Meet Our Team

Creative Team

Lindsay Goldapp

  • Executive & Artistic Director
  • Artistic Director
  • Instructor

Lindsay is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Stomping Ground Comedy. Lindsay holds a B.S. in Acting/Directing from Texas A&M University-Commerce where she is a Theatre Alumni Ambassador. Lindsay is a 2009 graduate of Chicago’s Second City Improv Conservatory and has over 20 years of experience performing and teaching theatre, improv, sketch writing, applied improv, and musical improv all over the U.S. and in the U.K. Lindsay is a former grades 6-12 Theatre teacher, Psychosocial Specialist, and has directed over 10 musicals with children. Lindsay has taught young performers at numerous institutions including Young Actor’s House, Greenhill School, Oak Hill Academy, Dallas Academy of Music & Performing Arts, North Texas Performing Arts, and has created programming for Engaging Youth in the Performing Arts for the World Affairs Council of DFW International Visitor Leadership Program. Lindsay has presented the mental health benefits of improv all around the country, including speaking engagements at the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association. Lindsay has been lucky enough to have a long career as a creative and performer and has worked on marketing campaigns for brands like Pizza Hut, Toyota, and Southwest Airlines and appeared in commercials for Tostitos, Crown Royal, KIA, and many more. Lindsay teaches Sketch Comedy Writing, Improv, Youth Improv, Improv for Work, and Improv for Life classes at Stomping Ground and teaches improv at Booker T Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Lindsay can be seen onstage at Stomping Ground in Broadway(ish) and Spaghetti Confetti or seen sitting in the back of the theater laughing. You can find out more about Lindsay’s work at www.lindsaygoldapp.com.

Andrea K. Baum, M.Ed, LPC

  • Improv for Life Director
  • Improv for Work Director

Andrea is the Co-Founder and Improv for Life & Improv for Work Director of Stomping Ground. Using her experience as a psychotherapist, she has designed and created Improv for Life (IFL), a series of therapeutic improv classes and workshops for several unique needs populations. She uses her clinical expertise in psychotherapy to implement individualized needs based programming using improvisational comedy. Andrea’s mission within Stomping Ground is to connect with local nonprofits and organizations in the Dallas community to spread the healing power of improv and create custom interactive programming for any group’s needs.  She works towards accessibility of comedy training programming for all. Andrea is a Certified Positive Discipline Educator with experience working with children, parents, adults, and people with brain injury, dementia, Alzheimer’s, as well as their caregivers. Andrea leads Improv for Work  and has worked with hundreds of clients globally.  She custom designs trainings and facilitates workshops for leaders and teams blending Organizational Psychology concepts and experiential improv.  She received her BS at Texas Christian University and her Master’s of Education in Counseling at the University of North Texas. She has been learning and performing improv since 2014 and completed improv programs at Stomping Ground and Dallas Comedy House.  Andrea is trained and experienced in Organizational Psychology, Positive Discipline Parenting, Play Therapy, Rapid Resolution Therapy, Biofeedback, Mindfulness, and Hypnosis–and has implemented all of these modalities in Improv for Life and Work Programming.

Greg Mihalik

  • Training Center Director

Greg is Training Center Director, Curriculum Lead for the Improv program, producer, and instructor at Stomping Ground. He received his bachelor’s in theatre from Lehigh University and his MFA in Playwriting from Rutgers University. Greg has been teaching theatre arts for middle school, high school, college-age students, and adults for almost 20 years and currently teaches improvisation, drama, and directs the middle school musical at Greenhill School in Dallas. In 2012, he took his first improv class at the Hideout Theatre in Austin, later moving to New York City where he completed the conservatory program at the Magnet Theater and performed on musical and non-musical house teams, Pyros & Titan.  At Stomping Ground, Greg has directed and produced My F-d Up Thanksgiving, The Midnight Vault, and THUNDERDOME.  He regularly performs musical improv in Broadway(ish) and with Spaghetti Confetti.  He periodically performs with the musical improv duo, Too Shy Guys, throughout the state of Texas. He co-created the Improv for Anxiety class with Andrea Baum, LPC and developed the curriculum for improv and musical improv at Stomping Ground.

Stephanie Bell

  • Operations Director
Stephanie serves as the Operations Direction, which directly serves the greater mission of this organization by strengthening the overall health and backbone of Stomping Ground Comedy Theater. Stephanie has a long history of building communities through non-profits and is excited to bring the SG community closer together. She strongly believes in the power of fellowship and has an innate ability for making the people around her feel welcomed and supported. She is a performer at Stomping Ground Comedy with the groups The Grifters and The Midnight Vault. When she is not at Stomping Ground, she is working at the massage clinic she owns in the White Rock area. She is one of the best massage therapists in the world.

Matt Fry

  • Marketing & Communications Director

Matt is the Director of Marketing & Communications, responsible for managing the day-to-day promotion and marketing of Stomping Ground and its various services and departments, as well as overall strategic marketing goals. A grizzled marketing veteran and a newborn improv baby, Matt currently works as a marketing and technology consultant with over 13 years of experience in digital marketing and took his very first improv class in August 2023. Despite graduating with a degree in literature from the University of Oklahoma, he’s managed global marketing campaigns for well-known name brands and started a few companies of his own. When he’s not at his computer doing marketing, you can find him at his computer playing video games, watching movies, or mindlessly scrolling social media. He also enjoys reading books from his local library, playing/listening to other people play Dungeons & Dragons, and taking short to medium-length walks with his wife.

Jocelyn Tiner, MSW

  • Director of Development

Jocelyn is Director of Development and oversees all fundraising initiatives for SG. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington and serves as Board Treasurer for the League of Women Voters in Collin County. She has been acting in DFW for the last 17 years; she leads The JIM Experiment improv troupe, and is co-founder of Lots O’ Lazzi, a vaudeville-style clowning troupe. Jocelyn is also leading efforts with Not in Our House DFW to create and implement standards for safety in Dallas Fort Worth regional and community theaters. When she isn’t writing grant applications, you might find her volunteering with one of the Improv for Life classes or serving as Manager on Duty for the night. Jocelyn is grateful to SG for giving her the opportunity to combine her love for theatre and performance with her passion for helping others.

Sara Jackson

  • Social Media & Content Coordinator

Sara Jackson is the Social Media & Content Coordinator, tasked with promoting all things Stomping Ground online for our community and prospective audiences. They have created content and managed the social media accounts for several brands and artists over the last 10 years, including their own which is active enough for another 10 years worth of content through Instagram stories alone. They hold a BA in Comedy Writing and Performance from Columbia College Chicago and studied at The Second City. They are currently a performer at Stomping Ground with Caught Up in the Hoo Ha. They’re thrilled to get to work on stage and off to help get the word out about our shows, programs and mission.

Ade Ajayi

  • Producer
  • Youth Improv Instructor

Ade is a storyteller, writer, and stand-up comedian who is a graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station. She is a native who spent over a decade in Seattle, WA. Ade is happy to be back in the Lone Star State and have her accent return. She has performed at The Moth, A Necessary Sadness, and The Iridescent Robot Storytelling Club where she was the resident storyteller. She is an aunt to six nephews and an Ava. She has a love for creative productions that uplift diverse voices in the community and bring people together.

Kelsey Satalino

  • Instructor

Kelsey is a Texas transplant who has performed in improv and musical improv teams in both Denver and Dallas. She has always loved performing but discovered improv in 2017 after moving to Denver, where she trained at RISE Comedy. Since then, Kelsey has graduated from the musical improv programs at RISE, the Bovine Metropolis Theatre, and Stomping Ground Comedy, and coached the Stomping Ground musical house team, Please Sing Already. You can see her perform at Stomping Ground in KEVIN! and Spaghetti Confetti: A Famili Friendli Improvised Musical. By day, Kelsey works in science communications and holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from Florida State University. When she’s not on stage, she enjoys writing, reading sci-fi/fantasy, crafting, and making cringe-worthy puns.

Chris Eisterhold

  • Technical Specialist & Trainer
Chris Eisterhold currently works as a systems administrator at Rayburn Electric Cooperative with over 10 years of IT experience. As a recent Dallas local, moving to Dallas in 2022, he found Stomping Ground in May of 2023 and took his first improv class. He is a graduate of the Improv and Musical Improv programs at Stomping Ground and in July of 2023 he became an intern assisting with the box office and tech booth. He is an avid fan of comedy, theater, and tabletop role-playing games like D&D. Other interests include board games, fantasy books, Magic the Gathering, and Ping Pong.

Tim Miller

  • House Team Coach

Tim boasts over two decades of experience as a comedy writer, performer, and producer. His comedic journey predominantly thrived within ComedySportz, complemented by stints in a Midwest touring ensemble and a national traveling group. Entertaining multitudes as large as eight, up to crowds exceeding 3000, Tim has been a consistent source of entertainment. He has shared his expertise teaching improv to ages young and old, extending his enthusiasm for teaching improv globally during his professional travels. Beyond improv, Tim thrives in crafting media solutions for various companies and organizations. Amidst his comedic pursuits, he treasures quality time with his daughter.

Milo Michelle Wilder 

  • Instructor

Milo (they/them) is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and has been exploring performance their whole life, ranging from murder mystery acting, Disney princess impersonation, theater performing, and playing guitar in a family band. Milo graduated from the Stomping Ground Improv Training Center in 2022 and since then has loved the magic of improv, especially of the musical variety. They find improv to be a great way to inspire and expand natural creativity and hope to teach it to as many folks as possible! You can see Milo performing in Please Sing Already, duo Midnight Diner, and Broadway(ish).

Shenelle Peart

  • Instructor

Shenelle Peart holds a Bachelor of Arts in Radio Television and Film from the University of North Texas. While she has sporadically been involved in theater since college, she stumbled into improv in June of 2021 and has not looked back. Since graduating Stomping Grounds improv program she could be seen performing almost every weekend in either regular or musical improv shows with groups such as Please Sing Already!, The New News News Crew, Spaghetti Confetti, My F*cked Up Thanksgiving and many more. She currently teaches the level 1 improv class at Stomping Ground and really enjoys getting people to fall in love with this art form that has brought so much joy to her life. Shenelle can currently be seen performing with Take One Improv, The Funny Femme Fatales and Broadway(ish).

Melanie Robinson

  • Youth Improv for Life Instructor Aide

Melanie Robinson has worked in education for 10 years in a variety of roles from classroom educator to fundraiser to adult education. She has a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Special Education, and her focus is working with youth with behavioral and emotional diagnoses. She celebrates the unique strengths and personalities of each of her students. A passionate learner herself, Melanie loves improv and watching the ways in which people’s personalities and confidence blossom. Melanie can be found at Stomping Ground almost any time either watching a show, performing, or hanging out with this amazing community.

Sydney Overton

  • Improv for Life Intern

Master’s Candidate for Clinical Mental Health Counseling with specialization in Drama Therapy

Sydney has over a decade’s worth of experience teaching theatre with a therapeutic approach to children, teens, and young adults on the autism spectrum and/or with diagnosed learning differences. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree from Lesley University to become a licensed counselor and registered drama therapist. Her experience working with unique populations gives her a different perspective on how theatre can offer therapeutic benefits to people of all abilities. Her goals align perfectly with Stomping Ground Comedy Theater’s mission statement: to connect the community through comedy that cares.

Julia Cotton

  • Instructor

Julia is a Dallas-based performer, producer, and writer who has put up several stage productions and continues to teach storytelling workshops for people of all ages across Texas.   She co-founded the Dallas-based, all-black sketch troupe, FCC Presents, dedicated to creating socially relevant live comedy experiences. You may have seen Julia on WFAA where she served as host and producer of digital content, including “on-the-street” interviews, viewer watch parties, and various audience engagement pieces. After a career in broadcast communications, Julia joined the North Texas Food Bank as an advocate for the neighbors of Dallas County experiencing food insecurity. Using her experience in storytelling and helping others share their voice, she worked to make important connections between food partners and resources in the Dallas area, leading and hosting community meetings and events. This summer, she will embark on a journey with Educate Texas, part of Communities Foundation of Texas, working to ensure that ALL Texas students, especially African-American, Latino, and economically disadvantaged students receive an education that will lead to a living wage and contribute to thriving communities. Julia also has a couple kids. 

Audrey MacNeil

  • Instructor

Audrey (she/her) received a B.F.A in Acting from Northern Kentucky University and attended the National Theatre Institute where she studied Movement Techniques for the actor and Directing. She has studied and performed short form, long form, and dramatic improv with NKU, Improv Cincinnati, OTRimprov, and Cin City Comedy. She has acted, improvised, and directed on stages and screens throughout Greater Cincinnati, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Connecticut, London, and now Dallas. Audrey has been teaching and coaching improv for five years and loves teaching wholeheartedly.  She is also an experienced Theatre Director, Movement Choreographer, Fight Choreographer, and intimacy coach. Currently she teaches Level Four Long Form with Stomping Ground. Additionally, she produces the all-female identifying indie team Surrender Dorothy, coaches Black Tie Causal, and performs with Take One, Surrender Dorothy, Tall Texas Tales, Dork Horse, and frequently features with Hot Dish!  She sounds busy, but she’s always available to nerd out about improv and theatre!

Daniel Shimek

  • Brand Manager
  • Musical Accompanist

Daniel serves as Branding Manager, building a cohesive Stomping Ground brand image across new productions through planning of programming and creation of graphic design for show promotions. Daniel is an accomplished graphic artist, formerly a staff graphic designer and manager of University of South Florida’s daily newspaper, The Oracle (circulation of 30,000). With a decade of experience as an educator in Japan and as a technology consultant today, he is driven by a passion to empower and foster positive growth in others. Hailing from Miami, Florida, Daniel joined Stomping Ground in 2021. He is a performer in the house team, KEVIN, the creator and director of the show, SideScroll: The Improvised RPG, and a piano accompanist, under the mentorship of musical director, Josh Diamond.

Holly Bagwell

  • Producer

Holly has been performing improv comedy and scripted work throughout DFW since 2010. She has received the majority of her comedy training through The Alternative Comedy Theater where she is a founding member of the group, “Death With Benefits”. She is also the Creator and Host of the Give Me Twenty Podcast where she interviews folks in the entertainment and “influencer” world and gives them a round of 20 Questions. Outside of the comedy world, Holly was also the  Co-Creator and Executive Producer of The Dead Awakening Annual Belly Dance Showcase which sold out every show for a 4-year run. During the day, you can find her working as a senior care advocate in the senior living world which really… is a comedy of its own kind at times.

Tristen Rouse

  • Instructor

Tristen holds a Bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Stephen F. State University and currently works as a video specialist for Wylie ISD. He also taught high school animation, graphics design, and audio/ video classes at Wylie ISD. Tristen is a recent graduate of Stomping Ground and will be performing in their new mainstage show, The Midnight Vault. Tristen has had a passion for storytelling and animation since he was a child which drove him to teach himself animation, graphic design, and video production. The stage was always adjacent to all of these pursuits so it was just a matter of time before he found himself taking improv classes at Stomping Ground. Tristen also will tell you that Dungeons and Dragons taught him about improv too, but he’s not sure that counts. He really just wanted you to know he likes DnD. Tristen wants to share the joy improv has brought his life with all of his students. From learning to let go and relax to healthy communication techniques, he believes everyone can benefit from taking an improv class!

Joshua Diamond

  • Instructor
  • Musical Director

Joshua has served as Musical Director of Stomping Ground since 2018. Prior to joining the Stomping Ground family, Joshua worked as musical director for The Second City main stage show in Las Vegas, as well as the Dallas based comedy troupe Ad-Libs. Joshua studied Music Composition and Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas and has also written and performed music for local television and film. Joshua grew up in the North Dallas area and currently lives and works as an elementary school math teacher in Far North Dallas. Joshua performs with Stomping Ground’s musical improv team, Sound Garden, along with Broadway-ish and several written-for-stage productions like “Eat, Prey, Love”, and co-teaches the Musical Impov classes at Stomping Ground.

John Gerhardt

  • Instructor

John caught the acting bug in 2008 just before he finished high school and it wasn’t long after that he joined Take One, an improv comedy troupe, spending the last 12 years touring with them across the midwest performing at comic, anime, and other pop-culture conventions. In John’s pursuit of performance, he has trained with OKC Improv, ComedySportz Dallas, and with coaches from The Second City, iO Theater, and most recently, Stomping Ground. When he isn’t taking the stage or stepping behind a camera, John tends bar professionally at work and personally for his friends, taking joy in cultivating an experience for every audience he’s given.

Lynsey Hale

  • Instructor

Lynsey is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has improv training from Ad-Libs, Four Day Weekend, Stomping Ground, and has trained with Dean Lewis in stand up comedy. Lynsey is very active in the DFW theatre community, where she has performed in musicals and plays for the past 10 years. She is a Column Award-winning actress who has performed at Theatre Three, Theatre Arlington, OnStage in Bedford, Runway Theatre in Grapevine, Greater Lewisville Community Theatre, MainStage Irving Las Colinas, Lip Service Productions, and more. She most enjoys writing song parodies and bringing crazy and challenging characters to life. She has been a high school theatre instructor for seven years. At Stomping Ground, Lynsey can regularly be seen performing with Sound Garden, the improvised musical comedy group. She has also performed in My F*ed Up Thanksgiving, Baby Cats, and Crush(ed): A Valentine’s Day Variety Show.

Nic Hawk

  • Producer
  • Youth Improv Instructor

Nic Hawk is a proud Iowan who has made his way to Texas while performing all over the U.S.. From his time dancing and doing stilt work at Disney and Universal Studios in Florida to his work Singing on NBCs The Voice. He now lives in Grapevine and has been performing stand-up comedy for years so Nic is very happy to come show his love of comedy to some fresh new eyes.

David Parsons

  • Instructor
  • Producer

British born, Dallas based lawyer and standup comic. Trained in standup and sketch comedy at Dallas Comedy House and Stomping Ground, David has performed in person standup at Dallas Comedy House, Stomping Ground, Comedy Arena McKinney, and various other DFW venues. He has also performed online standup comedy with Flappers Comedy Club in Los Angeles, Rampantly Media, Dat Phan & Friends and at many other outlets. David currently books in-person standup comedy at Six Springs Tavern in Richardson Texas and online through Wild Beaver Productions (cofounded with Charlotte Parker).

Whitney Peters

  • Instructor

Whitney teaches English full time for Fort Worth ISD.  She studied improv at Four Day Weekend and Stomping Ground Comedy, as well as voice acting and acting at Stage West Theater. She volunteers as an UpperClassmate with beginning level classes. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in education from TCU, Whitney spent time living and working in Nicaragua and rural North Carolina. Her experience spurred her desire to be more inclusive in her work. Whitney is an educator with comprehensive experience in public speaking, leading workshops, directing camps, guiding small groups, and teaching professional development courses for people of all ages. She deeply believes in the mission and welcoming community at Stomping Ground Comedy and wants to motivate others to find a love for improv.

Brooks Powers

  • Technical Manager

Brooks serves as the Technical Manager for Stomping Ground and has worked professionally in theatre for over 10 years predominantly as a Lighting Designer. Brooks received his BA in technical theatre from Oklahoma State University in 2007. He has worked with a number of local theatre companies as well as with universities and community colleges. Brooks is a board member of the Illuminating Engineering Societies Dallas Chapter, as well as a Certified Lighting Specialist for the American Lighting Association. He has consulted lighting for retail stores, clubs and residential venues. He has guest lectured about lighting and the technical aspects of theatre at multiple universities.  Additionally he works in the Design District in Dallas at an architectural lighting firm where he assists in designing and reviewing lighting control systems for architectural, commercial and theatrical applications. Brooks enjoys manifesting his creativity through lighting and technical theatre to support the artistic endeavors of every team that comes into the space.

Hayley Waring

  • Youth Improv Instructor
  • Improv for Life Instructor

Hayley Waring is a New Orleans native and holds a degree in Political and Creative Writing from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She’s spent several years as a preschool teacher at The Day School at Highland Park Pres. Hayley also currently attending Texas Christian University pursuing her Master’s degree in counseling, where she hopes to focus on how improv can empower children to cope with their anxiety. Hayley’s recently published book follows a diverse group of children as they navigate the Covid-19 pandemic. Hayley is also a trained improviser and has performed in several troupes in the Dallas area! Hayley has taught Improv for Autism at Oak Hill Academy and Cast of Characters Comedy Camp for ages 6-8 at Stomping Ground. She currently teaches preschool at The Weekday School at UCC.

Angela Vaughn

  • Youth Improv Instructor
  • Instructor

Angela has been a Board Member at Stomping Ground since May 2020. She has also worked for Women In Need, a nonprofit dedicated to helping domestic violence victims along with educating the community about healthy relationships. Her position was that of Education Specialist and Educational Theatre Director which took her into the middle schools and high schools in Hunt and Rockwall Counties using a theatre production to educate students on teen dating violence followed by in-class curriculum. Angela is a theatre artist who specializes in acting, directing, and teaching and has worked with several theatre groups teaching workshops. She was born and raised in Chicago which is where her love for theatre and performance began. Angela graduated from Texas A&M Commerce in May 2021 and feels that going back to school has offered her many opportunities including interning with Stomping Ground and continuing her improv training. Angela most recently worked with Fine Arts on Main in Farmersville, Texas, and taught dance and drama for 6 years at Timbrel School of the Arts in Greenville. She has performed and directed for Greenville Theatre Works in Greenville, Texas where she also served as the Director of Education. Angela has been married for 19 years and has lost count of how many kids she has. “It’s a lot!” Angela says her passion for theatre continues to grow and especially in learning all the different ways it can be used to educate and heal. The exploration of theatre in unconventional ways is something she is committed to as an artist and Stomping Ground is at the front of the line with their programs and she wants to be a part of that. Angela is currently a contributor for Collin County Moms and performing in numerous productions with Pocket Sandwich Theatre.

Andrew Wermelskirchen

  • Instructor

Andrew holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Master’s in Theological Studies from Southern Methodist University. He has been training and performing improv since 2015 and graduated from the Dallas Comedy House training center in 2016. Andrew has made Dallas a stage for his comedic shenanigans and has been a part of multiple house teams in DFW; he is a founding member of the troupe Just the Cutest Thing and currently performs with 8I8HT 8Y8S, a completely improvised two-person show. You can catch Andrew on the mainstage at Stomping Ground in Laughing & Loving: An Improvised Dating Show, in the instructor team The Assemblage, or on social media: @andrewxmichael.

Danielle Yoshiko Phillips

  • Instructor
Danielle is a professional actor and improviser represented by the Clutts Agency on-camera and with Linda McAlister for voice-over. She has studied improv at Second City, Comedy Sportz, and with coaches from the Groundlings and iO. The skills Danielle has learned on stage have also helped her in front of the camera. When she’s not performing you can find her riding horses, walking her dog, and practicing Kung Fu. Danielle is also a part of Take One, an improv troupe that specializes in performing at pop culture conventions across the country.

Board of Directors

Ashley Sharp

  • President

Ashley Sharp spends her career in public service- as Executive Director of Dwell with Dignity, Ashley has helped the organization reach new heights, including being awarded 40 Under 40 by the Dallas Business Journal, Social Innovator of the Year and the Best Place to Donate by D Magazine, and attaining national recognition through their innovative Decade of Dignity dining series. She has also served Interfaith Family Services as the Chief Development Officer, was the Manager of Patron Relations at the Nasher Sculpture Center, and worked with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her professional career, she currently serves on the KERA Community Advisory Board, Mayor’s Star Council as the Engage Dallas Chair, is a graduate of the inaugural class of the UT Austin Lyndon B. Johnson’s Women’s Campaign School, is a Professor at the University of Houston, and was a finalist in the United Way’s Social Innovation Accelerator. Ashley is a past president of the Business Council on the Art’s Leadership Arts Institute and has been part of the International Rescue Committee, Dallas Summer Musicals, and Junior League of Dallas. She holds a BA in Arts Administration and an MPA in Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management, both from the University of Texas at Dallas, as well as a degree in Social Impact Design from the University of Pennsylvania.

Julieta Ezeiza

  • Finance Committee

Julieta Ezeiza holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Masters in Applied Economics from Southern Methodist University. She currently serves as Assistant Vice President in the Communications and Outreach Department for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas where she provides strategic leadership for the Industry Outreach function. In her role as the Assistant Vice President of Industry Outreach, Ms. Ezeiza is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with leaders of financial institutions and the banking sector. Ezeiza joined Dallas Fed in 2008 as an assistant bank examiner. After three years, she transferred to Mergers and Acquisitions (formerly known as Applications) and in 2012 she took an analyst position in the Credit, Risk and Reserves Management (CRRM) Department. During her tenure in CRRM, Julieta held positions of increased responsibility including writing business requirements for two applications used by the Board of Governors to function monetary policy. Julieta represented the Dallas Fed in several System workgroups and was an inaugural member of the Diversity & Inclusion Council of the Dallas Fed. Julieta also has certifications in Project Management and Leadership from Southern Methodist University. In January 2021, Julieta joined the Board of Jubilee Park Community Center. The Center serves as a catalyst for community renewal and enrichment to the Jubilee Park Neighborhood, a 62-block area in southeast Dallas. Prior to joining the Dallas Fed, Ezeiza worked for Comerica Bank, ABN AMRO, and Texas Capital Bank.

Rashida Chambers

  • Ex Officio

Rashida has over a decade of experience analyzing technical business challenges and providing solutions to address needs as well as coordinating efforts and resources among multiple complex projects and providing data/business analysis life cycle support. She holds an M.S. in Business Analytics from Texas A & M- Commerce and a B.A. in Economics from The University of Akron and credits her success to a love for encountering new challenges, acquiring knowledge, expanding skills, and working collaboratively. Rashida has a passion for personal and professional mentorship and believes that everyone can achieve greatness if aligned with his or her divine assignment. Rashida also wants to support the efforts of Stomping Ground in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion space and leverage her own experiences and capabilities in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Rashida considers herself a lifelong learner and is excited to learn and grow with Stomping Ground.

Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson is a DFW area native who loves giving back to the community where she was raised. She works at The Family Place as the Senior Manager of Retail Partnerships and Partners Card, and believes strongly in the role nonprofits play in the enrichment of our communities. Liz performs improv with a few Stomping Ground groups including Funny Femme Fatales, Take One, and Side Scroll. In her free time she and her fiancé are raising two rambunctious 15-year-old cats.

Lindsay Goldapp

  • Executive & Artistic Director
  • Artistic Director
  • Instructor

Lindsay is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Stomping Ground Comedy. Lindsay holds a B.S. in Acting/Directing from Texas A&M University-Commerce where she is a Theatre Alumni Ambassador. Lindsay is a 2009 graduate of Chicago’s Second City Improv Conservatory and has over 20 years of experience performing and teaching theatre, improv, sketch writing, applied improv, and musical improv all over the U.S. and in the U.K. Lindsay is a former grades 6-12 Theatre teacher, Psychosocial Specialist, and has directed over 10 musicals with children. Lindsay has taught young performers at numerous institutions including Young Actor’s House, Greenhill School, Oak Hill Academy, Dallas Academy of Music & Performing Arts, North Texas Performing Arts, and has created programming for Engaging Youth in the Performing Arts for the World Affairs Council of DFW International Visitor Leadership Program. Lindsay has presented the mental health benefits of improv all around the country, including speaking engagements at the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association. Lindsay has been lucky enough to have a long career as a creative and performer and has worked on marketing campaigns for brands like Pizza Hut, Toyota, and Southwest Airlines and appeared in commercials for Tostitos, Crown Royal, KIA, and many more. Lindsay teaches Sketch Comedy Writing, Improv, Youth Improv, Improv for Work, and Improv for Life classes at Stomping Ground and teaches improv at Booker T Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Lindsay can be seen onstage at Stomping Ground in Broadway(ish) and Spaghetti Confetti or seen sitting in the back of the theater laughing. You can find out more about Lindsay’s work at www.lindsaygoldapp.com.

Andrea K. Baum, M.Ed, LPC

  • Improv for Life Director
  • Improv for Work Director

Andrea is the Co-Founder and Improv for Life & Improv for Work Director of Stomping Ground. Using her experience as a psychotherapist, she has designed and created Improv for Life (IFL), a series of therapeutic improv classes and workshops for several unique needs populations. She uses her clinical expertise in psychotherapy to implement individualized needs based programming using improvisational comedy. Andrea’s mission within Stomping Ground is to connect with local nonprofits and organizations in the Dallas community to spread the healing power of improv and create custom interactive programming for any group’s needs.  She works towards accessibility of comedy training programming for all. Andrea is a Certified Positive Discipline Educator with experience working with children, parents, adults, and people with brain injury, dementia, Alzheimer’s, as well as their caregivers. Andrea leads Improv for Work  and has worked with hundreds of clients globally.  She custom designs trainings and facilitates workshops for leaders and teams blending Organizational Psychology concepts and experiential improv.  She received her BS at Texas Christian University and her Master’s of Education in Counseling at the University of North Texas. She has been learning and performing improv since 2014 and completed improv programs at Stomping Ground and Dallas Comedy House.  Andrea is trained and experienced in Organizational Psychology, Positive Discipline Parenting, Play Therapy, Rapid Resolution Therapy, Biofeedback, Mindfulness, and Hypnosis–and has implemented all of these modalities in Improv for Life and Work Programming.

Mary Ellen Quiceno, M.D.

  • Emeritus Board Member

Dr. Quiceno is a Behavioral Neurologist who specializes in caring for people with neurodegenerative diseases and dementias. Improv For Life Program Director Andrea K. Baum introduced her to Stomping Ground as they both share a passion for helping caregivers and people with dementia through innovative interventions. She helps connect the theater with researchers, physicians, allied healthcare professionals, educators, and other organizations with the same dedication to neurodiversity.

Megan Rowe, MPS

  • Emeritus Board Member

Megan Rowe is a Kansas native who received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and fine arts from the University of Kansas. She then headed east, and received her master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute where she began working with individuals with neurodegenerative disorders and cognitive impairments. After relocating to Dallas in 2010, she began directly working with families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Currently, she is a Program Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association, Dallas and Northeast Texas Chapter. Megan’s proven expertise is focused on quality education and support services for families, preserving dignity, and enabling families and professionals to foster supportive environments throughout the disease process. Additionally, she takes a special interest in increasing community accessibility for families impacted by dementia. Prior to joining the Alzheimer’s Association in 2017 as an employee, Megan served as a volunteer trainer and facilitator for the Association. Additionally, she served as the regional dementia-care trainer for Emeritus Senior Living.

Jim Shields

  • Emeritus Board Member

Jim has had a 25-year passion for comedy filmmaking ever since he discovered that he could combine the images he was drawing (pastels mainly) with sounds he’d captured in jars. More recently he turned to making simple comedies for the “interweb” helping companies achieve notoriety despite their crushingly dull products and services. He owns and runs Twist & Shout Communications, based in Leicester and, of all places, Dallas, Texas. His stand up career seems to have peaked at “reassuringly mediocre”. A self-confessed disciple of new- marketing Guru Seth Godin, Jim tries to spread the word at every opportunity that we, the people, have the means of production at our fingertips. We no longer need a mill owner to employ us – we can make things on our own out of zeros and ones. He has written two books (one bestseller) about the relationship between creative individuals and the companies they work for. https://www.threeguysbook.com. Jim also likes to sing Karaoke when away from home of course, and continues his search for Arne Saknussemm’s map to the centre of the earth, to prove his point that chocolate and gravity are, in effect, the same thing.

David Parsons

  • Instructor
  • Producer

British born, Dallas based lawyer and standup comic. Trained in standup and sketch comedy at Dallas Comedy House and Stomping Ground, David has performed in person standup at Dallas Comedy House, Stomping Ground, Comedy Arena McKinney, and various other DFW venues. He has also performed online standup comedy with Flappers Comedy Club in Los Angeles, Rampantly Media, Dat Phan & Friends and at many other outlets. David currently books in-person standup comedy at Six Springs Tavern in Richardson Texas and online through Wild Beaver Productions (cofounded with Charlotte Parker).