Board of Directors


WAYNE PURSER | President

Wayne Purser

Wayne enjoys live theater. He started attending when his children were in drama classes during high school. With Driftwood Players’ involvement in 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 an 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.

MELODY MISTLIN | Vice President

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.

ERIN SUTTER | Secretary

Erin has been involved with Edmonds Driftwood Players since 2013. She is often seen bartending in the lobby during Driftwood shows but has enjoyed being a Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager for multiple shows in past seasons. Erin has a background with customer service and technology and she loves supporting theater by sharing her skills working and volunteering at EDP and multiple Seattle Theaters including ACT, Seattle Public Theater, STG, Macha Theatre Works and the list goes on.

DAVID COOK | Member-at-Large

David was born and raised in Burlington, Vermont, graduating from the University of Maine with a degree in graphic design and communication. He worked for several advertising and design firms throughout New England before starting his own advertising agency in 1988, which he still operates today from his home office in Mukilteo. His introduction to acting came with a role in a one act, followed by a variety of acting and directing opportunities. He was on the Board of Directors for several years with Essex Community Players in Vermont. David is also a songwriter, composer and guitar player.  

KELLY MCDONALD| Member-at-Large

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.

NEELY STRATTON| Member-at-Large

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While Neely has been an avid theatergoer for her entire adult life, she has never experienced the magical world of the theater from beyond the audience. Now she is honored to be given this opportunity to serve on the Driftwood BOD and lend her humble skills in whatever way she can. As a writer, Neely even hopes this entrée to the theater might encourage her to pen a short to submit to the annual festival someday. Aside from theater pursuits, Neely works in the property management field. She has served on the board of the Lynnwood Kiwanis, and volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters as well as the Everett Animal Shelter. She has three cats and a husband at home who complete her world.


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