Board of Directors
Gerry Yukevich, President
A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Gerry practices internal medicine in Vineyard Haven, MA. He and his wife Martha and daughter Anna moved from Boston to the Vineyard in 1995 and quickly grew attached to the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse.
In Boston, Gerry founded the Buster-Scimitar Theater, which specialized in European farce and original American drama. He was also Publisher of Alpha-Bete, a Free-Form Art Sheet, and President of Z'Arts, a Boston-based arts networking organization. Gerry performs each June 16th in Arts and Society's Bloomsday Concert. His comic novel "Cruise Ship Doctor" was published in 2003. He is currently shopping two screenplays and his essays and reviews appear occasionally in The Vineyard Gazette and the M.V. Times. Gerry also serves proudly on the island as Medical Director of Hope Hospice.
George L. Cohn, Ex-officio
Linda was bitten by the theater bug at an early age in her native Minnesota when she landed the dream role of Liesl in The Sound of Music. A lifelong love of acting has kept her active in Boston commercials, film and theater, and she has most recently appeared in David Ive’s Sure Thing at the Katherine Cornell.
She has directed and produced for both stage and screen, and has taught acting improv to aspiring actors. Beginning at WBZ-TV, a decades-long sales and marketing career led her behind-the-scenes to her most recent role as a purveyor of financing to independent film and stage producers.
Linda has written many vocal compositions throughout her life and is currently working on a musical comedy she hopes to land on Broadway. Eight months of the year, she lives on the Martha’s Vineyard seashore; the other four, she’s not so lucky.
Paula was an award-winning Consumer Investigative Reporter who worked in both local and network television for 25 years, then plied those communication skills in to a new career as an Executive Coach, helping C-level executives all across the country, become more powerful and effective, communicating vision and strategy throughout their organizations. She did that work at Bates Communications in Wellesley, MA.
Currently, she is a regular panelist with her husband, Arnie Reisman, on National Public Radio’s weekly comedy quiz show “Says You.” Lyons say hers has been a “life in words”, written, spoken, acted and sung. Her love of theater is a natural outgrowth of that obsession.
Former Consumer Editor for Good Morning America, Paula was also a top-rated consumer reporter at WCVB-TV and WBZ-TV in Boston. Lyons reported on a wide range of topics over the years, including flaws in the nation’s poultry inspection system, the scams and schemes of telemarketers and door-to-door salesmen, deceptive automobile and swimming pool sales practices, the alarming and growing threat to individual privacy in America, the hidden problems of lead poisoning and indoor air pollution, the inner workings of booms and busts in the housing market, the commerce and corruption of food labeling and businesses that do right by their employees, their customers and their communities.
She was honored with the Consumer Federation of America’s prestigious Outstanding Consumer Media Service Award in 1991 and the National Press Club’s Consumer Journalism Award for Best Investigative Reporting. She has also won a number of regional Emmys for her work. In April 2003, she received an award for Enterprise Reporting from the Associated Press. In addition Lyons has been honored as one of Boston’s “Outstanding Young Leaders” by the Boston Jaycees.
Lyons has also written on consumer issues for the national magazines Ladies’ Home Journal and Family Circle, and has been a sought after public speaker.
Prior to her television career Paula worked in gubernatorial campaigns in California and Massachusetts and in various capacities for former Boston Mayor Kevin H. White. She served as Press Secretary to the Mayor (the first woman to hold that job in Boston).
Before working in city government, Paula worked as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools and at the American School of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
Lyons holds a bachelor of arts degree from Newton College of the Sacred Heart and a masters degree from the University of Massachusetts. She now lives on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard with her husband of 32 years.
Rae lives in Oak Bluffs and is the owner and executive baker of Blue Ribbon Coffee Cakes. She is a retired ESL teacher from the Oak Bluffs School. Her educational background includes Northeastern University (BS), Bentley University (MBA) and Lesley University (M, Ed).
Arnie has been an award-winning writer, producer and performer for more than three decades, in commercial and public television, radio, corporate video, theatre and film. At present he writes a column, The Washashore Chronicles, for the Vineyard Gazette on Martha’s Vineyard.
Since the inception of the series in 1996, he has been a regular panelist on National Public Radio's Says You!, the weekly comedy quiz show airing in more than 120 markets, sitting next to his wife, Paula Lyons, former national consumer reporter. In 2009, with Ann Carol Grossman, he produced for PBS The Powder & the Glory, a 90-minute film focusing on the business rivalry and cultural influences of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. So far, PBS has broadcast the film every March -- Women’s History Month. His national telecasts include Hollywood On Trial (Oscar-nominated documentary on the blacklist), The Other Side of the Moon (90-minute PBS special for 20th anniversary of the lunar landing) and PBS' AIDS Quarterly with Peter Jennings. He worked as a writer-producer for both WCVB and WGBH in Boston. He was also the executive editor of the news weekly, Boston After Dark (now the late Boston Phoenix), and serves as the chair of the annual Bill of Rights Dinner for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. The rest of his time, he writes plays and poems.
Alex has been involved in the arts all his life having performed on stage and worked in production management and administration. He grew up working at the Vineyard Playhouse on productions technical aspects and served as Assistant Technical Director for the summer season. He spent three years as Associate Production manager at The Lincoln Center Festival and consulted on the building and renovation of theaters with a firm based in San Francisco. He currently works with non-profit organizations on development strategies and fundraising initiatives in Boston, MA. He and his wife, Rumena come to West Tisbury as often as they can.
Klaus D. Vogt
Klaus and his wife Gesa moved to the Vineyard in 2013.
Klaus brings his extensive international business background to the board’s mix of expertise. Residences in NY and Berlin, allow him to sample the diverse theater and music offering of these cities, which in turn inspire and influence his input to the board of Martha’s Vineyard’s premiere cultural institution.