Meet the SMARTS Team
Meet our dedicated team of student assistants who work to make SMARTS great.
Katie is a Junior Music Education Major at Youngstown State University. Katie is a member of the Breakout Brass Quintet, Dana Symphony Orchestra and the YSU Marching Pride, where she serves as one of two Drum Majors. Katie is currently serving as the President of the Dana Horn Society. In her hometown of Erie, PA, Katie plays French Horn with the Gem City Community Concert Band. In addition, she performs both on the stage, and in the pit orchestra at the Erie Playhouse. Katie has worked with several high school bands as well as taught piano, drumming, and ukulele at the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House.
Belle is obtaining her bachelors degree at Youngstown State University for musical theater. She has been in theater and music her whole life and is excited to see what YSU theater and music is going to bring.
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!
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!
Haley is a student at Youngstown State University pursuing a degree in Vocal Music Education and a minor in Musical Theatre. She has performed on collegiate and community stages across the area in musicals and cabarets, as well as fronting various jazz ensembles. Haley also has experienced valuable teaching opportunities, such as assistant directing a children’s choir, tutoring, and private voice teaching.
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.
SMARTS at Ohio One
25 East Boardman Street, First Floor
Youngstown, OH 44503