Current Staff Members:

Ashlie Driver

Ashlie’s family has been heavily involved with CYT/CCT since her daughter was invited by a friend to attend the Newsies camp in the summer of 2013. From that point on, they were hooked! Over the years, Ashlie has served as Director, Vocal Director and Teacher for our shows, camps and classes. She is honored and humbled to serve as Executive Director for CYT Houston because she is a firm believer in the mission of Claiming the Arts for Christ! She works to provide quality programming, polices and procedures for the CYT Houston families. In addition, Ashlie has worked in Worship and Music ministry for over 20 years and taught choir and music at both the elementary and high school level for 10 years. She is currently the Music Director for Klein United Methodist Church. Ashlie has a Bachelor of Music in Music Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Music Education with Choral Conducting Emphasis from the University of Houston.

Christina Kruse

We were lucky to find CYT in 2016. We watched Willy Wonka and Little Mermaid before my then 11-year-old musician, said he wanted to give it a try. We signed up for Harry Potter summer camp, then a couple years later my youngest son got involved. I can honestly say I don’t know what my family would do without our CYT friends, myself included. I feel very lucky to be allowed to work for an organization that has brought my family so much joy! I’m happy that my 20 plus years in accounting will contribute to the growth of such an amazing organization.

Christine Tonkin


David Horn

David Brooks Horn is a professional opera singer, director, and teacher, having performed with Houston Grand Opera for 12 years, and has even sung at Carnegie Hall. He has starred in numerous musicals and always enjoys the fellowship and fun. He has also been an instructor with CYT since 2009, and has directed many musicals with CYT through the years. He is currently the HYPE Adviser, and an Elementary Music Teacher and Choir Director. He is also the Contemporary Worship Leader at St. Dunstan's Episcopal. He is married to his beautiful wife, Diana, who is the Costume Director for CYT, and father to his son, Lucius.

Dawn Leal

In the Fall of 2010, as a new home school mom, I found what has become a second family for our children. It has been a blessing to watch our kids use their gifts on and off the stage, while growing in a Godly community. I have been a class coordinator for CYT Houston for a few years and it has been such a joy to watch students blossom from little Our Gang kids to amazing performers in our advanced classes. My other passion outside of my family is being a youth minister. I have been blessed to lead mission weeks for teens, along with my family, for the last 20 years. "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16

Dee Willis

I have been a part of CYT since 2010 when my daughter joined this wonderful organization. She is now all grown up with kids of her own and I'm so happy to still be with CYT! I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music in Therapy from Sam Houston State University and I LOVE to sing! During the past 9 years I have been honored to serve at CYT in the capacity of Costumer, Teacher, Director, Vocal Director, Tour Group Director, Show Coordinator, and CYT@school Coordinator. I'm so blessed that God has given me the opportunity to work with so many talented individuals and to share His love with others through CYT!

Diana Horn

Diana has been sewing since she was 4 years old. She has garnered numerous associates degrees from Houston Community College in Costuming and Design. She has been volunteering with CYT Houston since 2010-2011 season, and was then offered a staff position in January of 2014. She is married to the HYPE Advisor David Horn, and their son, Lucius, loves attending all the CYT shows and camps! She is very blessed to have this position and loves what she does.

Donna Kincer

My journey with CYT began in 2016 when my daughter attended the Beauty & The Beast Summer Stock Camp and we have been hooked ever since. I have chaired and served on multiple committees, and now I am honored to serve the Artistic Team, Cast, Crew and Families as a show coordinator.

Jen Shoemake

My journey with CYT began in 2015 when my then 7-year-old son was invited to CYT's production of Honk! at the Crighton Theater. He was enthralled with every aspect of the show and at that moment a theater kid was born; and in turn, a theater mom! In the last six years I have served the organization as a committee member and Chair, an Artistic Team intern, a teacher, a camp and show coordinator and am now honored to be the East Class Coordinator! The stage floor under my feet is my favorite place to be, and I am so excited to continue serving CYT's children and their families in this role. Helping children Claim the Arts for Christ is a true gift.

Julie Evans

Julie is a native Oklahoman planted in Texas for the past 26 years with her husband Justin and two amazing young men who call her Mom. She has been working in music and/or ministry for the past 25 years. She has done extensive work in Music for young children as well as 10+ years working with the Children’s Choir and Youth Choir at her home church. She considers teaching children one of the greatest gifts God has given her. She is extremely excited to work with CYT in putting together quality theater arts camps while also sharing God’s love for them and helping them to discover the gifts He has given them.

Mary Ramsower

Mary's family has been a part of CYT Houston since the Spring of 2008. She began working as the Summer Camp Coordinator in the summer of 2010 and then became a Show Coordinator for 2 years. She was the Managing Director for 3.5 years and is now the Branch Administrator.

Pam Puente

I am a mom who found CYT in the fall of 2015, when my daughter took her first class. Then in the Spring of 2016, she did her first show and she was in love with theater. She had finally found her place. A place where she could learn new talents and make long lasting friendships. Although I do not have a theater background, I have been a parent volunteer and chair on many different committees. I am married with two kids. In my free time I love to spend it with my family, travel and love on our three dogs. My favorite place to be other than home is the beach. I am excited about this new journey as a show coordinator and looking forward to getting to know your talented kiddos.

Stacey Brednich

Stacey began her CYT journey when her daughters attended camps and Our Gang classes. Her girls eagerly awaited turning 8 so they could be in their first show and then the whole family was hooked. Stacey began by serving on committees for shows and then was honored to serve the cast, crew, and artistic teams as a show coordinator. Coordinating gives her such a gift to see God's truth, "He makes everything beautiful in time", unfold through every production of CYT through the gifts and talents of so many. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)