Jim attended Wheaton College and went on to KU Medical School, where he met his wife Donna. Together, they are Family Physicians in Wichita. He has served on several church and medical boards; he teaches Sunday school and plays piano for the church worship team. He and Donna have six children, from elementary school to high school. Two of their children participated in CYT’s first show Robin Hood, and the whole family has subsequently “taken the CYT plunge.” Jim’s first own involvement with theater was in high school where he played the piano for several musicals. “I was reluctant to jump on board CYT when it started, as I wasn’t sure I really wanted my kids all involved in just any theater program, but once we experienced our first show, there was no turning back. CYT has been the best long-term group activity my kids have ever been involved in.” Jim is committed to helping CYT remain a safe and strong healthy Christian community which provides fertile ground within which the children are challenged to mature in their Christian faith, to discover their gifts and abilities, and to grow up and use those gifts in their churches and communities!
Sarah received a BS in Music Education from Calvary Bible College and an MM in Vocal Performance from Bob Jones University. She has performed in opera, oratorio and musical theater and has been a choral director and private voice instructor. A recording artist, Sarah has ministered in song in churches throughout the Midwest, and along with her husband, Richard, is actively involved in worship leading at First Evangelical Free Church. She was known to many in the Wichita area as a TV host on “The Health Channel” in the 90’s. She currently keeps her acting skills alive as a freelance corporate actor. The vision of a CYT program in Wichita quietly grew in Sarah’s heart for several years; she rejoices to see the dream come to reality. Her passion is to see Christians influencing our culture through the arts. Richard and Sarah have two boys who also enjoy music and acting.
Linda received her BA in Elementary Education at Wichita State University. She studied Theater and Voice at Kansas University, Friends University and Wichita State and has taught vocal music for 8 years. She is a composer and lyricist and has enjoyed a career as a vocal solo artist nationally in both secular and Christian venues. Linda has performed professionally in music theater as well as directed, choreographed, and scripted over 25 musicals for regional schools and churches. Circumstances and time created a new chapter and Linda was encouraged to investigate the possibility of bringing Christian Youth Theater to Wichita. As she visited CYT in other cities, she realized the impact for Jesus it offers communities and was captured by the motto, “Developing Character…one stage at a time.” A vision caster at heart, Linda has been at the helm of launching CYT in Wichita; watching God raise His gifted people in our local community affirms the reality, “This is His.” Linda and her husband, Tim, attend First Evangelical Free Church and have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.
Ken attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison earning a BS in Civil Engineering and a BS in City Planning. He started MKEC Engineering Consultants in 1982, serving as CEO for 30 years until he retired at the end of 2012. He and his wife, Connie, have seven children and seven grandchildren. Ken presently serves on several boards in the Wichita community, including the elder board of First Evangelical Free Church where he is a member. Ken enjoys attending Music Theater of Wichita, photography, gardening and supporting various artists through purchase awards. In his role as a CYT Board member, Ken hopes to indirectly help young people in the Wichita area mature in their music and stage skills.
A native Kansan, Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Kansas State University. He is employed as Koch Industries’ Director of Talent Acquisition and has additional experience in banking, having served as INTRUST Bank’s SVP, Wealth Management. Outside of work, Jeff stays active through volunteerism with the Wichita Downtown Rotary Club and Heartland Community Church, where he serves as Elder. Jeff serves on advisory boards for The Kansas Council on Economic Education, Kansas State University’s Business Management Department, and CYT-Wichita. Jeff is married to wife Kathy, and the couple have four wonderful children, each of whom have participated in multiple CYT shows.
Tammy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Accountancy from Kansas State University. She moved to Wichita in 1995 and enjoys being a part of the community where she has served on other non-profit boards and has volunteered at organizations such as The Lord's Diner and The Pregancy Crisis Center. Her passion is singing, and she is part of a local Christian ensemble as well as a worship leader at Chapel Hill Fellowship UMC where Tammy and her husband Doug are active involved.
Curtis is a Shocker having received his BBA in entrepreneurship and management from Wichita State University. He was involved with theater, Living Proof Productions, and honor choir as a teenager. Curtis and his wife, Katrina, have three daughters with whom he spends most of his free time investing into their lives. His first exposure to CYT was as a spectator of the Beauty & the Beast production. Upon seeing that show and witnessing the overall quality and fine craftsmanship he was hooked. “The superb showmanship, the fantastic sets and costumes, the evidence of God’s blessing on these kids’ lives manifested through these shared talents – it just makes you want to be a part. I’m just sad there’s so much time between the plays as I’d like to binge watch an entire season of CYT Wichita!”