Additional Staff Biographies

Rebecca Bromels joined ArtsWave as Director of Communications in 2011. Having moved to Cincinnati in 1999 to pursue a directing career, Rebecca discovered her love for arts administration during her twelve-year tenure at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, a professional non-profit theater in the heart of Downtown. A passionate advocate for arts education, she expanded the organization’s audience by creating the Shakespeare Summer Camp, Groundlings, and Shakespeare in the Park programs. As Managing Director for eight seasons, she worked to broaden Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s base of support and provide resources for its innovative productions of Shakespeare and the classics. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Texas Christian University. Rebecca was recognized as a Greater Cincinnati YWCA Rising Star in 2006 and Business Courier’s Forty Under 40 in 2005.
Michael Boberg is the Director, Signature Arts & Business Programs for ArtWave. In that role, he has the fortunate opportunity to work with representatives from organizations spanning the entire arts and culture sector. Before joining ArtsWave, he served as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and was Music Director and on-air host for WVXU-FM throughout the 1990s. Mike served as co-chair of the Civic Pride/Community Engagement working group for the Agenda 360 Regional Planning process and is a graduate of the inaugural class of C-Change. He currently volunteers as a character coach for first graders through the Winners Walk Tall® program and serves on the advisory board for WVQC-LP 95.7 FM, a new lower-power radio station operated by Media Bridges. Mike is a native Cincinnatian, holds a BA in Communications from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Xavier University, and lives in Anderson Township.
Samantha Cribbet (Sam) is the Director of Accounting for ArtsWave. She graduated in 2009 from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Previous to her employment at ArtsWave, Sam was a senior auditor for Grant Thornton, working with a multitude of clients, including ArtsWave. At Grant Thornton she was also the Community Service Lead.

Sam is passionate about volunteer work and gives her time at the Freestore Foodbank, Ronald McDonald House, and Give Back Cincinnati's Paint the Town. She's also volunteered for the Unity Way's Agency Audit Review Committee. Currently, Sam lives in Williamsburg, Ohio on a "mini" farm with her husband Kyle, their two dogs, two cats, and the occasional pig.

Heather Hallenberg, Director, Grantmaking & Strategic Initiatives, is the founding director of ArtsWave’s Arts Services Office and oversees the administration of the Associate Members Allocation process, ArtsWave’s Grants Program, Business Volunteers for the Arts® and Business on Board®. Under her leadership, the Arts Services Office received the Irma Lazarus Award from the Ohio Arts Council in 2002. Heather has a graduate degree in art and architectural history and worked for state historic preservation agencies in Nevada, Missouri and North Carolina. In 1981 she moved to Cincinnati to assume the position of Curator of Education at the Taft Museum of Art. She was also Director of Volunteers at University Hospital where she organized the first hospital visitation program for chronic AIDS patients in the state of Ohio.
Teresa (Teri) Haught, is Chief Financial Officer at ArtsWave. She previously was the Vice President, Finance and Operations, a position she has held since 2005, following twelve years as the organization's Finance Director. Concurrent with her roles at ArtsWave, she also served as the Finance Director for the Taft Museum of Art for fourteen years. Before joining ArtsWave, she worked as an audit manager with KPMG and continues to maintain an active CPA license. She is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Cincinnati, a past ONE Award examiner, a 2007 and 2008 Business Courier CFO of the Year finalist, and currently serves on The Greater Cincinnati Foundation Finance Committee and in a number of leadership roles at her children's schools, including PTO president. Ms. Haught received her B.S. in Business Administration from Miami University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Alecia Townsend Kintner is the President & CEO of ArtsWave, the nation’s most successful community arts campaign. She has also served as Vice President for Advancement at the Connecticut Science Center, where she was responsible for earned and contributed revenue totaling $8 million per year for New England’s newest science education and tourism destination; and as Deputy Director for the Greater Hartford Arts Council (GHAC), where she worked for 10 years. At GHAC, she doubled the size of the annual united arts campaign and helped to execute a consolidation of the functions of the city’s downtown business council and beautification programs into the arts council in order to maximize civic resources and optimally leverage community assets. Alecia’s other professional experiences include two years at New York’s Dance Theater Workshop as Director of Development and Planning; and as dance writer for The Moscow Times in Russia. Alecia earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts Journalism, with a dance history emphasis, from schools in her native Southern California.

Jodi Perry is Senior Manager, Corporate Campaign for ArtsWave. During her tenure as a fundraiser Jodi has managed various business and professional divisions of the annual campaign and finds rallying a new corps of volunteers each year a unique and exciting challenge. Before joining the organization in 2002 she worked for Dan Pinger Public Relations. Jodi is a Cincinnati native and graduated from Xavier University in 1997 with a BA in English and Public Relations. She loves all types of music and finds satisfaction in working for a nonprofit organization that supports more than 150 arts groups throughout the region, from the "big guys" to the small community theaters. Jodi's family resides in Okeana, Ohio and she volunteers her time with her childrens' day care, Toys for Tots and Mother of Mercy High School.

Tara Townsend - Chief Impact Strategy Officer. For nearly 20 years, Tara Townsend’s focus has been on using data and information to improve the implementation and programmatic outcomes of government and nonprofit programs. Her work has spanned many fields including substance abuse treatment, juvenile delinquency prevention, public health, early childhood education, community development, mental health, and now arts and culture. During her career, Dr. Townsend has spearheaded the creation of units dedicated to results-oriented and evidence-based program design and impact assessment for three different organizations. While working for the City of New Orleans, she compiled and developed the only comprehensive information source on post-Katrina recovery projects, representing more than $1B in public and private investments. Her knowledge and expertise in data systems was acknowledged when she was selected by the incoming mayoral administration to be vice-chair of the IT Technical Team for Transition New Orleans, in which she conducted a thorough analysis of the City's information systems and information technology capacity and led the recruitment and interviewing process for the Chief Information Officer. Dr. Townsend is a certified government performance manager who is well-versed in a range of qualitative and quantitative methodology and analytic tools and techniques. With experience in all phases of research and program evaluation, she is an expert at summarizing and presenting complex information to a variety of audiences. She earned a doctorate in social and organizational psychology from Temple University.

Lisa Wolter is the Senior Director, Corporate Campaign at ArtsWave. In her role she is engaged in all aspects of the campaign from strategic planning to the execution of new campaign initiatives. She was also a Campaign Manager for 12 years and has seen the ArtsWave campaign grow to become the largest united arts fund in the country. Lisa provides leadership and fund raising support to hundreds of volunteers throughout the tri-state, to organize and execute effective workplace campaigns, direct mail appeals, and secure corporate funding. Lisa studied Art History as an undergraduate at Michigan State University and as a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has worked at several museums including the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Taft Museum of Art and the Cincinnati Art Museum. Lisa is a member of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s WE Lead Class III and has served on several nonprofit committees including Enjoy the Arts/START, Happen Inc. and the Business Volunteers for the Arts. Lisa and her husband Adam live in Milford and have two children, Max and Greta.