The CAST Board of Directors consists of individuals representing a cross section of our community, with a long heritage in live theatre. While the main function is to provide management and leadership, this group is also dedicated in assisting in all facets of the organization.  They step in as needed in the capacity of actors, stagehands, concession and box office workers, technicians, as well as set construction to name a few. These individuals bring many years of combined theatre experience to Community Actors’ Studio Theatre activities. They welcome public input and may be contacted through the CAST office or the website.
Howard Johnson

Jake B Mathews
Board Attorney

Jake Mathews is the Attorney for the CAST Board of Directors.  While this is his third year with the board, he is a long time supporter of theatre and made his acting debut in the 2008 CAST production of “The Rainmaker”.   He is currently working on a play about Charlie Bell, a former short-tenured minister of Parker Memorial Baptist Church in Anniston, who created controversy over race relations and nationalism.   Jake, a native of Talladega, AL, is a partner in the law firm of Merrill, Merrill, Mathews and Allen.  He is very active in his church and other local organizations, and is the current President of the Calhoun County Historical Society.

Ike Brown

Ike Brown is married to his wife Carrie and has one daughter, Wittney.  He is the Associate Resident Director and Vice President of the Merrill Lynch office in Anniston AL since 1994.  Ike graduated from Jacksonville State University and is a Certified Financial Planner (R) .  Ike is serving or has served on the boards of the Anniston Rotary Club, United Cerebral Palsy Center of East Alabama, the 3 E Association, the Greater Alabama Business and Professionals Association, Co chair of the AFTER Tornado Relief effort and CAST.  In 2011, Ike became a recipient of the prestigious David Brady awardfrom Bank of America Merrill Lynch which is awarded each year to less than 10 employees worldwide for their community service and client dedication.  Ike was also appointed by the Governor to the Alabama Holocaust Commission.In his free time he enjoys activities with his family and enjoys travel and the arts.


Lynn Rice

Sherry French


Jason Wright

Michelle Deese Bain

Dale Walker


Dale Osband Walker joined CAST in December 2012 to serve as  Financial Secretary and Treasurer. She is the CFO and Office Manager of Fire Guard Fire Equipment Co., Inc., a local business owned by her husband, Clay Walker. 
Mrs. Walker is excited to be a part of live theater in Calhoun County and to help contribute to its expansion and benefit in the community. She has participated in Junior League of Calhoun County, as well as served on the Parents Association at Donoho and is a sustaining member of Masker’s.  She is currently part of the Women’s Auxiliary Group of Congregation Beth-El and Cheaha Republican Women, and is an avid tennis player.
Dale and Clay live in Anniston with their two children, Jacob “Jake”, and Claire.


Peggy B. Gudger
Education Outreach

Peggy Gudger has been a long time supporter of CAST and The Anniston Community Theatre for over 20 years.
Peggy is a retired educator with over 33 years in public education
She received her undergraduate degree at Jacksonville State University and her Masters and Educational Specialist- Ed.S. degree in Guidance and Counseling from University of Alabama.
Peggy donates her time in various volunteer organizations to include RMC Auxiliary, Interfaith Ministries and Knox Concert Series. She is a member of Bienville Chapter of the DAR, Major Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne Chapter of the UDC, Delta Kappa Gamma Education Society and The Book Club.
Since her retirement she is enjoying traveling and being a lady of leisure.
Peggy is presently the secretary for the CAST Board.
Nancy Hennessy 

Sally Haynes
Communication Coordinator

Sally Haynes joined the CAST Board in 2013, where she serves as Communication Coordinator.  She grew up in the Oxford-Anniston area, moved away to attend, Samford University then the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University.  After working inVirginia, Maryland, Florida, and Georgia, she moved back “home” where she works full time at NEARMC in Anniston.  

She has served on the Parents’ Association at The Donoho School in many roles, most recently President of the Parents’ Association.

She lives with her husband; Michael, Daughter; Sallie-Grace, and poodles; Lily and Tula at Kernow-Dixie Farm.
Daniel Spector

Jon Garlick 


Robin Abernathy
Tim Barton

Tim Barton serves on CAST’s Board of Directors and is Webmaster of this website.  He began his community theatre career with Anniston Community Theatre appearing in dozens of productions — his favorite role being the dentist from Little Shop of Horrors.

Tim is the General Manager of The Supply Room in Oxford where military uniforms and insignia are manufactured.  He was the recipient of the President’s Award at the 2013 Randy Awards.