Fine Arts Chamber Players is grateful to have a passionate and dedicated set of individuals from the DFW community to serve on our board.

Celeste Yeager, President

A graduate of Baylor University and Baylor Law School, Ms. Yeager is a partner at Littler Mendelson P.C., specializing in labor and employment law and representing employers nationally in all types of employment disputes.  Ms. Yeager has an impressive list of legal publications to her credit, and has made speeches and served on panels at legal conferences across the country. Although her free time is limited, Ms. Yeager makes FACP Board membership a priority, and is routinely found volunteering her time and talents at FACP events.  Ms. Yeager is also an active member of Attorneys Serving the Community, which brings together women lawyers to combine their resources and talents to support nonprofit organizations whose programs benefit women, children and families.

Anne Witherspoon, Vice President

Anne Witherspoon is a Senior Vice President and the Director of Client Onboarding and Service Delivery at Texas Capital Bank.  Anne has an MBA from Texas A&M International University and a BBA from Texas Tech University.  She holds several professional certifications including Certified Treasury Professional (CTP), Certified Client Experience Professional (CCXP), Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) and Project Management Professional (PMP).  She serves on the Board of ePayAdvisors and is a member NACHA’s Rules and Operations Committee and Rules and Enforcement Panel.  She serves on The Payments Institute Board of Regents.  She served on the Fine Arts Chamber Players Board of Directors previously from 2000-2004.  She is married and has two children who attend Lovejoy ISD.

Cindy Vaughn, Treasurer

Cindy Vaughn is a Texas Certified Public Accountant with over 14 years of experience with Big Four public accounting firms.  She is currently an Income Tax Accounting Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Business Administration and Master’s of Professional Accountancy from The University of Texas at Austin. Cindy played the viola and piano in middle school and high school and knows firsthand the importance of keeping the arts alive in schools. Her favorite classical piece is Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.

Patricio Gallo, Secretary

Patricio Gallo is a Project Manager at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), where he works in the Planning Department. His division is in charge of managing data and providing detailed ridership reports; using Geographic Information Systems in conjunction with Census and employment data to perform geographical analysis for the planning process and adjusting DART’s transportation system. He holds a Bachelors degree in Marketing and Advertising from Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial in Quito Ecuador, and a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has been involved in the musical education of his kids for the last 18 years in a household where music and the arts play a substantial role.​

Catherine Bowers Burdette

Catherine Bowers Burdette has served on the FACP board for four years. She earned a Journalism degree (B.S.) at the University of Colorado, a Theatre Education degree (B.A.) at the University of Northern Colorado, and a Radio, Television and Film degree (M.S.) from the University of North Texas. After four years in marketing at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and seven years teaching at Coppell High School, she is currently a Producer/Editor in Community Marketing at WFAA, Channel 8 in Dallas.

Carolyn Hodo

How could I be so fortunate to live in such an artistically rich and diverse place as the DFW metroplex? I get a little miffed that I only recently began to see and experience the many culturally enriching venues.

Why now? What changed that allows me to become more involved in venues like the FACP and the Bancroft Family Concerts? I retired three years ago. I have always appreciated the arts and through the years enjoyed attending museums, plays, and live music events. Now however, my time is mine to do what makes me happy, without the obligation of a “9 to 5”. For clarification, I loved my job as a federal probation officer. I found it both rewarding and fulfilling. After 20 plus years of service, and with mandatory regulations for federal law enforcement officers, l had to step into retirement. Actually, I am now a licensed professional counselor Intern (LPC-I). I work, as needed, as an out-patient therapist.

What Dallas has to offer in terms of the arts is inspiring and unbelievable. I see it’s potential as an under exposed and under tapped jewel when revealed with make life better, happier, and more meaningful for everyone fortunate to be apart of the beauty it brings.

Kimberly Rives Miers

Stephen Perkins

Stephen Perkins, a Dallas native, is a financial analyst with the King Corporation. An alumnus of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas and Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business, he previously worked as a wealth management advisor with Guardian Life and Mass Mutual Financial Group. In addition to serving on the board of Fine Arts Chamber Players, Mr. Perkins also serves as a young alumni board member for the Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, is a member of the Dallas Hall Society of SMU, and organizes and leads house restoration service projects with Hearts and Hammers.

Sally Smith

Ms. Smith is retired from a career in banking with most of her career being focused on quality measurement and management for mortgage banking functions. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Fine Arts Chamber Players for several years, currently serving as a Vice President. She is also active on committees of the Board of her homeowners association.

Donald J. Stone

Mr. Stone, a successfully retired retailer, has a long and varied history of helping the arts and cultural communities in North Texas serving area citizens with resources, culture and art. In 1976 Mr. Stone joined the Dallas Symphony Foundation and now serves as President. He was — and is — instrumental in helping the Dallas Symphony remain financially secure to guarantee their continued performances for future generations. Since 1989, Mr. Stone has been a member of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library, and was Chairman of the Board for two years, raising half of the $3 million goal for renovations and improvements. Mr. Stone’s assistance and guidance with development and endowment plans have improved the effectiveness of FACP fund raising efforts.  At Dallas’ Voices of Change, Mr. Stone has been an active member, major donor and advisory board member. As a major donor and advisory board member for Dallas Chamber Music, he has given his time and talent to produce audience growth and outreach. Mr. Stone is also a founding member of the New Orchestra of Spain.

Barbara Carlyle Sypult

Ms. Sypult moved to Dallas in 1967 following her husband’s completion of service in the U.S. Marine Corps. Actively involved in the community, and a notable arts patron, Ms. Sypult has served many nonprofit organizations in a director capacity. She enjoys working with young people and enhancing the performing arts experience that Dallas offers. In addition to her role with the Fine Arts Chambers Players, her roster of current board involvement also includes the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Alzheimer’s Association, AT&T Performing Arts Center, A.W.A.R.E. (fundraising arm supporting the Alzheimer’s Association), Chiapas International, Mentoring Arts Magnet School, New Conservatory of Dallas, and Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, among others.


Advisory Board Members

Sue S. Bancroft, Civic Leader

Howard Hallam, Ben E. Keith

Larry & Lori Hutchison, Torchmark Corporation

Jessie Makil, L&B Realty Advisors, LLP



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