Mount Vernon, Washington

Board and Staff

Legal, fiduciary and policy oversight of The Lincoln Theatre Center Foundation is maintained by a volunteer board of directors, who generally meet the second Thursday of each month at 5pm at the Pine Square Conference Room. The public is welcome to attend meetings of the Board of Directors. Lincoln Theatre Members In Good Standing interested in joining the Board or any of its committees are encouraged to contact the theatre's administrative office or send an email to:

The day to day operations of the Lincoln Theatre is handled by full and part time staff. 

Foundation Board of Directors


Daniel Bliven
Senior Loan Consultant | loanDepot

Dan loves the Lincoln Theatre and, as Vice President of the Board of Directors, enjoys overseeing the facilities and improvements of the Lincoln. Dan’s wife, Lisa Bliven, spent 7 years as a board member and President and was very instrumental in the theater’s success.  Dan plans to carry that success forward. Dan says: There is a lot of hard work that needs to be done in life, but being part of the Lincoln family and perpetuating the long term success of this community jewel is an honor.

Vice President
Elizabeth Walker

A life-long Western Washingtonian, Elizabeth moved to Skagit 6 years ago with the dream of being a sustainable farmer. While she quickly realized it was not to be for her, she has passed on her 15-acre farmland to more competent (and younger) folk. Now she lives in Anacortes, doing consulting work with agencies and corporations, exploring the precious forests, mountains and sea, and enjoying the local arts and culture scene. She is thrilled to serve on the Board for the Lincoln community and support its mission. 

Duncan West

Duncan 'retired' from a career in tech in Western Washington and Skagit County. After 'retiring' he substitute taught in several middle and high schools in Mount Vernon and Sedro Woolley before returning to a job focused on his first loves, data analysis. He loves the Lincoln for its role in introducing the 4 generations and counting of North Sound youth to the performing arts in a classic venue. He and his wife live on the hill above MV, less than a mile from the Lincoln Theatre. 

Nathan McGehee
Teacher | Marysville Middle School

 A lifelong lover and student of film, Nathan lives with his family on the hill in Mount Vernon. He has taught technology classes, including film and digital design since 2009. Currently, he works as a teacher in Snohomish County and locally as a freelance graphic designer. Nathan is passionate about The Lincoln’s continued work in growing the theater’s reach for the Valley’s diverse population and always looking forward to expanding the opportunities for young people and families to fall in love with the theater.

Board Members

Kevin Maas
Sustainable Energy Developer

Kevin lives with his family in Mount Vernon, less than a mile from the Lincoln Theatre.  He has successfully developed solar and biomass energy projects, and he is currently building small sustainable housing developments.  He loves the Lincoln for anchoring the historic downtown, and for showing independent movies.

Alice Collingwood
Collingwood Communications

Patrick Marker
Photographer | OverSkagit

Pat Marker is a twenty year resident of Mount Vernon. He has created keepsake DVDs for dozens of performances at the Lincoln. Someday he hopes to watch a school performance without his cameras and audio gear. Pat works part-time in the Mount Vernon School District as an instructor at the Skagit Academy. The rest of his time is spent homeschooling his two daughters and capturing the sights and sounds of the Skagit Valley as the owner of

Susan Redd
Teacher | Immaculate Conception

Foundation Staff

Executive Director
Roger Gietzen
360-419-7129 ext.100

Roger began his career at the Lincoln in 1999 as a volunteer and worked his way through most every position before becoming the Lincoln’s Executive Director in 2014. He thanks the Lincoln’s previous ED’s for their dedication, encouragement and insight. As a lifelong patron of the arts, the Lincoln was one of the determining factors of his move from Seattle to the Skagit Valley in 1993.

Public Communications Manager & Volunteer Coordinator
Brandy Young
360-419-7129 ext. 101

Brandy has been employed with the Lincoln Theatre for over 8 years. She loves the Lincoln because even though she’s not a performer, she loves the Arts. Being involved in this community theatre has allowed her to experience many fantastic performances as well as meet many amazing people in the Skagit community.  

Peggy Erickson
360-419-7129 ext.102

Peggy has been with the Lincoln since 2006. She has seen the Lincoln go through many changes in her 12 years, from the struggles to the successes. She believes that the struggles have only made our organization stronger and made everyone able to appreciate the success that is The Lincoln Theatre. Peggy loves the Lincoln because of the many opportunities it affords our very diverse community.

Outreach Manager
Taylor Bannister
360-419-7129 ext. 103

Taylor has been with the Lincoln since February 2018, but has spent the majority of her life involved in some aspect of the theatre arts and non-profit work. She loves the Lincoln for its vast history within Skagit County, and for its ability to bring different generations together to experience the arts together. 

Facilities/Production Manager
Mike M. Marlin
360-419-7129 ext. 104

Mike Marlin loves the Lincoln because (like Dr. Who) it is his inter-galactic spaceship from where he travels through space and time. In 1999, Mike volunteered at the Lincoln as a designer, actor and technical director for local theatre non-profits. Mike became the Lincoln’s stage manager and restoration specialist and worked as staff for three years.  He received a master’s degree in theater at Western Washington University then worked in the entertainment industry in New York. In 2015, Mike returned to Mount Vernon, and the Lincoln welcomed him back as Production/ Facilities Manager to get the spaceship Lincoln tuned up for its next hundred years voyage through the cosmos.

House Managers

Pirjo Pasanen (Lead)

Pirjo has been a House Manager with the Lincoln Theatre for almost two decades and currently serves as the Lead House Manager. She loves the Lincoln because it brings people together.

Clare Tatarsky
Cynthia Adams

David Austin 

Theatre Assistant
Dale Hofland

Level 2 Tech
Gabriel Cherney
Hunter Brown

Wurlitzer Organists
Fred Beeks
Glen Desjardins
Harvey Rossiter
Nick Nicolai

Volunteer Box Officers
Bev Rudd
Richard Treston
Diane Sherman
Barbara Tuttle
Beverly Noble



Past Lincoln Theatre Board Members

Over nearly 30 years, the Lincoln Theatre Center Foundation board has had a variety of community leaders helping out to achieve the theatre's mission. We thank all of them for their efforts and contributions to this important institution.

This list is by no means exhaustive, and if you know someone who was on the board in the past, please let us know!

Letty Alvarez-Gubitosi
Lisa Bliven
Linda Bachman
Liz Bart
Glenn Bordner
Art Brown
Rebecca Clark
Steve Denzel
Sandy Dixon
Heidi Epstein
Rick Epting
Ken Fenske
Carol Goetter
Peter Goldfarb
Gina Gray
Dr. Ronald Guttu
Sharon Hill
Margaret Horak
Ray Horak
Nan Hough
Susan Hughes-Hayton
Jan Hunt
Brian Hurst
Roger Kelley
Meg (Pederson) Kershaw
Ann McDonald
Bobbi Krebs-McMullen
Joe Lamantia
Krishna Mathison
Kris Molesworth
Tracy Montaron
Ken Morgan
Danielle Mullen
Anita Ordonez
Ellen Palmer
Meg Pederson
Joan Penney
Helen Kimsey Plowman
Ann C. Reid
Kathy Reim
Roger Ridgeway
Rip Robbins
Jim Ross
Penny Roodzant
Steve Skelton
Diane Studley
Bill Taylor
Bill Toomey
Charlie Urbick
Felicia Value
Bruce Vilders
Mark Vorobik
Kathleen Wadland
Harry Weldon
Jerry Willins
Ron Wohl
Rob Zwick