The Park Theatre Mission
The purpose of The Park Theatre Corporation is to provide and promote artistic, cultural, entertainment and educational programs and activities for the residents of, and visitors to, the communities of the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire, and to lease and/or own, and maintain physical facilities.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
The Park Theatre will be a regional center for the arts and entertainment, a meeting place for the community and a dynamic force in the region’s economic vitality and quality of life.
Board of Trustees
Nancy Belletete, Trustee and Secretary
A resident of Jaffrey since 1991; graduate of Michigan State University, BS Merchandising Management; Construction Cost Estimator at Hanscomb Associates in Cambridge, ma, and Daedalus Projects, Boston, ma. Chair, Dinner Committee, for St. Patrick School 2004-13; member, Thorndike Pond Conservation Association; Seamstress, Country Bridals and Formal Wear.
Charlene ‘Sam’ Christian, Trustee
Born in Virginia, ‘Sam’ moved to New Hampshire in 1960 and is a longtime resident of Jaffrey; graduate of Conval High School; graduate of Keene State College BA Art Education; certified Optician; contributing artist, Monadnock Art Auction; Board of Directors, Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce; member, Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club and Director, Art Programs, Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Program, Quest, 2010-14.
Susan Emerson, Trustee and Vice President
A Rindge resident and State Representative for Rindge, Fitzwilliam and New Ipswich in 4th term onHealth, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee; Chair, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission. Married Gerald W. Parker, MD (deceased), 6 children; formerly Vice Regent, Daughters of the American Revolution, member, Board of Directors, Creating Positive Change, New Hampshire Women’s Lobby, and Cedar Crest; DAR State Chair, Constitution Week, Chair, DAR Good Citizen and Scholarship Committees, President, Cheshire County DAR. Member, Rindge Women’s Club, Rindge Garden Club, Rindge Budget Advisory Committee, Rindge Capital Improvement Program, Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club and Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce.
Susan Farrell, Trustee
A resident of Surry for 20 years, Susan earned her BA at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Library and Information Science at Simmons College, and her Executive MBA at Pace University. She has served as Trustee of the Trust Funds in Surry since 2009, is a Granite State Ambassador, member of the Kiwanis Club of Keene and Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce; was Board secretary of Monadnock International Film Festival 2010-2012; one of the founding members of Arts Alive! and its first Executive Director, 2009-2012; and she is on the Board of Directors Fast Friends Greyhound Adoption 2005-2008.
Caroline K. Hollister, Trustee, President and Treasurer
A Jaffrey resident, CHS Class of 1960, graduate, Duke University; Incorporator, Jaffrey Civic Center andCathedral of the Pines; member, Jaffrey Woman’s Club; American Legion Auxiliary; elected Supervisor of the Checklist, the Town of Jaffrey 2005, 2007; formerly Historian, American Legion Auxiliary Unit #11; Apprentice and property mistress, Peterborough Players; equity actor Durham Summer Playhouse; published author, fiction, nonfiction and photography; Director, Temple of Understanding; Executive Director, Entrepreneurs International business exchange program; Vice President, TEAM Jaffrey; President, Bean Family Foundation; Secretary, Board of Directors, Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance.
Kevin Hampsey, Trustee
A lifelong resident of Jaffrey, Brewster Academy, Johnson and Wales University; Licensed Real Estate Sales Agent/Realtor, Partner, Hampsey & Grenier Associates, Inc.; member, NH Association of Realtors, Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, Jaffrey Economic Development Council, Jaffrey Historical Society and Jaffrey Center Village Improvement Society; founding member, TEAM Jaffrey’s Park Theatre Restoration Committee.
John Sepe, Trustee
A resident of Jaffrey and co-owner with his wife, Martha Dawson, of MindFull Books & Ephemera on Main Street in downtown Jaffrey; member, Advisory Board of Monadnock Buy Local, founder and director of Jaffrey Is Cool; self employed since 1992 in various business endeavors including a car dealership and national greeting card and gift company.
Susan Shaw-Sarles, Trustee
A resident of Rindge; Principal of Jaffrey Grade School, Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District, 1998 to present; Homeless Liaison and Title I Administrator for Jaffrey-Rindge Schools; graduate of Hunter College (CUNY), MS in Education; graduate of Western Michigan University, BS in Education; certified Reading Specialist with experience in schools and private practice; contributor to NH Social Studies Framework; Curriculum Coordinator for Brooklyn Friends School for 2 years; elementary classroom teacher in public and private schools for 11 years; box office manager and actor Cold Comfort Theatre in Castine, ME; children’s theater director; mother of two.
Peggy Ueda, Trustee
Resident of Jaffrey and Brookline, ma; graduate of University of California and Tufts Medical School; retired physician, Massachusetts General Hospital; Board of Directors, Jaffrey Civic Center and Jaffrey Historical Society; host, Fresh Air Fund; member, Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration; member, Two Rivers Community Choir and Boston Early Music Festival; Land Steward, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.
Dennis Wright, Trustee, Board of Trustees
A resident of Jaffrey, graduate, Castleton State College, BA, 1967, Masters of Education, 1976, Masters in Administration, 1979; 38-year teaching career in West Haven, Vermont; served in the military in Vietnam 1969-1971; taught Jaffrey fifth and sixth grades; Team Leader and Dean for eighth grade social studies for 10 years; selected DAR American History Teacher of the Year for the State of New Hampshire in 1995; retired in 2005; served on TEAM Jaffrey’s Park Theatre Committee, 2004-05; currently owns and operates Wright Painting and officiates soccer and basketball games in Vermont and New Hampshire.
Michael B. King, Trustee Emeritus
A resident of Dublin, graduate, Dartmouth College and member of its Film Society; Camp Monadnock, Counselor; Chair and Photographer, Art Department and Film Officer, Brooks School, Andover, ma; founding member, TEAM Jaffrey Park Theatre Restoration Committee; Trustee, Sharon Arts Center; Traveling Artist-Lecturer, NH Humanities Council; Film Curator, The Park Theatre and the Dublin Lake Club.
The Park Theatre Corporation
Project Development Team
Mark Fernald, Attorney
A New Hampshire native, raised in Peterborough, Fernald is a graduate of Conval High School, Amherst College, and Boston College Law School. Fernald practiced with the Boston firm of Goodwin, Procter & Hoar for four years before returning to Peterborough to join Fernald, Taft, Falby & Little where he has practiced law for the past twenty-three years. Fernald has a life-long affinity for the musical arts and is a member of the Peterborough Chamber Choir, among other groups, in addition to his enjoyment of tennis, gardening, and sugaring off. He and his wife Beth have two college-age children. Fernald has provided legal services to The Park Theatre since the Theatre building was purchased in 2006.
Sheila L. Girbach, Secretary to the Board of Trustees
A native of Michigan and long-time resident of Jaffrey, Sheila is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and earned a Masters in Education from Antioch New England Graduate School. Sheila is a certified parenting and divorce mediator with the Family Divisions of the Circuit Court and Cheshire County Superior Court. She has been a State of New Hampshire Board Certified Guardian Ad Litemsince 1988, and a member practitioner of the NHCRA. She is well known to the community for her tireless work on behalf of the families and children in Jaffrey Rindge through her decades of service toSanta’s House. She served as Treasurer of the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce for five years and joins The Park Theatre as Secretary to the Board of Trustees bringing her enormous talent for accuracy, detail and writing to maintain the corporation’s records.
Elizabeth Durfee Hengen, Historic Preservation
An historic preservation consultant and published author in her field for more than thirty years, Ms. Hengen has worked in communities throughout New England on a wide range of preservation related projects, many of them award winners. Her areas of expertise include community preservation plans; historical and architectural surveys; design guidelines; historic rehabilitations; conservation and preservation easements; historic structure reports; feasibility studies; National Register nominations; and historic building research. Among her publications are Preserving Community Character: A Preservation Planning Handbook for New Hampshire; Neighborhood Heritage Districts: A Handbook for New Hampshire Municipalities; Capital Views, A Photographic History of Concord, 1850-1930; Life Everlasting, The History, Art and People of Woodlawn Cemetery, Design Guidelines for the Jaffrey Center Historic District; and walking tours of Concord, Keene and Meredith. Ms. Hengen serves on the Concord Heritage Commission, and Concord’s Architectural Design Review Committee, and is a past board member of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) and former chairman of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance. In 2001 she was honored with the establishment of theElizabeth Durfee Hengen Award conferred annually by the Preservation Alliance for excellence in historic preservation planning and advocacy. Ms. Hengen has conducted an Historic Review and Architectural Survey of The Park Theatre for New Hampshire’s Division of Historical Resources and provides ongoing advice to the project.
Amy Lockwood, Tax Credit Counsel and Grants Management
Principal of Full Circle Consulting in Concord, Ms. Lockwoodhas spent seventeen years leading non-profit organizations in the development of community programs and improvement of their corporate fiscal and managerial health. Ms. Lockwood has also served as director of several non-profit organizations and held active board leadership positions where she has advanced the planning and success of non-profit clients in the fields of housing, community development, arts and culture, and health care. Ms. Lockwood has served as Campaign Counsel for numerous tax credit campaigns and provides consultations for the Community Development Finance Authority. Ms. Lockwood assisted The Park Theatre in its application for tax credits and served as Tax Credit Campaign Counsel for the campaign that raised $500,000 for the Theatre’s restoration. At the same time, Ms. Lockwood has inventoried, identified and submitted applications on behalf of the Theatre to foundations throughout New England.
Linda Santoro, Senior Data Administrator
A resident of Rindge since 2004 with a life-long interest in the arts, Ms. Santoro is a member of the Accounting Department staff at Corporate Office of Belletetes Inc. in Jaffrey. Raised in Holden, Massachusetts, Ms. Santoro is a graduate of Wachusett Regional High School, attended Quinsigamond Community College and Becker Junior College, and worked extensively in business accounts positions for more than 20 years at such diverse companies as Farley and Son Landscaping and Hoboken Gardens in Maine and Arrow Automotive Industries in Massachusetts. Ms. Santoro serves The Park Theatre as Senior Data Administrator for the Theatre’s donor and mail database.
David Seibert, Architect
Senior Vice President and Senior Designer at BKA Architects, Seibert earned his Bachelor of Design and Masters of Architecture at Clemson University; is a member of the American Institute of Architects and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards with professional affiliations in Massachusetts and Ohio. With over 20 years of experience as an architect in all market sectors Seibert provides the design direction for BKA Architects and their clients, as well as for projects with Baybutt Construction Managers in Keene. Seibert has provided design development, survey and schematic design services to The Park Theatre since 2008 when the findings of the Theatre’s Fundraising Feasibility Study concluded that there was sufficient financial capacity and enthusiasm for the project in the communities of the Monadnock Region. “Architecture is the artful expression of conscience and matter which provokes the senses,” David Seibert.
David Teubner, Web developer and Internet Advisor
Teubner, a Keene resident since 2001, grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Today he runs a web and video business called KeeneOnline. With a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Graphic Design from Fitchburg State College, Teubner worked in the Boston area for over 15 years at some of the major technology and advertising agencies as a desktop publisher, and currently provides web design services for The Park Theatre. He’s also provided videotaping services, including the demolition time-lapse, among others. Additionally, Teubner has provided recordings to Daniel Huber for The Park Theatre Documentary.
Marilyn Weir, Photographer
A resident of Peterborough, Weir earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition from Keene State College. As a professional photographer, Ms. Weir offers portraiture, event, wedding and league sports photographic services; and is member of the New Hampshire Professional Photographers Association and the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Weir also works part-time as a columnist and events coordinator at the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript where many of her photographs have been published Ms. Weir’s photographs have also been published in other newspapers and magazines throughout New England. Ms. Weir is passionate about her photography, the creative arts, music, her spiritual life, and at home she and her cat, Max, tend a flock of sheep. Ms. Weir is the Theatre’s event and special items photographer.
Affiliations and Memberships
The Park Theatre participates in NH Citizen’s for The Arts, Monadnock Travel Council and Arts Alive!, a Keene-based nonprofit consortium whose mission is to sustain, promote and expand access to arts and cultural resources in the Monadnock Region.
The Park Theatre is a proud partner, sponsor and venue for the Monadnock International Film Festival whose mission is to bring world-class films and filmmakers to the Monadnock Region.
The Park Theatre Corporate Memberships include Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Rindge Chamber of Commerce, New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, and Monadnock Buy Local.