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 20 years, mainly in higher education. A resident since 2003, she loves the community of Ashland. Lori enjoys knitting, cooking and especially international travel with her husband, John, a professor at Ashland Theological Seminary and President of Board of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra.
Amy Daubenspeck is Executive Director of the Ashland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is an alum of Ashland University, where she graduated with a bachelors degree in English Literature. Amy has lived in Ashland County for 20 years and has been very active in the community. She currently serves as president of the Kiwanis Club and also as a trustee of the Ashland Public Library. She and her husband Russ have one son, James.
Ryane Martin is a new addition to the Chautauqua Committee. Ryane has been a member of the Ashland community since 1984 and has been an educator at Ashland High School since 1998 while a member of the History Department and serving on building leadership teams. Ryane earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Ashland University and her Masters Degree from Marygrove College. Ryane has been a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she and her children serve as Host Family for theSaturdaynight service. Ryane 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.
Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, co-chair of the Ashland Chautauqua Committee, is an Associate Professor and Director of the Online Communication Studies Program in the Department of Communication Studies at Ashland University. She received her B.A. in Theatre from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and her M.S. and Ph.D in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Deleasa teaches classes in Interpersonal, Intercultural, Family, and Health Communication. She has been a member of the Ashland Chautauqua Planning Committee since its inception. In 2015 she portrayed women’s suffrage advocate Carrie Chapman Catt. She researched, wrote scripts, and directed three local history presentations for Ashland Chautauqua. Deleasa lives at Charles Mill Lake with her very supportive husband, Tom, and her 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. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, she serves as a volunteer in the Praise and Worship Service. Stacy has worked in a variety of capacities with numerous arts organizations over the course of her almost 20 years living 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 and her husband John have been long-time supporters of Ashland Chautauqua. Their 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. In addition, 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 Loudonvillen from 1998 to 2010, and 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 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 implement her education and experience to "build community through the arts" with arts programming and community participation throughout Ashland County, and is currently the coordinator of performing arts at Ashland University. Tricia is a proud mother of two sons, Taylor (Chadwick) and Connor.