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Lisa Hanson has served as Executive Director of Culture Works since April 2017. Lisa is an entrepreneur, educator, performer, and business professional. Lisa received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree from University of Miami, School of Music in Miami, FL. The focus of Lisa’s graduate work was vocal performance and pedagogy at Northeast Louisiana University. An award-winning, classically trained vocalist/recording artist, she has performed in Carnegie Hall as well as internationally. Here in Dayton, Lisa enjoys performing with the Dayton Opera Chorus and as a professional soloist. In addition, Lisa has served as both director and clinician for several national vocal performance workshops. As a public speaker, Lisa speaks on a local, state, and national level on such subjects as community engagement and fundraising.
Though a native of South Florida, Lisa has lived in Dayton for 22 years with her husband Mark and four children. She has served as a nonprofit executive for nearly a decade. Prior to Culture Works, Lisa served as executive director for the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio. Her visionary leadership maximized community engagement over 11 counties, executing key impact strategies to increase the effectiveness of the agency’s programs and services. As a public speaker, she was most recently invited to speak at a national conference on growing community engagement through successful fundraising events.
Lisa is a life-long advocate for the arts. She is excited to dedicate her time and talents to advocating for the arts, building support and engagement for Dayton Region’s arts scene, and improving quality of life by expanding access to the arts for all citizens of the eight-county service area of Culture Works.
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Although not originally from the area, Susan Daly is the perfect person to answer the question “What’s in Dayton?” Spending many years moving around the United States has given her a special appreciation for the depth and diversity of cultural opportunities in the Dayton Region, and since moving here in 2003, she’s been involved with numerous arts organizations, including The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton Opera, WDPR, and Musica, where she served as president for three years. Susan and her family have spent time exploring the Aviation Trail, including the Air Force and WACO museums, hiking the Five Rivers MetroParks (16 of the 19, to date), attending performances at the Schuster, Victoria, and Loft theaters, and enjoying the excellence and oddities of the Dayton dining scene. She holds an M.S. in statistics from George Mason University and a B.S. in business administration and finance from Xavier University.
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A native Daytonian, Karen Maner earned her MFA in creative nonfiction at Eastern Washington University, where she served as the region’s Poetry Out Loud coordinator and the assistant coordinator of Get Lit!—a nonprofit that engages the Inland Northwest in celebration of the written word through educational outreach and community events. Since returning to Dayton, she’s dedicated herself to organizations that unite the community through storytelling, arts, and culture, serving as a board member and program chair for UpDayton, a volunteer for Dayton Metro Library, and a marketing committee member for TEDxDayton. Her writing has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading and Colorado Review and made the Notable Essays list in Best American Essays 2014.