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:
- Carol Benham
- Ken and Carol Calvert
- Jack Carmean
- Brian Cole
- Jedidjah deVries
- Bob Holloway
- Donelle Martin
- Michelle Schaefer
- Steve Stormoen
- Pam Wall
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, secretary, FUND DEVELOPMENT 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.
Ray Down, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Down retired as president of Lompoc Community Bank after a lengthy career in the financial industry, which included stints as banker, loan broker and stockbroker. He first moved to Lompoc in 1960, when his father was stationed at VAFB, and returned for good in 1970 after graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a business degree. Over the years, Down has been involved with many Lompoc civic organizations, among them the Lompoc Jaycees, Lompoc YMCA, the City of Lompoc’s Economic Development Committee, and the California Association of Hospital Districts. He remains a member of the Lompoc Rotary Club, the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Village Country Club and the Lompoc Valley Club.
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.
KATHY LUETTE, MEMBER AT LARGE
Kathy Luette brings 25 years of non-profit leadership experience to the Lompoc Theatre Project Board in her role on the Fundraising Committee. Her expertise includes governance, strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing, and volunteer development. Kathy has a passion for volunteering and community engagement. In addition to the LTP and her full-time job as Sr. Director, Talent Development with the global headquarters of the American Cancer Society, she serves on the Lompoc Mural and Public Arts Coalition Board and is the current President of the Vandenberg Middle School PTSA. She and her husband, Eric, are the parents of five fabulous children and are proud to be raising their family in the beautiful Lompoc Valley.
nanette mendez, member at large
Nanette Mendez has a three-generation history in the Lompoc Valley and is no stranger to choosing the path of hard work and determination. She graduated from Lompoc High School and attended Alan Hancock College and Fresno State University, majoring in Construction Management. After college, she moved to the East Bay area where she concentrated in event planning and restaurant management for many years.before working for a major Environmental Engineering firm in project planning, human resources, analytical data service, and budget control and safety. She ran all the customer data processing and received a certificate as a Compliance Audit Specialist. For the past 12 years, Nanette has become a property manager in Lompoc, where she over-sees the day to day operations of 19 properties and joined the Lompoc Theatre Project because she has a vested interest in the cultural improvement and enrichment of the lives of the Lompoc citizens. Being a property owner and a member from a well-known and historical family, she wants to contribute to the success of the project and see it completed in a timely manner.
ANNE RAMSEY, MEMBER AT LARGE
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, COMMUNICATIONS / MEDIA 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, member at large
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.
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.
Linda R. Wertman, Theatre Transfer Advisor
A Lompoc native and Lompoc High School graduate, Wertman worked for the City of Lompoc for 16 years, retiring in July 2015. She managed the former Lompoc Redevelopment Agency as Redevelopment Program Coordinator for the last 14 years, and served as Executive Director of the Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Board since its formation in 2012. Wertman has been involved with the efforts to restore and re-open the Lompoc Theatre since the City of Lompoc and the Redevelopment Agency assisted the acquisition of the property from the Calvert family in the mid-2000s. Wertman has degrees in Business Administration and Accounting and owned and operated a small business in Lompoc for more than 16 years.
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.