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Board of Directors

Donald Bulea

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.

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.

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.****

Loren Anthes

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 Brown

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!

Archie Green

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.

Jul Huntley

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 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!


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 nd helps with the coordination of many other local, non-profit events with Spindrift Management.

Music Liaisons

  • Candi Fresca
  • Brent Kirby
  • Jason Patrick Meyers

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
  • Kevin Byrnes
  • Randy Crider
  • Billy Davis
  • Kayley Gallagher
  • Monica Gustin
  • Robin Heinrich
  • Andrew Kaletta
  • Hattie Kotz
  • Brent Lewanski
  • Bob McNulty
  • Chad Miller
  • Maria Nosse
  • Todd Sheppard
  • Libby Treu
  • 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