Board

Violette Jacobson (Chair) resides in the Washington, DC, area and originally became involved with No Rules Theatre Company (NRTC) as a member of the former Advisory Council. Violette, and her husband Peter, provided strategic and marketing support prior to her accepting the Board Chair position in July 2013. She is excited to lead the theatre company through its next phase of growth in Winston-Salem, NC, and Washington. During her 25-year Postal Service career, Violette has held various marketing leadership roles collaborating to achieve significant business growth results. In 2006, Violette earned her doctorate degree at The George Washington University in Human and Organizational Studies. Violette also serves as Communications Co-Chair for Executive Women in Government (EWG). Violette Jacobson
Upon retiring in January 2004 as the Editorial Page Editor of the Winston-Salem Journal, John Gates inadvertently began a second career as a community volunteer. He majored in arts support with a minor in Social services. His first love was and remains the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), where he and his wife, Susie, are Co-Chairs of the Giannini Society and Members of the school’s Board of Visitors and is the Chairman of the Nominating Committee. Recently he joined the Advisory Council of the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus and is on the Board of Directors for No Rules Theater Co. Having spent all but five years of his life above the Mason-Dixon line, he and his family moved to Winston-Salem in June of 1977 and became “damn Yankees,” northerners who came south and never looked back. John Gates
Myles C. Thompson is the publisher of Columbia Business School Publishing having founded the imprint in 2007 at Columbia University Press in collaboration with Columbia Business School. Prior to joining CUP, he founded and was CEO of Texere LLC and Texere Publishing Ltd., a global non-fiction publisher in finance, business and technology and was previously the publisher of the finance and investment program at John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Some of the authors he has had the honor of publishing are Peter L. Bernstein, Michael R. Bloomberg, Howard Marks, George Soros, Joseph E. Stiglitz and Nassim N. Taleb. Myles has holds a MA in Anglo-Irish Literature from the National University of Ireland, Dublin Ireland. He serves on the board of directors for both RiverRun International Film Festival and the No Rules Theatre Company, and the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is married to Liana (Lee) Thompson. They divide their time between Winston Salem, North Carolina, Washington, D.C. and New York City. Naturally caffeinated, he loves to read, learn, travel and laugh. Myles C Thompson
Kathryn Condello hoped, in her youth, to be a performing artist. Her love of the arts transformed into being an unabashed supporter. Central to this support is promotion of arts in the schools and education curricula for she has seen first-hand the transforming power of the arts in youth. Kathryn has held a number of community board positions including the McLean Community Theater. When not otherwise occupied with all things theatre, Kathryn Condello represents CenturyLink at the Federal level in all policy, planning and operational issues related to National Security, Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Response, Critical Infrastructure Protection, and Continuity of Operations.  
Ragan Folan is president and CEO of Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem. In this role Ragan is responsible for all operations of Old Salem Museums & Gardens, one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. She oversees an operation employing more than 200 people in the museums and seven retail shops and that operates on a $5.7 million budget. Ragan was serving as the board chair for Old Salem Museums & Gardens when she was asked to assume the position of president & CEO in February 2012. Ragan interned at IBM during her senior year at the University of Virginia. This sparked her interest in sales and marketing. She worked for AT&T and then IBM in various sales and sales management positions. Ragan leveraged her prior experience at Lotus Development, IBM, AT&T and as a small-business owner to create stronger operations at Old Salem. Her business acumen and sense of fiscal responsibility have helped reduce the operating deficit, once as high as $1.5 million, to $300,000. Though she’s chaired the organization since 2010 and took the helm in 2012, her leadership dates back to 2005, when she began serving on the board. Ragan is committed to civic/philanthropic engagement which has taught her ....the importance of volunteerism and philanthropy to nonprofits. Many nonprofits could not exist without this. In addition to her responsibilities at Old Salem, Ragan is a board and executive committee member of the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, and serves on the board of the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership. She is a previous board member of Summit School, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and has served Wake Forest University Medical Center in a variety of volunteer roles. Ragan Headshot for web (1)
Petra Smeltzer has over 20 years experience as a lobbyist in D.C. and she is a certified project manager by the Project Management Institute. She has extensive management experience and is skilled in the areas of project management, budget management, advocacy campaign management, strategic planning, policy management, coalition building and developing strategic alliances. She has worked for several trade associations and has represented the State of Ohio, oil and gas, electricity, electric manufacturing (motors and lighting), and private water utilities before Congress and the federal agencies and state legislatures. She currently serves as Director of Government Relations at the National Association of Water Companies representing private water utilities at the national level. Petra earned her B.A. in Political Science at Trinity College and took extensive courses at Johns Hopkins University in pursuit of an M.S. in Business. Petra is a performance arts enthusiast having taken many courses and performed in harald improv and stand up comedy, as well as film and theater arts and vocal training. Petra enjoys practicing yoga and speaks German fluently. © Joe Henson 2012  All Rights Reserved
Nancy Wachtenheim, LCSW, ACSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in Fairfax, Virginia. She has been in private practice for over 15 years, specializing in treating adult survivors of childhood abuse. Ms Wachtenheim is a member of the Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work; the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation; and the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance. She provides pro- bono therapy for Give an Hour, an organization treating war veterans and their families; and she provides pro-bono supervision for students in China studying psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Ms. Wachtenheim was introduced to the Washington theater and arts community through her daughter who is an aspiring actor. IMG_1722