Board of Directors

Our governing board is elected each January and serves terms of one year.

Gil Yohnka, President

Gil is a retired Champaign Police Lieutenant and has lived in Monticello with his family for more than 25 years.  His wife Peg is also a MTA member and a frequent volunteer.  Gil became involved in community theater in 2011 and has since appeared in many shows in the Champaign area, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Anything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, The Snow Queen and the Goblin, Miracle on 34th St, Les Miserables, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Legally Blonde, The Producers, Bleacher Bums and 1787.  Gil has also appeared on the MTA stage in Rumors, A Week in Mercy Falls, Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing, The Foreigner and directed Stealing Home.

Quentin Rund, Past President

Quentin runs a local business and has been involved in community theatre (in Villa Grove) for a long time. His stage experience includes: Aunt Tilly Goes to Town, Oklahoma, Li'l Abner, and South Pacific. He brings organizational skills to the board and helps to grow membership. "It's a great way to give back to a great community."

Lana Ross, Treasurer

Lana claims to be the senior member of the MTA board – in more ways than one!! She may have to arm-wrestle Carl Sebens for that title, but it might be a tie. Lana is a long-time member of the Monticello Theatre Association. Lana remembers the day she found the Camp Creek Playhouse still smoldering from the fire which destroyed it in 1999. She is very proud of implementing the KIDS’ programs, beginning with the first workshops in 2011 which have led to a robust summer program for our kids! Working as the MTA treasurer is her cover for loving community theatre – Monticello style!


Chelsea Ehrhardt, Secretary

Chelsea is a Monticello native and has been performing since the days of MHS school plays and summer theater camps.  After living overseas for several years, she is happy to be back in her home town, teaching Spanish at Monticello High School, and acting as secretary for the MTA.  Her favorite roles on stage with the MTA include Lily in Lily, the Felon’s Daughter, and Catherine in The Foreigner.  She has also directed and assistant directed summer youth theater camps, and helped produce the 2017 MTA summer youth musical, Seussical.

Carl Sebens, Building Trustee

Carl is a long-time member of MTA, beginning with his first show in November of 1978. In addition to working with MTA, he has worked with Decatur’s Theatre 7 and Richland Community College. Favorite directing efforts include The Nerd, The Glass Menagerie, Steel Magnolias, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe. Favorite onstage credits include ‘Norman’ in On Golden Pond, and ‘Matthew Harrison Brady’ in Inherit the Wind.  He enjoyed assuming multiple personalities in the MTA production of Greater Tuna.  

Ted Nowlin, Board Member

Ted is a Graphic Designer at Horizon Hobby and lives in Monticello with his wife Kelly, and their twin boys, Preston and Payne. The whole family is involved in theatre one way or another. Ted began his acting career with MTA in 2011 in Dearly Departed. He has directed On Golden Pond, and plans on directing more plays in the future. He has been on the board for the last 4 years. He can be found at the theatre acting, directing, building sets or parking cars.


Carrie Brocksmith, Board Member
Carrie has been involved with the MTA since 2006. She has been an actor, a director, and served previously on the board, being happy to utilize her theatre experience and degree from Millikin University for the MTA'S benefit.  She is currently cast in the MTA production of The Glass Menagerie, and directed their Twelve Angry Women production in 2017. Carrie resides in Seymour with her husband Steve.
Stefanie McLeese, Board Member
As an independent public relations and strategic communications consultant with 15 years of experience ranging from start-ups to global brands, Stefanie McLeese serves on the MTA board with a passion for supporting marketing and communications needs. She joined the Board in January 2017, and made her MTA stage debut as "Faith" in A Week In Mercy Falls, then later appeared as "Elvira" in Blithe Spirit. Stefanie serves as the Public Relations Director for Lodgic Everyday Community, and recently accepted the part-time role of Executive Director for Monticello Main Street. One of her greatest wishes is to perform in a children's show for her three kids, all under age six, or to perform with them on stage. 
Dustin Yocum, Board Member
John Knittle, Board Member
Craig Myers, Board Member
Kelly Barbour-Conerty, Board Member