2020-2021 Board Members
Patrick Ricci, Jr. // President
Patrick has been part of Circle Arts Theatre since he retired from General Electric Company in 2001. He has filled numerous board positions including Marketing Director, Treasurer and President. He has played many different roles on our stage, but his favorite roles are husband, father and grandfather.
Lisa Williams // Vice President
Lisa has lived in New Braunfels since 1999 and has been active in the community ever since, volunteering with parenting groups, PTA, Friends of NBISD P.A.C., and the Comal County Child Welfare Board. If she's not onstage, you'll find her volunteering with our youth programs. Lisa is a professional photographer with Sentimental Journeys Photography and Williams Real Estate Photography, and a Personal Assistant/Transaction Coordinator for local Realtors.
Martie Rodriguez // Secretary
Martie has lived in New Braunfels since 1987. She retired from the New Braunfels ISD after 36 in education, 25 of those years in NBISD as a Special Education Director, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and an Educational Diagnostician. She was introduced to Circle Arts Theatre by watching her nephew perform and then by watching her son grow up in this theatre, performing in Fantasy Factory, the Inner Circle and other major productions. Martie has served many years on the Circle Arts Theatre Board and has also been in several productions, and hopes to be in many more. Since retirement, Martie also volunteers on the New Braunfels Downtown Association Board serving as the membership chair.
Marcie Helmke // Treasurer
Marcie Helmke is a New Braunfels native. She has been supporting Circle Arts Theatre as a volunteer since 1988 and is currently serving as Treasurer.
Jacob Biggerstaff is a student at UTSA. He has taught private music lessons for over five years. Jacob is a veteran of Circle Arts Theatre's youth company, The Inner Circle, and has served as an actor, musician, music director, and director for many Circle Arts productions. Jacob is also the owner of MellowDrama Productions.
Jennifer moved to New Braunfels in 2016 after her husband retired from serving 20 years in the Air Force. Since arriving, the entire family has been quick to put down roots in their new hometown. With two kids in middle-school, Jen stays busy with various PTA/school-related activities as well as participating in the Comal Forward committee. Jennifer and her children are regular volunteers with the Humane Society, and she and her husband are active in their neighborhood Veterans association. They also have active roles with Hope Presbyterian, a new church plant in town. And of course, they all enjoy being a part of Circle Arts Theatre ... on and around the stage. But after all the fun, Jen usually still remembers to buckle down with her day-job as an online biology professor with Excelsior College of NY.
Joy walked in the doors of Circle Arts Theatre in the late 1980s, and never left. She has continuously served on our Board of Directors for almost three decades and is passionate about our mission to entertain, educate and inspire through theatre arts. A successful entrepreneur, Joy contributes a variety of business skills and experience to the Board's management of theatre operations. She is co-owner of Vertex Solutions Group and of LindseyProperties. Other interests include hiking, adventure travel, boating and being Omy to her four grandchildren. Joy can often be found on our stage and makes every role unforgettable!
Linda Smith has been volunteering in New Braunfels for over 25 years. She has been active in both Education and Community Theatre, and is currently serving as President Of the New Braunfels Education Foundation. Linda is also a board member of NB Women Go and NBACF’s Arts Grant Committee. She loves being on and off the stage as both an actress and director. Linda is also the Practice Manager at Smith & Cole Dentistry.
Reb has lived in San Antonio since 1992 and has loved theatre since High School. She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Education in 2008. She’s been teaching theatre, speech and debate in North East ISD ever since. She was bitten by the community theatre bug four years ago and found her second family here at Circle Arts. She loves to use her summers to learn all she can on stage or behind scenes for the Circle Arts Theatre summer musical.
David has lived in New Braunfels since 1999. Arriving from the big city life in
Plano, TX after leaving Raytheon Air & Missile Defense Systems. His first of
3 children was born on the very first day his wife arrived here permanently and
coincidentally 6 weeks premature on dad’s birthday. His family fell in love with
the little town and to this day have a sign on the back patio that duly
proclaims, ‘Life is too short to live in Dallas’.
David brings to the board significant experience in business, technology, and
organizational management which he developed during tenures with
Motorola/Continental Automotive for 20+ years. He holds Bachelor and
Master of Science degrees in engineering. David has been active with Circle
Arts Theatre since 2015, as an actor, house crew, and various technical
support activities. Additionally, he has been active in the New Braunfels
community as a Boy Scouts of America chair and PTA member and financial
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