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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 for Independence.

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.

Dana Mathes earned her B.A. in history from UC Berkeley. She is currently a principal editor in the University Relations department at her alma mater, where she writes letters urging her fellow alumni to give to Cal. Her varied career has included barista, grassroots organizer, wedding cake salesperson, and steward on party yachts that cruise the San Francisco Bay. For seven years, she worked in the marketing and development departments of California Shakespeare Theater — editing programs, planning major events, and running the theater store, among many other things.

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.