Board of Directors
Founding Board Member & Chair of the Board
Doni is an attorney around town, and he has been a volunteer at Brite every year. He earned his law degree here in town at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and joined the Brite Winter team in 2012 to make sure that we have all our i’s and t’s, dotted and crossed.
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.
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.
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.****
Loren is a health policy geek and consultant with the Center for Community Solutions, a non-partisan think tank established in 1904. He received his undergrad from Ohio University and his MBA from Baldwin Wallace. He joined the Brite team in 2017 and, when he's not standing over a grill obsessing about barbecue and promoting the glory of life in Cleveland, he volunteers with a number of local and state organizations.
Julie grew up in NEO listening to her dad's classic rock records and reading Rolling Stone, which inspired her to earn a degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. After writing about the healthcare industry (and music, on occasion) she landed a job downtown. She developed a passion for all things Cleveland and became dedicated to making a difference in the arts and culture space through her writing and knowledge of digital platforms, picking up event logistics along the way. Julie has worked on events like Larchmere PorchFest, the Platform Concert Series, and Old Brooklyn’s Smorgasbord Street Fest. She looks forward to lending her expertise to the Brite Winter Board!
Cleveland, Ohio rapper Archie Green is an advocate for mental health, having himself been diagnosed with clinical depression in 2014. He is the Founder and CEO of Peel Dem Layers Back, a mental health awareness nonprofit that uses hip-hop culture to break the stigma. Archie is no stranger to Brite, having performed three years including becoming the first hip-hop artist to perform on the main stage at Brite '17. Green has also served on the Brite Programming Committee for the past two years and looks at Brite Winter as one of Cleveland's premier music festivals celebrating artists from our very own backyard and beyond.
Candi (aka Candi Fresca) has been involved with Brite for several years as a music liaison, and joined the board in 2020. She serves on the Programming and Marketing Committee, where her experience as a musician provides the organization with valuable insight.
Winner of the 2017 Akron High Arts Festival juried music award, Jul , aka Jul Big Green, is a diverse musician/songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio with styles that range from pop-rock to hip-hop. Jul has worked and collaborated with various musicians and has written lyrical compositions for Kent State University and Cleveland State University. You can catch him on the lineup for #Brite2020, after last performing (officially) in 2017. Jul has served on the programming committee for the past three years and is excited to bring his musical expertise to the board.
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.
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!
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.
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.