Nikki Dyke is the founder and executive director of Carolina Youth Theatre. Since 2007, CYT has provided a consistent artistic outlet for middle school and high school students in the Triangle. Nikki holds a BA in English and secondary education from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. A former high school teacher, Nikki has been performing since the age of 10 and enjoys sharing her love of theater with young people. In recognition for her work with CYT, Nikki was the 2012 recipient of the Frances Finch Hobart Award for Voluntary Community Service.
Board of Directors
Steve Yauch (President) graduated from NCSU with a degree in electrical engineering in 1987 and is currently the owner and president of Carolina Electronic Assemblers (CEA). CEA specializes in the manufacturing of complex electronic products in industries such as medical, aerospace, and security. Steve also spends a great deal of time working with entrepreneurs and early stage companies, assisting them in all aspects of product development, company formation, marketing, and funding. For several years, Steve has been involved in local theater, building sets and creating props for various shows. In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his family, fishing, and 'building things'.
Joye Hodges Douthart (Vice President) received a BA in English and communications from Meredith College and MA in English and writing from NC State University. She is a long-time supporter of CYT and has served as a volunteer with the program in various capacities since 2013. Joye brings 20 years of professional experience in nonprofit communications, program and event management, and organizational development to her role with Carolina Youth Theatre’s board of directors. Joye provides consulting and training to nonprofits and churches in the areas of communications and engagement, strategic planning and transition management, and donor/sponsor program development. Previously, she directed marketing, communications, and conferences for the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits. She was born and raised in Raleigh and enjoys local theater and the arts, books, travel, and being outdoors.
Larisa Putnam (Secretary) received a BS in elementary education from East Carolina University and taught in area schools until she pursued a career in the arts. Larisa is the director of operations and finance at Arts Together, a multi-discipline year-round arts education nonprofit in Raleigh. She previously served as the business manager for Raleigh Little Theatre where she nurtured and grew volunteer participation in accessibility, service, and hospitality. Larisa spends much of her free time outside and enjoys finding new parks and trails to hike. She is the mom to one son who shares her love of the arts and will always be her favorite adventure companion.
Wes Dyke (Treasurer) graduated Summa Cum Laude from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BA in public accounting and economics. He relocated to North Carolina in 2002 and is an accountant with a large manufacturing company. Wes serves as CYT’s volunteer business manager, helping secure start-up capital and ongoing funding, developing budgets, and coordinating fundraising. He also led CYT’s transition to a stand-alone nonprofit organization in 2018-2019. Wes is grateful to have been part of CYT since inception in 2007, and is thankful for the opportunity to serve his wife and community through this great organization.
Shawn Scott McSwain (Hospitality and Patron Experience) is a Virginia native who graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA with a BA in speech communication in 1991. In 2011, she earned her MBA at Meredith College in Raleigh. Currently, Shawn is the senior vice president at the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS), overseeing all financial and operational aspects of the membership organization. Shawn is a graduate of “Leadership North Carolina,” a prestigious program aimed at developing informed and committed leaders by advancing their leadership qualities and broadening their involvement in issues and opportunities facing the state of North Carolina. Shawn lives in Clayton, NC with her husband Tom McSwain and son Jack, a student at Clayton High School, where she serves on several committees and parent boards supporting the arts in schools.