Board of Directors
Lucy Runnells, Board President, joined the WRCT Board in 2015. Originally from Rhinelander, she came to school in Stevens Point and stayed in the area. She spent over 33 years in public employment, first with Portage County and then with the Family Care organization called Community Care of Central Wisconsin where she retired as Chief Financial Officer in December 2011.
Lucy’s involvement with WRCT began in March 2014 when she bravely walked in and auditioned for Mornings at Seven. She received a role and was bitten by the theatre bug. Since then, she has been involved onstage and backstage in many mainstage productions and is also actively involved in Silver Foxes.
Other community involvement for Lucy is as the treasurer for Acacia Foundation of Central Wisconsin. Lucy lives with her wonderful husband Sam and spoiled dog, Chance. She has two grown children; Heather, who lives in Tennessee, and Butch, who lives in the area.
Linda Garski, Board Vice President, has acted in 20+ productions, and has directed 12. She also enjoys doing scenery and sewing costumes. She's been the WRCT Web Designer since 2004. Linda has previously served on the WRCT Board, and was involved with the Capital Campaign.
Linda makes a living as a Sr. Web Designer at Renaissance, where where she's worked since 2000. She is married to Bob, and has one son, Jordan. She enjoys family time and relaxing at their camper.
Gretchen Powers, Board Secretary, is excited to serve as a WRCT board member. She is a solid believer in building and growing community organizations. Gretchen's involvement with WRCT began as a child when she would participate in children’s theatre. As she grew older, she was involved in several mainstage shows, of which she has fond memories. Gretchen has worked on backstage crews, helped with props and lights, and directed "It's a Wonderful Life". She has directed youth productions, written several children's plays, and is a co-founder of “HOPO” Productions.
Gretchen has a degree in sociology/social work from UWSP, and works as a social worker for people with disabilities. In her spare time she enjoys photography, writing, and spending time with her children, Amethyst and Finley.
Mozelle Stoiber, Board Treasurer, has been a chiropractor at Stoiber HealthCare S.C. since 2004 when she returned to Wisconsin Rapids with her sons, Gavin and Corbin. She enjoyed shows at the community theatre for many years before being cast for the first time in “Ah, Wilderness” with her son Gavin. She has since been in several plays including “Almost, Maine” and “A Christmas Carol” (with both her boys), Most recently she performed her favorite role to date as Nora in “A Doll’s House.” Theatre has become a passion for her as a way of connecting to herself and others. She joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and wants to help the Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre thrive and succeed in its mission to enhance people's lives through the arts.
Bob Kell, Board Director, built his first WRCT set for Anything Goes in 1982, and became incredibly active with the group in 1987. Bob averages one set for each of our seasons since the beginning of WRCT! He's built pretty much anything a playwright's imagination could come up with, including a whole house onstage for "All My Sons."
Bob is retired from Consolidated Papers, where he worked as an Instrument Technician. Since his retirement, he enjoys spending time with his wife Patsy and their family. He spends his leisure time doing woodworking and the not-so-occasional odd job.
Michael Barrett, Board Director, is co-owner of Barrett's Auctions and an auctioneer since 1977. He can design a website, cook a perfect egg, and quote Arthur C. Clarke, Mark Twain, and Shakespeare, of course! Mike has directed seven WRCT Main Stage productions. He has appeared onstage in more than thirty productions, aiding in many other shows since 1982, including two world premiere original productions. Mike credits Bill Young, Lois Cantin, and his children Aly, Mike Jr., and Shannon as those who inspire him to keep “playing." His favorite past roles with WRCT include John Barrymore's ghost, Oberon in Midsummer Night's Dream, Ralph in Crapola, and “Dickie” in the 2016 production The Fox on the Fairway in which he proudly acted alongside his daughter Shannon.
Mike is a past President, VP, and Artistic Liaison of the WRCT Board of Directors. His other hobby involves writing two columns monthly for the national publication Cribbage World, and fostering additional membership to the American Cribbage Congress worldwide.
David Skibba, Board Director, first associated with WRCT in 2005 in "Escanaba In Da Moonlight." That’s all it took to get him hooked. He has appeared in two other main stage productions and plays Beetlejuice for the Haunted House fund raisers. But, he has since discovered that sound design and board operation are his passion. He has designed or run sound for more than twelve plays. He has also been involved in choosing and installing various pieces of sound equipment in the theater.
David loves music and digital technology, and started the DJ business, Portable Soundz, in 2015. He has played in several local rock bands over the years. His wife, a WRCT veteran, is also musically talented: they are part of the contemporary rock praise band at their church.
David retired from Verso Papers Wisconsin Rapids Division in 2018 after over 40 years of service with 18 years as a Storeroom Receiving Clerk. He intends to spend his “free time” with and helping his kids as well as volunteering his time at church and, of course, the theater.