The Staunton performing Arts Center is governed by a Board of Directors.
Volunteers are welcome to call the office at 540-885-3211 to offer their help with mailings and events on an as-needed basis.
- Tom Cook, President
Tom is an Augusta County native who has a special love of the area and especially Staunton where he and his wife now reside. His twenty-seven year Air Force career, culminating with the last eight plus years in the Pentagon and later as Division Manager and Head of Washington Operations of Space Applications Corporation, equip him with extensive Program Management experience. Tom is absolutely convinced of the positive quality-of-life and revenue impact on the area of this Staunton Performing Arts Center project.
- Elizabeth Shreckhise, Secretary
Elizabeth grew up in Northern Virginia and moved to Staunton in 2007 with her husband. She was a School Counselor for 5 years before switching professions to her current job as Assistant Director of Camp Alleghany for Girls in Greenbrier County, WV, a family owned and operated business that she is proud of and passionate about. As a child and young adult, Elizabeth pursued ballet and fell in love with theater and performing art. She also was an Art History major at the University of Virginia, extending her love for all forms of art. Elizabeth and her husband have one son and enjoy spending time in the Shenandoah Valley together as a family. She is thrilled to be a part of this team and looks forward to the success she knows will come from all the hard work.
- Anne Armentrout
Anne and her husband moved to Staunton in 2008, drawn by the area’s natural beauty and exceptional cultural climate, and she quickly dedicated herself to making what was good even better by putting her talents to work in support of SPAC, where she is now chair of the Events Committee. Anne describes herself as “a bit of a peripatetic polymath,” having over a four-decade-plus career been variously: a writer, an editor, a graphic designer, a publications manager, a public relations specialist, a theatre director, a book store owner, a tour guide, a teacher, a fiber, paper and collage artist, a special events consultant, and a creativity catalyst.
- Marney Gibbs
Marney has loved theater since childhood, but has mostly been a fan, participated backstage and in administration. She was active with ShenanArts from its earliest days and wanted very much to help it find a home. In that process, she found out the Dixie Theater was in danger, crumbling walls, very leaky roof and she founded the Staunton Performing Arts Center with great help from a number of other people to save that building.. She served on the early board and as executive director for about five years, during which time the roof was replaced and the asbestos removed. She was active in running the Dixie Theater for 4 years while the plans for the Performing Arts Center were made. She is pleased to be back on the board and hopes to see this outstanding project to its fruition.
- John Higgs
John is a native of Staunton and received a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Virginia. He spent 27 years working for Philip Morris in various management positions. The last 10 years of his career he spent as an expatriate working in a number of countries in Europe and the Middle East. After retirement in Europe he and his wife Shelby settled back in their beloved Augusta County where he has devoted his time in establishing a winery on the site of his father’s apple orchard and working to enhance the cultural life of the area.
- Margaret McElroy
Margaret previously lived in Richmond where she had several business ventures and a decorating business. She moved to Staunton with her two children to be closer to her mother. Four years ago, Margaret opened her own shop in downtown Staunton, creating for the first time the combination of a home furnishing and accessory shop, a consignment shop, and her design services. She has spent many years in the past as a volunteer for The American Heart Association Heart Ball and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Council. With these experiences, she is looking forward to helping the Staunton Performing Arts Center reach its goals.
- James Robertson
James has worked as an Interior Designer, specializing in the area of Store Planning and Design, for the past 30 years, working on projects throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Each project required the integration of client's image, business plan, budget, and schedule into real spaces in a timely and cost effective way. He sees the creation of the Staunton Performing Arts Center as a key addition to Historic Downtown Staunton, believing it will be a major boost to cultural diversity offered in Staunton and will, through the increased traffic generated by our presentations, add to the economic vitality of the entire Historic District.