Leadership

Our Board of Directors

 Steve Badman – Board President

Steve Badman received his B.A. in English from Wilkes College and served as the Buckeye Book Fair’s director from 2001-2004. He is currently Vice President and Marketing Director at Consumers National Bank and is a past board member for the Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center in Canton.

Jarrod Hartzler – Vice President

Jarrod is Executive Director of Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and is a former Arts Management Fellow at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Ohio Citizens for the Arts and Wayne Center for the Arts. His past positions include Executive and Artistic Director of Tuesday Musical and Managing Director of Wooster Chamber Music Series. Jarrod serves in a number of capacities for Buckeye Book Fair, including chairing committees and advising the organization on arts education.

Russell T. Cross – Secretary

Russell received his B.Sc. in Psychology and Linguistics at Lancaster University in the UK. He is the Language Systems Product Manager at PRC-Saltillo, a Wooster company that provides speech technology for those with communication disabilities. Russell serves on the editorial board for two scholarly journals in the fields of linguistics and technology.

Sean Ulik – Treasurer

Sean received his B.A. in English from the University of Akron. He is currently Vice President, Business Banking Officer at Consumers National Bank and serves as a board member for the Lake Erie/Heartland Chapter of the Salvation Army and YMCA Camp Tippecanoe.

Will Hillenbrand – Board Member

Will is a celebrated illustrator and author whose published works include almost 70 books for young readers. Will has served as Illustrator in Residence for the Art Academy of Cincinnati (2019-2020) and Kent State University (2017-2019). He lives near Cincinnati and frequently creates the illustration for the Buckeye Book Fair’s promotional brochure and poster.

 Alden Sewell – Board Member

Cassie Sewell – Board Member

Karin Wiest – Board Member

Julia Wiesenberg – Board Member

Our Staff

Kimberly Crislip Payne

Kimberly Payne is an arts administrator and Ohio Arts Council Teaching Artist in Ohio. She has degrees and certifications from The Scandinavian Institute for Physical Culture in Denmark, The American College of Sports Medicine, and Malone University, and The University of Akron (BA Dance). Her Masters of Arts degree is in Organizational Leadership and she is excited to help Ohio authors and promote literacy through events and programming. Kimberly brings positive and gentle recalibration and change model application to organizations and she absolutely adores books.