Artistic Director Founder
Studio & Community Arts Education Coordinator Lead Paper Production
Senior Program Manager
Social Media Assistant
Gallery Office Assistant
LEONARD D. YOUNG
Leonard D. Young is a retired corporate lawyer and currently advises not-for-profit corporations on legal issues, board governance, strategic planning, and new employee orientation. Prior to retiring in 2012, Mr. Young served as Director of the Technology Transfer Office and Associate General Counsel for Cleveland State University. Leonard has practiced corporate and international business law in Northeast Ohio for more than 40 years. He was a partner with the law firms of Ulmer & Berne and Walter Haverfield where he chaired the General Counsel Practice Group for each firm. He was the first African American general counsel of a Fortune 500 publicly traded manufacturing company in the State of Ohio when he worked as General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for the Ferro Corporation. He has also served as Senior Corporate Counsel at Reliance Electric Company and Corporate Counsel at AmeriTrust.
Leonard is currently a member of the Board of Directors of JumpStart Inc., a nationally recognized nonprofit accelerating the success of diverse entrepreneurs, their high-growth companies, and the ecosystems supporting them. Leonard has also served on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Cuyahoga County Port Authority, Center for Arts inspired Learning, and MOCA Cleveland. Leonard served for six years on the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Visiting Committee and was Chair of the Visiting Committee for three years. Leonard is currently positioned as a consultant providing nonprofit management professional services to two separate yet similar organizations. He served as the Interim Executive Director for both The Morgan and Zygote Press in 2020.
Tom Balbo is a Cleveland-based artist whose work has been collected for well over 30 years. Graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College with a BA in 1977, he completed his MFA in Studio Arts at Syracuse University in 1980 where he was awarded a Syracuse University Fellowship Grant and a Ford Foundation Grant.
In 2007, Tom teamed up with noted Cleveland-area artists and national hand papermaking artists to improve and conserve the art of paper & book arts educational programming in the US. Knowing that these were art forms worth preserving, the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation officially opened its doors in October 2008.
Studio & Community Arts Education Coordinator
Lead Paper Production
Michaelle Marschall has taught art to all ages in the Cleveland area since 2002, after completing her BFA at Lake Erie College. She is in her fourteenth year of teaching children’s art classes at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Michaelle is a printmaker and has been a resident artist with Zygote Press in Cleveland for over a decade. She most recently completed a certificate in less toxic intaglio methods at Zea Mays Printmaking Studio in Massachusetts.
Senior Program Manager
Anna Routson is a fiber artist and arts administrator from York, Pennsylvania. She received a BA in Textiles from Kent State in 2016. She discovered her passion for community arts after college as the Studio Manager at Praxis Fiber Workshop. She is a part of the Hildebrandt Art Collective. Her work focuses on process and evaluating systems. She is currently exploring how to incorporate sustainable practices into our daily lives and how art can be used to create community, connections and overall social health.
Store & Studio Assistant,
Western Paper Production
Belle Mercurio is a marketing creative, and arts manager from Medina, Ohio. She received a BA in Arts Management & Entrepreneurship from Baldwin Wallace University in 2019. Belle began her relationship with the Morgan as a studio intern in January of 2020, where she developed a love for papermaking while working closely with Michaelle to learn both Eastern and Western styles of papermaking. She aligns with the inclusivity of art and how all walks of life can be makers, painters, artists in their own right and share ideas and creativity.
Social Media Manager
Destyni is a sculptural artist and writer born in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a BFA in Sculpture + Expanded Media from Cleveland Institute of Art. Her artistic practice explores the cultural and historical narrative through ceramic and printmaking processes. Green’s work has been shown in New Beginnings at Waterloo Arts and the virtual exhibition Handled With Care. Her achievements consist of curating the virtual outdoor sculpture tour Art in our Midst: African American Sculptors to Know which was featured on Emmy award winning arts show Broad and High and her role as Chair of Youth Advisory with Graffiti Heart, a non-profit arts organization that funds pre-college scholarships and promotes approved commissioned projects and the revitalization of communities.
Hannah Ayers is a Cleveland, Ohio transplant from Cassopolis, Michigan. She received a BFA in Studio Art from the College of Wooster, and completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from Miami University in 2019. She is a practicing artist working primarily in oil painting, who enjoys experimenting with new mediums. She has exhibited artwork locally and nationally. Hannah is passionate about visual literacy and believes in increasing accessibility to artistic practices and expanding arts education in our community.
Gallery Office Assistant
Seneca Kuchar is a painter from rural Michigan. She earned BFAs in Drawing and Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2021. Her work focuses on American car culture and blue collar workers in the automotive industry. Her honors include the Kelly Druger Award for Excellence in Painting, the Joseph McCullough ‘48 Scholarship for painting, and the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Gund Family Scholarship. Seneca also won second place in Eastern Michigan Universities Fresh Looks 2021 Exhibition. In 2020 she was SPACES' Programming Fellow and continues her work there as an Office Assistant.