Who’s Who at RiverCenter
Norman S. Easterbrook
Norm Easterbrook joined RiverCenter in September 2015. Since 2004, Norm served as the Director of the Ford Center at the University of Mississippi. Norm has extensive experience in arts management and administration in both the public and private sectors having worked in the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs for several years and in the private sector with the Imperial Theatre in Augusta, Georgia and the Rylander Theatre in Americus, Georgia. Norm has been recognized for his contributions to the field by the Florida Professional Theatre Association, Florida Secretary of State, the Atlanta Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society, and the Georgia Theatre Conference. He has directed and performed professionally in numerous film, video and stage productions. He graduated from the Ithaca College School of Theatre and Florida State University where he studied acting and dramatic theory. He is delighted to join the Columbus community with his wife Margo.
Office Telephone: 706-256-3601
A Columbus native, John began his professional career in the entertainment industry as a musician at the age of 15. His 25-year career has included work in many capacities both as a performer and a technician. He joined the production department of RiverCenter in September, 2003, as the sound services coordinator and became the technical director in January, 2008. John currently resides in Phenix City, Alabama, with his wife Jessica and two children, Zachary and Isabella.
Office Telephone: 706-256-3615
Director of Business Affairs and CFO
Jannina joined RiverCenter staff as the accounting coordinator in 2004 and became the director of business affairs/CFO in 2007. She brings RiverCenter nineteen years of business experience from organizations such as MasterCard International Corporation, The Smithsonian: The National Museum for Native American Indians, Columbus Consolidated Government and Aflac. Jannina received a finance management degree from Columbus State University. She is a mother of three: Jaide-Ellyse, Jared and Jenay.
Office Telephone: 706-256-3603
Lauren Pastwik Minter
Lauren was promoted to Advancement Director in July 2014 after joining RiverCenter as Development Director in April, 2013. She is responsible for RiverCenter’s fundraising and marketing initiatives. She returned to Columbus from Atlanta, where she was the Development Manager for the High Museum of Art. Previously she served as Director of Sales for the National Infantry Museum—her first introduction to Columbus. Before moving to Georgia, Lauren, a native New Yorker, coordinated political and social events in the historic Ellicott Square Building in downtown Buffalo. Lauren has a communications degree from SUNY Buffalo and has been actively involved in many community and professional organizations in Western New York, Atlanta, and Columbus. She is currently serving on the Board of Girls Incorporated and is the Auction Chair for Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens.
Office Telephone: 706-256-3653
Jim is a Columbus native who spent 20 years in New York City performing and working in the entertainment industry. Highlights of that time include an appearance in the feature film Philadelphia and concerts at Carnegie Hall and on HBO. Jim returned to Columbus in 2002 in conjunction with RiverCenter’s grand opening and is extremely happy to be home and working at RiverCenter.
Office Telephone: 706-256-3607
Director of Education
After a 40-year career in retailing, Rick joined RiverCenter in October 2013 as Community Support Officer. A Columbus native, Rick was on the Project Development Team that imagined, designed and built RiverCenter and is the co-founder of the center’s outreach program, ArtsReach. Rick has served as the president of the Columbus Symphony and the Cultural Arts Alliance and serves on the Board of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus. He is vice-chair of The Medical Center Hospital Authority and serves on Home for Good: the Alliance to End Homelessness. He is organist-choirmaster at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. In Fall 2016, Rick was named Director of Education and is working to broaden our outreach collaborations in our seven-county service area.
Office Telephone: 706-256-3609
Cherwanda grew up just outside of Columbus in Harris County. She joined the RiverCenter technical event crew in 2003 and was hired full time as a production assistant in 2008. Cherwanda then accepted a position with Columbus State University, first as the Schwob School of Music’s facilities coordinator and concert manager, then as manager of the university’s logistics and events department. In December 2011 she returned to RiverCenter as the center’s lighting coordinator. She was promoted to operations director in June 2014. Cherwanda is a graduate of Columbus State University and is involved with various local arts organizations. She currently resides in Columbus with her two daughters, Mikhia and Josephine.
Office Telephone: 706-256-3616