Mission:  Committed to community enrichment through the development and management of a performing arts facility.

Dave Hodgin


Dave is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) with over 40 years helping businesses succeed and many years as the chief executive of several corporations. He appeared in his first adult theater performance at age 6 with his actor father, got his first paid job doing radio commercials at age 8 and subsequently appeared in many theater productions. In one of those he was cast opposite Claire Arnold who became his best friend and lifelong companion. In 1979 Claire and Dave purchased the Holiday Host Travel Park in Scotts Valley and turned its big dairy barn into the Holiday Barn Dinner Theater producing Broadway style musicals every six weeks for some four years. When that closed all theater materials were donated to Mountain Community Theater. Claire dreamed of creating a proper Community Performing Arts Center in Scotts Valley and started raising money in March of 2009. The Hodgins stopped their independent efforts to support the Guild project and Claire joined the board. Dave currently serves on the board of seven organizations, including the Scotts Valley Water District, as well as managing all consultants at his company “Pathfinder”

Trish Melehan


Trish Melehan holds an M.A. in Comparative Philosophy from the University of Hawaii. Her professional career spanned 20 years as a local teacher of grades K – 8, most of her time spent teaching middle school grades. Her husband and she also ran a local business, Special Effects Arcade, in Scotts Valley for 15 years. After leaving teaching to allow for more time to care for her elderly mother, Trish joined the Board of Scotts Valley Performing Arts and initiated their Youth Shakespeare Program. She has directed many plays for kids and published Shakespeare adaptations with Eldridge Publishing Company. At that time she also resumed a career in real estate. Trish is a licensed real estate agent and works part time in sales and property management. Trish has been an Arts Commissioner for The City of Scotts Valley for many years. She resides in Scotts Valley where she has raised her 3 children. She enjoys spending lots of time with her 4 grandchildren.

Lee Besse


Lee has been an active theater enthusiast for nearly 50 years. He has owned and operated production companies since 1975. His expertise in theater development allowed the creation of the Bethany University Community Theater and the major remodel that took place from 2007-2009. During his career as a Software Engineer and Business Development Director he worked for many companies including Lawrence Berkeley Labs, Apple, Inc and Visa International. Lee studied Chemistry and EECS at San Diego State and UC Berkeley.

Board of directors

Ray Gorski

Vice President

Ray is a past president of Scotts Valley Performing Arts (SVPA) and currently serves on their Board as well as the Board of the Scotts Valley Theater Guild where he is in charge of Volunteers and demolition. He also serves as a committee member for BSA Troop 614 and merit badge counselor for seven badges. Ray has been involved in theatre productions both on stage and off for many years. His stage credits include rolls in Three-Penny Opera, Scrooge, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Mame, Oliver, Honk and The Sound of Music.

Originally from Staten Island, New York, Ray escaped to California in 1976. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MA in Urban Education from Montclair State University.When not hip deep in Theater stuff, Ray is Director of Sales and Marketing for Digital Dynamics, a fine electronic controls engineering company right here in Scotts Valley

Albert Kent


Albert Kent was born in Berkeley. CA and has been a life long theater enthusiast. Albert spent many years as a professional stage manager, touring with Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey (RBB&B) Circus for several years along with other big names like Garth Brooks, American Gladiators and a stint in Japan with George Lucus. In 1982 he co-founded Mountain Community Theater, a long time successful theater company in the San Lorenzo Valley. He is well known throughout the county in the theater community where he often wears many hats.