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Board

Jerome-Borchers-squareJerome Borchers, President
Simulated Patient Coordinator/Recruiter, WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine

Jerome’s Yellow Springs community affiliations include: Board Member of the YSHS Theatre Arts Association, member of the Economic Sustainability Commission of the Village of Yellow Springs, past board president of the Mills Lawn After School Program, past chair of the YS Center for the Arts Steering Committee, and member of the Antioch College Theater Advisory Committee. Jerome has a background in theatre and visual art and contributes years of experience in community arts initiatives and advocacy to the YSAC.

Nick Gaskins, Vice President
Executive Director, Bing Design

Nick Gaskins has been in the advertising and graphic design business for nearly 30 years. He began work in Yellow Springs in 1995 as a senior designer for Bing Design, then purchased the business in 2000. Previously, Nick worked as an art director for two of the largest ad agencies in the Columbus market. With a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Ohio University, Nick specializes in developing graphic presentations that balance and support client messages effectively. Nick brings arts business and management expertise, as well as design & marketing support to the YSAC.

Jane-square-smJane Baker
Community Organizer, Philanthropist, Author

Long-time Yellow Springs resident Jane Baker has been involved in supporting arts and culture here for many years. Jane was one of the founding members of the Chamber Music Yellow Springs and served on the Yellow Springs Community Foundation for several years. She is currently a member of the Antioch Theatre advisory committee and is Vice Chair or the Center for the Arts Steering Committee. in 2007, Jane’s biography “William Mills: The Yellow Springs Man” was published by the Yellow Springs Historical Society.

Tim-Barhorst-squareTim Barhorst
Network Engineer at Barhorst Consulting

Tim has been working with computer technology since 1984 and believes in the human potential of networking. Along with building wide area networks and data centers, he has had computer graphics experience at branding and design agencies in Cincinnati. He is an avid nature photographer who takes photographs and transforms them into other media, including paintings, prints and creative expressions that reflect deep concern for ecological understanding and species preservation. He is also an advocate of ocean ecology who also believes all sentient beings need to be liberated. He has been living in Yellow Springs for about 3 years.

Valerie-Blackwell-Truitt-squareValerie Blackwell Truitt
Director of the Office for Diversity & Inclusion at the Ohio State University, College of Medicine

Founder and Artistic Director of Bej Na Dance Company 2011-present, and Valdance1 (dans) 1994-2011
Valerie has been a freelance performer for over 25 years. Currently a member of the Egyptian Breeze Belly Dancers, she has taught dance styles from Afro-Cuban to modern to jazz to ballet, choreographed for musicals and dance concerts and organized several dance events through the region. She developed, produced, choreographed and performed in her annual Valerie Blackwell-Truitt Community Dance Concerts which ran from 1994-2009. Valerie co-directed and performed with One National Performance Ensemble of Miami University for 10 years. The company’s mission was to promote a dialogue surrounding societal issues such as race, gender, ethnicity, and poverty and foster social justice and social change. Valerie performed with two dance companies while living in Colorado and had the priviledge of studying with Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and Bill Evans Dance Company as well as earning a scholarship to dance with Philadanco Dance Company.

John-Booth-squareJohn Booth
Storyteller, Musician, Performance Poet

John Booth grew up in Mechanicsburg and graduated from Wilmington College with a major in art and minors in theatre and black studies. He has worked for various non-profits and owned his own business for several years. In Yellow Springs, John has served a four year term on Village Council, over six years on the Human Relations Commission while also serving on the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee and AACW Blues and Jazz Festival Program Committee. An accomplished storyteller, musician and performance poet, John has performed as a blues, funk and jazz musician and with Booth Family Drummers in the Philippines and the US. John is looking at opportunities to open opportunities for artists to be able to make a living as artists.

Matt-Cole-squareMatt Cole, Treasurer
Owner, Matt Cole Jewelry

Detroit native Matt Cole has a Bachelor’s degree in American History, an Associate’s degree in Accounting and is working on his CPA certification. He spent over 14 years in Southeast Asia teaching English, then starting a business designing and manufacturing silver jewelry components. In 2009 he conceived and created a line of jewelry made from recycled bowling balls which grew from his love of (and skill at) bowling. Matt has a creative and entrepreneurial spirit, and a proven track record as an out-of-the-box thinker. He and his wife and son have lived in Yellow Springs for almost three years.