Executive Director


With 30 years of nonprofit experience, Melissa came to Stuart’s in 2017 as the Chief Operating Officer. In August 2020, she moved into the Executive Director position and long-time ED Tim Peacock moved into the newly created Artistic Director position. Melissa oversees all aspects of Stuart’s including operations, mission, events, finances, development, staffing, facilities, and outreach. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Political Science from Heidelberg College (now University) and a Master’s in International Development and Women’s Studies from Ohio University. A long-time patron and supporter of Stuart’s, she’s thrilled to be working with the excellent staff and volunteers of the premier arts organization in the region. When she’s not working, she is outdoors as much as possible enjoying the birds and forests of Appalachia Ohio, volunteering, and spending time with her family.