Meet the Fairmount Center Administration Team
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, Director of Operations
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.
Andrea Belser McCormick, Dance Director
Andrea Belser is a Performing Artist and Instructor from Cleveland, Ohio who has received her Bachelor of Arts from Wright State University in Theatre Studies, with an emphasis in Dance and Vocal Music. Beginning with ballet at 3 years of age, she also continued her studies in various dance forms, including tap, African folk dance, liturgical/spiritual dance, jazz, musical theatre dance, modern/contemporary, hip hop, Bollywood, Latin ballroom, and anything else she can get her hands on. Andrea (or Mrs. A to young students) currently teaches drama/theatre arts, musical theatre and dance in different theaters, outreach programs and venues, both in groups or private lessons. Since 2009, she has taught students ranging from 2 years old to elder, with theaters and companies such as Playhouse Square, Beck Center for the Arts, Dancing Wheels, Cleveland Play House, Kultue Kids, DANCEcleveland, Cleveland School of the Arts, Solon Center for the Arts, and Great Lakes Theatre. She has also recently been added to the Ohio Teaching Artists Roster. You can find a few class performances and choreography by Andrea on her YouTube channel: Thespian Drea.
Darlene Kelbach, Outreach Director
Darlene has been part of the Fairmount Team since June 2018. She serves as the Outreach Director as well as teaches various dance & fitness classes. She also enjoys teaching creative multi-arts programs.
Her on site classes include Yoga; Barre Fitness; Senior Stretch, Balance, and Strengthen; Line Dancing; Itty Bitty Ballet; and Homeschool Dance. She also teaches Deep Relaxation online and is part of the Summer Camp teaching staff.
In the community, Darlene leads such classes as Music in Motion, Line Dancing, Adapted Strength & Balance, Kids Yoga, Adult Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Dance, and Drama Club (Choreography).
Darlene also offers workshops such as “Art & Yoga” where she designs a yoga practice with inspiration from famous artists such as Van Gogh and Cezanne. In “Tales for the Budding Artist,” she partners with Instructor Mary Jo Dean to bring children’s stories to life through visual arts, musical instruments and songs, dance and theatre.
As the Outreach Director, Darlene fosters partnerships with community organizations by tailoring arts programming to their specific visions. She establishes contracts and manages the agreements to bring high quality arts instruction to their off site location. See the Outreach link for more information on the types of programs offered.
In addition to her work at Fairmount, Darlene is also an independent contractor who promotes holistic health. Prior to Fairmount, Darlene worked for the National Park Service as an Historic Landscape Architect for 18 years.
Darlene is 200 hour certified in yoga and is currently working on her 500 hour certification. She recorded the album, “Children’s Yoga Songs for the Classroom” in 2016 to help teach yoga to preschool and elementary aged students. She is also certified with Barre Above and Music Together, LLC. She has a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition as well as Reiki.
Sabrina Lindhout, Marketing & Program Associate, Social Media
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.
Abigail Johnson, Office Assistant
Abigail is a multi-instrumentalist performer and composer who enjoys playing everything from folk to classical to electronic music. Abigail teaches violin, music theory, composition, and electronic music. Abigail was a student of CIM’s preparatory school and suzuki program before earning her Bachelor of Music in Composition from Baldwin Wallace University. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Experimental Sound from California Institute of the Arts where she taught music theory and music history courses. Abigail has traveled all over the world for festivals and artist residencies including Alaska, New York City, and France.
Becky Daley, Office Assistant
Becky Daley grew up in the area and has always had a love for the arts. When she was little she took tap and ballet and was able to reignite that love of tap here at Fairmount. Her favorite pastime is traveling. She’s been all over the country and parts of the world, from Peru to Paris and places in between. Seeing all the beautiful places and hearing stories from amazing people are the highlights of every trip. She’s happy to be in her garden or in one of our beautiful parks swinging in her hammock while reading a good book.
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.
Thank you to the Fairmount Center Administration Team for all their hard work. To contact a member of our team, please see our contact page. To read about the Fairmount Center Faculty, please see our faculty page.