Board of Directors
All Board Members are volunteers; their interest in serving the theatrical community through SSPA is founded in years of support for and involvement in the craft of the art.
President - Lauri Mendoza
Lauri has been with SSPA for years following her daughter's love of theater. Today, she is learning theater from the backstage having served as Assistant Production Manager for "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Foolish Mortals - A Shakespearean Look at Duplicity, Mistaken Identity and the Madness of Love." In 2014 she served as House Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for Fiddler on the Roof. More recently, she was Production Manager for SSPA's 2015 production of Cinderella and 2016 production of The Wizard of Oz.
Vice President - Judy Davis Rounds
Judy Davis Rounds has served on the Sierra School of Performing Arts board as Secretary, Vice President and President. She has more than 20 years experience in the advertising and broadcast industries and handles the advertising and marketing duties for SSPA. Judy originally got involved with SSPA because of her daughter's passion for musical theater. After auditioning herself for Broadway Bits in 2010 and becoming part of the cast, she was hooked! Now Judy is learning theater from both the cast and administrative perspectives. Since joining the board, Judy has expanded her knowledge of theater by working as Production Manager of several shows. Judy is President and Owner of Davis Rounds Advertising and Marketing in Reno, NV.
Treasurer - Penny Thill
Artistic Director - Janet Lazarus
Janet Lazarus received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and her Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in acting from UCLA. She has worked and performed in stage, film and/or television in New York, Los Angeles, Rome, Italy, Honolulu, Lake Tahoe and Reno. In 1988, while living and working in Los Angeles, she co-wrote and co-starred in a critically acclaimed two-woman comedy that garnered rave reviews and was featured as a “critic’s pick” in the L.A. Times.
She has taught acting and movement classes since 1990 at various schools and colleges throughout California and Hawaii, and has taught theatre, acting and stage make up classes in Reno (at UNR, Bishop Manogue Catholic School and Sage Ridge School) since 2008. Since coming to Reno, she has performed with Reno Little Theater, Tahoe Players, the Nevada Shakespeare Company, and Take 2, and has been producing and directing “Broadway Bits” and full length classic Broadway musicals.
Currently Janet serves as Artistic Director for Sierra School of Performing Arts, producing and/or directing musicals, Shakespeare-for-kids programs, and performing arts camps and classes.
Advisor - Beth Honebein
Beth brings a professional background in advertising and marketing to Sierra School of Performing Arts. She spent 10 years at advertising agencies in San Francisco and Indiana, before starting her own manufacturing business in 1994. As an entrepreneur, she finds herself involved in every aspect of business, from making products, to sales, marketing, accounting, even sweeping the warehouse floor. This ability to do whatever needs to be done has been useful in a wide variety of volunteer endeavors, and she is proud to lend these talents to the amazingly creative people of SSPA. Just don't ask her to get on stage and perform!
Advisor - Noel Macy
Noel Macy has made it her mission to assist organizations of all types with their most pressing operational challenges. From serving as lead designer for one of the nations leading celebrity catering companies, to helping launch multiple animal care businesses, to serving on a variety of local non-profit committees, Noel is continually drawn to making a difference in her community. All the while, Noel has maintained her passion for the arts, continuing to develop her expertise in painting using a variety of mediums, and expanding her musical repertoire on the 5-string resonator banjo.