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June 10, 2011

THE GREATER COLUMBUS ARTS COUNCIL APPOINTS NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council has announced the appointments of S. Beth Fisher, Mary Jo Hudson, Randall S. Arndt and Lori Barreras to the Board of Trustees.

“These new board members bring expertise and community knowledge that will be a great asset to GCAC and its programs,” said Milt Baughman, Interim President of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. “We are pleased that they are volunteering their valuable time to advance arts and culture in Central Ohio.”

Beth Fisher is the Development Strategy Advisor at Franklin Park Conservatory. Fisher assumed this position in January of 2010. In 2003, she had been appointed Director of Development at the Conservatory and from 2006 through 2009 she was VP for Development and Capital Campaign Director. Fisher has more than two decades of experience in public relations, marketing and communications on a statewide level; communications management of national and international projects; development, execution and evaluation of public relations and arts marketing campaigns; 20 years of management experience with proven commitment to professional staff development, and more than 10 years of work in fundraising. In addition she has extensive experience with program conceptualization, development and implementation.

Mary Jo Hudson is of counsel at Bailey Cavalieri LLC / Member, Corporate Practice Group. Hudson practices in the areas of insurance law and compliance, health care law and general business matters and serves as a speaker on issues related to insurance and leadership development. She returned to Bailey Cavalieri LLC after completing four years of service as the 46th Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance and as a Cabinet member to Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. Prior to her service with the State, Hudson practiced law with Bailey Cavalieri LLC, Arter & Hadden, Schwartz, Warren & Ramirez, and Schwartz, Kelm, Warren & Rubenstein. From 1989 to 1995, she worked as an attorney with the Ohio Department of Insurance and as General Counsel for the Office of the Ohio Insurance Liquidator. In 2004, Hudson was appointed to Columbus City Council and was elected to keep the seat in 2005. Prior to that, Mayor Michael Coleman appointed her to the Columbus Civil Service Commission, where she served as a commissioner for two years.

Randall S. Arndt is Partner and Practice Coordinator at Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn’s Real Estate and Land Use Practice Area. Arndt oversees all aspects of the firm’s real property practice as well as the growth of the associates in the department. His practice includes representation of national, regional, and local landlords and tenants, developers, buyers, sellers and others in the commercial real estate arena. He practices extensively in the retail and shopping center leasing area and represents developers, purchasers and sellers of shopping centers and strip centers, as well as representation of clients in property acquisition, development and disposition. Arndt is the author of various publications and has served as a speaker in Columbus and at ICSC Law Conferences on various commercial real estate and leasing topics.

Lori Barreras is the assistant vice president of Human Resources at The Ohio State University. In this position, Barreras leads the overall modernization of HR services and delivers the full scope of talent management programs and strategy, including talent acquisition which relies heavily on the community’s offerings. Since moving to Columbus last year, she has joined OSU’s Wexner Center for the Arts Donor’s Circle Council and is an avid fan and supporter of arts and cultural events. Previously, Barreras was the vice president of Human Resources at Battelle Memorial Institute’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory where she built and developed a world-class team of HR professionals responsible for designing and implementing leadership programs, talent acquisition strategies, compensation infrastructure, benefits, and succession planning.

Board members are elected to an initial one-year term and are eligible to serve two additional three-year terms.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, GCAC funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community.GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. Thanks also to Time Warner Cable, alive!, American Electric Power and CD101 for support of the Columbus Arts Festival.

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