Meet the Board
Creating Accessible Theater For All
Jenny Bultman is delighted to join Pink Umbrella’s Board of Directors and to bring some left-brained power to this group of talented artists. Jenny is trained as a project manager (and admits that she project manages everything in her life). She currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the Office of the President at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Jenny lives in Wauwatosa with Rob, her husband of 30 years, and has two adult children – Spencer & Mitchell (who works for Pink Umbrella as a Teaching Artist with his soon-to-be wife Giana!). Jenny loves her family, her job, reading, completing jigsaw puzzles, and not-so-secretly wishes she had a dog. Jenny is passionate about the health, well-being, and opportunity for all to thrive and is excited to bring her personal and professional experience to Pink Umbrella!
Sally Firth stepped under the Pink Umbrella in the summer of 2019 as she watched her daughter, Gemma, launch her career as an actress in the summer musical. The magic, laughter and friendship they experienced with the group captured their hearts. Sally sees Pink being an important part of her and her friend's families for many years, as differently abled people are given an environment that is organically developed for them and their talents to blossom.
Sally is a Respiratory Therapist who has transitioned her career into Healthcare Management. She lives in New Berlin with her husband Richard, son Daniel, Gemma, and beagle Jax. Team building and project management are some of the tools she brings to Pink as a member of the board of directors.
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 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.
Charlie earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University. Working for local companies he went on to design defibrillators, electrocardiographs, stress testing systems, engine controls and many other products for OEMs. He transitioned into sales and has volunteered as a coach in middle school and high school for many years.
Charlie has been married for over 25 years and has 3 daughters. His passion for the theater and fine arts has been encouraged by his wife who participated in ballet through college as well as from his youngest daughter, Kate. Kate suffered from sepsis as an infant resulting in several amputations. Kate has participated in theater her whole life. Her experiences in the theater compel Charlie to help others – first to have the theater opportunity and then to have the “home” social environment so many need.
Charlie is passionate about the mission of Pink Umbrella Theater Co. and truly believes in theater for all.
Pugs (Daniel Seung) Pugliese
Pugs (Daniel Seung) Pugliese welcomes the opportunity to become involved in theatre again. Throughout his high school and undergraduate career, Pugs was involved in technical theatre serving as a sound designer/engineer, a lighting designer, a stage manager, and a member of the set construction crew. He has worked traveling Broadway shows like Working and Pump Boys And Dinettes. He graduated from High School with Honors in Technical Theatre.
After a 25 year career in IT in which he led software development and technology infrastructure teams, Pugs recently retired and started a portrait photography business. He also completed his MFA in Interdisciplinary Art in January of 2020.
In addition to Photography and Theatre, Pugs is passionate about the Arts in general and is devoted to accessibility in the arts. Having struggled as a biracial person with hearing loss, impaired vision, and severe learning differences, he owes much of his successful life and career to the Arts; without Theatre, Choir, and Photography, his young life would have taken a very different path. Pugs is committed to ensuring that other young people have the same opportunities that helped him to grow and develop.
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.