Nominees for the 
Texas Nonprofit Theatres Board of Governors

For a Four-Year Term ending March 2021
Elections takes place during the TNT Annual Meeting on March 18, 2017 in Lewisville

Carolyn West, Fort Worth, TX - Quad II

Relevant Experience and/or Employment: Carolyn has been the executive director of the Thank You Darlin' Foundation (TYD), a nonprofit organization since 2004. Carolyn brings 25-plus years of experience to this position. Under her leadership, the organization has grown from providing arts and literacy-focused programming for 5 students to impacting thousands of students, annually. Carolyn studied business administration at Loyola University, while exercising her passion for performance arts, singing in theaters country-wide. Her diverse background also includes managing theatrical groups and running a financial services business for Allstate, where she earned numerous awards for productivity, quality service, and profitability. Her transformation to heading a nonprofit organization was inspired by a desire to honor her mother's legacy of helping others. Carolyn founded TYD and established it as a public charity with 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status in Chicago. She expanded the organization's footprint by launching operations in Fort Worth, where it became an award-winning youth services provider.

Why are you interested in our organization?: I want to be able to promote the arts, develop new relationships and skills and to help support an organization I think is doing good work.

Area(s) of expertise/Contribution you feel you can make: Organization and collaboration

Other volunteer commitments: None that would interfere with a commitment to TNT.

Jim Weed, Universal City, TX - Quad III

 Jim Weed has been a member of Texas Nonprofit Theatres for over 25 years, and has served previously on the TNT Board of Governors. He has been active in community and nonprofit theatre for more than 40 years.

Area(s) of expertise/Contribution you feel you can make: Jim has experience in theatre, television and radio production, with a background in contract law and copyright law - expertise useful to a nonprofit board.

Other volunteer commitments:

Universal City Lions Club

Susan Mele, Deer Park, TX - Quad IV

Susan Mele has been a member of the Art Park Players for 36 years where she currently serves as the Artistic/Managing Director for the City of Deer Park Parks and Recreation Departments “own” community theatre.  She has performed in over 200 productions and musical revues for the players as well as several professional venues throughout the state of Texas.  Susan has directed adult and youth productions with Art Park since 1982. The Art Park Players has an award-winning youth company comprised of over 200 students and top performing groups that have performed throughout the state of Texas, Branson, Disneyworld, New York, Mississippi, and are regular performers on Carnival Cruise Lines.  Susan considers herself blessed to call Art Park Players home and the volunteers and staff her extended family.

Susan’s love for theatre equals her passion for the community.  She serves on the Board of Director’s for several organizations and is a huge supporter of The Deer Park Education Foundation, The Opportunity Center and The Wheelhouse.   Susan even created a fundraiser honoring her mother that raises money each year supporting The Rose called The Louise McBee, Circle of Life-Circle of Wreaths.   She also serves as the Director for the Houston Press Club show which raises over $50,000 annually for journalism scholarships and is the volunteer Drama Director for Pasadena’s First Baptist Church for 20 years. 

Susan has received such honors as Artist of the Year by the City of Pasadena in 2000, Woman of Distinction by The Bridge Over Troubled Water in 2003, DPISDs Felton Waggoner Hall of Honor in 2004 and the City of Deer Park’s Citizen of the Year in 2008. 

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