Meet our Team!
Below is our current board. The board meets once a month, usually the fourth Tuesday of the month. If you have any questions about anything dealing with out board, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board Member bios are below in no particular order.
- Robin Ashley
Robin Ashley is one of the founders of Magnolia Arts Center and is excited to return to the Board. In addition to MAC, she has been involved both on-stage and off with Farmville Community Arts Council, Smiles & Frowns Playhouse, Arendell Parrott Academy, and NC Academy of Dance Arts. An internship in theatre management at Triad Stage in Greensboro through NCTC helped give her the skills and confidence to grow MAC from an idea to a living organization.
When not at the theatre, Robin is at work around Greenville as a Marketing & Entrepreneurship Instructor at Pitt Community College, exercise instructor at Pure Barre, or the Market Manager for the Uptown Umbrella Market.
- Collice Moore, Jr.
Collice Moore, Jr. is one of the founders of the Magnolia Arts Center and has been involved with local theatre for over 20 years. He has directed, produced and acted with the Magnolia Arts Center, the Farmville Arts Council and the Rampant Theatrical Company. Mr. Moore is a native of Greenville and attended J.H. Rose High School before attending college at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Upon returning to Greenville after college, he began working with his father and is a State Certified General Appraiser and North Carolina Real Estate Broker. His involvement with the Magnolia Arts Center dates back to 2005 and he has served as Treasurer and on various committees since its beginning.
- Amy Lashea Staton
Greenville native, Amy Lashea Staton is an educator here in Pitt County and although a newbie to the MAC board, she has been involved with Magnolia Arts for the past three years as an actress. Her acting credits with MAC include A Raisin in the Sun (“Ruth”, Magnolia Arts-2013); MVP (“Rae”/”Momma”, 2015); Godspell (Company, 2015) and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Ensemble, 2016). A fifteen-year veteran teacher, Ms. Staton is also a writer, poet, singer and enjoys being a motivational speaker to teenagers and young adults. Amy Lashea aspires to be a published author of a series of children’s books as well to write a few plays of her own. Amy currently lives in the Greenville area and thoroughly enjoys teaching and working with first generation students at Pitt Community College.
- Theresa Warren
Theresa Warren is originally from Massachusetts and moved to Miami at 12 years of age, became a hairstylist and opened a Spa and hair salon in 1978 in the Broward Mall in Ft. Lauderdale. She is married to Bob and they have two children. Her daughter with her five children lives in Israel and her son with his wife and son live here in Greenville. In 2011 Theresa and Bob retired and moved to Greenville. She also volunteers at Vidant in the Special Care Nursery, caring for sick newborn babies. Mrs. Warren joined the Service League and volunteers at the hospital gift shop, and is serving as treasurer for the 2017’s Service League Ball. She also volunteers for Hospice. Through the Siera Book Club, of which she is now President, she met Mary Stoneham, who invited her to become a board member at MAC. She volunteered to steward the concessions because she likes “doing business” and thought she might best serve that way.
- Stephen Harding(Current President)
When not acting in local community theatre productions, Stephen Harding is the Minister of Media and Arts at Oakmont Baptist Church in Greenville. Before that he taught English at Pitt Community College and East Carolina University. He has performed on stage locally with the Ayden Community Theatre, Farmville Community Arts Council, Piney Grove Outdoor Theatre, and East Carolina University. He has been on-stage at MAC in numerous productions including Harvey (Wilson), Lying in State (Harry), Second Samuel (Mr. Mozel), Blood Brothers (Mr. Lyons), Picnic (Howard), The Nerd (Willum) and Godspell (Judas). Stephen also designs many of our programs, posters, and graphic marketing materials and is Technical Director for a lot of our performances.
- Laurie Maloney
Laurie Maloney has been involved with Magnolia Arts Center since 2010, both on and off stage. Originally from South Carolina, she fell in love with theatre at an early age while performing in church musicals and local community theatre. With an extensive background in marketing, she has acted in local television commercials, and done voice-overs for radio ads. Since moving to North Carolina in 1992, she has also performed with New Bern Civic Theatre and Beaufort County Arts Society. She’s a member of the Saint Peter’s Catholic Church choir. Laurie was honored to be cast in MAC’s first production in the current facility as Truvy in “Steel Magnolias” in 2013. Laurie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1985, and a Master’s degree in Management of Human Resources from Southern Wesleyan University in 1992. She recently published her first book, “Broken Sand Dollar – Finding The Missing Peace,” written under a pen name, Nicole Saint-Clair. Laurie has served and volunteered with many other non-profit organizations including Rocking Horse Ranch, REAL Crisis Center, East Carolina University Pirate Club, American Heart Association, United Way, and The Dream Factory. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Humane Society of Eastern Carolina. She lives in Greenville, and has been married to her husband, Matt, since 1992.
- Mitch Butts
Mitch W. Butts is originally from Mt. Olive, is a USAF veteran, and is currently the Coordinator for Humanities & Communication at PCC. Mitch has been involved with theatre/film for 30 years. Television roles include America’s Most Wanted, Dawson’s Creek, and Bad Boys. Film roles include Cat’s Eye, The Bedroom Window, Collision Course, and Secession Path. Mitch had national/regional tours in Mournin’ (featuring Cosby’s Clarice Taylor), The Lion in Winter, and A Few Good Men. He was artistic director for The Road Less Traveled Theatre Company. He has directed over 100 productions, including a 2008 London performance. Awards include Best Actor (Damn Yankees, The Pajama Game, Chorus Line, All My Sons, The Boys Next Door); Best Choreography (Annie, Jesus Christ, Superstar, Nunsense); Best Play (To Kill a Mockingbird, Annie, Little Shop of Horrors.) Mitch was a contestant on the 1980’s television show Dance Fever. He has had three original plays produced on-stage. Mitch has served as department chair for an AFA in Drama program, was host of the television show The Cape Fear Baker and is a gold medal ballroom dancer. Mitch has won over 250 awards in public speaking and is the author of the reader’s theatre production The Last 24 Hours of Lincoln.
- Alan Gill
Alan has always been fascinated with the many ways that a story can be told, and believes there is nothing more exciting, inspirational, and educational as telling a story through live theatre. Alan’s passion for the performing arts has led him to continue serving and developing theatre experiences through Magnolia Arts where he has recently been part of Blood Brothers, On Golden Pond, Honk! Jr. and The Santaland Diaries. In the past, Alan has appeared in and directed many professional and amateur theatre productions in the Chicago area and was the resident musical director at Stage Right Dinner Theatre in suburban Chicago. His voice can be heard reading a number of children’s books on tape as well as TV/radio commercials and industrial training videos. Alan has written, arranged and performed music for a number of recordings, written many worship dramas for the church, and co-wrote two full-scale musicals. When he is not spending his time at Magnolia Arts, Alan squeezes in time with his amazing wife, Julie, three grown kids, and his community of faith where he serves as Communications Director of St. James United Methodist Church.
- Mary Stoneham
Mary has been associated with MAGNOLIA ARTS CENTER, since 2013. She is an active member on The Board of Directors, Served as Treasurer from 2013 thru 2015, Active member of The Shooting Stars Fund Raising Committee, Co-Chair of The Volunteer Committee, and takes care of the Insurance for MAC. She also will assist in other MAC duties as needed.
During her working career, her first job was a licensed Insurance Agent in Commercial and Residential Insurance in Greenville for 27 years. Following that, she accepted a job as Administrative Director for Greenville Obstetrics and Gynecology, PA for the next 20 years. At the time of the first medical offices in Greenville to merge, they formed the merger with Quadrangle Internal Medicine to become Physicians East as the Professional Relations Director. Retiring from Physicians East in 2000. In April 2001 Mary returned to work full time as Administrative Director for Dr. Eric B. Carlson, Eastern Cardiology, PA and worked an additional 10 years. Mary retired in March 2011.
She is also active in addition to MAC as a Circle Moderator, and a member of The CT Women at First Presbyterian Church, also recently honored as Honorary Life Member of First Presbyterian Church. Secretary, Sierra Book Club and enjoys playing bridge in several clubs. Mary has served on many boards of the North Carolina and Pitt County Insurance Agents, North Carolina Medical Manager, both State and local, various committees at Pitt Community College and the City of Greenville thru out her career. She was a charter member responsible for forming The Pitt County Insurance Women’s organization and The Medical Association for Medical Managers for eastern North Carolina.
- Mary L. Brandon