Phone: (706) 613-3770
Contact the Board directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
While preserving and honoring its rich African-American history, the Morton Theatre is a community
based performing arts venue committed to providing and cultivating diverse programming that will
enrich, educate and inspire current and future generations.
Morton Theatre Corporation (MTC) is seeking qualified board candidates! For more information and an application, visit: http://bit.ly/178obAH
Board Member Expectations and Responsibilities
• Actively communicate and promote the Morton Theatre Corporation and the Morton Theatre to the community.
• Attend over 50% of scheduled board meetings and board sponsored events. The board meeting schedule will be
published for the entire year at the beginning of the fiscal year.
• Actively serve on at least one board committee and on ad-hoc committees (as necessary), attending scheduled
committee meetings and carrying out activities with the committee structure.
• Actively participate in fund raising by being willing to raise funds, make connections, and open doors for the
corporation. Manage at least three relationships on behalf of the corporation that will result in a financial
contribution during the fiscal year.
• Make a personal financial contribution (cash) commensurate with your means to do so, annually. This gift should be
in the “top 5” of your charitable giving commitments. Goal=100% annual board participation.
• Set policy and strategic direction for the corporation, as a board.
• Understand and abide by all policies and bylaws of the corporation.
• Unless otherwise stated, Board terms are for three years, beginning July 1st
Members of the Board share these expectations and responsibilities while acting in the interest of the Morton Theatre Corpor
Member since March 2011
Ms. Strickland is a graduate of Georgia State University and has been employed at the University of Georgia since 2006. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her family, reading and watching movies. She is also a member of the Junior League of Athens.
Member since July 2012
Dr. Robert Harrison is a graduate of University of Georgia (EDD Adult Education, EDS Student Personnel and MED Rehabilitation Counseling) and of Mississippi Valley State University. He is the current Executive Director of the Institute for Community and Organizational Development, Inc. and Director of the Vistas Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. In the past, Robert was the Project Director for Friends For Life Mentoring, NETSPAN Community Technology Network, Adolescent Health and Youth Development Statewide Training, IHDD, UGA, as well as Educational Opportunity Center, Talent Search, Upward Bound – UGA. He is a former panel member of the vision committee of the Athens-Clarke County Department of Human and Economic Development and former board member of Hope Haven, Inc. Robert is currently a board member of the Morton Theatre, Renaissance Development Consortium, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and is a member of First African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Member since July 2012
Ms. Childres shares the following personal motivation that guided her decision to serve as a member of the Morton Theatre Corporation Board, “I believe there is a tremendous need to maintain the tradition on which the Morton Theatre was built to provide an affordable community performing art facility.”
Attawa is a 30-year retiree from the University of Georgia and currently working part-time as a grants coordinator in the College of Public Health Dean’s Office where she assists faculty with proposal development and submission.
She has over twenty (20) years of grant administration experience in University including project planning and management, contract negotiation experience, information systems support, and problem resolution. She has managed and trained staff groups of employees. She was a 2012 recipient of the “UGA President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award” at the MLK Freedom Breakfast.
Member since July 2013
Ms. Wingfield is an Athens native who enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Education with a concentration in Psychology and Counseling. She is currently employed with Easter Seals North Georgia as the Family Services Supervisor, ensuring that families receive resources and support in order to become self-sufficient and advocates for their children as they grow and develop. She has over eight years experience providing counseling support and services to a variety of individuals and families.
Kizzy is the Executive Director of “A Better You”, a consulting agency that provides training in parenting skills, crisis intervention, positive self-image, anger management, and job readiness. In all that she does, Kizzy's attitude toward success is “Achieving Through Believing”. Through this attitude and belief, she spends her time volunteering with the Oglethorpe County Department of Juvenile Justice, Women to the World, Friends for Life Mentoring, Miss Black Athens Teen Pageant, Women of Excellence, and the Boys and Girls Club.
Member since July 2012
Mr. Gannon received his MFA in Drama Performance from the University of Georgia and his BFA in Drama from University of Oklahoma. An actor, instructor, lecturer, and writer, Scotty has performed and worked with theaters and organizations across the southern states. Currently, he works as a professional actor in film and theater in Atlanta and Athens including his solo performance of "SpUnOwT," which he wrote. He served as lead instructor for "Ain't It Good Productions" teaching Acting, Auditioning, and Nutrition and Fitness. While working as the acting instructor at Suwanee Performing Arts Academy, he created a curriculum using personal narrative to teach a deeper understanding of theater. He has served as an assistant director for "Life on Campus," working with student leaders to create a theatrical orientation program and has guest lectured on "Marginalized Identity Representation in Theater History." He also worked with Atlanta Coalition of the Performing Arts (Now AtlantaPerforms). Scotty is passionate about developing performance that allows communities to not only receive performance, but more importantly, create it.
Member since 1997-99, 2012
Dr. Giles earned her PhD at the City University of New York. A specialist in African-American Theatre, directing and acting, she is the author of articles focusing on early African-American Theatre, drama and theatre of the Harlem Renaissance, and contemporary African American theatre practitioners. She has presented papers at national and international conferences, such as Black Theatre Network, ATHE and ASALH. She has several play scripts to her credit, and has directed a number of productions in New York and Georgia. A professional actor and member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, she has performed a number of roles off-Broadway as well as in film, television and radio. Before coming to the University of Georgia, Freda taught at State University of New York at Albany and City College, City University of New York. She currently teaches courses in African American theatre, African theatre, and directing for the stage.
Member since July 2013
Ms. Harris graduated from Mercer University in 1997 with a B.S. in Human Services. She then went on to pursue a law degree from the University of Georgia, graduating in 2001. Michele worked as a prosecutor in both Gwinnett and Athens-Clarke Counties. She then went into private practice, joining the law firm of Kitchens, New, Cleghorn, LLC in an of-counsel capacity. After resigning from the firm, Michele formed her own law practice, a general practice firm primarily focusing on criminal law matters. She also served as the staff attorney for Gwinnett County's DUI court and Judge Pro Hac Vice for Athens-Clarke County Municipal Court. Most recently, Michele has been working with the Clarke County School District in a grant position, developing an alcohol prevention program for the community. Funded by DBHDD, the program seeks to reduce early onset of alcohol use among 9-20 year olds in Athens-Clarke County.
Michele has been an avid theater fan since the age of 6, when she saw her first stage performance of South Pacific with her mother. Some of her most special childhood memories are going to the theater with her mom. She performed with the Baldwin Players her freshman year of college, and has written stage reviews for a couple of college newspapers. She continues to support the arts and enjoys taking her children to performances.
Michele is married to Michael, a local business owner of Athens Mattress Outlet. They have three amazing children, Alex, Charlie, and Ellery-Grace. Alex is currently serving in the U.S. Army. Charlie will be a senior at Clarke Central High School, and is also dual-enrolled at Athens Tech; and Ellery-Grace will be in the the third grade. With three kids and busy schedules, the Harris Family is never short of its own drama and often comedy, but it's always nice to escape into the world of theater.
Member since July 2013.
Member since July 2013
Ms. Taylor, a native Athenian, attended North Athens Elem. School, Lyons Junior High School, Burney Harris High School and was a member of the first graduating class of Clarke Central High School. She attended Paine College and graduated with a BS in Elementary Education. After 35 year of teaching in Morgan and Clarke County School Districts, she has recently retired.
Barbara has also worked with the city of Athens as a Rec Leader at Central Athens Community Center and as Summer Camp Co-director. She worked many years as YWCO Summer Girls Club Director.
Barbara enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, traveling and running marathons all over the USA, biking, hiking and any thing outdoors.
Ms. Brown-Williamson is the CEO of We Care Enterprises, Inc., the management company for several entities including Gardenview Funeral Chapel, LLC and Grandview Car Wash in Athens, Georgia, and Williamson Mortuary, LLC and Riverdale Crematory, LLC in Riverdale, Georgia.
Betty has been serving the Athens are since 1974 as a long term health care owner and administrator. Though she retired in 2009 from day-to-day operations, Betty serves as a consulting and interim administrator in the state of Georgia and remains an active member of the Georgia Health Care Association. In addition to her work with the Morton Theatre Board, she is also an active member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church West, current member and past chairman of the Stillman College Board of Trustees, the Athens Technical School General Education Advisory Board, The Links, Inc., and a life member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the NAACP.
Betty is a loving mother and grandmother to her daughters and three wonderful grandchildren.
Membership Committee, Chair
Finance Committee, Chair
Ms. Burden hails from Newport, Rhode Island and is currently a resident of Athens, Georgia. She recently retired from the University of Georgia after thirty years of service. Ms. Burden is the past president of the Morton Theatre Corporation and has been affiliated with the Theatre over the past seven years.
Ms. Burden has also served as secretary to the Board of Directors at The Cottage, Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Center and as a Board Member for the Athens Area Arts Council. A member of the Athens Chapter of the Links, Incorporated since 2006, she has also served as treasurer.
In her spare time, Ms. Burden enjoys gardening, dancing, reading, photography and fishing.
Mr. Burden is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and holds a BS degree in Business & Human Resource Management from Troy State University and a Masters degree in Human Resources and Organizational Design from the University of Georgia. He has been employed for 14 years with the University of Georgia Human Resources Division and currently holds the position of Senior Managing Director of the Faculty & Staff Relations Department. Sige is Past President of the Black Faculty & Staff Organization University of Georgia, Past-President of the Morton Theatre Board of Directors and a military veteran. He is currently a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Sigma Phi Psi Boule’, and of Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church.
Fundraising Committee, Chair
Dr. Katherine Boardman
Sige Burden, Jr.
Mrs. Ronnie Morton
Dr. Ronald Schoeffler
Leslie K. Bates
Robert T. Billups
David R. Bishop
Katherine B. Boardman
Laura Ludwig Cater
E.H. Culpepper, III
W.E. (Del) Delaper
Barbara F. Epting
Louis T. Griffith
Mary W. Horton
Janice L. Mathis
Mary Frances McDow
Lee Hunt McNaughton
G. Barton Middleton
David H. Nunnally, Sr.
Jill Jayne Read
Thomas L. Riis
Henry Rosenthal, Jr.
Ronald W. Schoeffler
Edward T. Shelton
Mary E. Stakes
W. Joseph Stell
John W. Townsend, Jr.
Gene G. Weeks
Sally Pat Williams
The Morton Theatre is a unit of the Arts Division of Athens-Clarke County's Leisure Services Department.
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