Encore Stage & Studio 2012/2013 Board of Directors
Jerry Gidner, President
Gina Lodato-Pelusi, Secretary
Gina 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.
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
Group photo taken by Larry McClemons