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Board of Directors 2014-2015

Lisa Cryderman - President

Chuck Edwards - Vice President

Melissa Turner Paschall -Secretary

David Hawkins - Treasurer

Preston Judd

Todd Lutz

Melissa McElhone

Doug Meyers

Rebecca Onnen

Max Waagner

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Board Member Biographies:

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 Judd
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 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 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 Meyers
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 Onnen:
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."

Max Waagner:
Max has been involved in local community theatre since 1992 as performer, producer, along with all three of his children who are now all grown up. He is the Director for Global Safety for Dawn Food Products where he has worked for the last 35 years. Max served as a board member for Clark Lake Players for several years and assisted with the merger with Jackson Civic which of course lead to the development of Center Stage Jackson.
"I believe strongly in community theater and all of the wonderful people who are involved in it but I also understand the struggles involved in keeping an organization like this strong so that it cannot just survive but thrive during tough times. The day to day involvement of the board is critical as is the necessity for timely and effective communication throughout the organization."