Board of Directors

Encore Stage & Studio Board of Directors

Since our founding in 1967, dedicated volunteers have served on Encore’s Board of Directors. The Board sets Encore’s policies and charts our strategic direction in addition to overseeing Encore’s financial health. Over the past six years in particular, thanks to the vision and leadership of the Board and the work of staff members and volunteers, Encore has experienced tremendous growth.

Board Members are appointed to two-year terms. In addition to their duties in steering and safeguarding Encore’s organizational health, Board Members also actively promote Encore’s mission of building life-long appreciation for live theatre by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts—onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience. If you are interested in joining Encore’s Board as we look forward to celebrating our 50th anniversary, we would love to hear from you! Currently, we are particularly seeking candidates with expertise in organizational development, fundraising, and strategic planning. To learn more, please send an email to Sara Duke, Executive Director, at

2016/2017 Encore Stage & Studio Board of Directors

Katie Boone, Vice President
Katie Boone is a native Arlingtonian. She attended ATS back when it was called Stonewall Jackson and then St. Agnes and Bishop O’Connell High School. Katie received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Politics from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and her masters degree in counseling from Trinity College. She is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership. Katie has worked for the last 23 years in Higher Education, specifically the field of housing a multi-faceted job that included everything from crises management, curriculum development, new construction and renovation, emergency preparedness, assessment, training, assignments and budget management. Katie remembers going to Encore plays when she was younger at the Lubber Run outdoor amphitheatre and has always had a love of theatre. Her family, Charlie her partner and her two children, Nicholas (17) and Hannah (13), also have caught the bug and have enjoyed being involved in Encore through the years. Nicholas grew up through Encore, attending Its Elementary to now participating in Stage Door camps and mainstage performances. Katie has seen first-hand the incredible Encore community, all the programs that it offers kids and the impact it has on their development. Katie currently lives in Arlington with her family, enjoys the outdoors, and is an avid reader.

Karol Boudreaux, Co-President

Jim Clancy, Treasurer
Jim has been active in theatre since his high school and college days, and was pleased when his sons started crewing for Encore in the summer of 2012. While not a ‘helicopter parent’, Jim can often be found assisting with set building and strike, and has appeared in “Legally Blonde, the Musical” and crewed for “Once Upon A Mattress”. Professionally, Jim is a technology manager for Allstate Insurance Company. Personally, he’s been married to Laura for the past 21 years. Their sons are Paddy and Liam.

Josephine Diemond
Josephine Diemond is in her 18th year as a teacher and administrator for grades 9-12. She is currently the Head of Upper School at McLean School of Maryland, a K-12 independent school in Potomac, Maryland. At McLean, Josephine functions as a dean of students, dean of faculty, and academic dean. She is involved with and is responsible for every aspect of McLean’s Upper School: academics; curriculum; hiring; faculty development, discipline; relationships between and among teachers, parents, and students; scheduling; college counseling; social/emotional health of the students; activities; and admissions.

Josephine began her teaching career in 1994 as a French teacher, language department chair, coach, and dorm head at Millbrook School, a 9-12 boarding school in Millbrook, New York. After moving to Washington, DC in 1999, Josephine continued to teach French and became assistant academic dean at The Madeira School in McLean, Virginia. She continued her teaching and administrative work as Head of Grades 11 and 12 at The Field School in Washington, DC before moving to McLean School of Maryland in 2006. Josephine holds a BA in Biology from Princeton University and an MA in French Literature from New York University.

Cathie Fagerstrom

Kathy Fong

Melissa Huston, Co-President

Andrea Lipschitz

Jane Massant
Jane Massant retired from Alexandria City Schools four years ago after serving 32 years as a School Social Worker. She has lived in North Arlington for 33 years. She and her husband, Eric Massant, raised two children who were involved in school, church, and community performing arts. Jane began acting with her church theater group, the St. Andrew’s Players, in 1986. She had leading roles in several musical and dramatic productions, including “The King and I,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and “The Crucible.” She also appeared in one production with the Reston Community Players and volunteered there as an usher for several years ago. In 1998, Jane directed her first play, a musical, with the St. Andrew’s Players. She has produced and directed seven plays at St. Andrews since that time. In the spring Jane is scheduled to direct “Children of Eden” by Stephen Schwartz. She has also directed six musical productions at Charles Barrett Elementary School in Alexandria. She is a seasons-ticket-holder for Signature theater and attends as many concerts and plays in the area as money allows. Jane continues to study voice with Elizabeth Kluegel and enjoys singing in her church choir. This fall she will begin singing with a small women’s ensemble. Jane enjoys working with multi-generational casts and encouraging a love of theater in both children and adults, one of the goals of the St. Andrew’s Players. She views closer work with the Encore Board as another avenue in which to advance this passion.

Nancy Ory

Ashby Rushing, Secretary
Ashby Reid Rushing is a public school teacher in the Arlington Public Schools. She has taught middle school English in Arlington for the last fifteen years. Ashby holds both masters and doctorate degrees from The George Washington University as well as an undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary. In addition, Ashby is a teacher consultant for the National Writing Project. Ashby is married to Colin Rushing, a music lawyer, and they have one daughter, Rachel, who is in elementary school. When she isn’t teaching or spending time with family, she is practicing Bikram yoga, reading, writing, shopping, or traveling. Ashby is thrilled to support the work of Encore. She has had the privilege of having many students come through her classroom who have been involved in Encore’s productions. In working with these students Ashby has seen how powerful these experiences have been in shaping these students in all aspects of their lives.

Carole Russo
Carole enjoys igniting the spark of theater in young people. Starting with her daughter Isabella when she was the 11th princess in The Twelve Dancing Princesses, she is now learning the ropes of the theater world despite being an avid band and orchestra fan.

Professionally, Carole is Director of Institutional Giving at the Society for Science & the Public. Carole has been actively involved in fundraising and business development for over 15 years focused on bringing funders together with inspirational programs across multiple industries. Most recently she secured corporate, foundation and individual funding for an international science cooperation non-profit that used the power of science diplomacy to bring about sustainable peace and economic prosperity globally. Prior to that time she built partnerships internationally at consumer technology and banking trade associations, including the largest consumer technology event in the world. Carole holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA and BS from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.

Mike Thornsbury
Mike Thornsbury is a native of Northern Virginia, Mike grew up in Burke and attended Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax. Mike received a BA in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. Also, as part of the Interactive Marketing Institute at VCU, Mike received professional certification in Direct Marketing. He returned as part of the adjunct faculty teaching print and direct mail in the Mass Communications School as well as the Interactive Marketing Institute.

In 1997, Mike began his career in Direct Marketing and fundraising. In those 16 years he has become a well respected and accomplished professional within the industry. He has held positions in all most all facets of the industry from manufacturing, agency experience and work for a large Museum in the DC area. In his current position as an Account Executive at the firm of Steven Winchell & Associates he works with non-profit organization ranging from the Smithsonian Institute to the American Police Hall of Fame.

Mike currently resides in Alexandria, can normally be found on a golf course on weekends and is a die-hard Washington sports fan.

Ellen Vicens

Adrienne Wichard-Edds

Ken Woodrow