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Epic Center Board & Staff


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Lockhart Management & Consulting

Tami CoxProperty Manager
Phone (9am – 12pm): (269) 226-8784

Kristen Chesak, Executive Director

Kristen joined the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo in June 2016. Prior to this appointment, Kristen had a 22-year career at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre – serving in the positions of Intern, Carpenter, Lighting Designer, Production Manager, and most recently as its Executive Director – a position she held for the past 10 years.  Originally from Seattle, Washington, Kristen has also had the pleasure of working for the Group Theatre, The Alice B., and the Annex Theatre.  A graduate of both Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University, Kristen holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Communication and an M.F.A. in Performing Arts Administration. 


Kristen has been a strong advocate of the arts in her previous roles, and was presented with the Robert A. McKenna Award by the Community Theatre Association of Michigan in recognition for her contributions to community theatre at the local, state and national levels.  She has also served as a committee member for the American Association of Community Theatre, as well as volunteering locally as a member of Rotary and an Advisory Council Member of Discover Kalamazoo.

In addition to advocacy, Kristen has a proven track-record in fundraising and program development and is eager to be able to expand her role in the community as a connector between art, artists, and the community.


Beth McCann, Deputy Director

Beth McCann joined the Arts Council in August of 2009 as Director of Marketing and Community Relations, was promoted to Deputy Director in September of 2010, and has served as Interim Executive Director from June 2015 to June 2016. Beth has over 20 years of marketing and public relations experience. Prior to joining the Arts Council Beth spent 12 years in healthcare marketing and administration overseeing physician focused marketing and advertising campaigns, website development, physician recruitment, customer service, policy development and program management working for the Heart Center for Excellence, Borgess Ambulatory Care and Bronson Healthcare Group. Beth has a strong background in event management, professionally as Marketing Coordinator for Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated from 1990-93 and as a community volunteer for various non profit organizations. Beth also has served as a consultant to numerous non profits in Southwest Michigan and throughout the Midwest. Beth received her Bachelor of Science from The University of Michigan and her MBA from Western Michigan University.

Beth is active as a community volunteer also. She has served on many community non profit Boards of Directors including Housing Resources, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Corporate Giving Committee, the American Heart Association Heart Ball and Go Red for Women, Hospital Hospitality House and the Discover Kalamazoo Advisory Council. Currently, Beth is Vice Chair of the Discover Kalamazoo Board of Directors, Vice Chair of the Branding and Engagement Committee at Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated and a Board Member of West Michigan Glass Art Center and Pretty Lake Camp.  Beth has been a member of the Junior League of Kalamazoo for over 20 years, serving as its President in 1999-2000.


Epic Center (Kalamazoo Cultural Center) Board of Directors

Tom Schlueter,  President
Mercantile Bank
President & CEO

Anne Summerfield, Vice President
A. L. Summerfield, President

Jeff Chalmers, Secretary
Fisher/Broyles, LLP, Attorney

Adonu Idahosa, Treasurer
A. Adonu Idahosa, CPA, PLC

Christopher Shook, Past President
Properties Management at Gilmore Broadcasting Corp, Executive Vice President

Eric Brown
Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone

Bob McGraw
C2AE, Architecture Leader

Carl Newton
City of Galesburg, Mayor

Judy JolliffeDirector Emerita

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