[This position is currently vacant] - President
Chuck Edwards - Vice President
Melissa Turner Paschall -Secretary
David Hawkins - Treasurer
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
Board members will be voted into office at our Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. Location and time of the Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony will be announced soon via e-blast, website and facebook.
Please note that prospective board members that desire to have their name to appear on this year's absentee ballot need to contact David Hawkins before Thursday August 6, 2015. "Write in" nominations from the floor will be accepted after August 6th or at the Annual Meeting, but these names and biographies may not appear on the ballots.
Contact board member David Hawkins at
for more information.
Board Meetings 2014-2015
Board Meetings are held at Jackson's First Presbyterian Church at 6:30pm and are open to the membership.
Tuesday September 2, 2014
Tuesday October 7, 2014
Tuesday November 4, 2014
Tuesday December 2, 2014
Tuesday January 6, 2015
Tuesday February 3, 2015
Tuesday March 3, 2015
Tuesday April 7, 2015
Tuesday May 5 , 2015
Tuesday June 2, 2015
Tuesday July 7, 2015
Tuesday August 4, 2015
Tuesday August 18, 2015 (Annual Meeting: Open to the public!)
Board Member Biographies:
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.
Melissa Turner Paschall (Secretary)
Melissa's primary job is being a wife and mother of two boys. She is a principal at a public elementary school and loves to perform. Melissa has acted in several plays for Center Stage Jackson as well as produced three plays. She has been on the Board for two years, serving as the secretary this last year. Melissa's vision for community theatre is to truly involve the whole community of Jackson County. She would like to live in a community where the Arts is valued and seen as viable and valuable. Melissa would love to see CSJ not only partner with the other Arts in the community but with the businesses and Jackson’s Mayoral office to develop relations in order to elevate Jackson’s reputation as an Arts Center. As a member of the Board, she has used her organizational skills to assist with the revamp of the nearly completed Production Manual. Melissa is fearless and a risk-taker, but understands when to hold back and be patient.
David Hawkins (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.
Preston is 50 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 began his affiliation with Center Stage Jackson in 2012 with the production of The King and I, performing a few walk on roles as well as a minor role as the Interpreter. Since that time, he has also been a part of Hairspray (2013), Scrooge (2013), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2014).
In addition to Preston's roles on stage, he has also assisted with the set design and construction of each.
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 soar with her love of Shakespeare and Classical Theater. Some of Melissa’s favorite roles include Frosine in The Miser and Lizzie Borden in Blood Relations.
Melissa has been raising her two boys as a stay-at-home Mom for the past 11 years. During that time she has been a school volunteer, President of her church council, Leader of Mothers of Preschoolers for three years, member of her church drama club, member of the church choir, Substitute Teacher, and many other volunteer and community assignments, including Props Assistant for CSJ’s Man of La Mancha. She was thrilled to join Center Stage Jackson in August 2013. Melissa was in Scrooge The Musical where she enjoyed playing Mrs. Fezziwig and a townsperson as well as Assistant Director to Lisa Ykimoff, Harvey as Veta Louise Simmons, Director of Center Stage’s Youth Theater production of Pied Piper, The Musical, and finally in Joseph as one of Jacob’s wives and Chorus. What an exciting year it’s been!
Doug has served on the CSJ Board for the last two 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 directed and acted in Harvey and produced both Youth Theater productions and Tech Directed The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Doug believes that the priorities of the organization are as follows (in no particular order):
- Maintain the financial viability of the organization
- Complete the CSJ Production Manual
- 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
Rebecca works at the local radio station and is a music junky. She has an incredible 11 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 ran for the Board because she heard there is a desire for people who want to make a difference. "This theater group is going in a great direction, but it needs help moving along. The more heads to work together the more greatness that can happen."