Terri Brenneman retired in 2004 from State Farm Insurance Company in Bloomington, Illinois, after 33 years primarily working in Health Insurance and Human Resources Benefits Department. She also served on the Police and Fire Commission Board in Normal, Illinois, working with police and fire chiefs to interview applicants. She and her husband first visited Flagstaff about 20 years ago, loved it, and thought about moving here someday. During another visit in 2013 they saw their first Theatrikos play, The Spitfire Grill, which helped them decide to relocate here. They soon became season ticket holders and have been active volunteers ever since. Terri joined the Theatrikos Board in 2018. She has worked backstage for August: Osage County and A Christmas Story, as stage manager on Lost in Yonkers, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Angels In Disguise and as production manager for Rumors and The Great Gatsby.
Cara Bearden was born in Phoenix, where she lived for most of her life until she moved to Flagstaff seven years ago. She is a case manager at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Arizona, and principal owner of Bearden Farm. She is also active in the Northern Arizona Gerontology Association. She lettered in musical theatre in high school and got involved with Theatrikos when her daughter joined TheatriKids. Her favorite plays include Fiddler on the Roof and Rent.
Carol Covington served for two years as executive director of the Sustainable Economic Development Collaborative of Northern Arizona and is currently employed at NAU. She served for four years as volunteer vice chair for the Flagstaff Regional Plan Update Citizen Advisory Committee. She worked in city planning in Northampton and Chicopee, Massachusetts; Blacksburg, Virginia; and Ames, Iowa. An active participant in the community since moving to Flagstaff in 2003, she served on the Flagstaff Clean and Green Committee (now the Sustainability Committee). She joined the Theatrikos board in 2016 after a number of years enjoying being a season ticket holder. “Being active in the community is an important means to be connected to people and place,” she says.
Armando Bernasconi is co-founder, president, and CEO of Quality Connections Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit service agency that helps individuals with disabilities become independent and productive by providing them with employment opportunities, job training, and practical life learning programs. He also sits on the executive committee of the Arizona Association of Providers for People with Disabilities, and on the State of Arizona Set-Aside Committee. Born and raised in Guadalupe, Arizona, he has been a resident of Flagstaff since 1994. He joined the Theatrikos board in 2015 and was elected treasurer in 2016. He also serves on the Finance Committee. In high school he acted in Neil Simon’s Rumors. Since attending the Theatrikos production of A Christmas Story, he and his wife have made a date of every opening night.
Bruce is a Professor of Forest Management at Northern Arizona University. Born in Oakland, California, he grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has worked in the forest industry including managing 65,000 acres in South Carolina and as a consultant in leadership, corporate organization, and forestry. His clients have included firms in the forestry and aerospace industries. He and his wife lived in Flagstaff since 1985. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Flagstaff Leadership Program, has been involved in the United Way, the Citizen’s Police Academy, the City of Flagstaff Open Spaces Commission, and has previously served as a Theatrikos board member. In addition, he acted in the Theatrikos productions of Laughing Stock and It’s a Wonderful Life plus numerous Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase productions.
Tracie first joined the Theatrikos board in 2013, though she and her family have been enthusiastic volunteers with the theater since around 2008. She’s played a few roles on the stage—including Gayle in Almost, Maine (2014) and Mrs. Shellhammer in Miracle on 34th Street (2014), and she always enjoys helping out behind the scenes. She was stage manager for It’s a Wonderful Life (2013) and assistant stage manager for Messiah on the Frigidaire (2013). Tracie is an Arizona native and a two-time Northern Arizona University alum who spent two decades putting her degrees in both public relations and communication to work on behalf of her alma mater. In 2018, she took the entrepreneurial plunge and now owns and operates a local print shop, International Minute Press. Tracie has enjoyed the many friends and memories she’s made though the theater and holds a special fondness for the youth programming, in which both of her children are avid participants and which sparked her involvement with community theater.
Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom donated bone marrow twice to two different cancer patients. Other things about Sharon: she can’t do a cartwheel, she’s the only person in the world with her name, and she traveled around the US and Canada for one year, volunteering every week in a different place. The serious stuff: Sharon is an organizational development consultant who specializes in facilitation. With 10 years of experience in public service, Sharon loves to help public servants build relationships and have more productive meetings. Sharon began volunteering at Theatrikos in 2006 as Mrs. Martini in It’s a Wonderful Life. Most recently she served as stage manager for The Legend of Georgia McBride. Sharon is excited for a new role as a Board Member for Theatrikos.
Joe Washington is a Tribal Court Advocate practicing law in the Navajo, Hopi, Yavapai-Apache, and other tribal courts in the area. He was introduced to theater as a freshman at Window Rock High School on the Navajo reservation in a Speech and Drama class. He acted in plays throughout high school and in community theater in Window Rock. A Flagstaff resident since 1976, he has acted in a number of Theatrikos productions. He took a hiatus from the stage to take film acting classes at the Sedona Film School. He had a leading role in the independent comedy More Than Frybread, released in 2011. He returned to stage acting in Theatrikos’ Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase productions and directed some of those as well.
Al White served on the Flagstaff City Council from 2000 to 2012, including two terms as Vice-Mayor. While on the council he also served on the Tourism Commission, the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative, and the Flagstaff Disability Awareness Commission. His record of community involvement also includes the Greater Flagstaff Economic Council, the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority, Quality Connections, and Canine Co-Pilots. He was owner and operator of New World Recycling and earned his B.A. in communication studies at the University of Massachusetts. A resident of Flagstaff since 1989, he also serves on the Theatrikos Facilities Committee and has been a member of the Theatrikos Board of Directors since 2005. A member of the National Thespian Society in high school, Al studied radio, television and film production at the University of Massachusetts. But it wasn’t until he got involved with Theatrikos that he realized he could contribute again to the goal of narrowing the gap between dreams and reality.
Stan Sutherland moved to Arizona in 2004, when he retired as Deputy General Counsel of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. in Racine, Wisconsin. He holds a B.S. (U. of Illinois, 1968) and M.S. (Purdue University, 1972) in physics and a law degree (U. of Michigan, 1975). He served on the board of the Racine Theatre Guild, as president of the Verde Valley Theatre, and as president of the Cottonwood Ranch Homeowners’ Association. He sings tenor in the Master Chorale of Flagstaff, serves on the Flagstaff Arts Council board, chairs the NAU College of Arts and Letters Advisory Council, and is president of the Equestrian Estates Homeowners’ Association. He has acted since 1963, when he starred in a high-school production of Harvey. At Theatrikos he directed Laughing Stock (2010) and Convergence (2013), and has acted most recently in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (2015), The Gin Game (2016), and Over the River and Through the Woods (2017). A Flagstaff resident since 2009, he has been a member of the Theatrikos Board of Directors since 2010, recently serving as Interim Executive Director. He also on the Theatrikos Development Committee.