Tom Reindl, President
Tom has lived in the Wellsboro area for 13 years, with his wife, Ginny. He has three wonderful, grown children. Tom got involved with HG about 10 years ago when a good friend asked him to play a part in a 10-minute play he wrote. Once bitten by “the acting bug” he couldn’t stop, and has played a variety of roles in several minor and major productions, including Tom Sawyer, The Secret Garden, Twelve Angry Men, The Music Man and, most recently, in TIOGA/Changes. When not working as the Environmental Engineer at Osram Sylvania he devotes much of his time to the arts, singing with the Wellsboro Men’s Chorus and at his church, and helping HG any way he can. He is a firm believer in the enrichment and empowerment that can be found through community performing arts.
Terry V Babb, Vice-President
Terry lives in Wellsboro with his wife, Maureen. He continues to be actively involved with H-G in Acting Up / Out, as well as having acted in several plays. He presently is a board member and Vice President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Tioga County Affiliate (NAMI Tioga). He also serves on the board of Project: Inside Out. He enjoys reading and writing poetry, hiking, yoga and ballroom dancing with Maureen.
Larry Biddison, Secretary
A retired English Professor from Mansfield University and resident of Wellsboro since 1969, Larry has served on Hamilton-Gibson’s board since 1999. His involvement with community theatre ranges from conducting annual theatre excursions to Canada’s Shaw and Stratford Festivals to co-coordinating (with his wife, Barbara) Hamilton-Gibson’s Acting Up and Acting Out programs for seniors. Between 2007 and 2010 he also taught a playwriting course and conducted HG’s first playwriting contest and festival, which showcased the talent of local writers and performers in two dozen ten-minute plays. He enjoys directing and performing when the opportunity arises.
Bruce Applegate, Treasurer
Re-joining the Board in 2015, Bruce has enjoyed over 60 years of participating in various aspects of the theatre performing arts. He was involved with the Pennsylvania Playhouse and Whitefield Players in the Lehigh Valley. Retiring to Wellsboro in 2008, Bruce worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. He also served as Theatre Director at Nazareth Area High School for 25 years, and Executive Director of the District’s Education Foundation. He portrayed the role of Ben Franklin for WLVT-TV 39 series ‘History of the Lehigh Valley.’ He served as facility & production coordinator for Matt Davenport Productions of Nashville Tennessee for 5 years at the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Pageant held at Nazareth Area High School. He served as volunteer coordinator in the renovation of the Warehouse Theatre and has directed & appeared in several HG productions. In 2012 he directed the musical at Troy High School. He will once again direct the Wellsboro High School Musical in 2016. His role as High School Theatre Advisor working with students in a theatre environment has been challenging, but more over an enjoyable and rewarding experience. He and his high school sweetheart & wife of 49 years, Bonnie, are extremely happy they retired to Wellsboro.
Craig Devenport has been involved with HG over the past 15 years in various ways: set up and breakdown of shows, participating in a few plays, and becoming involved at the Board of Director level. As a member of the board he served as its chair for over 10 years, assisting in the transition and growth of the organization to what it has become today. After a recent three year sabbatical, he has returned to the board and currently participates in the finance and governance committees.
As a forty year resident of Wellsboro he has been involved in numerous community organizations including: His Thousand Hills, Montessori school, The Wellsboro Area School Board, Pine Creek Headwaters Protection Group, Community Concert Association, The Wellsboro Men’s Chorus, and the Wellsboro Rotary. His also currently involved in the numerous activities of the First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro.
His “real job” is that of Director of Pharmacy of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital since January 1975. He lives In Wellsboro with his wife April: who enjoy their relationships with six children and ten grandchildren—as well as the community at large.
Linda has been assisting clients in all areas of financial planning for several decades. Her most recent role is Financial Advisor for Northwest Savings Bank. As an HG volunteer, she is in "AWE and AMAZEMENT" with each performance and feels blessed to live in an area with such an abundance of talent. In addition to professional organizations, Linda is involved in Community Concerts. She joined the HG Board in January 2012.
Linda Iseri was born and raised in California and works as an Assistant Professor at Mansfield University. She used to be passionate about math teaching and learning. However, ever since her first role in Sugar Bean Sisters in 2010, Linda has viewed problem solving as the quest for finding her next role! It is the entire process of putting on a play that she finds enriching, from reading and selecting plays, auditioning, memorizing lines, rehearsing, and performing for an audience. Besides theater, Linda loves birds, dogs, walks, and her family. Besides Hamilton-Gibson, she serves on the board of Harbor Counseling and resides in Wellsboro with her husband, Howard, and their two daughters, Zoe and Jasmine.
Herb relocated to Wellsboro in 2009 in part because he was impressed by our strong local arts community. Although originally from Clinton County, Pa., he lived in South Florida for nearly thirty years where he owned a local contracting company. An active volunteer at the Kravis Center of the Performing Arts in Palm Beach, Herb decided to step in front of the lights here in Wellsboro. Initially landing a role in The Music Man, he has since been seen on stage in shows that include Unbeatable, All Shook Up, How I Became a Pirate, and Second Samuel. As well, he has been backstage in several productions and thoroughly enjoys all aspects of live theater. Herb also sings with The Wellsboro Men's Chorus and is currently a Department Manager at Lowe's in Mansfield.
Steve is a farmer from the Liberty area. He and his wife Cindy live on the farm that his family has lived on since 1903. His association with Hamilton-Gibson began with a role in PLAIN AND FANCY. He has also performed in GEORGE M, FEZZIWIG'S FOLLIES, HOW I BECAME A PIRATE, UNBEATABLE, ALL SHOOK UP, SPAMALOT and others. Joining the Board in 2012, Steve was also actively involved with the renovation of The Warehouse Theatre. Steve sings with The Wellsboro Men's Chorus, The Wednesday Morning Musicals Choral ,and his church choir.
Dr. Donna Mettler
Most recently, Dr. Mettler served as Regional Coordinator for the PA Inspired Leadership (PIL) Program, a premier professional development program for school principals, district superintendents, and IU executive directors in Pennsylvania. Her career in public education spans 41 years: 14 years as a special education teacher and reading specialist, 14 years as an elementary principal, 6 years as Superintendent of the Wellsboro Area School District and 7 years as PIL Regional Coordinator. She served on the Stamp Camp U.S.A. Board of Directors for 4 years. She is a member and past president of the Wellsboro Business & Professional Women's Club and a member of the Mary Wells Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Dr. Mettler lives in Middlebury Center with her husband, Ken. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and reading all types of books and literature.
Deb is a Communications Business Advisor for Shell Oil. She and her husband Jeff have lived in Wellsboro for 21 years. They are the parents of 4 grown children and one teenage son. Deb has been involved with Hamilton-Gibson for a number of years both on and off stage. She began her term as an HG Board member in January of 2010.
Chris Jones is a physical therapist and owner of Elite Therapy, PC in Mansfield PA. Elite Therapy has been an annual sponsor since 2008, which was the first full year of operations. Chris lives in Mansfield, PA and moved to Tioga County in 2004. He joined the Hamilton-Gibson Board of Directors in 2014. One of his significant accomplishments as a member of the Hamilton-Gibson board was membership on the planning committee for the 25th Anniversary Gala in August 2015 celebrating Hamilton-Gibson’s 25 years of contributing to our community’s cultural arts opportunities.
Outside of work and Hamilton-Gibson, Chris enjoys skiing, sports, and traveling. He is very involved with the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce where he currently serves as past president as a member of the executive committee and is involved in his professional organization the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association where he serves as the chairman of the North Central District and on the Board of Directors for the state chapter.
Deb has lived in Wellsboro for 25 years and has two grown sons. Deb has been employed with First Citizens Community Bank as a Customer Service Counselor II (loan officer) for 16 years with 23 years of lending experience. She is involved in various community organizations such as Relay for Life since 2001, Volunteer Leadership Council since 2011, Tioga County Partnership since 2017 and Hamilton Gibson since 2016.
Bonnie became stagestruck on being drafted in first grade to play Santa Claus in Nelson Elementary School's Christmas pageant, and she participated at every possible theatre opportunity since: school plays and operettas in Elkland High School, completion of a speech and theatre major at Mansfield University; a theatre minor for a Penn State M. A.; director/stage manager/assistant director for student productions in high schools and community collleges, She was active in the founding of the Elkland Community Theatre and served as treasurer for several years. She has been a longtime silent supporter of Hamilton-Gibson and collected much material for the original production of "Tioga Changes." Her favorite life-time roles have been as Aunt Abby in "Arsenic and Old Lace" at both MU and Elkland and in Elkland as the extra large Medium in Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit." She is retired from the faculty at Mansfield University.