Board of Directors

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Christy Valle

President

Christy is honored to serve as elected President.  She has been a performer and creator in the arts for many years; from dance, acting, to technical theatre. Now she strives to give back and serve.  It is her goal to expand the accessibility and experience of our theatre for the enjoyment of our growing community. Live theatre and performance art has a magical way of bringing people together. 'By the Community, For the Community' - we are a community theatre in the truest of forms. The Richland Players have exemplified this and it is why Christy calls this theatre her home. She hopes you will connect with us as we take the theatre into the next 75 years.

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Randy Milligan

 President-Elect

As the future president of RP Randy looks forward to the new challenges and joy of participating in the adventures that await the theatre. Christy has left a lasting legacy that will be hard to match but if he can just follow in her footsteps and finish the projects she instigated Randy will be satisfied. He is very pleased with the team that has been assembled. Reorganization has given him two new Vice Presidents to handle operations and personnel, two creative and capable officers to conduct business. The new treasurer has vision and insight. The secretary Kate has done an outstanding job, and has volunteered to continue her good work. And new board members bring wisdom and excitement to the table. Theatre of the people, by the people and for the people. True community theatre. Randy's credentials include a BFA in Theatrical Performance, an MFA in Theatrical Direction, Artist-in-Residence in puppetry and Video Production. His first major role was Sir Joseph Porter KCB in a 5th grade production of "HMS Pinafore." Theatre's been his life.

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Hazel Kwak

Vice President of Operations

Hazel is honored to serve as Vice President of Operations for Richland Players. As a Tri-Cities performer since 2004, her experience includes roles as Maria in “West Side Story”, Suzie in “Omnium Gatherum” (for which she received an Irene Ryan nomination), Hero in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and Dahlia in “Our Lady of the Tortilla” at Richland Players in 2017. She also serves on several committees for Richland Players and in the Tri Cities Community. As a Healthcare worker, Mental Health is important to her which is why she will work hard to help the Richland Players Theatre succeed during the pandemic. The Performing Arts have shown time and time again that they can enhance Mental Health wellbeing by improving mood, creating a safe space for connection and creativity, thus improving this part of quality of life. Community is important, even more so during this time, and through hard work and teamwork, Hazel will work hard to help the theatre through this time. Hazel is so grateful for the support from her wonderful husband and their son who support her heart for the Performing Arts and Public Health. 

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William Thurston

Vice President of Personnel

William Thurston has been a theater arts leader in the Tri-Cities community for over a decade and has produced, directed, acted, designed and built in 40 local productions. William grew up in the Mid-Columbia and would never call any other place ‘home.’ After being employed in technical theater for Merrimack, Huntington, The Village and The Intiman, he is grateful to now be able to donate his efforts at the Richland Players. One of his career highlights has been designing sets for Pasco High and leading the students in the construction of these designs.  He believes it is fundamental to the health of local theater artists that they are aware of every aspect of a production and how they, when collaborating openly, can create works of art that are bigger than the sum of their parts. The Richland Players, through the dedicated efforts of decades of volunteers, is fortunate to own their own historical theater.  It is a large reason for our success and Will is committed to its upkeep and improvement.  A community theater is not just the play that is currently on the stage, but a monument to the collaboration of past volunteers and the inspiration that they have gifted the community. Professionally, Mr. Thurston works in the production of fuel for nuclear reactors. Personally, he could not be happier that you can often find his family at the Richland Players, too: his wife most likely as a lighting designer and his son and daughter as patrons.

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Kate D. Clark-Isaacson

Secretary

Katharine (Kate) Denise Clark-Isaacson is in her third year on the Board.  She has a 28+ year background in customer service and clerical skills across many different industries - from a forest products company, Journalism; Healthcare, Insurance, and the Boys and Girls Club. 

 

Additionally, she has earned a AA degree in Integrated Studies from Cascadia Community College-Bothell in 2012 and a BA in Community Psychology from UW- Bothell in 2014.

 

She also serves as Chair for the Artistic Committee, and member for  Construction, Finance and IT committees. She is also on the Grants team.

 

She is very passionate about raising awareness within the community about what Richland Players can do for our patrons and volunteers. She believes that Art for the Community by the Community is an integral part of Richland Players.  She is excited to have the privilege and honor to apply for grants so that Richland Players can continue to perform for the Tri-Cities community now and into the future. 

 

She is married to a fellow Board Director - Mr. J. Spyder Isaacson.

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Albania Schneegans-Davis

Treasurer

Albania has been an active Richland Players volunteer since 2012 as a stagehand in "The Trip to Bountiful."  Since that time, she has costumed numerous productions including "Boeing Boeing," "The Mouse Trap," and "Same Time Next Year,"   and produced several plays including "Frost Nixon," "Calendar Girls," "Butterflies are Free" and "Inherit the Wind." A native of Nicaragua, she has lived in Washington State since high school, has a BS in Accounting from Central Washington University and an MBA from Washington State University.  Throughout her career, she has worked as an accountant for several CPA firms, as an auditor for the Washington State Auditor’s Office and a financial analyst for Framatome Inc.  She previously served as Richland Players treasurer from 2012 to 2015 and is happy to be reprising that role. 

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J. Spyder Isaacson

Director

J. Spyder Isaacson is a Seattle-area expatriate with 40 years in theatre, doing almost every job at every level (including professional). This can be seen by his backstage/onstage work with Richland Players. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Artistic Committee and Information Technology Committee and grant writing team. He is also voice of the title character in the audio drama series “The Deadeye Kid” with 19 Nocturne Boulevard. His other charitable work includes assisting in PBS pledge drives and serving as an informal advocate for people with disabilities including mental illness. After a 20-year career in Information Technology he earned a BAS degree in Theatre Arts (Music Minor) and went on to complete a M.Ed. in Learning/Technology, which he uses as a Training Specialist for an area contractor. Spyder lives in Richland with his wife, Kate.

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Mark Jensen

Director

Mark became involved in theatre late in life, starting with a small role in 2016's "Cyrano de Bergerac," where he became hooked and found a passion for preserving the Richland Players’ rich history. He has continued to audition for plays, winning small roles here and there. As part of the Publicity committee, he is  constantly on the crusade to compile a master list of every actor who has performed in every play (a perhaps impossible task) and posts the popular “Throwback Thursdays” on Facebook, featuring information and photos from our 75 years of shows.

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Zack Taylor

Director

Zack has been with the Players for over 5 years. Some of his roles include Done Baker in "Butterflies are Free", and Cleante in "The Miser." Outside of theatre Zack pursues his love of writing, having self-published a book of poetry and currently working on his second. Zack joined the Board to help bring the theatre through the pandemic and into it's next season of Life. He considers the Richland Players his home theatre and wants to help it succeed and grow into a theatre known though out the Pacific Northwest. 

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Louis Valle Jr.

Director

Louis Valle, Jr. has been a volunteer at the Richland Players since 2017. Initially participating in shows doing voice over work, he would eventually create and serve as Chair of the Construction Committee and Alcohol Committee. He wished to aid in the preservation of the historic building and organization through the committees he formed, as well as creating new and consistent revenue streams through both newly formed committees. Louis also serves on the Richland Players Finance Committee. 

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Diana Milton

Director

Diana is excited to be on the Board Richland Players. Diana has been on the Richland Players stage as Mary in "Vanities," Serenity in "And the Winner Is," and Charity in "100 Lunches." She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Communications with a emphasis on Public Relations and has worked previously in corporate event planning. She has years of experience in fundraising and event planning and hopes to use her experience to help the Richland Players in both fundraising and Outreach. 

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Sandy Pierce

Director

Sandy Pierce serves on the Board of Directors.

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Joe Kimmel

Director

Joe Kimmel has been volunteering with the Richland Players since 2015. Their first production was "Ordinary People" where they played the role of Stillman. From 2016-2019, Joe was a member of the board and served as secretary from 2017-2018. In 2019, they made their directorial debut with the reader's theater production of "Visit To A Small Planet". Joe is thankful for the friendships they have developed within The Richland Players and hopes to continue volunteering for many years to come. Their greatest joy over the last several years has been volunteering with The Richland Players and, as a board member (as well as a member of the Production Support and Volunteer committees), they are committed to ensuring others have similar positive experiences volunteering.