President: Michele Thornton
Michele is a health insurance & employee benefits consultant, focusing primarily on the small business sector. She is currently working with the Enroll! Chicago – Small Business Initiative – assisting the City of Chicago in conducting outreach and education for small employers city-wide about new healthcare coverage options and resources. Michele is currently a doctoral student at the University of Illinois in Chicago - pursuing a degree in Health Policy and Administration. After receiving her M.B.A. in Health Sector Management – from DePaul University in Chicago, she was asked to become an Adjunct Faculty member in their Graduate School of Business as well as the Nursing Doctoral program. Currently she is teaching classes ranging from Healthcare Economics to all areas of Insurance & Risk Management.
Michele spends her free time exploring the Little Italy neighborhood she just moved into and immersing herself in Chicago’s tremendous restaurant and theatre scene.
Lisa can't really sing, dance or act, but she is passionate about really great theater -- especially works that evoke emotion and meaning. She channels her creativity as a residential interior designer who runs her own hi-end firm in Lake Forest. Prior to design, she was an Account Director for ad agencies such as DDB and DraftFCB, crafting and developing brand and marketing strategies for Fortune 500 companies. She brings her boot camp business savvy to Other Theatre and hopes to help make it a huge success.
Lisa graduated with honors from Harrington Institute of Interior Design in Chicago, and earned her BA from Indiana University in Marketing/Advertising.
Secretary: Jermaine Hill
Well-versed in opera, art song, musical theatre, and pop/rock repertoire, Jermaine currently serves as Assistant Director for Purdue Musical Organizations at Purdue University. As creative consultant and music arranger for the 80th Annual Purdue Christmas Show, his work was recently heard by over 18,000 people and will be broadcast on PBS next December. He has sung with such diverse groups as the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, and the Ithaca Opera Association, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Saint Mark’s Basilica, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. As a musical director, orchestrator, vocal arranger and vocal coach, he worked extensively in the cruise ship industry, where he musically directed, co-created and/or orchestrated award-winning productions shows, concept shows and musical events. He has conducted and directed a variety of musical and theatrical productions, choirs, vocal and instrumental ensembles, and continues to work as an audition, rehearsal, and orchestra pianist. He previously taught at North Central College as Lecturer in Musical Theatre Voice.
Originally from New York City, he holds a Master of Music with Academic Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College, both in Vocal Performance.
our board also features
Kelly Soprych, Vice President
Stephen Silkaitis, Treasurer