One of our favorite adventures is to sit on this board, working with education-minded, artistic professionals.

ERIN BURKE

Board President

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.

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

PATRICK BARLOW

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 an 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, geocaching, 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.

Pattie Ann Tuscic is a Real Estate Agent at Restaino & Associates in Madison. Pattie is 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

SUSAN STOLMAN-DECROIX

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.

BONNIE ABRAMS

JOHN STAMPEN

John Stampen serves the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) as their Chief Marketing Officer where he is primarily responsible for leading the WMEP’s marketing communications, business development, and strategic planning efforts.

John earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, a Master’s degree in Business, and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology-Cognitive Science, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Raised in Middleton, John now lives in the town of Middleton with his wife and better half, Pam.  John and Pam have two children, Jake and Tucker, who are both pursuing artistic careers.  John enjoys being a “back of the pack” athlete who gets his money worth at local races around town.

Rob Palmer is the Vice President of Government Relations for WPS Health Solutions, and he represents WPS to the Wisconsin Legislature and the U.S. Congress, state and federal agencies, and military beneficiary associations.  A native of Plainfield, Ind., Rob and his family moved from Warner Robins, Ga. to Oregon, Wis. in 2015.

Rob earned a master’s degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts. He also earned a master of public affairs degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and holds bachelor’s degree in political science from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.

Rob serves in the Air Force Reserve as an individual mobilization augmentee assigned as a special assistant for public affairs in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Rob Palmer

Rachel Werner

Rachel Werner is digital editor of BRAVA, a Wisconsin-based magazine created by women for women and subsidiary of Nei-Turner Media Group. She is also the social media manager of another Nei-Turner publication and brand, The Celebration Society, for which she curates trending wedding content and engaging event images aimed at increasing the visibility of The Celebration Society’s brand. In particular, Rachel enjoys overseeing the culinary, arts, fashion and beauty coverage in her current roles and has previously contributed print, photography and video content for other media outlets around the country such as Madison Magazine, Big Life, Entrepreneurial Chef and Hobby Farms Magazine—all while maintaining side gigs as a fitness pro, a 2016-2017 national cycling WomenRide4Change Ambassador and a 2017 World Food Championships Top Ten Finalist judge.

Marci S. Katz is a Certified Public Accountant whose company, M.S. Katz & Associates, LLC, provides contracted fiscal oversight, fiscal systems development, and fiscal operations consulting to the State of Wisconsin Division of Medicaid Services.  She has spent her professional career working in and consulting with nonprofit entities and enjoys sharing her skills and expertise to develop strong fiscal infrastructures to support the identified outcomes and strategic plans of the organizations she works with. She has served on a number of boards throughout her career and is excited to be a part of the Capital City Theatre board of directors.

Marci grew up in Flint Michigan where her true passions in music and theatre were supported by her mother who was active in music and theatre performance.  Marci is first and foremost a musician and passionate about Madison’s rich music and theatre environment.  She has been a Madison resident since 1979 and sharing her professional skills as an active CCT board member allows her to actively maintain a connection to music, theatre and the arts.

MARCI S KATZ