CATS Board Member Profiles
Lisa Moon is the founding Producing Artistic Director and President of CATS. She has performed in numerous productions with CATS and also with Gold Country Productions, Community Players, Gateway Players, Asian Pacific Theatre Company, Asian Cultural Exchange, Motherlode Stage Company, and Foothill Theatre Company. Lisa can also be seen in local and international commercials, a country western music video, an international brochure for Intel, Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie, SMUD training video, Foster Farms infomercial and various Parent and Teacher instructional manuals. She is the recipient of the May Martin Goyne Outstanding Women Award as “Entrepreneur of the Arts” for 1999.
Lisa is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry. She and her husband, Dr. Jerry Chan, have been practicing Optometry in Grass Valley since 1978. They are the proud parents of Allison and Tiffany. Lisa had 2 reviews published: “Meibomian Gland Carcinoma” and “Ocular Manifestations of Congenital Rubella” in Optometic Weekly. In 2004, Lisa was voted ‘Best Optometrist’ by The Union readers.
Lisa has also been involved with other nonprofit organizations – Vision USA, Friendship Club provider and “Celebrity” for Child Advocates of Nevada County (CASA). She actively supported the UC Davis gymnastics team and was made an honorary assistant coach May 2000.
Jeannie Wood is the Executive Director of CATS. She also serves as its Marketing Director, Membership Director, Grant writer, Box Office Manager, and Cultural Enrichment Director. In addition, Jeannie has been an actor and was last seen as “Atsuko” in CATS’ production of TEA in 2007. In recent years, however, Jeannie prefers producing and theatre management. She also studies Japanese taiko drumming with Grass Valley Taiko.
Jeannie grew up in San Francisco Chinatown and was active in a number of community-based organizations, serving as a Board member for the Chinatown YWCA, an instructor in English as a Second Language, a Job Developer for Asian immigrants, and worked as an Employment Representative at Stanford University. She also worked 25 years in the legal field in Sacramento as a Legal Assistant. She is happily retired as of September 2012.
Jeannie is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare. She has one daughter, Kim, who works for Dreamworks in Los Angeles.
Patty Lum-Ohmann is a member of CATS since its inception in 1994, working at various times as graphics designer, actor and box office manager. Her most significant contribution to CATS has been the creation of programs, newsletters, newspaper and magazine advertisements, posters, and other documentation.
In addition to CATS, Patty has also been involved with several other local non-profit theater organizations, including Chris Harada Productions, Gold Country Productions, and Mother Lode Stage Company. She is on the Executive Committee of the Nevada City Chinese Quarter Society (CQS), which is working to recognize the important part that early Chinese immigrants played in the history of the Gold Country. She is CQS’ graphic designer, producing brochures, letterhead, and certificates. Patty is also a member of their fundraising committee.
Patty herself is a Gold Country native. Both her parents were immigrants from China who made their home in Grass Valley, where Patty was born. She has lived and worked in this area her entire life. For many years Patty was a schematic designer at Grass Valley Group, where she met her husband, Dave, a software engineer. They currently reside in Alta Sierra, a small community located just outside of Grass Valley.
Sheila Baker is CATS’ Treasurer. She is a native Californian, who moved from Monterey County with her family to Nevada County in 1985. Her son, daughter-in-law, and grandson reside locally, which pleases her greatly! Sheila has been an avid fan and supporter of CATS for years, and is pleased to have joined the Board of Directors in 2016.
Sheila recently sold her business of 20 years and is “practicing retirement” and all of the wonders it presents. She also became a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children) working with children in the court system.
With a newly discovered passion for traveling during the last 10 years visiting Japan and China on more than one occasion, as well as, other countries in Europe, her bags are always packed for the next adventure!
David Wong is pleased to join the board of CATS and further his involvement in theatrical arts and other cultural events. As the owner of a video production company for over twenty years, David was involved with producing videos for many high tech and pharmaceutical companies in Europe, Asia, and the United States. In addition to technology videos, he enjoyed shooting video publicity for theatrical companies in the San Francisco Bay Area for ten years. David has shot many productions for TheatreWorks, Broadway by the Bay, Disney, Berkeley and San Jose Repertory, to mention a few. David now does fine art photography and exhibit my work at galleries in California including the Art Works Gallery in Grass Valley. In addition to showing his fine art photography, David teaches photography classes in his studio in Grass Valley. You also can find him photographing events at race tracks like Laguna Seca in Monterey and Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. Sprinkle in other events like canine agility, horse shows, martial arts, along with commercial photography clients and you will have a good idea of the range of his work.
David hopes to bring his artistic bent along with 40 years of experience running businesses to C.A.T.S. The largest venture he managed was as the CEO of a $25 million gift manufacturing company. Rounding out his work has been board membership on three non-profit boards. No doubt all this experience will prove useful to his board membership with CATS.
Virgil Wong is retired and enjoys all aspects of live theater, whether as a spectator, usher, production helper, or performer. He has been cast in twelve CATS’ productions. He has been an extra in a movie for TV and a PBS documentary. He was a proxy reader for Placer County Arts production of Chinese Whispers. He has served as House & Concessions manager for CATS and other production companies. Virgil also drums with Grass Valley Taiko. As a board member of CATS, he wishes to thank everyone, past and present, for their hard work and dedication towards the success of all of CATS’ productions. Also, he wishes to thank our corporate and individual sponsors, and our wonderful audience for their support.
Allison Chan is a 3rd generation Nevada County resident. She competed collegiately for the University of California Davis gymnastics team and graduated with a degree in Art Studio. She earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Single Subject Art Credential as well as her Masters in Education from National University. Allison teaches Independent Studies and Art at Sierra Mountain High School and Set Design at Nevada Union High School, where she designed the sets for Seussical, The Crucible, Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. She directed Ming Lo Moves the Mountain for Xiao Mao’s cultural summer camp. And she developed a course to promote diversity in the Nevada Joint Union High School District. Allison has been involved with Community Asian Theatre of the Sierras (C.A.T.S.) since its inception. Stage credits include: Flower Drum Song, Snow Falling on Cedars, King and I, and Teahouse of the August Moon.
Olivia Pritchett is honored to be CATS’ newest Board member in 2012. She feels grateful to live in a community rich with theater, song, and dance. Her most treasured role is that of wife to husband Jon and proud mama to Anthony (8), Ava (6), and Nathaniel (4) (better known as Ziggy). She would like to thank her family for their continued support and love. Special thanks to all members of the community who support CATS.