. She believes educating the whole child, emotionally, artistically, socially and academically as being her most important goal. A long-time supporter of visual and performing arts, Colleen has worked for SPACES art gallery and is a patron of many arts organizations. Colleen has collaborated with local artists to work with students in her schools in the areas of dance and sculpture. During her sixteen year teaching career, she earned her National Board Certification and was awarded Akron Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As an elementary school principal, she collaborated with district and university colleagues to help improve student engagement and achievement.
She is moving from public education to working for Baldwin Wallace University. Colleen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Akron, her Master’s Degree in Elementary Administration from Kent State University, and her Administrative Certificate from Cleveland State University. In her position on the Board she supports and promotes the mission of the North Pointe Ballet as they continue to share their love of dance with people of all ages in both educational and professional settings.
Executive Assistant to Senior Vice President, Cleveland Foundation
Annabel Bryan joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2004 as a program assistant and supported board-directed and special initiatives for two program directors in Arts and Urban Design and Community Development. She now serves as program manager and executive assistant to the Senior Vice President of Program. In this capacity, she provides project and meeting management support to internal and external partners including Board members and senior management. Annabel also manages the local nomination and selection process for the American Marshall Memorial Fellows program in partnership with the German Marshall Fund in DC. Her previous experience includes working as an executive assistant at Hyatt Legal Plans and as a research assistant at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
Annabel received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Boston University. She currently volunteers in Cleveland schools.
Anthony M. Smits
Director – Acquisitions and Corporate Secretary, The Lubrizol Corporation
Anthony Smits is Director – Acquisitions and Corporate Secretary for The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company. In his business development role, Mr. Smits is responsible for developing and executing upon acquisition opportunities. As corporate secretary, Mr. Smits is responsible for corporate governance activities for Lubrizol and its worldwide subsidiaries. Mr. Smits joined Lubrizol in 2007 and served several roles inside of the company’s legal division before moving to his current role. He has been involved in Lubrizol’s acquisitions since 2007, including Berkshire’s acquisition of Lubrizol and previously served as senior corporate counsel – M&A. He has served as corporate secretary since 2011. Prior to Berkshire’s acquisition, he advised on Lubrizol’s public securities filings. Before joining Lubrizol, Mr. Smits worked for eight years for Squire Sanders, advising clients on M&A transactions, corporate governance and securities law related matters, and he assisted several foreign private issuers with their initial public offerings in the US capital markets.
Mr. Smits holds a JD/MBA from the University of Cincinnati, with business concentrations in finance and marketing. He received an Honors B.A. – Political Science from Marquette University. He has also served as a director and officer of several non-profit organizations.
Physical Therapist, MetroHealth Medical Center
Melissa Kozub attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York where she received a Bachelors in Clinical Science and a Masters In Science/Physical Therapy. Melissa is a Physical Therapist at MetroHealth Medical Center where she has worked with children and adults for 23 years. She specializes in pediatrics and works on the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units and General Pediatrics Unit.
With her job and 2 children, Melissa has been active in her community. Melissa has assisted as a sound tech, front office and usher for many theater performances. In addition to theater, she has helped raised money for various school functions and committees.
Melissa’s mom, Nancy Kryz, instilled a love and respect for the arts through dance and community theatre at a young age. This love for the arts would be extended to her daughter Lily. Lily Kozub, is an alumni dancer with NPB and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in ballet at the University of Cincinnati. Raising a dancer has continued to influence Melissa’s appreciation for the arts. Melissa is thrilled to be part of organization with such an amazing mission as NPB.
Chief Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center
Mr. Robert (Rob) Overy is a Chief Engineer at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. During Rob’s thirty years in the agency, he has supported various research, space communication and launch vehicle projects. He is currently supporting the European Service Module (ESM) component of the Orion program.
Mr. Overy coached boys and girls basketball at Midview High School. He retired in 2019 after twenty-seven years on the sidelines. In 2014 Coach Overy was honored as the Assistant Coach of the Year in the state of Ohio.
Mr. Overy holds an Associate’s degree in Computer Aided Design from LCCC and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Cleveland State University.
Rob lives in Grafton, Ohio with his wife Sheila. Their daughter Hannah is an alumni of the North Pointe Ballet and is a freshman at Cleveland State University studying business marketing.
Executive Director, Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center
While working in the corporate sector for a large chain restaurant company, Letitia Lopez found her passion for art, culture and community in 2008 when she became a volunteer at Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center. Shortly thereafter, she joined the Board of Trustees and in 2009 accepted the position of Executive Director. For the better part of a decade, Letitia has navigated this grassroots organization through small scale changes, board development, and two moves. The most she enjoys about her work is witnessing how the arts, in all forms, impact the youth and families she serves. She has also found her strength in planning events and celebrations where she is able to reach the broader community.
In 2013, Letitia joined an advisory committee that would go on to create the first Latino theatre ensemble in Cleveland. That same year she performed in her first play and five years later continues to be an active committee member and actor of Teatro Público de Cleveland, launched through Cleveland Public Theatre. Letitia is also a graduate of the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program and the Hispanic Alliance Leadership Development Initiative. She a member of the Support for Artists Planning Team of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, a Board member at North Pointe Ballet and has contributed to several other advisory committees and task forces. Outside of her community work, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and taking road trips.