The Palace Board of Directors encompasses many talents
The Executive Committee
President – Wendy Peskin
Wendy has 24 years of non-profit experience with Heifer Project International. She worked for 9 years in Development (also known as Fund Raising). She moved to East Hawaii from Massachusetts in 2010 and was drawn to the Palace because of her interest in foreign and independent films, but she has grown to be an avid fan of Palace concerts and productions like the Musical and Variety Show. She has served on the Board since 2012, and became its president in January 2014. “I was drawn to the Palace because of my fondness for indy and foreign films but I have grown to love the variety of Hawaiian music concerts and the fall musical showcasing our local talent.”
Vice President – Amber Lopez
Owner and Agent of Pacific Island Insurance LLC. Amber was a cast member in both 2014 and 2015 Palace Theater Fall Musicals.
Secretary – Hal Glatzer
Hal Glatzer, a Palace Board member since 2010, lives in Hilo and produces theatrical entertainments. His local stage productions include “The House Without a Key,” “Sherlock Holmes & The Volcano Horror;” and “The Trial of Lili’uokalani;” also audio dramas in old-time-radio style, including two science-fiction plays presented at the Palace: “War of the Worlds,” and “R.U.R. – Rossum’s Universal Robots.” Off-stage, he plays jazz guitar and sings the Great American Songbag from Broadway and Tin Pan Alley; he is also the author of the Katy Green series of mystery books and audios, which are set in the Big Band era before World War II. “I love vintage theaters, so I’m delighted to lend my energies toward helping to keep this 1925 treasure alive.”
Treasurer – Lou Levesque
I joined the Board of Directors of the Palace Theater in December 2015. I am a retired Vice President of Technology from Bank of America. I have been visiting Hilo for over 30 years and after retiring I relocated here in 2013. I look forward to the opportunity to help preserve and improve the historic Palace Theater.
Robin Worley has served on the board since 2012 and brings with her 35 years of theater and events production experience. She also faithfully fixes the lovely flower arrangements you see at Palace Concerts and Special Events. She is best known in the community for her Haute Trash Fashion Show which she brought to Hilo audiences first in 1990.
Gene Hennen of Hennen Building Co.
I arrived in Hilo in 1956 from Micronesia with my parents and 6 younger siblings. I have seen many and much change here in Hilo town and lived through the 1960 Tsunami. My occupations have been varied from toy demonstrator, rental car agent, jobs in the food industry to 13 years at a children’s specialty store. I love working with people especially children. I’m humbly proud that I have the opportunity to help to perpetuate one of Hilo’s famous landmarks …the grand lady of film, theater and music … the Palace Theater.
I am retired from United Airline and moved to the Big Island in 2013. Having seen many of the old movie gems on the mainland torn down, it’s a joy to see a wonderful treasure as the Palace Theater restored and reused as a community venue for cultural events, such as concerts, play and independent movies. As a newly appointed board member, I’m excited to actively participate in maintaining this piece of Hilo’s history, What I like most about the Palace Theater is it’s architectural beauty and cultural diversity.
Member since February 2017.