Board Member February 2009 - present
Interior Designer, Champlin Haupt Artchitects, Inc.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Christina Dakin attended the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design in 2005. She is a NCIDQ certified interior designer, a LEED Accredited Professional, and has worked for Champlin/Haupt Architects since 2005. She is a 2009 graduate of the Business on Board program offered by the Fine Arts Fund and is an active member of the International Facilities Management Association.
Christina brings an interest of the visual arts and community redevelopment to Manifest. She also brings an understanding of facility maintenance from an interior designer’s perspective, sustainable design, and key business concepts.
Executive Director/Founder and President
Board Member June 2004 - present
Visual Artist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati
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 working on the writing
of his first book, and 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. Since 2008 he has 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
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.
Board Member January 2010 - 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.
Tamera Lenz Muente
Board Member July 2007 - present
Freelance Writer and Curatorial Assistant, Taft Museum of Art
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Tamera Lenz Muente has lived in the Cincinnati area for eight years. She holds an M.A. in art history from the University of Cincinnati and a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Muente is also a freelance writer and poet, and regularly contributes articles on the visual arts to CityBeat.
She has served on the board of the Artery, a now defunct non-profit art gallery in Newport, Kentucky, and has worked in the fields of marketing, public relations, and fundraising for the non-profit arts sector as well as in higher education.
Tamera Lenz Muente brings a world-class museum viewpoint to the Manifest board. This, along with her literary skills and insights into the realm of criticism and art history, delivers another important element of balance and professionalism to Manifest's oversight.
Board Member June 2004 - present, Secretary/Founder
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.
Junior Board Member April 2009 - present
University of Cincinnati (graduated 2009, ceramics)
Board Member January 2007 - January 2010
Board Member, December 2006 - December 2009
Board Member, Co-founder, Treasurer: 2004-2007
Junior Board Member: December 2006 - December 2007
Junior Board Member: December 2006 - November 2007
Board Member: April 2006 - October 2006