WHO WE ARE
The MPAC Foundation team is comprised of dedicated, talented and creative individuals from the community, representing a wide variety of skill sets applicable to the mission.
Jessica is a Meigs High School alumna and Ohio University Graduate (BS in Communication Studies  and a Master of Public Administration  with an interest in grant writing and policy development). She is currently employed at Ohio University as a Transfer Credit and Articulation Analyst where she is dedicated to making college accessible for students in under-served areas by determining strategic opportunities for developing transfer pathways and ensuring they receive all appropriate transferable college and career-technical credit. Her love and passion for the performing arts dates back to her days at MHS where she participated in Drama Club, Choir and several variety shows. She has been involved with the River City Players Community Theatre since 2005, and served on their board from 2012 to 2017.
Mary handles most of the administrative and organizational needs for MPAC. An Administrative Assistant IV with the Ohio Lottery, Mary has 40+ years of experience of multitasking in a variety of managerial duties and support activities. Mary served on the River City Players Community Theatre Board for nearly ten years, many of those as treasurer. She brings grant writing and excellent computer and research skills to the group. Mary and husband Roger have been ambassadors for our Appalachian culture for forty-one years touring the Midwest with their performance of Sweet Mountain Sound: Music & Folklore of Appalachia for the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education’s Artists-in-Schools program.
Roger has been a professional performing artist since 1967 and serves as the MPAC “Renaissance Man”, offering a plethora of skills to advance our mission, including serving as the current MPAC webmaster.
His strong computer skills in graphic design and writing abilities, as well as his audio/video/lighting knowledge are invaluable to the group. Roger has owned and operated Aardvark Sound & Video since the mid 80’s, and has extensive understanding of the technical needs and requirements for this project. A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, he has penned over 400 titles of varied genres from pop to theater tunes. In addition to performing in Sweet Mountain Sound with wife Mary since 1977, he is the guitarist/lead singer with the duo Allwell & Goode. He has participated in the Nights With The Legends concerts at Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio for the past several years as a featured artist, band member, and backup vocalist. During his tenure with the River City Players Community Theatre, Roger served as president, audio/lighting engineer, set designer and construction, graphic design artist, photographer, playwright, actor, musician, and jack-of-all-trades.
Penny began her architectural career in 1987 as an interior design intern at RVC Architects where her dedication to completing projects on time and on budget quickly earned her a permanent position. Through her continued experience in site planning, commercial and residential custom layouts and design, code research and construction administration she became a principal in the firm in 2014. As a contributing member of the community for over forty-six years, she has assisted county commissioners, school administrators, institutions and local businesses in repurposing historic buildings and developing new facilities including: Meigs County EMS 911, Meigs Enrichment – Athletic Fields, Pomeroy Library Addition, Farmer’s Bank Renovation, Middleport Depot, MHS Baseball Field & Concession Area, Baum Lumber Company Expansion, Village of Syracuse Service Buildings, and numerous local parks and community gathering places.
Amy is a founding member of the River City Players Community Theatre. Over the past 16 years, she has served on the RCP management team and has performed in or directed a multitude of its productions.
A Language Arts teacher in the Meigs Local School District for more than twenty-five years, she has served as the advisor for the Meigs High School Drama Club whose annual spring musicals pack the MHS gymnasium with hundreds of enthusiastic fans. Amy is thrilled that her dream of bringing a state-of-the-art performing arts facility to the youth of Meigs County is beginning to be realized through the vision of the MPAC Foundation.
Shawn Ogaz is a proud alumnus of Meigs High School, graduating as Salutatorian of the class of 2007. He later earned an Associate Degree in Design Drafting in 2012 from Washington State Community College which landed him a position at Pickering Associates in Parkersburg, WV. While maintaining his full-time position he continued to Ohio University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. While being a member of the Pickering Associates family, Shawn is known for wearing many hats. From Design Drafter to BIM Specialist to Mechanical Engineer, Shawn spearheads efforts in the Mechanical Engineering Department to pushing their commercial and industrial capabilities into the realm of 3-D and even 4-D design, including Virtual Reality walk-throughs. Shawn is currently certified with the Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors and recorded as an Engineer Intern (EI). He plans to continue and receive his license as a Professional Engineer. When he is not busy trying to change the world, Shawn enjoys tinkering with his vehicles, finding ways to improve his home, and most of all, relaxing and spending time with his wife, their son, family and friends
Celia developed a love of music, the live stage, and choreography at an early age performing with the Big Bend Varieties and mentor Alice Nease who continued to inspire her through high school and into adulthood. She was an instrumentalist in high school and college bands, and participated in numerous productions earning awards for her acting. While earning her BA degree in education with a dual major in English and Speech/Drama, she performed and directed at the college level. She taught secondary English, Speech/Drama for thirty-five years, and directed thirty-nine high school productions, including several musicals. She has served as an officer on the River City Players’ management team for several years, directing and performing in many productions including comedies, dramas, musicals and children’s theater. A fifteen-year season ticket holder to Columbus’s Broadway Across America, her love and enthusiasm for the live theater has only grown over the years as she has helped husband John raise three children, five grandchildren, a foster child and grandchild.
Darby is the Audio-Visual Consultant for the MPAC Foundation. He is the Technical Services Director at Brentwood Baptist Church (congregation 9,000) in Brentwood, TN (Metro Nashville) where he oversees all technical support services for the Brentwood campus and assists with global media operations for six other campuses in Middle Tennessee. Darby was valedictorian of the Meigs High School class of 2010 and received a Bachelor of Science in Audio Engineering Technology from Belmont University (Nashville, TN) in 2014. He has been involved in professional audio-visual since 2008 when he began working with Aardvark Sound and Video (his father’s company), and has since contracted with Nashville-based production companies Spectrum Sound, CTS Audio, In Ciite Media, and more. In high school, he was involved in both the MHS Drama Club and the River City Players Community Theatre, and continues to have a passion for both education and the performing arts.