Doug Meyers – President
Susanna Hopper – Vice President
Nate Baldermann – Treasurer
Veronica Long – Secretary
Katie Meyers – Administrative Director
You do not have to be interested in being on-stage or backstage in order to be on the board of directors, as we are always in need of those talented in business, organizational development, marketing, and more to help keep this non-profit running smoothly. We are looking for dedicated people who are passionate about bringing theater to the Jackson community, with a variety of backgrounds and talents. Do you know someone that fits this description? Feel free to forward this information to them and suggest that they contact us for more information about our needs in the upcoming season!
If you or someone you know would like to help Center Stage Jackson in its mission of cultivating, advancing, and promoting the appreciation of dramatic arts in the Jackson community, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Board Meetings 2017-2018
Unless otherwise noted, all board meetings take place at Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church, 743 W. Michigan Ave, Jackson, MI 49201, on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Board meetings are open to all members.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 **at 7:00pm instead of 6:30pm**
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Board Member Biographies
**The date following each board member’s name indicates the year that board member’s current term ends.
Doug Meyers, President (2020)
Doug has served on the CSJ Board since 2008. He currently holds the position of chair of the Youth Theater committee, a post he has held for the last nine years. He has previously served as the organization’s Treasurer and three terms as President. During the past season, produced and Tech Directed the Youth Theater productions of Alice@Wonderland, and produced A Pirates Life for Me as well as the main stage production of And Then There Were None. Doug believes that the priorities of the organization are as follows (in no particular order):
• Maintain the financial viability of the organization
• Maintain strong relations with our venue hosts (Jackson College, Jackson Public Schools, First Presbyterian Church, JSO, etc.)
• Select productions that are appealing to the community and economically viable
• Continue to promote awareness of CSJ in Jackson and surrounding areas
• Continue to develop depth in technical positions through training programs
• Recognize the contributions of all the organization’s volunteers
Susanna Hopper, Vice President (2018)
Susanna has been involved in theatre since she was seven years old. Her favorite thing is working behind the scenes to make productions happen. Susanna has a degree in theatre and business and was a paid stage manager for three years. She enjoys sunsets and long walks on the beach.
Nate Baldermann, Treasurer (2020)
Nate was first appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2017. He has served as Board Treasurer since that time. Nate plans to help CSJ through continued evaluation of policies and procedures to assist the organization as it continues to meet its mission.
Veronica Long, Secretary (2018)
Veronica has fallen in love with CSJ and the Jackson community through her involvement in five shows since Gypsy (2015). She is excited to use her experiences to give back to a group that has already given so much to her. Veronica has worked on over 40 productions in various capacities including acting, directing, and teching, as well as having been a founding member of a company for high schoolers. During her time at the University of Michigan, Veronica was elected several terms as the Vice President of a service-based organization, and had duties including heading several committees simultaneously. While leading the Membership Committee she was in charge of recruiting and retaining chapter members, and put strategies into place that doubled group membership. She plans to use similar tactics of incentivizing participation and apply them to CSJ, having already introduced several new members and directors to the company this past season. As a realtor, Veronica is no stranger to growing organizations and increasing company visibility, which is done through marketing desirable items such as workshops. She has the knowledge, experience, and contacts established through years of theater participation, including partaking in weekly theater workshops, to put plans into action that will excite program involvement. Veronica is inspired by the passionate individuals involved with CSJ and can’t wait to collaborate on and implement their creative ideas, continuing to improve this already amazing organization.
Brynn Arnall (2020)
Brynn Arnall has been an active member of CSJ for the past year and wants to help promote the arts in the Jackson community. By serving as a member on the board, Brynn feels she can continue to create a community within CSJ and foster an appreciation for the arts for all those involved. CSJ has become a support system and family for Brynn, and she wants to contribute even more of her time to this organization. She is committed to equal treatment and fair, transparent processes and feels that this is an important focus of the board when selecting shows, directors, performance venues, etc. and promoting these events and happenings to the Jackson community. Brynn works full-time for the University of Michigan’s Office of New Student Programs where she implements Orientation programs for new incoming students and their families. She has gained experience in communicating with large groups of people and maintaining a high-level of professionalism while executing these large-scale programs. She feels that these skills can be used as a board member when making important decisions, budgeting, and discussing CSJ events and initiatives with community members. As a board member, Brynn hopes to assist CSJ with choosing challenging, rewarding, and varied shows, so that any community member who wants to get involved can do so and gain an appreciation for the arts, as well as create memories and develop as a performer and/or technical crew member. Finally, Brynn hopes to encourage more CSJ participants to actively partake in areas within CSJ that may be outside of their comfort zone. For instance, Brynn was both an on-stage performer and part of various tech crews this past year. This gave her a new appreciation for each side of the shows she was a part of and feels that more participants and members would benefit from this viewpoint as well. She hopes to continue to serve and work with CSJ in as many ways as possible and feels she would be a great asset to the CSJ board.
Daniel Dye (2018)
I have been part of Center Stage Jackson since joining the cast of Spamalot in 2015. In that time, I feel like I have learned a lot about theater. Along the way, I have made many new friends within this community. I feel that it is appropriate for me to run for Board Membership and bring my ideas to light. Before CSJ, I worked for Culver’s as a manager for 9 years. With that experience, I have learned to build long lasting, professional relationships. I have also learned how to listen to ideas from my team and use those same ideas with my own in order to make decisions that have everyone’s interests in mind. Also, my supervisors have always commented on my reliability. When a job presents itself, I work to make sure that it is done and done correctly. I pride myself on my level of patience and friendliness. It is my hope that by becoming part of the Board, that I can help the community through times of stress and build positive relationships with those who are curious to join.
Jacob Ellis (2019)
Jacob Ellis first enjoyed the technical side of theatre as a student at Western High School, specifically light and sound engineering. He was absent from the theater scene while studying Fire Science at Baker College, but has since gotten involved with Center Stage Jackson helping with props for Arsenic and Old Lace and box office for 1776. Jacob is Fire Fighter 1 & 2 certified, and currently works at UPS and Spring Arbor Lumber. He brings skills to the organization including safety consciousness, previous experience with technical theatre, and a passion for getting things done correctly.
Karen Gerring (2019)
Karen Gerring has a degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. She taught at the middle school level until the birth of her first child. Karen and her husband now have six children ranging in age from twenty to nine. She continued to teach by educating her own children as well as volunteering in homeschool support groups as well as at her church. Karen and her family moved to the Jackson area about twelve years ago and were happy to discover Center Stage Jackson. She first became involved with CSJ because of her children participating in the Youth Theater. Karen was elected to the board in 2015 and has since served on various committees and has acted as producer and prop assistant. She is happy to again serve on the board to help bring excellent community theater to the Jackson area. Karen hopes to make more people aware of our organization and keep live theater accessible to the community.
Mandee Howard (2020)
I graduated from Jackson Community College in 2004 with an Associate of the Arts, with a focus in Theater and Math. While a student, I had the privilege to do work study under Sandy DiCesare, Michael Coy, and Dennis Young. Theater has always been a love and a passion of mine.
I have been actively involved with Center Stage Jackson for over 2 years, serving in a variety of roles on stage, off stage, and back stage. Two of my 3 daughters are (or have been) involved with Youth Theater, where I have also volunteered in numerous positions. Those who know me would agree that I am hardworking, dedicated and focused.
Center Stage Jackson has been like a second family to me. It has been a beacon of light through tough times and has been transformational to my daughter, enabling her to grow in ways I never thought possible. Serving on the Board of Directors for Center Stage Jackson would enable me to give back to the organization that has given so much to my family. My vision for CSJ is for it to continue to grow, and to enable its members to continuously grow in their skills and knowledge. I would love to see more usage of assistants for production teams and the inclusion of workshop options for individuals that would like to learn more about unfamiliar areas, especially technical and production positions. The production team members are critical to any production. Establishing mentorship programs and expanding their knowledge will enable CSJ to be a top-notch theatre group.
Wendy Lake (2019)
Wendy has participated with Center Stage Jackson since January 2015. She especially enjoys helping with CSJ’s Youth Theater. Wendy has participated in two youth productions as the stage manager: Oz! The Musical and Charleston. She was also the props mistress for the main stage production of Gypsy. Wendy also has experience helping in neighboring community theaters as stage help and with set construction.
“As a member of the CSJ Board of Directors, my hope is to see CSJ expand into the community. I hope to help make Jackson and surrounding areas aware of and more involved with everything community theater has to offer. Someday, I hope to see CSJ have its own facility.”
Wendy has been employed at Avery Oil & Propane Inc. for 19 years, married for 10 and is recently an empty nester. She needed to find her new niche, and she feels CSJ has fulfilled this for her. “I’m so thankful for friends that have introduced and pointed me in this direction. I have met so many wonderfully talented people and have made some lifelong friends.”
Melissa McElhone (2018)
Melissa has been acting & directing for almost 25 years. Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and English from Cleveland State University and a Master of Arts in Theater from Wayne State University. Melissa joined Center Stage Jackson in August 2013. Melissa performed in Scrooge The Musical where she enjoyed playing Mrs. Fezziwig, a townsperson and Assistant Director to Lisa Cryderman; Harvey as Veta Louise Simmons; Director of Center Stage’s Youth Theater production of Pied Piper, The Musical; and Joseph as one of Jacob’s wives and Chorus. Melissa also directed The Addams Family and the youth production of Oz! The Musical with 92 excited, wonderful kids! Melissa currently works as the Artistic Director of the Western High School Theater Arts Program.
Steven Owsley (2019)