Nate Baldermann – President
Susanna Ellis – Vice President
Kelly Crippen – Treasurer
Veronica Long – Secretary
You do not have to be interested in being on-stage or backstage 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 who are 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 us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Board Meetings 2020-21
Unless otherwise noted, all board meetings take place at Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church, 743 W. Michigan Ave, Jackson, MI 49201, on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm. Board meetings are open to all members. Non-members are welcome at the beginning of each meeting!
Tuesday September 8, 2020 – conducted via Zoom due to COVID-19
Tuesday October 13, 2020
Tuesday November 10, 2020
Tuesday December 8, 2020
Tuesday January 12, 2021
Tuesday February 9, 2021
Tuesday March 9, 2021
Tuesday April 13, 2021
Tuesday May 11, 2021
Tuesday June 8, 2021
Tuesday July 13, 2021
Tuesday August 10, 2021
2021 Annual Meeting date to be announced
About Our Board Members
Note: The year following each board member’s name indicates the year that board member’s current term ends/the year they will be up for re-election.
Nate Baldermann, President (2023)
Nate Baldermann is an owner at Rehmann, a regional CPA firm, where he has specialized in government and nonprofit auditing and consulting for his entire career. Nate has been a part of the Jackson community since moving to the area in 2004. His family began their involvement with Center Stage Jackson in the 2012-13 season with the production of “The King and I” when his wife, Cyndi, and two daughters took the stage. Since that time, Nate has helped on several productions while his wife served on the production team. In 2016, Nate joined the board and began serving as Board Treasurer. Since 2019, Nate has served as Board President.
Nate’s priorities over the next year are to continue to work to finalize the organization’s strategic plan and to update and develop policies and procedures to put Center Stage Jackson in the best position possible to accomplish its mission for years to come. He also looks forward to working with the Board to ensure the safe return of productions in various forms in the coming months.
Susanna Ellis, Vice President (2021)
Susanna has been involved in theater since she was seven years old. She enjoys working behind the scenes to make productions (and especially Center Stage Jackson) run smoothly. Susanna has a degree in theater and business and was employed as a stage manager/theater gopher for three years. During the 2015-2016 season, she joined the board and has since served in many capacities including vice president, chair of several committees, co-tech director, stage manager, properties mistress, producer, and more. Theater is Susanna’s passion. She has seen firsthand how being involved in the arts can change lives and help people heal, and she wants to make that opportunity available to as many as possible.
Kelly Crippen, Treasurer (2022)
On stage and off, Kelly enjoys wearing various hats for Center Stage Jackson. She is delighted to share her talents by assisting with properties and box office, serving as a board member, officer, committee chair, mentor, team member and producer; Kelly is thrilled to be directing The Wizard of Oz (2021). As an actor, her favorite “hat” was her role as Ethel Toffelmier in The Music Man (2018). Kelly lives in Brooklyn, MI with her husband (David), daughter (Sabrina) and their two cats: Jazz & Huckleberry. She has over three decades of administration experience and currently an office manager at Amcor Rigid Packaging North America, where she also serves in leadership as chair of the ARPNA Events Team. In every aspect of her life, Kelly believes in basing her decisions and contributions on what is best for the group. She considers it an honor to volunteer for this organization, and she is committed to representing Center Stage Jackson with integrity, pride and grace.
Veronica Long, Secretary (2021)
Veronica fell in love with CSJ and the Jackson community during her first production with the organization in 2015. Since then, she has served as the Secretary of the Board of Directors, chaired the Membership Committee and been a participant of others, performed in six shows, directed one play, was slated to produce a production until COVID-19 intervened, volunteered for events such as Culver’s fundraisers, and has made many lifelong friends. Veronica has worked on over 50 productions since catching the “theater bug” in middle school, and brings with her almost two decades of experience in different areas including stage managing, lights, sound, props, set building, makeup, directing, and acting. As Chair of the Membership Committee for the past several seasons, she has responded to the needs and desires of the organization by creating the CSJ Community Facebook page, organizing workshops of various topics, and putting together CSJ apparel. Veronica looks forward to continued collaboration with the passionate participants of CSJ on growing the organization and supporting the arts in Jackson through achievable goals, transparency, and creativity.
Danielle Allore-Taylor (2023)
Danielle joined CSJ back in 2018 and has loved being a part of this theatre community! Music has always been a very large part her life. Danielle has been involved in musicals throughout the years, and loves to continue to grow in her singing and acting. She would love to bring the joy she finds in theater to others. She has felt so rewarded with being a part of CSJ productions, and now looks forward to serving others by being a board member.
Lisa Cryderman (2023)
Lisa Cryderman is a Jackson Public School teacher with long ties to this community. She has been a performer, a producer, and a director with theater groups in this community and surrounding counties for over 30 years. She has loved theater as a hobby and a passion since high school. Lisa has served on the Center Stage Jackson Board of Directors in the past holding the offices of Secretary and President. She has participated with and chaired various CSJ committees, currently serving as chair of the Marketing Committee. Her goals for this organization are:
- To create a welcoming and inclusive environment in which to create professional level community theater
- To increase audience sizes, membership, and corporate sponsorship
- To add more performance opportunities each season
- To provide training and workshops in backstage and onstage skills
- And a long term goal of purchasing or renting a building. CSJ needs a home to perform in, to store all of the set pieces, props, costumes, and technical equipment, and to have a “storefront” for visibility and brand recognition. Ideally, this building would be close to the growing and revitalizing downtown Jackson area.
Daniel Dye (2022)
Karen Gerring (2022)
Karen has a degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University and taught at the middle school level, before becoming a full time home educator. She volunteers at her church and several other organizations. Karen has been involved with CSJ for over eight years, first becoming involved through her children’s participation in youth theater. She has been on the board for five years and has served on several committees including, but not limited to marketing, play selection and the newly formed teen theater committee. She has also handled the box office for the past few seasons and produced several shows. Karen has a deep love for theater and has seen first hand how it impacts so many. The performers, crew and the community as a whole all benefit from CSJ.
Don LaFollette (2021)
After graduating from Jackson College and Siena Heights University with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre/Speech Communication, I traveled to Florida to work at Walt Disney World as a Character Performer and at a resort called Give Kids the World as an Entertainment Coordinator. As far as my traditional theatrical background goes I have done six shows with CSJ and those are Seussical, Back to the 80’s, Shrek, My Fair Lady, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Jekyll & Hyde, along with shows in college and other community theatres. I believe I would be a great asset to the Board of Directors because I work really well on a team and I want to help Center Stage continue to be the best it can be and help it grow to the next level for the Jackson community to love and enjoy.
Wendy Lake (2022)
Wendy has participated with Center Stage Jackson since January 2015. She especially enjoys helping with CSJ’s Youth Theater. Wendy has participated in several youth productions as stage manager. As a member of the CSJ Board of Directors, Wendy’s goal continues to be expanding into our community, getting people involved with everything community theater offers. Wendy reiterates, “We are COMMUNITY Theater!”
In 2018, with the help of a fantastic committee, Wendy organized the first annual BBQ cook-off fundraiser – “Porkapalooza” and continues this fundraising event and others, with huge success! Wendy’s proven marketing & sponsorship skills remain an asset to Center Stage.
Wendy wants to see growth in our community and with the heart of volunteers and support from local businesses, it’s inevitable. She has met so many wonderfully talented people and made some lifelong friendships with Center Stage. Wendy cannot wait to see what Center Stage Jackson does in the upcoming years!
Darren Taylor (2023)
Darren has been involved with CSJ since 2018 but has always shared a strong passion for theater since being involved in theater in high school. When he went to college, Darren utilized his entry courses learning theater at Jackson College and also in education where Darren transferred and graduated from Spring Arbor University. Darren eventually was hired at Western School District and is widely known as “The Bow Tie Guy” because of his love for wearing bow ties.
Darren has held multiple roles onstage as a performer but slowly turned more to the Stagecraft side of theater. This new curiosity eventually helped Darren earn him the position of the Director of the Western Community Arts Center where he oversees productions in the Western community. Darren loves to learn new acting methods but also loves to absorb the knowledge of what happens backstage as well.
Darren hopes to combine his performer and stagecraft skills to help CSJ maintain its reputation as an organization that will always deliver a stellar show. A company that brings in talent to showcase Jackson at how amazing our performers can be. Darren is very excited to see what the future will bring to CSJ and also to the community!
Linda Weber (2023)
Linda Weber is interested in becoming a member of the Center Stage Jackson Board of Directors. She has been an active member of CSJ since 2017. Linda thoroughly enjoyed being part of the ensemble cast in The Drowsy Chaperone, Music Man and Jekyll and Hyde. In addition to being onstage, she also enjoyed being the props manager for the youth theater shows – Rockin’ Robin Hood and Fairy Tale One-Acts. Linda now actively participates in the Jackson Chili Cook-off, representing CSJ and serves on the Sponsorship Committee.
Linda is an Administrative Assistant by profession. In that role, for the last 24 years, she has learned importance of teamwork, the need to be very detailed oriented and have the ability to adjust to ever changing situations. With this background, along with her commitment to the Jackson community and CSJ, she feels she would be an asset to the CSJ Board.
Linda truly believes in CSJ’s mission to cultivate, advance, and promote amateur theater to the Jackson community. She believes together we can keep Center Stage Jackson an active part of Jackson County for years to come!