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      Board Members


      Chris Jones - President

      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.


      Herb Johnson - Vice President

      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 many shows including 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. He joined the Board of Directors in 2013.


      Tom Reindl, Secretary

      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.


      Deborah Meacham - Treasurer

      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.


      Larry Biddison

      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. 

      Jean Cummings

      Originally from Galeton, Jean moved back to the area in 2002 where she works for Indigo Wireless as the marketing director and Mountain Graphics as a graphic designer. Her history with Hamilton-Gibson began when her daughter joined the HG Children's Choir in 2014. She enjoys volunteering for choir events as well as helping with the HG Drama Camps for Kids. Since 2018, she has become involved with the marketing needs of Hamilton-Gibson by designing ads, formatting newsletters and creating online graphics as needed. She joined the BOD in 2019.


      Linda Galeone

      Linda lives in Wellsboro with her husband Chuck. Her career in the financial services industry spans over three decades. As an HG volunteer, she not only serves on the BOD, but also the Finance Committee and often works in the box office. She is delighted with each performance and feels blessed to live in an area with such an abundance of quality talent.
      She joined the Board in 2012.


      Karin Knaus

      Karin Knaus is a Wellsboro native and English teacher in the Northern Tioga School District. She has been singing and acting since childhood and has been involved with Hamilton-Gibson as a performer since 2003, and joined the Board of Directors in 2018. Favorite roles for Karin include those in The Music Man, It’s a Wonderful Life, Steel Magnolias and Quilters. Karin loves all things Tioga County, especially spending time in the outdoors hiking and enjoying the beautiful scenery of our back roads. She also serves on the Trinity Lutheran School board.


      Bonnie Kyofski

      Bonnie became stage struck 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.; and director/stage manager/assistant director for student productions in high schools and community colleges. 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.


      Steve Marshall

      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 Musicales, 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.

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