MEET THE BOARD
She received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology at the University of Oregon. She is a published author and the owner of a small business in Veneta, Oregon. Earlier, she worked in finance and purchasing for a Fortune 500 company and was a purchasing manager and special projects manager for a window manufacturing company. She volunteers with the Friends of the Fern Ridge Library and is a member of the Ridge Writers writer’s group. She is the business manager and a member of the Reader's Theater troupe.
Marti Stevens Byers
Marti has over 50 years of experience with acting, directing, and producing theater. She has created several theater companies on the west coast, both non-profit and professional as well as teaching drama and theater to all ages and backgrounds. She brings a wealth of theater knowledge to the Board.
Ellen Rutherford Childs
Ellen supports grant writing, fundraising, and is a member of our Readers Theater Troupe.
1973 LCC, A.A. Performing Arts Dept.
1987 U of O, B.A. Education
1988 U. of O, M.A. Education (Communication Disorders Sciences)
26.5 years at the U of O. 20 years in the Grants and Contracts now Sponsored Projects Office. Emerald Valley Quilt Guild. Applegate Quilters. "Bags of Love" making quilts and knitted hats.
A Denver native, Kelli is a professional stage manager and costumer. She has worked with a wide range of ages and experiences in educational and community theatre. She also has a vast background in customer service, management and education. With us, works works to support stage management, costumes, fundraising, tech.
Allen has been Involved in performing arts most of his life, including choir and musical theater in school. Allen served as student assistant with Missouri Repertory Theater during college, helped launch a community radio station in Kansas City (KKFI), started a coffeehouse for Swallow Hill Music in Denver, and has organized many concerts, benefits, and other events over the past 4 decades. Allen previously served on the Board of Directors for Midcoast Radio Project (Kansas City) as Treasurer and Vice-President. A former librarian, ALlen brings experience with information search and retrieval, organization, and technology training and support. Involved with two area Granges and with KOCF, Fern Ridge Community Radio.
He is a pastor, co-owner of Studio 7, and a retired contractor. He is currently on medical hiatus.