The Park Theatre Mission
The purpose of The Park Theatre 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, President
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.
Susan Emerson, Trustee
A Rindge resident and State Representative for Rindge, Fitzwilliam and New Ipswich in 4th term on Health, 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.
Sheila L. Girbach, Trustee, Secretary
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 Litem since 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.
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.; founder and chair of the Jaffrey St. Patrick Day Parade, 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.
Marcie MacKenzie, Trustee, Treasurer
Marci MacKenzie is an AVP, Wealth Manager at Charter Trust Company. She was with the firm from 2003 to 2004 and rejoined the firm in 2015. She is based in our Peterborough, NH, office. Ms. MacKenzie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University. She also received a Paralegal Certificate from Northeastern and is currently enrolled in the American Bankers Association National Trust School. Once completed, she will be sitting for the CTFA exam. An active member of the community, Ms. MacKenzie and her husband live in Jaffrey with their two children. When not working, she can usually be found watching one of her children’s sporting events or volunteering at a variety of school events.
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
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.
Susan Farrell, Trustee Emeritus
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, President Emeritus
A Jaffrey resident, CHS Class of 1960, graduate, Duke University; Incorporator, Jaffrey Civic Center and Cathedral 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
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 and the League of Historic American Theatres.