Board of Trustees and Staff
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Christine Smith - Board President
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Christine Donohue Smith is a university fundraiser with executive experience at Purdue, Lehigh and Georgetown universities, and served as Chief Advancement Officer of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Tulane University and an M.S. in Education from Purdue University.
She has served on a number of boards including the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem PA (President) and the Marshall Legacy Institute in Washington DC, and has led numerous community and professional organizations. She has received the Robinson Award for Outstanding Performance at Lehigh University, the Fundraiser of the Year from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Council of Fundraising Executives, and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Smith was the founder and chair of the Second Sunday Concert Series in Bethlehem, PA.
An avid lover of music and theater, Smith has sung in numerous choirs and performed in children’s plays. She lives in Lutz, with her husband, Chuck, and close to her two sons and their families.
Victoria Richards Goins - Board Vice President
Victoria Richards Goins
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Victoria Richards Goins is an engaging and innovative nonprofit professional who specializes in marketing and community engagement. Victoria graduated with her Bachelors from High Point University, double majoring in Sociology and Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Victoria was awarded the Price Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement and the Outstanding Nonprofit Management and Leadership Student of the Year Award. In addition, Victoria was elected into several honor societies, including Alpha Phi Omega Nonprofit and Human Relations Honors Society and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Victoria started her professional journey in the nonprofit sector at The Guilford Resource and Referral Center, designing the program Youth Network, helping at-risk children grow and develop a sense of self-help. After moving to the Tampa Bay Area in January 2014, she worked for the Homeless Empowerment Program and Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County. She now serves as the Communications Coordinator at Lake Magdalene UMC.
Victoria loves to perform on stage and credits her love of theatre to her siblings, Alec and Amanda. Victoria has extensive experience in stage managing, front of house/ticket sales management, and directing. Her most rewarding experience was being the Assistant Director for MAS (Midland Adult Services) Productions – a creative arts program designed to let adults with a variety of developmental disabilities express themselves through song and dance. It was through this program that Victoria realized her passion for helping others and the powerful ways theater can help others thrive. She was awarded the NJ State Board of Education Outstanding Achievement Award for helping to break down social barriers between high school students and people with special needs. She lives in Lutz with her husband, Michael.
Pamela Senk - Board Treasurer
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Judith Sachs - Board Secretary
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Judith Sachs is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in North Tampa. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, she received both her bachelor and master degrees from The University of Minnesota, and relocated to Florida in 1983.
She has assumed leadership positions including past President and current Membership Chair of Congregation Kol Ami. She chaired the Capital Campaign for The Hillel Academy and served on the Board of Tampa Jewish Family Services. Judith also does consulting work for various companies such as Pinellas County Schools and The Ford Motor Company.
Zach Griswold - Board Member
Zach “Hippie” Griswold
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Zach “Hippie” Griswold is an application developer for Baycare Health Systems, the largest not for profit healthcare provider in the Tampa Area. He holds a BA in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from USF.
He not only serves on the Board of Trustees at Carrollwood Players, but also acts as the chair of the Producing Artistic Council, which helps drive the artistic vision now and for the future of our theatre.
In his spare time Zach has been known to not only grace the stage with CWP, but produce and direct as well. He also owns and runs a traveling performance troupe known as CRH Productions. His performance travels have taken him to Georgia, Tennessee, and Ohio – with Knoxville quickly becoming like a second home.
Gabriela Guerrero - Board Member
Gabriela “GG” Guerrero
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Gabriela “GG” Guerrero is a corporate instructor for a leading global aviation company. Developing the skills and confidence of personnel in a caring and efficient environment is her daily goal. She is an accomplished business consultant with experience in media relations, public relations, marketing, event management, and customer service.
GG was born in Lima, Peru, and has lived in Tampa since 1983. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration-Management from the University of South Florida. Her proficiency in the French language was beneficial when she attended university level courses at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. After her children left the nest, she obtained a second Bachelor‘s Degree in Communications.
As a child, GG dreamed of being on stage; she now feels her involvement “behind the scenes” is her true calling and passion. Being part of Carrollwood Players Theatre is a dream come true!
She joined the CWP family as a light/sound operator volunteer, and even though it was foreign to her, she became the “Light and Sound Goddess” (as described by CWP’s Managing Director Jim Russell) in no time. Always ready to master new skills and contribute, GG also assists with front of house management, fundraising, and marketing.
GG is delighted to offer her experience, dedication, generosity, enthusiasm, loyalty, and professionalism as a Board Member.
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Community Theatre inspires everyday people to do extraordinary things.
We strengthen our community by providing a place for:
And much more!
Serving on the Board of Trustees at Carrollwood Players will provide you with a rewarding opportunity to make a difference in our community by utilizing your unique skills, experience, talents, and perspective to help our theatre continue to be a place where everyone is welcome to come and participate in the arts.
As a Board Member, you can:
Develop and expand your skill set – leadership, marketing, fiduciary, fundraising, and more.
Grow your network of contacts, personally and professionally.
Give back to the community by supporting the performing arts.
Gain experience that will enrich your resume.
Overview of our Board History/Culture:
In 2018, Carrollwood Players began a transition from an operational board (handling the day-to-day operational needs of our organization) to a governance board (focusing on high level strategic planning, fundraising, financial oversight, policy, mission development and more.)
We now have a full-time Managing Director and a part-time Manager of Production and Finance who handle most of our day-to-day operations, and hope to add additional professional staff as we continue to grow.
As we approach the realization of this gradual transition, we have built a small board comprised of individuals with expertise in fundraising, financial planning, public relations, legal matters, and other professional skills needed by a busy, growing nonprofit.
We currently seek additional members to help us continue to build a board with a rich diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, skills, and experiences inside and outside of the arts.
Board responsibilities include:
Supporting the fundraising and development efforts of Carrollwood Players.
Serving as an ambassador in the community for Carrollwood Players and helping us build a a theatre community that represents every community.
Development of high level strategic planning for the long term sustainability of the Carrollwood Players mission and vision.
Leveraging professional expertise and experience to advise Carrollwood Players on policy and practices.
Attending and participating in meetings of the Carrollwood Players Board of Trustees (held every other month)
We seek a diverse group of passionate, community-minded innovators who would enjoy playing an important role in shaping the future of an organization dedicated to keeping the arts accessible to everyone in our community.
We specifically encourage people of color and all ethnic and cultural backgrounds to apply. We are committed to broadening our diversity at all levels – leadership, volunteers, and audiences.
We welcome adult applicants of all backgrounds regardless of race, color, sex, religion, political affiliation, national or social origin, disability, age, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, health status, or economic or social situation.
Retired professionals with a lifetime of experience to share.
Professionals who want to give back to the community while expanding their network and broadening their leadership experience.
Anyone with a passion for the arts and a talent for championing a great cause.
Well-connected community influencers with fundraising experience.
We welcome anyone with a desire to help Tampa’s longest-operating community theatre reach for the stars!
We meet via Zoom or at Carrollwood Players – generally every other month.
The time commitment is from 4-10 hours per month.
If you are interested in joining our Board of Trustees, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Russell - Managing Director
Jim Russell became Carrollwood Players Theatre’s first full-time Managing Director in April of 2018, following nearly a decade of volunteer service to the organization.
As a CWP volunteer, he served two terms on the Board of Trustees, chaired the marketing committee, served on the show selection and fundraising committees, and was the Volunteer Coordinator and Box Office Manager. He has also written, directed, produced, stage managed or performed in more than 50 CWP Mainstage and Black Box productions.
A native of upstate New York, Jim grew up in Washington, DC before relocating to Florida in 1986 to study theatre at the State College of Florida. After college, he completed a year-long professional theatre administration internship at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL, where he also worked as a Marketing Associate for the Asolo Center for the Performing Arts.
Jim toured the United States as the Company Manager for Children’s Musical Theatre of Alabama, and was the Founding Artistic Director of The Six Legged Theatre Company, which was featured in a nationally televised PBS documentary in 2006.
During his 35-year career in theatre performance, production, and administration, Jim somehow found time to squeeze in a 20-year career as a professional Tour Director for the travel agency division of the American Automobile Association. In 2001, he received the President’s Award of Excellence for his efforts to protect the welfare of American citizens in Athens, Greece in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Jim remains an avid traveler and has visited more than 50 countries. He can’t wait to add to the list.
David Fraga - Finance Manager
David is native to the Tampa Bay Area and credits his upbringing and schooling in the local area with his continued commitment to the community. After college, David worked locally for the Department of Labor for thirteen years. He actively worked with the public to provide services available through the State. David moved on to work with AT&T in the State of Texas. At AT&T, David was responsible for program management within the Network Operations division of the company.
Upon his return to Florida, David provided business optimization consulting services and served as Finance Manager for a local Home Mortgage Service Company. Prior to joining the CWP staff, he was actively involved with the organization as a volunteer actor, producer, and stage manager, and served as Treasurer on the Board of Trustees. David utilizes his expertise in finance and business optimization to oversee the financial health of CWP.
About our Board of Trustees
The Carrollwood Players Theatre Board of Trustees is comprised of a diverse group of volunteers who are passionate about leveraging their experience and perspectives in support of great community theatre for all.
The Board of Trustees generally meets at 7 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of every other month.
February, 2022 (no meeting)
December, 2021 (no meeting)
October, 2021 (no meeting)
July, 2021 (no meeting)
June, 2020 (no meeting)
February, 2020 (no meeting)
December, 2019 (no meeting)