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EdTA Board of Directors

About the EdTA Board of Directors

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Krista Carson Elhai

Term: 7/1/2023 – 6/30/2025
Theatre Educator
Claremont, CA

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Richard Frazier-Sostillio

Vice President
Term: 7/1/2023 – 6/30/2025
Educator, Director, Choreographer
Warner Robins, GA

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Helen Duranleau-Brennan

Past President
Term: 7/1/2023 – 6/30/2024
Literary and Arts Consultant
Davenport, IA

Joannerae Ibanez
Joannarae Ibañez

Board Director
Term: 5/5/2021 – 6/30/2024
Theatre educator and administrator
Pico Rivera, CA

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Monique Chism

Board Director
Term: 9/25/2021 – 6/30/2024
Smithsonian Institution
Upper Marlboro, MD

Patricia Santanello, EdTA Board of Directors Member
Patricia Santanello

Board Director
Term: 7/1/2022 – 6/30/2025
Theatre director
Dublin, OH

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Silvia D. Scaife

Board Director
Term: 7/1/2022 – 6/30/2025
Theatre educator
Auburn, AL

Tricia Patrick

Board Director
Term: 12/1/2022 – 6/30/2025
Dir. of Education, Ford’s Theatre
Washington, D.C.

Mary Schuttler
Mary Schuttler

Board Director
Term: 5/5/2021 – 6/30/2024
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO

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Jeff Hall

Board Director
Term: 7/1/2023 – 6/30/2026
Educator, Director
Portland, OR

Cheryl Williams
Cheryl Williams

Board Director
Term: 7/1/2023 – 6/30/2026
Smithfield, VA

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Nick Ginsberg

Board Director
Term: 7/1/2023 – 6/30/2027
General Manager, Foresight Theatrical
New York, NY

The EdTA board of directors comprises eight elected members, including the president and vice president, and three appointed members. The vice president/president serves a five-year term, two as VP, two as president, and one as past president. Other elected members serve three-year terms and may be re-elected for a total service of six years. Appointed members serve one four-year term.

Board Role

The EdTA board is a governing board (not a working board). What does a governing board do?

  • Sets direction: Reviews EdTA’s mission to ensure that it remains a guidepost, establishes strategic goals and priorities, plans for the future.
  • Ensures and protects resources: The board is responsible for protecting financial assets, physical assets, reputation, and image.
  • Provides oversight: Ensures policies are in place to evaluate infrastructure, programs, and services.
  • Engages in outreach: Understands, interprets, and communicates the diverse needs of the membership. Board directors act as ambassadors and advocates of the mission.

The board is not an honorary post, nor is it involved in day-to-day operations — those are managed solely by the executive director, who is the board’s employee. Board members must be comfortable making strategic and sometimes-difficult decisions that affect the entire membership.

Contact the Board

The EdTA board welcomes contact with members. Please feel free to reach out to share opportunities, questions, or concerns with us using the form below.

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