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.

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.

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.

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!

Sienna Langstaff: Beaverton Show Coordinator

Sienna Langstaff’s journey into the world of musical theater began in the Fall of 2010 when Journey Theater Arts Group started doing shows in Beaverton. She quickly grew from a somewhat clueless parent, dutifully fulfilling her commitment as the Publicity Chair, to an enthusiastic ambassador of the program, as she witnessed how God uses Journey to change lives.

Sienna joined Journey’s staff as the Beaverton Show Coordinator in the Summer of 2012. Her background as an art teacher (B.S. in Art Education from Miami University), as well as her varied leadership roles in church ministry, has equipped her with creativity and people skills needed to coordinate a show.

Besides the joy and satisfaction of seeing a show come together, Sienna also loves her job as it allows her to live vicariously through the performers–they are inspiring!

Portland Class Coordinator
Jenni Jackson, Portland Class Coordinator

Jenni Jackson has been singing and dancing all her life, and in high school she fell in love with musical theater. As an adult, she sings regularly on her church’s Worship Team. She is passionate about Arts education and has made sure it was always available for her kids. Her family found Journey in January 2012 and she joined the staff as Class Coordinator in September 2012.

Jenni loves watching students improve as singers, dancers, and actors, but even more importantly she loves seeing them grow in their relationships with Christ and with each other. She is excited to help Journey continue to flourish and change more lives!

Danielle Bressel, Portland Show Coordinator
Danielle Bressel, Portland Show Coordinator

Danielle Bressel has been involved with Journey since it began in Portland in 2006. She started out teaching drama for several years and taught the programs Journey ran at schools for a few years.  Drama has always been a big part of Danielle’s life. When she was little, her dad used to write plays that her and her friends would perform before their school. She was involved with drama in some aspect, whether performing or directing through her college years.

Journey has been a program that her whole family has been able to get involved in. Her boys love taking classes and being a part of the shows. Even her little girl who was born with a Chromosomal Disorder has been able to take part in classes. Journey has been a strong foundation for her family as they went through some tough times.  Journey is family. As Show Coordinator she loves being able to invest in not only the kids lives, but the parents as well. She gives God the glory for all that He’s doing through this program.

Tricia Havens, Vancouver Class Coordinator
Tricia Havens, Vancouver Class Coordinator

Tricia Havens has been blessed to be a part of the Journey family since 2003 when her husband, Mark, began playing trumpet in the show orchestras. Her three children began taking summer camps and couldn’t wait to begin taking classes and auditioning for shows. Their first show was Willy Wonka in 2011. Since then they have participated in several classes and shows and have loved every minute of it!

After supporting her family in their Journey endeavors for several years, she felt it was time to experience it for herself. So in summer 2013, she auditioned for Music Man and was delighted to be able to portray Maud Dunlop (one of the “Pick-A-Little” ladies). Tricia thoroughly enjoyed her experience, not only on stage, but also in friendships that were formed at rehearsals and backstage.

Tricia’s professional experience has mainly been working as an executive assistant and in assisting in the accounting department. She has also volunteered as a bookkeeper at non-profit ministries and has worked for 15 years as a Director at AWANA (a club for children, ages 3 – 18) with her church. She currently homeschools her children and is involved in a local Christian homeschool co-op.

Tricia is looking forward to getting to know more Journey families by serving as the Class Coordinator for Monday night classes.

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.

Melissa Bareford, Vancouver Show Coordinator

Melissa joined Journey as a teacher in January 2014 and Show Coordinator in Fall 2014. She loves having a place to bring her love of theater and her faith together with a passion for kids. Melissa holds a B.A. in Theatre (Northwestern College), M.A. in Directing (University of North Texas), and a Ph.D. in Theatre History (University of Missouri). For 10 years Melissa was the Managing Director of Lifeline Theatre in Chicago, a nationally recognized professional children’s theatre, and has extensive production and teaching experience.

In addition to her theatre work, Melissa has spent over 30 years working with drama ministries for both children and adults, serving as Director of Children’s Ministries at First Evangelical Free Church in Chicago and now Grace Community Church in Woodland.

Along with her husband David and two daughters, Melissa lives in Woodland and enjoys kayaking, gardening, quilting, archery, and Girl Scouting.

Alisa Brossia, Vancouver East Class Coordinator

Alisa’s family joined Journey in Spring of 2014 with her daughter on crew for Grimm Fairy Tales. They all enjoyed it so much that Alisa decided to get more involved and became the Vancouver East Class Coordinator. It was the wonderful families, new friendships for both children and adults, emphasis on personal growth and supportive teachers that impressed Alisa. Journey’s
relentless focus on developing children in a Christ centered, uplifting and fun environment is a continual draw.

In high school, Alisa wished to be part of the theater program because it looked like such fun but she didn’t feel she had the abilities and never tried. However, she’s had a life long love of music, musicals, dancing and theater. Alisa enjoys watching Gene Kelly, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Julie Andrews thoroughly entertain.

Alisa brings a background of contract writing and negotiation, project tracking, financial reporting and an understanding of complex rules and regulations to her work with Journey. She also has served as a volunteer on the PTA, at elementary school and preschool and professional boards. Her family is active at church in kids choir, altar guild, scripture reading, acting as acolyte and in bell choir.

In her time off, Alisa enjoys cooking, baking, reading (a luxury), movies, travel and just spending time with her family on their farm.

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