Board of Directors

Deborah Jasien


Deborah is a local entrepreneur with a 40-year background in professional theatrical design and production. She is the Owner/Maker at Fields of Ambrosia: BATH-BODY-AROMA and has been the Resident Set Designer for M&D Playhouse for the past 10 years, while also serving on the board of directors in some capacity for that time, as well. She is a past board member for Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation, is currently Executive Committee President of The White Mountain Independents, and is a representative for the North Conway Village Association and Mount Washington Valley Celebrations through the MWV Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Sickler

Vice President

Mark’s bio coming soon!

Karen G

Karen Gustafson


Karen has volunteered at M&D for over 10 years, helping in whatever way she can, and has appeared in numerous productions. She received a BA in speech/drama and secondary education from North Park College in Chicago, and is the librarian at Kennett Middle School. Karen has been a Mount Washington Valley resident since 1985.

Tracy Orlando


Tracy joined the board in January 2017. She started out life in Western Maine before moving on to see the world, having lived in Friedberg, Germany; Amman, Jordan; Dubai, UAE; NY, KS, KY, HI, MD, VA, NH; and now again in Maine. She has a BS in business management and a MS in acquisition and contact management. When not tending to her three kids, two bonus kids, and husband, Tracy is working as the Director of Contracting for The Echo Group. Tracy started acting in community theater in 2008, and has volunteered in stage management, set painting and concessions. She wed her husband, Ryan, on the M&D set of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress in 2011, so M&D will always hold a special place in her heart. Tracy is beyond excited to expand her involvement with M&D and to help in any way she can to foster the arts in our wonderful community.

Members at Large

Ashley Kerr

Marketing Director

In addition to her time serving on M&D’s Board, Ashley can be seen working the box office or performing on stage. Having received a BA in music education from the University of Southern Maine, Ashley enjoys every opportunity to promote, educate and encourage participation in the arts. She obtained a MBA with a concentration in nonprofit leadership from New England College. When not at M&D, you can find her out on an adventure, or at the White Mountain Community Health Center, where she works at the front desk.

Lori Jean (LJ) Rowe & Peanut Butter Cup

Production Manager, Resident Lighting Designer & Stage Manager

LJ is thrilled to join M&D Playhouse’s board of directors. She began working with M&D during its 2012 season. LJ is currently the Production Manager, Resident Lighting Designer, and one of the team of stage managers. When LJ is not backstage, you can often find her in the booth running the sound and/or light board. LJ has worked on over 60 productions in New Jersey, New York, Kansas, and New Hampshire. She is proud to be a part of such a wonderful theatre company.

Peanut Butter Cup joined the theatre in April of 2014. Her owner/handler, LJ, adopted her from Conway Area Humane Society when she was eight months old. Peanut is trained as a Mobility Assistance Service Dog. Her favorite activities include hanging out in the booth, visiting with people, running, and, of course, helping LJ.

Cindy Sauerwein

Theatre Arts Studio Director

A relatively new transplant to the Valley, Cindy brings to M&D her love of the performing arts, organization skills honed from years as a contractor to the Federal government, and a willingness to take on new and exciting endeavors. She is proud to oversee the new Theatre Arts Studio – a dedicated space for students of all ages to learn the craft of the theatre!

David Brooks

As a 30+ year resident of the Mount Washington Valley, David is delighted to be a member of M&D’s Board of Directors. He moved to the area in 1980 to be the founding executive director of Tin Mountain Conservation Center. In the ensuing years, David has been the executive director of the White Mountain Community Health Center, and currently works for the State of New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism. Additionally, he is a member of the Pequawket Foundation Board of Directors. Whether checking tickets at performances or helping out in a myriad of different ways, David enjoys the energy and vibrancy of this organization, and its contribution to the arts in the community.

Eric Jordan

Eric’s bio coming soon!

June Desmond

June happily joined the board of directors in July 2016. Her past work experience in the newspaper industry provided her with enough knowledge to undertake the role of Playbill Advertising Sales Rep. She is currently working in the social services field. June has an AS in human services, as well as 124 credits towards her BS in psychology. She has previously served on the board for Theatre North, the parent committee for Berlin Head Start, and was chair of the policy council for Tri-County Head Start.

Christopher Bellis

Christopher is a local resident, and with his husband of 20+ years owns the Cranmore Inn Bed and Breakfast as well as Chef’s Bistro restaurant in North Conway. They have two elementary-aged children. Prior to moving to the area, Christopher worked for 15 years as a fundraiser for various non-profits in New York. He has directed Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers and Avenue Q for M&D. Christopher holds an MFA in theatre directing from Catholic University and a BA in theatre and international relations from the College of William and Mary.

Debbie Cross

Debbie fell in love with M&D when she saw her first production there (Dog Sees God) after moving to the Valley in 2009. She has tried to see as many shows as possible since then, and has never been disappointed. Debbie is excited to be joining the board this year and hopes to help M&D continue to grow in our community. She has witnessed first-hand the positive effect theatre can have on youth through her teenage daughter Cheyenne. During the week, Debbie works as a Family Nurse Practitioner at White Mountain Community Health Center.

Erica Buteau

Erica is a professional change-maker in the culture innovation space who actively advocates for diversity and inclusion, women’s empowerment, social justice and elevating the work of non-profit organizations. Data driven, Erica thrives on numbers and strategic analysis to coach others in taking actionable steps towards real and lasting change.  Until joining M&D’s Board, Erica’s theatre involvement was primarily as a member of the audience, save for a few lines in elementary school productions. She is delighted to share her insights and engage in meaningful conversations around culture, theatre and community integration. Erica holds multiple degrees including an M.A. in History from SNHU, a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Granite State College and a Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University. She has appeared on the TODAY Show, in Women’s World Magazine and in several commercials for Atkins and DDP Yoga. A north country native, Erica and her husband each have two children, one granddaughter, a cockapoo and can frequently be found on the trails in her big blue Jeep, “Daydream Believer.”

Siobhan Stevens

Siobhan’s bio coming soon!

Penny Piva

Penny’s bio coming soon!


Ken Martin, Producing Artistic Director & Executive Director
Richard Russo, Stage Director/Instructor