What steps will you take to ensure the financial health of Pentacle Theatre?
We must ensure that the financials of the organization are transparent to the board members. A clear understanding of the financials is needed by each board member, not only the financial committee. In my experience it has been helpful to have a detailed treasures’ report at every meeting. To that end, I would suggest that the treasures’ report be part of the consent agenda that the board considers prior to the board meeting. This ensures time for the board members to ask questions about any of the line items presented, so they are fully prepared for discussion at the meeting. I am very clear about the fiduciary responsibility of a nonprofit board member. When considering the budget there are multiple factors to consider, including current environmental factors around the theater at this time that may affect us going forward.
Describe how you will represent the theater.
I have been a lover of the Pentacle theatre since I first heard of it in 1986. If elected I would be very proud to be a board member of the Pentacle theatre and take every opportunity within the community to speak highly of the theater. I already do this, whether that’s with my tennis club members, my gym club members, and other times when I’m involved in community events. Through my own social media, I positively represent the Theatre, and even my non – theater friends know of my love for, and support of, the Pentacle Theatre.
What volunteer work have you done for Pentacle Theatre?
Besides performing in many Pentacle productions starting in 1986 through today, I have served on numerous committees and work groups over the years. I was part of the committee tasked with hiring a new ED when we lost Randy Boyd. That committee rewrote the job description of the ED, interviewed multiple candidates both live and through video, and made two strong recommendations to the board at that time. In 2014 myself, along with Heather Toller, led the Pentacle board through a strategic planning process, which resulted in a new and refreshed strategic plan for the theater. That year, I was awarded the Executive Directors Award. I served on the marketing committee for six years. I have written articles for the Pentacle program, after interviewing members and volunteers. I have supported the theatre through many activities such as: sound production, set build activities, costume help, putting up posters, and addressing letters in the office. Most recently I as a part of the “What’s Next” committee as we grappled with the closures and changing realities due to the Covid virus. Along with my husband, Ron Jaecks, who served on the Pentacle board 2011 – 2012, we are consistent donors to the theater and are grateful members of the Bright Lights Society.
What is your day job? What is your level of responsibility at this job? What other relevant experience or education will you bring to board service.
For the past 15 years I have owned and operated my own small business called Verbal Impact. I am a professional speaker, author, blogger, and coach. I control my own schedule, working from my home when not traveling to speak. I do ‘all the things’ a business owner must do, including, marketing, financials, event planning, travel booking, content creating, and communications. My business has allowed me the time and energy for volunteer service.
Throughout my career I have served on many boards, committees, task forces and work groups for different associations, federations, and healthcare entities. During 2014-15, I was president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), after having served six years on that national board. I was president of the National Speakers’ Association – Oregon Chapter for two terms, 19-20, and 20-21. My volunteer service has included two different governor – appointed oversight committees for the State of Oregon, and I am currently a delegate from the ADHA to the International Federation of Dental Hygienists. Giving back thru volunteer service is a strong value I hold, in both my personal and professional lives. I understand how to manage my time to fulfill both work and service responsibilities.
Please describe the skills and core competencies that you will bring to the board.
Capacity to embrace and manage change
A results-oriented attitude
Understanding of general principles of not-for profit fiscal management and governance
Adherence to fiduciary responsibilities
Teamwork, creativity, collaboration among peers with different needs and interests
Objectivity in prioritizing and directing resources consistent with strategic plans
Willingness to foster inclusion and embrace diversity
Respect for the board/staff partnership
Capacity to have difficult conversations
Ability to think strategically
Good oral and written communication skills
In addition, my top five Clifton Strengths are:
Activator- I like to make things happen and act on goals and initiatives
Communication – I find it easy to put my thoughts into words and enjoy listening to and hearing, other perspectives.
Strategic – I look for alternative ways and processes to get things done.
WOO- I like to have fun and make new connections!
Futuristic- I am inspired by the future and what it could be.
What do you like most about Pentacle Theatre?
What I love most about Pentacle Theater is the community. Working in and on productions, over the years, I have met many of my closest friends. My husband and I are not churchgoers, so we don’t have a built-in weekly community like some do. We consider Pentacle Theatre our primary community within Salem. What I mean by that is, we love and support our Pentacle friends, and we feel that love and support from them to us. This community was very apparent to us when we held Ron’s retirement party at the theater during the run of Trailer Park, the Musical, promoting the theater to many of our friends and professional acquaintances who had not yet experienced a production at Pentacle. Then, when I was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2020 – During that scary and life-changing time, it was the Pentacle community who supported us so thoroughly, who celebrated with us, and held us up in their hearts and prayers. Of course, I also love live theater! I love being a part of producing it, acting in it and experiencing it as an audience member! Being involved in Pentacle theater over these many years has made me incredibly rich in opportunities for growth and life-long relationships.
I want to serve on the Pentacle board now because I feel we are in a unique place as an organization. Coming off the COVID years, we are still in a place of having to rebuild. This gives us a unique opportunity to envision what we want the future to look like, what we want to be in the greater community that we live in, and the kinds of activities and productions we want to produce.
I also believe that my skill sets in serving on so many local, regional, national, and international boards and committees, give me a strong perspective on good board behavior, balanced board staff relationships, and how to run an effective nonprofit. I feel over the past years there has been some mistrust developed between the Pentacle governance and our membership, and I want to be part of the solution, bringing more transparency and effective communications.
1. Ensure best practices at the board level, through both policy and process
2. Increase accurate, appropriate, outgoing communication from the Board to the membership
3. Strengthen the Board/Staff Partnership
4. Ensure a healthy budget to afford the staff and volunteer support we need, so we can grow into the future
1. Work to grow community engagement and individual membership with Pentacle
2. Increase our volunteer base to support the theatre and strengthen standing within the greater community
3. Grow our offerings for community interaction such as, ‘behind-the-scenes” tickets, hosting events at the theatre like weddings, parties, and celebrations.
4. Create opportunity to further utilize our theater and downtown space
Pentacle Theatre is on a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion journey. Please describe your commitment to this kind of work and why it is important in an arts organization.
The DEI initiatives Pentacle has undertaken are important, and I want to be part of the continuation of that work. To that end I have just completed Level 1 of the Intimacy Directors and Coordinators (IDC), Consent Forward Actors class, and intend to finish Level 2 by early 2023. In the Arts world, DEI initiatives are very important to address due to the historical constructs around issues like who directs, who gets cast, who has opportunities to move forward. As a cis-Anglo woman of a certain age, I realize I have a lot to learn, and we in the theater have a lot to learn. I feel this DEI ride so far has been a bit bumpy, and hopefully we can get thru the ‘potholes’ and learn to drive these initiatives in a smooth and honoring way.