Jamie Davis, Office Associate
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.
In between organizing her activities at home, fueled by self-sustainability and a desire to feed her family healthy food, the Davis family adopted a mother chicken with her seven baby chicks. Eight chickens very quickly turned into ninety-eight (give or take a few), three ducks, a couple of turkeys, two resident cats and their home became “Mother Hen Farm.”
After the girls went to school full time it was time for another journey. 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.
Sandi Fink, Office Associate
Having home schooled her five children, Sandi is a lifelong-learner.
In addition to teaching her children, Sandi picked up mad skills in cooking, baking, the art of Zentangle, calligraphy, graphic design and even ballroom dancing. Though she’s enjoyed a variety of jobs along the way – from preschool teacher to working as an administrator with the city of Wickliffe – she found that working with non-profit arts organizations were a great way to utilize a variety of her skills and passions.
Sandi spent several years working as part of the education team at The Fine Arts Association and then embarked on a new adventure in the spring of 2018 with Fairmount Center for the Arts. Enjoying being part of this growing arts organization, you may find Sandi behind the front desk or in the classroom. When she’s not at Fairmount, you’ll find her enjoying time with her family (including two grandbabies), gardening, behind the scenes in many local theaters or exploring new places.
Brigitte Fiorille, Program 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.
Jeannie Fleming-Gifford, Executive Director
Jeannie is a proud product of the arts.
Picking up the french horn in middle school, her love of music opened doors for her to be the first person in her family to earn a college degree. Enjoying children as much as music, Jeannie continued her education, earning her MA in child development and is a proud University of Akron graduate.
Following her adventures as a graduate assistant, Jeannie learned to drive a truck and traveled as a COW (COSI on Wheels demonstrator) throughout the state and surrounding states, teaching children about the science of sound and music. Embracing the teamwork and fun philosophy of the COSI (science center), Jeannie moved into leadership positions in a variety of organizations, keeping a good sense of humor and playfulness along the way.
From working with orchestral musicians (Columbus Symphony Orchestra), to using the arts to support academics (Center for Arts Inspired Learning), to envisioning an early childhood multi-arts curriculum (CHABAM), to working in partnership with teaching artists, parents and students (The Fine Arts Association), Jeannie is grateful for her arts adventures.
Since March 2018, Jeannie has been working with the Fairmount community. She loves watching kids grow up through the arts and the fuel for her fire is to ensure Fairmount is here for generations to come. When she’s not paper shuffling for the arts, you’ll find Jeannie in the great outdoors, volunteering to raise a pup for service dog work (BluePath Service Dogs), on a yoga mat, or being a chalk bandit and spreading some love in the world by creating chalk art in random places.
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.