Marc Hollid-Ausset | Chairman - is the Vice President for The SightSeeing Pass, a world-wide digital attraction pass. Marc has lead the development of this pass since its conception. Under his leadership The SightSeeing Pass has been launched in thirteen new cities and is currently being developed in fifteen other cities to launch in the immediate future and countless others moving forward. Marc has worked in the travel and tourism sector of NYC for the past twelve years. He has a degree in Performing Arts from Suffolk County Community College and completed a double major of Advertising Design & Fashion Merchandising Management at The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.  His passion for expanding his knowledge has also afforded him a NY Real Estate License, a Cosmetology License, and a NY Fire Guard License. Marc is extremely happy to utilize his skills for business development to help in a world that he is passionate about - the Performing Arts Community.


Timothy Pappalardo | Vice-Chairman - is the Senior Director of Global Accounts with HelmsBriscoe (HB), the world’s largest hotel site selection firm and services clients from the entertainment, medical and non-profit arenas as well as provides consulting services to non-profits in Boston, New York and Washington DC.  Since his college days, he has held internships at New York's most prestigious casting agencies in Film, TV, Theatre and Commercials; he has worked for a Broadway advertising agency in Account Management and has served as an Event Manager for a national education organization, GLSEN.  Tim holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Adelphi University, with a concentration in Business Marketing and Management.  He lives in Forest Hills, NY with his family and their maltese-yorkie Ashe.


Bob Solak | Treasurer - is a Contract Manager for Educational & Institutional Cooperative Services, Inc. (E&I), a New York not-for-profit Corporation located in Jericho, NY.  He has been there since the year 2000 serving the needs of the Higher Education and K-12 markets by saving them money through their portfolio of cooperative contracts.  His responsibilities include oversight of the contracts used by the members of the Cooperative in the facilities category, negotiating new contracts and improvements to existing contracts with suppliers and providing creative solutions to the unique customer service needs of the members.  He has lived on Long Island for more than twenty five years with his wife and their two children.  CM became a part of his life when he saw Journey Cross and Crucifixion for the first time, many years ago at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Holbrook.  Friends who were involved with Journey back then invited him to join the troupe the next season.  From the start of rehearsals in his first season he could tell that this was something special and he wanted to make this an annual part of his life.  A few years later, his children also joined the Troupe.  In his many years of involvement and service to this committed and faithful group of people he has encouraged others to join and live the experience for themselves.  Now, being part of the Board of Directors it is his hope to be a catalyst within the organization to help nurture and provide a venue for the talented people who come through the doors of CMPAC.


Christine Jansson | Co-Treasurer - is a NYS Licensed Real Estate agent with Belzak and Bodkin Realty. She has held her license for 8 years and has been in the real estate field for over 10 years. Along with finding clients their dream homes Christine specializes in foreclosures an investment property.  Her husband Kevin, of 30 years, is her partner in the real estate business. Christine and Kevin raised their 2 children in Babylon where she still continues to volunteer in the community. After serving as Coordinator of Babylon Village Girl Scout for 3 years, she took on the team position of treasurer for 6 years. Although her children have graduated and are no longer in scouting she continues to be the leader of a high school troop. This gives her the opportunity to continue to encourage young women to become leaders of the future. Christine’s other volunteer work includes committee member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 194, Vacation Bible School director for 15 years after bringing the program back to St Joseph’s RCC, and president of BSFA for 2 years at Babylon High School. This gave her the opportunity to get back involved with theater. Having a son who is a stage carpenter by trade and a daughter graduating college with a minor in theater it is only natural that she wants to devote more time to the theater. She is so excited to be part of the CM Board of Directors where she can use the skills she has acquired through her career and volunteering to grow and support the CM community.



Porzia DiGiorgio | Secretary - is a Human Resources Manager with Mainspring Consulting Group, managing all aspects of Human Resources including talent acquisition, performance management, and employee retention.  Porzia holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Business Administration in International Business from Hofstra University.  She is an active member of her community and is a Service Unit Coordinator and Troop Leader for Girl Scouts in Half Hollow Hills, a PTA Officer, and manages the Altar Server Program at St. Matthew Church.  Porzia is most proud of her family, who have all appeared on the CM stage.  She and her husband of 24 years, John, and her three children, Johnny, Gioianna and Dante were welcomed by CM 5 years ago and they are all proud to be a part of the CM Family.  Porzia is honored to serve as a member of the CM Board of Directors, and she will work very hard to keep Noel’s legacy alive.






Ellen Dumlao - is an honors graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music and studied Voice and Vocal Performance at The Boston Conservatory of Music.  She is the lead female vocalist of Rhapsody (, voted Long Island's best wedding band by Best of Long Island for its fifth consecutive year.  She has been part of the CM family since its inception 30 years ago.  Ellen was one of the original instructors of CM’s Summer Arts Educational Programs at Knickerbocker.  She worked as a CM Musical Director and as Director for the Children's Theater and main-stage productions.   She has seen the journey of this "impossible dream" from its humble start at Knickerbocker Ave and to Dante Court before it settled in its longtime home off Montauk Highway. CM continues to be a HOME for her as it does for so many in the CM community for which all of us remain forever in debt to our beloved founder and mentor, Noel Ruiz.


Joe Naftal - is a freelance lighting designer for theatre, dance, and opera and the Marketing Director for Dance Connection in Islip, NY.   He has taught production and marketing classes across the country and has a book that has been published in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia. Joe is a proud member of United Scenic Artists and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.  He holds a BFA in Design & Production from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  Joe grew up at CM and is excited to have the opportunity to serve the organization today.




Lynn Cahalan

Joseph Campanello*

Noel S. Ruiz*

Brian Schnurman


* Deceased




Are you interested in serving on the CM Performing Arts Center’s Board of Directors? Do you feel a calling to give back to the community around you? Do you have a passion for the arts? Do you possess a skill set that might be beneficial to the Board?


While there are a million questions we could ask, if you read our mission statement and it calls to you, we’d love to hear from you. 


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The CM Performing Arts Center, a NonProfit Organization is “home” to people from all walks of life who work collaboratively to produce quality theatrical productions. Guided by the values of excellence, diversity and community, we seek to make a positive contribution to arts-education, culture, and the quality of life on Long Island.

Marc Ausset - Chairman