The Board of Directors
of the Friends of Tybee Theater
The Executive Committee
Virginia G. Ward
Manager, Business Operations at the Crab Shack. Retired as the Director of the Member Assistance Program of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Former member of Tybee Island Planning Commission. Retired senior financial executive; past chair of the National Safe Place, a not for profit agency serving at-risk youth; and board Director of Midwest Young Artists (Chicago).
Retired correctional administrator in KY; former owner of small business; former faculty member at University of Louisville; director of Standards and Professional Development for an international non-profit. Board member and volunteer at Actors Theater of Louisville.
Owner, Savannah Accounting with an emphasis on small businesses and non-profit organizations.
A former professional dancer, Emilie has traveled the world as a Production Manager for dance companies and Tammy award winning music ensembles and has held positions with the Ojai Music Festival and the Chicago Cultural Center, in addition to freelance work. She currently owns Salt Island Salt & Beer with her husband.
Building Committee Chair
Owner, Tybee Weed Wackers, Inc., Chair of the Board of Trustees, Trinity Chapel United Methodist Church.
A private practice psychotherapist, she formerly was the coordinator of the Child and Adolescent Unit at Tidelands Community Mental Health Center in Savannah.
Former director of Savannah/Chatham County Crime Stoppers, former special agent with the FBI, currently adjunct professor at Georgia Southern University.
Current chair of the Tybee Island Planning Commission and board member of the Tybee Island YMCA board of managers. Real estate developer, paddle board business owner and drummer.
Retired. Former CPA, served six years on Tybee’s audit committee, Tybee Island Historical Society board member.
Former captain and pilot for UPS for 30 years, retired lieutenant colonel from the US Air Force after 23+years of service. Flew supersonic jets.
Managing Partner, Tybee Beach Vacation Rentals, following a successful 20+ year career as a musician and singer.
Immediate Past President of Tybee Post Theater Board of Directors, owner of TBVR; broker with Solomon Properties; Tybee Tourism Council board member.
Senior Manager of Design and Collaboration at Gulfstream Aerospace, employed since 2015. Prior to that, he worked for numerous major companies in industrial design.
Dr. Ronnie Spilton
Retired teacher and principal from Fulton County, GA where she was named Teacher of the Year three times. Ronnie has over 60 years of theater experience NY, NC and GA, both as an actor and a director. She received a Best Supporting Actress Award at OnStage Atlanta. She was named Volunteer of the Year for establishing a high school theater program in in Highlands, NC.
Patricia Miller Wann
A professional actor, writer, producer and administrator, primarily in NYC. Former president of their TI Fine Arts Commission and member of Tybee Better Hometown program. She produced King Mackerel and the Blues are Running”as a benefit for the TPT.
Melissa Turner, Executive Director
Executive Director since 2014; Director, Tybee Tourism Council, former director of TI Main Street /Development Authority Board. Former news reporter and editor, Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Jaime Whalen, Business Manager
Former office manager for Consolidated Utilities, Past president of Bull River Shoals HOA, Board of Directors, CFO Bull River Plantation
Steve Johnson, Theater Operations Manager
Served on TPT Board of Directors before becoming the TPT Operations Manager. Co-Owner of the Tybee Farmer’s Market. Retired from audio/visual production for the U.S. House of Representatives.