Van Wert Live Team

Tafi Stober

Executive Director

Tafi guides the vision and mission of Van Wert Live. She is committed to ensuring resources and structures are in place to deliver on the promise to offer experiences that demand a return. Empowering the board, staff, volunteers, and stakeholders to take ownership of the vision to make Van Wert an entertainment destination is her purpose. She believes that live entertainment enhances moods by providing an escape from the rigors of life and builds community through providing shared experiences. It is SO GOOD to work alongside a team of brilliant professionals who are vested in making an impact that improves the quality of life for the people of Van Wert and far beyond. 


Hugh Saunier

Technical Director

Hugh has been involved from the very beginning as the technical director. He executes all aspects of the tech side of any production. This can range from setting up a microphone for a speaking guest to facilitating the installation of 5 semi trucks of equipment and scenery. 

Quincy Thompson

Marketing Director

Quincy adds her own flare of fun to the Van Wert LIVE brand. She is a Van Wert native who is fully vested in impacting the community with the live performing arts. As the Marketing Director, Quincy manages communication touchpoints that share the good news of entertainment opportunities at Van Wert Live's venues. She also builds relationships and engagement opportunities for Members, Media Partners, Advertisers, and Patrons. If you've been to a Van Wert Live pre-show party, you've seen Quincy at work making SO GOOD experiences for all!

Matt Saunier

Operations Steward

Matt has grown up around the stage, directing lights for his first show at age 6. With his father Hugh they know every aspect of backstage and put their knowledge to good use for Van Wert LIVE. Matt recently took up Finances for the Team, one of the many hats he wears when requested of him. His knowledge of the building, stage, and industry is always a valued asset.

Michelle Agler

Hospitality & Facilities Director

Michelle finds great joy in serving others. This passion fits well as she takes care of the Artists and handles the numerous behind-the-scenes details; even the unusual requests. She also manages rental events and other facilities-related details. She is often found spinning numerous plates without dropping a single one and watering the flowers so that the venues are beautiful when guests arrive. Michelle's specialty is making everything special for others.

Weston Thompson

Creatives + Media Director

Weston's position at Van Wert Live is a marriage of his design skills and his passion for jazz performance. He controls the visual touchpoints– print, digital, signage, and whatever comes next. Weston believes in the power of art to connect, heal, and excite real positive progress.

Amy McGovern

Box Office Director

Amy is the Box Office Director and Front of House Volunteer Coordinator.  Originally from Pennsylvania, she is thrilled to connect to the midwest through such a gem as Van Wert Live! Theater and live performing arts have been a passion of hers since she was an usher as a teenager in a small playhouse in rural PA.

Jerry Beard

Box Office

Jerry Beard has been a marvel at taking care of Van Wert live customers since the doors to The Niswonger opened in 2007. He provides ticketing consultation that goes the distance to ensure the experience delivers upon the promise to be SO GOOD from start to finish. Jerry is a lifelong resident of Van Wert county and is totally vested in impacting lives through the gift of live entertainment. If the entertainment alone doesn't make one feel uplifted, Jerry's smile will.