SMARTS staff members are unique as they all are working artists, teachers, and students. SMARTS' leadership is small but mighty.
Becky Keck brings over 25 years of experience in arts education and is an original founder of SMARTS in 1997. With the support of our community she has been able to successfully transition SMARTS as a stand-alone 501 c3 community art school. She knows that students who learn in the arts become well-rounded grown-ups that enjoy life to its fullest. When asked about how SMARTS has been able to succeed, she is quick to give the credit to her staff, the SMARTS Circle, and those who have donated their time, talents and treasures to SMARTS. “You are only as good as the people you surround yourself with” is her statement that drives SMARTS future.
Lindsay Goossens has a BS in Education from Ashland University and completed four majors in English, Journalism, Integrated Language Arts Grades 7-12 and Creative writing. She is the Education Director at SMARTS where she oversees the teaching and learning that take place at our downtown location. She designed and implements a resiliency program at Grace United Methodist Church called Geronimo! She has a great deal of experience in curriculum building, creative writing, hand drumming, music, and photography that bring a unique viewpoint to SMARTS. She has been a part of SMARTS team since September 2018.
As Staff Administrator, Natalie Wright is the coordinator for SMARTS’ volunteer program—SMARTIES, facilitates operations and events, is the main SMARTS video editor, and more. She brings with her almost a decade of experience in journalism, and is currently writing her first novel, titled Checkmate.
Jim Hain is the SMARTS Program Manager. He previously worked as an Adjunct Professor at Youngstown State University, Kent State, and Eastern Gateway, teaching Creative Writing and Composition. He has been published in The Stolen Island Review, Jenny, The Rubbertop Review, and Pennsylvania English, and has performed locally at the Youngstown Playhouse, Rust Belt Theater, and Mahoning Valley Players, among others.
Sarah is a new Community Program Manager. She is a graduate of Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communications and Nonprofit Management. Sarah additionally studied Music Education at YSU with a focus on cello. Sarah has a background in teaching ESL to K-12 students. She is also the current Youth Education Director at the Youngstown Playhouse. Sarah has a performing arts background in local theatres and choirs, and still plays the cello for theatrical productions and other events.
DeAudra is a visual artist from Warren, Ohio. She enjoys artistic expression in many forms. She enjoys; sewing, designing and home decor. Her original passions were in sketching and painting. Her work was previously on display at McDough and Trumbull Art Gallery. She holds a MBA, and a BS in Fashion Merchandising from Youngstown State University. She is currently the Public Program Manager at SMARTS and overseas afterschool programming.
Becky Keck, SMARTS President.
SMARTS Circle Members: Myra Vitto, President; Paul Garchar, Vice President; Nicole Ramson, Treasurer; Misty Hazy, Secretary; Christine Rhoades, Past President; Denise Holt, Bergen Giordani, Alura Webb, and John A. McNally IV.
SMARTS at Ohio One
25 East Boardman Street, First Floor
Youngstown, OH 44503