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.
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.
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.
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), or writing (Fleming-Gifford’s first children’s book – “SymFUNNY” – was recently published).
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 began dancing at the age of 4, and was accepted as a member of the pre-professional program, Ashland Regional Ballet, when she was 12. She has performed as a guest dancer in Ohio Dance Theatre’s and Verb Ballets’ first collaborative production of The Nutcracker and was a guest dancer with Verb for their Heinz Poll repertoire. She joined Verb Ballets as a trainee during their 2016-17 and 2017-18 season. Sabrina is now an apprentice with Inlet Dance Theatre for their 2019-20 season.
Sabrina joined our administrative team in the fall of 2019. In addition to administration, Sabrina also teaches jazz, ballet, and tap to Fairmount students. Outside of Fairmount, Sabrina works full-time with Inlet Dance Theatre, whose mission is “using dance to further people” in communities all across northeast Ohio.
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.