Combining administrative, management, communication, and technical support to keep Glass Axis fused together.

Melody Reed

Executive Director

Melody is a life-long resident of Columbus, Ohio. She was raised by arts-loving parents and spent her formative years either in the competitive swimming pool or on stage at Park Playhouse Teen Community Theatre. She graduated from Fort Hayes Arts & Academic High School and the Vocal Music Career Center with Certificates of Specialization in Music and Theatre. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Business (Arts Administration) from Otterbein University. She comes to Glass Axis after other positions in the Columbus arts community, formerly with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus and Actors’ Theatre of Columbus. She is an avid Netflix binger, family campground coordinator and movie and song lyric quoter. She is an active cheer/gymnastics/swimming/flag football/wrestling mom and loudest fan in the stands. Melody currently resides on the Hilltop with her amazingly patient husband, Tom, and their four adorable, yet precocious children, Gretchen, Nathan, Megan and Calvin

Matt Takacs

Facilities Manager

Matt had his first experience in melting glass rods with a torch at age 16 and was fascinated with the process. He took his first hot glass class at Glass Axis while he was working in a manufacturing facility. Matt enjoyed the physicality of the work and the studio environment so much he decided to search for universities in central Ohio that offered glassblowing as a major and chose to attend The Ohio State University. He graduated with a BFA in Glass in 2016 and began working as an assistant studio technician at Glass Axis in 2017 and took over as Facilities Manager in 2018. Matt lives in London, Ohio with his two fantastically crazy dogs.

Anita Rigsby Szuch

Office Manager

Anita has experience working with several other nonprofit organizations within Central Ohio and most recently served as Executive Director of PLAN of Central Ohio since 2006.  PLAN of Central Ohio is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing future care planning and support services for adults with mental illness and their families.

Anita is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Arts Education with a focus on successful management of non-profit arts organizations.  

Anita enjoys fiber-arts and is a weaver. She is also a longtime advocate in the animal welfare community and has been a dog obedience instructor at Columbus All-Breed Training Club for the past 24 years.  She is married and lives in Westerville, Ohio, with three Labrador Retrievers and several curious cats.

Alex Fresch

Social Media Coordinator and Gallery Manager

Alex is the Social Media Coordinator and an Instructor for Glass Axis. Before working at Glass Axis, she was the team leader for Cedar Point Amusement Park’s Glassblowing Theater. For 6 years she did glassblowing demonstrations and narrations for the public, while managing their glass studio. Alex also worked at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion as a Glass Facilitator where she taught hands-on glassmaking classes and did public glassblowing demonstrations and narrations for museum visitors. Fresch received her BFA from The Ohio State University in 2012, but her passion for glass began while she was still in high school and took a chance Fibers & Glass class. The majority of Fresch’s work is inspired by nature, especially from her travels to tropical destinations, influencing her to use bright, highly saturated colors like those seen in warm climates.

Fresch’s glass artwork can be seen in galleries in both Northern Ohio and locally in the Columbus area. Visit her website for images of her recent works www.alexandrafresch.com

Rose McVey Succi

Shop Steward and Instructor

Rose has been an instructor and artist at Glass Axis for more than 10 years. She holds a BFA in Glass from The Ohio State University. She began working for the glass director at Ohio State who introduced her to Glass Axis. She began cleaning and teaching in all areas soon after, and has been here ever since.

Sarah Yarano

Finance & Programming Manager

Sarah is originally from Columbus and has lived in Westerville for the past ten years. She graduated from Capital University in 2016 with B.A. in Art Therapy with concentration in psychology and studio art. She enjoys photography, oil, and watercolor painting. Sarah served a one year internship at Sun Apple Studios, an art studio for developmentally delayed adults in Central Ohio. She is most proud of her work on the art installation entitled “The Hero Within Imagination and Identity” which opened in the Fall of 2015.

 

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