The Ashland Chautauqua Committee is made up of dedicated individuals from around Ashland County, representing the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Parks District, the Loudonville Theatre and Arts Committee, Ashland City Schools, Ashland University, and other local organizations.
Laurie Beech is a graduate of the Mansfield City School System and is a Senior Designer at McCready Interiors/Norwalk Furniture in Mansfield. Laurie and her husband Tom reside in Lexington, Ohio. She enjoys spending time with her many nieces and nephews and their growing families. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, baking, and yoga. Laurie and Tom have been supporters of Ashland's Guy C. Myers Memorial Band Shell for many years.
Lori Byron is the Office Manager for the Institutional Advancement Office at Ashland University. She received her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regent University and has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years, mainly in higher education. A resident since 2003, she loves the community of Ashland. Lori enjoys knitting, cooking, and especially bicycle riding or international travel with her husband John, a professor at Ashland Theological Seminary.
Amy Daubenspeck graduated from Ashland University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy. She has been the Executive Director of the Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for 17 years. She promotes the Ashland Area as a convention and tourist destination to regional, state, national and international visitors. Amy has been both a member and officer in the Kiwanis Club, Ashland Public Library Board of Trustees, Mohican Wildlife Weekend Planning Committee, Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor Board, and Ashland Main Street. A longtime resident of Ashland County, she lives with her husband Russell and their son James.
Ryane Martin has lived in the Ashland area since 1984 and has been an educator in the History Department at Ashland High School since 1998. Ryane earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Ashland University, her Masters Degree from Marygrove College, and has been a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she and her children serve as Host Family for the Saturday night service. She is also a member of Delta Kappa, the local Educator Sorority. Ryane and her two children, Reagan and Bryston, enjoy traveling and creating memories with friends and family.
Deleasa Randall-Griffiths is a founding member of the Ashland Chautauqua Committee. She wrote and directed three local history performances for Ashland Chautauqua and in 2015 was a featured scholar/performer as suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt. An Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Director of the Online Communication Studies Program at Ashland University, she earned a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In 2012 the Ohio Communication Association honored Deleasa with an Innovative Teacher Award. She has a supportive husband Tom, and and delightful daughter Faith.
Stacy Prochazka is a Small Group Reading Instructor at the Ashland Middle School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Communications from Ashland University and an Adolescent-Young Adult teaching license in Integrated Language Arts. Stacy serves as Facilities Manager for the Myers Memorial Band Shell Summer Concert Series. She serves as a volunteer in the Praise and Worship Service at Trinity Lutheran Church. Stacy has worked with many arts organizations during her 20 years in Ashland. Her favorites include serving as Marching Assistant to the Marching Band at Ashland High School and Announcer for the Ashland University Eagle Marching Band.
Dorothy Stratton retired as a Professor of Social Work after teaching at Ashland University for 28 years. She earned her Master of Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She was part of the local group that established the Ashland Center for Nonviolence and was a founder of Ashland County Oral Health Services, which operates the 9th Street Dental Center, a safety-net clinic, in Ashland. She has been a long-time supporter of Ashland Chautauqua. Her daughter's family has traveled from Washington, DC for several summers to attend all the Chautauqua events.
Judy Webster is the coordinator for the City of Ashland's Guy C. Myers Memorial Band Shell. Additionally, she is current Chair of the Loudonville Theatre & Arts Committee, past President of the Mohican-Loudonville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Recreation Director for the Village of Loudonville from 1998 to 2010. She has served on the Ashland Chautauqua Committee since 1999. She and her husband David have resided in the Loudonville area since 1972, and they have two children and three grandchildren.
Tricia Applegate is a Founding Member of the Ashland Chautauqua and past committee member. She is a native of Ashland County and a firm believer in lifelong learning. She received her BA in music and business from Heidelberg College and attended the University of Akron for a Masters in Arts Administration. She continues to "build community through the arts" with arts programming and community participation throughout Ashland County. Currently the coordinator of performing arts at Ashland University, Tricia is a proud mother of two sons, Taylor (Chadwick) and Connor.