Current Staff Members:

Carol Engelhardt

Executive Managing Director — Carol found CYT in 2008, when her oldest of four children went to CYT summer camp and then auditioned for his first show. She, along with husband Stephen and all four children, continue to call CYT their family. Carol enjoyed mentoring children as backstage chair and camp coordinator as well as meeting parents as house chair prior to joining executive leadership. She is thankful for the opportunity to use her financial and management experience to serve the CYT community that has positively affected her family. Her prayer is that the families she serves will be better equipped ‘to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.’ Micah 6:8

Elle Sprague

Resource Director — Elle attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN as a musical theater major with a dance minor. She spent several years working in the Country and Christian Music Industry in Nashville as a voice over artist and session singer. She also was a featured soloist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. In 2006, she moved back to Chicago to be closer to family and began dancing and competing professionally with Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Since then, Elle has been traveling the country choreographing and performing with Ballroom and Latin dance professionals. Elle began teaching for CYT Chicago in Fall of 2011 with Project Dance in Lake County and quickly fell in love with everything that Spotlight has to offer. In her free time Elle enjoys being a part of the worship team at Trinity Community Church and spending time with her one eyed Shih Tzu, Andante.

Cyndy Keene

Costume Manager — Cyndy Keene has been costuming the McHenry chapter since 2014, as a costume committee member and a chair. She has loved working with the kids of McHenry and seeing the joy on their faces when they’ve received their costumes. Cyndy is super excited to be working as the Costume Manager for the Northern chapters (McHenry, Milwaukee, Kenosha, Lake) and to be assisting CYT's rental customers. Prior to coming to CYT, Cyndy ran a chocolate business out of a commercial kitchen that was located in her home and, and she has twenty years of customer service experience. She has been married to her husband Rob for 17 years. They have four boys who are very active in sports and one girl who loves the theater.

Steven Holmen

Warehouse Manager

Charles Kolterman

Warehouse Manager — Charles has been involved in CYT/Spotlight since 2010, and his family has since 2006. He’s worked backstage for most of those years while his sisters performed on stage. He started acting on stage as a sophomore and wishes he got on stage sooner. Charles was homeschooled from preschool all the way up till high school, when he went to Libertyville High School. Charles graduated in three years as a Junior and took a gap year to work and take a few classes at a community college. Outside of work Charles likes camping, building bonfires, going to the gym and helping out the family. Now Charles is excited to be a part of this new work environment and can’t wait to see what God has planned for the future.

Alec Kinastowski

Technical Manager - Alec is thrilled to continue the collaboration with CYT Chicago. He has been immersed in the technical entertainment industry for over fifteen years and obtained a BFA in lighting design from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Since then, he has refined his aesthetic through lighting, sound, and scenic design endeavors for a countless number of productions and theatre companies all over Chicagoland including The Metropolis, Big Deal Production, The Devonshire Playhouse, Bravo, Wishing Star, Highland Park Players, St. James Productions, Schaumburg On Stage and many more. Alec is also the owner of Kinasthetics, Inc., a supplier of lighting and audio products, services, and installations for all facets of the entertainment industry with a portfolio all of its own.

Kristen Schinkel

Bookkeeper — Kristen has worked in customer service since 2001, first working at American Hawaii Cruises, then for Kohl’s, and now for CYT. She loves working for an organization that has such an impact in the lives of children and getting the chance to interact with parents on a daily basis. Kristen attended McHenry County College, and has a Travel/Tourism degree. Kristen lives in McHenry with her wonderful husband Al and her twin sons Nick and Justin. She loves reading and hanging out with her family.

Alana Becker

Marketing Coordinator — Alana has been a part of CYT since 1998 when she took her first acting class. She is now excited to be working in CYT Chicago's main office.

Ashley Miskiewicz

Graphic Designer

Joseph Engelhardt

Administrative Assistant

Regan Rohde

Customer Service — Regan has been involved with CYT since she was five years old. She has performed in seven shows across numerous chapters. When Regan is not working as CYT-Chicago's full-time customer service representative/Girl Friday, she can be found serving on directing teams, teaching classes, taking classes, attending as many live theatrical performances as she possibly can, and watching Netflix with her two dogs. Her personal goal for every class is to help students cultivate a love for the art of theatre. Regan truly believes that God can use anything and anyone to show us His love. Including theatre. Hearing a beautifully composed song, watching the triumphs and struggles of a character, or even seeing the details of a costume piece reminds us that God has individually given us all talents and passions. We can choose whether we use those for His glory or not. CYT has a passion for making sure kids have a community to grow those talents and passions for His glory.

Cindy Yach


Liz Carrera

Senior Coordinator — CYT has been a huge part of her life since her daughter auditioned for her first show, Annie, in the fall of 2009. She became a Coordinator for the Oak Park Chapter in 2015 after serving as the Coordinator Assistant for five years. We are thankful she stepped into the Senior Coordinator role in 2017. She is glad that CYT Chicago provides families a safe and encouraging community that loves the Lord and gives Him the glory always.

Danielle Winandy

Costume Assistant

Lindsey Chinlund

Customer Service