Artistic Director

Kimberley A. Bouchard

Kimberley is an Associate Professor in Theatre and Dance at SUNY Potsdam.  She has directed over 60 productions in professional and educational theatre in the USA, Spain, England and Mexico.  Recent directing credits include Guys on Ice, Amadeus, Arcadia, Red and Doubt for the winter and summer seasons at Pendragon Theatre.  This past fall she was a faculty member with Colorado State University’s “Semester at Sea” where she worked with students and colleagues from around the world as they voyaged to 10 countries in 100 days.  She is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Lectureship in American Literature and Culture at the University Rovira Virgili in Tarragona, Spain and awarded the President’s award for Excellence in Teaching at SUNY Potsdam and the regional award in Teaching Excellence from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Business Manager

Jill Serrano Michalsky

Jill hails from Chester Springs, PA where she began her life in arts and music at young age. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Minor in Communications from Slippery Rock University. For the past decade, she has worked for arts institutions across New York City in varying capacities. Most notably, she has worked at Lincoln Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and Battery Dance. Jill is also a Co-Founder and Company member for two dance companies – LatticeWorks Dance Collective and Abundance Dance Company.

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Board of Trustees

Advisory Board

Adele Connors, Helen Demong, Joe Dockery, Anthony Dowidowicz, Harry Gordon, Sam Hendren, Karen Lordi-Kirkham, Christopher H.Leifheit, Anne Schoff, Ursula Trudeau
 

Board President

Holly Wolff

Holly Wolff, board president, is a retired partner at IBM, where she worked for 34 years. Holly is a Secretary of Adirondack Foundation where she formerly chaired the grants committee, and Berkshire Choral International where she is EVP and chair of governance. She was formerly board chair of both The Fairfield County Chorale and United Way of Connecticut and on the board of United Way of Western CT. In addition to theater, Holly enjoys choral singing and kayaking and is a 46er. Holly and her husband are residents of Saranac Lake. 

Vice President

Marc Gitlitz

Marc and his wife Lynn have been summer residents of Saranac Lake since 1973 -- witnessing Pendragon's creation and growth -- and permanent residents since 2013. Marc has been a theater buff – on stage and off – since childhood. His first role was Dick Deadeye in a seventh grade production of “HMS Pinafore”; his last was Hamlet in a Northwestern University production. He is a semi-retired management consultant and venture capital investor. His consulting specialty is assisting corporations achieve competitive advantage through the use of information technology. Most of his consulting career has been spent at The Diebold Group, Inc., where he ultimately headed the firm’s global Business Planning Division.  In the world of venture capital, Marc was a Principal of Diebold Venture Capital Corporation and a Managing Director of Connecticut Capital Markets, LLC. Marc holds a BS in economics from Northwestern University and an MBA in finance from New York University.

Treasurer

Paul Ellis

Paul currently serves as the Treasurer/CFO for the Village of Lake Placid. His past
governmental experience includes serving as the School Business Official in Tupper Lake in the
1990s and as Village Treasurer/CFO for Saranac Lake from 2008 to 2015.
As a Village Treasurer, he is responsible for the development of the annual budgets and their
monitoring throughout the year. Paul’s work experience also includes an extensive background
on multiple capital projects and a myriad of New York State grant and loan programs.
Previously he has served two years as a Village Trustee in Tupper Lake, and two years as a
School Board member for the Tupper Lake School District. His community service includes
Treasurer for the Tupper Lake Rotary Club, Treasurer & President for Adirondack Habitat for
Humanity, and as a board member of the former Saranac Lake American Red Cross Chapter.
He has also served as a board member at the state level for the NYS Society of Municipal
Finance Officers and for the NYS Government Finance Officers’ Association.
Paul holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Potsdam, a Bachelor’s
Degree in Business (Personnel Management) from SUNY Plattsburgh, and an Associate’s
Degree in Business Administration from North Country Community College.

Secretary

Cheryl Culotta

Cheryl Culotta is a longtime resident of Saranac Lake.  She is retired from Paul Smith's College where she held a variety of roles in her 30 year tenure, including Director of Placement, the Counseling Center, Orientation,  and interim Vice President of Campus Life. She was a member of the Statewide Steering Committee for  Substance Abuse Prevention, and chaired the Regional Committee for many years. Cheryl has been involved with Pendragon as a volunteer since it began. Currently she does freelance training, sings with Northern Lights Choir, and is an avid woodworker, gardener, and paddler.

Board Member

Debbie Beairsto

Debbie Beairsto and her husband Cliff are recent year round residents of Saranac Lake (where Cliff grew up) and they appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds them every day. Debbie has engineering degrees from Clarkson University and Syracuse University, and worked for GE before staying home to raise son Adam and daughter Rachael. Debbie is a lover of the arts, reading and traveling.

Board Member

Kelly Brunette

Kelly Brunette is Saranac Lake Regional Marketing Manager for Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST). In that capacity, she has helped lead the development of the new Saranac Lake brand, and she has set up the recent SaranacLake.com article about Pendragon Theatre. Her previous position was with Village of Saranac Lake Community Development. Kelly is a wife, mom, dog lover, vegetarian, planner, and traveler of cool towns from Bar Harbor to Bend. She has lived in each village of the Tri-Lakes, and decided to put her roots down in Saranac Lake 15 years ago. She is passionate about the community, and has in-depth knowledge of its assets and dynamics. She attended the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Environmental Communications, and has served on the Downtown Advisory Board, the Downtown Revitalization Initiative Local Planning committee, and the Saranac Lake Street Fest team.

Board Member

Jeremy Evans

Jeremy is the Chief Executive Officer for the Franklin County (New York) Industrial Development Agency, Local Development Corporation, and Civic Development Corporation. From 2007 to 2017 he held the position of Community Development Director for the Village of Saranac Lake. He Iives in Saranac Lake with his wife Jenni and his three children Alex, Amelia and Isaac where he serves as a member of the Saranac Lake Central School District Board of Education. Jeremy earned his BS in Planning and Resource Management from Brigham Young University and holds master’s degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from the University at Albany and Public Administration from Binghamton University. The Evans family spends free time hiking, skiing, kayaking and camping.
 

Board Member

Lonnie Ford

Lonnie Ford is a 41-year resident of Saranac Lake, originally from Hot Springs, AR. He retired last year after a 33-year career in sales with American Management Association.  He and wife Kathy, a visual artist, have raised two boys (Devon and Kyle), who have careers in the arts in Chicago and Hong Kong. The entire family has been intimately involved with the arts community of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid since living here. Lonnie has been part of the theatre scene since the early 1980s, first with the Community Theater Players and then with Pendragon. His first Pendragon show was a small part in "The Flowering Peach" in 1986.  He's been cast as "Froggie" in this season's run of "The Foreigner." The entire Ford clan has performed on the Pendragon stage at one time or another.  Lonnie is also a member of the Northern Lights Choir.
 
Behind the scenes he has been a avid supporter of the region's arts community.  He served on the Pendragon board and the LPCA board in the 1990s and has helped with fund raising campaigns for both organizations. Lonnie is a member of the Saranac Lake Kiwanis Club and is a regular community volunteer for various activities.

Board Member

Jodi Keet

Jodi holds a B.A. in Media and Fine Arts from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and an M.A. dual
major in Marketing and Media Communications from Webster University in Webster Groves, MO. She
has a wide range of experience in direct marketing and consumer awareness, including as Vice President
of Sales for a display manufacturer in NYC. She and her family are residents of Weston, CT. They have
been coming to Saranac Lake, where her husband was raised, and to Pendragon for many years.

Board Member

Dan Kilbourne-Hill

Dan is the Director of Business Development at Adirondack Health.  Originally from West Hartford Connecticut, Dan graduated from Boston College in 1994.  He worked as a producer at MSNBC for NBC News in New York City for many years.  After graduating with an MBA from Babson College in 2004, Dan settled in the Adirondacks.  He started working for Adirondack Medical Center in 2005 as the Director of Community Health and Wellness.  Over the years he has also managed a number of outpatient programs and services such as Bariatrics, Cardiology, Rheumatology and Wound Care for the hospital.  He and his wife Andrea live in Saranac Lake with their two children, Stephanie and Thomas.

Board Member

Bob Laba

Robert (Bob) Laba is the Chief Financial Officer at Adirondack Health.  He and his wife and son are full time residents of the Adirondacks, living in Saranac Lake.  Bob also sits on the board of the Adirondack Housing Development Corporation and is the president of the Helen Hill Housing Fund Corporation.  In his free time, Bob enjoys staying active by running, hiking, skiing, camping and boating.  He earned his BS in Accounting with a minor in Music from Plattsburgh State University and is currently enrolled in the MBA Healthcare Administration program at Columbia Southern University.  Bob joined the Pendragon Board and Finance Committee in the summer of 2014.

Board Member

Donald A. Nardiello, Jr.

Lifelong resident of the Adirondacks. Attended Northwood, LPCS, Wentworth Institute, St. Lawrence and Clarkson. Volunteers at local and continent wide world class events, internationally certified judge in 2 winter olympic sports.
Served on the vestry at St. Eustace church and as an elected board member of the LPCS for 15 years.
Home builder in the tri lakes since 1975, running own business since 1986.  Redwing Construction.
Husband of Kate, father of James and Matthew. Dan enjoy the wilderness and the wildlife, music, reading and is currently restoring a 60 year old boat.

 

Board Member

Deb Roedel

Board Member

Bob Ross

Bob Ross is CEO of St Joseph's Addiction and Treatment Center. Ross joined St. Joseph’s in 2007 and has overseen dynamic expansion to the agency’s continuum of care, including a $13 million renovation of the agency’s 53,000 square-foot inpatient facility, the opening of new outpatient clinics in Franklin and Essex Counties, establishing one of just three long-term residential care facilities in the State for veterans for the treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders including PTSD, and most recently securing funding to establish a supportive housing facility in Malone for families in recovery.

Ross serves as the president of the New York State Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State. He is also the President of the Board of the veterans reintegration program, Homeward Bound Adirondacks, and serves on North Country Community College’s Human Services Advisory Board

Board Member

Allison Studdiford

Allison is an AEA and SAG/AFTRA actor, based in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. She lives in Saranac Lake with her husband Aaron Dewey.  She is the president of "The Floor Show", a high end wood floor refinishing business which she began in 1978 in Berkeley, Ca.   She is also a co-founder of TheatreFirst, a professional theater company in Berkeley, now in its 24th year. Allison has performed at various theaters around the Bay Area, including the Magic, Eureka, Marin, Theatre Rhinoceros, as well as the Intiman in Seattle and the Matrix in Los Angeles. Some of her favorite roles include playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet for TheatreWorks, Paulina in Death and the Maiden for TheatreFirst and Alexa Vere de Vere in As Bees in Honey Drown. She held a supporting role in the TV movie Eye on the Sparrow with Keith Carridine and Mare Winningham, co-hosted the PBS series "Make Yourself at Home" and made numerous national commercials [Chevy, Century 21, Wesson Oil]. She graduated from the Drama Studio London at Berkeley [along with classmate, Forest Whittaker], where she won the award for Best Actor. Her first show for Pendragon was Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, and she loved playing Sonia. She grew up in the north country, moving between Tug Hill, the Adirondacks and the eastern shores of Lake Ontario. Her parents met at Paul Smiths and she is very happy to be back.

Board Member

Chuck VanAnden

Chuck and his wife Beth relocated to Saranac Lake in 2013. He retired in 2017 as Director of Nursing Programs at North Country Community College. Prior to moving to Saranac Lake, Chuck and Beth lived in the greater Washington D.C. area, where he was a Professor of Nursing at Northern Virginia Community College. Chuck spent over 20 years as a senior officer in the U.S. Public Health Services working with health professionals, community professional organizations, and educational institutions to develop and support community-based primary care programs to address access to care in rural and under-served communities across the United States and Territories. Chuck is involved in a number of community organizations in the Saranac Lake area. He is committed to helping Saranac Lake grow and develop as a vibrant and welcoming community.

Board Member

Mary Beth Wigger

Mary Beth and her husband live in Saranac Lake and have two sons and two daughters. Mary Beth a graduate of Saranac Lake High School and the University of Maryland, College Park, worked with Deloitte and Touché and The MITRE Corporation for over 25 years. She currently operates Casa Del Sol with her husband, Walter.  Mary Beth enjoys outdoor activities and looks forward to supporting the Saranac Lake community.

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