About Us


Who We are

Who We Are

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities began as a volunteer group of citizens with a mission to promote and strengthen the arts and humanities in Glynn County. In 1989, we were designated the coordinating arts council for Glynn County and the City of Brunswick.

Our commitment to developing and expanding the arts and humanities in the community has grown to include an outstanding annual calendar of cultural and community events, arts education programs and much more.

In addition, Golden Isles Arts & Humanities serves as managers of the Historic Ritz Theatre for the City of Brunswick.


What We Do

What We Do

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities mission is to provide distinctive cultural events and education that engages, inspires and celebrates our community.

We accomplish our mission with year-round programming that includes live performances, cultural events, and educational activities. With the support of community partners, local businesses, and individuals, we are proud to be at the center of the cultural life of Glynn County and the City of Brunswick.

Meet the Board of Directors

Dedicated leadership and a passion for the arts are the hallmarks of our board of directors:

Photos of 4 Board members, all dressed up

2019-2020 Officers

  • Jason Umfress, President
  • Micahel Kaufman, Vice President
  • Rayea Pieschel, Secretary-Treasurer

2019-2020 Directors

  • Gayle Egan
  • Margie Harris
  • Michele Jamieson
  • James Laurens
  • Michael Martin
  • Wallace Tillman
  • Dusty Brown, Board Intern

Heather Heath

Executive Director, Heather Heath

Heather Heath joined the staff of Golden Isles Arts & Humanities in 1998 and became its Executive Director in 1999. Heather has more than 25 years experience working in the arts with a strong background in theatre. As Executive Director of Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, Heather is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization and programming all the many events they sponsor.

A graduate of Oxford College of Emory University and Florida State University where she received her B.A. in Theatre, Heather worked professionally as an actor in over 50 productions in the Atlanta area and the Southeast. Her work as an actor has been critically acclaimed and she continues to perform as time permits.


Melissa Chappell

Melissa Chappell, Associate Director

Melissa Chappell serves as the Associate Director for the Golden Isles Arts & Humanities. As Associate Director, she coordinates the Arts Education programs and manages the marketing for programs and events.

Melissa is an accomplished cellist and music educator. She teaches private string lessons and performs on cello extensively in the Coastal Georgia region. Previously, she worked for The Golden Isles Youth Orchestra in Brunswick, Georgia and Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia. She has performed on cello with the Orchestra of Northern New York and the Manassas Symphony Orchestra. Melissa has taught students of all ages, conducted string ensembles, taught music theory, and coached small chamber groups.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music and her Master’s degree in Educational School Leadership, Instruction and Curriculum from Concordia University.