Executive Director/Founder, Board Vice President
Board President June 2004 - May 2012
Visual Artist, Professor of Art and Design
and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jason Franz attended the Art Academy
of Cincinnati in Eden Park and
receiving his BFA
honors in 1988. During the first ten years of his career as an
exhibiting artist Franz also worked as an exhibition designer and
at the Cincinnati Art Museum. He returned to academic
in 1996 to pursue an MFA degree at the University of Cincinnati’s
College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, receiving his
MFA in 1998. Franz left his museum position at this time and began
career. From 1997 through 2002 he taught and developed new courses
for both the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and the University of Cincinnati
in the fields of both art and design. In 2002 Franz received a
full-time appointment to head the painting and drawing programs
University in Cincinnati. He spent two years rebuilding these
programs at Xavier, solidifying his teaching philosophy, and laying
the ground-work for Manifest. While at Xavier, he also served as
the faculty advisor for the founding of the Society
of Visual Arts (a student government organization),
assisted with the planning for a new departmental photography program,
and championed the integration of technology into all the classroom
June of 2005 he resigned his title of Assistant Professor in order
to continue on a second year of
paid academic leave at the University while focusing his
energy towards Manifest. He has been Adjunct Assistant Professor
teaching drawing in the School of Design at the University of Cincinnati since 2006. From 2008 - 2011 he also served as Content Coordinator for the Foundation Design Drawing program.
As an artist and professor he is the recipient of numerous grants
and awards, including an Ohio Arts
Faculty Development Grant, and three Summerfair Individual Artist
Grants. In 2009 he was recognized with a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and in 2011 he received a silver medal award from the Independent Publishers Association for his work on Manifest's fifth International Drawing Annual, which he curated and edited.
Jason Franz merges a passionate, motivated sense for quality developed
in his ten years experience at the Cincinnati Art Museum and in
his own studio work, with his dedicated and intuitive techniques
fine art and design
education developed at the Art Academy, UC, and Xavier. His philosophical
approach to the pedagogy of creativity, community, and art exhibition
helps fuel the mission of Manifest.
Pamela K. Ginsburg
Board Member March 2011 - present
Counsel, Ulmer & Berne LLP
Born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, Pam earned her B.A. degree from Belmont College (now Belmont University) and her J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. Since 1999, she has been a member of the litigation defense and business litigation groups of Ulmer & Berne LLP, where she focuses on commercial litigation, investment litigation and estate disputes. Since 2002, she has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Cincinnati, College of Law. Before coming to Cincinnati, she practiced general litigation in Nashville, Tennessee.
Pam brings to Manifest knowledge and expertise on diverse legal subjects, as well as a strong interest in the visual arts and creative expression.
Board Member January 2010 - present, Board President May 2012 - present
Founder and President, Talent Springs LLC
Born in Windsor Ontario Canada, Debbie Heuer received her B.A from the University of Windsor and M.Ed (Human Resource Development) from Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Since 2002 Debbie has owned and operated Talent Springs LLC, a consulting firm specializing in leadership and organizational development. Debbie’s primary focus is facilitating organizational change and growth through education, consultation and performance improvement initiatives. Debbie’s typical projects involve facilitating change management, strategic and operational planning, executive team development and executive coaching.
Prior to founding her company, Debbie was the VP of Organizational Development for a global consulting firm, an Organizational Consultant for a Health System and a Manager of Education and Training for a financial trade association. For over 25 years, Debbie has guided leaders and learners to achieve optimal performance.
Debbie brings a passion for the arts, a pragmatic and innovative business perspective, and an understanding of strategic and operational planning to Manifest.
Richard J. Lajoie, Jr.
Board Member November 2012 - present, Board Treasurer March 2014 - present
Retired Business Executive
Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Dallas, Texas, Dick received his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from Xavier University. He served two years in the U.S. Army with assignments in the U.S. and Vietnam.
Dick is a CPA with over thirty years of experience as a financial and operational executive. He was previously employed by Forte Industries as the Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer. He served as the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer and President of the ITD and MSD Divisions at Belcan Corporation. He has held Various financial and operating positions at Domin-8 Enterprise Solutions, Cad Cam, General Revenue, SDRC, Clopay Corporation and PMM & Co (now KPMG). Dick currently serves on the board of Natural Bridge Technologies and the non-profit boards of Impact Player Partners, iSPACE, and Manifest.
Dick brings to Manifest his deep business expertise as well as a passion to further the organization's educational mission.
Board Member/Founder June 2004 - present, Board Secretary
Associate Professor of Design, University of Cincinnati
in the Detroit, Michigan area, Brigid O'Kane received her Associates
Degree in Graphic Design from Macomb College, her BFA in Industrial
Design from the College for Creative Studies in 1990, and her MFA
in Drawing from the University of Cincinnati in 2005.
Since 2001 Brigid
has held the position of Field Service Associate Professor of Design
College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Professor O’Kane’s
primary focus in the School of Design is Transportation Design,
and has recently finalized the establishment of a Transportation
within the Industrial Design program at UC.
O’Kane came to UC following ten years working for General Motors
as a Senior Lead Creative Designer. While at GM, Professor O’Kane
received a broad range of experience working in numerous brand character
centers. O’Kane also worked at the General Motors Advanced
Concept Center in California developing running prototypes of advanced
vehicles. In 1998 she received the GM Award of Excellence for Outstanding
Creativity and Leadership.
She has contributed extensively to several additional organizations
such as Eyes on Design for the Detroit Institute
Concept Cure, Women in Design and Design Educators Committee.
Throughout her career Professor O’Kane has been actively teaching and
tutoring at institutions such as the College for Creative Studies,
College of Design, and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Professor
has been featured in articles of several publications including
USA Today, Car Styling, and an appearance on The Joan Lunden
Brigid O’Kane merges her interest and study of Fine Art
with her noteworthy experience in a mass-consumer oriented design
field and her
expertise in the academic arena of design education. With this
she brings the promise of an open minded and broadly informed
art and design
to the vision of Manifest.
Board Member February 2012 - present
Business Analyst - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Carrie Pollick grew up in Cincinnati and attended the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2003. She is a Systems Analyst at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where she works with clinicians and researchers to develop computer applications and data warehousing tools to support grant based research initiatives. Carrie is a 2012 graduate of the BOARDway Bound program through ArtsWave and volunteers at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati.
Junior Board Member December 2012 - present
Institutional Advancement Manager, Cincinnati Art Museum
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Chrissy Rother attended Miami University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and a minor in Arts Management. She is currently working at the Cincinnati Art Museum in the Development department, serving as the executive assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer. Chrissy has been working at Manifest in an intern capacity since February 2011, and has dedicated much of her time towards data collection for the organization.
Chrissy brings to Manifest her dedication and passion for the arts, as well as an attention to detail that is essential in data collection and analysis.
Board Member April 2013 - present
Senior Manager - US Indirect Tax,
Board Member February 2013 - present
Communications Manager, Procter & Gamble
Board Member, February 2009 - March 2012
Junior Board Member, July 2010 - July 2011
Junior Board Member, April 2009 - June 2010
Tamera Lenz Muente
Board Member, July 2007 - June 2010
Board Member, January 2007 - January 2010
Board Member, December 2006 - December 2009
Junior Board Member, December 2006 - December 2007
Junior Board Member, December 2006 - November 2007
Board Member, Co-founder, Treasurer: 2004-2007
Board Member, April 2006 - October 2006