Board of Directors


PCP Board of Directors

    President – John Tannery

John and his wife MaryLou have been married for 47 years and have 4 children: Linda, Jeff, Susie, and Keith, and two grandsons: Cody and Owen. John and MaryLou have lived in Portland all of their married lives and live just outside of Portland in the country.

John retired from Oldsmobile in 1998. He has been in some way connected with the Civic Players since 1958 having done make up, sets, props, costumes, emceed, on stage many times, theater manager and has even directed 2 plays for Portland Civic Players and one for Ionia Players. He has been on several committees and has been vice president, trustee and has served as president several times.  John has been appointed to the Portland Library Board for 2012 as one of the representatives of Danby Township.

John has held the position of Danby Township Trustee as well. He and his wife MaryLou attend the Portland United Methodist Church where they have both been members for years and are very active in the church. They both enjoy retirement and love to be on the go. They love to travel and spend time with their family.



Vice President – Roger Miller





Secretary – Nita  Massey

Nita is married to Jeff and they moved to Portland in 1987.  They have two children, Brian and Jennifer, who also caught the “theater bug” at an early age and have performed in many shows.  Both are married and live close by which makes Nita very happy. 

Nita has been involved with the Civic Players since 1986 when she appeared in her first production, “Cinderella”.  She has been involved in many aspects of play production from sets, box office, producer and being on stage.  Her favorite role with the Civic Players was playing Maria in “The Sound of Music”.  Her most memorable show was “The Music Man” when the entire family was on stage.

Currently serving as Secretary, Nita has been on the Board of Directors at various times.  She has also served as Trustee.  When she’s not on stage you can see her walking on the River Trail with their black lab, Shadow.


    Co-Treasurer – Ruth Ann Peake

Ruth Ann is the widow of David and mother of Chris, Cam and Cree.  She also has six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

All of her children have been involved in PCP at one time or another.  Chris primarily, but the whole family was in the first Music Man production in 1973.  Ruth Ann is retired but keeps busy with theater, church and life!!

Ruth Ann was introduced to the Portland Civic Players long before she married David.  She was living in Louisville, KY. when she met him (he was in the service – army band) and he told her that he was involved with a theater group where he was from (Portland) and she had some previous stage experience so she was interested.  When she moved to Portland and they were married, the first production that both David and she were in was the first production of “Brigadoon” in 1969, they also did the Centennial Medicine Wagon that year. Since then she has been involved with every production that the PCP has done, either on stage (about 30 times) directing (10 times), or makeup, tickets, props, costumes, set decoration, publicity and box office.  She knows nothing about Lights and Sound and probably never will as she’s not too mechanically inclined. She was “Martha” in  “Broadway Showstoppers,”  and recently  directed the play, “Leading Ladies”.
She has served the Board as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer (current),was president when the PCP purchased the building in l97l and president when they paid it off.  She has been a board member consistently for all years since l970 except for one year somewhere in-between then and now.


   Co-Treasurer – Louise Hill

Louise is widowed and has five grown children, fifteen grandchildren, and thirteen great grandchildren. She currently works as the secretary (since 1998) and Adult Choir Director (since 1980) at Portland United Methodist Church. She is very involved in her church.  When her family moved to the Portland area in 1972 she immediately became involved in “The Music Man” the next spring, and has been involved in some capacity or other within the Portland Civic Players as well as onstage or behind the scenes ever since.  The last show she was onstage for was PCP’s 2nd production of “Joseph” in 2005.  The last one she directed music for was PCP’s musical show in Nov. 2009, along with her daughter, Charlene Hans, at the piano.

Louise enjoys gardening and quilting in her free time.  She has made a bed sized quilt for her grandchildren as they have graduated from high school, and for most as they have married and began their own homes.  She also likes to make small quilts she calls ‘table toppers’ which can be used as decor for various holiday times of the year.
    Theater Manager –  Shelley Perry

Shelley and her husband, Tim, have five grown children, Sarah, Erin, Benjamin, Emily, and Kayla (all of which have been in a play or two directed by Mom) and six grandchildren. She has been involved with theater for many years, starting in 1975 with Portland High School’s production of  “Arsenic and Old Lace” (the school used the playhouse back in the day). For most of the past twenty-five years, Shelley has worked as a K-12 tutor and Art teacher.  Since 2006, Shelley has been teaching Jr. and Sr. High Drama at Teenworks, Inc. in Grand Ledge, where she has directed nine plays with Rosemary Wolthuis, including, “Little Women,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and her personal favorite, “Everyman”.  She has worked in most aspects of theater production and appreciates the opportunities to learn from the PCP veterans!


Board Trustees – Kelly Sandborn, Ruth Ann Frederick, Rick Bengel, Mattie Timmer

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