PPA Announces the Election of Three Board Members

Prison Performing Arts is pleased to announce the election of three new members of its Board of Directors and Board Executive Committee: Steve MastinTara Nealey, and Karen Werner.

"PPA has put great effort in the last year in developing and strengthening our staff and Board," said Winston Calvert, Board Chair. "With the election of Steve, Tara, and Karen — each one bringing unique talents and a shared passion for PPA's mission — we are well-positioned for a very successful 2014."

Read about our new Board members below:

Steve Mastin, Treasurer
Steve has more than seven years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer, with particular expertise in designing consumer-finance programs and crafting turn-around strategies and plans. The former CFO of St. Louis-based NFP, Steve serves as a Board Member, Executive Committee member, and Treasurer for SMOTJ and as a Board Member for the Center for Head Injury Services. 

Tara Nealey, Development Committee Chair
A registered patent attorney specializing in life sciences technologies, Tara is a shareholder in the Science and Technology Practice group in the St. Louis office of Polsinelli PC. She holds a Ph.D. in Physiology (Neuroscience) from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Tara has served for more than four years on the Creve Coeur City Council, contributing as a member for Ward II and a liaison to and member of the City Employee Pension Board. She has provided pro bono representation for women seeking restraining orders against domestic abusers, and she has served as pro bono guardian ad litem representing minors whose parents or guardians sought orders of protection on their behalf.

Karen Werner, Board Development Chair
A conservatory-trained actor, Karen has for years served as a Teaching Artist for a variety or arts organizations, including Shakespeare Festival St. louis, COCA, and The Disability Project. Her belief in the transformative power of art — and that human development can benefit from drama education and sensory awareness — led her to PPA. Beyond theatre and her community commitments, Karen is a somatic practitioner and Doula in private practice.