Rachel Noe-Maynard, President and Artistic Director
Rachel Noe-Maynard is proud to be serving as The ARTS President and Artistic Director for the 2019 season. She is currently employed as a Substitute Teacher for Logan County Schools, teaching Music and Theatre at Heritage Primary, and the Music Director and Pianist at The First Presbyterian Church of Logan. She is married to Derek Maynard of Buffalo Creek in Man, WV and reside in McConnell with their three children- Maddy, Lucas, and Heidi.
“I am honored to further the growth and outreach of quality theatre and artistic expression in Southern WV. The ARTS 2019 season is an exciting time where the company is pushing boundaries bringing two productions never before produced in our area: Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats.” We have lots of great productions and exciting events lined up throughout the year. We hope you’ll join us in bringing the very best in entertainment to our youth and community.”
Holly Maynard, Vice President
Holly Maynard is thrilled to be a part of Southern Coalition for the Arts. She is a 2010 graduate of Marshall University where she earned her Bachelors of Business, and is currently the Assistant Merchandising Store Manager for Kroger in Cross Lanes, WV. Holly also holds a seat on Curtain’s Up Players board of directors where she has held the title of Company Artistic Director, Vice President, and Secretary. Holly is no stranger to the theatre and has held many roles both on and off stage. She looks forward to working with Southern Coalition for the Arts as Vice President and is excited for the upcoming season. Thank you for your continued support of our artistic endeavors here in southern West Virginia.
Katie Murray, Director of Education
Katie Murray is extremely honored to be working with Southern Coalition for the Arts. She attended Marshall University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2016. She’s currently a fourth grade teacher at Chapmanville Intermediate School. She recently made her way into the world of theatre and has found it to be her true love. Katie co-founded a theatre program at West Chapmanville Elementary School in 2016 and has directed two children’s productions with the program so far. She began working with the ARTS as an assistant director in the Summer of 2018. Katie considers herself extra blessed to be part of such an incredible company and is beyond excited to have the opportunity to serve on the Board as Director of Education.
“The 2019 season for the ARTS is going to be one you won’t forget! I can’t wait for us to bring such beautiful works of art to the stage. Thank you for supporting the ARTS. It means more than we can ever express!”
Okey Newsome, Director of Fundraising
Okey Newsome is thrilled to be serving as the Fundraising Director for the ARTS 2019 season. Okey is the son of the Okey Newsome Jr and the late Nettie Newsome. Okey currently holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from West Virginia University and is currently employed with New Beginnings of West Virginia and works as a Case Manager. Okey is also employed as an adjunct faculty member with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in the psychology department. Okey is an avid collector of Barbie and Hallmark Ornaments. Okey was named Logan County’s Social Worker of the Year in 2014/2015. When Okey is not working he loves to antique and “share a meal” with friends. Okey loves to fundraise and give back to the community. He looks forward to working with everyone involved with the ARTS of Logan County.
Angie Baisden, Director of Grant Research and Development
Angie Baisden is excited to be serving as the Director of Grant Research and Development for the 2019 season with the Arts. She is a 1983 graduate of Lenore High School and a 1985 graduate of Century College in Huntington, WV, with a diploma in Medical Administration Assistant. She is married to Robert (Smitty) Baisden and has one daughter, Kristen and is raising her niece, Candace Maynard. She is currently employed with Command Health where she works from home as a medical transcriptionist/editor. She is looking forward to this new opportunity and working toward bringing new and exciting adventures to her community.
Nancy Peyton, Director of Marketing
Nancy Peyton is from Pecks Mill, WV and a graduate from Chapmanville Regional High School. She has a bachelor’s degree from Marshall University in online journalism and is currently working on a masters in marketing from West Virginia University. She currently works as a Communications Specialist for the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office. After spending over a year as news reporter for The Logan Banner, Nancy is excited to serve her community in new ways, including as Marketing Director for The ARTS.
“There is such incredible talent in southern West Virginia, and I’m excited to be a part of showcasing that. I’m honored to be entrusted with helping to spread the word about an amazing organization like The ARTS. We have an exciting season planned for 2019, and I can’t wait to see shows that have never before been produced in this area.”