Short North Stage is proud to introduce you to one of the hardest working boards in Columbus!

Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson has an extensive career in business, including being CFO for three companies involved with temperature instrumentation and cancer research. He was Assurance Partner for the accounting firm Coopers& Lybrand, serving in both Columbus and Moscow. He was a professor of Finance and Accounting at Miami University. Larry has served on the boards of several non-profit entities including the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, The Rotary Clubs of Moscow, Russia, Columbus and Oxford, Ohio, the Columbus Kiwanis, the Miami University Advisory Board to the Farmer School of Business, the Salvation Army, the Columbus Housing Partnership, the Dublin Arts Council and several churches. He earned his undergraduate degree at Miami University, majoring in accounting and did post-graduate work at Xavier University and the Wharton School of Finance.

Bruce Dooley

Bruce Dooley, one Columbus's leading realtors, helped instigate the evolution of the Short North and has long been a major proponent for building a stronger, more vibrant and supportive community. Bruce served on the Board of CATCO, and is a member of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation Board, the Human Rights Campaign, the Short North Business Association, the Ohio Cancer Research Campaign Board, and Friends of Goodale Park. A resident of the Downtown/Short North area since 1979, he owned Dooley & Company Realtors for 27 years, before recently joining Keller Williams Classic Properties. In 2005 Bruce was inducted as a Charter Member of Columbus Board of Realtors, receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been honored with the Short North Unsung Hero Award, Stonewall Columbus's Rhonda Rivera Award and the Stoney Award for Community Service.

Diane Driessen

Diane has an extensive career in education and the arts. A Michigan native, she earned her undergraduate degree in English studies and a Masters in Library Science from The University of Michigan, followed by a Ph.D. in Education from The Ohio State University. Her career in the field of education has been varied from being a classroom teacher of kindergarten students to teaching at OSU, Kent State University and Ohio Dominican College. She has been a public librarian, a state library consultant and a school librarian. She retired from Wickliffe Progressive Elementary, Upper Arlington Schools.

She was a member of the 1998 Newbery Award committee and a trustee for Chamber Music Columbus. She is a docent at the Wexner Center for the Arts, a Children's Writer in Residence committee member at the Thurber House and a Cultural Arts committee member, Ohio State University Retirees Association.

A certified yoga instructor, her hobbies include ballroom dancing, traveling and attending cultural arts events.

Rick Gore

Rick Gore (Executive Producer) was a writer with National Geographic Magazine for more than 25 years, before focusing full time on theater. While at National Geographic he produced more than 60 feature articles, serving much of his career there as Science Editor. Before joining the National Geographic staff he worked with the original Life and Newsweek Magazines. In recent years he has co-written and produced several musicals. He is a member of the Lovewell Theater Project, which is dedicated to the origination of new musicals. He served on the board of the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company of Washington DC for six years, as well as the North American Company and the Lovewell Institute. He attended Northwestern University, earning a Masters of Journalism degree. A founding member of Short North Stage in 2010, he has served as Executive Producer for every season production since Follies in 2011.

Richard Klein

Richard Klein brings more than 40 years of experience working for manufacturing companies, banks and insurance agencies in the area of international trade finance. These positions have been in Chicago, Milwaukee, NYC and Columbus. For the past 22 years, he has been a partner with Johnstone Downey Klein, Inc. here in Columbus.  JDK is a broker of export credit and political risk insurance.  The company has about 40 employees in various US cities and several overseas locations. As the company grew, he came to specialize in the non-sales and service side of the business—accounting, banking, licensing, etc.  Although he retired in January of 2014, Richard remains on a retainer to assist JDK with issues as needed.

Richard has strong interest in working with non-profits on the financial side of their operations. Besides Short North Stage, he is also Treasurer of Sunday@Central--a chamber music group that performs free concerts at the Columbus Museum of Art.

He has a longstanding interest in theater going back to his days at Bucknell University, where he focused on designing lighting and other technical aspects of production. He continues his involvement with Bucknell, providing a scholarship for students majoring in the dramatic arts, as well as a theater production fund that supplements what the University's Theater Department receives in annual funding from Bucknell.

Elliott Lemberg 

A graduate of Ball State University, Elliott Lemberg has been the Drama Director at New Albany High School for the past nine years, bringing national recognition to the program through his innovative Robot Theatre collaboration. At the high school, he has created and designed an extensive drama / theatre curriculum, currently teaching Introduction to Drama, Acting the Method, Honors Actor's Studio, and Stagecraft. He helped open the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Performing Arts in New Albany and currently works closely with CAPA to provide unique learning experiences to students and the community. In 2014, his production of William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors was an entry in the American High School Theatre Festival, which is held during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. His productions of The Laramie Project in 2008 and 2014 started community-wide discussions. Elliott was a part of the 2013 - 2014 OSU / Royal Shakespeare Company cohort and spent a week studying at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. This past February, he served as the assistant director and dramaturg for the Short North Stage's production of Die, Mommie, Die! as well as the dramaturg for The Full Monty.

Edward Matto

Ed is a partner with the prominent Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler LLP. Ed has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting and a minor in Russian Language and a Juris Doctorate degree from The Ohio State University. He is a member of the Ohio and Florida Bars and various bar associations.  He has taught, spoken and written throughout the U.S. and in Tokyo, Japan and St. Petersburg, Russia on the U.S. antitrust laws and on other legal issues. Ed was also an Adjunct Professor at Capital University School of Law for over 25 years. He has been on the boards of various associations including the CATCO board and the Columbus Light Opera Board.  Ed has 4 adult children living in/near interesting cities to visit: San Francisco, New York City, Washington D.C.  Ed hopes to use his business experience and strong interest in the Arts to contribute to the continued growth of the Short North Stage in becoming a strong participant in the larger arts community in Central Ohio.

Gregory E. Morrison, MD, MBA

Gregory Morrison is the OhioHealth Vice President for Educational Partnerships and Professional Diversity.

As a member of the OhioHealth leadership/management team Greg most recently served as physician executive liaison for the new partnership between OhioHealth and Ohio University with its multi-campus medical school expansion, coordinating the partnership's multi-specialty communication team network for strategic development of the university's new osteopathic medical and physician assistant schools.

Previously, Dr. Morrison served as Vice President, Medical Affairs at OhioHealth's Grant Medical Center, a post he held for three years.

In December 2015 Greg joined OhioHealth's physician recruiting team, leading the analysis and development of strategies for increasing OhioHealth's physician workforce racial diversity.

Prior to joining OhioHealth in 2010 Greg privately practiced plastic surgery in Columbus. He is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Morrison received an undergraduate degree (religion) from Princeton University, a doctorate of medicine degree from Duke, and an MBA (2009) from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

A native of New Jersey, Dr. Morrison and his wife, Karen, currently reside in Northwest Columbus, and have two daughters, Sarah and Blaire.

His hobbies include amateur piano-playing (pop/jazz/Broadway/religious), singing tenor/playing hand bells (Linworth UM Church), the performing arts including musical theatre, physical fitness, movies, and dogs.

Joseph Petrelli

Joe has a Bachelors of Science degree from The College of Insurance and Risk Management at St. Johns University and a Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University. Joe Petrelli and his spouse, Sharon, and their family have lived in Columbus since 1978. Although his talents and expertise are specific to the insurance industry or financial analysis, he is zealous in his desire to assist the Short North Stage showcase the artistic talent in Columbus.

Aaron Russell

Aaron serves as a Graphic Design associate at L Brands in the Brand and Creative Services Department. His versatile workload at L Brands includes designing international ad campaigns, corporate newsletters, magazine ads, company logos, Victoria's Secret Fashion Show assets, Pelotonia collateral, including designing the L Brands corporate cyclist's jersey for the last four years. For the past six years he also has owned a free-lance design company, Peripheral Design, whose clients include KIPP Academy, Automotive Events, Harmony Project & Abbott Nutrition. Aaron earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Communication at Wright State University in 2005. He received an Associate's Degree in Graphic Design at Cuyahoga Community College. During his time in Cleveland, Aaron worked for a print company, Lake Erie Graphics, where he learned how to design for large format print production. He also volunteered his time and design talent to a local film production company, Gamma Knife Films where he produced a few short films and two feature films in addition to designing and developing all the marketing materials. Aaron continues to hone his design skills by staying up-to-date with new design and technology trends and well as advancing his freelance and philanthropic work in his spare time.

Aaron's love of the arts started with music. As a guitarist, Aaron used music as a creative outlet before he found design. Over the years, his palette evolved into love for the performing arts. He and his wife are currently season ticket subscribers for CAPA Columbus and also frequent many plays, musicals and concerts performed by CATCO, Columbus Children's Theater, Weathervane Playhouse, Playhouse Square and Short North Stage.

Marcy Schaffir

Vice President

Marcy Schaffir is a Senior Vice President at Lane Bryant overseeing Strategy, Merchandising, Design, and Technical Design for Cacique, our intimate apparel brand. Prior, Marcy held leadership roles at L Brands, LensCrafters, Ann Taylor, and Saks Fifth Avenue. She is a lifelong lover of the arts and has been involved as a performer, director, producer and board of directors' member. Marcy received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Brown University. She co-founded a theatrical group at Brown dedicated to producing musicals that still thrives on campus today. Marcy and her family moved to New Albany from New York in 2000. Marcy served as the founding Vice Chair of the board of directors for the Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts in New Albany. Marcy is thrilled to be supporting the Short North Stage.

Peter Yockel

Board President

Peter Yockel graduated from Miami University of Ohio and got a masters degree in international affairs from American University. He has 30 years of experience as community organizer and cross-cultural consultant for the US Peace Corps. He was a lead producer for the musical Nefertiti, and a member of the Lovewell Theatre Project, for which he co-authored two original musicals. He is a member of the Board of the Lovewell Institute.