Elizabeth Bolander, Executive Director
Whether it was diving into visual arts, taking violin lessons, or moving scenery backstage, Elizabeth has fostered a love of the arts since a young age. A maker at heart, she usually has at least one project on the go. Elizabeth previously worked in senior leadership positions at the Cleveland Museum of Art, most recently as Senior Director of Philanthropy and External Relations, and in visitor research at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She currently serves as President of the Visitor Studies Association (VSA). She has a bachelor’s from Miami University and MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
She and her family live in Solon, where they enjoy spending time outside at the Metroparks and visiting places around town.
Jamie Davis, Arts Experience & Operations Manager
With a love of visual arts, Jamie explored many mediums and then found her true passion playing in mud: Creating her own independent studies in ceramics and Raku in college, she fell in love with clay. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Art Education, Jamie boarded the train called life. She married, had two beautiful energetic girls, and started a new path.
Jamie’s days filled with arts and crafts, flash cards, preschool library times, farm park adventures and even time watching Sesame Street. During this at home-time with her girls, she collected a few little ones along the way as she opened up and shared her home for other kids needing childcare in her community. Jamie found Fairmount Center for the Arts, where she can be immersed in the arts community and education while growing and supporting a local non-profit organization. When not at Fairmount Jamie can be found managing their small farm, running her girls to a 4-H meeting, sports practice, music lessons or even taking a class or two at Fairmount.
Brigitte Fiorille, Art Director
Brigitte loved teaching her four sons (now awesome adults) about her love of the arts. Growing from those arts lessons, Brigitte was inspired to pursue a degree in Art Education (Kent State University). Brigitte has grown with Fairmount, as an instructor and administrator and wears many hats each day to support the mission of Fairmount.
When she’s not in the ceramics studio creating awesome art, you’ll find her with the admin team making the arts happen at Fairmount and in the community. When she’s not at Fairmount, you’ll find Brigitte playing with her granddaughter, making the world a more beautiful place with her green thumb, or cooking for her awesome family.
Pam Lange, Finance Manager
Pam shares her passion for numbers with Fairmount, but her past career adventures include fundraising and public relations. Though her skills in the arts are modest, she did win awards in high school and went on to pursue the arts via crafting with her children when they were young.
Pam is proud of her artistic achievements including her son who is a professional designer (with Ford) and another son (who now works with a trading firm in Chicago) who performed music and danced (on the ice) during high school.
Her financial career is diverse and includes working for a church in Chagrin Falls, a foundation in Washington DC, a land developer in Solon and a restaurant group in Twinsburg. Pam received her A.B. from Wilson College and in addition to her two adult children, enjoys spending time with her two lovely grandchildren who reside in Chicago.
Sabrina Lindhout, Marketing & Program Associate
Sabrina joined our administrative team in the fall of 2019 as administrative assistant, and has since become Fairmount’s Marketing & Program Associate and social media coordinator. Sabrina has also worked with various other non-profits in arts administration such as Verb Ballets, Ashland Regional Ballet/Opus II Dance Studio in Ashland, Ohio, and with Inlet Dance Theatre- where she is also currently a company member.
Darlene Kelbach, Outreach Coordinator
Darlene completed her yoga teacher training through Namaste Yoga in 2007 and began teaching shortly there-after. Darlene seeks to blend yoga with her passion for plant-based nutrition and healthy eating and share that with her students. With her dedicated focus, she feels she is now “living her yoga” which in turn, she hopes to inspire others to “Live Their Yoga” so they also can be the creative expression of their own passions and inner truth and live inspired, joyful lives each day!
Darlene is also Fairmount’s Outreach Coordinator, helping to bring the ARTS directly to schools and organizations in our community, including places like Notre Dame and the Geauga County Public Library.
Rachael K. Palermo, Director of Education
Rachael is a dance educator / arts administrator with a passion for sharing the arts with others. She has enjoyed working with non-profits, private dance schools, community theaters, and universities throughout Northeast Ohio. As an educator, Rachael has taught dance for over 25 years to students of all ages. As an administrator, Rachael worked as a dance studio Owner/Director for 10 years. She also had the pleasure of serving as Artistic / School Director at Ballet Western Reserve during their 2017/2018 season.
Rachael holds an M.A. in dance education from New York University and is a member of National Dance Education Organization. Most recently, she served as Visiting Faculty for two years with The University of Akron’s Dance Program.
Rachael is thrilled to be joining Fairmount as Director of Education! When not at Fairmount, Rachael enjoys spending time with her husband and their four cats.