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)

Matthew Madigan

Executive Artistic Director — When CYT Chicago began, Matt found a place to sing and perform with friends in the very first tour group, Disney Spectacular. After years as a student, teacher, and director in CYT Matt moved on and worked in Higher Education, completed his Masters degree, got married and started a family. Now, he is thrilled to be back in CYT Chicago as Artistic Director! “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23

Elle Şahin

Production 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 and a lead singer in the band, Jellesse. In 2006, she moved back to Chicago to be closer to family and began dancing and competing professionally with Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Soon after, she began teaching for CYT Chicago as Lake County's Project Dance Coach and quickly became fully immersed in the CYT community. After joining the office staff in 2013, Elle has enjoyed offering her expertise in several different facets of the company and is happy to be serving as Artistic Director overseeing productions and creative resources for classes and camps. In her free time, you can catch Elle coaching Project Dance and Project Voice in Lake County and choreographing shows in several different chapters. What a blessing it is to serve the Lord through song and dance.

Melissa Gorr

Education Manager

Kristen Schinkel

Bookkeeping Manager — 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.

Ashley Goodell

Costume Manager

Regan Rohde

Costume Manager — 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 one of CYT-Chicago's Costume Manager, she can be found serving on directing teams, teaching classes, taking classes, attending as many live theatrical performances as she possibly can, and watching things that make her cry. She has a passion for history, especially the aesthetic aspects, which lends itself well to her costuming position. 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.

Alana Becker

Marketing Manager — Alana has been a part of CYT since 1998 when she took her first acting class. At age 9 she wrote and performed her first commercial for a CYT showcase, and fell in love with marketing. After graduating out of CYT, she went on to study Marketing and Photography in college. Alana is thankful to have the opportunity to market a company which makes such an impact in children and families lives. In her free time, Alana enjoys choreographing and helping out at her church. Alana has choreographed and directed over 30 productions with CYT Chicago, Overshadowed Theatrical Productions, and multiple schools in IL and IN.

Charles Kolterman

Sets/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.

Manny Negrete

Set/Warehouse Manager

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.

Ashley Miskiewicz

Graphic Designer - Ashley attended Columbia College in Chicago and graduated in the spring of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design. While studying at Columbia, she spent her free time visiting art museums, going to her roommates' Improv shows at Second City, and participating in a graphic design organization called AIGA (Columbia College Chapter) where she volunteered for various events. After college, she moved back to her hometown of Cary and has since found her first Design job with CYT Chicago. She is very thankful and excited to be a part of the CYT community and can’t wait to see where her future will take her. While she’s not working she likes to attend yoga classes, bake, travel, read, make art, and spend time with friends and family.

Joseph Engelhardt

Website & Branch Administrator - Joseph joined CYT Chicago's Lake chapter in 2008 and brought his CYT training to the choir and musical theater productions at Trinity International University in 2013, where he studied English/Communications and Graphic Design. He continues to challenge himself creatively through juggling, writing, and longform dramatic improv. After a long time away from home, he is very happy to find a new place in the CYT Chicago family.

Sarah Crick

Branch Administrator

Cindy Yach


Danielle Winandy

Costume Assistant - CYT has been a significant part of Danielle’s life since her family saw its first show and her daughter said “I want to do that!” Danielle’s daughter started classes and camps as soon as she was old enough and performed in her first show with the Lake chapter in 2016. Since then, Danielle has worked on the costume committee for many productions and co-chaired costumes for a production, as well. While she has a background in nursing, Danielle has a passion for theater and jumped at the opportunity to assist the CYT costume department when a position became available in 2017. For Danielle, it is a joy to support the Christ-centered mission of CYT and to be involved in work that helps create such amazing productions across the CYT chapters. She feels it's a blessing to assist in caring for the costumes that kids get excited about and that help patrons delve into a new world for a few hours. When she’s not working, Danielle loves to listen to music, attend theater and cultural events, read, travel, and spend time with friends and family, including her husband, her two sons, and her daughter.

Liz Carrera

Senior Coordinator & Central Cook Chapter 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.