2020 - 2022 Region Board

These women are spread throughout our region and come together for the common goal of helping women and girls. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to lead our region into our next biennium.

Governor Darcy Merritt - SI of Monroe County

My name is Darcy Merritt and I joined Soroptimist in 2005. I am currently your Governor for the Midwestern region. I have also been your District III Director for the last four years. I have held the position of President with SI of Monroe County and many other positions with my local club. My husband Mac and I reside in Monroe Michigan and we have two children, Emily and Eric. I retired from Keybank in June of 2016. I was  with Keybank for 31 years plus. When I retired I was an Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager. I am honored to be your Governor and look forward to working with all of you.

Governor-Elect Christine Fowler Shearer - SI of Cleveland

Christine Fowler Shearer is the President and CEO of Fowler Artistic. She has 20 years of experience in the museum field. She received her PhD in Cultural Art History from Warnborough College, Ireland in August 2017. She received her BA in Art History from Kent State University and her MA in Art History from the University of Notre Dame in 1996. She attended the Getty Museum Leadership Institute in July 2006. In 2010 she founded her own company, Fowler Artistic, to provide curatorial and support services for museums, non-profits, collectors and artists. Shearer served as the development director of the Canton Museum of Art from 2011 to 2013 and as the executive director of the Massillon Museum from 2003 to 2010. Before coming to the Massillon Museum in 2001 as its arts administrator, Shearer served as the first full-time executive director of the Cleveland Artists Foundation (now ArtNEO) for three years. Active in many community organizations, Shearer is currently the Governor Elect for Soroptimist International Midwestern Region, and she previously served as the region director and secretary. In June 2008, for her leadership and community involvement, Shearer was recognized as one of the Top Twenty Under Forty leaders in Stark County by YStark!, a division of the Canton Chamber of Commerce. She has become involved in advocacy for museums by participating on panels and by testifying in front of the Congressional Appropriations Subcommittee of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.


Shearer has curated a number of exhibitions, including The Urban Landscape: A Tale of Grandeur and Abandonment, Joseph O’Sickey: Unifying Life, Love and Art, Against the Grain: Modernism in the Midwest, Midwestern Visions of Impressionism, Breaking With Tradition: Ohio Women Painters, 1870-1950, Transcended Memories, Framework of a Community: The Steel Industry in Stark County, 1861-1865, Untrodden Paths: Contemporary Landscape Painters, William Glackens: Works and Process, Carl Gaertner: A Story of Earth and Steel, and The Poetics of Place: Charles Burchfield and the Cleveland Connection. She has been a contributor to a number of publications, including American Art Review; Carl Gaertner: A Story of Earth and Steel; Paul Travis; Framework of a Community: The Steel Industry in Stark County; Breaking with Tradition: Ohio Women Painters 1870-1950; 1861-1865; Midwestern Visions of Impressionism, Against the Grain: Modernism in the Midwest, and Joseph O’Sickey: Unifying Art, Life and Love. 


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2020-2022 Midwestern Region Board of Directors

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