Board of Directors

Our governing board is elected each January and serves terms of one year.


Ted Nowlin, President 

Ted is a Graphic Designer at Horizon Hobby and lives in Monticello with his wife Kelly, and their twin boys, Preston and Payne. The whole family is involved in theatre one way or another. Ted began his acting career with MTA in 2011 in Dearly Departed. He has directed On Golden Pond, and plans on directing more plays in the future. He has been on the board for the past few years. He can be found at the theatre acting, directing, building sets or parking cars.

Dustin Yocum, Vice President


Gil Yohnka, Past President

Gil is a retired Champaign Police Lieutenant and has lived in Monticello with his family for more than 25 years.  His wife Peg is also a MTA member and a frequent volunteer.  Gil became involved in community theater in 2011 and has since appeared in many shows in the Champaign area, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Anything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, The Snow Queen and the Goblin, Miracle on 34th St, Les Miserables, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Legally Blonde, The Producers, Bleacher Bums and 1787.  Gil has also appeared on the MTA stage in Rumors, A Week in Mercy Falls, Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing, The Foreigner and directed Stealing Home.

Chelsea Ehrhardt, Secretary

Chelsea is a Monticello native and has been performing since the days of MHS school plays and MTA summer theater camps.  She is happy to be involved in her home town theater as secretary for the MTA, and also teaches Spanish at Monticello High School.  Her favorite role on stage with the MTA was Catherine in The Foreigner and she also played Miss Willie in The Curious Savage. She has also directed, assistant directed, and produced summer youth theater camps, and helped produce the 2017 MTA summer youth musical, Seussical.

David Ehrhardt, Treasurer

David has enjoyed helping MTA for years, usually by building sets or parking cars. Now as treasurer, he hopes to bring the experience of owning a company to help update and organize the financial aspects of MTA.

Carl Sebens, Building Trustee
Carl is a long-time member of MTA, beginning with his first show in November of 1978. In addition to working with MTA, he has worked with Decatur’s Theatre 7 and Richland Community College. Favorite directing efforts include The Nerd, The Glass Menagerie, Steel Magnolias, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe. Favorite onstage credits include ‘Norman’ in On Golden Pond, and ‘Matthew Harrison Brady’ in Inherit the Wind.  He enjoyed assuming multiple personalities in the MTA production of Greater Tuna. 
Kelly Barbour-Conerty, Board Member
Katie Culpepper, Board Member
Katie currently work as the office manager for Brian Knox in Champaign. She has been involved with MTA's summer youth musicals, volunteering her time with us for the last several years. Katie recently co-produced the 2021 Summer Youth Production of Chicago - High School Edition.
Colleen Kilian, Board Member
Originally from Chicago, Colleen has made Central IL her home for over 30 years and now resides in Monticello with her husband Sean and sons Lucas and William. Colleen is known in the area for her many years of coaching/officiating volleyball and her day job at the City of Champaign. Even though she is new to the theater, Colleen is excited to bring her years of experience running a variety of different youth and professional programs to the theater...but leaves the acting to her son Lucas, who has appeared in the past 3 youth summer productions. Colleen recently co-produced the 2021 Summer Youth Production of Chicago - High School Edition.
Chelsea Mueller, Board Member
Chelsea currently works as the Director of Outpatient Services at Heritage Behavioral Health Center in Decatur. She and her husband Jeremy have lived in Monticello for the last 7 years, and have been welcomed by MTA ever since. Chelsea and Jeremy welcomed their son, Graham, into the world in October of 2020 and cannot wait to introduce him to the world of community theater. Chelsea's first show with MTA was playing Myrtle Mae in Harvey, and has been involved in several other shows including Dial M for Murder, The Curious Savage, and The Glass Menagerie. She is excited to be joining the board in 2022 and looks forward to learning and helping MTA continue to host amazing productions for the community.
Lana Ross, Board Member
Lana claims to be the senior member of the MTA board – in more ways than one!! She may have to arm-wrestle Carl Sebens for that title, but it might be a tie. Lana is a long-time member of the Monticello Theatre Association. Lana remembers the day she found the Camp Creek Playhouse still smoldering from the fire which destroyed it in 1999. She is very proud of implementing the KIDS’ programs, beginning with the first workshops in 2011 which have led to a robust summer program for our kids! Lana also served MANY years as MTA's treasurer!
Steve Wadleigh, Board Member