Arts Center Task Force Board Members

Steven Wiley, Chair

Steven Wiley is a computational biologist and project manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, where he has organized and led a number of multi-million dollar projects. He is a Laboratory Fellow (the highest scientific rank at PNNL) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Before joining PNNL in 2000, Steven was a Professor of Pathology at the University of Utah.

Rick Walling, Vice Chair

Mr. Walling has been active in the efforts to bring a performing arts center to the Tri-Cities for about 20 years and has been on the board of the ACTF since its incorporation. Starting out as a performer with Mid-Columbia Musical Theater (formerly Richland Light Opera Company), he’s been active continuously with MCMT for over 30 years as a performer, techie, board member and company president.

Reginald Unterseher, Secretary

Reginald Unterseher is Music Director and Composer-in-Residence at Shalom United Church of Christ, Richland, Washington. His works are published by Oxford University Press, Walton Music, and on his web site,, through Northwest Choral Publishers. He is Associate Conductor of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers.

Eva Baroni, Treasurer

Eva is a Project Specialist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland. She has been with the laboratory for 27 years and holds an MBA from the University of Washington. She has been an active member of the community since coming to the Tri-Cities in 1983, serving in various volunteer capacities. She is Treasurer for the Mid-Columbia Regional Science Fair, a position she has held since 1986. 

Julie Wiley, Fundraising Chair

Julie Gephart Wiley has been involved in the Tri-Cities' arts, business, and education since 1979. She grew up in Kennewick and graduated from Kamiakin High School, and Washington State University. Julie was an award-winning communications specialist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for 30 years and was named the Laboratory's Woman of Achievement in 2000.

Justin Raffa, Membership Chairman

Justin Raffa is Artistic Director of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers and Chorusmaster for the Yakima Symphony Chorus. He also serves as a commissioner to ArtsWA, the Washington State Arts Commission. He came to the Tri-Cities in 2008 from Tucson, where he received a Master of Music degree in choral conducting at the
University of Arizona.

John Veysey, Planning Committee Chair

John is a senior manager with leadership experience in the management of large nuclear fuel, chemical, pulp and paper facilities.  He has been employed at Areva in Richland since 2008.  John is a Past President of the Academy of Children’s Theater (ACT) Board of Trustees and is a founder of the IMPACT Day program for Habitat for Humanity (H4H), as well as an industry advisor for Tri-Tech Skills Center.

Jo Brodzinski,
Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre Representative

Jo, a founding member of the Arts Center Task Force, is a Mid-Columbia performing arts leader and owner of JB Productions. She offers more than 30 years of experience in stage direction and production—from dinner theatres to major events, outdoor theatre, and staged productions.

Jeff Brown, Trustee

Jeff is an IT Analyst at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, and has been with them for 30 years.  He received a BA in History and Concentration in Computer Science from Carleton College. He has been an active member of the community since coming to the Tri-Cities in 1983:

Jessie LevyDenice Bruce, Trustee

Denice has lived in the Tri-Cities since 2016 and came from Wichita, KS. She is a lifelong performer, arts patron, and supporter. She brings 30 years of experience in communication and PR and is currently working with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Kathryn Lang, Trustee

Kathryn Lang had a distinguished career in corporate communications for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory before retiring in 2012. She served as the manager of corporate marketing communications for PNNL where she led staff members in the implementation of the Laboratory’s corporate branding and image programs.

John McDonald, Trustee

John McDonald is a Financial Advisor at Waddell & Reed Inc. in Kennewick. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. John believes everyone should be able to experience the magic and talent of the performing arts in a great environment where the artists’ sounds and visualizations are heard and seen in their true form.

Jessie LevyKavita Patel-Stenoien, Trustee

Kavita currently is a financial specialist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where she oversees a portfolio of $25M in research grants from multiple government agencies. She has extensive knowledge of PNNL financial operations and works closely with project managers, scientists, upper management, contracts, and external clients to ensure success throughout project life cycles.

Joel Rogo, Trustee, Mid-Columbia Ballet Representative

Joel has owned Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet and Music and directed the non-profit Mid-Columbia Ballet for more than 26. He is an active member of the community serving on the Richland Public Facilities District Board for 10 years. He's also a member of the Columbia Center Rotary and has worked with most of the performing arts groups
in the area.

Boyce Burdick, Mid-Columbia Symphony Representative

Boyce Burdick serves as the president of the Mid-Columbia Symphony Society Board of Trustees. He is a theoretical physicist/nuclear engineer who retired from AREVA in 2010. Boyce arrived in the Tri-Cities in 1978 as Chief Optical Physicist in the Laser Isotope Separation Department, of Exxon Nuclear.

Jessie LevyJessie Levy, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Representative

Jessie Levy is a married mother of two. An East Coast Native who has made Washington State her home, she is an Alumni of Olympic College who currently home educates her younger daughter. Jessie also works as an Exchange Student Coordinator with EF High School Exchange Year and a Workshop Coach at Three Rivers Homelink.

Thu Oct 26 @12:00AM
Fri Oct 27 @12:00AM
Sat Oct 28 @12:00AM
Fri Nov 10 @ 7:30PM -
Latin American Celebration

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