Chris Westhoff, Managing Director
Chris Westhoff is proud to work at The Holland Theatre. Managing the venue brings together his interests of presenting professional performing arts, cultivating arts culture in community, and arts education. Chris attended Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, completing an interdisciplinary program that combined documentary storytelling, music and video. He has toured extensively as a musician and actor and tries to bring the best of these experiences to each program and performer that works on The Holland Stage. In addition to steering efforts at The Holland, Chris is the Managing Director of Mad River Theater Works and the Executive Director of LoCo Art.
Quinten James, Technical Director
MacKenzie Myers Fitzpatrick, Art Center Administrator
As the Art Center Administrator since 2019’s re-opening, MacKenzie finds great value in The Holland Theatre’s ability to provide individuals in Logan County and the surrounding areas a wide range of art experiences. In addition to her work for the Logan County Art Center, MacKenzie is Food System Coordinator for the Logan County Farmers Market, part-time yoga instructor at Homegrown Yoga in Downtown Bellefontaine, and Lead Educator/Administrator for LoCo Art’s recent project, Journey Nature School. MacKenzie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University, specialization in literacy, and leadership. Additionally, her personal passion & skills in visual arts combined with motivation for community outreach & education brings her many joys together in one community. MacKenzie is a current Bellefontaine resident and 2010 graduate of Bellefontaine High School.
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”
Kristine Swisher, President
Kris Swisher has served the Holland theatre for 20 years on the LCLP Board and other committees. She is the current Vice President. She has been involved in many aspects of the operation and restoration of the theatre. She serves on the Windmill Productions Board and has directed as well as participated in several productions. Kris is a retired teacher of 37 years with her BS in Elementary Education and Masters Degrees from the Ohio State University. Kris serves on the Logan County Visitors Bureau, Downtown Business Partnership and International Friendship Center boards. Chris just finished serving as Deputy Grand. She is a member of First Lutheran church in Bellefontaine where she is in the choir and bell choir and teaches Sunday School. Her interest in theatre began in high school and continued into college when she ushered at the Ohio Theater in Columbus. She loved directing plays with her middle school students and was the drama coach at Bellefontiane High School for 10 years.
John Belser, Treasurer
John T. Belser is a Certified Public Accountant and the owner of Belser Accounting and Tax Service, LLC. John is one of the newer members of our Board having accepted the position of Treasurer in August 2019. John’s desire to become the Treasurer and a Board member comes from the fact that he was born and raised in Bellefontaine and attended the Holland Theatre as a youth. John understands the incredible effort which has been put forth by the entire community to restore this beautiful theatre and would like to assist with the financial side of this business to ensure its longevity. John is also a member of the Board of Directors at Citizens Federal Savings and Loan, the Treasurer of First Lutheran Church and the Treasurer of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce.
Mike Suman, Property and Restoration Chair
Board member, Mike Suman, has been very active in the life of the Holland Theatre since 2012. He took a very active role in our wonderful remodeling project, heads the Building Committee that oversees the upkeep of the hall, and has worn many hats in Windmill productions, directing and performing in the pit orchestra as well as designing and building sets. Originally from Cincinnati, Mike received his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Music Education from Miami University. He then spent his 35 year teaching career as band director for Benjamin Logan Schools and still uses his musical talents playing principal bassoon in the Lima Symphony Orchestra and directing the Chancel Choir at the First United Methodist Church here in Bellefontaine.
Chris Tillman has served about 10 years on the LCLP Board and is the current Vice President. She has helped with clean-up, sold tickets, concessions, and ushered. She serves on the Windmill Productions Board and has directed as well as participated in several productions. Chris is a retired teacher of 41 years with her BA degree from Wittenberg University and Masters from UD. Chris just finished serving as Deputy Grand Regent of the Women of the Moose for the state of Ohio and serves on her church council at First Lutheran in Bellefontaine. She had previously served as Drama Coach at Bellefontaine High School and was active at Encore Theatre in Lima.
Andrew Smith is currently serving a second term on the Holland Theatre Board. As a behind the scenes participant he has enjoyed watching the theatre develop and grow. Andrew graduated from The Ohio State University and went onto serve 27 years with the Logan County Sheriff’s Office including 8 years as sheriff. In addition to serving on the Holland Theatre Board, Andrew serves at the West Liberty United Church of Christ as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and assistant treasurer.
Morgan Goetz has been serving on the Holland Theatre Board for almost a year. In that time, she has also enjoyed time volunteering behind the bar at the Holland. She was born and raised in Logan County and has a deep passion for the community and the continued revitalization and growth that has been taking place in downtown Bellefontaine and particularly in the arts community. When not working as a local loan officer, she will either be attending a local event at the Holland or taking a yoga class at one of the studios in town.
Brian and his family purchased Tanger’s Furniture and settled in Bellefontaine in 2016. Born and raised in Ohio, and having lived all across the state, Bellefontaine had a unique energy that attracted the young entrepreneurs and made the decision to raise a family here an easy one. Since moving to Bellefontaine, the two have opened several small businesses and are very passionate about fostering the growth of the community. Knowing the importance of the arts in a community, and after falling in love with The Holland Theatre itself, Brian was proud to accept a seat on The Holland Board in 2019.
Adam Rammel is Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Small Nation. He is responsible for spreading a message of growth solutions, power and possibilities for small businesses and small towns throughout the country. Adam doesn’t just promote small businesses, but is a business owner himself. He is co-owner of Brewfontaine, a local craft brew bar and restaurant, which was voted #1 Beer Bar in Ohio for 4 straight years and has been an energy catalyst for the development of other small businesses in Downtown Bellefontaine. He is currently working on the launch of a unique, 200 seat catering and events center in Bellefontaine called The Syndicate. Adam lives in Bellefontaine, Ohio with his wife Renee and his children Reid and Addison.
As a new on the Board, September ’20, it only adds to the journey of witnessing the Holland transition from a building with no heat to what it is today. Making Jason extremely proud of our community. Jason has 30 Years experience in the plumbing/piping/HVAC industry as a mechanical contractor including 17 years as a business owner. Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts/English Degree from Wright State University, 2020 and is a Bellefontaine High School Graduate of 1985.
Michelle (Shelly) Lane is excited to serve on the Board of The Holland Theatre. As a life-long member of the community, she remembers going to her first movie at the theater, and she is grateful to see this historic building returning to its former glory. Shelly is an English teacher for Benjamin Logan Schools and the University of FIndlay. In addition to teaching, Shelly has directed 10 school plays.
Adam Sorensen is a lifelong musician and supporter of community arts. Prior to full time pursuit of mental health work and studies, he enjoyed time in the orchestra pit in local shows and saw first hand the value of community theatre both for performers and the audience. As a member of the Logan Champaign MHDAS Board, Adam is active in promoting community wide protective factors that encourage positive cultural values and a sense of belonging. Adam joined the Holland board in September 2020 and is excited to see the venue continue to be a landmark of diverse and enriching community experiences.