Our Board

Chairperson

Judi Rodman, Ph.D.

Judith Rodman, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a motivational speaker, life coach, actress, and theatre director. Her educational credits include: Bachelor of Arts, English and Theater; Master of Arts, Speech and the Performing Arts; Master of Science, Clinical Counseling/Human Services; Doctorate, Psychology. However, she lists as her greatest achievements, three wonderful children, who have blessed her with seven beautiful grandchildren. 

Judi’s professional credits and experiences include: Psychotherapist, private practice; faculty member for over 15 years of two universities, where she was the recipient of the coveted “Teacher of the Year Award”for Excellence in Teaching; and recipient of several grants from the Illinois Arts Council for dedication to teaching older adults. 

She has been an actor and theater director for over 40 years, and for three years she won the award for Best Community Theatre Director on the North Shore of Chicago. Since moving to Arizona, she has continued her love of teaching and theatre directing, by serving as an adjunct faculty member of the Learning Curve, and as the founder of the Oro Valley Theatre Company, for whom she has directed several shows in the last 2 1/2 years.

Her dual background in Theater and Psychology have been instrumental in creating her positive personal philosophy: there are no liabilities only opportunities in life. She focuses on three words, as a mother, as a director and as a psychotherapist: Choice, Challenge, and Change.

Member at Large

Sasha Case

Sasha Case has worked in many performing arts disciplines throughout her life. She has lived and performed in Los Angeles, Irvine, Seattle, San Francisco, Spain and Rome, Italy, working onstage and onscreen, using the name Virginia Bryant. 

After moving to Oro Valley, Sasha became involved with the Oro Valley Theatre Company, performing in the role of Florence in Neil Simons, female version of “The Odd Couple.” She worked as co-producer on Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Some Enchanted Evening” which opened at Tohono Chul Park in November 2019.

 

Sasha pursued her higher education studies at UCI, UCLA, receiving her B.A. degree from Antioch University.

 

Sasha still works happily in many different artistic disciplines these days. When not engaged in her efforts with OVTC, she works as a yoga teacher, a silversmith jeweler and as a painter. Along with her service as a board member to the OVTC Board, Sasha serves as VP on the executive Board of Tohono Chul Park.  When not onstage, Sasha loves rehearsing with her two favorite characters, her husband Russell and her dog Lilly.

Member at Large

Dave Perry

Dave Perry is the president and CEO of the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Oro Valley with his bride Lisa Feltrin. He rides his bicycle slowly about Oro Valley, enjoys hiking and adventure with Lisa, music, sports, writing, dinking in the yard and helping Oro Valley prosper.

Member at Large

Kristy Diaz-Trahan

Kristy Diaz-Strahan has been the Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Director since February 2013. While she has no actual theater or acting experience she does a pretty good job performing real life comedy while playing with her daughter Kat, husband Jack and her goofy dog Drago the Great Dane. She is a fifth-generation Arizonan having grown up in Willcox where her parents still reside. 

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Member at Large

Andraea Douglass

Andraea has traveled the world throughout her professional career as a consultant for Senn Delaney Leadership, a teacher, a mentor, a coach, the SVP Of Talent, Culture and Human Resources for The Ohio State University, and a member of the United States Air Force.  In 2009 she and her husband, Steve, founded Douglass Coaching, LLC.  Today her work is primarily focused on working with universities assisting them with leadership and change management.  

Fond of the arts and theatre, she often managed to find time to support the local theatres and art communities throughout her life.   She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources from Bellevue University.  Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she is now partially retired and lives in Marana, Arizona, with her husband Steve.  Together they enjoy golf, fly fishing, hiking and spending time with their growing family.

Assistant Treasurer and Co-Business Manager

Galen Pate

Galen comes to this board with no theater experience at all, except being in the audience!  He has however supported the OVTC from the beginning.

 

He brings his financial expertise from his life long career as a banker, and his service on many non- profit boards in Minnesota.

 

In 1972 he spearheaded the campaign to build the first group home for children with severe disabilities in Minnesota. One home was opened in 1973 and today there are 35 homes serving these very special people.

 

He spends the summers at his cabin in northern Wisconsin where he is active in his north woods church, as chairman of the Endowment Committee, and serves on the Financial Committee as well.

 

Galen and his wife Karen have spent the  last 20 winters in Oro Valley and Marana and he is delighted to serve the OVTC.

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Member at Large

Karen Alexander

Since Karen was in her first play at the age of 10, she has literally been involved in theater for over 50 years now. After receiving her bachelor's degree in southern California, she honed her craft at A.C.T.'s (American Conservatory Theater) Summer Training Congress in San Francisco.  To make ends meet, Karen began subbing in local schools during the day, while performing in plays during the evening. Lo and behold, that is where she found her true calling... as a school teacher! With a new goal in sight, Karen earned her teaching degree, a certificate to teach the gifted and talented (GATE), and her master's degree in Elementary Education.

After 30 years in a classroom (with a trapped audience for 10 months of each year), Karen retired in 2018. She and her husband, Brian (also of 30 years), moved to Sun City Oro Valley.  She is involved in numerous clubs and activities there, including the Sun City Variety Theatre, water volleyball, and hiking.  Outside the SCOV community, Karen has been involved in a number of OVTC productions, is a member of the Tucson Audobon Society, and she is a docent over at Tohono Chul.

Member at Large

Harry "Mo" Green

Doctor, Harry “Mo” Greene is a Medical Oncologist who has taught and won teaching awards at Harvard, Univ. of Massachusetts and the University of Arizona.  He was involved in Theater as a High School Student and loved it. Acting  in James Hilton’s “ Lost Horizons” and as an extra in the movie “ Iron Eagles” and the Oberammergau Passion Play.  His daughter Jennifer attended Boston University as a theater major and his son in law, David is a set and costume designer for San Diego’s Globe Theater.  His wife Linda, a nurse, helped create a non-profit Theater Group “Act Up”for her daughter Jennifer’s High School Drama Program, which is still active and helps with the funding of Holden High School productions. 

 

Mo is currently serving a four year term as a Town Councilman for Oro Valley, Arizona.  He is the father of Harry III, a Coast Guard Pilot who lives in Hawaii but works in Alaska, Jen who works as a Nurse in San Diego and Michele who works and teaches nursing in Boston.

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Member at Large

Carol Fratt

Carol Fratt is excited to be joining the Board of the Oro Valley Theater company.  She comes to us with a background in fabric arts and painting.  A degree in Political Science was followed 20 years later by a degree in Landscape Design.  Carol owned a landscape company for several years.  


She also served on several community boards while living in the Pacific Northwest.  Carol is looking forward to being involved with the productions as well as  contributing to the ongoing success of the Oro Valley Theater Company.

Member at Large

Karen Kreider

Having recently retired after 31 years at Disney in Burbank, CA, Karen and her husband, Bill Crounse moved to Oro Valley in November 2019 to be near family. Their daughter, Sara, lives in Chicago and works at several theaters there, in addition to studying improvisation and writing at Second City. Throughout her career at Disney, Karen was a book editor and author, an online producer, a CD-ROM developer, a product safety engineer and a Disney VoluntEAR in local elementary schools, reading and coaching 2nd graders and mentoring 5th graders to write their own 5-page screenplays. 

 

Having received an MFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Karen is thrilled to be back “on the boards” at OVTC in any capacity that is needed. In addition to working and acting in a variety of theatres, both in NY and LA, her BA Theatre training at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL has prepared her for every aspect of mounting a show, from props to lighting and set design to directing.

 

Her other hobbies include writing a play, singing in community choirs, tap dancing, yoga and lots of reading!

 

I am honored to be on the Board of Oro Valley Theatre Company!

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Treasurer

Phil Wheeler

I have not had any experience in acting or the theater except for a short time when I was in college that I managed a Movie Theater as part of my business training which was run by the school’s student industries  I graduated from Park University with degrees in Business Administration and Political Science.  After graduation I went on to get by MBA from Cornell University.

 

My career included working for various food companies in Marketing focused primarily on Food Service Sales.   After working for these manufacturers, I started my own consulting company for my final 15 years before retiring.

 

I have lived in Oro Valley for 27 years, the last 20 on a full time basis.

Member at Large

Kathy Gillespie

Kathy has worn many hats throughout her professional life. She studied at Triton University. As a graduate of Subway University, she eventually owned and operated her own Subway restaurant in San Francisco. 

A summer job with an insurance company became a career as a licensed insurance professional and agency manager. While working as a kindergarten teacher, Kathy became inspired to create her own line of children’s clothing. A dream was realized when her clothing went to the White House and also used in international advertising campaigns. 

Moving to Arizona, Kathy’s clothing line expanded. She created beautiful clothing for weddings, quincieras and eventually costumes. Her designs have been featured in Tucson Lifestyle Brides. Later working at the Hilton in varied positions, Kathy met Judi Rodman, and collaborating with Judi, became our lead costumer for the OVTC since it’s inception 5 years ago.

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