Nominating Committee selects eight for board election

Nominating Committee selects eight for board election

May 3, 2016

The Educational Theatre Association’s Nominating Committee has tapped three candidates to run for vice president/president of the Board of Directors in this year’s election, and five to compete for two director seats.

The nominees for vice president/president, all of whom have EdTA board experience, are Matt Conover, Gai Jones, and Pat Santanello.

Krista Carson Elhai, Richard Frazier, Phillip Goodchild, David Tate Hastings, and Nicole Morgan will be on the ballot for the two board director positions. The top two vote getters among those five will be seated.

The vice president/president is elected to a four-year term, two years in each of the top leadership positions. Board directors are elected for three years. All of the successful candidates in the 2016 election, which will be conducted by electronic ballot during August and September, will take office on August 1, 2017.

Here are brief sketches of the candidates.


Candidates for vice president/president

Matt Conover, Glendale, California. Member and treasurer of the EdTA board since 2008. As project design and delivery executive for Walt Disney Imagineering-Creative Entertainment, he is responsible for all entertainment design, technical development, and production for Disney Parks and Resorts around the world.
Gai Jones, Ojai, California. Theatre educator and director at the high school and college levels since 1964, including thirty-four years at El Dorado High School, Placentia, California, where she directed the Thespian troupe. She is currently a member of the EdTA board, and is a former California chapter director. She is the author of Raising the Curtain: Activities for the Theatre Arts Classroom.
Pat Santanello, Dublin, Ohio. Teacher and director of theatre at Dublin Scioto High School since 1995. Previously taught theatre, English, and speech at schools in Groveport and Lancaster, Ohio. Member of the EdTA board 2002-05; current Ohio chapter director. Pilot teacher in the development of model cornerstone assessments for the new National Core Arts Theatre Standards.


Candidates for board director 

Krista Carson Elhai, Claremont, California. Member of the EdTA board since 2014; California chapter director 2003-14. She began teaching theatre at Hemet High School, where she chartered the Thespian troupe in 1984, and has taught at Claremont High School since 1994. Member of the College Board’s National Arts Advisory Panel. 
Richard Frazier, Warner Robins, Georgia. Current board member, appointed in December 2015 to complete an unexpired term. Thespian troupe director, choreographer, and teacher of drama and dance at Northside High School in Warner Robins. Georgia state chapter board member and Georgia Junior Thespian Conference coordinator.


Phillip Goodchild, Ruskin, Florida. Has taught theatre, technical theatre, and creative writing and directed the Thespian troupe at Lennard High School since 2009. Teacher training consultant, facilitator, and board member of the Tampa Bay Area Writing Project at the University of South Florida. Actor, director, playwright, and published writer of short fiction. 
David Tate Hastings, Olathe, Kansas. Co-chapter director for Kansas Thespians. Since 2002, has taught theatre at Olathe South High School, which won EdTA’s Outstanding School Award in 2013; previously he taught drama, communications, and electronic media at the middle school level, and before entering the teaching profession worked as a retail banker for several years.  
Nicole Morgan, Houston, Texas. Has been a theatre teacher for twenty-four years; director of theatre arts and Thespian troupe director at Memorial Senior High School in Houston since 2000. Vice president of the Texas Thespian board; lead director, responsible for curriculum for middle and high school theatre arts, for her school district.


Ballot petitions

As provided in the EdTA Code of Regulations, any member may declare their candidacy for a seat on the Board and petition to be included on the ballot. A valid ballot petition can be accessed here, and must be signed by fifteen voting members from each of three different state chapters. The submission deadline for ballot petitions for the 2016 election is June 17.

Candidates’ full résumés and responses to election questionnaires will be posted here after the ballot petition deadline. Electronic voting will begin in August and conclude during the EdTA National Conference in Las Vegas September 15-18.

The Nominating Committee is chaired by Past President Jay Seller and includes board Vice President Debbie Corbin; state Chapter Directors Martha Louden and Jeff Hall; at large members Jo Lane and Ray Palasz; Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald (non-voting); and Director of Chapters and Communities Diane Carr (non-voting). President Frank Pruet is an ex officio member.