Board of Directors

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 for M&D and is slated to direct another show in late 2016. 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.

Tracy Orlando

Vice President

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.

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.

Melissa O’Neil


Melissa is a Valley local who has found her true second home at M&D Playhouse.  She has performed in various productions over the last two years and is excited to work behind the curtain while serving on the Board.  Melissa received a BA in Theatre Arts from Plymouth State University, working in all areas of theatre both on and off the stage.  When not at M&D, you will most likely find her spending time with her family, her husband and two adopted pups, or knitting.

Members at Large


Dean DeMaster

Operations Manager

Dean’s bio coming soon!

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 recently 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.

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

Playbill Advertising Sales Representative

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.

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.


Deb Jasien, Scenic Designer
Ken Martin, Producing Artistic Director & Executive Director
Richard Russo, Stage Director/ Instructor