We have ten people serving on our Board of Directors. They meet periodically during the year.
Bill Gibney, President
Bill is a retired estate planning attorney who practiced 45 years, mostly in his own firm, W. Gibney Law, PLLC. He received his law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Arizona. Bill is a founding member of Coconino Community Theatre, LLC. He also served as President of Pinewood Players, Inc. and the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Power Paws, Inc. In 2009, Bill was inducted into the Sigma Chi Hall of Honor at the University of Arizona.
Bill has performed in many shows in Munds Park and among his favorite roles are Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls and Leslie in Love, Sex, and the IRS. Bill and his wife, Cheryl Parker, are parents of a labradoodle, Razzle Dazzle, Bill’s guide dog.
Margy Simchak, Vice President
Margy Simchak worked as a nurse for over 40 years and proclaims she never had a job she didn’t love. She gave up her beloved career to babysit full time her first grandchild and the five more that followed. This year is the first in 18 years she has does not have a preschooler.
Margy has a life-time love of theatre. She has had season tickets at Gammage for over 40 years and season tickets at Orpheum since it commenced 30 years ago. She has assisted with her grandchildren’s school plays and with plays in Munds Park in various roles. She loved being the producer of The Lion King, Jr. this past summer and looks forward to the same role in Mary Poppins in 2021.
Melanie Westmark, Secretary/Treasurer
Melanie has enjoyed many years of involvement in theatre in Munds Park. She has performed in 16 plays in Munds Park, the latest being CCT’s musical production of Broadway to Hollywood in 2019, which she co-wrote and played a leading role. In 2015, Melanie was awarded outstanding actress by the American Association of Community Theatre for her portrayal of Stephanie Dickinson in Cactus Flower. But there is one show and role that shines brightest for Melanie. The show is The Dixie Swim Club playing the role of Dinah, which will open in Munds Park in late June. Melanie feels blessed to have formed many lifelong friendships through her Munds Park theater experiences. Melanie is married to David Westmark. The couple have enjoyed summers in Munds Park since 1999 and live in Glendale the rest of the year.
Ed grew up in northern Alabama and lived in numerous southern states until he and his wife Brenda moved out West. He trained as a Green Beret medic which led him to a career as a surgical physician’s assistant for 41 years. Ed and his wife have had ties to Munds Park for many years. He has always had an interest in music and learned to play piano, clarinet, guitar, banjo, and sing over the years. This led him to get involved in the Coconino Chorale and to join the CCT Board.
Dave Estill and his wife, Barb, are huge fans of the theatre, especially Broadway musicals. Dave enjoys home projects involving electrical, plumbing and carpentry along with amateur radio. He hopes to put those skills to good use as a backstage hand at CCT. Dave and Barb are active members of Munds Park Community Church. They are seasonal Munds Park residents and winter in Mesa, AZ.
Cheryl Parker is best known as a TV news anchor and reporter for Channel 12 in Phoenix where she covered major news stories throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Central America. She interviewed the likes of both Presidents Bush, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, First Ladies Betty Ford, Rosalyn Carter, Nancy Reagan, and Barbara Bush, and scores of entertainment and sports icons and everyday people who had a story to tell.
Cheryl has always enjoyed singing and playing the piano, but since retiring from TV news, acting has taken center stage. Cheryl’s favorite roles in community theatre have been playing Honey Raye in Dearly Beloved, Natalie in Education of Angels, and Lexie in The Dixie Swim Club. Cheryl is married to CCT President Bill Gibney.
Don and his wife, Ele, moved to Arizona in 2004 after living in several states and countries around the world. They have four married children and eight grandchildren. His career has included Camp and Conference Director, pastor, overseas mission leadership, president of two mission organizations and he is currently the Mobilization Strategist for MissionNext, one of the organizations he founded. He and Ele have been in Munds Park for 15 years. Don’s theater involvement began in college and he has been a member of CCT since its beginning. Don also enjoys singing and is a frequent soloist at Munds Park Community Church.
Lynn is Artistic Director for CCT. In Illinois, she wrote plays and musicals for an elementary school, created and directed the Mouse House Players, and performed in many adult theater productions. Lynn moved to Arizona in 1976 where she continued her passion for theatre, directing musicals for the Paradise Valley Unified High School District. She owned “Lynn’s Talent Center” studio and wrote the “Lynn Hope and Friends“ TV show in 1983. Lynn graduated from Plaza Three Academy and later taught children’s classes in acting and modeling at Plaza Three. She has directed and performed in plays for the Pinewood Players and CCT in Munds Park, directs plays at the Sunflower Playhouse in Surprise, and is choir director at Munds Park Community Church. Lynn created Arizona Children’s Theatre (ACT) for CCT, which has been a lifelong dream.
Dovie spent her early years in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas. She graduated from college with a degree in education in 1961. She met her husband Max, who was in the Air Force, while teaching in Las Vegas and continued teaching in Virginia where the couple relocated. She and Max bought their home in Munds Park in 1999, retired in Glendale, AZ and later moved to Westbrook Village where she currently resides. Dovie traveled throughout Arizona playing with a steel drum group and she has worked as a make-up artist and acted on stage for Pinewood Players and CCT for many years.