Kristin D. Schwerha

For the last decade, Kristin was the Manager of Grants & Foundations for LOGAN Community Resources, Inc in St. Joseph County, Indiana, one of the first NFPs in the Midwest to advocate and provide services and protections for individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD). Although it was very rewarding, and she was able to assist in their substantial growth of acquisitions and programs, she is now returning to her roots in Arts Administration.

With a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University (where she sang in five PMO Christmas shows!), Kristin has been a Hoosier her entire life except for a short stint in Iowa when she worked for the American Heart Association. Returning to the region of her family, she was active in the Arts as a volunteer and employee. Previously the Reservations Manager with Camerata Singers (with whom she was also a singer) and Director of Development for Elkhart Civic Theatre, Kristin served as the Executive Director of the Elkhart County Symphony twice, once for three years, and then returning for another five years, bringing them back to a solvent organization after a Board resolution to dissolve. During her eight with the ECSA, she worked with many notable solo artists including pianist Nicholas Roth, clarinetist John Bruce Yeh, soprano Victoria Atwater, and several of the performing piano staff from the Alexander “Lexo” Toradze Piano Studio at IUSB.

“Singing to me is how others think of breathing.”

Always a songstress, Kristin has sung with Purdue University Choir, South Bend Symphonic Choir under IUSB Professor Dr. Robert Demaree, Camerata Singers under Director/Arranger David Seitz, Tapestry, and has been a Roman Catholic church cantor for over 40 years. She founded three NFPs in the arts while living in Elkhart County, served as a chairman for Mainstreet Showcase of Art, volunteered with the Elkhart Jazz Festival, served as a grant judicator for the Indiana Arts Commission, and worked with numerous youth organizations during the formative years of her now-adult children, Erin, Elizabeth, Mara, and Andrew.