Board of Directors



Kelly McDonald, President

Kelly moved to Richmond Beach in 2018 after many years living in SE Asia and working for international NGOs including IUCN and the Ford Foundation. She was an active member of the Bangkok Community Theatre and the Caravan Theatre in Bangkok, as well as a guest lecturer in theatre at Chulalongkhorn University. She served on the board of the Bali International School (now Bali Island School). Kelly is a graduate of Pomona College (BA in theatre design) and Carnegie Mellon University (Masters in arts management). She and her husband and have four grown children who live in various countries and a Bali dog. She is a Director at the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association for Children.


Heather was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio where she enjoyed going to the theater and performing in school plays. She continued her passion for theater in college, where she graduated with a degree Dramatic Literature from George Washington University. She moved to New York and then LA for a few years working in TV and Film productions. She settled in the Seattle area 20 years ago where she has worked as an event manager, chef and cooking instructor. Recently moved to Edmonds, Heather and her husband have two school age children, and a big fluffy dog whom she walks frequently along the Edmonds waterfront. Heather is excited to be a part of this amazing community theater, and to re-connect with her life-long love of the theatre arts. 


Melody Mistlin has been an active member, volunteer and supporter of Edmonds Driftwood Players for many years. Although her first love is acting, she also has performed many roles behind the scenes including Document Specialist, Stage Manager, Producer, Marketing and volunteer retention. Melody has worked in electronics for over 40 years and is now enjoying retirement with her husband.


Rachel and her family moved to Mukilteo, from the Silicon Valley area of California, in 2019. Born and raised on the Central Coast, Rachel ended up in the Gilroy / Hollister communities after getting married. After her first audition, done on a whim and landing the lead, she was hooked on being onstage and worked with many local theater groups, both on and off stage. Rachel was a board member for the Gilroy Arts Alliance, developing fundraising events and introducing the theater and other arts events to the local community. She has worked for a test and measurement company in the Silicon Valley for more than 20 years, involved in both international and domestic sales.

JP. DIENER| Member-at-Large

JP. is a local attorney with a long history in the arts. He served on the Board of Directors for Spokane Civic Theatre and the Liberty Lake Community Theatre prior to moving to this side of the state. He has also been performing improv comedy for 15 years and has a special place in his heart for the discipline. JP. is excited to help Driftwood Players maintain its reputation for great theatre and looks forward to advancing the mission of the theatre for years to come.


Introduced to the arts at an early age, Irina is a theater super-fan. Understanding the vital role local theater plays in its community, Irina is proud to honor and support the 60+ year legacy of Edmonds Driftwood Players by rolling up her sleeves and doing whatever needs to be done to keep live theater alive!


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