Board of Directors
While receiving my formal theatre training at Bob Jones University, the concept of Overshadowed Theatrical Productions was in its infancy. While I was a freshman in college, my Sunday School teacher impressed upon me that Christ should overshadow all facets of my life. She was so concerned that we hear Christ, not her teaching, that she paused before each lesson to pray silently for Christ’s power to fill her with His words. Each time she prayed, someone sang or played the simple song "Overshadowed" by H. A. Ironside. Those few moments directed my heart toward Christ and fixed in me a conviction that has been the underpinning for the more than fifty productions that I have had the privilege to direct. That conviction is simply that each act should be “to the praise of His glory.” My desire is that this theatre be “overshadowed” by God’s love.
After twenty-five years in education and church ministry, I have come to realize a need for Christian theatre in an entertainment-driven society. Christians must have an outlet for quality drama. It is my desire that everyone enjoy the variety of drama that this kind of theatre company can provide. Audiences at Overshadowed can consider the strong family atmosphere seen in Fiddler on the Roof or be moved by the Easter story depicting the passion week of Christ or even laugh with Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions is the realization of the dream born in that Sunday School class in college. It is my sincerest desire that you and your family will be blessed, and yes, entertained by the performances of this theatre company.
Charles Hervas is a 1979 graduate of Bob Jones University and a 1983 graduate of the DePaul University College of Law. Mr. Hervas is the managing partner at Hervas, Condon & Bersani, which is located in the Chicago suburbs. His law practice concentrates in defending units of local government and law enforcement officials in civil rights suits in the federal and state courts. Mr. Hervas is active in local government as he currently serves as a Village Attorney and he previously served for eight years on a local School Board and for 3½ years as an Alderman on the City Council in Des Plaines, Illinois. Mr. Hervas also is the corporate counsel of North East Multi Regional Training, which is one of the largest police training organizations in the United States. He regularly trains law enforcement and he is a featured speaker for the FBI sponsored Midwest Law Enforcement Executive.
Rick Altizer is the President of Jiffy Lube International and General Manager of Shell Fast Lubes. Before joining Shell, he spent 4 years with Midas International as V.P. of Operations and 14 years with McDonald’s Corporations in various roles ending with Regional Vice President of the Heartland Region. Rick received a BS in Accounting from Bob Jones University in 1987 and an MBA from the University of South Carolina in 1994. Rick has been married to Suzanne Ramsey Altizer for 22 years and they have two children, Katie and Ricky. They live in Cypress, TX and are active members of North Houston Baptist Church. A six-time marathon finisher, Rick also enjoys reading and traveling with his family.
Geoff Bedford, a graduate of Bob Jones University, has had a varied career which includes teaching high school English, and management in the retail market and the shipping industry. He currently resides in Hoffman Estates with his wife and children where he keeps the books and serves as treasurer for both Overshadowed Theatrical Productions and MedLaw Consulting.
Jennifer M. Swets resides in Itasca, IL with her husband (Larry G. Swets, Jr.) and three children (Madeleine, Sophie, and Larry III). Jennifer currently educates her children in the home. She also serves on the Board of the Itasca Garden Club as the Chair of the Ways & Means Committee. Prior to home education, Jennifer was the Director of Social Services at Berwyn Cicero Council on Aging. She graduated with a Masters in Gerontology from Concordia University and a Bachelors in Psychology from Valparaiso University. Jennifer is a member of Willow Creek Community Church and enjoys letting her “light shine” through service at Overshadowed Theatrical Productions.
Don is a partner at Ernst & Young LLP and has 22 years experience serving the financial services industry. Don’s industry expertise is in commercial banking, leasing and investment management, and he has a high degree of exposure to executives who are leaders in the financial services industry in the Greater Chicago area. Originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, Don and his family relocated to the Chicago area in 2006 after living and working for more than 4 years in Europe. Don has a BA in Business from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Kathy attended her first Overshadowed production as a favor to her husband, Dick, who is a golfing buddy of Chuck Hervas. She was amazed at the excellence demonstrated in all areas of the production and immediately drawn to Overshadowed’s vision to bring high quality biblically based family-style entertainment that points the way to Christ.
Kathy has been blessed to spend the last 21 years of her life first as the administrative and now as the personal assistant to Pastor James MacDonald at Harvest Bible Chapel. Through her years at Harvest she has witnessed how lives are changed through God’s provision. As a Political Science major at the University of Wisconsin in Madison during the radical 1960’s who thought the world’s problems would be solved through politics, Kathy has also personally experienced God’s life transforming power through her own subsequent conversion to Christ and the realization that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life and the only answer to life’s problems.
As the joyful wife, proud mother of two and grandmother of five – all of whom regularly attend Overshadowed productions – she is now honored to be a part of the work that God is doing through Overshadowed.