Jim Sullivan, President/Chief Executive Officer
Jim will again lend his producing and directing skills to Patsy Cline Returns this season! The 2014 sold out An Evening With Patsy Cline (starring Jackie Moynihan) left everyone charmed and wanting more. He drew rave reviews with his past performances in Hello Dolly! and in Rumors, as well as California Suite, Godspell, Lend Me A Tenor, and Red, Hot and Cole. Jim keeps busy on Boca Grande as founder and owner of Sullivan Associates, Inc., now a management company overseeing two other entities. Sullivan Associates, Inc. formerly focused on turning-around financially troubled businesses. Sharon and Jim, now married 57 years, have 3 children, 11 grand-children and 5 great grand-children.
Linda Rollyson, Vice President
Linda is a talented actor who excels in community relations and strategy. She is Co-Chair of ArmChair Theater (ACT), Royal Palm’s "pot luck" dinner theater, and supervises acting related workshops each season. Linda has served on the RPP Board twice, as well as the highly respected Dorset (VT) Theatre Festival Board. In addition to her work behind the scenes, Linda has performed in many RPP productions, including Hello Dolly!, Rumors, California Suite, Godspell and Red, Hot and Cole. Outside the theater, she enjoys reading, bridge and travelling with Mike.
Stan Ikenberry, Treasurer
Stan began his involvement with the arts while in college and then joined the RPP Board in 2014. His professional life has centered on the academic world; he is the longest serving President in University of Illinois history. Stan also led the American Council of Education in Washington, D.C. and served as the national voice for colleges and universities in the U.S. Stan and Judy are long-time residents of Boca Grande and supporters of Royal Palm Players. His focus this season is as Finance and Fundraising Director.
Betsy Fugate Joiner, Secretary/Ex-Officio
Betsy is one of RPP’s original members and manages one of the top restaurants on Boca Grande. As a board member, she has given RPP frequent use of her venue at PJ's Seagrille, helped to run successful fund-raising parties and offered tons of local publicity - all, at no charge. Betsy also works and manages all Sunday performances for us. In addition, she manages our Public Relations efforts successfully and skillfully.
Randy Bell, Director
Randy joined RPP board in 2015. In his early years he had some involvement with theatre. His reintroduction was as Stage Manager for RPP's successful productions of Oklahoma! and Hello Dolly! He is a past member of the board of Boca Grande Art Center and is involved with St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Before retirement, Randy operated his family business enterprises in Newfoundland. He made Boca Grande his winter home from Hilton Head, SC. He also serves as Technical Director Committee Chair.
Carol Forrester, Director
Carol's connection to Boca Grande stems from the 1980’s with involvement in organizations such as: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church; Barrier Island Parks Society; Boca Grande Woman’s Club; Boca Grande Garden Club; and Royal Palm Players. She's performed in Hello Dolly!, Godspell, Red, Hot & Cole, Oklahoma!, and Twelve Angry Jurors. She also serves as Volunteer Manager/Director. Husband Nathan and two Jack Russells are “Rounders” here in Boca Grande.
Cheryl Schum Hopkins, Director
Cheryl works for and owns Boca Grande’s local newspaper, The Boca Beacon. Cheryl’s organizational skills have been honed after years of volunteering with not-for-profits, including Junior Leagues of Asheville, Baltimore and Winston-Salem, The Lighthouse United Methodist Church of Boca Grande and the Royal Palm Players. She was instrumental in the revitalization of RPP’s Kid’s Drama Club.
Jeff Lehrian, Director
Jeff enthusiastically adds to the RPP board after starring in the 2015 performance of Oklahoma! to packed houses and being a cast member in the 2014 production of Red Hot and Cole. Jeff's past interest in music and theater include performances with the Erie Playhouse in the rock opera TOMMY, and with the Erie Philharmonic Chorus. He recently retired after 38 years in private practice as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Erie, Pennsylvania. He serves as House Manager & Housing Committee Chair.
Erica Ress Martin, Director
This is Erica's second term on the RPP board, previously serving as President. In addition to working as a producer for more than eight shows since 2012, and lending her talents to Kids Drama Club, she continues to strengthen her on-stage performances by working year round with a vocal coach. Erica lends her expertise in marketing and publicity as well as her savvy know-how in many real-life management applications.
Priscilla Masselink, Director
Priscilla and her husband Mark moved to Boca Grande in 2012. She was so impressed with the talent and opportunities on this small island and immediately became involved with RPP as an actor and volunteer. This is her second year on the board and she looks forward to her role this season in the female version of The Odd Couple. Priscilla also enjoys working with the kids at the Island School in Kids Drama Club. Before moving here from Connecticut, where she raised three sons, she acted in regional theatre productions, also teaching improv in various school programs.
Kimberly Whipple, Director
Kimberly joined the Board in 2016. Her first involvement with RPP was her performance in Red, Hot and Cole. The following year she co-produced and starred in the very successful show Oklahoma! She also co-produced the record-setting show Hello, Dolly! In 2015, she was back on stage with a lead role in Guys & Dolls. Kimberly acted in and directed plays through high school and college and has been a member of several a cappella groups throughout her life. Kimberly is a retired trial lawyer with extensive board experience. On island, she has been involved with the Johann Fust Library, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, and the Boca Grande Woman's Club. She and husband Jay live on island nine months of the year.
Hal McCombs, Director
A lapsed lawyer who spent his professional life in the Washington, DC area, Hal and his wife Lynne visited in Boca Grande for many years and acquired their home here in 2014. That fall, Hal made his RPP debut in the Arm Chair Theatre production of J.M. Barrie's Half and Hour. Roles in Oklahoma! (Slim), The Actor's Nightmare (George Spelvin), Hello Dolly (Ambrose Kemper) and The Ideal Husband (Robert Chiltern) followed. This season, he will be Murray the Cop in The Odd Couple and Rusty Charlie in Guys and Dolls.
Ann Fletcher, Director
Ann first appeared on the RPP stage in 2006 as Cherie in Bus Stop and won the Anna Award for Best Actress the same year. Since then she has taken on the roles of Julia in Fallen Angels and Amanda in Private Lives, both Noel Coward plays. She performed the role of Miss Gwendolen Fairfax in the Oscar Wilde masterpiece, The Importance of Being Ernest. One of her favorite roles was that of Melissa Gardner in A.R. Gurney’s acclaimed Love Letters. As a retired interior designer, Ann is also involved with the set designs for many of the RPP productions, such as: Fallen Angels, The Importance of Being Ernest, Sex, Please, We’re Sixty, Love Letters, and The Last of the Red Hot Lovers. She extends her warmest thanks to all who have so generously supported her efforts with RPP, especially her husband Bob, for his patience, encouragement, and love.
Meryl Schaffer, Artistic Director
Meryl began her theatre career at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. where she worked on productions of Tintypes and The 1940's Radio Hour, both of which subsequently transferred to Broadway. She worked for years as a stage manager in NYC, having the privilege of working with directors like Jerry Zaks and Alan Rickman. Meryl is the founder and director of an art-in-education outreach organization in New York. After three years of stage managing and directing with RPP, Meryl is pleased to serve as Artistic Director.
Kathleen Kelleher, Managing Director
Kathleen is now in her sixth season with RPP. Her computer expertise, graphic design sense and bookkeeping acumen are all well developed after her prior experience at The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. Kathleen has proven to be especially adept at managing patrons, volunteers and our Box Office. She looks forward to working closely with our Artistic Director, Meryl Schaffer, who continues to support RPP in various capacities.
Shauna Lee Lange, Administrative Assistant
Shauna joins us part-time this season in supporting Kathy, patrons and cast with various office tasks, production and preparation needs. She is an avid proponent of the arts, community and culture following a full career in government as an analyst. Shauna loves the coastal island lifestyle and lives year round on Manasota Key.