Mission Statement & Founding Members
A group of theater enthusiasts and committed local residents held their first meeting of what was to become the Lompoc Theatre Project on September 2, 2012. The Lompoc Theatre Project was incorporated as a 501.c.3 tax exempt nonprofit on October 23, 2012.
The Lompoc Theatre Project is a community effort to restore the historic landmark of the Lompoc Theatre to re-open as a performing arts and film center, educational and community hub; and focal point of a revitalized Old Town Lompoc.
Enhance Old Town Lompoc as a cultural center, generating economic benefits for the community.
Act as a multi-use venue for performers and patrons in the community.
Foster an environment that entertains, educates, and inspires.
Encourage the development and collaboration of community arts and educational organizations.
Serve persons of all ages, cultures, and economic backgrounds to explore their creative and artistic possibilities.
Preserve our heritage and honor our history.
Founding members of the Lompoc Theatre Project are:
Ken and Carol Calvert
Board of Directors
Mark Herrier, President
Lompoc native Herrier remembers watching The Music Man at the Lompoc Theatre and deciding then and there that acting was his calling. Indeed, Herrier has more than 40 years’ experience as an actor, director and fine arts’ educator. Among his acting or directing venues are PCPA, Broadway, the Mark Taper Forum, Dorothy Chandler Theatre and the California Youth Theatre. His big screen acting credits include “Porky’s I, II and III,” “Popcorn,” “Real Men,” “The Trade,” “Tank,” “Extreme Weekend” and “Protocol,” and on the small screen, “M*A*S*H,” “Gideon’s Crossing,” “Murder She Wrote,” “The Practice” and “Oh Madeline,” among others. He earned a B.F.A./M.F.A. from the University of Washington and an A.A. from PCPA (Ensemble/Artist in Residence), was the artist in residence at Reed College in Portland, Ore. and co-founded the Portland Conservatory Theatre.
HEATHER BEDFORD, media & communication CHAIR
Bedford, a native of Lompoc, graduated from Long Beach State University. She and her family own Inklings Printing Company in Lompoc and Solvang. Long involved in local and county nonprofits, Bedford has donated time to the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum, Relay for Life, and the Lompoc Valley Fallen Warriors, among many others. Bedford co-created three fundraising events: Nashville Nights, Solvang Third Wednesday and Sip Lompoc. In addition, she has served on several boards, including the Lompoc Hope Center, First Baptist Church, Solvang Chamber of Commerce, Solvang Friendship House and National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Rancho Purisima Chapter. Well known for her countless hours of philanthropic work, she was recipient of the 2014 Volunteer of the Year award from the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Bureau.
JAMES "CHRIS" AMES, GOVERNANCE CHAIR
James C. Ames (“Chris”) is a general partner in the law firm Brooks & Ames, Attorneys at Law. Mr. Ames is a native of California, born and raised in the San Diego County. Shortly after graduating Carlsbad High School, he joined the Air Force where he served his country while raising his family and completing his undergraduate work in criminal law and sociology.
Mr. Ames has been a practicing attorney in the Central Coast since 2003. In 2007, Mr. Ames, along with his partner, Cristina Brooks, opened Brooks & Ames, Attorneys at Law, focused on serving the Central Coast communities. Mr. Ames primarily focuses on Criminal Defense, Bankruptcy and Civil/Business Litigation He currently lives in Lompoc where he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
ANNE RAMSEY, secretary
Anne Forsyth Ramsey has been a resident of Lompoc since 2004 but has had a history in theatre since she was 7 when she performed in her first play. Since then her Theatre career has taken her all over the world, performing, singing, directing, producing, set design and building, and theatre renovation! She has been a member of Lompoc Civic Theatre for six years, where she continues to act, direct, produce, design and more. Anne also has a passion for Historic Architecture, and earned a degree in Interior & Exterior Design at UCLA, specializing in Historic Preservation & Restoration which she put to use in helping to restore a derelict movie theatre in West Palm Beach, FL. Once restored, he theatre brought renewed commerce and vibrancy to the area that still exists today! Anne runs her own business, Traveling With Taste, and is experienced in effective marketing, budgeting, customer service, public speaking, and Social Media Marketing. Having experienced the power of a successful theatre renovation, Anne passionately believes in the power of community and cultural renewal through The Arts, and sees a bright future for Lompoc.
Barbara Satterfield, volunteer & outreach chair
Satterfield, the third generation of a local Lompoc family, raised her four daughters here. She is the executive director of the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance, retail manager for the Hitching Post Winery and works at the Hitching Post II Restaurant in Buellton. From 1984 to 1987, she owned the Outpost Restaurant in Lompoc. Satterfield is also a board member of the Lompoc Chamber of Commerce. She is team captain for the "Hope on 246 Relay for Life" team.
Michael Sewall, restoration & operations chair
Mike Sewall is a Local business owner, author and entrepreneur. He serves on the board of directors for Lompoc Civic Theatre, the Coastal Dunes Branch of the California Writer’s Club and is a charter member of the Lompoc Independent Business Alliance. Working in every capacity of theatre for the last thirty years, he has simultaneous run successful local businesses. Mike is a project manager, budget developer with an eye for efficient and effective spending, business administrator, experienced in marketing and advertising, research analyst, logistics manager, active in daily social media across all platforms for many businesses, problem solver, expert in customer service and is a strong communicator. Passionate about Lompoc’s community, business and the arts, he believes the Theatre renovation project must be completed as a keystone for the community to both celebrate our history and be part of smart growth for the future. Mike is the father of four and longtime Lompoc resident.
Karin Hauenstein, member at large
Karin is a fourth generation native of Lompoc, is a 1990 Lompoc high school graduate and local advocate for human services and nonprofit development. she served as an administrator for the Lompoc valley united way under the tutelage of Patricia l. Miller for nearly a decade in the 1990's, receiving invaluable experience in nonprofit business origination, fundraising, allocations and management. Hauenstein, an experienced equestrian trainer and survivalist, rode cross-country on horseback through Ca., Nv., Az. and Nm. from 2002-2005. she became dedicated to activism against commercial horse slaughter in 2010, performing her solo "ride to end commercial horse slaughter" in 2011/12 from Lompoc to Hollywood, ca on her 3-horse pack string protesting the unnecessary and inhumane practice from becoming recognized as a viable, legal commercial business in the united states.
Karin has served as an administrative volunteer for several nonprofit horse rescues. she served as a board member for the Russian American institute of space science; the land, horse and burro conservancy; and free again. Hauenstein is a local caregiver who enjoys experiencing the true potential of the Lompoc valley, shown through the continuous development and renovation of historic old town and the Lompoc business district."
Mary Sharp, treasurer
Mary has lived in the Lompoc Valley since 1959, when her family was transferred to Vandenberg Air Force Base. After graduating from Lompoc High School, she attended San Diego State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography. She returned to the Valley, met and married her husband Buck, raised two children and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from LaVerne University.
She is the founder and sole proprietor of Mary Sharp, CPA – a Lompoc, CA based business specializing in Income tax preparation and IRS representation. As a tax professional, Mary has helped individuals, families, businesses, and non-profit organizations navigate the complex US Tax Code. Her years of experience and on-going tax education enable her to solve the most complex tax issues and disputes.Prior to starting her own firm, Mary was a Certified Public Accountant and tax preparer for Walker, Wilson & Hughen, An Accountancy Corporation. Prior to her accounting career, Maryand her husband Buck owned and operated Valley Rexall Drugs, a local pharmacy and gift shop.Mary received her BS in Accounting from the University of LaVerne, magna cum laude. She has earned the Enrolled Agent designation from the Department of the Treasury and is licensed by the State of California as a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Tax Professionals, the California Society of CPAs, and the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce. Mary has served on the Board of Directors of the Lompoc Valley Medical Center since 2013. She lives and works in Lompoc with her husband Buck and enjoys spending time with her family and running the trails of La Purisima Mission.
Stephanie Casper, member at large
Stephanie is a real estate finance professional with a bachelor’s degree from The Hotel School at Cornell University and an MBA from UNC Chapel Hill. Her career path has included operational management and executive level positions at companies such as GE, Marriott International, Green Street Advisors and most recently, private equity backed CoreVest Finance. Throughout her career, Stephanie has been able to successfully meet strategic, revenue and profitability initiatives through the creation and launch of new products, the delivery of increased operational efficiency, and the cultivation of cohesive teams.
Originally from the Boston area, Stephanie is a die-hard Boston sports fan. New to Santa Barbara County, Stephanie is exploring the local wineries, and is a member of Leadership Lompoc Valley’s Class of 2019. She is a certified mat and reformer Pilates instructor, and is a novice Cross Fit athlete. In her spare time she enjoys shoe shopping, reading, and cooking with her husband.
Cecilia Martner, Chair and Immediate Past-President
A former Lompoc City Councilwoman, Martner is the immediate past president of LTP. Martner now runs an Internet-based company that sells research equipment to universities and laboratories around the world. She earned a doctorate in chemistry and has taught at Allan Hancock College.
Brian Cole, Past-President
Cole is a musician and owner of Howlin' Byroon's Music Exchange in Old Town. An avid supporter of the arts and revitalizing Lompoc’s downtown, Cole was the first President of LTP’s original Board of Directors.
Ashley Costa, Governmental Relations Advisor
Ashley Costa, a Lompoc native, graduated from Lompoc High School in 2005, and from UCLA in 2009 with a B.S. in political science. Costa has extensive leadership experience and a background in community development, public policy and nonprofit management. As the youngest female elected in California, she served on the Lompoc City Council from 2010 through 2014. During this time she served as a board member for the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County, the Air Pollution Control District of Santa Barbara County, the League of California Cities Revenue and Taxation Committee and the League’s Community Services Committee. She also volunteered for the Healthy Lompoc Coalition and served as an alternate board member for the Northern California Power Agency. Costa now works as the executive director of the Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization.
Mark Booher, Project Advisor
Mark Booher is the artistic director/associate dean for the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) at Allan Hancock College and for the Solvang Theaterfest. He received his B.A. from CSU Sacramento, and his M.F.A from UC Irvine. Besides PCPA, he has acted or directed at the Geva Theatre Center, California Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Stage Company, Sacramento Theatre Company and many others.
Paul du Gre, Acoustics and Sound Technology Advisor
Paul du Gre, a Lompoc native, is a record producer, sound and recording engineer, and live sound specialist. Among his clients have been Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel and Tracy Chapman. In 1998, du Gre recorded singer-songwriter Lorna Hunt live in the Lompoc Theatre for audiophile label Classic Records. Since 1988, du Gre has been the owner/producer/engineer at Paul and Mike’s Recording and Mastering in Burbank. In addition, he has worked on feature films such as “Serial Mom,” “Swingers” and “American Me.”
Roger Delaurier, Educational Outreach Advisor
Roger DeLaurier is the Conservatory Director/Acting, Associate Artistic Director for the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) at Allan Hancock College. He has a B.F.A from the College of Santa Fe and an M.F.A from Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University. In addition to PCPA, he has worked at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Insight Out Theatre Collective, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Penobscot Theatre Company and Great American Melodrama.
Benton Delinger, Theatre Restoration Consultant
Delinger received his B.F.A in theater management from Webster University. He became a principal at Theatre Projects in 2006, as well as serving as their senior project manager. He is a member of the American Society of Theatre Consultants and serves as a board member of the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT. As chairman of the building committee for the Playhouse, he was instrumental in the renovation and transformation of a disused high school theater space into a community arts center. His other projects include Disney Hall in Los Angeles, American Airlines Theater in NYC, Goodman Theater in Chicago, Complexo Cultural Luz in Sao Paulo, Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens, and many others throughout the United States and the world.
Michael Ferguson, Project Advisor
Ferguson is a principal with Theater Projects. He received his B.F.A. from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts, Webster University and a Certificate from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. He is a member of the American Society of Theatre Consultants and is a Construction Specifications Institute Construction Documents Technologist. His design and production experience includes theatre, dance, performance art, circus, and live musical concerts in more than 130 theatrical venues nationwide, including the building of the Dolby (formerly Kodak) Theater in Los Angeles. Ferguson's current work in the arts includes an on-going production collaboration with musician/producer/author Stephen Wade and lighting direction for San Jose Taiko.
Janine Kraus, Fundraising Advisor
Lompoc native Janine Kraus is the chief development officer for Save The Bay, the largest regional organization working to preserve and restore the San Francisco Bay. Her leadership in fundraising strategy and implementation supports an organization involving more than 65,000 supporters, volunteers, and advocates. After earning her BA in environmental studies at UC Santa Cruz, Kraus went on to craft a $10 million major gifts campaign for the Coral Reef Alliance. She also helped start the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, worked for the California League of Conservation Voters, and was one of the first fellows of the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Michael Miller, Theater Operations Advisor
Miller is the managing director of Children’s Musical Theater in San Jose. His career started in entertainment 25 years ago with his own company, Spotlight Entertainment, producing shows and corporate events. After four seasons with American Musical Theater San Jose as Production Manager in the 1990s, Miller spent five seasons as director of production for Paper Mill Playhouse in NJ. In 2002 he returned to AMTSJ and in 2004 was appointed CEO & Executive. He has remained active in the Silicon Valley community, working with 1stACT Silicon Valley, and as executive director of San Jose Jazz. Miller has served as chair of the Arts Round Table, Arts Board Chair at Team San Jose, chair of the Theatre Preservation Board and board member of Teatro Vision, sjDANCEco, and co-chair of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT). He currently serves on the board of Team San Jose and the Theatre Preservation fund and is an active participant with Team in Training.
Stormoen, raised in Santa Barbara, first moved to Lompoc in 2001. A writer and community organizer, his experience includes local, state, and national campaigns with Families ACT, the Think Outside the Bomb national youth network, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and Courage to Resist. He earned his B.A. in literature and creative writing from UC Santa Cruz, and his writing has appeared in the Guardian UK, the Huffington Post, the New York Times and the Lompoc Record.
Volker Welter, Historical Preservation Advisor
Lompoc resident Volker M. Welter is a professor of the history of architecture at UC Santa Barbara. Educated in his native Germany and Scotland, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh. He has worked as a historian, archivist, author and lecturer in Germany, Scotland and England. At UCSB, Volker teaches courses exploring revival styles in Southern California, Santa Barbara architects and sustainable architecture.
Kim Williams, Strategic Planning Consultant
Dr. Kim Williams is a management and governance consultant to nonprofit executives and governing boards. Client services include strategic planning, governance systems development, transition management, and executive coaching. In addition to direct client services, Williams designs training programs and conducts seminars on nonprofit governance, strategic planning, and organizational leadership. Program partners include the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Junior League of Los Angeles Board Fellows Program and the Riordan Leadership Institute. Williams is a member of the affiliated faculty in the Master of Public Administration program at CSU Northridge. She also serves on the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program Curriculum Advisory Board for UCLA Extension and has been a guest presenter for the USC Marshall School of Business and Sol Price School of Public Policy.