Our Current Board of Directors includes…
President, Ted Jaquith
Ted was introduced to theater by his parents. He has early memories of hanging out at rehearsals while his father conducted pit orchestras and produced musicals. He still enjoys attending rehearsals. Ted has lived in Edmonds all of his adult life. He has been active with DP as an actor, a director and a patron. He is honored to now serve as its president.
Vice President, Jay Vilhauer
Jay has very much enjoyed being part of the Driftwood “family” for the past few years, having been on stage in several Driftwood shows: The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz, Thugs, A Funny Thing Happened….Forum, The Drowsy Chaperone and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He has also played keyboards and trumpet in pit orchestras for a number of musicals in the area. Jay hails from Wisconsin, where he taught Instrumental Music in public schools for eight years before returning to college for an Electrical Engineering degree. He has been in the area for 11 years, and serves as a Director of Engineering at a medical device company.
Treasurer, Keith A. Gehrig, MFA
Keith joined the Driftwood family in the early 1990’s to design lights for Nunsense and stayed to do many other things, including being the Office Manager from 2004 to 2014. His first produced play, Small World was presented as one of the first Spotlight on Local Playwrights at EDP. In 2011, Keith directed the award winning entry in the state festival, The Long Christmas Dinner.
He also serves on the Snohomish County Arts Commission and finished a Master’s degree in Arts Leadership at Seattle University in 2017.
Katie caught the theater “bug” a few years ago, and hasn’t stopped since! Her experience includes working with Madrona Children’s Theater, teaching creative drama in preschools with Seattle Shining Stars, and many Driftwood productions. Stage managing and producing are her favorite roles, and she’s thrilled to put some of those organizational skills to use here on the EDP Board. Katie was an office manager for a Seattle law firm for more than 8 years, before taking the plunge into self-employment, as a Personal Assistant for small businesses and individuals. She loves being part of the Driftwood family, and hopes to continue being a part of the amazing opportunities EDP brings to our local community!
Member at Large (Building / Technical Maintenance), Michael Corey
Michael has been involved in theatre in one form another since high school. While he has acted on stage from time to time, he really enjoys accompanying actors either as a solo pianist or pit orchestra conductor. He has also volunteered” from time to time to build sets and set pieces, as well as run audio for shows. During the 30 plus years, he has lived in the Seattle area, he has done a handful of shows at Edmonds Driftwood Players. He also conceived of and hosts the Annual Holiday Sing-Along at EDP every December.
Currently, Michael is the Music Director for Ballyhoo Theatre and is on its Board of Directors. He has run Mike’s Remodel for the past 25 years and has extensive experience in residential remodel and repair.
Member at Large (Membership and Volunteers), Kaelyn Langer-Mendonca, PhD
Kaelyn Langer-Mendonca, Ph.D. is a teaching artist, director, and performer having appeared on stage and run youth education programs in New York and Washington. Kaelyn brings a blended expertise to her teaching: helping students explore their innate ability to imagine, play, and create characters while supporting their social skills and emotional intelligence. She believes in the powerful effects of art and creativity, which cultivate relationship and inspire strong community connection. Kaelyn recently directed Honk Jr. at Cedar Way Elementary School and Mighty a production she wrote for Edmonds Youth Program last summer. She is incredibly excited about her role on the board and looks forward to being a part of this wonderful team.
Louise Kincaid has worked in nonprofit management and development for over 20 years. Prior to joining the Future of Flight Foundation, she was the Executive Director for Mercer Island Center for the Arts where she brought a wide range of arts and nonprofit management skills, initiating the $25 million capital campaign through community outreach and fundraising efforts. With a passion for the arts and musical theatre, Louise was Village Theatre’s Director of Development for 10 years, where she oversaw both the $2 million annual fund and the multi-faceted $11 million capital campaign fundraising efforts for both Issaquah and Everett. Joining the Northwest Chamber Orchestra in 1992 as Executive Director, she led the organization to a 10-year period of remarkable organizational growth, fiscal stability and artistic excellence. She graduated from the University of Michigan with two graduate degrees in Musicology and Music Performance.
Member at Large (Assistant Treasurer), Anabel Hovig
Anabel Hovig has been a member and volunteer at Edmonds Driftwood players for almost 10 years. She started as an actor and later went on to usher and house manage as well as serving on the Play Selection/ Director selection committee as co-chair for a number of years. During the last four years with EDP, she has coordinated the Missoula Children’s theatre program and co-produced a number of our mainstage productions. She even worked in the box office last spring. Anabel is resident of Edmonds and a very active member of the Edmonds community at large.
Member at Large (Front of House), Rita Baxter
Rita Baxter has always had performing in her blood. She started acting in high school as much as possible, taking drama classes and participating in school plays. After school she took a hiatus from performing to find her way in life. During that time she started working full time while also earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Management. She intended to get a PhD for the simple reason of making everyone call her “Dr. Rita” but, that was not in her cards. She lives in Marysville remaining close to family and friends. She is very adventurous and has started checking items off of her bucket list including: skydiving, scuba diving, hot air ballooning, getting her motorcycle endorsement (which is harder than you might think), traveling to various wonderful locations and flying an airplane.
Thankfully she was able to make her way back to the stage several years ago ultimately joining Edmonds Driftwood Players. She feels very blessed and honored to be a part of this theater group and looks forward to working more with the Driftwood family.
As a season ticket holder, Wayne enjoys live theater. This started when his children were in drama classes during high school. With Driftwood Players involvement of the summer youth program, this has sparked him to volunteer on the board. Wayne says “We are the teachers to the children, let’s keep them laughing”. As a local businessman and event organizer, he brings insight on – reaching out to the community and protecting assets. As a Northwest native he enjoys traveling, golf, coffee and all the water views he can find.
LEGAL ADVISOR, Peggy Sanders, Attorney
Sanders Law Group 152 3rd Ave S, Suite 101, Edmonds, WA 98020