Lakeside Ohio

Our talented staff of professionals is dedicated to making Lakeside Chautauqua a clean, safe and beautiful sanctuary for all to enjoy. Whether you are visiting for the day, a special event or the entire summer, we know just what it takes to make Lakeside your home away from home. Please contact us with any comments, questions or concerns; we would love to hear from you.


Lakeside Chautauqua Senior Staff

  • Kevin Sibbring
    President/CEO
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     (419) 798-4461 ext.243
  • Kevin Sibbring

    Kevin Sibbring became President and CEO of Lakeside Chautauqua, a non-profit organization, in January 2005 after a career in the electronic commerce software and services industry.  He also serves as President and CEO of the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation, a supporting organization responsible for fundraising and managing the financial assets of Lakeside Chautauqua. 

    Sibbring currently serves on the board of Lake Erie Shores & Islands and is a 2007 graduate of the Leadership Ottawa County program. 

    Prior to joining Lakeside Chautauqua, he worked for Sterling Commerce, an IBM company, where he served as VP of Global Marketing. Prior to that, Sibbring held management positions at AT&T and Unisys. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1982 and holds a B.A. degree in economics and business administration.

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  • Sylvia Chappell
    Vice President of Accounting
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     (419) 798-4461 ext.247
  • Sylvia Chappell

    Sylvia Chapell is the Vice President of Accounting for Lakeside Chautauqua. Chappell held the title of Controller, being promoted to Vice President in 2014. She has held other titles at Lakeside since her start in 2000, including Accountant and Manager of Accounting.

    Chappell is responsible for overseeing all of Lakeside’s accounting functions, as well as the Human Resources and Information Technology Departments.

    She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. in Anthropology. Before Lakeside, Chappell worked in systems analysis at the University of Michigan, the Geauga County Auditor’s Office and Metrohealth Medical Center.

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  • Gretchen Colon
    Senior Vice President of Advancement & Communications
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     (419) 798-5396
  • Gretchen Colon


    Gretchen L. Colon, Vice President of Advancement & Communications, has been employed at Lakeside Chautauqua since 2007. 

    Colon is responsible for annual and planned giving, major gifts, donor relations, corporations and foundation stewardship and coordinating events. She represents the Advancement and Marketing Departments as a member of the management team at Lakeside Chautauqua.

    Colon received her bachelor’s degree in business administration and public relations from Heidelberg University and her Masters of Business from Tiffin University.  She has also studied in the International Business and Trade Program at American University. 

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  • Daniel Dudley
    Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer
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     (419) 798-4461 ext.249
  • Daniel Dudley

    Daniel Dudley joined the Lakeside Chautauqua Staff as the Chief Financial Officer in 2014.

    Dudley has more than 20 years of experience in finance, business planning and management. He has worked for The H.J. Heinz Company, Pet Life Inc., and FELDA IFFCO, Inc. Most recently, he worked at Heristo AG, Saturn Petcare Division, a $2 billion German-based food manufacturer where he served as General Manager and was responsible for starting up a U.S. production and headquarters facility. 

    Dudley attended Stanford University where he received his bachelor’s degree in finance and economics in 1984. In 1989, he earned his MBA from the University of Michigan.

    He is also a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Ohio. 

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  • Dave Geyer
    Vice President of Facilities & Safety Services
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     (419) 798-4461 ext.238
  • Dave Geyer

    Dave Geyer, Vice President of Facilities & Safety Services, has served at Lakeside Chautauqua for more than 28 years. 

    Geyer manages 47 structures that support the Chautauqua program and more than nine miles of streets and sidewalks. He supervises the seasonal and full-time employees of the Maintenance, Security and Grounds Departments.

    Geyer also works closely with the Conference & Event Planning and Operations Departments to prepare for guest and group arrivals, as well as oversees various rehab and winterization projects on the grounds. 

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  • Shirley Stary
    Senior Vice President of Programming
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     (419) 798-4461 ext.216

Shirley Stary


Shirley Stary serves as the Vice President of Programming for Lakeside Chautauqua. 

Stary and her staff present over 70 nightly arts programs, oversee 1,000+ art classes, coordinate a variety of religious services and programs, plan dozens of recreation events and offer hundreds of educational seminars.

Prior to joining the Lakeside Chautauqua staff in 2005, Stary was employed for 13 years as Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Student Activities at Ashland University. She received a bachelor’s of arts degree in technical theatre from Ashland University and a Masters in Arts in arts administration from the University of Akron. Stary has served as a Board Member for the Ohio Arts Presenters’ Network and Ashland Symphony Orchestra.  

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Full-Time Lakeside Chautauqua Staff

NameTitleEmailPhone
June CantuLakeside Chautauqua Realty, Property Manager/Cottage Rentals   (419) 798-4461 ext.334
Charlene CarrollLakeside Chautauqua Realty, Broker   (419) 798-4416
Rev. Dr. Norman  DewireDirector of Religious Life & Church Outreach   (614) 325-0250
Lexie DigbyMarketing & Graphic Design Manager   (419) 798-4461 ext.345
Casie EllerProgramming Manager   (419) 798-4461 ext.347
Cathy FullerLakeside Chautauqua Realty   (419) 798-4416
Pam FultonAccounting Assistant   (419) 798-4461 ext.346
Linda GoffAccounts Payable & Benefits Manager   (419) 798-4461 ext.240
Mary Ann HirschExecutive Assistant to the President/CEO & Director of Guest Services   (419) 798-4461 ext.248
Rev. Dr. Irwin JenningsDockside Worship Leader & Pastoral Care   (740) 390-5010
Michelle JohansenC. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts Coordinator   (419) 798-4461 ext.276
Steve KoenigDirector of Hospitality   (419) 798-4461 ext.343
Allyson LaneAdvancement & Communications Assistant   (419) 798-4461 ext.246
 MaintenanceDave Hirsch, Andy Larson & Jeff Robbins (419) 798-4461 ext.282
John MannHuman Resources Administrator   (419) 798-4461 ext.252
Jeanne MauriocourtDirector of Educational Programming   (419) 798-4461 ext.239
Emily MessinoConference & Event Planning Manager   (419) 798-4461 ext.354
Ann MillerFront Office Manager   (419) 798-4461 ext.244
Denise MonakLakeside Chautauqua Realty, Property Manager/Cottage Rentals   (419) 798-4461 ext.348
Amber SchleringDirector of Conference & Event Planning   (419) 798-4461 ext.279
Safety ServicesJohn Geiman, Michele Lear, Ron Lear & Steve Meister   (419) 635-6030
Alexandrea StelzerDirector of Marketing   (419) 798-4461 ext.277
Ellen VenemaC. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts Assistant Coordinator (419) 798-4461 ext.276
Tyler WilkieAccounting & Information Technology Assistant   (419) 798-4461 ext.349