Meet the SMARTS Team
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.
Caroline Lorimer oversees SMARTS teaching and learning. Her interest in youth and how the brain works guides her educational pursuits. She brings to SMARTS a love for arts education and those who need it the most and her care and attention to detail for our teachers and students enables her to drive our quality arts education curriculum. She is the backbone and driving force of SMARTS classes here and out in the community.
Arts Education Author
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 Arts Education Author 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! which she also continues to oversee. 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.
Barbara Mraz has over 30 years in the business world including her work at a local insurance agency. She works directly with the President and SMARTS Circle Treasurer to record and account for any expenses, income and financial matters. Handles all financial paperwork in regards to payroll, banking, taxes, and expenses. Tracks grants and sponsored programs including donations.
Becky Keck, SMARTS President.
SMARTS Circle Members: Myra Vitto, President; Paul Garchar, Vice President; Nicole Ramson, Treasurer; Misty Hazy, Secretary; Christine Rhoades, Past President; Laura Dewberry; Denise Holt, Josie Puskar, and Bergen Giordani.
SMARTS at Ohio One
25 East Boardman Street, First Floor
Youngstown, OH 44503