Steve Tucker:  Executive Director

Steve Tucker

Steve Tucker was an English Instructor for Vandercook Lake Public Schools for over thirty years. During his tenure, he coached several sports including baseball, football, wrestling and track. He retired in 2009 and performed as a musician in many local venues.For questions, comments, or a desire to become involved in The Michigan Theatre, contact Steve at

Anthony Riske:  Operations Manager

Tony brings over 15 years of experience as a performer and sound tech specialist.  He also is an accomplished guitar player that has played throughout the midwest.  Riske is the one that solves all technical issues with energy and competence.  In conjunction with his technical duties, Tony is responsible for keeping the building running smoothly and efficiently.

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 Brandi Behm:  Office Manager

Brandi brings over twenty years experience in office management, budgeting, and accounting with Michigan Automotive Compressor, Inc. and Erb Lumber Inc.  Brandi also coordinates office procedures.
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Marnie Lazarcheff:  Membership and Fund Development

Steven Tucker: Social Media Coordinator/Volunteer Coordinator

Steven is a graduate of Vandercook Lake High School.  There, he studied Journalism and marketing.  His responsibilities at The Michigan Theatre of Jackson include social media marketing (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and volunteer hours recording and scheduling.  Steven was selected “Volunteer of the Year” for 2015 and 2016 accruing over 1,300 volunteer hours.


Board of Directors

Susan Murphy

Susan Murphy:

Immediate past

Board Chairperson


Linda Donihue

Linda Donihue: Producer’s Board Chair

Bio coming soon.


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Schuyler Rogers

Bio coming soon.




John Francey

John Francey:   Past Chairperson

John is a Registered Architect with Consumers Energy and a long time Jackson resident and supporter of Jackson Public Schools.



Kathy Schmaltz

Kathy Schmaltz

Kathy was the anchor broadcaster for Lansing ‘s WILX-TV channel 10 for over 10 years. She is currently a freelance broadcaster covering a wide area of southern Michigan. She is active in the Jackson community, serving on many nonprofit boards and projects, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, United Way, the Wendy’s Charity Classic LPGA Adoption Event, and the Michigan Dyslexia Institute. She also serves on the advisory committee for Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea .



Jim VanHecke

Jim recently retired as an administrator from the University of Michigan heading up undergraduate recruitment. He directed global alumni initiatives, College of Engineering review, and out-of-state programs. He was the lead state investigator for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and is a member of Broadcast Musicians Inc. (BMI). Jim is an active member of national university associations, Jackson League of Woman Voters, The Henry Ford, Hope Clinic, and Detroit Rescue Mission.

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Kathryn Snyder: Board Chairperson

Kathryn Snyder was born and raised in Jackson, Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Journalism and Environmental Policy and currently works for Diversified Precision Products. Kathryn serves on Jackson’s Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors.


Michelle Woods

Michelle Woods

Michelle is a life-long Jackson resident and graduate of Jackson High. She enjoys spending time with her two children and four grandchildren. Michelle loves to cycle, lift weights, workout, and travel. She is also an avid art collector with some favorites being Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Rene Dickerson, Jacob Lawrence, and many others.Michelle has been a member of St. John’s Evangelist Church since 1986, where she has served as a Eucharistic Minister. She also serves on the boards of the Jackson Parks and Recreation Board, Ella Sharp Park Advisory Board, Jackson Housing Commission, ALPACT (Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust), as well as The Michigan Theatre of Jackson Board of Directors.



Allen E. Spiess, Jr.

Allen E. Spiess, Jr.

Al is currently involved as a board member of the Ella Sharp Museum , co-chairs the Ella Sharp Museum Capital Campaign and Building Committee, and serves on the fundraising committee for the Cascades Humane Society, and hosts dinners for “Taste for the Arts.” He is a past board member of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce and chairman of Jackson’s Sister City Committee, and is the previous CEO/owner of Kellogg Crankshaft Company (production and prototype crankshafts), which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.


Charles Ahronheim: Secretary

Photo and bio coming soon.


Donna Riley

Donna Riley

Donna Riley has devoted much of her life to working with non profits in the arts sector. She is currently the Director of Membership & Development for The Ella Sharp Museum.


Suzanne Butterfield

Photo and bio coming soon.


Dave Heins

Photo and bio coming soon.