Speaker Bios

Tools & Techniques Session Speaker Bios

The League's National Conference Education Program includes 26+ sessions on restoration, development, marketing, operations, facilities, technology, and programming along with important case studies of best practices from around the nation, offering something for everyone. Late Sunday afternoon, we will offer two "Early Bird" Intensive sessions for those who can't wait to get started. Two segments of concurrent Tools & Techniques sessions will be offered on both Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17. On Wednesday, following tours of the Paramount and State Theatres, enjoy an in-depth study of the best practices of the Austin Theatre Alliance, including fundraising, marketing, programming, and arts education.

Facilitated discussions, workshops, panel discussions, and case studies provide real solutions to real problems. Four concurrent Tools & Techniques segments on Monday and Tuesday will offer best practices, emerging trends and practical information for improving your historic theatre, your business and your community. Several sessions will be repeated following a 30 minute networking break to give each person an opportunity to attend as many sessions as possible. A few sessions will only be offered once.

Click here to learn about this year's two optional Early Bird Intensive Education Sessions.

All Education Sessions are presented at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

Last Updated 05.21.18


Marissa Austin
Executive Director, Georgetown Palace Theater,
Georgetown, TX

Marissa Austin became the first Executive Director of the Palace Theater in 2013. She came to us from a non-profit job that made her the best choice as our executive director. She organized the operations staff, the patron campaign, took over management of the education program and implemented a highly responsible and successful capitol campaign that has met its financial goals. She recently took over directorship of the Court Appointed Special Advocates for children (CASA) organization supporting hundreds of children in need in the local area. She has remained a valued board member.

Austin Barrow
President & COO, El Dorado Festivals & Events,
El Dorado, AR

Austin Barrow is a native of El Dorado, AR. He received his graduate degree, a Master of Fine Arts in Drama from the University of Arkansas. Austin has performed on stage and screen in Chicago and Los Angeles. He returned to El Dorado in 2011 to lead El Dorado Festivals & Events with an initiative to enhance the regions quality of life through the lens of arts & culture. This mission resulted in the creation and recent opening of MAD, the Murphy Arts District.

Nick Begley
Senior Marketing Manager, AudienceView, Toronto, ON

Nick Begley joined the AudienceView team back in 2010 as the Senior Marketing Manager and has worn many marketing hats in his 7+ years. Previously, Nick worked with organizations including NeuLion, XOS Technologies, MVP Sports Clubs, Orlando Magic, Orlando Seals and the NY / NJ MetroStars. He holds a BA in public relations from Mount Saint Mary College and a dual master's degree (MBA and Masters' of Sport Business Management) from the University of Central Florida. Nick is frequently enlisted as an expert speaker on emerging marketing trends at industry conferences, including LHAT and INTIX. He is also recognized as the guy with the viral candy bar resume.

Paul Beutel
Former Executive Director, Paramount Theatre, Austin, TX

Paul Beutel is former Executive Director of the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX, where he programmed the Paramount's summer classic film series from 1990 to 2005. Paul most recently served as Managing Director and Senior Programming Manager for the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin.

Danielle Boyke
Senior Project Manager, AMS Planning & Research,
Southport, CT

Danielle Boyke has been with national arts and cultural management consulting firm AMS Planning & Research since June 2012, where she has worked on a number of high-profile strategic planning and facilities planning projects, including operating plans for proposed performing arts centers in Beaverton, OR, Sarasota, FL, Edmonton, ON, and St. Tammany Parish, LA, as well as planned capital facilities projects at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and the Kentucky Center. Danielle has an M.B.A. from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin School of Business and a B.S. in Theatre Production from Bradley University. Prior to joining AMS, Danielle was a project assistant at The Wisconsin Union, serving as Outreach Coordinator for the historic Wisconsin Union Theater and Assistant Music Program Advisor for its three music venues. Danielle has an extensive theatre production background and previously worked as a professional stage manager based in Chicago.

Michael Burgoyne
Partner, Schuler Shook, Minneapolis, MN

Michael Burgoyne is a partner at Schuler Shook with over 18 years at the firm. He applies his extensive theatrical design and technical experience to shape theatres, entertainment venues and worship spaces across the US and internationally. In addition to lighting and rigging system design, Michael develops spatial allocations, programming documents, system budgets and specifications. Close collaboration with the design team and end-users assures each project is carefully detailed and highly functional.

Shane E. Burkett
Director, Strategic Marketing, Agile Ticketing Solutions,
Hermitage, TN

Shane E. Burkett is Director of Strategic Marketing at Agile Ticketing Solutions. He has been providing marketing ideas to small and medium-sized organizations, including historic theatres, for nearly a decade. His passion for theatre and cinema goes far beyond the box-office operations and into the heart of the patron; understanding the patron's desire to connect with the stories and be a part of the inspiration that is theatre. His professional background in learning and development, legal and compliance along with a terrific sense of humor provides workshop participants with an enjoyable way to absorb a variety of subject matter.

Mary Ellen Butler
Artistic Director, Georgetown Palace Theatre,
Georgetown, TX

Mary Ellen Butler became the artistic director of the Georgetown Palace Theatre 15 years ago. She has been involved with theater management for over 40 years, both in Europe and various locations in the United States. Through her management and team building skills she spearheaded the development of the historic theater from a position of eminent bankruptcy to its current financial and critical success. She was elected Georgetown's "Woman of the Year" in 2015.

Eugene Carr
President & Founder, Patron Technology, New York, NY

Gene Carr, founder and CEO of Patron Technology, has been an innovator in the area of e-marketing for arts & cultural organizations since 1996, when he founded CultureFinder.com. Initially funded by AOL.com and Comcast, it became an award-winning nationwide arts calendar and online ticketing service. Gene earned a BA in history from Oberlin College, and a music degree from Oberlin Conservatory, earning Phi Kappa Lambda honors, and then earned an MBA from Columbia Business School. Gene worked in arts management serving as the executive director of the American Symphony Orchestra from 1991 to 1996. Gene is the author of Breaking the Fifth Wall: Rethinking Arts Marketing for the 21st Century (2011) as well as three previous books on e-marketing: Wired for Culture: How E-mail is Revolutionizing Arts Marketing (Third Edition) (2007), Sign-Up for Culture: The Arts Marketer's Guide to Building an Effective E-mail List (Second Edition) (2007), and Web Sites for Culture: Essential Principles for Great Arts Web Sites (2005). He also writes a blog: Wired for Culture.

Russ Collins
Executive Director & CEO, Michigan Theatre Foundation,
Ann Arbor, MI

Russ Collins is Executive Director & CEO of Michigan Theatre Foundation, which operated the Michigan and State Theatres in Ann Arbor, MI. Russ is also Founding Director of Art House Convergence.

Adam Curtwright
Co-Owner, Melba Theater, Batesville, AR

Adam & Mandi Curtwright along with Joe & Janelle Shell are the proud co-owners of the Historic Melba Theater in Batesville, AR. What began as a fun thought turned into a two-year adventure of restoring one of Batesville Main Street's treasures. Each maintaining full time jobs, their unique skill sets and backgrounds in construction, marketing, finance and graphic design allowed them to be very hands on and work as their own contractors. The group had a desire to see new life breathed back into the one-screen landmark and the Theater has since been honored as one of the top Historic Preservation projects in the state of Arkansas. The re-opening of the theater lit a spark that ignited a passion in others which revitalized the downtown area and brought their community together. During their two years of operation, they've developed programs and initiatives that have inspired others and brought their motto to life for thousands of visitors that have come to the Melba Theater and enjoyed "An Experience to Remember".

Mandi Curtwright
Co-Owner, Melba Theater, Batesville, AR

Adam & Mandi Curtwright along with Joe & Janelle Shell are the proud co-owners of the Historic Melba Theater in Batesville, AR. What began as a fun thought turned into a two-year adventure of restoring one of Batesville Main Street's treasures. Each maintaining full time jobs, their unique skill sets and backgrounds in construction, marketing, finance and graphic design allowed them to be very hands on and work as their own contractors. The group had a desire to see new life breathed back into the one-screen landmark and the Theater has since been honored as one of the top Historic Preservation projects in the state of Arkansas. The re-opening of the theater lit a spark that ignited a passion in others which revitalized the downtown area and brought their community together. During their two years of operation, they've developed programs and initiatives that have inspired others and brought their motto to life for thousands of visitors that have come to the Melba Theater and enjoyed "An Experience to Remember".

Michael DiBlasi
Partner, Schuler Shook, Minneapolis, MN

Michael DiBlasi is a partner and principal designer in the Minneapolis office and has been an integral part of Schuler Shook since its inception. His hands-on understanding of performance venue requirements; including technical, functional and aesthetic issues; provides an invaluable resource to the design of theatre facilities. Michael's involvement in the project begins with pre-design and programming studies that help shape the immediate and long-range requirements for the facility. His involvement continues throughout the project as Michael collaborates with all members of the design team to develop the project's original vision into its successful completion.

Esty Dinur
Communications, Community Relations & Publicity Director,
Wisconsin Union Theater, Madison, WI

Heather Good is the Assistant Director for Development & Outreach at Wisconsin Union Theater in Madison, WI, and serves on the board of the Barrymore Theater (also in Madison). She is a graduate of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration and has worked with many community-based organizations including the Madison Boychoir, Opera for the Young, and the Great Lakes Area Contact Improvisation Enthusiasts Retreat.

Molly Fortune
Executive Director, Newberry Opera House, Newberry, SC

Molly Fortune became the Executive Director of the Newberry Opera House in South Carolina in September 2015. Prior to moving relocating to Newberry, Molly served as the Director of Restoration & Operations for the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA until April 2015. A fiercely protected National Landmark and nationally acclaimed theatre, the Fox is a multi-purpose performing arts venue which hosts over 450 events and has more than 780,000 patrons per year. During her tenure at the Fox, Molly was influential in the development and implementation of new strategic initiatives such as the Fox Theatre Institute, an outreach and consulting division for which she served as Restoration Consultant. However, her main focus was on the one and only in-house restoration department of a theatre anywhere in the country. She was with the Fox's Restoration Department in 2001. Projects completed under her tenure as the Restoration Director of the Fox included: carpet re-weaving, handrail installation, ceiling restoration, Landmarks Lounge creation, historic finishes documentation, furniture appraisal, lighting appraisals, organ restoration; lighting restoration and improvements, exterior lighting, boiler and air wash restoration to name just a few. The Restoration Department spends over $1 million in capital improvements each year. Molly received her BFA in Interior Design from Converse College. studied architecture at the University of Kansas, and received an MFA Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition to her active involvement with LHAT, she is on the Board of Advisors for the Savannah College of Art and Design as well as Converse College. She is also active as a mentor and peer reviewer for several professional Preservation and Museum oriented organizations and publications.

Kenneth Foster
Account Executive, Spektrix, New York, NY

Robert Friend
Vice President of Business Development
PatronManager, New York, NY

Robert Friend is Vice President of Business Development and Consulting at PatronManager in New York, NY. Robert has over 30 years of leadership in the non-profit and commercial performing arts and sports industries. He has extensive experience in strategic and financial business operations with significant expertise in fundraising, marketing, sales, and technology. As global head of business development and strategy for Patron Technology, Robert is responsible for developing and implementing market strategies that drive sales, market intelligence, and revenue growth for the PatronManager CRM software solution and plays a major role in the company's growth and transformation objectives. Robert is an Adjunct for the Brooklyn College Graduate Training Program in Performing Arts Management. He served as Executive Director for the Arenafootball2 Mohegan Wolves, as Director of Institutional Advancement for Connecticut's Garde Arts Center, as Director of Marketing and Operations for California's Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse, and Associate Director of Marketing for Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre. Robert is a graduate of Boston's Emerson College and serves on the College's Board of Trustees. He is a past member of the League of Historic American Theatres Board of Directors. And, currently serves as Secretary of the International Ticketing Association (INTIX) Board of Directors.

Samantha Giustiniani
Director of Education & Outreach, Count Basie Theatre,
Red Bank, NJ

Samantha Giustiniani is the Director of Education & Outreach for Count Basie Theatre. Before being at the Basie, Samantha was a Training Director for an enrichment company where she taught and developed early childhood curricula in theatre, music, and dance. After working as a teaching artist at the Basie for many years Samantha moved into an arts administration role at the historic theatre. There she manages educational outreach programs and partnerships for the theatre throughout the community and state, including the theatre's John F. Kennedy Center's Partners in Education team, and mindALIGNED, a collective impact initiative that spans two counties in New Jersey. Samantha holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and a MA in Shakespeare and Theatre and continues to act and direct throughout the region.

Diana Gordon, CFRE
President, Orpheum Performing Arts Centre, Wichita, KS

Diana Gordon is a certified fundraising executive with over 25 years in nonprofit arts organizations. She became President & Chief Development Officer of the Wichita Orpheum just over two years ago, after a long tenure leading fundraising efforts for fine arts at Wichita State University.

Charles Gray
Artistic Director, Struthers Libary Theatre, Warren, PA

Charles Gray is a playwright, librettist and Artistic Director at Struthers Library Theatre in Warren, Pennsylvania. Previously, Gray has worked at Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Court Theatre Chicago, San Jose Repertory Theatre and Teatro Visión de San José. She has co-written the musicals, "Between Dirt & Sky" and "Ciribiribin" as well as authored two musical adaptations, "A Christmas Carol: A Rock Musical" and "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." While at Struthers Library Theatre, Gray has expanded educational programming to create SLT Academy for musical and technical theatre studies.

Mandi Grimm
Director of Training, Etix, Morrisville, NC

Mandi Grimm is Director of Training for Etix. She was Box Office Manager for a 20,000 capacity Live Nation Amphitheatre and has held various Box Office Roles in Amphitheatres, Arenas, and Performing Arts Centers before joining Etix. During that time, she also helped to create Audit Guidelines, train new Box Office Managers and consult for new venues. Since joining Etix she has created the Training Department, collaborated on system development, oversaw many high impact client conversions and currently oversees the Anti-Fraud Department with Krister Larsson. Interacting with clients on a daily basis via phone and onsite helps her to better understand the needs and challenges they face in their business. Mandi is also a Co-Officer of CaRTA, the Carolina Regional Ticketing Association and has planned and participated in their events and success since its inception.

Becky Hancock
Executive Director, Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation,
Knoxville, TN

Becky Hancock is the Executive Director of the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation in Knoxville, TN. She leads the organization in its mission is to preserve, maintain, and operate the Official State Theater of Tennessee and focuses much of her time on fundraising.

Dr. Brent Hasty
Executive Director, MINDPOP, Austin, TX

Dr. Brent Hasty is the Executive Director of MINDPOP, a solutions-based organization dedicated to expanding creative learning in classrooms, schools and communities. Under his leadership, MINDPOP manages Austin's Creative Learning Initiative; develops creative learning professional development models and resources; researches issues of impact and access to the arts and creative learning; and consults with leaders across the country to develop sustainable creative learning systems in communities dedicated to access and equity in the arts and creative learning.

Lila Honaker
Director of Marketing & Outreach,
Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation, Knoxville, TN

Lila Honaker has been working in the entertainment industry for nearly 15 years in the music, performing arts, and television sectors. In her current role at the Tennessee Theatre, she is responsible for the overseeing the Tennessee Theatre brand, creating awareness for the non-profit organization, fundraising through donations, grants and sponsorships, and developing special events, educational programming, and community outreach and partnerships. Lila has a background as a performer, is a member of Tennesseans for the Arts and Americans for the Arts, and volunteers with Knoxville organizations to present marketing solutions sessions to emerging nonprofits and small businesses.

Sarah Hutton
Director of Sales, Choice Entertainment Technologies,
Boulder, CO

Sarah Hutton was a founding member of Shubert's Partner Sales + Marketing group where she also oversaw account management for Lincoln Center Theatre, Disney Theatrical Group, Wicked, The Kimmel Center, and several other large institutions and high touch point Broadway productions. In 2016, she moved into Shubert's tech division (Choice Entertainment Technologies) where she works with performing arts organizations of all sizes on enhancing their audience development and technology solutions. Previously, Sarah was Communications Director at Camp Broadway, and served as a production associate on three Broadway plays (most notably, LOMBARDI). Sarah holds a BS in Marketing from Emerson College, and an MS in Media Management from The New School. She is the Co-Chair of the Young Professionals Broad of CO/LAB, a non-profit that offers individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theater arts.

Stephen Jannise
Film Programmer, Paramount & State Theatres of Austin,
Austin, TX

Stephen Jannise is the Associate Director of Film Programming for the Paramount and State Theatres in Austin, TX. He formerly was the Film Programming Director for the Austin Film Festival.

Jennifer Luck
Education & Outreach Director,
Paramount & Stateside Theatres, Austin, Tx

Jennifer Luck is the Education & Outreach Director at the Historic Paramount & Stateside Theatres in Austin, Texas. She moved to Austin in 2008 after spending three years in Los Angeles with P.L.A.Y., the Education Department at Center Theatre Group (The Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum & Kirk Douglas Theatre). Prior to her time in L.A. and Austin, she worked with Phoenix Theatre, Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, The Herberger Theatre Center, Biz Kids NYC, and The Children's Museum of Manhattan. In 2009 she was named a Don and Elizabeth Doyle Fellow by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), recognized for her artistic ability in the area of Theatre for Youth. Not only is she an educator/administrator, but she is also an accomplished singer and composer. She holds a BA in Theatre from Arizona State University and an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from the University of Texas at Austin.

Donald Mason
Lyric Theatre, Lexington, KY

Donald Mason is the Executive Director of the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in Lexington, KY. Tasked with directing the historic African American venue into a leading regional arts center, Donald has become an advocate for diversity, inclusion and equity in the Central Kentucky region and beyond. Donald serves on the LexArts Board, Picnic with the Pops Commission, Business Volunteers for the Arts, EMERGE Conference Steering committee and the Projects committee for Leadership Lexington Alumni. He holds a B.S. in Management and Ethics from Asbury University and is an MBA candidate at Southern New Hampshire University, holding a Master's certificate and Modern Musician specialization from Berklee College of Music.

Henri Mazza
Chief Creative Officer, Alamo Drafthouse, Austin, TX

John McEwen
Executive Director, New Jersey Theatre Alliance,
West Orange, NJ

John McEwen serves as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a service organization for the state's 35 professional theatres. The Alliance provides advocacy, technical assistance, and programming that supports collaboration among the state's non-profit professional theatres, encourages professional theatre activities, provides a wide range of marketing and audience development initiatives, and helps member theatres in their growth and development. John is the Founder and Chairman of the Cultural Access Network of New Jersey, Vice President of ArtPRIDE, and Trustee of the New Jersey Fund for the Blind, and The School of the Arts at Montclair State University. He has consulted with many organizations on board development, long-range planning, fundraising and cultural access. John received his Bachelor of Arts from Montclair State University and his Master of Arts from New York University, where he has served as an adjunct professor in their Arts Administration Program.

Randy McKay
Executive Director,
Jefferson Live! (Cascade & Holly Theatres), Medford, OR

Randy McKay is the Executive Director for Jefferson Live!, a partnership with Jefferson Public Radio that manages the Cascade (Redding, CA) and Holly (Medford, OR) Theatres in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Randy is a frequent CHAT user and a vocal ambassador for the League on the West Coast. Both the Holly and Cascade Theatres are venues in smaller communities.

Brant Miller, RA, LEED AP
Senior Associate, DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky,
Cleveland, OH

Brant Miller, RA, LEED AP was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He earned his Masters of Architecture and MBA from Kent State University. He currently works as a designer and an architect at DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky in Cleveland. He served as the project architect for the Murphy Arts District and refers to it as one of his most fulfilling projects.

Alice North
President, The North Group Inc., New York, NY

Halsey and Alice North jointly head The North Group Inc. which, since 1987, has been assisting historic theaters across the country with an integrated approach to planning, board development, and fundraising designed to strengthen organizations' fundraising capacity and effectiveness. Both are active members of LHAT (Board members since 2010) and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (active since 1975).

Halsey North
Chairman, The North Group Inc., New York, NY

Halsey and Alice North jointly head The North Group Inc. which, since 1987, has been assisting historic theaters across the country with an integrated approach to planning, board development, and fundraising designed to strengthen organizations' fundraising capacity and effectiveness. Both are active members of LHAT (Board members since 2010) and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (active since 1975).

Christina Novotny
Counsel, Baker & Hostetler LLP, Cleveland, OH

Christina Novotny is Counsel in the Cleveland office of Baker Hostetler whose practice focuses on the federal tax treatment of real property transactions, specifically including transactions involving partnerships, federal and state HTCs and NMTCs, and Section 1031 tax-deferred exchanges.

Marcy O'Brien
Executive Director, Struthers Library Theatre, Warren, PA

Marcy O'Brien, Executive Director, came to the job in 2007. With negligible theatre experience, she relied on her history of operations management, marketing, public and community relations, assets that she acquired in both large and small business and as community activist. Earlier careers included American Airlines field supervisor and corporate staff analyst, college instructor, interior designer, award-winning columnist and freelance writer for national newspapers and magazines and running a national direct marketing business.

Susan Palmer
Principal, The Palmer Westport Group, Santa Fe, NM

Susan Palmer is Senior Consultant for The North Group Inc. Prior to forming the Palmer Westport Group, Susan was Executive Director of The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, MA; a co-founder of Barrington Stage Company – a producing theatre company that recently won two Tony awards for The Putnam County Spelling Bee; managing director of The Berkshire Theatre Festival; Information Systems Manager at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival; Director of Major Gifts at WGBY Public Television.

Kevin Patterson
Senior Account Executive, PatronManager, Carmel, IN

Kevin Patterson is currently a Senior Account Executive with Patron Technology. A 25 year veteran of the performing arts, with expertise in rehabilitating distressed organizations, Kevin held executive positions with the Austin Lyric Opera, Indianapolis Opera, and Anchorage Opera. As an arts administrator he has worked with The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pittsburgh Opera and Santa Fe Opera companies among others. A professionally trained and licensed auctioneer, Kevin specializes in consulting and conducting benefit auctions for social benefit and performing arts organizations around the United States. His understanding of audiences and their desire for experience driven fundraising has resulted in millions of dollars in special events fundraising income for organizations. Kevin also blogs and hosts podcast on issues in the arts at 10toCurtain.com.

Adam Philipson
President & CEO, Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ

Adam Philipson has been CEO of the Count Basie Theatre since 2012 and previously ran the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.

Mallory Rine
Marketing Manager, Orpheum Performing Arts Centre,
Wichita, KS

Mallory Rine has led the Marketing Department at the Wichita Orpheum for five years. She focuses on increasing and diversifying audience through social media, web presence, rebranding, outreach, and engagement.

Arturo Rodriguez
Board President, Georgetown Palace Theatre,
Georgetown, TX

Arturo Rodriguez has started his third year as the Palace Theatre board president. He had spent the previous 15 years as a board member and the board lawyer. His leadership has positively impacted board and staff development, patron stewardship, and the capitol campaign. His law firm represents the civil needs of the Georgetown government and he is a valued community leader. He and his family are active members of the community at large.

Tina Sawtelle
Chief Financial Officer, The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH

Tina Sawtelle is the Chief Financial Officer of the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH and has held various financial leadership positions over the past 20 years spanning across retail, higher education, health care, and arts & entertainment industries. Tina has served in a number of volunteer capacities including as treasurer and board member for the Homemakers Health Services in Rochester, NH and presently acts as an alumni advisor to her alma mater, the University of New Hampshire, where she participates in the Paul T. Paul College of Business and Economics FIRE Peer Advisor program as well as the Women in Business Mentor program. Tina resides on the seacoast area in NH with her family.

Michael R. Schnoering, FAIA
Partner, Mills+Schnoering Architects, Princeton, NJ

Michael R. Schnoering, FAIA is a Partner with Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC, a full service architectural firm with broad experience in the planning and design of new buildings and historic preservation. He manages many of the firm's theater and educational projects. In his work with historic theatres, he is particularly focused on project planning, budgeting and fundraising, program development, site design, and project scheduling. He is also interested in engaging with owners and managers of mid-century Modern theatres to help them understand and enhance their newly historic buildings, and he specializes in identifying and designing integrated solutions to accessibility challenges. In 2016, he was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for his work on the revitalization of theaters. Mr. Schnoering holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and is a Registered Architect in 15 states. He serves on the Board of Directors of the League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT), the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the Cultural Access Network (a project of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance), and the 1719 William Trent House Association.

Dan Sheehan
Operations Director, Proctors, Schenectady, NY

Janelle Shell
Co-Owner, Melba Theater, Batesville, AR

Adam & Mandi Curtwright along with Joe & Janelle Shell are the proud co-owners of the Historic Melba Theater in Batesville, AR. What began as a fun thought turned into a two-year adventure of restoring one of Batesville Main Street's treasures. Each maintaining full time jobs, their unique skill sets and backgrounds in construction, marketing, finance and graphic design allowed them to be very hands on and work as their own contractors. The group had a desire to see new life breathed back into the one-screen landmark and the Theater has since been honored as one of the top Historic Preservation projects in the state of Arkansas. The re-opening of the theater lit a spark that ignited a passion in others which revitalized the downtown area and brought their community together. During their two years of operation, they've developed programs and initiatives that have inspired others and brought their motto to life for thousands of visitors that have come to the Melba Theater and enjoyed "An Experience to Remember".

Joe Shell
Co-Owner, Melba Theater, Batesville, AR

Adam & Mandi Curtwright along with Joe & Janelle Shell are the proud co-owners of the Historic Melba Theater in Batesville, AR. What began as a fun thought turned into a two-year adventure of restoring one of Batesville Main Street's treasures. Each maintaining full time jobs, their unique skill sets and backgrounds in construction, marketing, finance and graphic design allowed them to be very hands on and work as their own contractors. The group had a desire to see new life breathed back into the one-screen landmark and the Theater has since been honored as one of the top Historic Preservation projects in the state of Arkansas. The re-opening of the theater lit a spark that ignited a passion in others which revitalized the downtown area and brought their community together. During their two years of operation, they've developed programs and initiatives that have inspired others and brought their motto to life for thousands of visitors that have come to the Melba Theater and enjoyed "An Experience to Remember".

Stephanie Silverman
Executive Director, Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN

Stephanie Silverman is Executive Director of the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, TN and has been with the theatre since 2007. The Belcourt is a nonprofit film house dedicated to presenting the best in contemporary & repertory cinema from around the world. The historic 1925 theatre once housed the Grand Ole Opry and is now nationally recognized as one of the country's best art house theatres for both its programmatic vision and fiscal stability. Silverman serves as treasurer and founding member of the leadership group for the Art House Convergence, an organization founded by the directors of leading art houses across the U.S. to act as a support organization for theatres at all levels of maturity and stability through research, mentoring and an annual conference. Prior to her tenure with the Belcourt, Silverman worked for several nonprofit arts organizations including the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; founded the Arts on the Green Festival in Omaha, NE. She also worked with RMS Titanic, Inc. (now Premier Exhibitions) and artist management agency Exceptional Artists and has served as a panelist at the League of Historic American Theatres national conference, the National Performance Network Conference, and the Art House Convergence. She lives with her husband and four children in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee.

Lynn King Smith
CEO, TicketForce, Mesa, AZ

Lynne King Smith, Lynne King Smith is a co-founder and CEO of TicketForce - one of just several women C-suite executives in ticketing. With over 20-years in the technology field, she is also a writer, blogger, lover of social media, and loves to share ideas about using technology across markets. King Smith is a frequent presenter via webinars and national conferences, including Association of Arts Presenters (APAP), International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), International Ticketing Association (INTIX), and The League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT). Format includes formal presentations, round-table discussions and one-on-one consulting. Lynne has received the Most Influential Women in Arizona award from the AZ Biz Journal and the Most Admired Leaders in Phoenix from the Phoenix Business Journal. Her leadership at TicketForce with a focus on positive company culture has resulted in being voted one of the Best Places to Work in Arizona 2 years in a row. This fall, she will open Thrive Coworking for Women, a workspace devoted to creating a strong community of women in business.

Darlene Smolik
Plymouth Soundings, LLC, Loudon, TN

Darlene ("Dee") Smolik is Principal of Plymouth Soundings, LLC. She has been the tax credit coordinator for several of LHAT member theatres wishing to access the benefits of HTCs and NMTCs. She has closed over $900,000,000 in projects to date. Dee has been a member of the LHAT Board, has served as Treasurer, head of the Audit Committee, and most recently was honored with being named as a member of the Board Emeritus.

Terry Stewart
Chairman & CEO, El Dorado Festivals & Events,
El Dorado, AR

Terry Stewart was born and raised in Daphne, Alabama. He earned 4 degrees from Rutgers and Cornell and currently is the Chairman/CEO of El Dorado Festivals & Events in El Dorado, Arkansas. Previously, he was the President/CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as the President/COO of Marvel Entertainment in New York City, where he was recognized as the CNBC Marketing Executive of the year.

Tom Sullivan
Director of Special Projects, Rose Brand, Secaucus, NJ

Tom Sullivan has worked for more than 30 years in theatre production and stage craft. Before joining Rose Brand 8 years ago, Tom spent a decade at The Metropolitan Opera designing and building scenery. Later at Hudson Scenic in New York City he managed the engineering department, designing solutions for hundreds of Broadway productions, commercials and industrials. Tom is an adjunct Professor of Stage Craft at SUNY Purchase and holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama.

Scott Swenson
Founder, Scott Swenson Creative Development, LLC,
Tampa, FL

Scott Swenson for more than 30 years, Scott has been bringing stories to life as a Writer, Director, Producer and Performer for theme parks, consumer events, live theater and television. His 21-year career with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment included being part of the original development team for the "Howl-O-Scream" event at Busch Gardens Tampa. In 2014, Scott formed Scott Swenson Creative Development LLC, working as a creative consultant to write live shows, create and implement themed festivals, and develop communication-based training classes. He is the Writer and Creative Director for "The Vault of Souls," an historically based atmospheric theatre piece in Tampa's 1923 Exchange National Bank building; a regular contributor to The Haunt Journal magazine; and host of the haunt how-to podcast, "A Scott in the Dark." In 2017, he was recognized by The Haunted Attraction Association for his "...unprecedented investment and support for the haunted attraction industry." Scott and his co-presenter, Jill Witecki, have presented together countless times since 2004, and have performed together as part of Tampa's WIT Improv troupe for the past 12 years.

Alex Szilvas
Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP, Cleveland, OH

Alex Szilvas is a Partner in the Cleveland office of Baker Hostetler, a national law firm with 14 offices throughout the country, which is nationally recognized in the field of Tax Credit Financing. Alex has been practicing law at Baker Hostetler for almost 30 years. He is the Co-leader of the firm's Tax Credit Finance and Economic Development Incentives Practice as well as the leader of the Real Estate Tax Transactions Team. Alex has extensive experience in the structuring and financing of projects utilizing federal and state HTCs and NMTCs.

Jill Witecki
Director of Marketing & Community Relations,
Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL

Jill Witecki blame it on too much Scooby-Doo as a kid, but Jill has been fascinated with ghosts, ghoulies and goblins ever since she can remember. While cutting her teeth as a cub reporter at The Tampa Tribune in 2003, she was cast as a scare-actor at Busch Gardens Tampa's "Howl-O-Scream" event, where she met and began working with co-presenter Scott Swenson. Soon after, she joined the theme park's Media Relations team full-time and became the Howl-O-Scream Marketing Manager. In 2012, Jill came to Tampa Theatre as the historic movie palace's Director of Marketing & Community Relations, where she immediately set about creating the "A Nightmare on Franklin Street" Halloween classic movie series and building the 91-year-old landmark's haunted reputation into a profitable series of programs. She is widely regarded as the keeper of Tampa Theatre's paranormal past, and her late-night ghost tours have become a popular item at fellow non-profit's fundraising auctions.