The Ephrata Performing Arts Center Board of Directors
President – David Dierwechter
Dave retired from Ephrata High School, where he was a sixth grade teacher and Theatre Department Director. While there, he championed the growth of the middle and high school theater programs influencing generations of young artists. Dave has directed several EPAC Main Stage and Children’s Theatre musicals and is a past president of both the EPAC Board of Directors and the Ephrata Area Education Association. Dave is also a proud member of the New York City Drama League and supports EPAC’s mission to provide theater that matters.
Vice President – David Boland
David is the Administrator of The Groves Retirement Home and President of Safe & Sound Inc., the owner of The Groves. He is also Co-owner of Safe and Sound Properties, a real estate management and renovation company. David currently serves on the board of directors for The Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Ephrata Inc. David passion for the performing arts started as a child while attending summer theatre at Penn State University. This passion allowed him to be active in High School, College and Community Theatre. While attending Penn State University, David served as student reprehensive on the board of the Pa Theatre Association. David is honored to serve on the Board to ensure that EPAC is sustainable to touch and inspire youth for generation to come. David is a strong advocate for connecting and educating the community on EPAC’s mission of theater that matters.
Secretary – Lynne DeMers-Hunt
Lynne joined the Ephrata Performing Arts Center in 2008 as an actor and has performed in a variety of productions on the EPAC stage. With a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Millersville University, her addition to the board of directors helped define theatre that matters. Lynne is employed by Godfrey Advertising in Lancaster and is Chair of EPAC’s Marketing Committee. Residing in the Lancaster community with her husband and sons, she looks forward to providing continued service for something she not only feels strongly about, but truly loves.
Member at Large – Robin Payne
Robin is the Director of Admission & Outreach at The Janus School. She has been an educator for over thirty years and enjoys sharing her love of theater with students and theater patrons alike. Robin is especially pleased to support the Ephrata Performing Arts Center in their mission to provide theater that matters to the community. Robin and her husband Leonard live in Lancaster and have appeared together as actor and musician in many EPAC productions since 2003.
Treasurer – Steve Sellers
Steve Sellers earned a B.S. in Finance from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from York College, and a Masters in Education from Millersville University and is currently in his 14th year as an educator. Prior to becoming a teacher, Steve spent 12 years in the banking industry; most recently as Director of Finance at Moody’s Investors Service in New York City, which suits him well to serve as board treasurer. Steve has been a loyal patron of EPAC for over 18 years. Always entertained and amazed at the quality of the productions, he wishes he had the talent to be on stage at this theater that matters.
Vice President of Sales and Development – Bob Checchia
Bob spent his youth performing in NYC and pursued a degree in Theatre Arts and Communication. He is currently an Operations Manager for a business in Mechanicsburg. The strong sense of family he found at EPAC, along with the organizations dedication to professionalism, has inspired Bob to dedicate his time as a member of the Board of Directors. Bob serves as chair of the Maintenance Committee and is a member of the Personnel Committee. Bob loves EPAC and will continue to support theater that matters.
Andrea is excited to join the Ephrata Performing Arts Center Board and is committed to advocating for theater that mattersin our community. She currently serves as the Executive Director at the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce and is very involved in the Lancaster Community. She is also ABD in the American Studies doctoral program at Penn State University, focusing on urban culture and history, gender and sexuality, and the effects of gentrification. Andrea also holds a master’s degree from the University of Delaware in American History and Museum Studies, a master’s degree from Penn State University in American Studies, and bachelor’s degrees in Art History and American Studies from Penn State University. A writer, photographer, and adventurer, Andrea has lived in Lancaster for the past twelve years, but is always traveling somewhere new. She has worked for non-profits for over ten years and also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the LGBT Center of Central PA and the Ephrata Economic Development Corporation. Andrea is looking forward to assisting with development and strategic planning at EPAC going forward.
Debbie is so delighted to be returning to EPAC as a member of the board of directors. In her view, EPAC is the epitome of theater that matters. Previously, she acted at EPAC and The Fulton Opera House, as well as various other theater groups. Debbie has worked as an administrator and teacher in various schools and is currently an emotional intelligence and leadership consultant, trainer, and coach with EQ Transformations. She is the co-author of a new book on promoting important conversations within families, schools, and organizations, entitled, Conversing On The Real: Authentic Conversations About Living Plugged In. Debbie is also a playwright and composer. Additionally, she has composed music for schools and fundraisers. Community service has been an integral part of Debbie’s life. She has served on various boards of trustees related to the arts, education, and health, as a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund Board, and the Junior League in the cities of Lancaster, Houston, and Philadelphia.
Preston Cuer has been involved with EPAC since 2012 as an actor and as part of production teams. Earning his B.S. in Computer Information Sciences and his B.F.A. in Theatre Performance, Preston has worked as a Software Engineer with Cargas Systems, Inc since 2011. He has been a part of various theatres in the Lancaster area over the past decade, serving in many areas from acting or technical work to Production Management and Direction. Preston’s love for theatre and its impact on the people of the community drives his passion for EPAC and its mission to produce theater that matters.
Andi has been involved with EPAC since 1982. She performed on stage in numerous EPAC productions over the years and has worked in just about every aspect of the theatre from behind the scenes to box office. Andi found her calling in theatre because of EPAC and all the amazing experiences she had here as a child. She studied Theatre Arts at Boston University and is currently a student at Elizabethtown College, majoring in Business Administration. Andi has worked professionally as an actress, in administration, and presently works at ATOMIC Design Inc. as Office Manager. She is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the EPAC Board of Directors. EPAC is such a historic treasure to Lancaster County and Andi is committed to keeping the history, the passion, the creativity and the theatre that matters alive, for generations to come.
Artistic Director – Edward R Fernandez
This is Ed’s 23rd year as Artistic Director of the Ephrata Performing Arts Center. Before moving to Ephrata, he studied Theatre Arts at the Leonard Davies Center for the Performing Arts at the City College of New York. Ed took over the reins as Artistic Director of EPAC in 1997, and his directing and acting credits are too numerous to mention. He has inspired thousands of performers and patrons over the years and his vision is at the core of theater that matters.