Board of Directors

Stephen G. Baime 
Retired Personal Injury Attorney

Steve's passions (besides his three children and six grandchildren) are musical theatre and traveling. Steve and his wife Eileen subscribe to about 10 theatres each year, including all of the musical theatres, which means one or usually two shows every week. They have been subscribers at Porchlight Music Theatre for years. Steve also serves on the board of Light Opera Workswhere he was on the advisory board for many years. He owns the cast recordings of almost every Broadway show recorded as well as many London West End recordings. Steve retired in 2013 as a personal injury attorney after practicing law for 47 years, 44 in downtown Chicago and 3 in Northbrook. He has a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. Regarding the travel passion, Steve and his wife go on many trips each year, about half overseas, and Steve has been to 82 countries (not including airport stopovers). 

John Belom

Attorney

John grew up in Manhattan, IL.  He graduated from DePaul University in 1978 and The John Marshall Law School in 1982. He has concentrated his practice in the area of commodities law since 1986, acting as company counsel for numerous Chicago brokerage firms before becoming a sole practitioner in 2000. He was been a resident of the south loop since 1992 before recently moving to the southwest suburbs. John has been an avid fan of the Chicago theater community since his high school days. Finally deciding what he wanted to be when he grew up, John joined the Porchlight Board in 2014. John is actively involved as a mentor in Mercy Home’s Friends First program and is also a member of the Streeterville Society supporting Northwestern Memorial Hospital. 

Jacqueline Shim Bryant
Retired Attorney

Jackie, a Chicagoland native who graduated Northwestern University in 1985 with a B.S. in Communication Studies, joined the board of Porchlight Music Theatre in the fall of 2013. After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1989, Jackie practiced real estate law for 24 years before retiring in late 2013. Jackie has co-authored the IICLE volume of “Condominium Law” and is a member of the Asian-American Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. At Northwestern, she serves as the President of the Women’s Education Aid Association of Northwestern University, board member on the Northwestern School of Communications National Advisory Council, and a member and admissions interviewer of the Northwestern Alumni Admissions Council. She has previously served on Northwestern’s Board of Trustees, as a director of the John Evans Club, as director of the Northwestern Alumni Association and as a founding member of Northwestern’s Council of 100. She has worked on development for Northwestern University, Junior League of Chicago, Latin School and Menomonee Club.  In the community, Jackie has been involved on the boards of the St. Chrysostom’s Day School, The Latin School of Chicago and the Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls. She volunteers as an Admission tour guide for the Latin School of Chicago and sings with The Wacquettes. Jackie lives in Chicago with her husband, Tim, and their three children.

Michelle Freeman Cucchiaro
Retired 

For as long as she can remember, Michelle has had a passion for musicals. At a young age, listening to - and singing along with (albeit not well!) - Broadway cast albums. And in Chicago, the very best place for musicals is Porchlight. In addition to musical theatre, film plays a major role in Michelle's life. She serves on the Gene Siskel Film Center's advisory board, and has been a member of the Chicago International Film Festival/Cinema Chicago for many years. During the late 1970s, when Chicago/Off Loop theatre was in its infancy, Michelle (along with her husband Steven) served on the audience development board at Victory Gardens Theatre, and later on the board of directors at VG. A lifelong Chicagoan, she takes great pride in the current theatre scene, subscribing to and supporting many of the local theatres. She is also a member at the Arts Club of Chicago, and a longtime season ticket holder of the Chicago Cubs. Michelle is proud to be an advocate for Porchlight Music Theatre.
 

Brenda Didier 
Jeff Award-winning Director/Choreographer and Owner, Lincolnshire Academy of Dance

Ms. Didier is a freelance choreographer/director based in Chicago and owns and directs the Lincolnshire Academy of Dance, which she founded nearly 20 years ago. She received the Equity Jeff Award for Best Director of a Revue for Porchlight's Ain't Misbehavin' (2014). She has received Non-Equity Jeff Awards for both direction and choreography, After Dark Awards for choreography, the National Youth Theatre Award for choreography and the 2010 Broadway World Chicago fan favorite award for choreography-non-equity. Ms. Didier has collaborated with Porchlight on more than a dozen productions, most recently Dreamgirls, Ain't Misbehavin' (2015), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and the smash-hit Ain't Misbehavin'. She has served as a guest instructor/choreographer for Northwestern University, Columbia College, the University of Illinois- Champaign/Urbana, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Carthage College. Ms. Didier has choreographed musicals, industrials, special events as well as productions for Second City's mainstage and five installments of Cirque Shanghai at Navy Pier's Skyline Stage. These productions toured and played in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Cirque Shanghai Extreme Off-Broadway. This Fall she directs and co-choreographs In The Heights at Porchlight.

Tony Gibson - Vice Chair
Choreographer/Director, Secondary Education Specialist 

Tony is a nationally recognized choreographer/director who’s been working with young people for over 25 years. He has choreographed over 35 musicals and numerous award winning choral ensembles for high schools across the country. He was a guest educator for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe, and was invited to participate in the Kennedy Center’s Artist as Educators Workshop in Washington, D.C. Tony served as Education Director for Northlight Theatre in Skokie, managing Northlight’s Education and Outreach Programs as well as developing and directing Northlight’s Musical Theatre Summer Camp. Tony is excited to join the Porchlight family and take part in supporting and shaping the future growth of this wonderful theatre. 

Bil Ingraham

VP, Partnership Marketing - Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust

Bil Ingraham couldn't be happier to call Porchlight Music Theatre his artistic home, having been involved creatively with more than 17 shows over the last 14 years, both on and off the stage. Currently, behind the scenes, he also serves as an Artistic Associate. Most recently he was the Assistant Director for Porchlight's productions of Ain’t Misbehavin’, A Class Act, and Putting it Together. Select Porchlight stage credits include Jules in Sunday in the Park With George, Father in Ragtime, Salieri in Amadeus, and roles in Sweeney Todd, A New Brain, Passion, Macabaret, and Wonderful Life. He has also performed with Mercury Theatre, Northlight, Apple Tree, and American Theatre Company, among others. Currently residing in Philadelphia, Bil is on ‘hiatus’ from the stage but relishes the ability to stay active behind the scenes with Porchlight, his most cherished artistic endeavor.

James Jensen
Concert Producer & Manager of Special Projects - Drury Lane Theatre; Adjunct Faculty - DePaul University

James has been working professionally in the theater as a producer and general manager for over 30 years. During that time he has been responsible for the production and management of over 100 productions and concert attractions. Recently he was co-producer and general manager of the Drury Lane Water Tower, and currently produces concerts and oversees all talent hiring for Drury Lane Oakbrook. Prior to that he was general manager of the Royal George Theatre, where he co-produced the long-running Forever Plaid. He also general managed Angels in America and many other Chicago productions, co-produced the first Chicago production of Forbidden Broadway, and was company manager for the first national tours of Aspects of Love and Evita. He was a founding member, former board member and past vice-president of the League of Chicago Theatres. He is on the advisory board of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals and is a member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. A Northwestern graduate, he also teaches in the Theatre Management Program at the Theatre School at DePaul University.

Keith Olenik - Chair
Owner - The Olenik Consulting Group, LLC 

As owner of The Olenik Consulting Group, LLC, Keith works with healthcare delivery systems to steamline business operations, evaluate and implement information technology solutions, and enhance productivity through process improvement. He grew up and attended school in the suburbs of Chicago where he was an active participant in music theatre, band and orchestra. Keith has served on several non-profit boards in a variety of positions and, having served on the Porchlight board for several years has assumed the role of Chair starting with the 2016/2017 season.

George K Sargent III
Retired

Kim Sargent is a big fan of Broadway musicals, having been brought up in New York City. Following active duty in the Navy, which included being skipper of a river patrol Swiftboat (PCF) on the Mekong River in Vietnam, Kim spent 13 years in management/sales for the industrial coatings division of Benjamin Moore & Company. After working for 23 years as financial advisor for what is now Wells-Fargo Advisors here in Chicago, Kim retired as First V.P.–Investments in 2005. He is also a retired Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He currently serves as a volunteer docent for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at the Rookery building in downtown Chicago. Greatly enjoying Porchlight’s top quality focus on Broadway musicals, Kim is thrilled to be a part of this dynamic company.

Jim Sheehan
Bio coming soon 

Sara Siegall
Attorney - Chapman & Spingola, LLP

Sara hails from Miami, Florida, having moved to Chicago in 2005 to begin her legal career. Her passion for musical theatre began with the downward plunge of a chandelier, when she was taken to a production of Phantom of the Opera at age 13. Since then she has developed a special affection for the works of Stephen Sondheim, and will travel unreasonable distances to see the latest production of her favorite Sondheim show. Sara is a commercial litigator at the Chicago-based law firm Chapman Spingola, LLP, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of business and intellectual property disputes, securities, professional liability, and appeals. She loves the law (almost) as much as the theatre, and is excited to come to work each morning to help her clients solve their problems, defeat their adversaries, and advance their business interests. Prior to law school, Sara was a high school English teacher (and drama club sponsor) at Chelsea High School in New York, New York. She lives in Palatine with her husband and two young daughters.

Tamara Sims - Secretary
Owner/Director Sales & Marketing - Something 2 Dance 2 DJ Entertainment

Tamara is beyond elated to be part of the Porchlight family. An avid Sondheim lover, Tamara’s first Porchlight production was “Merrily We Roll Along” and she has been a devoted fan ever since. Tamara and her husband own the award-winning companies Something 2 Dance 2 DJ Entertainment and Elegant Event Lighting in Schaumburg. Tamara will always greet you with a warm smile and she can also let you know where to find the best desserts! Her passion for theater is only exceeded by the passion she has for her business and life partner, Jay. Tamara is a graduate of Loyola University.

Ron Zoromski - Treasurer
C.P.A.

Ron, a CPA, joined Porchlight through the Chicago Arts & Business Council's "On Board" program which prepares people for not-for-profit board roles. Ron considers his position with Porchlight a great opportunity to give back to the community and experience a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation that goes into bringing a musical from the page to the stage. Ron has 30 years of Finance and Business experience. Ron was recently a CFO at  Kaplan University, and prior to that worked for Siemens, Motorola and PriceWaterhouse. He holds an MBA in Finance and Information Systems from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and an accounting degree from the University of Notre Dame. Ron also serves on the board of the Chicago Chapter of Finance Executives International and heads up their Career Management Group.

Jeannie Lukow - Ex Officio Member

Michael Weber - Ex Officio Member

Mary Kay Conley - Emerita Member

Rhoda Reeling - Emerita Member


Advisory Board

Eric Bramlett
Naperville, IL
Creative Arts Director, Community Christian Church
Former Porchlight Artistic Director

John Bucchino
New York, NY
Award-Winning Broadway and Film Composer/Lyricist

E. Faye Butler
Chicago, IL
Multi Award-Winning Actor/Director 

Cheri Coons
Chicago, IL
Playwright

Kevin Depinet
Chicago, IL
Multi Award-Winning Set Designer

William Finn
New York, NY 
Tony Award-Winning Composer/Lyricist

Linda Kline
New York, NY
Tony Award-Nominated Author

Jesse Klug
Chicago, IL
Multi Award-Winning Lighting Designer

Sean Allan Krill
New York, NY
Chicago Theatre and Broadway Actor

Dominic Missimi
Northfield, IL
Multi Award-Winning Artistic Director, Director and Teacher 

Jill Moore
Phoenix, AZ
Porchlight's Founding Artistic Director

Lonny Price
New York, NY
Multi Emmy Award-Winning Actor, Director & Author 

Hollis Resnik 
Chicago, IL
Multi Award-Winning Actress

Bill Russell
New York, NY
Tony Award-Nominated Author and Lyricist

Chuck Smith
Chicago, IL
Accomplished Resident Director of The Goodman Theatre 

L. Walter Stearns
Chicago, IL
Executive Director, The Mercury Theater
Former Porchlight Artistic Director

Bob Walton
Author, Composer/Lyricist and Triple-Threat Broadway Actor

Jim Walton
Author, Composer/Lyricist and Triple-Threat Broadway Actor 

Maury Yeston
New York, NY 
Tony Award-Winning Composer/Lyricist