Staff and Board of Directors

Discover the passionate minds and dedicated hearts behind JFFA. Our success is driven by the dedication and expertise of our staff and board of directors. Each member brings a unique set of skills and experiences, united in their commitment to our mission. Get to know the faces behind our exceptional leadership.

Our Staff

Our diverse staff brings a wealth of experience and talent to the table, ensuring excellence in every project. Our staff works year-round to develop, manage, and execute all of the foundation’s programs and community outreach efforts.

Kyle LeMaire

Executive Director

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Kyle LeMaire, a multifaceted artist and leader in the world of performing arts. With a diverse background in arts administration, directing, acting, and teaching, he is thrilled to join JFFA as their Executive Director where he continues to foster artistic excellence and cultural enrichment.

He has served as the Associate Artistic Director and Education Director for the Open Arts Alliance, leaving a positive impact on the organization’s artistic direction and programs including the creation of their young artist programs. He has also worked as the Business Manager for The Victory Dance Project, a dance company focused around strength and resilience under the direction of Amy Jordan. AS Associate Artistic Director for The Other Realm Theatre and Education Director for The Acting Space in NYC he has played a crucial role in nurturing emerging talent within the theatrical community.

As a director and actor, Kyle has graced numerous prestigious stages across NYC and beyond. Some of his notable credits include  The Signature Theatre, The Cherry Lane, The Mint, Musical Theatre Factory, Soundbite Theatre Festival, Don’t Tell Mammas, The Duplex, Virginia Rep and TheatreWorks/USA. He has also made appearances on television, including notable roles in HBO’s Girls and CBS’s Bull. 

In the realm of education, Kyle is a dedicated and accomplished teaching artist. He has shared his expertise at esteemed institutions such as Broadway Triple Threat in NYC, the Center for the Performing Arts in New Jersey, Theatre Baton Rouge, Virginia Rep, and the Musical Theatre Program at The New School for Drama. He has also taught Pre-K through High School in the public school system. 

Kyle holds a B.S in Theatre from Northwest State University and a MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama.  As a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA, Kyle remains committed to upholding the highest professional standards in the performing arts industry.

Kari Chance

Operations Manager

Our Board of Directors

Working as volunteers, the community leaders who make up the Board of Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts are the critical component maintaining the link between JFFA and the community. Our JFFA Board of Directors is responsible for hiring the Executive Director, approving the annual budget, and establishing our mission, vision and values.

Ryan Schroeder


Event Coordinator Metro Parks Tacoma

Member Since: 2022

Steve Gilchrist

Vice President

Landscape Design

Member Since: 2012

Ruth Replogle



Member Since: 2013

Sherry Curran


City of Port AngelesMember Since: 2018

Jennifer Bright

Board Member

Marine Biologist

Member Since: 2013

Bailey Loveless

Board Member

 Writer and Podcaster

Member Since: 2022

Peter Metz

Board Member

Event Design/Planning

Member Since: 2019

Eric Neurath

Board Member


Member Since: 2012

Paul Stehr-Green

Board Member


Member Since: 20022

Jeff Tocher

Board Member


Member Since: 2017

Honorary Board

These members contribution has helped shape JFFA into the incredible organization it is today. 

Melody Charno


Board Member: 2011-2022
Honorary Member: 2022