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Board of Directors

Donald Bulea

Founding Board Member & Chair of the Board
Doni is a father, husband, attorney, music enthusiast, and long time lover and proponent of northeast Ohio with degrees from The Ohio University (BSBA) and The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (JD). Been working with Brite to shine a light on northeast Ohio’s kick ass arts and culture for more than 12 years and enjoyed every moment, from procuring insurance and drafting contracts to shoveling snow, building installations, and watching live music from backstage in 11 degree weather.

Scott Hubay

Chair of the Legal and Governance Committee
Scott is the principal attorney for Hubay LLC, a law firm that specializes in nonprofit development and advocacy. He’s been involved with Brite Winter since 2017 with the Legal and Governance Committee, art building, day-of volunteering, and more. Originally from Northeast Ohio, he went to the Ohio State University for his undergrad degree and earned his J.D. at Capital University Law School. He lives in Ohio City with his wife Hannah, proudly writes derivative punk leads, and manages his complicated relationship with the Cleveland Browns. As Chair of Legal and Governance, he also makes sure that at least the i’s are dotted.

Mike McMahon

Chair of the Finance Committee Mike is an Investment Consultant based in Cleveland, Ohio. In that role, he provides strategic investment advice for nonprofit and institutional clients across the Midwest. Having lived in Northeast Ohio most of his life, Mike is a fan of all things Cleveland, and especially the Browns. His favorite days are spent hiking the metro parks with his wife Lindsay and their two children, Daisy and Teddy.

Morgan Passek

Chair of the Programming and Marketing Committee
Morgan is proud Cleveland native who is passionate about art, music, and enriching the Cleveland community. She is a marketing professional working in Downtown Cleveland with experience in social media marketing and event management. Morgan came into the Brite Winter scene as a marketing committee member in 2015 and joined the board in 2016 spearheading marketing and social media efforts. You can also find her getting messy at the Brite public art workshops.

Loren Anthes

Loren Anthes is the William C. and Elizabeth M. Treuhaft Chair in Health Planning at the Center for Community Solutions and is a lecturer with Ohio University’s Heritage College of Medicine focusing on public policy and health economics. In addition to his experience in the private and public sectors working on public policy and legislative issues, Loren is also a licensed minister and a big music geek.

Jonathan Dominy

Jon works in the financial services industry in Cleveland. He became involved with Brite after attending several years ago, and his goal is to bring Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to Brite. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three young kids and gardening.

Nick Faehnle

Nicholas’ strategy for approaching design is experiential understanding, and critical analysis of requirements and goals. Using design strategy and artistic creativity, Nicholas strives to create a coherent and unique plan for addressing the needs of the project. Through time spent in the profession, studies, travel, and in interdisciplinary work, Nicholas has immersed himself in a larger cultural experience that has shaped and influenced his critical thinking. Nicholas’ dedication to the art and craft of design enables him to engage on a variety of project types and scales. With over 15 years of architecture, planning, interior, fashion, and project management experience, Nicholas has had the opportunity to complete cultural, corporate, retail, conceptual, residential, and theoretical works on a global scale.

Jul Green (Huntley)

Jul is a diverse musician from Cleveland, Ohio with styles that range from Pop-Rock, Hip-Hop, and Jazzy acoustic. Growing up in a musical family led him to develop a passion for the art at a young age. This passion would later drive him to receiving his B.A. in music from The University of Akron and also to start his solo and group projects under the name Jul Big Green. Through his music he conveys a positive message to his listeners while also giving them an enjoyable musical aspect. While he reaches to younger generations, his diverse arrangement of songs pulls in an even more diverse group of people.

Candice Hardin

Candi (aka Candi Fresca) is a lifetime lover of music which eventually evolved into deejaying professionally and further into the process of creating and showcasing music with different artists. For the past 10 years she has played in a multitude of spaces around Cleveland has assisted in sound design for theater productions at Karamu Theater and Dobama Theater. Candi Fresca became a music liaison for Brite Winter in 2018, after peforming '15-18. She is also music liaison for Fresh Fest Cleveland, an urban music & agricultural festival created for an underserved community with the mission to inspire interest in healthy eating and live instrumentation. Candi is an ASCAP member and has been credited as a performer, writer & producer of recorded music. As a member of the LGBTQIAP+ community, she has played at Pride in the CLE for the past couple of years and DJ’d countless QTBIPOC parties, namely Revival, uplifting her community through the spiritual healing dance and music.

Krista Macomber

Krista, born and raised in Cleveland, moved to New York City to pursue her career in television production. After 15 years, Krista realized she needed to boomerang back to (the greatest city) Cleveland. Krista is currently producing events and managing marketing for a Cleveland organization. Krista found Brite still living in NYC and knew she would somehow be involved. When Krista finally made the move, she reached out and Brite welcomed her with very open arms. Krista’s Brite resume includes volunteer, Co-Volunteer Coordinator, and Development Committee member.

Sunny Nixon

With several years of experience focused on start-ups, Sunny serves as legal counsel for OMNY, a healthcare technology company. A resident of Cleveland’s Warehouse District, Sunny is active in the local civic scene, including alumni programming for Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. An attendee and supporter of Brite since 2011, Sunny is excited to now serve on the Board for one of her favorite winter events!

Shelly Norehad

Shelly is the owner of School of Rock Cleveland, which empowers students of all ages to learn and perform music. The school currently operates at three locations; Highland Heights, Strongsville, and Westlake. In 2003, Norehad helped found OutRun Ovarian Cancer, a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to raising awareness and donations for research and education in Northeast Ohio. As a Brite Winter board member, Norehad brings years of experience as a financial analyst and a burning passion for the local music industry.

Nwaka Onwusa

Nwaka Onwusa, Vice President of Curatorial Affairs & Chief Curator at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Prior to the Rock Hall, she specialized in exhibition development, research and artifacts collecting, developing for more than 20 unique and memorial exhibits at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE including Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey, All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur, Ringo: Peace and Love, and Bruce W. Talamon: Soul, R&B, And Funk Photographs 1972-1982: A Love Letter to the Music and some 25 more. Nwaka has also curated satellite and traveling exhibits experienced by audiences across the U.S. and in the UK. Prior to becoming a curator, Nwaka worked in educational programs committed to inspiring students to explore the arts and museum studies. Prior to becoming a curator, Nwaka worked in educational programs committed to inspiring students to explore the arts and museum studies.

Jimmy Harris

Board Member Emeritus
Jimmy is a founding member of the Brite Winter team and got his Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University. He is currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, but returns to Cleveland any chance he gets for Brite-related business.


Emily Hornack

Co-founder and Managing Director
Emily is a founding member of the Brite Winter team. She was born and raised in Cleveland, left for a while, then came back home to stay. She’s a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and works at MetroHealth. She also serves as adjunct faculty in Baldwin Wallace University’s Arts Management program. Emily has extensive board experience, ranging from serving as a Vice-Commodore for a sailing club to starting small neighborhood music festivals. Emily also has a Master’s in Public Policy with a focus on non-profit management.

Brian Horsburgh

Festival Director
Brian was born and raised on Cleveland’s east side. He graduated from the University of Denver with a BS/BA in Business Management and a minor in Business Ethics and Legal Studies. He is the founder of Spindrift Management and works on a number of non-profit and community events around the city. Brian serves on Hawken School’s Alumni Board and the ad-hoc committee of Cleveland Leadership Center’s (i) Cleveland program. In 2014, he was recognized by Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club as one of the top professionals under 35 years old. Brian resides in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland and enjoys Cleveland sports, volleyball, golf, traveling and being on Lake Erie.

Emily Appelbaum

Art Director
Emily graduated from Yale University with a degree in architecture and is newly returned to Cleveland from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she helped make places awesome through collaborative design, large-scale public art, earthshaking events and outreach to underserved communities. She also wrote, edited and designed for the late, great San Francisco Bay Guardian, and is currently working as Program Director at Ingenuity Cleveland.

Mariah Becker

Festival Coordinator
Mariah is a Toledo native and has called Cleveland her home since 2015. She joined the Brite Winter team in 2016 and helps with the coordination of many other local, non-profit events with Spindrift Management.

Music Liaisons

  • Candi Fresca
  • Brent Kirby
  • Jason Patrick Meyers
  • Wallace Settles

Committee Members

In addition to our board, we owe a big thanks to our volunteer committee members for their hard work in the areas of music & art programming, marketing, development and volunteer management.

  • Craig Bulea
  • Joe Burdon
  • Kevin Byrnes
  • Amy Huntley
  • Andrew Kaletta
  • Brent Lewanski
  • Patrick McGuire
  • Bob McNulty
  • Chad Miller
  • Maria Nosse
  • Ali Orlando
  • Robert Porter
  • Todd Sheppard
  • Dave Shah
  • Libby Treu
  • Susan Hunter-Vazinski
  • Jonathan Wehner

Music Reviewers

Each year, we ask members of the Cleveland community to review the music applicants. Thank you to the 2020 music review committee.

  • Michael Allan
  • Jaered Andrews
  • Mark Bailey
  • Karyn Bellush
  • Robin Blake
  • Chad Castilla
  • Paulo Costa
  • Najada Davis
  • Darryl Dickenson
  • Justis Estell
  • Megan Evers
  • Rachael Grossman
  • Celena Higginbottom
  • Randy Hoover
  • Anthony Hrestak
  • Takisa Jackson
  • Ariel Karas
  • Erik Kollberg
  • Nick Laccheo
  • Ali Laur
  • Alivia Leyland
  • Sophia Loferski
  • Peter Loferski
  • Emily Lundgard
  • Ryan Manthey
  • Justin Markert
  • Daze Matos
  • Christopher Maunder
  • Kathryn Metz
  • Dan Miller
  • Tim Moon
  • Matthew Murphy
  • Adam Nation
  • Joe Parker
  • Anna Rencz
  • Lorenzo Rivera
  • Zoe Ryan-Hubbard
  • Jim Stewart
  • Lexi Tabor
  • Lisa Vinciquerra
  • Lindy Warren
  • Jevon Worthington
  • Paul Zegarac