One of our favorite adventures is to sit on this board, working with education-minded, artistic professionals.
Erin M. Burke is a Financial Consultant with SVA Plumb Financial where she works with successful individuals and families as they manage their wealth into and through retirement. One of the goals she is continually determined to meet is to “close the gap” of financial education for women. Erin guides clients through life transitions such as job change (retirement account rollovers), divorce, inheritance, sudden financial windfalls. Erin is a member of Professional Dimensions in Milwaukee, an organization dedicated to the leadership and professional advancement of women in the state of Wisconsin, board member of the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and is a member of the Next Generation Council for the United Performing Arts Fund. Being involved in the arts is a true passion of hers and she looks forward to lending a helping hand in strengthening the arts infrastructure and education programs in her surrounding communities. Erin is especially thrilled to be a part of the addition of another shining star to the arts scene in her hometown of Madison- with the addition of Capital City Theatre.
Cathy Heller is honored to join the Capital City Theatre board of directors. Her interest in theater and the arts has been a lifelong journey beginning with her mother who was a drama teacher to raising 3 children in the arts. Cathy’s training in education and experience in event planning and producing stage-events is driving her participation. She looks forward to supporting Capital City Theatre in their next exciting season!
Jed Sanborn is a Certified Public Accountant whose private practice has included significant work with many non-profits and other start-up enterprises in the Madison area since opening in 2001. A native of the Twin Cities, he received degrees from UW-Madison in accounting, political science, and international relations. Jed is a recovering politician, having served on the Madison City Council from 2005 to 2011 as a representative of the Southwest side. After a short stint as a golf professional, he became a CPA in the Madison area in 1997 and also owns Buck’s Pizza, a local institution in Madison since 1960. He lives in Madison with his wife Lisa, daughter Annika, and son Jacob and his interests include Badger athletics, cooking, reading, politics, and Madison’s vibrant arts scene.
Dr. Lucian Lozonschi is a cardiothoracic and heart transplant surgeon with the University of Wisconsin. He is also an art, music and theatre lover and a stern advocate in the professional and business community in Madison. A native of Romania, he had exposure to the performing arts from an early age, when as a medical research fellow he found himself cheering backstage for the very young pianist Lan Lan, at an international piano competition in Japan. Before coming to Madison in 2006, Dr. Lozonschi replaced American piano virtuoso Earl Wild’s heart valve and was able to rehabilitate him in time for one of the last few concerts the Grammy winning pianist played. Dr. Lozonschi likes to say that he chose to became a heart surgeon because the surgery is more of an art than a science! He believes the business and medical professionals in Madison are ready for the first professional, Equity musical theater.
DR. LUCIAN LOZONSCHI
Patrick Barlow, the former Director of Performing Arts at MATC (where he spent 13 years, teaching and directing students and community members) has recently retired as MATC’s Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. He is now working as a adjunct instructor and offering consultation as a freelance speaker, facilitator, and workshop leader.
As a theatre and public speaking teacher for 35 years Patrick has worked with 1000’s of students, directors, actors, designers and musicians. Some favorite past productions at MATC include Jekyll and Hyde, Evita, Galileo, Children of Lesser God, Noises Off, Talk Radio, The Gut Girls and Children of Eden.
Patrick has also directed for Lakeland Players, The Woodstock Opera House, Stage One, Middleton Players and a number of other companies in the mid-west. He serves each year as a critic for the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival and as a frequent respondent for the American College Theatre Festival. IN 2014 he was inducted into the Wisconsin Theatre Hall of Fame.
Patrick enjoys Golfing, Geo-caching, Hiking, Biking, movies, reading, gardening, good music, the Badgers and the Green Bay Packers. Above all thanks to my loving wife, Martha and sons Jordan and Ryan (Sally his wife and Althea his granddaughter) for giving me the freedom to be creative. I love you guys.
Mona Melms began her fitness career teaching aerobic dance while studying Nursing at the University of Wisconsin Madison in the late 1970s. After earning her B.S. in Nursing and a Master’s degree in Health Care Management, she worked as a Nurse and Nurse Manager at Madison’s Meriter Hospital.
After surviving Stage 3 breast cancer in 1992, Mona decided to dedicate her life to wellness, studying numerous fitness and mind-body disciplines. She is a certified personal trainer and founded melt, a personal training & Group Exercise studio, in 2007. She has recently added another role and is the newly appointed Director of Fitness & Wellness for the Edgewater Spa in Madison.
As a certified fitness instructor, Mona is always looking for art forms that use movement to create happiness in the body. Her current passion is teaching Foundation Training and Yamuna Body Rolling, body-work therapies that restore body alignment by creating strength from the inside out. She is also a STOTT-trained Pilates instructor and has a Brown Belt in Nia, a cardio dance workout that combines dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts.
Mona still works part-time as an Urgent Care Nurse for Group Health Cooperative in Madison. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, cooking dinner for her friends, listening to music, going to the Theatre & Opera and reading.
MONA MELMS, RN, MS
John Stevens has enjoyed a distinguished career as a performer, teacher, composer, arranger, conductor and administrator. He recently retired after 33 years as a university music professor, the last 29 on the faculty of the UW-Madison School of Music. He served as Director of the School of Music for 7 of those years. A lifelong musical theater fan and supporter, John is also a veteran of 500 performances of BARNUM on Broadway, where he was the original tuba soloist. (If you Google the 1980 Tony Awards show you can see him kick off the evening playing the big sousaphone solo in “Come Follow the Band”).
Pattie Ann Tuscic is a Real Estate Agent at Restaino & Associates in Madison. The mother of two grown children, and a Grandmother of two wonderful Grandsons and a beautiful Granddaughter! Over the years she has specialized in Relocation and has had the immense pleasure of introducing families to the wonderful arts and culture the Madison area delivers! Having relocated 23 years ago from the Pittsburgh area with her two sons, music was a large part of her childhood growing up in the “Oldies Capital Of The World”. School musicals, singing, dancing, groups performing in the alleyways and all of the wonderful friendships made along the way — some of her favorite childhood memories! She is thrilled to sit on the Board of Capital City Theatre and dedicate her time to making this wonderful program, full of talented and interesting artists a reality!
PATTIE ANN TUSCIC
Rick Wolff is a seasoned theatre industry professional and is the Hospitality Coordinator at Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC). He assists with corporate events, provides tours of the manufacturing facility, hosts customers from all over the world, oversees the company’s promotional products store, and is the Administrator of the corporate philanthropy program. Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Rick received his bachelor’s degrees in English and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a member of the Wisconsin Marching Band. Wolff resides in McFarland with his wife Valerie and has three children. He is excited to be involved with this enormous opportunity of taking musical theatre to a new level in Madison. In his copious spare time, Wolff enjoys time with his family watching son Garrett perform with the Wisconsin Marching Band at UW athletic events, son Zachary perform with musical theatre groups, and cheering on daughter Marissa in competitive swimming.
Clare Zaiman-Keen was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught English and Social Studies at Waunakee Middle School since 1991, where she also leads an improv comedy student group and co-directs the 7th grade One Act play with her husband, Larry Keen. She has been a volunteer for several Madison theater groups, and strongly believes that the arts serve a positive, multi-purpose role in connecting students to their school communities. Clare and Larry have two grown daughters, Chelsey, a student in Criminal Justice, and Renee, a talent agent in Chicago.
Susan Stoltman-DeCroix joins our board as a representative for parents who have found themselves guiding creative and performance-enamored children through the rich offerings of the Madison arts community. As a child and young adult she was encouraged to pursue performance as a way to connect with others and express herself, and she is committed to fostering similar opportunities for her own daughters and their peers as they discover and pursue their artistic paths. Prior to moving to the Madison area, Susan resided in eight other states, so she has had the pleasure of enjoying and supporting a diverse range of performing arts organizations. Her academic background is in business, arts management and education and she has extensive professional and volunteer experience in education, marketing and recruitment.
Bonnie Abrams retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator for the School of Music and served as Assistant to the Director under John Stevens.
She received a Bachelors degree in the School of Journalism from UW-Madison. Her favorite past time growing up in Washington DC was playing the violin and staying up late watching old movie musicals with her mother who shared in that love.
She has performed with Madison Theatre Guild, Children’s Theater, Middleton Players Theatre, Mesoghios Dancers, Noor El Sahara Dance Troupe, Edgefest Follies, and in The Nutcracker under the direction of JoJean Retrum.
She has held positions as President, Who’s New in Madison; Publicity Chair, Middleton Players Theatre Board; Co-Director, Noor El Sahara dance troupe.
Jeremy has over ten years of experience in digital and small business marketing. His primary focus is on the growth of your business. With a keen eye for design, your end product will surely be something your business will love. Jeremy grew up and went to school right here in Madison WI. Go Bucky!