Fred TraftonFirst Vice Chair
Fred has been an engineer at Texas Instruments since 1986 and became involved with NTPA when he enrolled his son Connor Kirby-Trafton in a class named “Therapeutic Drama” at Plano Children’s Theatre. Since then, this little class has grown to become the Starcatchers, and Fred was Chairman of their management board from September 2017-2019. Fred also contributed design and plans for the risers in the Rodenbaugh Theatre and the Brodie Copeland Theatre, and helped in their construction. Fred enjoys Progressive Rock music, reading and writing Science Fiction and drawing superhero comics.
Brian Celico2nd Vice Chair
Celebrating 31 wonderful years married to my sweet wife Abby who is an incredible mom to our two sons Michael and Matthew. I have been in private practice Optometry for 23 years in Dallas. Past President of Dallas County Optometric Society and enjoy cooking, exercising and spending time with the family. I see patients at Julia’s Center for Healthcare each month, a free clinic on Avenue K in Plano exclusively for patients without any form of health insurance. Starcatcher’s Theater has been an integral part of our son Michael’s enjoyment and happiness and we are grateful for this organization.
Ruthanne KernBudget Director
Ruthanne’s children have performed at NTPA for 10 years. She has volunteered in several areas over those years & now gladly serves our special needs guests through the Starcatchers program. She works for our local school district in Special Needs and Behavioral Support, so this is an extension of what she does in her profession. She believes it is a privilege to work with these families and see the full potential of these students & young adults recognized through the variety of performing arts programs at NTPA.
Lisa has worked with young people with special needs and their families since 2005, first as a Special Education teacher, and now as a Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselor. Prior to moving to Texas in 1994, she began with a career in Social Work with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, working in Medical Eligibility at a children’s hospital, and as a Childcare Licensing Representative. She studied Architecture at Texas Tech University, and after a very short career detour in City Planning and Building Permits, returned to her original passion of working for and with families of young children. Lisa learned about Starcatchers through one of her students, who participated in the NTPA “Therapeutic Drama”, as the group was called in 2010. Since then, she and her family members have been avid supporters/ participants/volunteers with this wonderful program. Having witnessed the Starcatchers program grow and develop over almost a decade, Lisa is honored to serve on the board, and looks forward to what the next decade will have in store for the NTPA Starcatchers.
Kerri has over 18 years of experience in financial, operational and human resource management, primarily in the professional services industry. She holds a CPA certification in Virginia and Georgia. For several years after moving to Texas in 2007, she was on the board of the Lewisville ISD Special Education PTSA and has volunteered with other organizations serving the special needs community. Her son has recently become involved with the Starcatchers program. She is excited about the opportunity this program provides for him to experience the arts, connect with peers, and develop new skills.
Alan Hastings has been a member of the Starcatchers’ Management Board since 2017. He joined the board after seeing how beneficial the Therapeutic Drama program was for Connor Kirby-Trafton, and Fred Trafton asked him to join the Management Board. He was honored to have the opportunity to help this program further its goals to make the arts accessible to everyone. Alan Hastings is a design engineer at Texas Instruments. In addition to his role on the Starcatcher’s Management Board, Alan was a member of the “Team of Steel” who built the risers for NTPA’s Rodenbaugh and Brodie Copeland Theatres. In his spare time, he writes science fiction stories and plays an occasional role-playing game.
Lenora has been involved with NTPA Starcatcher’s upon the founding of its board in 2017. As a retired PISD teacher she brings 17 years teaching experience. She developed and wrtoe social skills curriculum which was heavily based on role playing/acting for special needs chilren. She feels acting gives children focus, and that theater is a place to explore and understand emotions. Her first exposure to Starchers was attending one of her former students’ plays where she was astounded with the high level of performance and most impressed with the intern program. NTPA Starcatchers provides opportunities for all participants, both actor and intern, to be stretched to his or her highest potential in a positvie inclusive setting. This program fosters a sense of belonging for performers, their families, and the community. These are the reasons for her involvement. Previouly, Lenora served on the Heritage Farmstead Board and was a Docent, in Bible Study Fellowship Leadership for 11 years, church women’s leadership, P.T.A., and Poineer Girls administration. She owned a fine Arts/Drama Preschool in Manama, Bahrain. She has a B.A. in Communications from University of North Texas. She has lived in Plano for 37 years with her husband, Monty. She has two married children and six grandchildren.
Eric has been an engineer in the semiconductor industry since 1997. He became associated with NTPA in 2012 in the Therapeutic Drama program when his son (Jake) signed up to perform. He has been volunteering with the Starcatchers ever since. Eric is now part of the Starcatchers board to help grow and promote such a valuable program for the special needs community.
Arneda serves on the Starcatcher Management Board and is co-chair of the fundraising/marketing committee. She has a MBA from Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Westminster College. Her previous experience includes roles in accounting, sales, and human resources with Sprint and AT&T. In addition to her most recent volunteer experience at the Frisco Family Services Food Pantry, Arneda has also served as Interim President for Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) – Houston and Treasurer for Frisco Flyers Special Olympics. Arneda, her husband Robert, and daughter Mackenzie reside in Frisco.