Jenn Thomas with her mint chocolate chip cookies in her mother's kitchen in this April 4, 2008 file photo. Thomas was this year's winner of Rachael Ray's "So You Think You Can Cook" contest. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
Cuyahoga Valley Art Center (CVAC), an art teaching facility in Cuyahoga Falls for 82 years, has named Dave Whited its new executive director. His appointment follows the retirement of Linda Nye, who served in the position for 19 years.