Board of Trustees



Diane Gallo, President

Bayonne, NJ

Editor of The Collection, “advertorial” monthly out of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce; PR consultant; serves on the board of the Manley-Winser Foundation; Vice-President of the area League of Women Voters; active member of the Mayor’s Partnership for Summit Public Art; former member, Summit Board of Education and past board member of Summit Educational Foundation; former Special Events Planner for the Summit Chamber of Commerce and Summit Downtown, Inc. and the City of Summit


Frank Hawrusik, Vice-President

Summit, NJ

Engineering consultant; former Vice-President, Summit Playhouse Association, Inc


Roger Vellekamp, Treasurer

Verona, NJ

Retired Vice President, Corporate Tax, Teachers Insurance Association of America - College Retirement Annuities Fund (TIAA-CREF); previously Second Vice President, Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company; prepared financial reports for 12 Miles West Theatre Company


Heather Pistell, Secretary

Summit, NJ

Instructional aide for the Summit Public Schools; former Youth Director for The Connection for Women and Families in Summit; Co-chair of Music and Fine Arts Committee for Christ Church in Summit; past president of SPARC


Jill Bernstein

Summit, NJ

Active in local and school theatrical productions as producer and director; volunteer chair of First Night Summit for two years


Lisa Brown

Watchung, NJ

Artist and art instructor; founder, Art As Therapy workshop; Former board president, Interweave Summit


Aaron “A.J.” Edge

Maplewood, NJ

MBA in Human Resources, 15+ years of non-profit experience, currently working in the pharmaceutical industry.


Terri Tauber

Berkeley Heights, NJ

Business Manager, Alcatel-Lucent; former President, Summit Youth Services Board; former Board President, Women’s Resource Center; member, Summit Kiwanis Club; candidate for Summit Common Council, 2006, 2007 and 2008; active in Summit Democratic Party

Laura Ekstrand, Artistic Director (Ex-Officio)

Livingston, NJ

Member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and The Dramatists Guild


Melanie Wilson, Marketing Director (Ex-Officio)

Summit, NJ

President of Speak Up Summit since 2007, Leader Summit/New Providence B.I.G. (Believe, Inspire, Grow) chapter, past PTO President Washington School; works closely with Summit High School drama department, Speech & Debate Team, and SPARC; produced Booster Association book Summit Hilltopper, 2008 – 2013

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