Meghann Oakes Rust
Meghann (Oakes) Rust has over 30 years of dance experience, particularly in ballet. She grew up in the Walnut Creek area, dancing under the Artistic Direction of Richard Cammack and Zola Dishong Cammack. She was a member of the Contra Costa Ballet’s pre-professional Company for 5 years. During her dancing career, she performed in Balanchine’s Serenade and Stars and Stripes, as well as prominent roles in The Story of the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Paquita, Etudes, as well as works by Charles Anderson. Meghann also trained with a variety of instructors, including Suki Schorer, Michael Smuin, and Pascale Leroy.
Meghann graduated from the University of California, Irvine, where she earned a BA in Dance and a minor in Education. During her final year at Irvine, she trained under Diane Diefenderfer and received her Pilates Certification from Studio du Corps, Pilates Center of Orange County. She then graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Meghann now works as a dancemedicine physical therapist in Walnut Creek, CA and specializes in combining the principles of movement system impairment syndromes (MSI) with Pilates-based physical therapy to treat young athletes, particularly dancers, to aid in their return to sport. She lives in Pleasant Hill with her husband and 2 dogs.
Meghann joined the Vacaville Ballet Company Board of Directors in 2013 and assumed the role of President in 2016.
Kristen Suihkonen Pucher
Secretary - Treasurer
Kristen (Suihkonen) Pucher was one of the original company members when the Vacaville Ballet Company was founded in 1994 continuing throughout high school and even returned to perform with the Company her senior year in college.
After graduating from Vacaville High School, Kristen attended UC Irvine where she received a BA in Dance & Economics and minored in accounting. Kristen then put her minor to good use and, following in her parents’ footsteps, became a CPA. She is currently a senior tax manager at a business management firm in Sherman Oaks and lives in Burbank, CA with her husband (Mike), son (Teddy) and poodle (Penny).
Kristen is thrilled to be on the Board of Directors for the Vacaville Ballet Company and give to the community that was such an important part of her life.
Andrea has been a Graduate School Professor since 1994 and has been working (among other interesting assignments) as a simultaneous interpreter for the Olympic Games since 1996. She was PTO President at Bethany Lutheran School and serves currently on the Library Board at Kairos Public Charter School in Vacaville.
Andrea has lived in Vacaville since 1998. She and her husband, Don, have three daughters who have been involved with the Vacaville Ballet Company since 2002. Andrea joined the Vacaville Ballet Company Board of Directors in 2019.
Director, Prop Supervisor
A highly-experienced fundraiser, Katie has organized and executed charitable events such as triathlons, harvest festivals and a USO Style show at Willis Jepson Middle School. In her work with VBC, she has successfully spearheaded innovative fundraising events such as “VBC Egged My House”.
Katie is a graduate of UC Davis holds a BS in Human Development along with a multi-subject teaching credentials. She taught math at Orinda Intermediate school prior to having children.
Director of Fundraising
Director of Marketing & Outreach
Jean is currently the VP of Marketing of a non-profit credit counseling agency focused on assisting consumers facing an array of financial difficulties. She is happy to serve on the Board of Directors and bring her digital marketing background to promote VBC productions through online media.
After living over a decade on the East Coast Jean returned to Vacaville with her husband, Bassem to raise their two children. She also serves on the Cambridge Elementary School PTA Board as Art Reflections Chair to promote involvement in the arts.
A message from the President
I can’t express how proud I am of everyone involved with this production! It goes without saying that this past year has been devastating for the arts and live theater industries as well as for the morale of these young ladies. They have persevered and have stepped up to the challenge of this new project with all of its twists and turns and setbacks when COVID flares forced shutdowns and rehearsals from home. I also want to recognize a huge supporter of this project, our lighting designer, Annie Morris. Her expertise and
enthusiasm for this project made it happen and made it awesome!
I’d like to extend my gratitude on behalf of the Board to all of our donors and patrons for your continuous support of the Vacaville Ballet Company. Your generosity has helped us weather this storm and now that we see the light at the end of the tunnel, we hope to see you all at the theater when we are allowed to take the stage again!
~ Meghann Oakes Rust