Staff & Board
Jennifer Burroughs, Board Member
Jennifer is a practicing attorney working for a federal agency. She is also Adjunct Faculty at McDaniel College and the University of Baltimore School of Law. In her spare time, she enjoys mentoring students and young professionals on educational and career success. She looks forward to bringing her skills and thoughts to BIG’s diverse improv and educational community.
Erin Fox, Board Member
Erin is a program manager who joined the Baltimore Improv Group board of directors in 2020 to help develop the theaters foundational elements, with an eye towards the long-term success and growth of the theater. Erin believes that when programs (and projects!) are running efficiently and meeting the needs of their constituents, there are limitless possibilities for the directions they can develop. Erin is consistently inspired by the teamwork and vulnerability the BIG community displays, both on stage and off. Throughout their career, Erin has developed programs for a diverse range of constituents, established operational systems and performance metrics that align with strategic goals, and relied on quantitative and qualitative data analysis to inform long-term programmatic planning. Erin is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with more than a decade of experience in project management and holds a certificate in Leadership and Management Development from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Erin graduated from the University of Baltimore County as a part of the first class of Gender and Women’s Studies majors. When Erin is not managing projects, engaging elaborate grooming routines, or spending time with their dog, they pursue a hobby level interest in junk food.
Liz McKenna, Board Secretary, BIG Performer
Liz initially fell into improv at The Annoyance in Chicago in fall 2014. She graduated with a Masters of Social Work with a specialization in Leadership and Development, in conjunction with a Certificate of Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management from Loyola University Chicago. She plans to assist BIG in fundraising and special events. She started taking BIG classes summer 2018 and likes to jump into jams whenever possible- often she can be heard in the audience laughing and clapping loudly when she finds something hilarious.
Stephanie Mellinger, Board Vice President
Stephanie is the founder and owner of The Mellinger Group, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in fundraising strategies for candidates and non-profits based in Baltimore, MD. She has over 22 years of experience creating, coordinating and executing fundraising and campaign plans as well as small- and large-scale events for politicians, political parties and non-profits. Stephanie is a graduate of Hood College in Frederick, Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and Political Science. Most recently, she was nominated and selected to participate in Cohort 4 of the Baltimore Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program with other entrepreneurs across Maryland. After participating in one of BIG’s Sunday night workshops, she eagerly signed up for classes, started volunteering and joined board in 2019.
Currently Vacant, Board President
Jeffrey Richardson, Board Member, BIG Performer
Jeffrey Richardson is an engineer, who is employed the Department of Defense as a Systems Engineer. He has worked over 22 years in private industry designing and manufacturing electronic systems for Northrop Grumman and Westinghouse corporations. He recently became a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), the highest award Toastmasters International bestows, for his leadership and public speaking skills. He has experience in book keeping and auditing for a Episcopal Churches in Baltimore and received financial training from the Archdiocese of Maryland. He holds two Bachelors degrees for Columbia University in Liberal Arts and Industrial Engineering. Also, he has two Masters Degrees in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering.
Adanna Smith, Board Member
Adanna M. Smith, Esq. is an attorney and graduate from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, where she attended the University of Dayton and earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Ms. Smith moved to Baltimore in 2016 to pursue her legal career and has worked at several Maryland and national law firms. Currently, Adanna serves as a judicial law clerk in the Baltimore City Circuit Court.
Philip Tyler, Board Treasurer
New to the BIG Board in 2017, Philip has been a big fan of Improv and a regular attendee at BIG shows for years. He studied at The University of York in the U.K. where he attained a B.A. (Hons) in Economics. He has worked in the financial industry for almost 20 years and currently is a Vice-President at Raymond James in Baltimore. He is also President of the Harris Hill Condominium Board, having served on that board for the past eight years. In his spare time Philip enjoys live theater and music. He understands the great value of BIG in the Baltimore Community and looks forward to assisting in moving the organization forward towards its goals.
Contact the BIG Board
We have created a new BIG Board email address and we encourage all community members to use it as a way to communicate questions, concerns or ideas so we can keep the lines of communication and dialogue open in a centralized and organized way. This address is: BIGBoard@bigimprov.org.