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Ashland Chautauqua Committee

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.

Ryane Briggs has been a member of the Ashland community since 1984 and an educator in the History Department at  Ashland High School since 1998. There she has also served on building leadership teams. Ryane earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Ashland University and her Masters degree from Marygrove College.  She is a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she and her family serve as Host Family for the Saturday night service. Ryane is married to Kevin Briggs. They have four children: Reagan and Bryston Martin and Drew and Brandon Briggs. Together they enjoy traveling and creating memories with friends and family.

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 25 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 since 2001. 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.

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 in Ashland since 1999. 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 served on the Ashland Chautauqua Committee for nearly 20 years. She is the coordinator for the City of Ashland's Guy C. Myers Memorial Band Shell and continues to coordinate Ashland Chautauqua’s Opening Acts each year. Additionally, she is current Chair of the Loudonville Theatre & Arts Committee. She is the past President of the Mohican-Loudonville Convention and Visitors Bureau and was the Recreation Director for the Village of Loudonville from 1998 to 2010. Judy and her husband David have resided in the Loudonville area since 1972, and they have two children and four 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.