Board of Directors

Agendas and Minutes

To view CPT Board agendas and minutes, click here.


Shelley Saxer -- Executive Director

Professional Experience: Shelley has her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and her law degree from UCLA. She has been teaching law at Pepperdine for over 25 years and currently holds the Laure Sudreau Endowed Chair. She's served in administrative roles at the law school, including Academic Dean and Vice Dean. Prior to attending law school, Shelley worked as a payroll supervisor and financial systems analyst at Pepperdine University, and as a financial systems project leader and data processing manager at Vetco Offshore in Ventura.

Theatrical Experience: Shelley has been a part of local community theatre for more than 35 years. Her first show with The Conejo Players was in 1982 -- and it's where she met her husband, Gary. She is an Honorary Life Member, having performed and served as musical director for several shows. Shelley has also performed locally with Pacific Festival Ballet, Cabrillo Music Theatre (now 5-Star Theatricals), the Moorpark Melodrama, and Horizon Players. For more than 10 years, Shelley worked with her dear friend, Mayme Paul, as a volunteer musical director for the Lindero Canyon Middle School spring musicals, in which three of her daughters performed. The Saxer family members -- including four daughters, two sons-in-law, and two granddaughters -- have all been part of the CPT family, and they continue to perform here and across the country.


Beth Eslick -- Executive Producer

Professional Experience: Beth has three degrees: one in Elementary Education, one in Reading Specialty, and one in Fashion Design. She’s worked as an educator and an office manager, and is now a professional costume designer and owns her own business, Beth Dressed. She designs for several different theatres in and around Southern California.

Theatrical Experience: Beth has been active at Conejo Players since 2005, and has served as its Costume Custodian since 2007. She is a proud Honorary Life Member of CPT, and a winner of the Golden Sweatshirt Award. Beth has been the Executive Producer since 2016 -- in addition, she costume designs; stage-manages; produces; has run lights and sound; has worked as the House Manager Coordinator; and often teaches workshops.


Jeremy Zeller -- Executive Technical Director

Professional Experience: Jeremy holds a degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and worked in the newspaper industry for over half a decade. After several years as a specialties editor for the Ventura County Star -- where his duties included writing, editing, print and web design, and photography (among others) -- he now works in marketing for an insurance services provider in the Conejo Valley. He's also worked for a local electrical contractor, and spent time with the facilities at his church.

Theatrical Experience: Jeremy caught the theatre bug at age 7 and has been involved (either on or off stage) ever since. His first involvement at CPT was as an usher in 2010, and he has worked on numerous productions since -- including as the director/producer of the Conejo Improv Players.


Devery Holmes -- President

Professional Experience: Devery holds a degree in Communications from Cal State Northridge and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University in Marketing and Management. Devery began her career at ABC-TV and went on to become a Unit Manager at ABC. She then went to get her MBA and started working at Time Life in Marketing. Soon after, she pursued a career that combined production with marketing and was hired to run the global American Airlines entertainment program for NMA Entertainment and Marketing. She worked at NMA for 10 years as SVP in Marketing, and President and CMO for 11 years heading up the entertainment strategy for brands like Baskin Robbins, Nestle, Samsung, Heineken, Sears, and Hostess. Devery went out on her own in 2009 and started Spark Alliance Marketing, where she became the agency of record for 20th Century Fox films, Focus Features, Crackle, and other studios and brands.

Theatrical Experience: Devery is an Honorary Life Member and Golden Sweatshirt recipient at Conejo Players Theatre, where she’s been active since 1986 -- when she and her husband Jim moved to the Conejo Valley. Since then, she's been involved as a performer, director, producer, prop master, costume coordinator, and children’s theatre usher coordinator. She's also directed the teen summer musical for Thousnd Oaks' Young Artists Ensemble, and has performed at numerous other theatres in our community, including Pacific Festival Ballet, Children’s Theater Experience, and The Young Americans. Currently, Devery is a judge for California Thespians, an educational theatre association.


Elena Mills -- Vice President

Professional & Theatrical Experience: Elena was born and raised in Russia. She started to perform at the age of 6 and continued through school and university. Elena studied Russian Language and World Literature and became a High School teacher at the age of 21. She was a Manager of High School Theater and directed numerous plays through her teaching career. She directed plays by Shakespeare, Golgoni, Chekhov, Ostrovsky, Schwarts and other Russian playwrights. Over 20 years ago Elena moved to America and started her new life here. She was volunteering in different places: Civic Arts Plaza as an usher, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks elementary schools as an art teacher, and in 2007 she started to paint sets at Conejo Players. All these years Elena worked as a set designer and painter, costume designer, producer, director assistant, actress, box office member and House Managers Coordinator, trying to help her favorite place to thrive and prosper. She is honored to continue her work at Conejo Players as Vice President, dedicating her time and energy for a place she calls home.


Rita McCaffrey -- Secretary

Professional Experience: Rita graduated from St. Vincent's Hospital School of Nursing in Greenwich Village New York earning a Registered Nursing Degree. Rita earned a BA in Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College. She worked as an ICU nurse for 6 years and then transferred to Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, New York. One of her responsibilities led her to the research chemotherapy area under Maurice Shills.MD (inventor of K-rations in World War II) Rita then joined the research monitoring team at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. In total she spent 28 years with Pfizer, finally in their joining the sales division, watching the development of many amazing drugs. It was a wonderful experience that allowed her to visit many of our United States. During all this she married, had two fabulous children, and sadly divorced. She is happily retired and works as a companion/caregiver to a lovely senior citizen.

Theatrical Experience: Rita began studying Irish dancing in the back of an Irish bar in the Bronx, NY where she grew up. She danced competitively and professionally until she was 18. She appeared in several NYU student films. She began studying acting at the HB studios and then Sanford Meisner Neighborhood Playhouse technique. She appeared in multiple off broadway production, and was in the Shakespeare Dramathon at the Lamb Theater on Broadway. Summer stock in Fitchburg, Ma. She then spent 30 years away from theater and focused on earning a living and raising a family. In recent years, after she retired, dhe started doing UCLA student films and came to Conejo Players theater as an usher. She has been in productions at several local community theaters as actor, prop person, painter and spotlight operator. She is so blessed to have had such joy performing in our wonderful community.


Tim Holtwick -- Treasurer

Professional Experience: Tim holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from University of Redlands. He spent 40 years in sales and management in the print communications field and now owns and operates his own company, specializing in printing and ad specialties. Prior to coming to the Board of Directors at Conejo Players, he served in various volunteer capacities on the boards of two homeowners associations.

Theatrical Experience: At the tender age of 52, Tim went with a theatrically minded friend just to watch him audition for a show -- and in spite of having no experience on the stage, Tim himself ended up being cast as HC in THE RAINMAKER at a local theatre in Thousand Oaks! Since that time, 20 years ago, he has appeared on various stages throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Tim currently lives in Simi Valley with his wife Barb and teenage grandkids Haylee and Timothy. He is proud to be a part of the Conejo Players Theatre management team.


Renee Delgado Rose -- Business Director

Professional Experience: Renee has her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies, and her Masters degree in Digital Media, from UCLA. She owned a graphic design and printing company for eight years, sold it to a competitor, and began a new career -- for over half a decade now, she's been a successful local real estate broker, specializing in both the Conejo and San Fernando Valleys and surrounding areas.

Theatrical Experience: Renee didn’t know that community theatre existed until she saw a group of kids and adults rehearsing at a dance studio she had just started taking tap lessons at in 2013. She went home and Googled “community theatre Conejo Valley” and, lo and behold, she discovered Conejo Players Theatre and their upcoming auditions for MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT. As a huge Monty Python fan, Renee went out on a limb and showed up at auditions not knowing what to do or expect ... A few days later, she was cast in her very first show, and has now proudly performed in five other CPT musicals -- and they certainly won't be her last! (She's also recently appeared in several shows at High Street Arts Center in Moorpark.) Renee's excited to see what’s in store for her future CPT endeavors, both onstage and off.


Mike Mills -- Facilities Director

Professional Experience: Mike and his family moved to Conejo Valley in 1964 and has lived here ever since. He has been involved in engineering, design and facility and project management since receiving his Engineering Degree from CSUN. He has worked for company titans such as Rockwell, Northrop, Baxter, Chevron, Hughes and Amgen. His portfolio of managed projects were in excess of $1million and the size of facilities managed over 1.25 million square feet. He is a Certified Facility Engineer from the Association of Facility Engineers. Most of the buildings he has managed were built in the early 1960’s which requires different skill set than those built in the last 10 or 20 years. Conejo Players Theatre was originally built in 1964 and we look forward to Mike applying his knowledge and expertise in making Conejo Players an even better Theatre.

Theatrical Experience: Mike, while taking undergraduate engineering classes Moorpark College, was asked by a classmate to help on a show. The first show he worked on was “You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Waters Running” in 1970 as lighting operator. Since then he has appeared and worked on countless shows at CPT. He was also elected as Executive Technical Director in the mid 1970’s. Most recently, he appeared in CPT’s The Graduate as Mr. Braddock accompanied by his lovely wife Elena Mills (Mrs. Braddock) who is our Vice President. When Mike isn’t on stage or working backstage, you’ll find him installing new LED overhead lighting, digitizing the Conejo Players archived files, or escorting contractors working or bidding on theatre projects.


Kyle Johnson -- Media Director (Interim)

Professional Experience: Kyle has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Portland. In 2006, he joined ZestNet, Inc as a web developer. For the next 12 years he worked on all stages of web application development from setting up severs all the way to styling the pages that users see. Sometimes his projects extended past traditional web development to things like setting up custom kiosks or digital signage systems. He joined Mustang Marketing when they acquired ZestNet, Inc in 2018 and continues to work for a diverse portfolio of businesses in various industries.

Theatrical Experience: Kyle has been acting up ever since he was born. Only taking one acting class in high school and two in college, most of Kyle's experience was writing and preforming skits, plays, and movies with his church. When Kyle moved to Ventura in 2006 he began taking improv classes with the Ventura Improv Company. His first step into traditional theater was thanks to his friend Della, who suggested he would be perfect for Pastor Justin Waverly in Christmas Belles. Since then he has done shows all over the county, and continues to improvise when ever he is not in a show.