Staff

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
9501 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, IL 60077
Administrative Office: 847-679-9501
Box Office: 847-673-6300
General Inquiries: customerservice@northshorecenter.org

 

Facility Contacts

Michael Pauken General Manager BIO E-mail
Carolyn Adams Office Manager BIO E-mail
Lucy O. Ahlborn Educational Program Manager BIO E-mail
Joseph Alaimo Marketing & Communications Manager BIO E-mail
Betty Boduch Events Manager BIO E-mail
Emily Meister Events Supervisor/Concessions Manager BIO E-mail
Heather Packard Assistant Box Office Manager BIO E-mail
Dipti Patel Development Associate/Receptionist BIO E-mail
Frank Rose Technical Director BIO E-mail
David Vish Director of Marketing & Sales BIO E-mail
Ron Weaver Box Office Manager BIO E-mail
Ardelle K. Winston Operations Manager BIO E-mail

Michael Pauken
General Manager
Mr. Pauken joined the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie as general manager in 2002. Prior to joining the North Shore Center, Michael managed numerous theatrical productions including the long-running Forever Plaid in Chicago, Milwaukee and Seattle. Other Chicago credits include Catch! with the Flying Karamazov Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fully Committed, and ART all at the Royal George Theatre, The Vagina Monologues starring Eve Ensler at the Apollo Theater, and the award-winning The Bomb-itty of Errors at both Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier and at the Royal George Theatre. Michael also produced the Chicago premiere of the musical Whoop-Dee-Doo! and booked and managed the popular Sing-a-Long Sound of Music in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. Michael spent five years with the League of Chicago Theatres in various capacities including interim executive director, director of marketing and manager of the popular Hot Tix half-price ticket program. He has also worked for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Michael managed theatres and produced shows there as well as held jobs at the Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. Michael has served on the board of Chicago’s North Shore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau since 2002 and was chair of that organization from 2004 to 2006. He is also on the board of directors for the Skokie Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Skokie Valley Kiwanis.

Carolyn Adams
Office Manager
Ms. Adams has been with the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie since August 1997. Carolyn assists the general manager in the day-to-day operations of the building as well as working with the various entities residing in the building. Previously she was employed by Bank One, Illinois, NA. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Economics/Business Administration from Illinois College in 1994. She enjoys spending time with her daughter.

Lucy O. Ahlborn
Educational Program Manager
Ms. Ahlborn joined the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie team in the spring of 2015 to manage the North Shore Center’s Youtheatre Educational Performing Arts Program as well as North Shore Center’s tradeshow for performers for young audiences, Showcase. A Northwestern graduate, Lucy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, with a concentration in Theatre for Young Audiences, and in English, with a concentration in Poetry. In addition to her work with North Shore Center, Lucy works with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, stage managing their For Youth Inquiry plays throughout the school year. She is passionate about theatre for young people that sparks meaningful and lasting discussion, engages its audiences by asking real, compelling questions, and challenges misconceptions of what young people are capable of by treating youth audiences with respect and dignity.

Joseph Alaimo
Marketing & Communications Manager
Mr. Alaimo joined the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie in August 2002 and has held several positions within his employment at the Center. Joe earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University in 2001 and then served as Literary/Marketing intern for the 2001-2002 season at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater before joining the Center. Since Mr. Alaimo’s appointment to full-time employment in August 2003, his position has taken on a variety of new duties including the coordination of event details, internal and external communications, and coordinating the concessions operation of the facility. As the Marketing & Communications Manager, Joe is responsible for maintaining the overall image of the facility via website, marquee and other advertising outlets. When not at the North Shore Center, Joe enjoys spending time with friends & family, and checking out the incredible talent in the Chicago theatre community.

Betty Boduch
Events Manager
Ms. Boduch joined the ranks of the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie team in 2003 and has served as the events manager since that time. Betty’s duties include scheduling and coordinating the calendar and event details for the North Shore Center resident companies and rental clients. Ms. Boduch learned the art of managing last-minute changes and juggling details as Booking Manager for an educational touring theatre as well as having been the events and office coordinator for the Illinois Theatre Association, a statewide arts advocacy organization. While not at the North Shore Center, Ms. Boduch enjoys spending time with her children and husband.

Emily Meister
Events Supervisor/Concessions Manager
Ms. Meister joined the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie as a House Manager in late 2014 and shortly thereafter transitioned into the Events Supervisor and Concessions Manager position. Emily received her B.A. in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and has gained experience working with a variety of special events including weddings, concerts, festivals and theater. Some of Emily’s responsibilities with the North Shore Center include bar management, coordinating event logistics, and artist hospitality.

Heather Packard
Assistant Box Office Manager
Ms. Packard joined the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie as a box office associate in 2002 and has been the assistant box office manager since 2003. Heather graduated from Concordia University in River Forest, IL in 1997 with a BA in Elementary Education with a specialization in Speech and Theatre. Heather spent several years teaching preschool before working as a substitute teacher for grades Preschool – 6. After experiencing the joy of teaching, Heather decided to make a transition by returning to her first love – the theatre.

Dipti Patel
Development Associate/Receptionist
Ms. Patel joined the team at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie in March, 2013. She acquired her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Roosevelt University. She started her career with non-profits at the Fine Arts Ticket Office at Florida State University. Upon her return to Chicago, Dipti worked for several years at the League of Chicago Theatres where she launched the Hot Tix ticketing program online. She is fortunate to have two lovely children with her funny and caring husband. In her spare time she enjoys Chicago, an arts city that is second to none.

Frank Rose
Technical Director
Mr. Rose has been at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts in Skokie since its opening in November 1996. Frank received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University. He has free-lanced extensively in the Chicago area as a technical director, a stage manager, and as a scenic and lighting designer. Frank was the production manager for Light Opera Works in Evanston for several years. Before working at the North Shore Center, he taught and was the technical director/resident designer at National-Louis University in Evanston. Frank has designed lights for several North Shore theaters, and is the recording engineer for Oakton Community College’s Six Piano Ensemble.

David Vish
Director of Marketing & Sales
Mr. Vish has been with the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie since September of 2010. David has previously marketed and promoted the performing arts at Illinois State University’s Braden Auditorium and Chicago’s National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre, where he oversaw the public relations aspects and documented the Auditorium’s $14 million restoration and modernization project. Directly prior to his position at the North Shore Center, David worked as Marketing Director for Jam Production’s Theatricals division where he managed universal sales, strategic marketing and press efforts for live touring entertainment and Broadway productions in various US markets. David studied Music and Political Science for his undergraduate work and received a Master’s Degree in Music from Illinois State University.

Ron Weaver
Box Office Manager
Mr. Weaver has been with the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie since September of 2001 and has held the position of box office manager since March of 2003. Previously, he worked in the Chicago area and around the country as an Equity stage manager and advertising copywriter. He is a graduate of the Master’s program in the department of Design, Technology and Management of the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign.

Ardelle K. Winston
Operations Manager
Mr. Winston joined the team at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie in 2007 and was promoted to operations manager in December, 2008. Ardelle attended Upper Iowa University and majored in Social Science and minored in business management; from there he worked as a Youth Counselor supervisor for delinquent youth ages 11-18 for three and a half years. Mr. Winston is married and has two daughters. Ardelle is currently attending Oakton Community College where he is studying for a B.A in Facility Management. Ardelle devotes all of his time to his family and he loves a good action movie.