Officers & Committees

OFFICERS:

President

Katie Trzaska-Miller, Midland Center for the Arts

Katie Trzaska-Miller currently serves as the Manager of Community Engagement at Midland Center for the Arts and is honored to be serving her first term as President for the Michigan Presenters Network. Katie graduated from St. Norbert College with a BA in Political Science, Communications, and Theater Studies, and has been engaged in the West Michigan/Northwestern Lower Michigan performing arts communities for over fifteen years. Before moving to the Midland Center, Katie was the Artist Relations and Administrative Manager for Interlochen Presents at Interlochen Center for the Arts (ICA), the Executive Director of the Howmet Playhouse in Whitehall, MI for three years, and served as the co-chair of the Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival for four years. She is an active theater performer, director, choreographer, producer and teacher and a passionate advocate for arts education.

Vice President

Xavier Verna, The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee

Xavier Verna joins the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts (Manistee, MI) as Executive after five years working with the Sphinx Organization as their Director of Education. Xavier successfully led the development of Sphinx’s grassroots programs, summer regional intensive programs, and launched the global convening on diversity in the arts SphinxCon (now SphinxConnect). In his new role at the RRCA, Xavier is responsible for the development of the new non-profit overseeing the historic Ramsdell Theatre. A prominent historical marker, the Ramsdell is the place for arts entertainment and community engagement. Xavier works with the board of directors to fund raise for and produce programming year-round.

Treasurer

Lynn Booms, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland

With over ten years of experience in both the public accounting and non-profit sectors, Lynn Booms currently serves as Controller for the Midland Center for the Arts. Lynn is a Certified Public Accountant having graduated with a degree in accounting from Saginaw Valley State University. She started her career working in a public accounting firm working alongside many different types of organizations with her passion being non-profit organizations. Lynn is in her eighth season at the Midland Center where she has spent considerable time working with the various programs at the Center, but has also participated in booking performers, negotiating contracts and working with agents. She is thrilled to join the executive board of Michigan Presenters and looks forward to contributing towards its members’ growth and professional development.

Secretary

Ellen Engle, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck

Ellen Engle is the Saugatuck Center for the Arts’ Performance Manager as well as Producer for Mason Street Warehouse, the SCA’s professional Equity theatre company. She has been with the organization in a variety of positions since Mason Street’s first season in 2003. A graduate of Adrian College, Ellen holds Bachelor degrees in Art and Interior Design. A painter and nationally accredited interior designer, Ellen has worked as a facilities planner and commercial designer for Fortune 500 and international corporations, and served on the Florida chapter’s board of directors for the International Interior Design Association. She is committed to cross-discipline arts presentation in Michigan and looks forward to serving as Secretary for the Michigan Non-Profit Presenters Network.

Immediate Past President

D. Bryan Jao, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland

Bryan Jao is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina became the Chief Programming Officer at Midland Center for the Arts in March 2017. Previously Bryan was with the Wharton Center for Performing Arts from 2004-2017 as Director of Programming, where he participated in the curation and contract negotiation of the multidisciplinary programming at Wharton Center, Broadway season for Broadway Grand Rapids, and the touring artists and companies that perform at City Opera House in Traverse City. Having served as President of Michigan Presenters between 2011-2014, he is grateful for the bonds of friendship and comradery that have been forged with his peers and colleagues from throughout the state. During the beautiful and unrivaled Michigan summers, Bryan enjoys riding endless miles on a road bike with friends. He offers a warm welcome to our new president, Katie Trzaska-Miller, to Michigan Presenters and is excited for the future of the organization under her leadership.