Knox Partnership for Arts & Culture

Board of Trustees

Chair - Sarah Goslee Reed

  • Knox County Symphony, Chair Board of Trustees
  • Knox County Symphony, Violinist
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Ohio State University, Microbiologist

Vice Chair - Barb Barry

  • First-Knox National Bank, Retired Assistant Vice President
  • Distinguished Young Women of Ohio, Director

Treasurer - Chuck Kindel

  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, MBA Finance
  • Carnation Company, Management
  • Food Service Distribution Co., Owned and Operated
  • Applied Magnetics Corp., Management
  • Retired Business Executive

Secretary - Pat Crow

  • Woodward Development Corporation, Secretary
  • Downtown Options Corporation, Vice President
  • Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Executive Director
  • Heritage Centre Association, Past Downtown Manager

Arts Director - Joe Bell

  • Teacher, Arts/Drama
  • Right Brain Productions, Ltd., Owner
  • Youth School of Mime
  • The Mount Vernon Heritage Singers

Marketing - Matt Starr

  • ICONN Video Production, Producer, Motion Pictures and Film
  • Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Past Chair Board of Trustees
  • Kokosing River Productions, LLC, Partner
  • KeyLight Advertising Agency, Partner
  • Heritage Centre Association, Past Downtown Manager

Education - Kathryn Brechler Lake

  • Director of Board Relations and Presidential and Community Events
  • Assistant Secretary to the Board and Corporation
  • Kenyon College

Member - Jay Nixon

  • Magistrate at Knox County Common Pleas Court
  • Zelkowitz, Barry & Cullers, Ltd., formerly
  • Bieser, Greer & Landis, LLP, formerly
  • Thompson Hine, LLP, formerly


Contact Information

The Woodward Opera House,

107 South Main Street
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

(740) 392-6102
(800) 837-5282

[email protected]


Engage arts and community leadership to authentically restore the Woodward Opera House into a fully functional theater operation, develop the overall Woodward facility into a contemporary self-sustaining arts center for community interaction, become a catalyst for excellence in education, encourage civic engagement, and enrich the quality of life in the Mount Vernon ~ Knox County, Ohio area.