The Gesa Power House Theatre team works together to design, create, produce, and support its mission to generate a strong, inclusive community through performing arts. Our small team includes a diverse mix of staff, contractors, and volunteers.
Gesa Power House Theatre Team:
Heather Schermann began working as the bookkeeper for Gesa Power House Theatre in 2015, was promoted to Theatre Manager in 2018, and now serves as Executive Director for the Power House nonprofit. She has served as a City Councilmember for the City of College Place since 2015, and is treasurer of the Walla Walla Exchange Club.
Heather loves to travel to attend concerts and Broadway shows. In 2019 she achieved her goal of visiting all 50 states.
Donna Ledford is one of the Power House founders and has been the volunteer coordinator since 2008. In 2017, she transitioned to being Artistic Director and loves communicating with our performers to set up their visits to Walla Walla. Donna is a native Oregonian but has called Walla Walla home since kindergarten.
Donna and her husband, Dennis, have owned and operated Coldwell Banker Walla Walla since 1979. She loves to travel, especially when it involves visiting her kids and her four grandchildren.
Grant Writer & Marketing Manager
Bradley Nelson joined our team in 2014. He currently serves as grant writer for the theater, and also implements all of the theater's marketing efforts, from graphic design to writing press releases, to emails and social media. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Theatre from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Communications from Walla Walla University.
Bradley grew up in the Walla Walla Valley, but currently lives in sunny Palm Springs, California.
Becky Hatley joined our team as Technical Director in 2018, and is responsible for coordinating schedules and resources needed for all events and rentals. Becky has a Master of Business Administration in Human Resources degree, and has turned her passion for the performing arts into a successful career through her work with local arts organizations.
In her spare time, Becky enjoys watching films and has a collection of more than 600 movies in her home library.
Director of Film Programming
Warren Etheredge is a teacher, producer, author, playwright, interviewer, public speaker, and veteran festival programmer. He is one of the founding faculty of TheFilmSchool, helping filmmakers translate their stories for the screen, and The Red Badge Project, helping combat veterans work through PTSD and other issues by teaching them the art of storytelling.
Warren is the co-founder and artistic director of the Walla Walla Movie Crush festival of short films, and former curator of the 1 Reel Film Festival at Bumbershoot.
Private Events Coordinator
Teresa Thomsen is a Walla Walla native with more than 40 years of experience in the foodservice and hospitality industry. For the past 30 years, she was the Event and Catering Director at Whitman College for Bon Appetit Management Company. During this time, she managed operations for catering events on and off Whitman College campus and coordinated events for numerous facilities including the Baker Facility Center, Reid Ballroom, and other campus centers. Teresa is passionate about serving clients and dedicated to the Walla Walla community.
Teresa has four children and in her spare time enjoys spending time with family, traveling, cooking, and gardening.
Jenna Ables serves as a Fundraising and Nonprofit Consultant for Gesa Power House Theatre, where she helps to amplify the power of the arts. She has more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, with a background in animal welfare, communication, and recreation. She has a BA in Speech Communication and a MA of Communications Studies from Baylor University, and teaches "Strategies for Fundraising" at Walla Walla University.
Jenna and her husband, Austun, have a red dog and grey cat.
Alicia Ruiz has worked at Gesa Power House Theatre since 2011 - she was our first employee! She works all (sometimes unusual) hours of the day to ensure that the theater is ready for each upcoming event.
Alicia loves to dance, enjoys attending live shows, and traveling to Mexico with her family. In her spare time, she spends time with her 5 children and 5 grandchildren.
Live Sound Consultant
Rodney Outlaw is the founder of Walla Walla Music Organization which runs a Digital Music Production/Audio Engineering/Live Sound/Podcast and Music Business classes for students in our community. He has more than 15 years of experience in the music industry as a recording artist (four albums), music producer, and audio engineer. He has more than 10 years of experience working with kids as an after school program director for Downtown YMCA and a Para Educator for the Walla Walla Public School District, and previously ran an after school audio program at Lincoln High School.
Rodney recently gained music credit on IMDB.com for an upcoming film titled The Dummy.
LeRae Templeton has volunteered at Gesa Power House Theatre since 2018, and now serves as our House Manager. Although she grew up in the valley, LeRae's 40-year career in the banking industry took her to Colfax, WA and Pullman, WA. She and her husband moved back to Walla Walla in 2011.
LeRae is currently the secretary/treasurer of the Youngsters Bowling League and enjoys spending time with her three adult children and five grandchildren.
Beth Kreger has volunteered with Gesa Power House Theatre since the beginning! She has been an usher, worked in the box office, helped at will call, and is now our head bartender. Since she retired from her career as a dental hygienist, she spends her time volunteering for Catholic Charities Walla Walla, Meals on Wheels, the YWCA, and AAUW. Beth also serves as president of Shakespeare Walla Walla's board of directors.
Her greatest joy is watching her four children laugh when she tells them about her adventures in bartending,
Regan Hinshaw functions as a design and marketing consultant for Gesa Power House Theatre, where she contributes to our social media channels and designs a variety of marketing materials. A Walla Walla native, she graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and loves the diversity of projects she’s able to work on as a consultant for a handful of local businesses in the Valley.
Between her hobbies of cooking and watching true crime documentaries, Regan dreams of one day publishing a series of children’s books she’s written and illustrated alongside her partner.
Laura Deccio-Alter is a Walla Walla native with 25 years of experience in the service and hospitality industry. She has worked both front and back of the house at multiple establishments, from catering, bookkeeping, and bartending, to management. She studied Anthropology at Portland State University with a focus in cultural origins and Archaeology. While at PSU she also enjoyed working a wide variety of events on campus for Aramark catering. Living in Portland for 10 years provided ample access to enjoy her passion for live music and the performing arts. Currently Laura owns her own private bartending business, A Polished Pour LLC. She and her husband also co-own JE Electric LLC. in Walla Walla, where they live with their 5-year-old daughter Elsie and dog Charlie.
Live Sound Consultant
Michael Simon began working with the Theatre in 2011 and has provided live sound engineering for major shows ever since. Michael was the bassist/guitarist for Boston-based band Stepanian prior to branching out into music production and audio engineering, and he has nearly 20 years of experience in the music industry. He also runs Coffee Ring Studios, a local recording studio and sound reinforcement company, and has produced numerous albums with a wide range of artists. Michael holds a Master of Music in Music Production from Berklee College of Music. He is a member of the faculty of Whitman College, primarily teaching courses in music technology.
Michael's most recent album as an artist is Social Distancing: Four Songs of the Pandemic.
John Jamison, President; Erica Walter, Vice-President; Karl Eckhardt, Treasurer; Amy Watkins, Secretary; Jim Barrow; Michelle Conner; Ted Cox; Darcie Furlan; Michael Howell; and Tricia Rice.
Many people make what we do possible! A special thank you to our volunteers and additional contractors who share their skills and expertise. Interested in joining our team? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.