Call for new board members
The Arts Center Task Force is currently accepting new Board Members.
For more information, please download the application.
Send completed applications to or PO Box 2131, Richland WA 99352.
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We're members of the community who love the arts. We'd like to see our performing and visual arts groups have the quality of venue they deserve. We'd also like to see the Tri-Cities have a performing arts center worthy of our growing and vibrant area. We hope you'll help! You can give money or volunteer your time...or both.
Steven Wiley is a computational biologist and project manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, where he has organized and led a number of multi-million dollar projects. He is a Laboratory Fellow (the highest scientific rank at PNNL) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Before joining PNNL in 2000, Steven was a Professor of Pathology at the University of Utah. He has been active in community theater since high school and has done sound design with the Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre and video design for the Richland Players. From 2009-2011, Steven was President of the Tri-Cities Habitat for Humanity and has been Senior Warden for All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Richland. He has been a member of the Arts Center Task Force since 2012.
Mr. Walling has been active in the efforts to bring a performing arts center to the Tri-Cities for about 20 years and has been on the board of the ACTF since its incorporation. Starting out as a performer with Mid-Columbia Musical Theater (formerly Richland Light Opera Company), he’s been active continuously with MCMT for over 30 years as a performer, techie, board member and company president.
He also performs with the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers.
Mr. Walling works at PNNL, his “day job” for 30 years, as an engineer/technologist in systems engineering, systems integration, and information management, and including assignments as a project manager, line manager, and individual contributor. Mr. Walling has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA.
Reginald Unterseher is Music Director and Composer-in-Residence at Shalom United Church of Christ, Richland, Washington. His works are published by Oxford University Press, Walton Music, and on his web site, www.reginaldunterseher.com, through Northwest Choral Publishers. He is Associate Conductor of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers. He is the Washington State Music Teacher’s Association’s “Composer of the Year” for 2013.
Mr. Unterseher’s compositions are regularly performed throughout the world and have been featured at regional and national ACDA and MENC conventions in the US as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He currently serves as Repertoire & Standards Chair for Men’s Choirs for the Northwest Division of the American Choral Director’s Association, and is in demand as a choral and vocal adjudicator and clinician. Mr. Untereseher is a past Artistic Director of Consort Columbia (now Mid-Columbia Mastersingers), founder and past Chorus Master of Washington East Opera, and an active member of Male Ensemble Northwest.
Julie Gephart Wiley has been involved in the Tri-Cities' arts, business, and education since 1979. She grew up in Kennewick and graduated from Kamiakin High School, and Washington State University. Julie was an award-winning communications specialist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for 30 years and was named the Laboratory's Woman of Achievement in 2000. She has also served as vice president of Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre (formerly RLOC), and she has directed and performed in many community musical and theatre productions. She is a member of Columbia Center Rotary in Kennewick.
Kavita and her husband own Fast and Curryous, a mobile food vending operation serving the greater Eastern Washington area. She is a West Richland resident, has two children, and currently serves as Treasurer of the Wiley Elementary PTA. Until 2018, Kavita was a financial specialist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where she oversaw a portfolio of $25M in research grants from multiple government agencies. She had extensive knowledge of PNNL financial operations and worked closely with project managers, scientists, upper management, contracts, and external clients to ensure success throughout project life cycles. Kavita has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Arizona and an MBA in finance from the University of St. Thomas. She worked for five years at one of the country’s premier biomedical research facilities, Baylor College of Medicine, and she was business manager and accountant for Innovative Radiology in Houston, TX. Previously, she served as a Board Member and Acting Director for Greyhound Pets of America in Houston, TX.
Facilities Committee Chair
John is a senior manager with leadership experience in the management of large nuclear fuel, chemical, pulp and paper facilities. He has been employed at Areva in Richland since 2008. John is a Past President of the Academy of Children’s Theater (ACT) Board of Trustees and is a founder of the IMPACT Day program for Habitat for Humanity (H4H), as well as an industry advisor for Tri-Tech Skills Center.
Jeff is an IT Analyst at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, and has been with them for 30 years. He received a BA in History and Concentration in Computer Science from Carleton College. He has been an active member of the community since coming to the Tri-Cities in 1983, an active Board member of the Mid-Columbia Regional Science Fair Association since 1986, served on several professional society boards, and is a past member of a Richland School District committee.
Eva is a Project Specialist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland. She has been with the laboratory for 27 years and holds an MBA from the University of Washington. She has been an active member of the community since coming to the Tri-Cities in 1983, serving in various volunteer capacities. She is Treasurer for the Mid-Columbia Regional Science Fair, a position she has held since 1986. She is an active member of Christ the King Church.
John McDonald is a Financial Advisor at Waddell & Reed Inc. in Kennewick. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. John believes everyone should be able to experience the magic and talent of the performing arts in a great environment where the artists’ sounds and visualizations are heard and seen in their true form.
John has been an active member of the community since coming to the Tri-Cities in 2001, serving in various volunteer capacities, such as Executive Director for Central United Protestant Church and as Junior Warden for All Saints' Episcopal Church.
Joel has owned Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet and Music and directed the non-profit Mid-Columbia Ballet for more than 29. He is active in the community, serving on the Richland Public Facilities District Board for 10 years. He's also a member of the Columbia Center Rotary and has worked with most of the performing arts groups
in the area. Joel comes to the Tri-Cities with an extensive background as a dancer and stage manager. He began his professional career as a dancer and stage manager touring the Far East and Australia with DISNEY ON PARADE. Joel was a dancer and stage manager on the original Australian production of A CHORUS LINE, and it was there that he met his wife Debra. Other international credits include house manager of Michael Edgley's GREATEST CIRCUS ON EARTH, and stage manager of Hanna Barberra's arena show YABBA DABBA DOO in Mexico City. Joel was a stage manager for Disney Theatrical’s first and second national tours of the Broadway show BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Joel was an assistant production manager and stage manager for Opera Omaha where, he helped to stage numerous ballets including NUTCRACKER and GISELLE, and operas such as AIDA, TALES OF HOFFMANN, DON GIOVANNI, HANSEL AND GRETEL, DON PASQUALE, FAUST, and MADAMA BUTTERFLY.
Before moving to the Tri-Cities, Joel was the stage manager for 42ND STREET starring Peter Marshall and Constance Towers. He also worked backstage on the Los Angeles productions of CATS, EVITA, SOPHISTICATED LADIES, and THE ACADEMY AWARD CEREMONIES to name just a few of his many credits
Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Representative
Born in Toronto, Canada, Miriam Kerzner came to the Tri-Cities twenty years ago after pursuing her education in political science and international relations from Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario) and the University of Pittsburgh with detours in Israel and Brazil. She has taught sociology and political science at Columbia Basin College for 10 years. She is currently responsible for developing and teaching the on-line American Government courses. She has also taught Hebrew and Latin at for several community organizations.
A believer in the importance of community organizations, Miriam has performed and produced shows with the Rude Mechanicals, the Richland Players, the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, and the Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre. She serves on the boards of the Columbia Basin Badger Club, the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, is vice-president of Congregation Beth Sholom and currently maintains the social media platforms for the Tri-Cities Interfaith Alliance. The Mastersingers have provided her with an opportunity to combine her love of the arts with her commitment to education as she is currently developing an education and outreach committee under their auspices that will include participants from every major arts community in the Tri-Cities.
Mid-Columbia Symphony Representative
Boyce Burdick serves as the president of the Mid-Columbia Symphony Society Board of Trustees. He is a theoretical physicist/nuclear engineer who retired from AREVA in 2010. Boyce arrived in the Tri-Cities in 1978 as Chief Optical Physicist in the Laser Isotope Separation Department, of Exxon Nuclear.
Since then he has worked in the several succeeding corporate entities in the commercial nuclear industry, including an eighteen month assignment as an ex-patriot employee at KraftWerk Union in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Before coming to Richland, Boyce was a Senior Theoretical Physicist at United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, Connecticut. Boyce’s previous community leadership positions include president of the Vernon Connecticut Youth Hockey Association and board president of the Mid-Columbia Center for Theological Studies. Burdick is the symphony’s partner representative to the Arts Center Task Force Board. He has enjoyed singing with community groups including Columbia Chorale, Oratorio Chorus, Yakima Valley Opera Company, and is currently a member of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Symphonic Chorus and the Shalom United Church of Christ choir. Boyce holds an MS and doctoral degree from Yale University and graduated cum laude from Carleton College with a BA in physics.
Dustin Petersen was born and raised in the Columbia Basin. He is currently a Sr. Territory Rep for Ecolab. He was elected to the Quincy City Council in 2013 where he served on various committees and community organizations. He moved to Kennewick in 2017 and is active in his Church and Community. He is fluent in Spanish and holds a bachelors Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in State and Local Government from BYU-Idaho.
Dustin enjoys attending symphonies, plays, watching classic films and spending time with his family. He is married to Tara Vogelsberg-Petersen and has two children (Liberty 3 and Carter 1) He looks forward to the day he will get to see his children perform in a Performing Arts Center in the Tri-Cities!
Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre Representative
I am currently serving on the Board of the Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre. I began my involvement with theatre in 2005 as a parent volunteer supporting drama at Hanford High School. My interest and talent is in support the actors on the technical side of the show. Since starting in theatre, I have performed set and prop design for numerous shows including Thoroughly Modern Millie, Seussical, Little Mermaid, Princess and the Pea, Guys and Dolls, and others. For MCMT I was the technical director for “Company” and for “Next to Normal”. I get a lot of satisfaction working with performers and directors to develop sets and props that help to show off their talents and hopefully make their job easier and more fun.
In my professional career, I worked as an engineer and project manager for 38 years. Most of that time was spent as a manager in charge of projects involved with clean up at the Hanford Reservation.
Mid-Columbia Ballet Representative
Al grew up in a family that have been patrons of local and regional Arts Communities and has brought his enjoyment of the Arts to Richland, WA where he has attended and help produce Art for more than 40 years.
Al has been a Board Member of the Mid Columbia Ballet for many years and an active behind the scenes support person for many of the Mid Columbia Ballet performances. Al sincerely believes that the Tri-Cities needs a modern dedicated theater facility that will provide a venue for local, regional and world class performances. In addition to providing excellent venue for the Arts, the Vista Performing Arts Center will be an excellent training ground for many local students considering careers in the many aspects of the performing Arts.
Al currently works for Framatome, Inc. where he has been employed for for more than 40 years as a Nuclear engineer/physicist and R&D project management.