Staff & Board

Staff

Kerri Lesch

Executive Director
Kerri Lesch is a former project manager reentering the workforce after 16 years at home with her children. Kerri started as a volunteer with Children’s Performing Arts in 2013 with her daughter, Sarah, in Aladdin,... Read more

Sharon Hanifl-Lee

Board Chair & Senior Advising Director
Sharon has been involved with CPA since 2011 and started on the board as the fundraising chair in 2013.  Originally from the Chicago area where she developed her love for theater, Sharon ventured to Minnesota... Read more

Carrie Carlson

Resident Pre-K-6th Grade Director & Community Outreach
Carrie has a BA in Psychology and has been involved with performance groups that have traveled across the United States from New York to California. Carrie has been a part of CPA for since 2007... Read more

Maddie Ripperger

Education and Programs Manager
Maddie Ripperger is a native Iowan who recently relocated to the Twin Cities. Growing up, she experienced a rich theatrical education at both The Des Moines Playhouse and Rising Star Theatre Company in Dubuque. From... Read more

Riley Peltz

Production Manager
Riley grew up in both Arizona and Wisconsin and after graduating from High School found herself pursuing her love of the Theatre craft at Concordia University, St. Paul. She is a recent 2020 graduate at... Read more

Jaelon Olson

Virtual Arts Coordinator and Technical Assistant
My name is Jaelon Olson. I live on a small hobby farm in Scandia, Minnesota. My family raises sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, and other animals. I have loved film for as long as I can... Read more

Rhonda Centers

Financial Manager

Meg Lesch

Marketing Assistant
Meg has been working at CPA since May 6, 2019. She is currently attending Hamline University and planning on majoring in Finance or Accounting, while playing basketball. She loves working at CPA because she gets... Read more

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