Board Chair and Secretary
Brian is a fan of the theatre, but even more a fan of community service. He is passionate about giving back, as well as helping others give back in a variety of ways.
Brian sees the need for entertainment to help build Port Huron's downtown, mimicking the resurgence many southeastern Michigan downtowns are trying to achieve. In that effort, he sees his best possible contribution to be a part of the establishment of a sustainable small entertainment venue. Brian's charge is to help build a board of passionate individuals, committed to ESR and The Citadel Stage. Brian's 20+ years working in entrepreneurial roles for large paper manufacturing corporations, as well as his educational background in engineering and business, provide some of the right skill set to make this a reality. Through this work, his goal is to create an entity that has the support and structure to last decades into the future.
Organizational Development and Bench-marking Chair
Cortney Roles has been a part of theatre for most of her life, as well as a part of the ESR Board for the past 2 years. Now, with her move to west coast, she is helping the board make connections to theatres beyond Port Huron. Her location in the Los Angeles area provides the ability to meet with local, thriving theatres both large and small. Cortney's mission is to talk with boards and other operating staff to learn tips and ideas that may help make Enter Stage Right stronger. The connections will definitely lead to more opportunities and success for Enter Stage Right as we learn from some of the best through Cortney!
Dave is the epitome of people wanting to give back and improve the community. Over his time in the Blue Water Area Dave has donated his time and talents to Enter Stage Right, the Port Huron Museum Organization, the St. Clair County Farm Museum, the Port Huron stationed US Coast Guard, the Special Olympics, and many more.
Dave brings his years of experience in the business of the auto industry, his local connections and knowledge of building construction, as well as his diverse educational background to work for Enter Stage Right. Dave’s charge on the ESR board will be to help us “Look Sharp, Stay Fit, Make Good Decisions” – one of his favorite quotes from the Ghost Busters. Dave will keep watch over our business, but particularly on our plans in and around The Citadel Stage. Our physical assets need a keen eye and a steady hand on the rudder, and Dave’s goals are to steer us safely through any storm.
Mike brings a wealth of knowledge in operating and creating not for profit corporations to the Enter Stage Right board. Mike has helped establish more than a dozen new not-for-profits, sat on the East China and RESA school boards, served on the Community Foundation of Saint Clair County's grants committee, has been active in the AYSO soccer organization, volunteers at local soup kitchens.....the list of community works goes on and on!
During Mike's tenure as Director of Saint Clair County's Community Mental Heath Authority, he established the CMH player's program. Mike was new to theatre at the time, but recognized potential for life changes that accompany the expression of oneself through theatre. As the founder of the program Mike was able to (had to....) perform in many of the productions and still graces the CMH stage today. With an experienced voice likes Mike's helping to direct ESR, there is no limit to what we can accomplish!
Board and Donor Engagement Chair
Carmella enjoys helping others. When that includes an opportunity to show appreciation to those who donate, she is happy to volunteer! As a lifelong resident of Port Huron, she has enjoyed what the area has offered her family to find their creativity. ESR is a part of what Port Huron has to provide for everyone to find their creative voice. Carmella's 20 years of experience in industry has shown her the importance of logical systems and operations, but also has helped her hone Dale Carnegie's #2 principle: To give honest and sincere appreciation. A blending of ISO and Carnegie is part of her plan to help ESR be successful. Additionally, she brings her experience from being in service to local churches and community activities with a sincere desire to help ESR to grow and become one of the creative centers of the area. She hopes to inspire those who can, through the support and participation of the Blue Water Community. Carmella looks forward to working with the dedicated ESR Board.
John has been with Enter Stage Right since the early years of our Will on the Water Shakespeare festival. John's love for literature guided him to his current profession as an English Professor, and spurred his commitment to Enter Stage Right. Many of the productions that the company does are based on great works of classical literature; and are not only entertaining, but educational. As Education Liaison, John keeps us in tune with happenings at the local college through his current position as an educator and his background as the Teacher Union's President. John is also the President of a long standing local Men's Chorus group, The Schubert Male Chorus of Port Huron, which has been singing in the Blue Water Area since 1907. Theatre is a tradition rich in language and literature, and John is here to help us bring out the deeper meaning in both.
Marilyn joined ESR playing the ghost of Christmas present in "A Christmas Carol", and her involvement with ESR has been the best present we could ask for. Marilyn brings a voracious work ethic and experience with multiple non-profit organizations to our company. Marilyn also lends her talents and advice as a front line medical worker, having worked as a nurse with several different organizations in the blue water area. When she is not at ESR or caring for others through nursing, she serves on the board of Save Our Neighborhoods and Streets, working to make Port Huron a better community. Marilyn is also guided by her strong religious faith, and serves as an Associate Pastor at #C4Yourself Church. ESR is truly blessed to have such a dedicated and dynamic individual working to help out theatre grow and flourish in Port Huron!