Doug Levine has served as the Executive Director of State Theatre of Ithaca, Inc. since the summer of 2009 and manages the theatre’s day-to-day operations with a strong focus on development and oversight of STI staff. Prior to joining The State Theatre, Doug enjoyed five years at The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Membership, Public Relations and Special Events. He received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Ithaca College in 2004 and his Bachelor of Science from that same institution in 1998.
A native of Sayre, PA, Michael comes to the State Theatre of Ithaca with a strong finance background and an emphasis on exceptional customer service. Having served as past CEO and President of Ingersoll-Rand FCU and Chemung Spring Water Co., he also has a love for live music and historic theatres. Michael has served his community on many non-profit boards, including tenures of Treasurer of the Board and Director of Marketing and Development for the Bradford County (PA) Regional Arts Council, which had three historic theatres under its stewardship. Michael attended Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania for a BSBA in Finance and completed the MBA program at Binghamton University.
Rachel Grant became a State Theatre Volunteer in September of 2015 after graduating from college with a degree in Music Business. She had the opportunity to join the staff two years later in the role of Audience Services Manager. In October of 2019, Rachel went on to accept the brand new position of Development Coordinator, whose main focus is to oversee the administrative functions for fundraising and donor relations’ efforts for the State Theatre. She is excited to use her passion for live music and this Historic Theatre to expand on its mission to enhance the cultural experience of the community and surrounding regions.
As Production Manager, Rob is responsible for coordinating lots of moving parts to make each show happen. A lifelong lover of the arts, he takes great pride in his work and in the State Theatre itself. From playing music with multiple bands, to repairing instruments, to live and studio audio engineering, Rob is deeply involved in all aspects of making music. “I love the joy that people get from seeing an artist they love and the look of awe when they walk into this venue. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.”
Sarah Flenders found her passion for the entertainment industry in 2008 when organizing community events to raise money for music in public schools, disaster relief, and local businesses. She loved volunteering her time to help with community theatre productions and went on to compete in the National Forensics League for acting and public speaking. After working at Tag’s in Big Flats, NY for nearly 5 years, she was promoted to Event Manager where she continued to sharpen her skills as acting Department Head of the Front of House/Box Office, Marketing Manager, and Director of Staffing for the Summer Concert Series, the Fall Haunted House: Tagsylvania and the Restaurant Banquet events. After over 10 years of entertainment experience, Sarah is delighted to return back to her Theatre roots – joining the State Theatre as the Audience Services Manager.
Back Of House Supervisor
Mr. Bonn is a lifelong resident of Tompkins County. He has served locally on the boards of Ithaca Festival, Red Cross, and United Way. He currently is a board member for the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance and was appointed to serve on the Erie Canal National Heritage Commission. Fred is the Regional Director for the Finger Lakes State Park system where he oversees 30 facilities across 10 counties. Fred has enjoyed shows at the State Theatre for decades and is excited to be involved in its future.
Mr. Ash is the Co-founder and consultant at multiple businesses in the fields of online medical education, hospitality, strategic planning and sustainable energy. He has worked in the online medical education field as a co-founder of Vertical Health for nearly 10 years, now focused primarily on business development and revenue growth for the company. In public service, Ethan has served on multiple non-profit boards including vice chair of the Tompkins County Tourism Board, and chair of the Agritourism Task force. Ethan is the Vice Chair of the Dryden Democratic committee with a seat on the county issues and strategic planning work force. In 2017, Ethan co-founded the Youth Entrepreneurship Market (YEM), providing Ithaca-area students with a series of business start-up courses and mentorship, concluding with a community market for the kids to pitch and sell their concepts to the public.
Ms. Yeoh is the Director of Finance and Administration for Cornell Information Technologies. After graduating from Cornell, she was the operations manager of the Haunt where she developed her love of the vibrant music scene in Ithaca, and decided Ithaca was a great place to live! She began working at the Statler Hotel while completing her MBA at Johnson Graduate School of Management, and has since worked in various financial and administrative management roles at Cornell for over three decades.
Wendy A. Marsh is a partner at Hancock Estabrook, and is the Chair of the Environmental & Land Use Planning Department. She was born and raised in Geneva, New York and currently resides there with her partner, David Linger. Ms. Marsh concentrates her legal practice in the environmental arena, as well as development law, representing small and large businesses, to assist them in achieving compliance with applicable environmental laws, as well as municipalities and developers to assist with various “right to build” issues for controversial projects. Prior to serving on The State Theatre’s Board, Ms. Marsh was involved with the Smith Opera House in Geneva for over ten years, serving as Chair of their Board of Directors while assisting them through significant construction projects funded by state grants
Mr. Gearhart is an Associate Dean in the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, and has been an administrator, educator and media producer, as well as active community member, for over 30 years in Ithaca. He most currently represents Ithaca’s Third Ward on Common Council and has served on the Ithaca Yacht Club Board as Membership & Marketing Director after a long commitment to the Ithaca Festival Board (1993-2009) where he served as President twice – and as a result, claims to have sold more Ithaca Festival buttons than anyone! Besides serving as Secretary, Mr. Gearhart is also on The State Theatre’s Major Gifts Committee as well as the Facilities Committee.
Mr. Knipe serves as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Ithaca and previously was Director of the Tompkins County Tourism Program. He came to Ithaca in 2009 for a master’s degree in planning and like so many others fell in love with the area. Tom also serves on the board of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, Ithaca Area Economic Development, and the New York Bicycling Coalition and is a regular adjunct faculty member in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell. He lives in the “flats” of Ithaca with his family and bikes to work year-round, including to shows at the State Theatre as often as possible.
Katie Foley is the co-owner of the award winning food truck “Silo” and was named 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Tompkins Chamber of Commerce for her business. Prior to Silo, Katie served in various leadership roles in the area of Development/Fundraising and not for profit management. She has served as the Director of Development at both Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca and Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes and as well as Program Director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program at the Ithaca Youth Bureau. Katie has volunteered for a variety of not-for-profits and was recognized as 2015 Volunteer of the Year by the United Way of Tompkins County. Katie currently serves on the board of CFCU Community Credit Union and is actively involved as a Fundraising Volunteer with the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library.
Mr. Jensen is retired from his position as Executive Director of the Park Foundation after forty years working in philanthropy and environment. Prior positions include Senior Program Officer at the George Gund Foundation and Senior Program Associate at the Pew Charitable Trusts. He estimates that he has awarded over $250 million dollars over the course of his career. He has served on the boards of American Rivers, Wildlife Preservation Trust, Yellowstone Ecosystem Studies and the Environmental Leadership Institute. He is a founder of the national funder affinity groups Environmental Grantmakers Association, Funders Network for Smart Growth, and Confluence Philanthropy, and has served as chair of the board of each of these organizations.
Mr. Kuo is an associate project manager at Cornell University Facilities and Campus Services. Prior to joining Cornell, he was a specifications writer at HOLT Architects and project manager for the Commons Project in the City of Ithaca. He has 18 years of experience in real estate development and construction project management. Michael is a member of the Families Advisory Council for the September 11 Memorial and Museum and served on the committee that drafted the Memorial’s mission statement. He has a Master’s in Urban Planning from Hunter College, a B.S. in Environmental Studies from SUNY Buffalo and a certificate in Culinary Management from the Institute of Culinary Education. Michael has lived in Ithaca since 2010 with his wife and two children.
Ms. McCollister served two terms on Ithaca’s Common Council, devoting her time primarily to planning, zoning, economic development, and historic preservation issues. She was formerly director of external relations at the College of Architecture, Art & Planning at Cornell University, and later held a similar position at the Johnson Art Museum. Newly retired, she’s looking forward to spending more time on musical and artistic pursuits and engaging with the Ithaca community.
Mr. Nostrand is a Senior Vice President at Barton & Loguidice, a full service civil and environmental consulting firm. He is the Director of B&L’s Environmental Practice Area, managing a group of 44 engineers, geologists and scientists. Mr. Nostrand has spent the past 30 years of his professional career blending engineering with environmental sciences, resulting in a robust consultancy providing services in environmental site investigation and remediation, ecological sciences, industrial hygiene, geological sciences and environmental consulting. He maintains certification as a New York Professional Engineer and Asbestos Abatement Designer. An avid concert fan, he estimates that he has attended more than 350 shows including rock, jazz, blues and bluegrass genres. Scott is thrilled to join the State Theater Board, and to contribute his engineering and technical stage interests to this community gem.
Dr. Nia Nunn wears multiple ‘headwraps’ in the Ithaca community, serving as an associate professor of education, psychology, & women/gender studies at Ithaca College, president on the board of directors for Southside Community Center, and director/curriculum writer of the Community Unity Music Education Program (CUMEP). Prior to receiving a B.A. in early childhood education at Clark Atlanta University (2003) and a Ph.D. in school psychology at Michigan State University (2011), Dr. Nia was born and raised in Ithaca. As part of her passion and purpose, Dr. Nia exercises her various ‘headwraps’ as an educator-performer-scholar-artist-mother to learn and engage audiences creatively, intensely, and gracefully. Her research, teaching, and service centers a Black femme alchemist approach to anti-racist/abolitionist curricula.
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