Meet the Trustees! Pictured are Edward, Margueritte, Jodi, Tony, Alison, Noreen, Ayanna, Nora, and Chris.

Meet the Trustees! Pictured are Edward, Margueritte, Jodi, Tony, Alison, Noreen, Ayanna, Nora, and Chris.

Board of Trustees: Get Involved!

Trustees play an active role in shaping the theater’s direction by providing governance and support to the staff. Trustees spend an average 8-10 hours a month addressing the non-profit management of the institution.  Trustees also provide direct support to the theater through fundraising and participation on committees. We are always looking for individuals with a passion for performing arts and experience in any of the following areas: non-profit management, finance, fundraising, human resources, law and policy, performing arts, early childhood education, community outreach, diversity and inclusion, and arts education. 

If you are interested in joining this dynamic group of community volunteers and helping Puppet Showplace Theater achieve its mission, please contact Managing Director Cat Meilus at business@puppetshowplace.org

About the Board

Puppet Showplace, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation as defined by Chapter 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.  As a nonprofit, the theater is governed by a volunteer board of trustees who are empowered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to act as fiduciary stewards of the organization.

ALISON PLANTE, President

Brookline, MA - Alison is a composer for media, and currently serves as Chair of the Film Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music. She studied at the University of Chicago and the University of Cambridge. Her scoring credits include educational television, documentary features, national TV spots, trailers, and corporate identity music, live action and animated shorts, multimedia museum installations, and of course puppet theater. Alison is also a member and past president of the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry, and a Brookline mom who loves to take her son to the Showplace.

EDWARD ZLOTKOWSKI, VICE PRESIDENT

Somerville, MA - Edward is Professor Emeritus of English and Media Studies at Bentley University where he founded the Bentley Service-Learning Center in 1992. He has written and spoken extensively on a wide range of service-learning and civic engagement topics, and served as general editor of the American Association for Higher Education’s 21-volume series on service-learning in the academic disciplines (1997-2006), among other publications. His non-service-learning work includes publications on English and German romanticism and the poetry of Denise Levertov. Dr. Zlotkowski is a senior associate at the New England Resource Center for Higher Education. He received his B.A. in English and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University.  

Nora Sanders, Clerk

Brookline, MA - Nora is a strategy consultant who previously spent 10+ years in digital media sales and operations at Google, Inc. A Massachusetts native, she received degrees from Harvard College and the Boston University School of Management. Nora is passionate about the story-telling power of puppetry and its potential within education.

CHARLES WONG, TREASURER

Cambridge, MA - Charles is a support engineer in the enterprise travel division for Google Inc. and has over two decades of experience in the consulting and technology fields. He is a Massachusetts native and is a graduate of Harvard College. Charles brings a wealth of expertise in helping nonprofits leverage technology to gain efficiencies, improve processes, and deliver on the organization's core mission.

Chris Cebula

Manchester, NH – Chris is a Human Resources leader with 20+ years of experience designing and developing human resources strategies to enable organizational goals and objectives. He possesses broad experience in global compensation and benefits, global talent acquisition, strategic management, organizational effectiveness and development, and employee relations. Currently, he is working for a global engineering and consulting firm in the environment and health sciences area. Prior experience includes non-profit work with a firm dedicated to bringing commercial viability to those in developing countries and other professional service firms. Chris is a native of Massachusetts and lives in New Hampshire with his two Brussels Griffons.

Jodi Ekelchik

Cambridge, MA – Jodi is a business consultant with a focus on project management and the design, implementation and integration of finance, research and IT initiatives.  The focus of Jodi's work, in the US as well as the UK, is to facilitate change, enhance communication, develop innovative copy and serve as the bridge between the business and IT.  Jodi works primarily with universities and non-profit organizations and enjoys helping  design roadmaps to launch new initiatives.  Jodi’s daughter loves to visit the theater and delights in the discovery of new stories and all that a show entails.

Anthony Leva

Cambridge, MA – Anthony is an improviser, collaborator, educator and multidisciplinary artist. He can often be found on stages throughout the USA playing songs or accompanying theatre and puppetry with:  The Dylan Jack Quartet, Jaggery, and The Gottabees. In addition to performing, Anthony is also an active teacher helping all aspiring bassists from the age of 6 to 106 as well as being an active collaborator/educator at Tunefoolery, an artist collective of musicians in mental health recovery. Anthony also studies the sintir (a North African bass lute) and has occasionally performed on trumpet, melodica, accordion and clown nose. He is currently working on his own puppet show about the history of the double bass called "The History of Deep Tones."

Noreen MArtin Herzog

Newton, MA – Noreen is a corporate attorney who advises businesses and non-profits on a wide variety of matters, including board governance.  A graduate of Boston College and Northeastern University School of Law, she has spent years many years living in and being a part of the greater Brookline community. Noreen enjoys the arts, bringing the arts to children and is excited to serve with the Puppet Showplace Theater.

AYANNA MCPHAIL

Brookline, MA - Ayanna is a practicing attorney who received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.  Ayanna received her bachelor degree in Education from McGill University in Montreal.  Ayanna grew up in Brookline, attended the Pierce School and Brookline High School.  She has one daughter who loves live theater.

Margueritte S. Murphy

Boston, MA, and Rochester, NY - Margueritte S. Murphy has taught at Bentley University and Bates College, and most recently has served as chair of the Writing and Rhetoric Program and as associate provost at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D from Harvard University in Comparative Literature. She is author of books on the French poet Charles Baudelaire, and on the prose poem, and she is co-editor of a collection on the discourses of globalization. Currently, she serves as advisor and faculty liaison to the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at Hobart & William Smith Colleges.

Paul Vincent Davis, Trustee Emeritus

Brookline, MA - Paul Vincent Davis is widely recognized as one of the foremost hand puppeteers in the country. In addition to performing, Paul has taught puppetry at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Boston Museum of Fine Arts. And for seven years he served as a faculty member and on the Board of Overseers for the Institute of Professional Puppetry Arts at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center.

Alice Schaefer, Trustee Emeritus

Newton, MA - Alice has been with the Puppet Showplace Theater since 1990, when she became a member of the administrative staff.  She and her husband, Tom, presented puppetry performances for 20 years with their company, Schaefer Shenanigans.  Prior to moving to New England, Alice spent 15 years as a high school science teacher.   Alice currently serves on the boards of the Boston Area Guild of Puppeteers (BAGOP) and the New England Friends Home, an assisted living facility.  She also participates in networks for peer counseling and support for families and friends of the mentally ill.