Brink named executive director at arts center

Brink named executive director at arts center

Sara Brink


The Wayne Center for the Arts welcomed local resident Sara Starr Brink as its new executive director. Brink succeeds James Fox, who departed to lead Community Action Wayne/Medina in January of this year.

Following a regional search that garnered many candidates, the Search Committee was unanimous in its recommendation to the board of directors of Brink as the choice to lead the center. "Sara brings a unique combination of talents, experiences and a commitment for arts and arts education to WCA” said WCA Board President Emily Mariola. “Her involvement in arts programs and activities in high school and college prepared her for highly-successful administrative roles with Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and The Cleveland Orchestra.”

According to WCA Board Vice President, Bridget Dix, “Sara brings a genuine, life-long passion for the arts which began early on as a student at Triway. Since returning to Wooster to raise her family with husband Jake, Sara has been in leadership roles at The Wilderness Center in Wilmot, most recently as director of its Foxfield Preserve.”

“Growing up in Wooster, I directly benefited from the classes and opportunities provided at the WCA,” said Brink. “This organization is a gem in our community. I am honored to be joining its proud history, and look forward to leading it into an exciting future.”

In addition to Mariola and Dix, members of the Search Committee included current board leaders Adam Briggs and Reid Delaney, and former WCA Board President Matt Long. The committee was assisted by The Yunker Group, a Cincinnati-based consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits.

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