Beverly Theatre Guild Board of Directors

Wayne Wendell, President: Wayne has been a member of the Beverly Theatre Guild for 33 years and currently serves as its President, has been a Board member for many years. He has been involved in all aspects of community theatre, from performer to technical director. Professionally, in addition to performing, Wayne was the Operations Manager for Dreamstreet Theatre (Equity house) for 6 years, Operations Manager for Beverly Arts Facility for 9 years, Facilities Manager for Broadway in Chicago for 5 years, and is now the manager of the Morgan Park Academy Arts Center. Currently, he is directing ‘Chicago the Musical: High School Edition’ for Morgan Park Academy’s upper school production. He also serves as Lighting Designer for several theatre companies in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

Katie Regalado, Vice President: Katie is the BTG community liaison and has been involved in the production staff for many shows. She is an advocate for keeping affordable, professional, community theatre in the Beverly area and pushes to create partnerships in the Beverly area between BTG, community, and business organizations. Katie is a Supervisor of a Secretary of State Facility, directly managing over 30 employees on a daily basis.

Diane Pojedynski, Treasurer: Diane is a four-year member of BTG. During that time, she has worked in various volunteer capacities including house manager, usher, assisting with ticket or concession sales, and stage crew. This is her first season as Treasurer with her term extending through June of 2021. She concluded a 41-year career with the Federal government in April 2011, with the majority of time in the employ of the National Credit Union Administration. The last twenty years were spent in the capacity as a Federal Institutions Examiner.

Emil Zbella, Secretary: Emil is retired from a career in marketing as Senior Vice President and Director of Advertising and Promotions for LaSalle Bank, NA. In this capacity, he supervised several marketing areas including the bank’s outside advertising agencies and design firms. He was also responsible for managing the bank’s many sponsorship activities. Emil joined the Beverly Theatre Guild in 1975 and over the years has served in several Board positions including 13 years as President. He currently serves as Board Member and Past President of The International Music Foundation, a producing organization of free classical concerts; President of the Parish Council for St. Simon the Apostle Church; and Resident Set Designer for BTG and St. Sebastian Players, a community theatre organization. In the past he has served on the Boards of The League of Chicago Theatres; Theatre II, a professional, non-equity theatre company; and Contact Chicago, a crisis hotline.

Sharon Mason, Business Manager: Sharon holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration. She has been the music director or director for over 30 musicals at high school and community theater levels. She has led workshops in education for adult learners nationwide. She is a member of the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, National Association of Principals, Illinois Principal’s Association, Illinois Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education. Currently, Sharon serves as the Arts Liaison and teacher in a Chicago Public Elementary School in the Englewood Area.

Camilla Joe-O’Keefe, Publicity Director:  Camilla joined the Beverly Theatre Guild in 2019 after realizing she missed being involved with theatre productions, which she first started doing as a stage mom. Her children’s passionate involvement in theatre eventually led her to become the coordinator of the St. Barnabas Family School Association Theatre Arts Program, a position she held for 9 years. Her past theatre experience includes costuming, most recently for BTG shows Urinetown, Picasso at the LapinAgile, and Harvey; set building, painting, props, and lighting; and even a brief foray into acting in BTG’s Zoom production of Almost Maine. As the Publicity Director for BTG, she is responsible for promoting BTG’s productions to the community through press releases, publicity materials, and show programs. During the day she works as an optometrist for SVS Vision in Lansing, IL, where she provides comprehensive eye exams and prescribes eyeglasses and contact lenses. A native of California, Camilla received her undergraduate, Masters, and Doctor of Optometry degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Go Bears!

Julie L. Zebleckis, Social Director – has been a BTG member for over 30 years, serving 15 of those years on the Board of Directors. Julie has performed in many shows for BTG. Most memorable performances are Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Granny in Into The Woods & Portia in Cinderella. Julie has also directed I Remember Mama & 45 Seconds From Broadway, 2 very special BTG moments for Julie. She is also a producer of many BTG shows, a few of these are Urinetown, Seussical, & Play It Again Sam. Julie is also a member of WildFlower, a theatre group that performs Irish one-acts for Gaelic Park Irish Fest & Milwaukee Irish Fest. Julie has also worked & performed with Palos Village Players (PVP), StrayDog, BHUC & 99th Street Theatre. Julie has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lewis University & was a part of the Philip Lynch Theatre Group at Lewis, performing & working backstage for many shows. Julie currently works for Evergreen Bank Group & when she retires she plans to do a lot more theatre & do some traveling, especially to Italy & Greece!!!