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 & Marketing 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.

Jemme Rinard, Operations and Development Coordinator

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!

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.

Bethany-Larson
Bethany Larson, Founder, Area Director, Costumes Manager

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.

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.
Maggie Larson, Props Administrator
Maggie Larson, Props Administrator

Maggie Larson has been around youth theater since she was born. She enjoys taking part in shows both onstage and off, as well as being on improv teams, but her true passion is dance. She has truly loved growing up in Journey and looks forward to seeing you at the warehouse!

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!

Sienna Langstaff, Beaverton Show Coordinator
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
Jami had her first experience with Journey in 2007 when her daughter went to a summer camp. Two years later (when her daughter FINALLY turned 8), they participated in their first production. She remembers tearing up and being overwhelmed with gratitude at the blessing of such an amazing organization as she sat through her first parent meeting. The amazing kids, wonderful families, and Christ-centered values seemed too good to be true. Ten years later, Journey has so impacted the lives of all three of her kids, that she knows it to be even better than she originally believed!
Jami and her husband, Brent, just celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary. They have three kids (Josh, Khrystyna and Aliyah) who have all been involved in Journey in varying degrees–shows, summer camps, classes, camp staff and Improv team.  Having participated in more than 20 shows as a family, Jami has enjoyed watching the growth in all three of her children.  Three very different kids have been impacted in life-changing ways through this organization–whether it be developing godly character, becoming more confident, learning to handle disappointment, exercising patience, growing in their ability to communicate (both on and off stage) or truly understanding the meaning of community.  Jami and her family are so grateful to get to live life in this community of amazing families.  Other than the growth in her personally and in her family, Jami’s favorite thing about Journey has been the friendships created. She has truly grown to love all of these kids as she watches them grow as individuals and in their theater skills, eventually becoming incredible adults. Working with parents on committees has created relationships that she greatly cherishes.
It was this love of the JTAG community that prompted Jami to take on more of an official leadership role as Class Coordinator in 2016. She is honored to be able to add value and give back to this ministry that she feels has shaped so much of her character and the character of her children.  She believes her family to be a true testimony to Journey’s statement “Not just live theater, but theater that changes lives”.
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.

Heather Bode
Heather Bode, Vancouver East 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.

Andrea Garner, Vancouver Show Coordinator
Andrea Garner, Vancouver Show Coordinator

Andrea has been involved with journey since her daughter was cast in Annie Jr. in 2014.  They have since been involved in 6 shows and many classes!  The opportunity to build community around their passion for Christ and for music has really been a great fit for their family!  It has been said in her house more than once by her daughters that “Journey is our happy place!”

Andrea has worked with children as a preschool teacher and in children’s ministry since the age of 19.  In 2015 she earned her Early Childhood education degree and last year (2016-2017) begun homeschooling her children .  In Fall of 2015 she was hired has the children’s pastor at their church where her husband is also the worship pastor.  She loves imparting her passion for pointing kids to Jesus with other volunteers and building teams and is looking forward to using that passion as the Vancouver show coordinator!

Andrea has been married for 17 years to her husband Matt .  Together  they have 5 daughters;  Gracie (13),  Alexis (almost 12), Sydney (9), Mariah (23…she joined our family at the age of 14) and Savannah (almost 4.)  It’s a crazy life with lots of talking (so many girls!) but they love it!

Not just live theater - theater that changes lives.

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