The Board of Directors

of the Friends of Tybee Theater

The Executive Committee:

Keith Gay
President of Board
Owner Tybee Beach Vacation Rentals; broker with Solomon Properties, past Chairman of Tybee Tourism Counci
Virginia Ward
Vice President
Marketing Committee Chair
Business Manager and Manager of Group Sales and Marketing at the Crab Shack.
William Blakey
Retired, former CPA with a major accounting firm, served 6 years on Tybee’s audit committee, on board of Tybee Island Historical Society
Alfred Waite
Owner, Accountants on Tybee; past president of Tybee Lite Shrine Club; executive committee member of the Alee Temple; and treasurer of Tybee Island Masonic Lodge #762. 

Board Members:

Daniel Turberville
Building Committee chair
Owner, Tybee Weed Wackers, Inc.; chairman of the Board of Trustees of Trinity Chapel United Methodist Church
Alan Robertson
Development Committee chair

Retired senior financial executive, most recently Executive Vice President and Global Head of Sales and Marketing for Northern Trust Asset Management; past Chairman of National SafePlace, a not-for-profit agency serving youth at risk throughout the country, and board Director of Midwest Young Artists, Chicago; currently member of Tybee Island Planning Commission.

Emily Liebtag 
Programming Committee co-chair

Former professional dancer, Emily has traveled the world as a Production Manager for dance companies and Grammy award winning music ensembles and has held staff positions with The Ojai Music Festival and the Chicago Cultural Center in addition to her freelance work. She now resides on Tybee Island and owns Salt Island Fish & Beer with her husband.

Demery Bishop

Programming Committee co-chair

During a career in law enforcement, he was executive director of CrimeStoppers of Savannah/Chatham County for 15 years, was a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 24 years, and is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science at Georgia Southern University. He currently serves as chairman of the Tybee Island Planning Commission and is on the board of the Tybee Island YMCA board of managers.

Shelly Ainsworth
A private practice psychotherapist, she formerly was coordinator of the Child and Adolescent Unit at Tidelands Community Mental Health Center in Savannah.
Dr. Ronnie Spilton
Retired educator, and veteran theater actress and director, she recently relocated from Highlands, NC, to Savannah with her husband, where she acts and directs for Asbury Memorial Theatre and the Tybee Arts Association.
Stephen Franklin
A former captain and pilot for UPS Airlines for 30 years and retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force after 23 plus years in service, he has residences in Tybee and Maryville, Tenn.

Nate Lynch

Senior Manager of Design & Collaboration at Gulfstream Aerospace, he’s worked for the Savannah-based aviation manufacturer since 2015, following user-based industrial design work for numerous major companies.

Kathy Black-Dennis

Retired from a career in the corrections criminal justice system in Washington DC and Kentucky, and former board member of Actor’s Associates in Louisville, she now owns a vintage barware business.
Cody Gay
Operations manager of Tybee Beach Vacation Rentals, following a successful career as a musician and singer. Advisory Board Member – Liverez Software.
Patricia Miller Wann
Professional actor, writer, producer, and theatre administrator, primarily in New York City.  She’s a former president of the Tybee Island Fine Arts Commission and member of Tybee Better Hometown program. On Tybee, she produced her husband Jim Wann’s “King Mackerel & The Blues are Running” as a benefit for the Post. She enjoys showing her Grand Champion Havanese.


Melissa Turner
Executive Director
Executive Director since Feb. 2014. Previously a member of board of directors of FOTT. Former newspaper reporter and editor, the last 22 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Jaime Whalen
Business Manager
Former Office Manager for Consolidated Utilities. President of Bull River Shoals HOA, Board of Directors, CFO, Bull River Plantation
Steve Johnson
Stage and House Manager
Retired, former audio specialist in Washington, D.C., working in the U.S. House of Representatives Recording Studio