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Power House Theatre announces new Board of Directors members


February 4, 2021

WALLA WALLA—Gesa Power House Theatre announced three new members’ appointments to its nonprofit Board of Directors: Darcie Furlan, Mike Howell, and Tricia Rice.

Darcie Furlan is retired from a career in book publishing and has lived in Walla Walla since 2014. She previously served on the board of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival for five years before stepping down from her role as President this past August.

Mike Howell is a retired veteran who continues to be very active in the community and has served on many nonprofit boards and civic organizations. He is a founding member, past board president, and current board member of The STAR Project, helping re-integrate formerly-incarcerated people back into the community.

Tricia Rice is the Marketing Coordinator & Content Manager at Baker Boyer Bank and has lived in Walla Walla for the past eight years. She is a violinist with the Walla Walla Symphony and also serves on their board of directors.

The 2021 board roster also includes John Jamison, President; Erica Walter, Vice President; Karl Eckhardt, Treasurer; Amy Watkins, Secretary; Jim Barrow, Michelle Conner, and Ted Cox.

“We are excited to lean on the experience and knowledge of the Board at Gesa Power House Theatre,” says Executive Director Heather Schermann. “Together, we are embarking on some incredible projects that will continue to build up the arts community in the Walla Walla Valley.”

As of July of 2020, Gesa Power House Theatre is owned and operated by Power House Theatre Walla Walla, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to generate a robust and inclusive community through performing arts.

Gesa Power House Theatre is on the Washington State Building Preservation Commission list of State historic buildings, on the National Register of Historic Places, and a member of the League of Historic American Theatres. The venue is a local hub for live performances, film screenings, events by nonprofit organizations, and private events. On average, 20,000 people attend events in the historic building each year.

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