BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Responsible for financial oversight of Forward Theater Company.
Tim is a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, where he regularly represents businesses and lenders in connection with commercial loan and business transactions and compliance with consumer protection laws. He graduated from Yale University and Duke Law School. He currently serves on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin’s Dane County chapter, and previously served on the board of directors at American Players Theatre and CTM Children’s Theater of Madison. Tim is also an amateur musician, singing bass with the Wisconsin Chamber Choir and playing French horn in chamber music ensembles. During his free time, he enjoys skiing, running and other outdoor sports, and time with his family.
Am is honored to be a member of the FTC board. Am has developed her career in the marketing and advertising fields. She currently works at Fiskars Brands as Director of Channel Marketing. She hopes to support FTC in the areas of graphic and web design, social media, advertising and analytics. Am’s full name is Amneris (Verdi’s opera Aida) – and has enjoyed theater since she was a child. Am grew up in Verona and currently resides in Madison. In addition to attending a wide variety of shows, Am enjoys music, tennis and traveling with her extended family.
Charles is currently UW Emeritus Professor of Surgery in the Division of Otolaryngology, where he served as chair of the department from 1995-2007. His interest in theater dates back to his teenage and early college years, and his academic career has been influenced by a longstanding fascination with the human voice. At the University of Wisconsin he has assembled a world-class team of voice clinicians and scientists. His clinical practice encompasses medical and surgical care of actors, singers, and other voice professionals. Chuck’s research focus is laryngology and voice disorders. Currently he is collaborating with researchers in the application of surgical intervention and tissue engineering approaches to restoring damaged vocal folds. His curriculum vita reflects numerous awards, eponymous lectures, leadership positions in national medical associations, and membership on five leading editorial boards. Dedicated to supporting the arts locally, he recently served on the Madison Symphony board and currently he is an active member of the Madison Opera board of directors.
Tom is currently a Vice President at Baker Tilly Capital LLC. He grew up in Merrill, WI, but wanted to live in a bigger city. After graduating from UW-Oshkosh in 2009 and working in Appleton, WI for two years, Tom moved to Madison and hasen't looked back. After meeting his wife in 2011 at Red Shed after a Badger football game, they married in 2013, moved in to their home in 2014, had their first child, Grafton, later that year, and just had their second child, Sloan, in April of 2017. Tom loves to golf and cycle, enjoys reading science fiction books, and is an auto-enthusiast. He firmly believes that both 'sides of the brain' need stimulation. While his career feeds his 'logic' side, he's always enjoyed the arts to satisfy his 'creative' side.
Roth is advisor to governments and organizations worldwide on best practices for design, implementation, and enforcement of standards of conduct for government officials. He is the creator and animator of an interactive seminar for fostering not-for-profit organizations' trustees' good management of and participation in board meetings and decisions. B.A, Linguistics, Lawrence University. J.D., University of Wisconsin. Roth was formerly executive director and legal counsel of the Wisconsin Ethics Board. He is an officer and trustee of Oakwood Village Retirement Community, bylaws advisor and past president Rotary Club of Madison, trustee and past president Madison Opera, and vice-president of United States Log Rolling Charitable Foundation. Roth is a past president of Cap-itol Neighborhoods, Inc., Vilas Neighborhood Association, and United States Log Rolling Association.
Roth and his wife Lynne are passionate about quality theater. Roth counts among formative experiences elementary school attendance at Louisville's children theater and teenage years largely spent in the green room of Minneapolis's Guthrie Theatre when he was not acting as tour guide, ticket taker, usher, and stage door guardian. Recognizing the limitation of his talents, Roth confines his theatrical endeavors to the purchase of tickets.
Jolen is a managing consultant for Janus Galleries, in Madison, where her focus is on marketing, inventory control, corporate installations and non-profit event planning. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was Director and Co-Director of Library Media Centers at Black Hawk and Hamilton Middle Schools, as well as James Madison Memorial High School, in the Madison Metropolitan School District. She also taught Access and Legal Issues in Libraries and Young Adult Literature courses for the School Library and Information Technologies graduate program at Mansfield University, in Pennsylvania. She has been a member of two major children’s/young adult book award committee’s, the Michael W. Printz and the Charlotte Zolotow, as well as numerous other professional committee’s. She is currently serving on the 2016 Madison All City Swim planning committee and is an active volunteer at Agrace Hospice, where she shares her love of gardening. She is a busy mom of a 13 and 9-year-old and a 3 year-old Scottish Terrier. She and her family reside in Fitchburg. She fell in love with Forward the first time she sat down for a production and is thrilled to be part of her new family. She’s looking forward to working with our community to introduce Forward Theater to those who have yet to discover this incredible gem.
Kathie has lived in Madison for over 33 years. During that time, she raised two wonderful sons, and has been an active supporter of Madison’s civic and cultural organizations. The majority of Kathie’s career has been spent working with and for nonprofits. Kathie served as the Business Administrator at the First United Methodist Church for 23 years. Most recently she has been working as the Program Coordinator for the UW Madison Board Leadership Program. This unique and innovative partnership matches UW graduate students with various nonprofits in the community, helping the students to experience the rewards of nonprofit Board service as part of a graduate level course. This is a perfect fit for Kathie, as she spends much of her time serving on nonprofit Boards herself. Kathie holds a BA in history, with a minor in literature from Binghamton University; and an MBA in economics and public policy from The George Washington University. When not doing nonprofit work, Kathie can most often be found at the Overture Center enjoying theater and fine arts (most often and most especially Forward Theater Company productions!); at UW sporting events; or walking on the Isthmus with her young dog, Zander.
Dean is a shareholder in Reinhart's Real Estate Practice and managing shareholder of the firm's Madison office. Dean represents developers and landowners throughout Wisconsin, principally in connection with development, zoning and land division activities.
Orange and her husband Dean have been co-owners of Orange Tree Imports since 1975. In addition to running the store, Orange does translating from Danish to English and freelance writing in the fields of medical terminology, Danish cuisine, and retailing. Orange founded the Monroe Street Merchants Association and the Monroe Street Library League, and continues to serve as chair of both organizations. Orange has served two terms on the Madison CitiArts Commission, has been involved with American Players Theatre for many years, and is now a board member of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. She has also served on the boards of the Madison Youth Choirs, Madison Children’s Museum, Friends of WHA-TV, and Susan G Komen for the Cure, as well as volunteering for United Way of Dane County as a member of its board and marketing committee. As a footnote, Orange’s son Erik grew up in a theater-loving household in Madison (obviously!), and he is now director of marketing at Chicago's Lookingglass Theater.
Steve is senior vice president and associate general counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at CUNA Mutual Group. In this role he leads a team that is responsible for handling board and corporate governance, holding company regulation, data management and human resources issues. Steve joined CUNA Mutual Group in 1999 as associate general counsel. Previously he spent 12 years at Foley & Lardner, LLP in Madison, WI, where he became a partner specializing in securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law. Steve received a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree in history from Hartwick College. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Sherry’s work as director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at UW-Madison’s Wisconsin School of Business includes recruitment of students as emerging leaders, teaching through applied practice, and creating inspired educational experiences. Recently, she launched the Arts Business Initiative, a program that connects arts and humanities majors to business students and curriculum, fostering collaboration and creative inquiry through interdisciplinary connections. Sherry is also a board member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (DC), works with the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (NY) and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (NYC), and is a founding partner at Sort Sol Consulting Group.
Jennifer has been with The QTI Group for four years and brings over fifteen years of sales and marketing experience in advertising, consumer products, and service-based companies to her role as Executive Search Consultant with The QTI Group. Her experience working in both entrepreneurial start-ups as well as larger companies lends itself to providing a consultative approach to recruiting for many types of businesses. Throughout her recruiting career, she has successfully executed searches to fill senior and executive-level positions with both private companies and nonprofit organizations, providing human resource solutions in marketing, finance, new product development, sales, operations, and senior leadership. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and post-graduate certificates in Business French and French Literature. She is a founding facilitator and Board member of Project Girl, a national art-based media literacy effort, a board member of Tempo, the Wisconsin School of Business Alumni Board, and Forward Theater, and a member of Downtown Madison Rotary.
Lynn has been living her passion as a communications professional and civic engagement consultant with Wood Communications Group (WCG) since 1993. As WCG’s vice president she runs the market research area of the company’s well-known public relations/public affairs consultancy; oversees several strategic community affairs programs for a variety of clients; and provides crisis communications, media relations and event planning services. For the past 10 years, Lynn has also run the prestigious Leadership Greater Madison program, an intensive civic leadership development experience for Madison-area professionals, and has recently launched a similar program for high school sophomores in Dane County. Prior to joining WCG, Lynn was a Deputy-Sergeant-at-Arms for the Wisconsin State Senate and owned a successful event planning company. In addition to her work with WCG, Lynn is an active community participant and has held board and committee positions for several local organizations, including the Junior League of Madison, for which she served as President in 2005-2006; Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; Operation Fresh Start; Madison Children’s Museum; St. Ann Home & School Association and Leadership Wisconsin. Ms. Wood holds degrees in International Relations and Communications from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Lynn and her husband, Kennan, one 11-year old daughter, Alena, and loveable English Mastiff, Bentley, live in Stoughton.