Student Assistants

Meet our dedicated team of student assistants who work to make SMARTS great.

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Chloe Downey

Student Assistant

Chloe Downey is a sophomore Musical Theatre major at Youngstown State University. She also plans on minoring in Creative Writing and Music. Chloe graduated from Crestview High School as a Valedictorian with both a Fine Arts and Academic Honors Diploma. Throughout her academic career, she has had many opportunities to be involved in the arts, from being a part of many shows to performing in the band and choir to making arts and crafts in her basement. She has also had many opportunities to work with other students through tutoring and youth mentoring, and she is very excited to work with students even more! Chloe truly believes that the arts are a very important part of the world. Theatre, music, dance, art, writing, etc. provide individuals with many useful skills. She is so excited to continue pursuing what she loves while sharing that love with the world around her. She is so thankful for the opportunities that she has had so far and the ones to come. She hopes to use all types of art and imagination to inspire others and make the world a better place!

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Nate Gostey

Student Assistant

Nate Gostey is a Graphic Arts student at YSU. He is an expert painter and designer, with experience in numerous mediums, both physical and digital. He consistently ranks high in art competitions statewide and even had his works displayed in the Butler Art Museum in Youngstown and the Federal building in Columbus. Outside of art, Nate is an enthusiastic "rock hound" and casual chess player. He loves learning about interdisciplinary subjects and has a unique worldview because of it. Nate loves to pass his knowledge and experiences on to others and hopes to help everyone succeed in their own ways.

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Paula Jeffery

Student Assistant

Paula fell in love with literature at a young age, and grew to love storytelling in all its forms. This love of storytelling became a love of creating her own. She believes that any form of art can tell a beautiful story.
Paula is currently studying at Youngstown State University for a bachelors in English, with a strong emphasis on literature. She hopes to encourage others to appreciate storytelling as much as she does.

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Taryn Patterson

Student Assistant

Taryn is a new teacher and student assistant at SMARTS, but she has been the Hip Hop teacher and choreographer at Kathi's Dance & Gym Center for 3 years. Taryn danced at Kathi’s for the last 18 years where she received training in all styles of dance including Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Pointe. During her senior year at Kathi’s, she passed her Cecchetti Level VI Exam. Taryn graduated in the top ten of her class from East Palestine High School in 2019. She is currently pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Dance at Youngstown State University as a member of the Honors College to help and inspire others through the arts. She is also the Secretary of YSU’s Dance Ensemble, and is a new member of both YSU's Competitive and Performance Hip Hop Teams. Taryn is very grateful for the opportunity to work at SMARTS, and she is looking forward to what the future has in store for her!

Becky Keck, SMARTS President.

SMARTS Circle Members: Diane Palmer, President; Jonathon Fauvie, Vice President; Chris Gabrick, Treasurer; Misty Hazy, Secretary; Myra Vitto, Paul Garchar, Denise Holt, Bergen Giordani, John A. McNally, IV, John Orsini, Megan Jones, Stacia Erdos, Nick Chretien


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Youngstown, OH 44503

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