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Board of Directors

Donald Bulea

Founding Board Member & Chair of the Board
Doni is an attorney around town, and he has been a volunteer at Brite every year. He earned his law degree here in town at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and joined the Brite Winter team in 2012 to make sure that we have all our i’s and t’s, dotted and crossed.

Emily Hornack

Co-Founder & Chair of the Programming and Marketing Committee
Emily is a founding member of the Brite Winter team. She was born and raised in Cleveland, left for a while, then came back home to stay. She’s a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and works at MetroHealth. She also serves on the Board of Choral Arts Cleveland and the Planning Committee for the Heights Music Hop.

Damon Taseff

Chair of the Finance and Development Committee
Damon is currently a Principal at Allegro Realty Advisors in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, he consults and provides strategic solutions for organizations that need counsel with their real estate portfolios. He currently serves on a number of boards including the Campus District Inc., St. Augustine Health Ministries and Brite Winter. Today he resides in Ohio City living with his wife Ashley, and their three children, Alta, Mather and Case. When possible, he prefers music in the background.

Loren Anthes

Chair of the Legal and Governance Committee
Loren is a health policy geek and consultant with the Center for Community Solutions, a non-partisan think tank established in 1904. He received his undergrad from Ohio University and his MBA from Baldwin Wallace. He joined the Brite team in 2017 and, when he's not standing over a grill obsessing about barbecue and promoting the glory of life in Cleveland, he volunteers with a number of local and state organizations.

Lauren Kotmel

Lauren is a community engagement manager for a Silicon Valley tech company, bringing development and public affairs/marketing expertise to Brite. Lauren started as a Brite volunteer years ago and you have likely bumped into her around town for a show. She also proudly serves on the Selection Committee for The Cleveland International Film Festival and Women’s Council of Cleveland Museum of Art.

Krista Macomber

Krista, born and raised in Cleveland, moved to New York City to pursue her career in television production. After 15 years, Krista realized she needed to boomerang back to (the greatest city) Cleveland. Krista is currently producing events and managing marketing for a Cleveland organization. Krista found Brite still living in NYC and knew she would somehow be involved. When Krista finally made the move, she reached out and Brite welcomed her with very open arms. Krista’s Brite resume includes volunteer, Co-Volunteer Coordinator, and Development Committee member.

Morgan Passek

Morgan is a proud Cleveland native who is passionate about art, music, and enriching the Cleveland community. She currently works as a Social Media Manager for a major hotel chain. Morgan came into the Brite Winter scene as a marketing committee member in 2015 and joined the board in 2016 spearheading marketing and social media efforts. You can also find her getting messy at the Brite community art workshops.

Debby Samples

Debby is the Marketing & Media Director for The Cleveland International Film Festival and has been a Brite Winter fan since the get-go. Most weekends you can find her exploring the city with her family, taking in a show, or hiking in the Cleveland Metroparks. She believes in a strong arts community and loves any opportunity to show off Cleveland’s awesomeness.

Jimmy Harris

Board Member Emeritus
Jimmy is a founding member of the Brite Winter team and got his Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, but returns to Cleveland any chance he gets for Brite-related business.

Staff

Brian Horsburgh

Executive Director
Brian was named Brite Cleveland’s first Executive Director in October, 2014. He was born and raised in Cleveland and works on a number of events around Cleveland. Outside of work, he serves on Hawken School’s Alumni Board and the ad-hoc committee of Cleveland Leadership Center’s (i)Cleveland program. He resides in Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood.

Justin Markert

Music Director
Justin has been on the Brite team for 3 years, but has been part of the Cleveland music community for close to 20. He’s booked music at venues all over town as well as a handful of area music festivals. Justin is also the co-owner of Cellar Door Cleveland, and resides in Cleveland Heights.

Emily Appelbaum

Art Director
Emily graduated from Yale University with a degree in architecture and is newly returned to Cleveland from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she helped make places awesome through collaborative design, large-scale public art, earthshaking events and outreach to underserved communities. She also wrote, edited and designed for the late, great San Francisco Bay Guardian, and is currently working as Program Director at Ingenuity Cleveland.

Committee Members

In addition to our board, we owe a big thanks to our volunteer committee members for their hard work in the areas of music & art programming, marketing, development and volunteer management.

  • Kevin Barre
  • Craig Bulea
  • Kevin Byrnes
  • Randy Crider
  • Billy Davis
  • Kayley Gallagher
  • Niki Giglio
  • Archie Green
  • Jul Green
  • Robin Heinrich
  • Andrew Kaletta
  • Brent Lewanski
  • Ryan Manthey
  • Mike McMahon
  • Bob McNulty
  • Chad Miller
  • Maria Nosse
  • Todd Sheppard
  • Libby Treu
  • Jonathan Wehner