Our talented staff of professionals is dedicated to making Lakeside Chautauqua a clean, safe and beautiful sanctuary for all to enjoy. Whether you're visiting for the day, a special event, week 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

  • Daniel Dudley

    Daniel Dudley

    Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer
    (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.

  • Dave Geyer

    Dave Geyer

    Vice President of Facilities & Safety Services
    (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.

  • Gretchen Colon

    Gretchen Colon

    Senior Vice President of Advancement & Communications
    (419) 798-4461 ext

    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 and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

  • Kevin Sibbring

    Kevin Sibbring

    President/CEO
    (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.

  • Michael Shirtz

    Michael Shirtz

    Senior Vice President of Programming
    (419) 798-4461 ext 110

    Michael Shirtz

    Michael Shirtz joined the Lakeside Chautauqua Staff as the Senior V.P. of Programming in 2018.

    Shirtz earned his bachelor’s degree in music and jazz studies from Capital University and his master's degree from California State University.

    He has served on the faculty for both Capital University and Terra State Community College, where he started building a music and arts program. This led to him becoming the dean of the school of business communication & arts (now formally known as the Business, Humanities, & Industrial Technologies Division).

    After leaving Terra, he moved on to the Tri-C Jazzfest and Performing Arts program, where he managed production, jazz education and community outreach. He has also managed Tri-C’s Performing Arts Series, developed and managed partnerships with Playhouse Square, DANCECleveland, the Maltz Performing Arts Center, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Tri-C Foundation and the Kulas Foundation.

    Shirtz started writing music, performing and conducting for Lakeside in different capacities, and in 2013 he became the Religious Life Music Coordinator and the Director of the Chautauqua Choir.


  • Shirley Stary

    Shirley Stary

    Vice President of Arts Programming
    (419) 798-4461 ext 216

    Shirley Stary

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

    Stary and her staff present over 70 nightly arts programs, oversee 1,000+ art classes and coordinate several other arts and entertainment events throughout the summer.

    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. 


  • Sylvia Chappell

    Sylvia Chappell

    Vice President of Accounting
    (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.

Full-Time Lakeside Chautauqua Staff

Name Title Email Phone
Alana Tarry Director of Development (419) 798-4461 ext. 246
Alexandrea Stelzer Director of Marketing (419) 798-4461 ext. 277
Allyson Lane Advancement & Communications Assistant (419) 798-4461 ext. 246
Ann Miller Front Office Manager (419) 798-4461 ext. 244
Casie Eller Programming Manager (419) 798-4461 ext. 347
Cathy Fuller Lakeside Chautauqua Realty (419) 798-4416
Charlene Carroll Lakeside Chautauqua Realty, Broker (419) 798-4416
Dakota Harkins Lakeside Heritage Society Manager (419) 798-5519
Denise Monak Lakeside Chautauqua Realty, Property Manager/Cottage Rentals (419) 798-4461 ext. 348
Ellen Venema C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts Assistant Coordinator (419) 798-4461 ext. 276
Emily Messino Manager of Conference & Event Planning (419) 798-4461 ext. 279
Jeanne Mauriocourt Director of Educational Programming (419) 798-4461 ext. 239
John Mann Manager of Human Resources (419) 798-4461 ext. 252
Jordan Murphy Recreation Manager
June Cantu Lakeside Chautauqua Realty, Property Manager/Cottage Rentals (419) 798-4461 ext. 334
Kelsey Pepa Digital Communications Coordinator (419) 798-4461 ext. 372
Lexie Digby Marketing & Graphic Design Manager (419) 798-4461 ext. 345
Linda Goff Accounts Payable & Benefits Manager (419) 798-4461 ext. 240
Loretta Wilkin Master Gardener (419) 798-4461 ext. 258
Maintenance Dave Hirsch, Andy Larson & Jeff Robbins (419) 798-4461 ext. 282
Mary Ann Hirsch Executive Assistant to the President/CEO & Director of Guest Services (419) 798-4461 ext. 248
Michelle Johansen C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts Coordinator (419) 798-4461 ext. 276
Pam Fulton Accounting Assistant (419) 798-4461 ext. 346
Rev. Dr. Charlie D. Yoost Director of Religous Life & Church Outreach
Rev. Irwin Jennings Dockside Worship Leader & Pastoral Care (740) 390-5010
Safety Services John Geiman, Michele Lear, Ron Lear & Steve Meister (419) 635-6030
Steve Koenig Director of Hospitality (419) 798-4461 ext. 343
Tyler Wilkie Accounting & Information Technology Assistant (419) 798-4461 ext. 349