Board of Directors

Rob Swaringen, MyTownhome Realty, Board Chair

Rob is excited and honored to be the Actors Theatre of Charlotte Board Chair for Season 31! He’s been a patron, star society member and donor for many years and is thrilled to have the opportunity to help guide ATC’s progress and growth. His entire career has been as a Registered Professional Engineer, Land Developer and Real Estate Broker. Always having had a love for the theatre but feeling “challenged” artistically, Rob has committed himself to helping the theatre through leadership and volunteerism. He’s lived in Charlotte for the last 35 years, and helped raise two amazing young adults, Will and Laura.

Shannon Reichley, Hitwoman Productions, Vice Chair

Shannon produces television projects ranging from documentaries to lifestyle, web and informational programming as owner of Hitwoman Productions. She was Charlotte’s first female news director at WBTV. Then, in life after TV news, has won awards working with clients such as HGTV, PBS, Travel Channel, DIY Network, and the Atlantic Coast Conference. As a longtime theatre and music patron, Shannon has also volunteered on the boards of Hands on Charlotte and Habitat for Humanity Charlotte.

Chris Ziegler, Alston & Bird, Chair Emeritus

Chris is an intellectual property attorney at Alston & Bird LLP and concentrates on patent litigation. Prior to practicing law, Chris was a professional engineer designing electrical power systems in power plants. Chris has supported the arts throughout his life, but it was only after completing the Arts and Science Council’s Cultural Leadership Training program that Chris began involvement on ATC’s Board. Chris has enjoyed being on ATC’s Board since 2016 and continues to be excited about ATC and ATC’s productions.

Margaux Karagosian, Laird Norton Company, Treasurer

Margaux has been a board member with ATC since June 2016 and has been serving as the Treasurer since June 2017. Professionally, Margaux has worked in investment banking at Bank of America and Wells Fargo, and she currently serves as a Director and the Audit Committee Chair of the Laird Norton Company. She is a Certified Public Accountant with a Masters in Accountancy from Wake Forest University. When Margaux is not with her husband enjoying a show at ATC, she can be found on the tennis court, at her kids’ sports games or practices, or working with the PTA at Providence Spring Elementary School.

Karen Bernhardt, Bank of America, Secretary

Karen Bernhardt is a Senior Vice President at Bank of America where she manages execution of the bank’s mass marketing campaigns, including production of TV, radio, print, OOH, and digital video. She developed her love for theater as a child but has always been more comfortable in the audience than on stage. Prior to joining ATC’s board, she worked with the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Arts & Science Council.

Chris Anderson, Duke Energy

Chris is a Director of Technology Planning and Business Engagement at Duke Energy. A graduate of Wabash College and the Wake Forrest School of Business, Chris has been involved in technology and business process consulting for the past 10 years and began his career in education, including working as a history teacher at South Meck. Chris recently completed the Arts and Science Council’s Cultural Leadership Training and has served in various corporate giving and volunteering leadership positions during his time in Charlotte.

Heather Bard, Compass Group

Heather joined Compass Group, the largest contract foodservice company and 9th largest employer in the world, in 2009 where she is a Talent Management Partner. In this role, Heather engages business partners in Human Capital strategy development and the implementation of Leadership Development initiatives. She’s been an avid patron of theater virtually her entire life and has even been on stage herself a time or two. Heather is a proud graduate of KU and holds an MBA – go Jayhawks!

Matt Brown, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Matt is a native Charlottean who understands the value and importance that a vibrant local arts scene has on a community.  In September 2016, Matt joined the Charlotte office of Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management.  Matt is married with a daughter and enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and taking advantage of all the fantastic arts and cultural opportunities Charlotte has to offer.

Laviña Chaves, Bank of America

Laviña has been a long-time supporter of the arts, performing in multiple musicals during her grade school years. As an award-winning transformational leader with over a decade of experience influencing through innovation and collaboration, Laviña has worked with multiple companies & non-profits leading innovative change. Professionally, she is a Senior Vice President supporting the Global Change Policy at Bank of America and also serves as the Past President of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) Charlotte Chapter and Corporate Advisory Board Co-Chair.

Anna Coon, K&L Gates LLP

Anna is a Project Manager with K&L Gates LLP, where she is a member of the Banking and Asset Finance practice group. Her work focuses on representing servicers of commercial mortgage loans throughout the life of the loans. Anna is a proud alum of Davidson College and earned her Master’s degree in Culture, Policy and Management from City University London. As a lifelong lover of the performing arts, first as a dancer and now as a patron, she is thrilled to be working with ATC.

David Crane, Harbour Point Capital

David Crane is a Partner at Harbour Point Capital – a private equity firm. Prior to that David was an Executive at a number of start-up and high growth healthcare service companies – Chairman and CEO of National Surgical Healthcare; Founder, COO and then CEO of MedCath Inc; and COO of MediVision Incorporated. David has adored and been active in live theater first as an extremely mediocre actor and subsequently an avid consumer and patron for 50 years. He has served on the ATC Board for one year. David lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife and three dogs.

Jess Dienna, Ally Bank

Jess spends her days at Ally Bank focusing on Anti-Money Laundering and Enterprise Fraud, Security, and Investigations. Her entire career has focused on understanding the fine print of regulations, governance processes, and working with the business teams to improve their processes. Ms. Dienna has supported the arts community since she was young with a love of community theater that grew as an adult into volunteering with the Arts and Science Council, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation. She is a proud Clemson Tiger who bleeds orange and purple every day.

Lena Nelson, Red Ventures

Lena joined Red Ventures in 2018 as a strategic associate where she uses data driven analysis to drive value for her partners. She previously worked at Wells Fargo as a financial analyst for three years. In addition to serving on the board for Actor’s Theater of Charlotte, Lena also enjoys participating in community service events around the greater Charlotte area. She prides herself on being an active patron to various Charlotte-based art and historical organizations. This is Lena’s first experience on a volunteer service board.  

Liliana Wendorff, Queens University of Charlotte

Liliana joined Queens University of Charlotte in 2010 as Chair of the World Languages Department, where she teaches Spanish language, cultures, and literature. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with MA and PhD degrees in Romance Languages. Liliana enjoys community service and has served on various boards: Gilbert Theatre, Cumberland Co. Public Library, Latin American Coalition, and Human Relations Commission, among others. Currently she is also a board member of the NC Humanities Council.

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