Meet Our Board of Directors



Lisa Ann Dickinson is a lyric soprano and is a Cantor at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, Maryland and sings with their Cathedral Choir.  She has performed operas, musical theatre, and oratorios in various venues throughout the Baltimore, Annapolis, and DC area.  Some of her most notable roles include “Carlotta” in Phantom of the Opera,   “Valencienne” in The Merry Widow, “Mother Abbess” in The Sound of Music, “Rosalinde” in Die Fledermaus, and “Fairy Queen” in Babes in Toyland.  Ms. Dickinson has sung with Bach in Baltimore and the Handel Choir of Baltimore.

Ms. Dickinson served on the Board of Directors for the Handel Choir of Baltimore for 6 years where she chaired the Education Committee.  She has served on the Board of Directors for the Maryland State Child Care Association and the Maryland Child Care Education Foundation.  Ms. Dickinson is the President of the Baltimore County Chapter of the Maryland State Child Care Association and is co-founder of House of Bankerd.

Lisa Ann Dickinson has worked in the field of education for 20 years.  Ms. Dickinson is currently working as an education specialist for early childhood programs in the Baltimore area, but she has taught in all grade levels from pre-school through college. 


Vice President of Operations

A native Marylander, Jennifer fell in love with the arts as a child, taking ballet and violin lessons, and performing as The Cowardly Lion in a school production of the Wizard of Oz. She quickly developed a passion for the arts, helping choreograph dance sequences for school productions of Happy Daze and Fame, and as a member of her college dance company. She appeared as Aunt Eller in the Oregon Ridge Dinner Theater’s production of Oklahoma.
A partner in the law firm of Matthews, Owens & Associates, Jennifer lends her legal experience to the board, serving as the Vice President of Operations. She strives to gives back to the arts community to ensure other young people can be exposed to, and develop a passion for, the arts.

Vice-President of Production • House of Bankerd's State of the Arts Podcast - Host
Lance Bankerd has been involved in theatre locally, nationally, and abroad as a performer, educator, and director over the past thirty years. Lance is the Artistic Director of Rapid Lemon Productions, a founder of WeHub, and a proud member of House of Bankerd, Inc. He studied at the Baltimore Actors' Theatre Conservatory, Muhlenberg College, and earned his masters degree through Trinity College, London. He is a member of the Screen Actors' Guild and the Golden Girls Fan Club. Lance extends all of his love and gratitude to his Dweebsie; his lovely mother and brother; his beautiful son, August; his mentors, Gene Anderson and Helen Grigal; and his father, Richard. 
'Per Ardua, Ars.'


Mezzo-soprano Christine Thomas has performed everything from the motets of J.S. Bach to the melodies of Irving Berlin to the minimalism of Philip Glass. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel called her voice“an amazing instrument.” The Washington Post said, “her voice is lovely and her stage presence is natural and full of vitality." Recent performances include Marmee in Little Women (in which she also made her directing debut), Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Mrs. Paroo in Music Man and Mother Abbess in Sound of Music. As a cabaret artist, she has performed in Milwaukee, New York, and frequently appears at Germano's in Baltimore's Little Italy She is an alto soloist at Cathedral of Mary our Queen and at Temple Oheb Shalom in Baltimore. On recordings, Ms. Thomas may be heard on Mark Brymer's “Christmas Suite” with Milwaukee Children's Choir, “Flight Box” with Present Music, "Cinq Poèmes de Tristan Tzara" with pianist Milton Peckarsky on the CD La Clé de L'Horizon and on comedian/singer Joel Kopischke’s CD, "I Got Yule, Babe." Ms. Thomas received an M.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory. Her private studio, Mezzoid: The Voice Studio of Christine Thomas-O'Meally, is based at her home in North Roland Park.



Member at Large • House of Bankerd's State of the Arts Podcast - Producer

Founder • Member Emeritus

Member at Large • WeHub Committee - Chair
Betse Lyons is an actor and director in the Baltimore area, and Artistic Producer at Cohesion Theatre Company. She is also a founder and Managing Director of We Hear You, Baltimore. Betse holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in English Language and Literature from Pennsylvania State University. Betse has filled many on- and off-stage roles at multiple theatres in both Pennsylvania and Maryland. She has also spent time teaching English at Penn State, working in honors admissions, managing events for a science non-profit, working with children on the autism spectrum, and editing a non-profit news website.

Member at Large

Member at Large • Education Committee

Member at Large
Donna Ibale is originally from Los Angeles, CA where she was the resident choreographer for Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group. In Baltimore she is a founding member & Managing Director of Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective (BAPAC) - an emerging non-profit organization which highlights Asian artists in Baltimore. Her favorite roles/productions include: Avenue Q (Christmas Eve), A Doll’s House (Nora), Alice in Wonderland (Chesapeake Shakespeare Company), Into the Woods, Romeo & Juliet, Our Town, Xanadu, Sweet Charity, The Music Man. Director: Thank You, Dad (world premiere), Love is A Blue Tick Hound - “The Gulf” (regional premiere), Variations on Sacrifice (Staged Reading). Ibale is a board member of The House of Bankerd. Proud graduate of Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts (PCPA – Santa Maria, CA).