Executive Director

Tamela was a proud member of Only Make Believe’s NYC acting company for more than 3 years before moving to Washington D.C. in 2012. Tamela received her BFA from Howard University and completed professional acting program at William Esper Studio.


Jaime Quiles

Operations Director

Jaime joined Only Make Believe in June 2010. Prior to that Jaime worked for many years with Bear Stearns and was also busy writing and producing his first two music albums under “The Faceless Project”. He graduated with a music degree from Center for the Media Arts.


Cary Simpson

Development Manager

Originally from North Carolina, Cary came to OMB in 2017 from New York Theatre Workshop. Outside of OMB, she works as a producer and theatrical consultant on projects in and out of New York. Cary holds a BA in English and Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA in Theater Management and Producing from Columbia University's School of the Arts.



Associate Director

With over twelve years of experience as a director and curator of arts programming across New York City’s cultural sector, Jackie joined Only Make Believe in 2012. She holds a B.F.A. in performance and M.A. in Arts-Politics both from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.


Patrice Christu

Production Manager

Prior to OMB, Patrice worked in Operations at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. She has over 10 years of experience working in theatrical production in NYC, primarily with young people. Patrice holds a BA in Theater Arts, with a minor in Creative Writing, from Marymount Manhattan College.



Program Consultant

Channie joined the OMB staff as Program Consultant in 2009. She currently oversees OMB’s Buddy program and a variety of Individual Volunteer initiatives. Channie is a performing artist, educator and director. She has performed, taught and directed professionally within the United States and abroad. Channie has received several honors and acknowledgements for her audiobook narrations including Zora and Me and Claudette Colvin Twice Towards Justice. Channie has a M.A. in Applied Theatre from the School of Professional Studies-CUNY.



Chris Wilson

Regional Manager

Chris joined Only Make Believe in 2012 as an actor. He has performed professionally around the D.C. area. Some theaters include: Ford’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Imagination Stage, and Round House Theatre. Chris is also an Arts Educator, Director, and Playwright. His works are often devised, and are specifically geared toward giving voice to Elementary-aged youth. Chris holds a degree in Theatre from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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Mike Merino

Administrative Assistant

Mike joined Only Make Believe in 2018 after moving to Washington, D.C. from Minnesota. Prior to relocating, he acted in various productions across the Twin Cities and earned a degree in English from Hamline University.