Board of Directors

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 Experience: Coming soon.

Theatrical Experience: Coming soon.

Rita McCaffrey -- Secretary

Professional Experience: Coming soon.

Theatrical Experience: Coming soon.

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: Coming soon.

Theatrical Experience: Coming soon.

Kyle Johnson -- Media Director (Interim)

Professional Experience: Coming soon.

Theatrical Experience: Coming soon.