The Story Behind Stories on Stage
Stories on Stage creates programs from the belief that literature is a rich source of powerful stories and actors enhance the impact of literature on people’s lives.
In March 2008, the Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross awarded Stories on Stage its first-ever Leadership in Inclusiveness Award. In being the Community Inclusiveness Hero, Stories on Stage was cited for giving audiences “an experience of identifying with people and situations outside of their own worlds.”
Our Board of Directors
Linda Treibitz, president, is Senior Manager, Project Support at SunGard iWORKS, a developer of investment accounting software for insurance companies. Linda has a B.A. in Music from Pomona College, and an M.S. in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Denver. She has been on the Board of Stepping Stones, an interfaith religious school program, and has been a Regional Chair of the Pomona College Alumni Association, as well as a past member of the college's Alumni Board. Linda has sung most of her life, most recently with Singers Master Chorale, as a soloist with B'nai Havurah and Christ Congregational Church, and as a music leader for the monthly healing service at Swedish Hospital.
Al Mizrahi, treasurer, worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories for over 30 years, including two years as an on-site CEO of a small AT&T owned company in England. Initially an engineer, Mr. Mizrahi progressed through several levels of management and retired from the position of International Research and Development Vice-President, Bell Labs in Denver Colorado. Currently Mr. Mizrahi volunteers for various organizations including Habitat for Humanity (Metro Denver and Colorado) and Academia Sandoval (Denver Charter School). His board experience includes serving on Tinton Falls Board of Education in Tinton, New Jersey; Chairman of the Rabbi Search committee at Temple Har Hashem in Boulder Colorado; President of the Willow Springs XVI Home Owners Association; Executive Board member and Treasurer at Temple B’nai Havurah; and Board member at Brooks Tower Home Owners Association. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from City College of New York and his Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
John McKiernan, secretary, earned
a PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa. He taught
speech and coached forensics at several universities, then worked as a
researcher in nonprofit leadership and administration. He currently
works for Quantum Corp. (NYSE:QTM), the leading global storage company
for backup, recovery and archive. He is an active volunteer in a local
church congregation, an organization focused on hospitality and service
with International students at Denver University, and Canine Companions
Les Crispelle practiced law in Colorado for many years prior to his retirement. The first part of his career was spent in the area of corporate law and the last part was spent in the mental health and substance abuse. Les founded the Colorado Lawyers Health Program (a peer support group for lawyers and judges who were dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues). He also was legal consultant to Governor Romer’s “Communities for a Drug-Free Colorado”, and served on the boards of a number of groups including the Phoenix Concept, the Mile High Council on Alcoholism, Peer Assistance Services, The Mile High Institute. He was the founder of the American Bar Association’s Youth Advisory Commission on Alcohol and served on several American and Bar Association committees. He is a certified trainer for the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies for the required jurisprudence workshop for mental health practitioners, a faculty member at Metro State College and a consultant to various business and trade associations relating to substance abuse and mental health issues.
Susan Kelly Henderson has been advising, facilitating and conducting workshops for 20 years. Susan's professional experiences cover corporations, government agencies, small businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals. She has a B.S. in Nursing and Psychology from the University of Colorado and M.B.A. from the University of Denver.Therese Jones is Director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program for the Center for Bioethics and Humanities (http://medschool.ucdenver.edu/artshumanities) and is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado, Denver. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with major emphases in American literature, modern and contemporary drama, and gender studies and completed a three-year postdoctoral program in medical humanities. She has published and presented extensively on HIV/AIDS and the arts; literature, film and medicine; and medical education and is the editor of the Journal of Medical Humanities and lead editor for the first major text in the health humanities to be published by Rutgers University Press in 2013. Recent projects include developing the first health and humanities undergraduate minor for the downtown campus.
Bernie Karshmer began his career in 1966 with
the Denver Department of Health and Hospitals. Bernard was soon appointed
Deputy Manager for Operations and Finance (COO.) Dr. Karshmer's interest in
the field of continuing medical and dental education has led him to extensive
involvement in this arena over a thirty year period. He has organized over 200 continuing
medical education programs throughout the United States and in Europe. These
meetings have attracted more than 25,000 physicians, dentists, nurses and other
health care professionals from the United States and worldwide. Bernard's community
activities include: Founding President of the Theodor Herzl Jewish Day School
of Denver; Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Denver Film Society;
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cultural Arts Center of the Jewish
Community Center; and Member of the Boards of Directors of the Leukemia Society
of America (Rocky Mountain Chapter), the Jewish Community Center of Denver, and
the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education. Bernie was honored early in 2011 with
the VERITAS Award granted by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical
Campus’ Center for Bioethics and Humanities. Bernard is the holder
of a bachelor's in English Literature from Columbia University, an MBA
in Health Administration from the School of Government, Business and
International Affairs of the George Washington University and a Ph.D. in
Public Administration (Health Policy) from the Graduate School of Public
Affairs of CU.
Marty McGovern earned his M.A. in Philosophy at Stanford University and his Ph.D. in Creative Writing/Literature at the esteemed Writing Program/The University of Houston. An Assistant Professor in Regis University's College for Professional Studies, McGovern worked as Associate Artistic Director of the former Ad Hoc Theatre (Denver) and as Artistic Director of Tir Na nOg: An Irish Theatre Company (Denver). His poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, the Chicago Review and elsewhere; his play "Joseph K," produced by The LIDA Project, won the 2009 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best New Work.
William Wei is a Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is an authority on modern Chinese history and Asian American Studies. He is the author of Counterrevolution in China: The Nationalists in Jiangxi during the Soviet Period, The Asian American Movement, and many other publications. In the summer of 1997, he worked as a journalist covering the historic handover of Hong Kong to China. In 2006, he was the Academic Dean of the summer Semester at Sea Program, visiting countries around the Pacific Rim. He currently serves as Board Chair of Colorado Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Ann Williamson completed her Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Regis University graduating with honors in 2008. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society and has been published in Apogee, the Regis literary journal and Chicken Soup for the Soul, Family Matters. She is grandmother to eight grandchildren and an avid reader. On her annual vacation to Cabo San Lucas she usually brings one suitcase loaded with books and has read as many as sixteen books in one two week vacation. She is still working full time at Regis as the support to the Vice President for New Ventures and Strategic.