As a certified public accountant with the firm of Swalling & Associates, PC in Wasilla, she brings a strong background in finance and business. Janet has been actively involved with VPA for the last ten years as a volunteer, both behind stage and on stage. She has served on several committees including the Board Development Committee, the Finance Committee and the Capital Project Committee. Janet previously served on the Board of Directors both as President and Treasurer. She looks forward to helping VPA accomplish its mission of promoting community participation in quality live theatre. Her goal will be to continue to ensure the financial stability and the strategic planning of VPA, a truly valuable community asset.
Steve Brown is a manager in the Real Estate and Commercial Lending Department at Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union. He is the past board president of three different local non-profit organizations and is enjoying his recent involvement with VPA. He is currently on the capital project committee and is helping with the initial stages of planning for a new community theater. He also ventures on stage from time to time with his most recent involvement in VPA's production of Agatha Christie's Spider's Web.
Kathy has been involved with Valley Performing Arts for the past several years. She has served on the Board of Directors as Vice President, has worked on the fundraising committee and has done the PR for numerous VPA productions. She has shared the stage twice with her daughters Aubrey and Lindey. Kathy has degrees in Child Development and Speech Pathology and has spent the majority of her career working with deaf children and their families. She is currently helping her husband Mike run his business, Alaska Center for Dentistry, and working as a chauffer for her daughters and their friends!
Paul R. Beer is a Senior Business Relationship Manager with Wells Fargo for just over 5 years, with over 20 years banking experience. An University of Anchorage Alaska graduate. Paul enjoys getting involved in the local area through volunteer work with various non-profit organizations like United Way, Rotary, and Valley Performing Arts to help build and strengthen the local community. Having been on the Valley Performing Arts Board Development Committee for several years, Paul was excited about his nomination to the "big" VPA Board. When not working or volunteering the Alaskan born enjoys basketball, softball, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, camping, and spending quality time with his wife and 5 kids.
My husband, Mike, and I moved to Alaska from Indiana, where I received my degree in Entomology, and taught science. I am currently a science teacher at Wasilla High School. I have two young sons, and have been actively involved in different community theaters for 18 years. Before VPA, I was technical theatre director at Frankfort Senior High in Indiana, and was theatre director at Houston High School for 3 years. I have been with VPA for nearly two years now, and did the light design for Beauty and the Beast and Absurd Person Singular. I have also filled in as House Manager for the last two shows of this past season, and been a member of the Board Development Committee. I am looking forward to continuing as a volunteer for the theatre and will be the executive director for the one acts in Season 32.
A Southwestern United States native, Stu is a much better stagehand than actor. (And, in order to serve on the board of directors, he did have to sign a pledge to never sing within 100 yards of any VPA event.) Stu is the membership director for The Alaska Club Mat-Su Valley locations and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University. A former Air Force officer and 20+ year Alaska resident, Stu specializes in community relations, marketing and project management and enjoys helping out behind the scenes at VPA.
Lucas Parker was born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska. In 2007 he moved to Wasilla to expand his business, Parker and Sons Construction. He is married and and is a father of four children, three boys and recently adopted a little girl. He enjoys getting involved in the community wherever he can. Lucas has been a part of VPA with constructing set pieces for a few recent productions. He loves living in the Valley community and is looking forward to this opportunity to becoming a contributing member of the VPA Board.
is the Principal at Finger Lake Elementary where he has served for over 18 years. As a long-time Alaskan resident, Dave provides a broad background of service and public education experience. Dave is an active member at St. John Lutheran and serves as the congregational president. He has been an active supporter of VPA for a number of years, volunteering both as an actor in numerous plays as well as a show director. Dave looks forward to helping VPA continue its emphasis of providing quality live theatre to the community and to further its vision of a new facility to better serve the needs of the Mat-Su Valley. He is married and has two children in college and one in high school. Dave has an active recreational life which includes fishing, golf, and movies.
has been a valley resident for thirty years. A UAA graduate, she likes being involved in community activities, especially ones that involve youth. Karis currently teaches children’s classes at the AT&T Sports Center. After many seasons of enjoying productions at VPA, as well as helping to support the organization as a member of the Board Development Committee for two years, she is looking forward to serving on the board. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her husband, Scott, their three children and their families.