Board of Trustees




Dennis_HungridgeDENNIS HUNGRIDGE, President

Dennis Hungridge, M.A., SPHR, Founder and Principal Consultant at Workplace Learning Designs ( ) comes to the STAR Foundation Board with a varied background in education, business, human resources and organizational learning. Most recently, Mr. Hungridge served as the HR Learning & Development Manager for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, designing and delivering staff development programs. Previous work included CSU Monterey Bay and San Jose State University. Mr. Hungridge has taught ESL for Adults, along with a variety of positions for high schools in the Salinas area. Mr. Hungridge is an actor and musician, performing locally with The Western Stage and Pacific Repertory Theater, and lives in Salinas with his son and daughter.

Eleanor LoveEleanor Love, Treasurer

Eleanor Love has been a licensed real estate agent in California for 6 years and is currently with Century 21 Advantage. Eleanor’s coverage area includes Salinas, Spreckels, Prunedale, Seaside, Castroville and Hollister. She is ranked as one of the top 1% of agents in Salinas for successfully selling homes. The mother of three, she has volunteered for Tatum’s Garden, Salinas Valley Aquatics and many more organizations. Her son, Tim Spier, is a professional drummer with well-known rock bands and learned his craft with the Monterey Jazz Festival student program.


Jeff Hinderscheidt Jeff Hinderscheid 

Jeff was born and raised in Monterey County and developed his love of theater by attending The Western Stage in the 80’s and 90’s as a season ticket holder. He became a California Arts Scholar when he attended California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) in 1999, and placed 1st in the Chapman Shakespeare Festival in 2000 in the category of Outstanding Male Monologue. He attended the University of California, Irvine where he earned a BA in Drama and was able to focus on his love of Musical Theater playing roles such as Che in Evita, Javert in Les Miserables, Billy Flynn in Chicago and Judas in JC Superstar. He returned to Monterey County in 2009 and began working with the Department of Social Services shortly thereafter while also directing the children’s musical theater productions of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and recently The Lion King in South County through Sol Treasures. He is an active member of The Stage Hands having just served a 2 year term as the organization’s president, and he continues to work in theater in both King City and Salinas.  He recently earned a MA in Psychology focusing on Mental Health Administration and works as a Social Worker with the In Home Supportive Services program by day, while singing and acting by night.



Michael Jacobs Michael Jacobs

Michael began acting in the eighth grade and over 200 productions later, hasn’t stopped. Receiving his B.A. from Whitman College, Michael went on to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West and was a member of the first graduating class in 1976. He and his wife Kathy then decided to travel the country in their truck and camper, audition for various regional theaters before ending up in New York where Michael studied at the Herbert Berghof Studios with Uta Hagen and Michael Beckett. Returning to California in 1983, he became a member of the Shakespeare Santa Cruz Company from 1983 to 1986 working and studying with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company from England. In 1987 Michael was cast in The Normal Heart at the GroveMont Theatre which began a 27 year stint as actor-in-residence for what is now the Pacific Repertory Theatre.

Michael began teaching acting in 1988 for local adult actors and in 1995 started teaching at C.S.U.M.B. with Luis Valdez in the Teledramatic Arts Department. He then was hired to teach “Accent Reduction” and Public Speaking for interpreters at M.I.I.S. in 1996 when he was also hired by M.P.C. to teach for the off campus drama program at Seaside High School. In 1998 he was asked to transfer to Carmel High School and has been there ever since.

Michael is also a published author having just completed co-authoring Improving the Interpreter’s Voice. He is also the author of SPEAK like an AMERICAN, an accent reduction program for those who wish to sound more like or be understood by Americans.

Michael is a firm believer in the craft, believes training is invaluable and aspires to always improve in all aspects of the art. Theater is what excites and motivates him to be his best self.

He is a member of Actor’s Equity.