Encore Stage & Studio Board of Directors

Since our founding in 1967, dedicated volunteers have served on Encore’s Board of Directors. The Board governs Encore and sets it policies and strategic direction in addition to overseeing its financial health. Simultaneously, we actively promote Encore’s mission to build life-long appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts—onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience.

We are reaching out to our patrons and participants to identify good candidates for the Board of
Directors. Potential board members would participate in Encore’s activities and bring enthusiasm and new expertise to our organization. Currently, we are seeking individuals with experience in these areas:

-fundraising
-organizational management
-strategic planning
-participation or contributions to children’s or other arts organizations

If you have a recommendation for us, please email info@encorestage.org and place “Board of Directors Search” in the subject line. Thank you for your support!

2013/2014 Encore Stage & Studio Board of Directors

Karol Boudreaux

Josephine Diemond

jerryJerry Gidner, President

Mary Grace

Christine Hahn

Melissa Huston

Gina Lodato-Pelusi, Secretary
Gina PelusiGina Lodato-Pelusi is now serving as the Secretary of the Board after joining the board in September 2011. She joined the Board as the first Board member who is also a former participant of the organization. As a child, Gina performed in Encore camps, shows and worked backstage on the technical crew. She is thrilled to be serving on the Board and enjoys giving back to an organization that gave her so much as a young adult. When not helping out with Encore, Gina works in the Online Advertising department at Remedy Health Media in Arlington, Va. She lives in Alexandria with her husband, Christian, and their dog, Stanley.

Renee McDonald

Nancy Ory

Michael Rollin

Ashby Rushing, Vice-President
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.

Jason Tate, Treasurer

Kate Thomas

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 diehard Washington sports fan.

Group photo taken by Larry McClemons