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Board of Directors & Board Meetings 2015-2016

Doug Meyers - President

Chuck Edwards - Vice President

Bruce Crews -Secretary

David Hawkins - Treasurer

Karen Gerring

Dawn Hines

Susanna Hopper

Preston Judd

Melissa McElhone 

Rebecca Onnen


Center Stage Jackson is now accepting nominations for candidates for the Board of Directors! 
You do not have to be interested in being on-stage or back-stage 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 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 current board member David Hawkins at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Board Meetings 2015-2016

Board Meetings are held at Jackson's First Presbyterian Church at 6:30pm and are open to the membership. 

Tuesday September 1, 2015 
Tuesday October 6, 2015
Monday November 9, 2015 (changed from November 3 due to GYPSY tech week)
Tuesday December 1, 2015
Tuesday January 5, 2016 
Tuesday February 2, 2016
Tuesday March 1, 2016
Tuesday April 5, 2016 
Tuesday May 3 , 2016 
Tuesday June 7, 2016 
Tuesday July 5, 2016 
Tuesday August  2, 2016  
Tuesday August 16, 2016 (Annual Meeting: Open to the public!)



Board Member Biographies: 

Doug Meyers (President)
Doug has served on the CSJ Board for the last three terms.  He is currently serving as President and chair of the Youth Theater committee.  He has previously served as Treasurer.  During the past season, he acted in The Addams Family and Spamalot and produced both Youth Theater productions.  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
  • Update the CSJ website
  • Continue to promote awareness of CSJ in Jackson and surrounding areas
  • Continue to develop depth in technical positions through training programs

Chuck Edwards (Vice President)
Chuck has been involved with theater in one form or another since the 1970’s (he knows that makes him old). Like most people he started out on stage, but then started to do some behind the scene work and that is when he fell in love with theater. There was an extended period of absence from live theater as Chuck chased the things of life. During that time he scratched his theater itch with shows at churches and schools a couple times a year. Then Chuck filled in one night at the Bon Ton room on the sound board and I was bit again by the theater bug. Shortly thereafter he found himself working with Center Stage and some other community and local theaters. Center Stage became Chuck’s home and he has had the privilege of working with this talented group for the past several years (“or have they just put up with me, I wonder…. never mind I strayed”) and he looks forward to many more at whatever level he is needed. 

Bruce Crews (Secretary)
Bruce has been involved with Center Stage Jackson for the last two years.  In that time,  he has appeared in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Spamalot.  In addition, he has served as Artistic Director for The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 minutes or Less, Technical Director for The Addams Family, and Audio Engineer for Scrooge.  Prior to becoming involved with Center Stage, Bruce served for two years on the board of Measure for Measure, a 100 voice men’s choir in the Ann Arbor area, as a member-at-large and as Secretary.  He is a licensed attorney, and currently works for the Jackson County Probate Court as Probate Register.  Bruce has many goals for this organization.  He would like to see us develop a strategic plan for Center Stage.  As part of that process, Bruce would like to see us take a good look at what the goals of this organization are, and how best to achieve them in both the short term and the long term.  He is a strong proponent of Center Stage finding a theater of our own.  We’re not ready for that financially yet, but I would like to see us start planning for it and setting goals for how we become financially able to move forward.  Bruce would also like to see us become more of a presence in the community.  He believes we should be about more than just putting on three shows a year.  We should be offering acting classes, tech classes, youth day camps, and other events to get the community involved and excited about theater.  “We have a lot to offer, and I would like to be a part of making that happen.” 

David Hawkins (Treasurer)
For the past year, David has served on the CSJ Board as the Board Treasurer.  Throughout David's career as a CPA he has served in a variety of roles from auditing to executive level management. He currently owns a consulting company that focuses on helping businesses ensure accurate financial records to achieve efficient operational goals. David has strong communication and organizational skills and enjoy working with people. David's previous board experience includes CP Federal Credit Union and various boards at Jackson Free Methodist Church. He currently serves as Treasurer for the Friends of Recovery Court and the finance board at his church. 

Karen Gerring

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 nineteen to nine. She continued to teach by educating her own children as well as volunteering in homeschool support groups. Karen and her family moved to the Jackson area about ten years ago and are still working on their house. She first became involved with CSJ because of her children participating in the Youth Theater. Karen has volunteered as an usher and helped with ticket sales and is happy to now serve on the board to help bring excellent community theater to the Jackson community. 

Dawn Hines

Dawn has been involved with CSJ since 2003, and has been in twelve musicals.  She works back stage for youth productions, helping with costumes, props and kid wrangling. Dawn also ushers for Center Stage Jackson.  She is married and has one daughter, Olivia, who has been on stage since age six.  Dawn has worked in retail for many years, and volunteers at church and school. "We love being involved as a family." 

Preston Judd
Preston is 51 years old, has earned an Associate of Arts/Business administration degree from the University of Phoenix, and owns/operatse two small businesses. Preston feels that he has much to offer this organization to assist in increasing membership, public recognition, and activity. He also wishes to expand his own abilities both on stage and behind the scenes, partly by pursuing (when available) the testing required to become a certified Technical Director as acknowledged by Jackson College and Center Stage Jackson.  Preston has been involved in every Center Stage Jackson mainstage musical production since 2012 as well as some of the other productions and serving on the board since 2014. 

Susanna Hopper
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.

Melissa McElhone
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’s first love has been acting.  She enjoyed spending five weeks in London, England studying with London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art  There she could explore her love of Shakespeare and Classical Theater.   Some of Melissa’s favorite roles include Frosine in The Miser and Lizzie Borden in Blood Relations as well as various Shakespeare roles.
While a stay-at-home Mom, Melissa was involved in many community and volunteer assignments including the Drama Team at her church.  She was thrilled to join Center Stage Jackson in August 2013 where she jumped in with both feet.  Melissa was 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.  Last year, Melissa directed The Addams Family and the youth production of Oz! The Musical with 92 excited, wonderful kids!  Melissa currently works at Western High School and is thrilled to be hired as the Artistic Director at the high school.   

Rebecca Onnen:
Rebecca works at the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and is a music junky.  She has an incredible twelve year old daughter who has found a love for music and being on stage.  Rebecca loves theater.  She has been on the stage on and off since she was seven when she played Gretel in the Sound of Music.  Rebecca has been in many musicals since then, and has loved every minute of it.  She has had roles where she shared the spotlight, and roles where she blended well into the background; "I embrace the theory that there are no small parts, only small actors."  Rebecca has been with Center Stage Jackson for two years, and on the Board of directors for one year.