Before joining Wild Goose Creative as Operations Coordinator in 2017, Lydia completed her Bachelor's in Arts Management from Ohio State University and Master's degree in Advanced Chinese Language and Culture at Peking University.
Lydia has worked for internationally recognized galleries and museums in America and China, as well as completed two years of extensive research regarding cultural policy in Beijing.
Our Board of Directors advocate for art in Columbus and guide the organization with their talents, time and pocketbooks.
Heather Lynn Kyle, President
Heather Lynn Kyle is a graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design, with experience in galleries, non-profit and marketing. She is currently the Design Director for the Employee Experience team at JPMorgan Chase. Heather, a painter and performance artist, is the founder of Performance Art Day and has been spearheading Wild Art Columbus, our biannual fundraiser, for the past few years.
Alexis Perrone, Vice President
Alexis Perrone is the Senior Visitor Service Manager for Experience Columbus. Previously she has been the marketing manager for Outlook Media and Columbus Alive. Alexis is the secretary for the Board of Directors for Independents’ Day. Additionally she is the creator of the Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse storytelling series and the coconspirator of the Moby Dick in a Month literary event. She believes in the limitless potential for awesome that you can achieve in this city.
Patrick Katzenmeyer, Treasurer
Patrick Katzenmeyer is Director of Development for the Pizzuti Companies. He also owns Market 65, a fast casual restaurant on Capitol Square specializing in locally-sourced food. Previous roles include Emerging Brands Director for Print Syndicate, Shops Director at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Policy Director for Obama for America and Special Assistant on Economic Development for Ted Strickland. Patrick has a BA in Finance and Economics from Ohio University and an MBA from The Ohio State University with a focus in Strategy.
Kris Howell, Secretary
Kris Howell is the CXO of Columbus Idea Foundry. He holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from Miami University of Ohio with an additional focus on poetry, philosophy, and etymology. His past work includes Facilities Manager at CoverMyMeds and contributing to the development of 400 W. Rich and Strongwater Food and Spirits. He was led to the neighborhood as the co-owner of ThoughtCo, a screenprinting and design company that focused on public interaction and artist collaboration.
Jessie Glover Boettcher, founder
Jessie is a collaborative artist, crafter, teacher, and theatre scholar who loves Columbus and the people who make art at Wild Goose Creative. In addition to her roles on the Board of Directors, she co-curates the gallery series and works with community members to develop programs. Jessie holds a PhD in Theatre History from the University of Minnesota and teaches courses in theatre and community-based artmaking at Otterbein University and The Ohio State University. She also works with groups, using theatre tools to facilitate dialogue and new work development.
Graham Fisher, Marketing Lead
A graduate of Columbus College of Art & Design, Graham Fisher serves as Partner & Creative Director at CivitasNow, an experiential activation firm in Columbus, Ohio. He’s a strong advocate for the arts and an avid art collector. He sits on the Pizzuti Pacesetters Steering Committee and his work has been locally and nationally recognized, including a One Show Pencil and a National Addy award.
Ryan Feeney, Curation Lead
Ryan Feeney is an artist with a terminal degree in Studio Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His experiences span education, interior design, graphic design, cultural and art curation and project management. Ryan is the Student Agency Manager at Columbus College of Art & Design and is the founder of WoodenTooth Handmade.
Jessie crawford, Grants
Jessie received her Master’s Degree in Arts Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University in 2016. Currently, she is the Development Coordinator at Columbus Early Learning Centers, a nonprofit high-quality early learning and care program operating in high needs neighborhoods in Columbus. She is also the author of the blog Creativity in the City. She is a lifelong lover of the arts and a passionate advocate for arts education and access to the arts for all members of the community.
Michael J. Morris, Performance art day
Michael J. Morris is choreographer, performer, writer, yoga teacher, and Visiting Assistant Professor at Denison University where they teach in the Department of Dance, Queer Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Michael’s writing has been published in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater and a number of academic journals, and they regularly present research at conferences in dance and performance studies, queer studies, and transgender communities. During their time in Columbus, Michael has presented dances and performance artworks in a range of venues, taught Queer Yoga classes, worked as a burlesque performer, curated queer porn screenings, taught Butoh workshops, blogged about the local dance scene, and served on the planning committee for Performance Art Day at Wild Goose Creative. Michael holds a PhD in Dance Studies from The Ohio State University.
Jasmine Barfield, Grants Lead
Jasmine Barfield is the Founder and Owner of The Natural Hair Collective, a natural hair event planning company. With a personal mission to celebrate and nurture the authentic beauty in all women, she is currently the leader of the Columbus Naturalistas, a local, fun and fabulous group of women and men with natural hair. Jasmine studied at The Ohio State University and holds a BS in Business Psychology. She joined The Nine-Tenths Group in July 2015.
The Wild Goose Creative Advisory Board meets twice yearly and provides valuable feedback to the Board of Directors and represent Wild Goose Creative in the community.
Blake Compton, Advisory Chair, Compton Construction
Lori Gum, Stonewall Columbus
Michelle Isroff, Big Red Rooster
Lenny Kolada, Commonhouse Ales Chris Hamel, Gateway Film Center
Kristen Schmidt, Freelance Writer
Tyler Steele, U.S. Green Building Council
Past Board Members & Staff: A Storied History
The following community members have generously served on the Wild Goose Creative as Board and Staff Members. * Denotes Past Presidents.
Amanda Anderson*, Original Board '06-'13
Andrew Anderson, Original Board
Karl Boettcher, Founding Member '06-'12
Lyndsay Boettcher, '12-'13
Katy Coy, '12-'13
Elizabeth Dekker, Founding Member, 06-12
Nicholas Dekker, Founding Member, '06-'12
Sarah Fulmer*, '12-'14
Neda Golchin, '12-'16
Jacqui Hoke, Founding Member, '06-'12
Ryan Hoke*, Founding Member, '06-'12
Athena Inembolidis, '13-'15
Jesse Jones '14-'16
Cindy Leland, '14-'15
Katie Schiff, '10-'12
Don Smith, '12-'13
Grace Smith, Staff