Our Creative Team
MicheLee Puppets' creative team consists of a diverse group of talented individuals. From the worlds of business, music, dance, fashion, writing, acting, lighting, and puppetry, we have an outstanding creative team to empower lives through the art of puppetry.
Tracey Conner is the founder and executive director of MicheLee Puppets, Inc. She graduated magna cum laude from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Conner gained experience in college theatre, summer stock, dinner theatre, children’s theatre and puppetry before starting MicheLee Puppets in 1985. Conner is a writer, director, puppet builder and performer. As a non-profit executive, she also coaches other non-profit CEOs, provides grant writing workshops, and serves as the Non-Profit Consultant for Puppeteers of America. Special awards include Central Florida District of Rotary International’s Non-Rotarian of the Year and the Marjorie Batchelder McPharlin Award for Excellence in the Field of Educational Puppetry from Puppeteers of America.
Director of Development
Kit Twenter serves as the Director of Development for MicheLee Puppets, Inc. Her experience includes serving as Vice President of Development for Habitat for Humanity and Manager of Educational Programs at Florida Hospital Celebration Health. With over 15 years experience in non-profit development, she specializes in major gift fundraising, corporate partnerships, and strategic communications. Kit attended Valencia College and Rollins College and holds global certification in events/meeting management from Meeting Professionals International and Michigan State University. Her membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals includes over 6 years of service on the board of directors.
Denise Lucich worked for 27 years in the garment industry as a designer, merchandiser and pattern maker. She joined MicheLee Puppets in 1996 and has worked as a puppeteer, puppet and costume builder, and in various administrative roles. Denise graduated from Woodbury University in Los Angeles, California with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design, and also studied at the American College in Switzerland.
Production Manager and Puppeteer
A performer, writer, puppet-builder and teaching artist for over 20 years, Jamie grew up studying with internationally renowned performers, specializing in puppetry and character development. As a professional puppetry artist Jamie’s performance work can be found on stage, touring regularly with MicheLee Puppets, and on screen, in various shows and films such as The Disney Channel’s “Johnny and the Sprites”, Sprouts “The Chica Show”, and as Sunrail’s Safety Squirrel “Tie.” Her writing and building credits include Florida Hospital’s “Go Team Creation”, THE ELECTRIC SOCKETZ” music videos, and “Lolly Lardpop’s Radio Playdate.” Her puppets have also been featured in productions at the REP, Magic Curtain, Boone and Freedom Highs, as well as at the Montverde Academy. As an arts integration specialist and teaching artist, Jamie works with local teachers and youth through organizations such as the REP, Mary Palmer and Associates, The Orlando Philharmonic, and MicheLee Puppets. Jamie is a puppet specialist for Walt Disney World, and a character development specialist for Royal Caribbean’s Dreamworks character experience.
Kris Zara originally joined MicheLee Puppets in 1999. Learning many different styles of puppetry and working with many talented actors/puppeteers, Kris merged her love of children and her performance art together in a unique way that is captivating and leaves you with a smile on your face! Kris delighted underprivileged children using her puppetry skills on a mission trip to Brazil in 2004. A year later, Kris started a family and decided to be a stay at home mom. With her children in elementary school, Kris has returned to MicheLee Puppets. When Kris is not performing with MicheLee Puppets she can be found photographing private clients, playing flute, or spending time with her filmmaker husband, Fred and her two awesome kids, Mackenzie and Zander. Kris is happy to be performing again, and is thankful for the opportunity to enrich children’s lives through the art of puppetry.
David Goboff joined Michelee Puppets in 2009 as a member of the South Florida touring team for Extreme Health Challenge. He has been touring with the show ever since. Dave is also the president of The Puppet Guild of South Florida and runs his own puppet company called Simply Puppets, where he is the sole employee performing original solo puppet shows. Prior to joining Michelee Puppets Dave was a vice-president of a small IT department. The closing of that company in 2009 was the event that pushed Dave into full time puppetry. He has never looked back.
Actress and Singer
Missie Jordan is thrilled to be working with MicheLee Puppets. Her background in theatre and vocal performance compliments the work she does with the company. Missie attended Ball State University in Muncie Indiana and Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where she studied Musical Theatre and Voice. Through the years she has taught virtually every aspect of performance and has worked with children of all ages. She has also raised four daughters. Missie is passionate about helping others. She traveled with a professional social improv troupe for two years. The outreach that MicheLee Puppets pursues is another wonderful way for Missie to perform and help others at the same time.
Stage Manager and Technician
Jason Fuller has worked in the audio visual field for 13 years in various venues and events. He started working in a church as a volunteer youth technical director. He has since worked at various hotels, city arenas and churches and is currently employed with Sea World. When Jason is not working, he likes spending time with his wife Sasha. He also makes time to play his guitar and write music.