Dave Hodgin

Treasurer

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

Secretary

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

President

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.

Carolyn Dugger

Vice President

Carolyn first discovered acting in high school and was cast in the production of Charlie's Aunt and a few years later participated on stage in the Omeg Nu Follies. Although Theater Arts was a fun adventure, she turned her attention to a career in banking and was with Wells Fargo for 20 years. As an entrepreneur, Carolyn owned and operated a national aviation gift catalog business and later an export management company. She earned her BA in Business and Marketing from St. Mary's College in Moraga and is also a private pilot. In the world of theater, Carolyn is a past president of Scotts Valley Performing Arts and has produced many musicals and cabarets for the local community audience.

Board of directors

Ray Gorski

Volunteers

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

Productions


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.

Sarah Sanders

Sarah’s love of theater goes back almost four decades.  Enchanted after seeing her first production of Annie, she became enamored with the vibrant possibilities within theatre.  She played Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and she felt at home on stage when she first clicked her ruby slippers.  Her strong suit centered on memorization of the scripts and she became the stage manager for many productions.  Although she earned a degree in law from Santa Clara University, theatre will always hold a special place in her heart.  Her son joined SVPA for the Tempest in a summer Shakespeare kids’ production.  So, with a background in law and a love of theatre, she’s excited to participate on the board and help move the community theatre vision into fruition.

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