CATCO Announces New Executive Director
CATCO and CATCO is Kids have announced their new executive director, Christy Farnbauch, current executive director of the National Association of Women Business Owners Columbus, beginning April 15, 2020.
Under Farnbauch’s leadership, NAWBO Columbus was recognized as the No. 1 NAWBO chapter in the United States by the Columbus Foundation in February 2019.
At the Ohio Arts Council, she served as director of innovation and engagement from 2015 to 2017, and held various positions in arts education and community arts development.
“We welcome Christy to the CATCO family,” said Steven C. Anderson, CATCO’s producing director, who announced his retirement last year. “Her deep knowledge and understanding of the arts, as well as significant experience in all facets of nonprofit leadership, strategic planning and development of innovative programming and services, will be invaluable to CATCO and CATCO is Kids in the future.”
In October 2019, CATCO’s board announced it would reorganize the leadership structure of the theatre organization to take effect when Anderson retires to include two equal executive positions – an executive director with local community connections and an artistic director.
“This type of dual leadership structure is the standard working model in the theatre world, and the CATCO board decided earlier this year after Steven announced his retirement that this is the leadership path CATCO should adopt for the future,” CATCO Board President Krista Hazen said.
“Christy has spent her career in Central Ohio working with a variety of nonprofits, many of them representing the performing arts, as a transformational leader who guided her organizations to achieve powerful growth results. Her connections to and understanding of the community make her an ideal choice to lead CATCO and CATCO is Kids,” said Liz Riley, CATCO board member, who is leading the search committees for the new executive and artistic directors.
For more information, visit www.catco.org.