Board of Directors



Jacqueline Courteau

Jacqueline Courteau -- President

Jacqueline Courteau has been an Ann Arbor resident for 25 years, and has been active with Ann Arbor Civic Theater since 2005. She has been working in scientific research for 20 years, started a successful personal business in 2017, and is currently working as Ecological Consultant. Proudly, Jacqueline is a leader in her industry and has many accomplishments including working as a science and policy analyst in Washington D.C. and on the development of a successful ecological assessment protocol that is now used widely throughout southeast Michigan. Jacqueline has written over 2,500 pages of reports and articles, including 100 entries for the Smithsonian Institution’s Encyclopedia of Life and is frequently invited to give presentations at local conservation conferences and parks.

Professing her commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, and the collaborative process Jacqueline has served on the board for Ann Arbor CoOp Nursery and Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan, is an active member of the Stewardship Network Conference Planning Committee, and a co-founder of the Professional Steward Hike. Jacqueline has a Master’s Degree in Science Writing (1987) from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in Ecology (2005) from the University of Michigan.

Daisy Mull

Daisy Mull -- Vice President

Daisy Mull has been an Ann Arbor resident for 30 years, and has been involved in over 15 Ann Arbor Civic Theater productions. For several years, Daisy has been working as a Tax Professional for H&R Block and as a Retail Merchandiser with Hallmark. Daisy is devoted to her family and community; she has worked with her church's music ministry, as a youth group leader, and directed many of their annual Christmas shows. As a board member, Daisy has become a leading voice and advocate for the A2CT Jr. Theater program.

Daisy has been on several boards, including multiple years as PTA President at her children’s schools, and has many hours volunteering for foundations like Family Life Services, The Color Run, Growing Hope, Arts & Scraps, Food Gatherers, Open Door Ministries, Wild Swan, The Croswell, Extraordinary Women Conference. She was an editor of the newsletter for a Celiac Disease support group, and is currently singing in the Spring Choir at Northridge. She has performed in a show with Horizon Performing Arts, PTD Productions and Spotlight Players. Daisy has a Bachelor of Music Therapy (1991) from Eastern Michigan University.

Melaina Bukowski

Melaina Bukowski -- Treasurer

David Kiley

David Kiley -- Assistant Treasurer

Adele Mawicke Roy -- Secretary

Adele Mawicke Roy has been an Ann Arbor resident for 18 years, and is a long-time member of Ann Arbor Civic Theater and has involved in several shows. She is currently working as an administrative assistant for a large church in downtown Ann Arbor. With an extensive career in Publishing Technology, Adele has worked with many large companies including Time Magazine, and Time Life, Inc. Proudly, Adele the digital wave of converting major magazines from manual paste-up production to Macintosh-based production in the early 1990s, including development of fonts, templates, workflow processes, and all department training.

Adele is a member of FileMaker Solutions Alliance, a Certified MediaBank Trainer, Certified Quark Publishing System Integrator and the winner of the Award for Excellence: Technology Application & Use, Time Life Inc. (June 1999). Prior to joining the A2CT board, Adele was the Communications Chair for the First United Methodist Church Nursery school board, Secretary and fundraiser for the Pioneer Rowing Club, and President of the Parent Council for her church Youth Group. She has volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, Food Gatherers, and Community Action Network (CAN). She is a donor for Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union, and her church. She also often donates original paintings to local fundraisers, including “Circle of Art”. Adele has used her expertise to design logos for First United Methodist Church, Wolverine State Brewing Company, I.M.A.G.E. Inc. and create multiple posters, ads, t-shirts for A2CT.

Adele is a creative person with an “outside of the theatre world” perspective, the CEO of an active family with many interests and pursuits. She studied at the University of South Carolina (1985) and is currently at Eastern Michigan University studying Graphic Design.

Laurie Atwood

90th Gala Committee

Laurie Atwood has lived in Ann Arbor most of her life and is a frequent performer with many theater groups in southeast Michigan-- performing in over 50 Ann Arbor Civic Theater shows. She is the owner and director of The Children’s Creative Center in Ann Arbor, celebrating 25 years in 2018.

Laurie believes in the power of giving back and has served as Board President for The Blackbird Theater, as a member of the board member for Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation, and is the founder of the Friends of Children’s Creative Center Foundation. Her philanthropic pursuits include: Avalon Housing, Child Care Network, Ann Arbor Hospice, and the Alzheimer’s and Ovarian Cancer Alliance. Laurie has been recognized as a leader in the child care community and was selected as the winner of The Women of Distinction Award (2006) from the Girl Scouts of the Huron Valley Council. Laurie has a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Michigan, a Masters in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Development (1977) from Eastern Michigan University, and completed ABD doctoral work for Teaching and Psychological Studies at the university of Michigan.

Wendy Ascione-Juska

Events Committee Chair

Wendy has lived in Ann Arbor for most of her life and has over 15 years of experience with non-profit development, event planning, and volunteer management. With over 12 years of expertise in academics and event planning, Wendy is currently working as an events Manager for the ADVANCE Program at the University of Michigan. In her career she has been a published author, worked on the Wallenberg Medal and Lecture Series, and most recently received the Distinguished Diversity Leadership Award (2015.)

With passion and enthusiasm, Wendy believes strongly in the importance of serving her local community. She currently is an active fundraising committee member for Friends in Deed, a volunteer wish granter with Make-a-Wish Foundation, and a founding member of the grassroots group: Women March On-Washtenaw. Wendy has served as Board President for the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA), and was one of the highest grossing fundraisers for the 2017 Mind over Matter Walk. Wendy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Women's Studies (2000) and a Masters of Social Work (2002) from the University of Michigan.

Lisa Gavan

Finance Committee Member; Facilities Committee Member

Lisa Gavan has lived in Ann Arbor for 10 years and a member of Ann Arbor Civic Theater for 8. Lisa has worked on more than 13 A2CT productions, and is a dedicated member bringing skills such as stage management, production management, set design, props design and overall production support. Lisa started a photography business at the age of 17, and is known to take on as much as possible to ensure the success of every production.

Lisa has been working in the non-profit sector and focusing her career on the arts. She is currently wearing many hats, working as a Program Manager for The Arts Alliance and Artrain, Assistant Production Manager at the Blue LLama Jazz Club, and Stage Manager/Assistant Producer for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Before serving with A2CT, she served on the board as secretary for the University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society (UMGASS). Lisa often donates photography services to local organizations like Skyline High School, A2CT, UMGASS, Eastern Michigan University and more. She is excellent at organization, customer service and networking, marketing, and talent recruitment.

In 2017 Lisa was awarded a Graduate Assistantship upon acceptance into the Arts Administration Program at Eastern Michigan University. She earned a Certified Nonprofit Professional credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and was selected as a National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Ambassador by the home organization and Ann Arbor Summer Festival allowing her to complete her Graduate Project. Upon completion, Lisa was asked back to Stage Manager for the 2019 season. Lisa has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Biomedical and Fine Art Photography from College for Creative Studies (2004) and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Leadership, Certified Nonprofit Professional (2019).

Caitlin Rowe

Fundraising Committee Member; Facilities Committee Member

Victor McDermott

Facilities Committee Chair; Fundraising Committee Member

Susan Bloomgarden Gechter

Volunteer Committee Chair ; Education Committee Member

Susan Bloomgarden Gechter moved to Ann Arbor in 2007. She became a member of the Ann Arbor Civic Theater in 2018 and produced the 2018 Spring Jr. Musical Elephant and Piggie's 'We Are In A Play!'.

With an extensive background in education, she recently changed her passions to the Engineering Field and is currently a Program Engineer at Tenneco. Susan is interested in sharing and teaching the love of theater with the community, and has a deep connection with children and education. In the past, Susan has served on several education boards and in multiple positions including: Vice President Fundraising/Book Fair Co-Chair for South Park Elementary School PTO, President/Executive Vice President of King Elementary School PTO, President/Vice President for Clague Middle School PTSO, President Community High School PTSO and Secretary/Fundraising Chairman for Randazzo Dance Company. Susan also has been involved with the Community Ensemble Theatre as the Tech Week Meals Coordinator, and assisted with costumes for several years.

Although Susan is new to A2CT and doesn’t consider herself a “performer,” her board experiences coupled with her professional success, and love of kids brings a different perspective in helping and providing opportunities for everyone interested in theater. She loves going to shows and helping out where needed. Susan is truly passionate about teaching children to love theater-- and sharing that love with the community-- whether on stage or behind the scenes. Susan has a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the University of Michigan (1988) and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University (1994).

Joshua Kay

Finance Committee Member; Education Committee Member

Bette Shifman

Play Selection Committee ; Studio Committee