Cassandra Galvan
Cassandra GalvanChairperson
Cassandra has served on the Academy Board for one year. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters, one of which is a 3rd year Academy student. She loves the Academy’s approach to theater education which stresses the “Ten Characters”. Cassandra and her husband are excited to participate in the Adult Education program and have been tremendously enjoying Improv classes at the Plano location. She will tell you, “It is wonderful to find a community and artistic home within NTPA.” You will often see her with her camera as she loves to capture photos of the kids at their happiest. Cassandra comes to NTPA service with an extensive background in accounting, compliance and technology operations as a current member of the financial services industry.
Rachel Fetter
Rachel FetterCo-Chair
I graduated from The Ohio State University and The George Washington University School of Law. I practiced law briefly and then went into youth programs work. I have served on the young leadership board of the Jewish Federation as well as on the Parent’s Association Board and The Arts People Board of Parish Episcopal School. I have also been responsible for creating the school yearbook for the da Vinci School for the past few years. I am married to Evan Fetter and have four children who all participate in NTPA in various ways.
Kathryn Lysko
Kathryn LyskoSecretary
Kathryn joined the Academy Board at the end of 2021. She lives in Allen with her 2 children. Her daughter, Kelly, is a first-year student at the Academy’s new Fairview campus. Kathryn runs a small business agency, Right Hand Marketing, providing social media, web updates and email campaigns to organizations that don’t have internal expertise or staffing in those areas. She has previously served on the board for the Dallas chapter of International Association of Business Communicators. Kathryn is excited to be a part of this educational organization, and appreciates the positive and inclusive learning environment provided by the NTPA Academy. Students here have choices about the online program they choose for core classes and have amazing, interactive performing arts courses offered at both campuses.
Kimberly Brady
Kimberly BradyTreasurer
Bio and Headshot Coming Soon!
Juli Cooper
Juli Cooper
Bio and Headshot Coming Soon!
LaDawn Dalley
LaDawn Dalley
LaDawn Dalley graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Speech and Hearing Science. She has been fortunate to be a stay at home mom for all of her four children’s lives. This has allowed her to homeschool them and to be involved in their extra-curricular activities. She and her husband have been married for 32 years. Her youngest now attends the Academy.
Holly Dalton
Holly Dalton
Bio Coming Soon!
Phillip Hardy
Phillip Hardy
Philip Hardy has spent his professional career as a sales professional in the telecommunications industry where he strives to provide leading customer service with integrity, teamwork, honesty, and a respect for others. As a father of two children he knows it’s important to lead by example, to take responsibility for his actions, and to love one another. His love to travel lead him to start a travel business as an Independent Travel Planner where he uses his customer service experience to provide his clients (he refers to them as guests) with a personal travel planning experience. He knows that being on a team requires each person to play a role, to take ownership, responsibility, and have gratitude towards others.

He has volunteered for several NTPA productions in different roles from set build, backstage, promotions, and concessions. He enjoys working on the tech team at his local Church, traveling, camping, and being outdoors.

Shannon Hauser
Shannon Hauser
Shannon Hauser, wife to Marty and mom to Charlie and Jack, is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Dance Education with a minor in theater performance. She enjoyed performing with the Black Swamp Players, Beautiful Kids Shakespeare Company and Tahoe Theater Workshop. She continued on to own her own competitive dance studio in Northern California where she earned two National Choreography Awards and trained students who went on to dance with Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet, The Ailey School and Tisch. After starting her family in 2009, her lifestyle shifted to support her children’s passions. She is very excited to share her love for theater and dance with the students at NTPA and to support them by volunteering whenever possible.
Leslie Jennings
Leslie Jennings
Bio and Headshot Coming Soon!
Leanne Libby
Leanne Libby
Leanne Libby joined the Academy board at the end of 2021 and is now serving as a co-chair for fundraising. She lives in Plano with her husband and two daughters. Her oldest daughter Fiona is a first-year student at The Academy, and has been involved with NTPA since 2018. Leanne is the General Manager of Community Impact Newspaper, and also serves on the Plano Chamber of Commerce board and the Plano ISD Education Foundation board. She enjoys volunteering in various roles on NTPA productions and is excited to be a part of the growth of the Academy.
Laura Meilinger
Laura Meilinger
Laura Meilinger was introduced to the NTPA Academy in its inaugural year when her daughter joined. Watching my daughters confidence and passion for theatre grow exponentially after just one year in the Academy, sparked my interest in serving as a volunteer. When not being a “theatre mom”, She works as a child advocate with CASA of Denton County.
Jeana Pullen
Jeana Pullen
Jeana has had a little website over 20 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has owned and operated A Safe Place to Heal in McKinney for over 15 years. Jeana fell in love with everything NTPA stands for in 2013, when her daughter Emmerson found her passion for theatre. Jeana was honored to serve on the Repertory Board from its inception in 2017 until 2019 when her daughter began the NTPA Academy and she transitioned to that board. She is proud to continue serving NTPA on the Academy Board. She and her daughter have participated in numerous NTPA community productions together and have created countless memories through this amazing organization. She spends countless hours volunteering for NTPA and has met lifelong friends as a result of this organization. Her favorite kind of weekend is full of shows where she can see her fellow theatre friends, volunteer, tell new families about NTPA and most importantly, watch her daughter shine on the stage she now calls home.
Deborah Shute
Deborah Shute
My name is Deborah Shute and I’m a Director of Customer Experience for Compass Datacenters. I have over 20+ years in the communications industry.
Theresa Taylor
Theresa Taylor
Bio and Headshot Coming Soon!
Stephani Terhorst
Stephani Terhorst
Stephani Terhorst joined the Academy Board in late 2021. She lives in McKinney and her two youngest daughters participate in the Academy at the Fairview location. Her family has been involved with NTPA productions since 2015. She received her Master’s Degree from St. Francis University and is currently the Senior Director of Human Resources for NACCO Natural Resources. Her family enjoys being involved with the Academy and other programs with NTPA. Watching her children perform for NTPA is one of the greatest joys of life. She is excited to be a part of NTPA’s growth in educational programs.