Board of Directors & Advisors

Deborah Jasien

Executive Director & Set Designer

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

President, Stage Director & Actor

Mark is honored to serve on the board for M&D. A recent transplant to Northern New Hampshire, he brings close to 30 years of theatrical experience as a director, stage manager, and actor. He has worked all over metro-Boston and New York City as a stage manager, director, and actor, both professionally and locally. He was the founder and artistic producing director for Sugar Cereal Productions, and as VIP Host for the American Repertory Theater. In his other life, he’s a corporate travel manager, and when he’s not at the Playhouse, you can probably find him at another theater watching more theater!

Tracy Orlando

Vice President, Bookkeeper & Actor

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 an 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 Gustafson

Secretary, House Manager & Actor

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.

Christopher Bellis

Treasurer, Stage Director & Actor

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.

Members at Large

Ashley Kerr

Marketing Director, Music Director & Actor

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 an 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 as the Front Office Coordinator.

Cindy Sauerwein

Theatre Arts Studio Director & Actor

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!

Siobhan Stevens

Public Relations, Stage Manager

Siobhan’s bio coming soon!

June Desmond

Actor

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.

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.

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.”

Advisors

Ken Martin

Co-Founder, Stage Director & Actor

M&D was started on the premise that theater was more than just mindless entertainment. Theater has a place in the community that brings forth the best in people. Through the past twenty years, Ken has watched this company grow, from a gypsy caravan theater troupe without a home, to taking over the historic Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse in the heart of North Conway Village. It hasn’t always been a smooth road, but he is proud of the people who make M&D their home. Ken has performed in several local theaters including the Papermill Theater, now called Jean’s Playhouse, and at Winnipesaukee Playhouse, as well as at M&D. An NHTA award-winning Director, Ken has overseen many productions here at M&D and served as the Artistic Director for nineteen years. This theater is his legacy, and even when he is gone, he knows it will play an important part of life in the MWV.

Eric Jordan

Artistic Director, Stage Director & Actor

Eric’s bio coming soon!

Dan Tetreault

Production Manager, Technical Director, Stage Director & Actor

Dan’s bio coming soon!

Lori Jean (LJ) Rowe & Peanut Butter Cup

Events Coordinator, Office Manager, Lighting Designer & Stage Manager

LJ is thrilled to be a member of M&D Playhouse. She began working with M&D during its 2012 season. LJ is currently the Events Coordinator, Office Manager, 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.