Board of Directors
Greg Roth is Senior Vice President for Philanthropy for Opportunity International, a non-profit which provides financial services and training to 14.3 million people who are working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Greg and his wife, Meg, have been Doylestown, Bucks County residents for 30 years. His passion for philanthropy extends to involvement in many other community organizations, including the Philadelphia Leadership Foundation, where he is a board member, the Fanny Chapman Swimming Team and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Doylestown. His commitment to #SaveOscarsHome can be summarized with the quote, “To stand...in the room where [Oscar Hammerstein] wrote the words to “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” is to know in your bones that for anyone who loves the American musical, the successful preservation of Highland Farm will be the worthiest of causes.” Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal, July 10, 2018.
Jaime Rogers has served as a music teacher and choir director at Lenape Middle School in Doylestown, PA since 2004. Previously she taught music in the William Penn School District (Landsdowne, PA) and in the Tioga Central School District (Tioga Center, NY). In her role as music teacher, Jaime has conducted thousands of students in various choral ensembles in school and community events, adjudications, and collaborative concerts and festivals. Jaime is also highly involved in musical theatre as a musical director for Lenape Middle School’s spring musical and as a guest musical director, and sometimes performer, for the Theatre Arts Center’s Summer and Winter productions. In addition to producing high quality music performances, Jaime has successfully raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Lenape Music Program through unique fundraising campaigns. The most well-known campaign is her annual “Princess Pancake Breakfast” at Chambers 19 which has become a beloved Doylestown tradition as well as raising thousands of dollars for the Lenape Choir every year. Jaime enjoys collaborating with other musicians as a way to build community and expand educational opportunities for her students. She has enjoyed collaborations with The Bucks County Country Gentleman’s Barbershop Chorus, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, and all of the secondary school choirs in the Central Bucks School District. She has also commissioned and premiered new choral works by Deke Sharon, Amy F. Bernon, Rollo Dilworth, and Nancy Gifford-Humphreys. Jaime envisions Oscar Hammerstein’s home to be a place where our next generation of musicians and lyricists can gather to learn about his musical legacy and humanitarian accomplishments as well as soak up all of the creative energy that you can still feel within the rooms and walls of the home. She is excited to be a part of this important project and contribute her talents towards making this dream a reality. Jaime resides in Doylestown with her husband and two daughters.
Secretary & Treasurer
Christine Junker has over 30 years of experience in arts marketing and management and on non-profit Boards, including as Director of Marketing and Interim Managing Director for the Virginia Symphony, Director of Marketing and Educational Programs for the Harrisburg Symphony (Pennsylvania), Audience Services Manager for the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware, and most recently as a volunteer District Membership Specialist for National Charity League, Inc. (NCL, Inc.), the nation’s premier mother-daughter non-profit organization. Christine has lent her expertise to many community organizations, including the Bucks County Penn State Alumni Association and the Boards of the Central Bucks Chapter of NCL, Inc., the Central Bucks High School East Band Parents Association and the Newcomers Club of Central Bucks. Christine is the Founder of Mom’s Pantry, a church-based food-collection organization in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mom’s Pantry won the 2009 “Acting Out Against Hunger” award from the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and received a grant from the Governor’s Office to Fight Hunger. A clarinetist, Christine enjoys performing with the Delaware Valley University Band, the Penn State Alumni Blue Band and other community music groups.
Judith Ann Abrams
Judith Ann Abrams, multiple Tony and Olivier Award winning producer, began her theatrical career as the Founder/Producer of the famed family musical company, The Broadway Pixie Judy Troupe. The Troupe played throughout the U.S. at every top theater, in London and at the White House for the children of two presidents.
Discovered by famed composer Richard Rodgers, Judy produced three of her musical cast albums in association with The Rodgers and Hammerstein Music Library and Golden Records with The London Symphony Orchestra. Her Pixie Judy Foundation introduced inner city children to their first live theater, earning her the Jefferson Award and three Mayoral Certificates of Appreciation.
Abrams, third generation "show biz," began her work on Broadway as an Associate Producer of the revival of Annie Get Your Gun, becoming a full producer on Chita Rivera: The Dancers Life and Spring Awakening (Tony). Judy went on to become a co-producer of: Company, Love Letters, It Shoulda Been You, Kinky Boots, The Visit, Indecent, Torch Song Trilogy, Come From Away, Anastasia, Tootsie and Funny Girl to name a few. She is an investor in Mrs. Doubtfire, The Audience, Lehman Trilogy, Only A Play, Front Page, Matilda, Angels In America and The Inheritance. Her off-Broadway credits include Spalding Grey's Stories Left To Tell, producer of Cy Coleman's Exactly Like You and Bridge and Tunnel in association with Meryl Streep, Gloria: The Gloria Steinem Story.
In addition to her Broadway productions, Judy co-produced the National Tours of Kinky Boots, Come From Away, Tootsie, Anastasia and Annie, as well as being co-producer of many of her shows in London, Toronto, Australia, Korea and Japan.
Amy has been a Bucks County resident since 2004. Amy’s deep appreciation for the arts started young, as a child performer in community college musicals, an avid high school theatre program participant, a lifelong theatregoer and overall champion of the Arts. Professionally, Amy’s experience includes human resource management, marketing, client services and contract management, currently in magazine publishing and distribution for the world’s top magazines. She has also enjoyed her extensive volunteer leadership work with several Bucks County not-for-profit organizations focusing on children and education. Passionate about the positive impact that the theatre had in her own life, as well as her home community of Bucks County, Amy is happy to help preserve this cultural treasure of Oscar Hammerstein and create an educational retreat for fellow theatre lovers.
Van Dean is a Tony® Award and Grammy® Award-winning producer of 13 Broadway musicals and plays (including Jagged Little Pill, Anastasia, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, Big Fish, Catch Me If You Can, Evita, The Best Man, The Velocity of Autumn), 260+ musical theater-related recordings (including Matilda, The Color Purple, Anastasia, My Fair Lady, If The Fates Allow: Hadestown Holiday Album, The Lightning Thief), as well as numerous Broadway/National Tours, Off-Broadway musicals, concert events, a West End production and a documentary film. Van is President and Co-Founder of Broadway Records and his philanthropic work includes being a producer of “Broadway For Orlando: What The World Needs Now is Love”, Broadway United’s “We Are The World”, “Broadway Kids Against Bullying: I Have a Voice”, “From Broadway With Love” benefit concerts for Sandy Hook, Orlando (Emmy Award winner for sound design) and Parkland as well his work with NewArts in Sandy Hook/Newtown, CT.
Lori Kesilman is a teacher, and is serving in her second term as council member for New Britain Borough. Lori believes transparency and strong communications are the key to successful supportive communities. She is a strong proponent of education and the arts. She loves living in a town that supports these ideals. As a councilwoman, Lori has helped to transform New Britain Borough’s transparency and public relations by pushing for email access to council members, online agendas and minutes that are emailed out to the residents, live video streaming and archival of meetings. All of these initiatives have been highly successful and have made local government less of a mystery to the borough residents. Lori is a teacher first. The education of her children, her students and the community are very important to her. Lori has taught at both the elementary and secondary level and holds a masters in technology education from Lehigh University.
Vanessa is a CPA with over 9 years of experience working directly with non-profits in Bucks and Montgomery Counties both as an auditor with Bee, Bergvall & Co. and as a Board member and Treasurer for CB Cares Educational Foundation. She currently provides outsourced bookkeeping and controller services with Supporting Strategies. Vanessa’s 20 years of experience includes non-profit, local government, insurance and small-business accounting. Vanessa has been passionate about the arts for most of her life, both as a singer in multiple choirs and a capella groups, including the Palisades Community Chorus, and as a lifelong theater-goer. She is proud to be a Bucks County resident for almost 30 years and excited to support the project to restore this historic property, preserve Oscar Hammerstein’s legacy and to establish a theater program that will bring the love of theater and the arts to the community.
Kristine Lewis founded Theatre Arts Center (TAC) in Bucks County in 1985 to prepare young actors for professional theatre. Previously she served for three years as Director of the Times Square Bid Kidz in Manhattan, a performance ensemble that entertained at various Times Square Broadway events. Kristine has taught at North Carolina School of the Arts and throughout the U.S., as well as workshops in London. Her own training began studying with Uta Hagen at H.B. Studios and at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts for Drama. As a dancer and choreographer, she studied with Phil Black, Matt Mattox, Gus Giordano and toured with the American Ballet Theatre.
Kristine’s career in show business spans the gamut. Her professional theatre credits are extensive and her work has appeared in national tours, summer stock, regional theatres, dinner theatres, and cabaret rooms throughout the U.S. A partner in Lewis & Fox Casting, Kristine is a member of the Casting Society of America (CSA) and has cast for many New York and regional theatre productions, as well as for film, television, music videos, commercials and industrials.
As a theatrical producer, Kristine worked with one of the most prolific songwriting teams, Richard and Robert Sherman (MARY POPPINS, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BAND, JUNGLE BOOK +), when she and her producing partners undertook a revival of the brother’s show BUSKER ALLEY, starring Jim Dale. Additionally, Kristine was managing producer on BURLEIGH GRIME$, associate producer on the NY production of VIGIL, and on Broadway’s ENCHANTED APRIL. She has produced numerous stage productions in Bucks County, including TAC favorite, THAT’S WHAT KIDS DO!
Kristine has directed shows too numerous to mention. Among the names, she has directed William Conrad, Lucy Arnez, Andrea McArdle and many others. Her creative staging of FIORELLO at the Players Club in New York was hailed by the show’s writer Sheldon Harnick. Additionally, she has directed well as over 200 children’s shows in Bucks County.
Michael E. Peters, Esq.
Mike Peters is an attorney and shareholder at the law firm of Eastburn and Gray in Doylestown. His practice includes land use, municipal law, and real estate. Although not a native of Bucks County, Mike is dedicated to the community he now calls home. He currently serves on the boards of Bucks Beautiful and the Bucks County Community College Foundation. His interest in the OHMTEC project began with his early involvement in the municipal approval process associated with the project. Mike and his wife Sarah are devoted to the arts. They live with their daughters and two rescue dogs less than a mile down the road from Highland Farm.