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Board of Directors

The Pittsford Musicals Board of Directors consists of 12 volunteers, elected by the membership at the organization's annual meeting in January of each year.  The members are elected to serve three-year terms, with four board seats up for election each year.

The Board of Directors for 2017 consists of the following members:

2017 Board Nominees: 

Kate Bond

Kate Bond is excited to be running for Pittsford Musicals board. She moved to Rochester five years ago and was welcomed into the PM community with open arms. Truly it is what has kept her from running away screaming from the suburbs. After 5 years and 4 shows (with breaks for babies), she is ready give back to that community and be part of the group of people that gets it all done.

In the past Kate has designed several PM programs and has served on the Marketing Committee. In the slightly more ancient past (college) she was music director for her a capella group and music director for several student-run musicals.

In her day job Kate is a stay-at-home mom to four young children, with a side gig as a digital sales data analyst for Ghostlight Records. (Yes, that is just as exciting as it sounds.)

Kate promises to bring her unyielding organizational skills, nonstop enthusiasm, and deep-seated musical theater nerdiness to help PM continue as the premier community theater organization in Rochester. She appreciates your support and your vote.


Todd Gonzalez

After being "homeless" for a few years following his work with the The College at Brockport Theatre Program in 2008, Todd Gonzalez feels he has finally found a new home with a wonderful family here with Pittsford Musicals! Although he is a relative newcomer to the Pittsford Musicals family, he is looking forward to serving the organization in a greater capacity off stage. He began working with PM in 2014 with Curtains and followed that show up the next year with Cabaret. Most recently, he was a member of the Sweeney Todd ensemble, but wanted to do more than just play on stage, so he volunteered to take on some dramaturgy work for the production as well as single-handedly created a lobby display to further educate not only our cast and crew, but our audience on some of the aspects of Victorian England and the history of the Demon Barber, which are both topics near and dear to his heart. 

 

This was an enjoyable experience because it allowed him to use some of his theatrical training accrued throughout high school and college which, at times, he felt went to waste. Aside from dramaturgy, he also has a strong interest and training in properties management, costume construction, and set decoration, all of which he would love to pursue to a greater degree. He hopes to be able to do more of this sort of work on future productions.


He feels that he would be a valuable member of the PM Board because he has a strong attention to detail, as well as a drive to try new things and help with the decision making process. He would love the opportunity to play a role in our family that involves more than just playing a role on stage. For the past few years he has really been looking forward to taking some time away from acting and focusing on other aspects of theatre. This is a perfect opportunity to serve the organization off the stage and hopefully being able to do great things for all of us, his theatre family.


Beth Jenks

Beth Jenks has been a music teacher in the East Irondequoit School District for the past 15 years. She pioneered the middle school musical program and has since directed, vocal directed, costumed and business managed 14 shows. Beth has also enjoyed being the props master, set designer/builder and dabbling in choreography. In addition to being a part of Pittsford Musicals’ productions of Wizard of Oz and Sweeney Todd as a costumer, she has also costumed Webster Thomas’ Aida and currently working on Webster Theatre Guild’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as well as the annual middle school production of Mary Poppins Jr. Beth is an organized and hard-working person, willing and able to collaborate with the many individuals it takes to produce a successful show. Being involved in Theatre (whether behind the scenes, on stage or in the audience) is an extremely rewarding experience. Beth wants to help maintain, if not help grow, the magical tradition of Pittsford Musical’s annual productions.



Jennifer Pawlak

Jennifer Pawlak has been a member of Pittsford Musicals since the 2004 production of Mame, and has been involved both on- and off-stage with every show since then.  You have most recently seen her as an apple-wielding tree in The Wizard of Oz and a catatonic lunatic in Sweeney Todd. 

Jen brings to the Board her enthusiasm for the continued success of the organization and a great sense of humor.  Among other goals, Jen will help the organization maintain its current technological capabilities and advance future technology goals, attract new talent, and continue to provide high-quality productions, thereby ensuring Pittsford Musicals’ prominence in Rochester’s amateur theatre community.  Jen has served on the Show Selection Committee, Nominating Committee, Director Search Committee, Scholarship Committee, and currently co-maintains the Facebook and Instagram accounts as well as email marketing.  Jen is also an active member of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Education Organization), having served as treasurer, secretary, vice president, and is currently halfway through a two-year term as president.  By day, Jen is Senior Director of Legal and Compliance Recruiting at BarkerGilmore, a national executive search firm.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University.


Erin O'Hanlon

Erin has been experiencing the personal and creative benefits of community theater for most of her life. She feels strongly about helping PM thrive. Erin has been involved in PM since 2012, when she appeared in Oliver!, and has been involved in some way in most of the shows since. Erin previously served on the board of directors from 2014-2017. During that time, she served on the ticketing, fundraising, show selection, and director search committees. She also chaired the audition and scholarship committees. Erin graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in theater and worked in Box Office Management for several years before transitioning to management in Supported Employment at the Arc of Monroe County. These days, she is a stay at home mom to her two year old twins. Erin is honored to be considered for the board, and welcomes the opportunity to serve PM in this capacity again.


Diane O'Niel

Diane has been involved with Pittsford Musicals since 1995.  She had so much fun collecting props for that show she came back the next year and has been doing it every year. Since then she has worked backstage as part of the crew and learned to help build set pieces. Diane has served a number of terms on the Board of Directors, including several times as President. She has also served as the Pittsford liaison to TheatreRocs.

She realizes that theater groups in Rochester are facing increasing pressure for audiences, operating funds and even performing locations. She feels that Pittsford Musicals holds a unique place in this environment not only for the quality of its productions, but also for the sense of community it brings to those involved. Diane would like to be a part of ensuring this history doesn’t disappear and feels her background would be a definite asset.


Jason Rugg

ason Rugg began his career as a theater educator in 2003, when he directed his first production, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Since then he has directed over a dozen high school productions, from large broad-interest musicals to boundary pushing straight plays. He has taught theatre at West Irondequoit for 12 of his 17 years as an educator, leading theatre trips to NYSTEA Student Conferences and international trips to London, England. For five of those years, Jason served as West Irondequoit’s Director of Performing Arts, producing five shows a year to sold out audiences, balancing a profitable self-sustaining program and maintaining two performing arts spaces.


Jason has also participated in many productions around the area, performing with Irondequoit Theatre Guild, Greece Performing Arts Society, Roberts Wesleyan College Community Theatre, RAPA, Blackfriars, and Pittsford Musicals (Annie (2010), Curtains (2014), and Cabaret (2015)). He also runs Last Fool Productions, a company he co-owns, where he directed Really Rosie for the 2017 Rochester Fringe Festival at Blackfriars Theatre. He loves participating in all aspects of the theatrical process, often assisting on run crew, building sets, painting, and other production elements to stay active in local theatre.


I wish to join the Board for Pittsford Musicals because as an organization it represents the best values of community theatre: an organization where everyone contributes throughout the production process; where artists listen, entertain, guide, and lead a community through the arts; and where all members of the organization make newcomers and returners feel equally welcome, and those missing in action, wanted. I have experience working with theatre people, from beginning students to veteran professionals, and I look forward to serving alongside the many current and future Board members to continue making Pittsford Musicals a valued, respected, and vital part of the local community.


Jessica Kimble Wood

Jessica Kimble Wood is honored to be nominated as a PM Board of Directors candidate.  She has been involved in several area community theatre organizations and has a special spot in her heart for PM where she has made many wonderful friends over the last eight years. Jessica joined the Pittsford Musicals Family in 2009 as a Carousal cast member. Since then, she has been involved with each of PM’s productions on and off stage. Jessica served on the board and continues to serve on many of Pittsford Musicals’ committees since her three year term ended in 2014. 


Jessica is a primary school teacher in Canandaigua where she serves on her district’s Arts in Education committee. She is currently home on maternity leave caring for her three young children. 


As a past board member, Jessica understands many of Pittsford Musicals values and goals and would love the opportunity to help the wonderful organization grow while serving on the board again. 



Current Board Members:

Gordon Bennett
Term Ends: January, 2018

Gordon began his involvement with Pittsford Musicals in 2003 when he assisted with building sets. He has been involved with every production since to some degree, either onstage as a cast member, playing in the pit, working on stage crew, building sets, managing online ticket sales, and/or as a member of the board.  He has been on the board for nine of the past 11 years, and has served on the Director Search, Show Selection, Scholarship, Publicity, Membership/Ticket, and Spring Show committees.  He also served as president in 2008, and currently serves as webmaster for the PM web site. Gordon has served on the PM Board of Directors from 2005-2011, including a year as President in 2008, and again from 2012 until the present. Gordon supports his theater habit by working by day as a software engineer for First Consulting, Inc.  He lives in Honeoye Falls with his wife, Carol, and two rescued shelter dogs, and is the proud father of two grown daughters.


Adell Cecconi
Term Ends: January, 2019

Adell first got involved with Pittsford Musicals in 1997 as an ensemble member of Crazy For You, and had such a positive experience that she went on to perform in eight more PM productions (and counting!). Adell is the Marketing Manager for DiMarco Group, and lives in Webster with her husband, Domenick. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, jazz music, Zumba group fitness, camping (well . . .“glamping”) and being outdoors as much as possible.




Dave Fisher 
Term Ends: January, 2020 

Dave has been a member of Pittsford Musicals since 1982 (the first Carousel). He is a past Board member, past President, past Treasurer, and Distinguished Service Award Winner.  Strictly a backstage person, David has designed and built many of the sets for Pittsford Musicals.  He is also the Technical Director and Set Designer for the Honeoye Falls Lima School District Drama Club.  He is employed as a Software Engineer with First Consulting, Inc. and lives in Honeoye Falls with his wife, Lisa.




Lisa Fisher
Term Ends: January, 2018

Lisa has been involved with Pittsford Musicals since 1980 and has contributed in many different capacities over the years.  She has always helped out with costumes and in recent years I has also taken charge of ticket sales, as well as participated on the audition and show selection committees.  Most recently she has also taken over the management of the costume loft.  After 34 years of active involvement with Pittsford Musicals, this is Lisa's first time on the board. In addition to her work with PM, Lisa is the costume coordinator for Honeoye Falls-Lima High School and manages their costume storage area.  She works full time as an Operations Liaison for Wells Fargo Advisors helping to support six branches in New York and Pennsylvania. Lisa has been married for 30 years and her grown children both live out of state, so free time is spent either relaxing at Seneca Lake or visiting the kids in Baltimore or Ann Arbor.



Jason Ford 
Term Ends: January, 2020 

Jason first joined the Pittsford Musicals family in the fall of 2015 when he was cast as Victor in Cabaret.  This fall he played the Guard in Pittsford Musicals’ 2016 production of The Wizard of Oz.  Theatre is such a big part of Jason’s life.  Jason has worked with other theater groups in the Rochester area as well.  He most recently played Motel, the tailor, in Webster Theater Guild’s winter production of Fiddler on the Roof.  Jason has loved being a part of the theater community in Rochester.  Jason also co-directs at his school.  This winter he is co-producing and co-directing Seussical at Francis Parker School No. 23.  He currently teaches fourth grade at School 23 and has been teaching for the past 12 years with the City of Rochester.  For the past three summers he has co-directed the Rochester Summer Scholars theater production.  Jason has fully enjoyed being a part of all aspects of theater from actor, stage crew, director, costumer, to set designer. 



Chris Garver
Term Ends: January, 2020 

Chris has been associated with Pittsford Musicals since 2007; in addition to perfoming on stage often, he has also assisted with shows backstage or in other various off-stage capacities, particularly with working on set construction.  If an actor has danced on a suspended platform in the last few years, odds are pretty good Chris had a hand in building it, unless it was rickety, in which case it was somebody else.  Involvement with community theater in the Rochester area is Chris' primary hobby outside of his occupation as a software developer.



Linda Gressell
Term Ends: January, 2019


Linda has been involved in community theater since she was 12. A Pittsford Sutherland grad, she received her degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University. Linda has worked at the University of Rochester for 13 years in Advancement and Development. She and her husband Chris are parents to two beautiful boys Noah and Hudson. They reside in Pittsford.





John Hennessey 
Term Ends: January, 2020 

John’s history with Pittsford Musicals dates back to 1980, when he appeared in Brigadoon. He was involved both on and off stage for several years, even serving on the Board, before moving to New York City in 1986. Upon returning to Rochester in 2002, he was quick to renew his relationship with the organization and the many friendships that he formed before his New York sojourn. Since his return to the area, John has served twice on the board (including a term as President), directed Fiddler on the RoofCarouselCompanySteel Pier and The Sound of Music, and has appeared on stage in The Music Man, Mame, Annie and most recently, A Chorus Line. He has also worked backstage for Hello, Dolly! and Les Miserables. John has also been responsible for co-chairing concessions as well as being instrumental in the Girl Scout theatre program for Annie, Oliver and The Sound of Music which has introduced live theatre and Pittsford Musicals to a whole new generation.



Katie Keller
Term Ends: January, 2019

Katie Keller has been involved with Pittsford Musicals since the fall of 2008 when she was cast as Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly!. Since then, Katie has been a cast member of A Chorus Line, Curtains, Cabaret, and The Wizard of Oz. Katie teaches mathematics and choreographs the musical productions for East Irondequoit Middle School, is the Pittsford Mendon Show Choir choreographer, teaches dance at Jody B's Studio of Dance, and is an Entertainment Cast Member at Walt Disney World. 





William Ruiz
Term Ends: January, 2019

William Ruiz has performed in recent Pittsford Musicals productions of Chicago and Sound of Music, however his theatre experience spans well over a decade. Will started performing at School of the Arts where he graduated as a Theatre major. After high school, he began working professionally as part of the cast of Learn-It-Live, Inc., a company that focused on live theatre-based training for corporations. Will also performed at Six Flags Theme Park. In 2008, Will earned Bachelors degrees in Spanish and Communications/Broadcasting with a minor in Theatre from SUNY Brockport.  While attending college, he participated in multiple productions, which led to an opportunity to be part of the GEVA Theatre production of Our Town. He was invited to serve as an apprentice instructor at GEVA Theatre’s Summer Academy. Will has been teaching at East Irondequoit Middle School for five years and has co-directed and/or choreographed the school’s musicals. He recently completed a Masters degree in Adolescent Language Education and Development in 2012 at the University of Rochester.





Stuart Soloway
Term Ends: January, 2018

Stuart has returned to the Board of Directors again after serving from 2008 – 2013, including one year as president of the organization. Theatre runs in Soloway’s blood: for many years he booked national tours of Broadway productions for Columbia Artists Theatricals, and for several years worked on the marketing campaigns for Broadways shows such as Chicago, King Hedley II, and Les Miserables.Since moving to Rochester a dozen years ago, he has been very involved with Pittsford Musicals; in addition to serving on the board, he has assistant directed Fiddler on the Roof, Company, Carousel, Steel Pier and The Sound of Music;he has served on the show selection committee for several years, as well as on the marketing/advertising committees. Professionally, he runs the Fine Arts Series at The College at Brockport.




Eric Williamson
Term Ends: January, 2020 

Eric is honored to be a board member for Pittsford Musicals. He has been a lifelong vocalist, actor and artist both in his hometown of Camden, NY, and since relocating here to Rochester in 1999. As he became involved in the Rochester theater community, many people spoke with him about the quality of Pittsford Musicals productions. He auditioned for the Wizard of Oz in August of 2016 and was given the role of the Wizard/ Professor Marvel.From the moment he walked into his first rehearsal, he was impressed with the way the directors worked together and the manner in which they communicated with the adults and children of the cast. Cast members went out of their way to make him feel welcome and the production schedule was respectful of time. The turnout by cast members to assist in the monumental task of completing the scenery was impressive. This enthusiasm and sense of community was contagious and inspired him to get involved where he could. Cast and crew interacted like a true family and made him feel like a member. He feels so blessed to have been a part of such an incredible show and to have worked with such kind and talented people. The Pittsford Musicals community has created a legacy in the Rochester area and he loves being an active participant in its continued success.