Staff and Board


Lynda DeCan

Lynda DeCan – Publicity

Nancy Jacobs

Nancy Jacobs – Book keeper

Board of Directors

Austin Aikens

Austin Aikens

Michael Culp

Michael Culp

I am an attorney of 24 years. I bring legal knowledge and experience to HCT, especially in the area of Not-for-profit Corporate Law. I also have significant experience in nonprofit management. My theatrical background goes back 42 years.

Russ Gallas

Vice President
This is Russ’ second time serving on the HCT Board, taking a break after serving two terms previously.  As Vice-President of the HCT Board, his role includes building access and security (the keeper of the keys), personnel management, and supporting the Board President, Jim Griffin.  Russ is well suited to this role with more than 20 years of experience as a Global Director of Human Resources for Johnson Controls, Inc. from which he retired in 2013.
Brian Everitt

Brian Everitt, President

Beth Egge

Beth Egge

Jason Reimink

Jason Reimink

Member at Large
Jason was molded by Holland Civic Theatre and looks to give back everything HCT has given to him. When he’s not acting he enjoys sampling local beers and making desserts..
Deborah Ruth

Deborah Ozga Ruth

Corresponding Secretary

Debbie has been involved at Holland Civic Theatre for more than 15 years. “Believe it or not, I am actually quite shy, but I am also very, very creative. I love people, the arts, and always make every effort to keep things positive. I am also super family oriented.” In fact, after being involved with several community and dinner theatres in East Michigan, it was because of her family that Debbie first became involved at HCT as a Theatre Mom when her daughter Jessica was cast as Gretel in the Children’s show Hansel & Gretel. As her other children Danny and Annessa also became involved in the theatre, Debbie hopped back in as well. “It was so much fun, and I loved meeting other families and like-minded parents.”

Laurie Van Ark


Laurie grew up at Holland Civic Theatre often coming to the theatre with her mom.  

John Wilmot

Jon brings his passions for family and not-for-profit leadership as a first-year Board member. As a parent of a “theater kid,” Jon wants to see HCT grow and increase opportunities for children & youth to get involved with theater. He has previously worked and volunteered for several other organizations and prefers to work behind the scenes rather than on stage. Jon loves baseball, sound budgets, and collaborating with other organizations.