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Andrea’s first experience with the WTC was when she saw The King and I in 1979 and that magical show left an impression on her. Her first show was in Bye Bye Birdie in 1991. She became involved again in 2002 when she returned to Yakima and has been in numerous shows as well as working backstage, producing and has directed 4 shows. She has been on the board since 2006 and has been the board president as well. Andrea’s day job is in child welfare for the State of Washington and she has her Masters in Social Work. Andrea loves the WTC and is passionate about sharing its mission with our community.
1st Vice President
Aimee has been with WTC for ten years as a performer, director, and music director. In her spare time when she's not at the theater, Aimee teaches English and Drama at Highland High School. "Since WTC has given me many of the most memorable and joyous experiences in my life, I was honored with the chance to be on the board and give back. Interacting with our audiences, I have seen the love and excitement that we have in the Yakima Valley toward the dramatic arts, and the profound effect that a moving, thought-provoking play can bring or the joy that an exuberant musical can have on us all."
2nd Vice President
Ray has been a part of the Yakima Valley Community for the past 4 years. He is currently an adjunct instructor of Drama at Yakima Valley College as well as the Drama Teacher for La Salle High School. Ray loves working with WTC and is very honored to serve as a board member. He is often asked which he prefers, acting or directing and he honestly can't imagine his life without being able to do both, that is one of the reasons he has enjoyed his time with WTC so much! He truly has found a family with WTC and very much looks forward to the future with this amazing theatre company.
Chelle is delighted to join the WTC Board this season. An avid supporter of the arts, she regularly attends professional, regional, community and high school theater productions. Chelle has played stage roles in local shows and has made herself useful backstage in high school and community productions by helping with props and costumes.
Chelle and her husband Dave live in the Zillah-Granger area and enjoy the views and vibes of country living. They have two adult daughters and one above-average grandson. When she is not pursuing her interests in family and theater (sometimes simultaneously), Chelle runs an independent law practice as a registered patent attorney. She focuses on the protection of new plant varieties, and enjoys working with clients from around the world.
Treasurer/Box Office Mngr.
On stage, backstage, box office, producer and board member are among the many experiences Pat has enjoyed by being involved with WTC for over 35 years. Away from the theatre fun, Pat is a retired elementary school teacher having taught kindergarten, music and special education. Marriage to Bill for 51 years has produced a lot of wonderful blessings, three marvelous children and five amazing grandchildren. The entire family are avid sports fans with an undying loyalty to BYU.
Stephen is excited to be working with such an amazing group of theatre-makers at WTC. In his 18 years with the company, he's served in any role he could get his hands on. Through experiencing all aspects of theatre production, he found his niche as actor, designer, and director. Stephen teaches Theatre Design and Film at Eisenhower High School.
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Cindi joined the WTC Board because she wanted to be involved with the inner-workings of the theatre. Serving on the Board has allowed her to see the operations side of things. "It
gives me the privilege to be surrounded by like-minded people who are passionate about the Arts and their impact on the community. I feel that this is a wonderful way to give back to the theatre that gives me so much joy!"
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Corie is relatively new to the Yakima area. As a realtor and productivity coach at Keller Williams she is working hard to get involved in the community she serves. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre with minors in Public Relations and Communications. She most recently worked for MSU Summer Theatre for four years and was a board member for the Mouse River Players in Minot, ND. New theatre and experimental theatre are particular passions of hers. She enjoys theatre, volleyball, softball, and spending time with her husband and their dog (Mulder) and cat (Scully.) Corie is excited to get more involved in the Yakima theatre community and meet more participants and patrons.
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With over 16 years of experience in state service, Kristen brings considerable management and team-building expertise to The WTC Board. Her involvement in theatre extends back to 8th grade with Kathy Long as her instructor. This led her to a role in Brighton Beach Memoirs which sparked a lifelong friendship with Walt Sauve. She has produced, stage managed, directed, and managed props for WTC. She now serves on the board to promote the arts in our beautiful valley. Kristen lives in Yakima with her partner James and their five children and four dogs. When not working, Kristen likes to garden, is a live performance enthusiast, and enjoys restoring their mid-century modern home.
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Teri works as a medical coder for Virginia Mason Memorial, is a mother to 2 theatre-loving kids, and wife of a husband that patiently tolerates all of their loves of theatre. She has been part of a number of shows in backstage roles such as stage manager, props, and producer. When not working or at the theatre, Teri plays in a brass band and teaches choir, brass, timbrels, and drama through her church. "One of the many things I love about Yakima is that there are many wonderful and caring people that are willing to give of their time and talents in many ways. I am hoping that my time serving on the board helps to build a sense of community in our wonderful valley.
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Hannah Pollard is from Santa Fe, New Mexico and moved to Yakima four years ago. She has a degree in Theatre from University of North Carolina at Asheville and during the day works at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences as a medical librarian. She loves all types of art, from writing to watercolors to cross stitch, and is happy to give back to the community by serving on the board.
Allen Van Vleck
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Allen has been a part of WTC since 2009 where he played an ensemble
member in the company’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Since then, after falling in love with theatre, he has played a multitude of different roles, directed a show and helped in many other capacities. He is excited to be a part of this board and help keep theatre a vibrant and inclusive presence in our valley. When he is not involved in theatre he works as an accountant for a
local fruit warehouse and spends time with his amazing wife, wonderful daughter and two adoring little dogs named Gigi and Sherman.
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Renae Powers is an English and Theatre Arts teacher at West Valley High School. Her theatre experience began working tech and backstage in high school, progressing into a Theatre Arts minor from CWU, and eventually onto the stage at WTC in 2018. Her hobbies include community service, sleeping, and spending time with her husband and their pets. She’s serving on the board to give back to the community and keep the spirit of servant leadership alive! Her earliest memory of the Warehouse Theatre was at four years old (and needing a booster cushion), being scared by the human spider in the 96-97 season’s production of Babes in Toyland.
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Carolina Garza is a native of Yakima. She grew up dancing, singing and playing the piano at Kaylynn’s Dance & Music Studio and Melody Lane Academy. That’s where she was introduced to The Warehouse Theatre and performed as a dancer in Oklahoma! and West Side Story. After graduating from CWU she moved to Seattle where she worked for KOMO Radio and Television winning two Regional Emmy Awards. A big perk of the job was getting invited to media night at The Paramount Theatre and The 5th Avenue Theatre seeing many plays and musicals. She continued dancing at Westlake Dance Studio and Dance Powered before she moved back to Yakima last year.
Staff (Paid and Volunteer)
Vance has been a member of the WTC since the fall of 1991 in the role of Axel Hammond in The Nerd. Since then, he has played many roles in the Company, both on stage and off. He has served as president of the board of directors twice, and was chosen to serve as the WTC’s first executive director in 2018. All things considered though, his favorite role is that of “husband” to his wife Sandy.
Sandy has been a major contributor to the WTC ever since 1992 when she worked on All the Way Home. Since then, she has done practically every job there is to do in the theatre: she’s performed in multiple shows, directed, produced, run lights and sound, worked on costumes, sets, props and stage crew. The main role she performs currently is that of bookkeeper to the Company.
Box Office Associate
Judy loves being involved with the amazing people who volunteer at the WTC. She has worked in the WTC box
office for almost 3 years, and is looking forward to many more years helping out. Working in the box office, Judy gets to enjoy the company of the cast and crew as well as talk with the many patrons who come to enjoy each show. Before coming to the WTC box office, she ran
the box office at the Akin Center Theatre. Judy has also taught piano lessons for many years. She has accompanied community choirs, several local school choirs, and church choirs. Judy and her husband have lived in the same house in Terrace Heights for over 39 years and have have raised six children and now enjoy their eleven grandchildren.
Inclusivity Initiative Advisory Group
When Soo isn’t serving as both the brain and the brawn behind Sagebrush Hills Film Festival, she’s working at her day job (you know...the one that actually pays the bills). When she’s not working at her day job, she’s probably working on her flower farm. When she’s not working on her farm, she’s probably picking up a new hobby that she’ll forget about after two weeks. You get the picture: she stays busy.
Born in Queens, New York, Soo moved with her family to Yakima when she was a child, but she always dreamed of returning to the big city. However, when she did return to New York as a bright-eyed college student, she quickly realized that the place she truly needed to be was the place from which she’d started (The Alchemist, anyone?). Soo returned from college with a diploma in her hand, a pile of debt on her back, and a new dream in her head: find a way to give back to the place that reared her. Sagebrush Hills Film Festival is her love letter to the Yakima Valley.
Girl Scout Mom. Radio programmer. Digital Content Creator. Junior League Yakima Sustainer. Member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and the National Press Club.
President of Yakima County NAACP. Past Membership/Life Membership Chair and Communications Chair of Yakima NAACP Branch #1140-B. Ex-Officio President of the Board at YWCA Yakima. Past Board member of the Yakima Schools Foundation.
Past Board member of 11th Ave Ballet Company (Arts In Motion) and The Seasons Performance Hall. Past State Chair and Executive Board Director for the Junior Leagues of Washington State, a non-profit organization geared to provide member advocacy training and public policy outreach.
Olivia was born and raised in the Yakima Valley and attended Davis High School and Running Start at Yakima Valley College. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Seattle University in 2012 and M.A. in Literature and Language from the University of Washington in 2015. As a PhD Candidate at UW, she has also been working to complete a dissertation on the uses of Chicanx literature in the composition classroom. Olivia has had the privilege of working as a composition instructor at Yakima Valley College for the past three years, teaching writing and literature with the most fantastic students.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kimberley and her family moved to Yakima more than 30 years ago. Kimberley grew-up finding ways to express herself through art. Her passion and understanding came from her first experience at the Landmark Watts Tower in Los Angeles, where she used clay to create her first art piece. She has since found ways to enable others in the community to find their passions through art. During her first summer in Yakima, she was enlisted to help with a free art and dance program held at Washington Middle School. Understanding how important it is to share art with those left out, Kimberley has been working within the community for the past 30 years to find ways to introduce the value of exposure to art. She has also volunteered with the NAACP, the Yakima Youth Awards, and the Black History Community Luncheon. She has also worked to set a positive foundation for young people in the community by working with youth from birth to 24 years old in programs such as Circle of Success, Project Change, and YouthBuild. She believes that art is a powerful ingredient in making a community whole. Without it, the positive expression is absent. She hopes to communicate the importance of connecting with each other through the arts.
Business Advisory Group
Kurt Labberton has been involved in the efforts of the WTC since the late 1980’s....as an actor, director and occasional writer. That’s what you’d expect to happen after he started trying to impress his girlfriend - Melissa Labberton - 47 years ago. When he is not hanging out at his dental office he can be found plotting ways to harass Vance Jennings.
Kathy is a happily retired teacher and a new grandmother! She is very proud to claim membership in the WTC since 1979! Performing, working with production teams, serving on the board, and helping with front of house have been wonderful experiences and led to many friendships.
Doug was raised in Yakima and was involved in WTC productions for many years. While his career was Real Estate Consulting & Development, his vocation is Community Service via Yakima Downtown Rotary, and many nonprofit boards where he learned the importance of organization and transparency in community organizations. He served on the Core Committee that developed the Millennium Plaza and the first Fresh Hop Ale Festival (who would have dreamed what others have built from that small event?!). A lifelong musician, Doug understands the importance of the Arts in Community and takes great honor in supporting the continued growth of WTC and its varying programs.
Policy & Procedure