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.

Enjoying the Journey!

Bethany-Larson
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.

Kiana Williams
Kiana Williams, Office Administration

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.

Jemme Rinard
Jemme Rinard, HR/Administrative Assistant

 

Jemme has been involved in Journey Theater since the interest meeting Bethany led in 2002.  She performed as Lucy in Journey’s very first show, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and continued to perform in shows, tour groups and as the first co-president of “TREK”.  She taught classes, aided at summer camps, assisted tour groups and shows until she left for college at San Diego Christian.  After college, she moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, married her husband Joshua in 2010, and stayed involved in theater directing youth shows and performing in community shows.  Following their hearts back to the Pacific Northwest in 2016, Jemme could not be more blessed and honored to be working alongside the people and company that started it all and means so much to her.

Journey Theater has been a place for her to grow in confidence, in the Lord, and make lifelong “family” relationships.  She is excited to be back “home”, and play a part of creating that safe place for growth, excellence and fun for all the Journey families!

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.

Jason Rogers
Jason Rogers, Tech and Warehouse Manager
Ever since Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr. in 2014, Jason has been a fan of Journey and overjoyed to be a part of some amazing productions. He has used his set building and technical theater skills in shows including Shrek the Musical, Mary Poppins, and Oliver! Joining the Journey staff in fall of 2016, Jason is honored to look after the fabulous inventory of set pieces at the Journey warehouse and help keep Journey’s magic on stage season after season. A recent graduate of WSU Vancouver’s College of Business, he is also a lifelong musician, and a guitarist since the age of ten. He has four younger siblings currently in JTAG and looks forward to many more years with the Journey family.
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 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.

Amy Brunelle
Amye Brunelle, Portland Class Coordinator

Amye first started with Journey Theater when her daughter attended camp in the summer in 2015.  They did the Fall 2015 show, Bye Bye, Birdie and were hooked!  They did all three shows in the 2015-2016 season. The feeling of family and the support for her daughter was something unique and special.  Amye loved the way that kids are encouraged to mentor the younger students, the way Journey helps to promote Godly character traits, and she considers becoming the Class Coordinator for Portland in the Fall 2016 session an honor.

Amye earned her Elementary Education degree from George Fox in 1995.  She has been teaching or working in various education positions for the last 20 years, and has taught kindergarten through 6th grade.  Working with students and helping them to see that they are all important to God and the Journey family is her favorite part of being a Class Coordinator.

Amye looks forward to seeing her children and all the other students reap the rewards of being part of a Christ centered program!

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.

Jami Ecoff
Jami Ecoff, Vancouver Monday Class Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

Melissa Doak
Melissa Doak, Vancouver Class Coordinator

Melissa and her family have been involved in Journey Theater Arts Group since 2010.  Her kids have loved taking classes, being a part of shows and doing summer camps!  She and her husband have loved the unique environment that Journey provides where they could join their kids, learn about theater arts and be involved with shows.  Theater has become a passion for the whole family!

Melissa joined the Journey staff in 2015 as a Class Coordinator.  Her kids have moved on to college, but she is happy to be able to continue with Journey and help other families feel welcome, grow in character and faith and foster lifelong friendships.

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.

Heather Bode
Heather Bode, Vancouver Show Coordinator

Heather has been involved in Journey since 2012 when her oldest son was cast in Narnia.  She immediately grew to love Journey as much as her son.  Working with the kids and other families made each show something to look forward to!

While still having the pleasure of working with students, being Show Coordinator allows her to connect with families and artistic teams on a whole new level.  Being an integral part of bringing each show to life is a privilege, especially when accomplished in an environment of Christ’s love.

Heather has been married to Todd for 21 years.  After moving with the military for most of that time, her family is very happy to have settled in Southern Washington.  She has homeschooled all four of her children, the oldest who is now off to college.  The younger three are now in Journey and thankful to big brother for introducing it to them.

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