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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:

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.