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Board Members

Standing, L to R: Tom Abrahamson, Nick Nocerino, Allan Kayler, Frank Sintich, Ron Spears, Larry Elster, Kathy Stady and Bob Murphy
Seated, L to R: Beth England, Sandra Thompson, Phila Broich and Jen Shoup.

Sandra Thompson

  • Acorn Center for the Performing Arts (ACPA) Executive Director, March 2015 - current
  • Acorn General Manager, 2013 - 2015

Sandra Thompson received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education with a concentration in voice from Northwestern University in Chicago.

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Jen Shoup, Past-Chair

  • Board member since 2016
  • Lifetime resident of LaPorte County, IN

Jen Shoup discovered The Acorn as an audience member and pitched in to help at the close of shows.

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Kathy Stady, Chair

  • Board member since 2017
  • Resident of Stevensville, MI

Kathy got The Acorn bug by enjoying shows as a patron.

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Nick Nocerino, Treasurer

  • Board member since 2018
  • Resident of Hinsdale, IL and Sawyer, MI

Nick has a genuine appreciation for the contribution The Acorn makes to life in Southwest Michigan and has a strong desire to see The Acorn prosper.

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Tom Abrahamson, Chair-Elect

  • Chair, Nominating and Governance Committee
  • Board member since 2017
  • Resident of Oak Park, IL and Beverly Shores, IN

Tom became a board member after years as an avid patron of The Acorn as he started his current business, ReWIRED.

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Bob Beemer

  • Board member since 2018
  • Resident of Sawyer, MI

Bob is an advocate of The Acorn, bringing many patrons to the theater for their first time.

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Allan Kayler

  • Board member since 2018
  • Resident of Harbert, MI

Allan and his wife particularly enjoy Acorn shows featuring young musicians.

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Larry Elster

  • Board member since 2018
  • Resident of Lincolnwood, IL and Long Beach, IN

Larry and his wife, Michelle, have been enjoying shows at The Acorn since it opened.

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Bob Murphy

  • Board member since 2018
  • Resident of Western Springs, IL and Three Oaks, MI

Bob and his wife Kim are longtime patrons of The Acorn. Their engagement accelerated when they purchased their home in Three Oaks, a short walk away.

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Frank Sintich

  • Board member since 2016
  • Resident of Chicago and Sawyer, MI

Frank was attracted to The Acorn’s connection to the community and live music and began producing shows before being elected to the board.

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