Board & Staff
Lebanon Opera House Board of Directors
Christine Morin, President
Sharon Brown, Vice President
James Larrick, Treasurer
Ellen Dijkman Dulkes, Secretary
Ann Munves Malenka
Lebanon Opera House Staff
Joe Clifford, Executive Director (He/Him)
“Part conductor, part frontman, completely focused on the future of Lebanon Opera House.”
Joe has been with LOH since 2017
“Cultural matchmaker” is one of the best descriptions of Joe’s work as an arts presenter. A thoughtful and intentional leader, Joe does more than just put shows on a stage – he helps connect audiences with artists, broadens the cultural literacy of his community, and guides a passionate staff with a strong vision for the future of the arts in the Upper Valley.
One of Joe’s favorite shows since joining LOH was John 5 and the Creatures in 2019!
Named “Innovator of the Year” in 2023 by the Upper Valley Business Alliance, Joe Clifford is an arts administration leader with more than 23 years of nonprofit and arts presenting experience. He joined Lebanon Opera House as Executive Director in 2017. Learn more about Joe
Kristen Coats, Community Engagement Associate (She/Her)
“The glue that binds LOH to the community, connecting with a growing group of social-profit partners.”
Kristen has been with LOH since 2023
With a background in community health work, Kristen is helping to expand our efforts as more than a performing arts center but as a vital community resource. Kristen is developing our Social-Profit Partner Program, a network of community partners who’s value is far more than monetary, and engage with individuals and communities in the process of outreach and expansion in the performing arts.
Kristen has been involved with Lebanon Opera House (LOH) since 2005 as a patron and volunteer. In January of 2023, she joined LOH’s staff as the Development Associate. Kristen has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years, ranging from print media management to population health. Learn more about Kristen
If you’re interested in learning more about our Social-Profit Partner Program and community outreach, contact Kristen — CLICK HERE
Fill out our Social-Profit Organization’s Contact Form and Kristen will be in touch shortly!
Brian Cook, Operations Manager (He/Him)
“The operations guy quietly helping everyone raise their game.”
Brian has been with LOH since 2022
Brian keeps the wheels turning, supporting the day to day work of LOH. More than that, Brian helps coordinate and engage with our Community Arts Partners and rental artists in an effort to support local and regional art of all levels on our stage.
Brian joined Lebanon Opera House as Operations Manager in January 2022. He has over ten years of experience in nonprofit leadership positions, most recently having served as Executive Director of Revels North from 2018-2021. Learn more about Brian
If you’re interested in learning more about renting our theater or our Community Art Partners Program, contact Brian — CLICK HERE
Submit our Rental Inquiry Form and Brian will be in touch shortly!
Lauren “Duff” Cummings, Stage Manager
“The stage manager who can fix anything and knows everyone.”
Duff has been with LOH over 50 years
Having devoted a significant period of his life to LOH, Duff helps to make every performance shine on our stage and embodies the fact that no performance is ‘small’, treating all shows with the utmost respect and professionalism that they deserve. From school performances to internationally touring artist, Duff helps everyone shine on our stage.
In 1969 while a student in technical theater production at Dartmouth, Duff and a group of classmates were asked by their Professor to join Ralph Bowie and the late Jack O’Connell in bringing the Opera House “out of mothballs” after six years of sitting unused. Learn more about Duff
Molly Elsasser, Patron Services & Events Manager (She/Her)
“She expertly runs the front-of-house while also overseeing volunteers.”
Molly has been with LOH since 2022
With overwhelming kindness and enthusiasm, Molly coordinates volunteer engagement with a program of over 100 people from across the Upper Valley. Whether you’re an LOH regular or it’s your first time joining us, from purchasing a ticket to leaving a show, Molly helps make your experience one-of-a-kind.
Molly’s favorite moment since joining LOH was sharing 3 days of music from Kyshona to Price with her awesome volunteer team during Nexus ’23!
Molly Elsasser is an Upper Valley native who has always been involved in Theater. She went to Wittenberg University in Ohio and graduated with a BA in English Literature, Philosophy and Theater. Learn more about Molly
If you’re interested in learning more about our volunteer program or figuring out what engagement opportunity is best for you, contact Molly — CLICK HERE
Joel Giguere, Facilities Manager/Technical Director (He/Him)
“The wizard behind the curtain, making the back of the house hum.”
Joel has been with LOH since 2017
Making LOH a feel like home to every artist who walks through our doors, Joel helps create ensure that our hospitality is in top form. From favorite snacks to a tightly run crew, Joel’s knowledge, technical expertise, and diligence for artist needs makes every performers stay memorable. With experience as an educator, technical director, production manager, stage manager, and lighting designer, Joel knows how to get it done – and get it done right.
Joel spent his formative years in the bean fields of Bad Axe, Michigan where his parents instilled in him an early love of the performing arts and adventures in the great outdoors. His family later moved to Flint and then metro Detroit where he caught the theater bug and never stopped. Learn more about Joel
Laura Jean Gilloux, Development Manager (She/Her)
“A ray of positivity who makes everyone’s day a little brighter while she also drums up financial support.”
LJ has been with LOH since 2021
You can tell that LJ is a people person from the way she immediately ‘clicks’ with folks. With an intense understanding of our donors as more than their money, and a passion for diversity and inclusion, LJ manages to foster a successful development program managing year round fundraising. LJ is helping develop an understanding of what being in our inner circle provides to our community and how each donation creates waves in giving back and supporting the arts.
Laura Jean’s professional background is in providing strategic event planning support for annual giving and capital campaign efforts in higher education. She was an integral part of the planning team that launched Dartmouth College’s $3 billion Call to Lead Campaign, Dartmouth’s largest fundraising effort to date. Learn more about LJ
If you’re interested in making a donation to LOH or learning more about our donor program, contact LJ — CLICK HERE
Joy Kosta, Box Office Associate (She/Her)
“Part of the box office team, making sure that tickets get sold and customers stay happy.”
Joy has been with LOH since 2024
With a life-long love of the arts, Joy has taken to her role as Box Office Associate like a fish to water. She’ll be the face you see on show nights helping patrons navigate ticket purchasing and location.
Joy is a passionate patron of the arts and recently endeavored to learn all things in the front of the house, beginning with the Box Office. She also manages the Box Office and House for Shaker Bridge Theatre. Learn more about Joy
Maureen Krauland, Development Relations Manager (She/Her)
“The development pro who’s bringing the area’s businesses to the party.”
Maureen has been with LOH since 2021
Someone who showcases dedication and diligence in everything she does, Maureen has thoughtfully cultivated relationshipships with over 100 businesses in support of the arts from across the Upper Valley region and beyond. Maureen helps craft the narrative around the impact that the local economy and the arts have on each other.
Maureen has called the Upper Valley home for the past 15 years, and is excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the vitality of the community through work at Lebanon Opera House. Learn more about Maureen
If you’re interested in learning more or becoming our next Corporate Partner, contact Maureen — CLICK HERE
Linda Lewis, Development Associate (She/Her)
“The donor relations specialist who celebrates our community’s tremendous generosity.”
Linda has been with LOH since 2023
A Massachusetts native, Linda has been an enthusiastic member of the Upper Valley community for twenty-plus years. Linda’s professional background includes the visual arts, graphic design, event planning and event production. Learn more about Linda
Lucas Mendelsohn, Communications and Engagement Coordinator (He/Him)
“The marketing coordinator who’s bound and determined to make the Upper Valley a more inclusive place.”
Lucas has been with LOH since 2022
Lucas’ passion lies in diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging work. Upon entering LOH in February ’22, Lucas helped launch LOH’s Pride Celebration that tripled in size in one year and brought over 30 organizations across the region to provide resources to a vital segment of our community.
Hailing from the Upper Valley, Lucas graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Keene State College (KSC Class of ’21). Having joined the LOH team shortly after graduating, Lucas has loved learning and engaging with the community he grew up with. Learn more about Lucas
If you have questions regarding LOH’s marketing or want to participate or support LOH Pride, contact Lucas — CLICK HERE
Sage Weber-Shirk, Assistant Technical Director (They/Them)
“Our resident technical wizard, who helps out Joel with all things back-of-house.”
Sage has been with LOH since 2024
Sage has been backstage since third grade and has no intention of stopping. They received their BA in Theatre Arts from Earlham College, where they spent their student years as a production manager, lighting designer, and conference organizer. Learn more about Sage
- Michael Bellefeuille (He/Him)
- Lydia Elias (She/They)
- Eleanor Keats (She/Her)
- Christine Kidd (She/Her)