Meet the Journey Leadership Team

Executive Director
Kristi Foster, Executive Director

Kristi has been with Journey Theater Arts Group since they started in Fall 2002 and became Executive Director in 2011. She has loved serving all four Journey area locations as a teacher, director, choreographer, music director, and tour group director. Her B.M. in Vocal Performance (Biola University) and M.A. in Teaching (Pacific University), along with her years in church ministry and theater performance, are the foundation from which she draws in order to lead Journey as the Executive Artistic Director.

Kristi takes particular delight in seeing each person involved in Journey grow in their skills to exceed their own expectations. By mentoring artistic teams, writing camps & curriculum, and working with her gifted staff, she has been able to see the program grow through years of expansion and development.

The Lord used Journey to single-handedly redirect her life vocationally and she is ever grateful for His continuing work, not just in the company, but in the ministry and in her personally.

To God be the glory!

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Rhonda Rice, Business Manager
Rhonda Rice, Business Manager

Rhonda Rice feels very blessed to be a part of Journey Theater Arts Group. A simple invitation to come to a performance in 2008 led to her kids being involved in multiple casts, crews, camps, and Improv team. Their involvement and growth inspired her to be more involved with volunteering and eventually joining the Journey staff in the Fall of 2010.

Rhonda is amazed at the progress that many kids have made over these years. She loves that she can be a part of sharing how God is working in our youth as well as helping provide a place to form special family friendships.

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Bethany Larson, Founder & Director

Founder Bethany Larson has been honored to work for our organization since the beginning. She has enjoyed wearing many different hats over the years including Area Coordinator, Summer Camp Manager, Area Director, Marketing Director, Teacher and TREK Coordinator. Her B.S. in Business Administration (Warner Pacific College; go Knights!), along with her experience as a pre-school director, drama ministry director, youth ministry volunteer and children’s ministry director, has equipped her to work with our parents, kids and staff.

Bethany has been married to Allen (Journey Improv Teacher and Coach) since 1988. All three of their kids, Levi, Brenna and Maggie have enjoyed being a part of camps, classes, shows and Improv Teams. Levi is currently one of Journey’s teachers.

Bethany’s favorite part of JTAG is that the whole family can participate to bring a show to the stage and she treasures the friendships she has made along the way.

Beth Maxwell, Box Office Manager/Registrar
Beth Maxwell, Box Office Manager/Registrar

Beth became involved with Journey during its first session in 2002, when her daughter auditioned for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. She was drawn in by the emphasis on family and developing character in every child, as well as the focus on providing quality instruction to students and productions for the community.

Beth was thrilled to start working for Journey as the Box Office Manager and Registrar in 2005, and continues to enjoy working behind the scenes to facilitate students’, families’ and patrons’ connections to this dynamic community.

When not serving at Journey, either as staff or as a parent, Beth loves to read, travel and spend time with her husband Duane, and daughters Hanna and Elissa.

Kiana has been a part of Journey since the second session it held in 2002. As a student some of her favorite roles were Sharpay in High School Musical, a Bird Girl in Seussical, The Red Queen in Alice the Looking Glass Girl, and Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, just to name a few.


When she turned 15, she began working summer camps with Journey. Throughout the years she has progressed from summer camp staff, to teaching classes, to now directing and choreographing shows for Journey.


In 2012, Kiana graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Christian studies from Grand Canyon University with hopes of using her degree for ministry. After graduating from GCU, Kiana spent a year traveling the world with the World Race, an international missionary ministry. Shortly after returning from her travels, her courtship began with her husband Garrett whom she married in September of 2015. Kiana joined the Journey office staff in October 2015. She is excited to be back working for Journey again! She believes in the power of this ministry to change lives.

Heidi Williams, HR/Administrative Assistant

Heidi Williams has been involved with Journey Theater Arts Group, along with her husband and two sons, since 2006, and currently is utilizing her strengths of responsibility, empathy, adaptability, development and communication while serving as the HR/Administrative Assistant. She is passionate about fostering the unique community life offered through Journey that helps both kids and adults flourish while working together to create a theater production.

Heidi brings many years of early education experience to Journey as well as her wonderful attention to detail honed while working for area CPA firms. Her attention to detail, organizational skills, and performance under pressure, has been invaluable to Journey, especially as it branched out to its four locations.

She is grateful for the tremendous blessing and honor of having the opportunity to serve the Journey community.

Sienna Langstaff, Marketing Assistant
Sienna Langstaff, Marketing Assistant

Sienna’s debut into the world of Journey began in 2010 when her son participated in a summer camp, which led to him auditioning for School House Rock Live! Her first role was serving as Publicity Chair for the newly formed Beaverton area. It wasn’t hard to publicize a company that teaches children important skills useful for the stage as well as character traits that are valuable life skills off stage.


In 2012, Sienna took on a new role as the Show Coordinator for Beaverton and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work more closely with both parents and staff.


After a very brief hiatus, Sienna is back on staff as Marketing Assistant. She is looking forward to combining her creative background (B.S. in Art Education) with her experience on Publicity to help promote Journey to the next level. Sienna and her husband Rob have three children, Josiah, Joel and Mei Li.

Lisa Jooste, Vancouver Show Coordinator
Lisa Jooste, Vancouver Class Coordinator

Lisa Jooste has been a Journey Family member since 2010, working in the Class Coordinator position since 2011. Lisa comes to Journey with a background in the corporate world; however, Lisa’s greatest accomplishment is being a mom to two great daughters. At Journey, Lisa seeks to help mentor and grow students to help each of them find their own path and walk with Him.

Garrett Williams has been a part of Journey Theater since 2004, starting when he took a beginning voice class. Since that first class, he has been a part of many Journey productions, helping out with crew, sound, and in the orchestra pit. His first show was Oliver back in the old Columbia Arts Center. Since then he has been in the orchestra for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Bye Bye Birdie, and A Year With Frog And Toad.

Before working for Journey, Garrett served as a sound technician for a few different churches, as well as a volunteer worship leader. His background in theater and worship arts made him a great fit for our company. In 2014, Garrett joined the Journey staff as the tech manager. He manages and maintains all lighting and sound equipment owned by Journey. Also, he trains and equips tech parents for shows in all areas. He is thankful to be a part of such as great team

Throughout his time in Journey, Garrett earned his Associate of Arts from Clark College and is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University. He is studying to be an audiologist and hopes to attend Pacific University in Oregon for graduate school. When not working at Journey or studying, Garrett loves to spend time with his beautiful wife Kiana, who is also actively involved with Journey as a teacher and director.

Bio coming soon

Alyssa Rice Props Administrator
Alyssa Rice, Props Administrator

Alyssa fell in love with Journey when she saw her first show in 2008 and started the next session with the show “Little Women.” Since then, she has been in several youth and summer productions. In the past year, she has also been able to teach classes and work as the Props Administrator which have both been such great experiences.

Alyssa’s family is involved with Journey as well. Her mom is the Business Manager and her brother has been participating in Improv and several productions in the cast and crew. Journey has truly been a blessing to her and her family and she loves being involved with such a friendly organization!

Karyn Eremeyeff

Karyn began her experience with Journey theater when her daughter participated in a camp in the summer of 2008. From the first day they could see that there was something very different and special about Journey! The Christ-centered, positive, engaging, and professional program drew her in. She was excited about serving on the steering committee and working with other motivated parents to help bring Journey to the Beaverton area in 2009.

In 2010 she moved from an involved parent to the position of Beaverton Coordinator. Her background as an educator (B.S. in Child Development and Multiple Subject/Early Child Education/Child Development Specialist Credential), service on a private school board in charge of parenting education, many years volunteering in educational settings as well as coordinating activities, and community service have equipped her in her role as a Journey Coordinator.

Being a part of this program and working closely with students and instructors is a blessing and a joy. Karyn is most enthusiastic about being a part of a team which encourages students to identify and develop their talents while fostering their Journey with the Lord!

Rachael Fissell, Beaverton Show Coordinator
Rachael Fissell, Beaverton Show Coordinator

Rachael began her Journey experience at full speed ahead as a Props Chair in 2011. It brought great pleasure to see her daughter grow and shine in her first show. From the perspective of this role Rachael began to see the clear focus Journey has on personal development and walking in a Christian lifestyle. This creative community where families could work together presented a great opportunity and quickly became a passion for her, not just for her daughters.

Rachael’s background in Student Ministry as well as several roles with the PTO at her children’s school provide ample experience working with parents and children alike. She looks forward to the future of working with and watching Beaverton families come together to grow their community.

Bio coming soon!

Aimee Carrere, Portland Show Coordinator
Aimee Carrere, Portland Show Coordinator

Aimee became involved in Journey in the fall of 2013 when her oldest son was on crew for Fiddler on the Roof.  She was overjoyed at how readily her son was welcomed and accepted. His self-confidence grew and a love of musical theater was born.  She now has 3 kids involved and the Journey community has become a part of her family.

As show coordinator, she loves being involved with the kids, parents and artistic teams on a deeper level.  She feels very blessed to be a part of a Christ-centered, encouraging and fun environment.

Aimee has been married to her husband Brett for almost 23 years and enjoys raising and home-educating her 4 kids.  She’s also rather fond of deep friendships and dreaming of having animals on the property they just bought.

Bio coming soon!

Bio coming soon!

Leah Tag, Vancouver Class Coordinator

Leah Tag’s path to Journey was by way of Narnia in 2012 as her daughter took stage for the first time at age eight. And the Tag family hasn’t looked back since. She and husband Aaron have served on many Journey committees together, finding God in many places along the way through mentoring new families and strengthening longtime relationships. Leah has also served as a teaching assistant and substitute teacher for Journey since 2012.

Leah graduated from Hanover College (Indiana) with a BA in English and Broadcast Communication and continued her studies at Washington State University where she received her Master’s in Literacy Education. Leah was a middle school teacher in Ridgefield for ten years before deciding to focus her efforts at home with her husband and daughter.

To the Tags, Journey is not only something in which they participate together; the Journey community has become part of their family. She is looking forward to being a part of Journey for a long time to come.

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