Patty Wiemken

Patty Wiemken teaches middle school music at Tinora Middle School and accompanies the THS choirs. Although she has directed musicals and been involved in performances throughout her career, her passion is teaching general music and working with people. 

She participates on the praise team at Crossroads Napoleon and helps with the youth program there. Patty grew up in Loudonville, Ohio, where the small community enjoys a revitalized downtown theater. Patty believes that the Cultural Center of Henry County holds an even greater opportunity for our community in Northwest Ohio. The bonus in Napoleon is that this building offers more than a theater; it offers a location to focus several community endeavors that is also near downtown for coordinated events.
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Janet Lyne

Janet Lyne has been greatly involved in the choral music world since receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano and choral music education at Bowling Green State University under the guidance of Richard Mathey, Dr Ivan Trusler, Dr. William Skoog, Dr. Barbara Lockard-Zimmerman, and Dr. James Paul Kennedy.

She is retired from teaching vocal music K-12 and college level courses. She has been a member of the Ohio Music Education Association, American Choral Directors Association, Phi Delta Kappa-Education Honorary, Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity, and Kappa Delta sorority. She also studied voice under Lester Freedman, founder of the Toledo and Dayton opera. She is the founder and director of the Henry County Chorale, an adult community choir. Janet is equally active in musical theatre, having served as director, assistant director, choreographer, vocal director, accompanist and/or conductor for 60+ shows at school, church, college and community theatres. Originally from Bryan, Ohio, Janet has also been a church organist/pianist/vocalist since the sixth grade. One of Lyne’s proudest accomplishments is her son Zach, who is a dispatcher for the Henry County Sheriff and fireman/EMT for Florida Fire & Rescue. She is also married to Larry Lyne, retired director of the Liberty Center High School band program.
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Tom Jenny
Tom and his wife Beth have lived in Napoleon since 1971. Tom received a Bachelors’ degree in elementary education and a Masters degree in educational administration from Bowling Green State University. He retired from the Napoleon Area Schools after 40 years of service to the community, serving 32 years as an elementary and middle school principal. Long a supporter of the arts, Tom has continued playing the trumpet in local bands, churches, and in over 80 musicals. He serves as the bugler for the American Legion honor guard in sounding Taps at local veteran’s committal services and has sounded Taps three times at the National Soldier’s Monument in Gettysburg (PA) National Cemetery.
As the volunteer business manager for the Napoleon Community Band, Tom is always on the look out for venues to play at. Tom is a past president of the Henry County Historical Society and lives in a 115 year old historic home that they have restored. This is how he became interested in the Cultural Center project. “A community like ours needs an arts center where adults and students can express themselves through music, theater, and the graphic arts. Many communities, small and large, have places centered on the arts. Why not ours? In renovating the Central School Auditorium, we can salvage an historic building that will continue to serve and create memories for the area residents.”
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Larry Lyne

Larry Lyne has been involved in instrumental music since the 4th grade when he was introduced into playing a trombone in elementary school band by Max Treier, Director of Band at Cambridge City Schools. In the eighth grade, he started playing in the community Jazz Band under the direction of Howdy Max.

After graduating from high school, he attended Bowling Green State University. While at the university, he had many individuals who influenced his life, but the top two were David Glassmier and Mark S. Kelly, director of University Bands. In his final semester, Mr Lyne student taught in Napoleon under the direction of Roger King, who became a life long friend. He was one of the founding members of Mr. King’s Community Band, which is still performing in Napoleon. After graduation from BGSU, Larry accepted a teaching position as Director of Instrumental Music at Liberty Center Local Schools, where he spent the next 35 years of his life as band director to over one fourth of the school’s population. He started students in the 4th grade and taught them until graduation from high school. The best part of teaching was having his son, Zachary, as a student. Both he and his wife, Janet, attend St. Paul Lutheran church. Mr. Lyne has been involved in most community functions involving music in the schools and community of Napoleon. He retired from teaching in 2009, but is still active in the music world. When asked what was one of the best things about retirement, he replied: Not having to ride a school bus on Friday night!
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Phil Gerken

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Shellee Murcko
Shellee Murcko serves as the Treasurer for CCHC and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Youngstown State University in vocal performance. She sings at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo, with the Henry County Chorale, and has appeared with several area theater groups. She teaches private music lessons. She has also worked as a liturgist and church musician and as head of historic cooking at Sauder Village.
Shellee and Jim Murcko have lived in Napoleon since 1987. They have two daughters who graduated from Napoleon schools and Jim taught music ihere for more than thirty years. We have dedicated our lives to helping others develop their talents. We look forward to continuing to help others learn and grow and bring arts and entertainment programs back to the auditorium at the Cultural Center. This is such an exciting opportunity for our area!
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Vicky Delventhal
I worked as a Paraprofessional with students with special needs. My family moved to Napoleon in 1968 as new owners of Paul's Bowl A Way, then onto River City Bowl A Way. My husband Bruce's family originated in Napoleon, with his Grandfather being Dr Tony Delventhal. Musicals, plays, choir & band programs have all been a joy to me. As a board member, I can't wait for the Cultural Center of Henry County to continue to grow and bring these events to life!
Yvonne Harter
Yvonne Lassen Harter grew up in Napoleon. She attended West Elementary, Central Junior High and graduated from Napoleon High School with academic honors. Her father taught vocal and choral music teacher in the Napoleon Area Schools for over three decades. Her mother was the long-time organist of the First Presbyterian Church in Napoleon and taught private piano and voice lessons. Both of her parents were active in Community Concerts, an organization that brought renowned musicians to perform concerts in Napoleon, most of which were held in Central School’s beautiful historic John L. Johnson (JLJ) auditorium.
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Mark Giannetto
Vice President
Mark grew up in Findlay, and was involved in choirs and plays from 6th grade on. Educated at both University of Cincinnati and BGSU, he was a programming and engineering consultant for 30+ years and is now mostly retired. Later participation in the arts included installation art at Burning Man, and (somewhat unusual) performance art generally involving poi, lasers, or fireworks.
Denny Westhoven