Administrative Leadership

SMARTS staff members are unique as they all are working artists, teachers, and students. SMARTS' leadership is small but mighty.

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Becky Keck

SMARTS President

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

SMARTS Education Director

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 and out in the community. She designed and implemented 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. She brings a unique viewpoint and experiences to SMARTS. Lindsay has been a part of SMARTS team since September 2018.

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Meganne Evans

Staff Assistant

Meganne is currently enrolled in the Theatre B. F. A. program at Youngstown State University. She brings with her a true passion for theater and the arts. A life-long artist, she has been involved in theater as a director, stage manager and actor for nearly a decade. She can't wait to use her skills and experiences to serve the students of SMARTS.


Jim Hain

Program Manager

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.

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DeAudra Edgerson

Program Manager

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 oversees afterschool programming.

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Sarah Rhodes

Program Manager

Sarah, Youngstown born and raised in a family of artists and educators, has a love for the arts as its been present in one form or another over her entire lifetime. She is classically trained in ballet, modern, jazz(soul), Ukrainian, Pilates Reformer , and is a Registered Yoga Teacher with influences in Ailey, Afro Latin, and Mark Morris. She has wide range of musical theater and performance experience both on stage and off, as a choreographer and director. She was also an artist agent and curator for Art Youngstown, a non profit art organization, as well as, five years at the McDonough Museum of Art . She has trained and performed with dance, theater companies, choreographers, yoga and pilates teachers nationally and in England. She recently lived in England with her husband and children. She has also lived in New York City, California, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and Cleveland. Throughout her lifetime she has been a creative writer, as well as, enjoys drawing , painting , photography, music, and collaborating with artists . Sarah has over two decades of experience teaching dance, pilates and yoga, including having taught dance at SMARTS for nearly a decade. She was also a Theater choreographer and speech team coach for Wilson High School, YSU Theater, and Youngstown Playhouse . Among some of her community outreach includes teaching yoga and meditation for children's summer camps with Inspiring Minds and New Bethel Church and those affected by cancer at Yellow Brick Place. She has also taught classical ballet and performance for a performing arts school in Pittsburgh. She also started her own dance company in Youngstown. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine and Performing Arts for Theatre and Dance from Youngstown State University , 200 hour (RYT) with Yoga Alliance and is certified Pilates Reformer instructor through Balanced Body University .

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Sarah Gabrick

Assistant Director

Sarah received her MA in Arts Administration from Florida State University in the fall of 2022. Born and raised in Youngstown, she is excited to join the SMARTS team of artists who do incredible things in our community. She has a background in theatre stage management and a love of writing poetry in the notes app on her phone. In her spare time you can find her learning to roller skate or hanging out with her pup, Leo.

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Becky Keck, SMARTS President.

SMARTS Circle Members: Myra Vitto, President; Paul Garchar, Vice President; Nicole Ramson, Treasurer; Christine Rhoades, Past President; Denise Holt, Bergen Giordani, Alura Webb, John A. McNally IV, Jonathon Fauvie, and Chris Gabrick.


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SMARTS at Ohio One
25 East Boardman Street, First Floor
Youngstown, OH 44503

330-574-2787 (ARTS)