Board of Directors

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Christy Niemeyer

Christy Niemeyer is serving as the President& Treasurer. Christy lives in North Ridgeville, Ohio and works as a Senior Accountant for Novogradac & Company. She is a graduate of Youngstown State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting with a minor in statistics and economics as well as a minor in music.

Her music performance career included two years with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008 - 2009, and four years in the Matrix performance ensemble from 2008-2011. 

Christy is happy to be able to stay involved with the organization and is happy to be back in Ohio after living in Missouri for three years.

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Carol Dewan

Carol Dewan is serving as the Vice President of the Board of Directors. Carol is a retired RN living in the greater Akron area, with her husband Madhu.

Carol has 20 years of experience volunteering with community nonprofits with a special interest in fundraising. Carol was an avid volunteer for 12 years with the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps.

She has a passion for working with youth and enjoys helping the community as much as possible.

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Maria Roth

Maria Roth is serving as the Secretary. Maria is a graduate of The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Arts in International Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Maria was a member of the ensemble for 5 years [2009-2011, 2013-2014], and has served on the board since 2014.

Residing in Fairview Park, Ohio, Maria works in the professional services field as a Senior Associate with Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

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Corey Ward

Corey is serving as the Alumni Relations member of the board.  Corey resides in Boston, Massachusetts where he works for a non-profit mental health agency.  He is a graduate of Youngstown State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  Additionally he earned his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from William James College. 

His performance career includes one year with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps [2009] and four years performing with Matrix [2007-2010].  Corey also currently performs with the New England Patriots Drumline during the NFL season.

Corey is very excited to play an active role once again with the Matrix organization.

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Corrina Cheyney

Corrina is serving as a member of the board. Corrina lives in Medina Ohio and works at the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities as a Community Support Specialist as well as Amy’s Arbors in Valley City as a Wine Keeper and Event Coordinator.

Corrina was a member of the ensemble for three years [2006, 2008-2009] and she feels very fortunate to start giving back to the organization that gave her so much during her youth.

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Cory Lutton

Cory is currently working as an intervention specialist for the Stark County Educational Service Center. Cory is in his 17th year as an educator. He works with students with multiple disabilities in a Transition Program to give individuals the skills needed to productive members in their community and to be as independent as possible.

Cory previously taught for 4 years in Florida in the same role. He graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL as a double major with degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education K-12. Cory has since earned his masters degree in Education Administration from Ashland University.

Cory is also an adjunct professor at Walsh University for the past 3 years.

Cory worked as a tech more Matrix from 2000-2002.

Cory has been a school board member of the Carrollton Exempted Village School district for 8 years.

Cory has been married for 21 years and counting.  They have a daughter who is a Freshman Education major at Walsh and a son who is a freshman at Carrollton High School.

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Colin Downey

Colin is serving as a board member on the board of directors. He lives in Painesville, OH, and works as an electronics technician. Colin served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation electronics technician from 2013 to 2017.

Colin has marched for Firestone High School Marching Band, as a saxophone player, The University of Akron on the drumline, and played rack in Matrix in 2013. He has taught for a number of high school marching band programs, as well as starting a marching percussion ensemble at Churchill County High School on Fallon, NV.

Colin is very excited to be involved with Matrix again and to help with the development of musical and personal skills of the ensemble members.