Meet the Board

Creating Accessible Theater For All

Lesley Grider

Board Member

Lesley earned her BA in Theater from Cardinal Stritch University, interned at the Goodman Theatre, and has worked in a variety of theaters both on and offstage. She most recent appeared in Waukesha Civic’s production of For Purely Elfish Reasons with two of her daughters. 

Her fifteen year career in fundraising provided experiences with both small and large organizations including: the Milwaukee Art Museum, Bel Canto Chorus, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, National PKU Alliance, Columbia St. Mary’s, and MIAD. Additionally, Lesley has served on the fundraising committee at her daughter’s school and volunteered for countless events and activities in the community over the years. 

Lesley currently serves as the Director of Chaos for her magical household of six humans and seven pets while working toward her Master of Arts in Teaching with a dual licensure in special education and general education at Carroll University. Her husband Dave and girls (Emma, Rowan, Laura, and Sarah) inspire her daily. 

She is passionate about the mission of Pink Umbrella Theater Co. and truly believes in theater for all.

Dawn Kellner

Board Member

Dawn has been a lifetime believer in self-advocacy, diversity and inclusion.  She committed over 30 years working with young adults with physical, emotional, intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism and mental health struggles.
Dawn is a Wisconsin native. She received a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy at UW Milwaukee and she furthered her education in Social Work.  Her resume includes UW Madison Hospital & Clinics, Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Hospital, Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, and Milwaukee Center for Independence.
Dawn’s greatest role is being a mom to Jared and Emily, the length of their lives.  They shared with each other a deep love of music, theater, nature and inner peace.  The mission of Pink Umbrella Theater Co is the heart and soul of Dawn, Emily & Jared.  When her children passed away, she made a commitment to spread as much love, inclusion and tolerance as she could in as many ways as she is able.

Chris Reibel

Teaching Assistant/Board Member

Chris is a Teaching Assistant for First Stage working with both verbal and non-verbal students, students with classic autism, sensory processing disorders, and other developmental disabilities. 

Chris earned his high school diploma from Ronald Reagan High School. Through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, he also completed  internships at Alverno College, MPS SSC Center, Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Cabinetry by Artistic Design, Outpost Natural Foods, and Stein’s Garden & Home.

In 2018, Chris successfully completed a nine-month internship with Children’s Hospital, as part of Project SEARCH, a rotational development program sponsored by Easter Seals.

Chris lives in Bay View, Wisconsin and enjoys acting, movies, TV trivia, meteorology, local news, music, and restoring vintage Apple computers.

Jennifer Reibel

Board Member

Jennifer and Ken Reibel co-own CJ Communications, a Milwaukee-based marketing and communications agency that provides communication services for agencies, corporations, and media.

Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kalamazoo College, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She began her career as a reporter for the Milwaukee Business Journal and subsequently

worked for Farm Futures magazine, Case Corp. and Kohler Co. before launching CJ Communications in 1995.

Jennifer lives in Bay View, Wisconsin with her husband Ken and their two children, Christopher and Natalie. She grew up in Grand Haven, Michigan, where she enjoyed many years of horseback riding along Lake Michigan’s sand dune trails. She has a lifelong passion for cats, dogs, and horses, and served as a founding member and foster volunteer for the Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin (GRRoW) group.

Today, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Caledonia Conservancy, which preserves riding and hiking trails for recreational use.

Ken Reibel

Board Member

Ken Reibel is father to a 23-year-old autistic man, and a long-time autism advocate. He earned a BA from Western Michigan University and an MA in Communications from Marquette University, and has worked as a journalist, educator and marketing communications professional. He lives in Milwaukee with his wife, Jennifer, and two adult children.


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