Meet the Board

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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Sheldon Fallon (President)
Sheldon is the President and co-owner of the Leigh Agency, a Trusted Choice Independent insurance agency in Freehold celebrating their 27th year in business in the same East Main Street location.  As the insurance agent for the Center Players he is proud to be a member of the Center Players Business Board.   In addition to the Center Players, Sheldon is active in the insurance community on both the state and local levels of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New Jersey. Sheldon recently appeared on the Center Players stage in productions of Bus Stop, And Then There Were None and The Sunshine Boys, and is looking forward to more performances in the future.
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Carleen Lombardi (Vice President; Fundraising Chair)
Carleen is happy to join the board of Center Players and currently serves on the Gala committee.  She is employed at ConnectOne Bank in Monmouth County as VP, Corporate Giving and Community Relations and has been in the banking industry for 23 years. Carleen has resided in Freehold Twp since 1971 and also serve on the board of IEP Youth Services and The Arthritis Foundation.
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George M. Feldman (Treasurer)
A former Certified Public Accountant, George has been working in the financial services field since 1995. A resident of Freehold along with his wife and three daughters, he is active in his community. Having been the former Treasurer of Monmouth County Arts Council, he was happy to join Center Players as Treasurer in 2014.
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Roberta Fallon (Secretary)
Roberta is the Vice-President and co-owner of the Leigh Agency, a Trusted Choice Independent insurance agency in Freehold celebrating their 27th year in business.  She is the insurance agent for the Center Players and is proud to be the Secretary to their Business Board.  As a member of Center Players, Roberta works in many different areas such as tickets, refreshments and fund raising. She is always willing to help out wherever needed. In addition to the Center Players, Roberta is active in the insurance community.  She was President of the Insurance Professionals of Monmouth County for 3 years and serves as Membership Chairperson of the NJ State Counsel.  She is also on the State board of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New Jersey as well as on the board, and past President of, the Independent Insurance Agents of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
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BOARD MEMBERS

Mafalda Cavanaugh
Mafalda Cavanaugh (Marketing Committee) is a communications professional and a life-long theatre lover. She is currently Marketing and PR Manager for the Old Bridge Public Library and is happy to bring her marketing expertise to help bring audiences to Center Playhouse — a true gem in downtown Freehold. Mafalda resides in Manalapan with her husband, Jim, and their three children, and in her free time loves attending both professional and community theatre and traveling.
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Colleen DeFelice
Colleen is a retired Flight Attendant having flown for both Eastern and United Airlines. She also has a background in broadcasting and public relations. Her involvement with Center Players has been both on and off stage, acting and assisting with costuming, set dressing and stage managing. She recently moved to sunny Florida, but continues to help Center Players behind the scenes and by helping through the use of the internet. Colleen brings her love of theater and superior organizational skills to any task she applies herself to.

Elfriede Lamhut
Elfriede is the office manager at Paul-Mark Printing located in Freehold Borough. She was a volunteer at opening night of Center Playhouse and has helped out in many ways over the years. Her present roles involve hospitality and refreshments for the patrons: and recently, she has taken on the role of handling tickets for the Playhouse.
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Lynn Reich
Lynn Reich is a retired Art Teacher from Freehold, her hometown. She serves on the Monmouth County Arts Council, now referred to as "Monmouth Arts." She is Vice Chair of the Freehold Borough Educational Foundation, and serves as a Freehold Borough Recreation Commissioner. Lynn has served on the Board of Trustees of the Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center. She and her husband Ron have two grown children and two grandsons. Her connection to Center Players as a Board member came about through her avid participation as an audience member.
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Bob Szita
Bob is Co-Director of Contemporary Counseling Center, ActionArtz Training Institute of Freehold, and GIERS: Grief Information, Education & Recovery Services. As a Trainer, Educator, and Practitioner of Psychodrama, Bob uses role-playing to assist people in coping with life’s transitions. He is often seen working offstage as House Manager and chairs the House Committee.
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ARTISTIC BOARD

Bernice Garfield-Szita (Artistic Director)
Bernice enjoys her role as Center Players’ Artistic Director as it gives her the opportunity to work with amazingly talented artists, performers, and dedicated community members. Bernice has been involved with theater and the arts for more than 40 years. She has taught Art and Drama on the secondary school level, sung and acted in numerous productions over the years, and directed award-winning shows for Center Players. She is Executive Co-Director of GIERS: Grief Information, Education & Recovery Services, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and is Co-Director of Contemporary Counseling Center and ActionArtz Training Institute of Freehold. She uses her entrepreneurial skills to lead Center Players to be artistically excellent and fiscally responsible. She serves on the board of the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce as Diversity Committee Chair.
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Ray Parnese (Assistant Artistic Director)
Ray is a retired owner of a trucking company. He has designed sets and also directed shows for Center Players and for the drama club at his Stonebridge community in Monroe. He is happy to be part of the Artistic Board as well as the Business Board and is always willing to lend a hand where needed.

Jeff Caplan
Jeff has appeared in many other area theaters over the years but likes to call Center Players his home. Some of his favorite playwrights include Tennessee Williams, Sam Shepard and David Mamet. He was nominated along with Bernice Garfield-Szita for Outstanding Set Design Brighton Beach Memoirs by NJACT. He was also nominated for Outstanding Actor for his role as George in Of Mice and Men with South Street Players, and as Sammy in Blood Brothers at NENA Productions in Ocean Grove. He enjoys working with everyone at Center Players to bring quality theater to the Freehold area.
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Tony Dentino
Tony, a retired electrical engineer, is currently self-employed as a woodworker. He assists Center Players with set construction, making props, and house and facility management.
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Mark Lamhut
Mark, a lifelong resident of Freehold, is President of Paul=Mark Printing. He is active in numerous non-profit organizations. Mark has been an integral part of Center Players since its inception and plays many roles offstage: photographer, lighting and sound designer and graphic designer.
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Ray Ruiz
Ray is a retired math teacher and coach from the Monroe Twp. School District. With Center Players, Ray has painted sets, moved scenery, and acted, but he can be seen primarily in the tech room. Ray loves to sing and is currently in two classic rock bands, LEGACY and JUST US. He also sings and does vocal arrangements for a doo-wop group, THE ECHOS. Ray lives in Monroe Twp. with his wife Brenda.
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