It takes a village to run a non-profit cinema! Many of the front line team members who sell tickets and serve up popcorn and concessions are part of our dedicated volunteer force. Below is a full list of administrative and organizational staff who work behind the scenes to make great things happen.
Grand Cinema Staff
Philip Cowan, Executive Director
Born in Dallas, Philip has lived in Tacoma since 1998. After working in minor league baseball for ten years, the last eight of those for the Tacoma Rainiers, Philip was named Executive Director of the Grand Cinema late in 2006. Prior to his regular job at the Grand, Philip served as a volunteer and board member for the cinema. His favorite part of the job is picking films for the Grand.
Wade Neal, Assistant Executive Director, Operations & Festivals
Wade is an Assistant Executive Director at The Grand Cinema and TFF. He is an an
intellectual property and entertainment attorney, a professional musician with 10+ years experience in the music industry, and an advocate for nonprofit causes. Wade served on the board of The Grand Cinema for four years prior to working for the organization, and is a former treasurer and director serving the board of the Tacoma Community College Foundation. At The Grand, Wade oversees theater operations and runs various events and programs throughout the year. With respect to TFF, he oversees the work of and provides support to the Director and the TFF team in connection with submissions, film traffic, and filmmaker relations.
Katy Evans, Assistant Executive Director, Engagement & Education
An advocate for a just and creative Tacoma, Katy leads the marketing, fundraising, and education development work at The Grand including film camps and the filmmaker networking group Film in Tacoma. A successful fund developer, Katy has raised support for Northwest-based nonprofits and agencies like Metro Parks Tacoma and the Museum of Glass. She's a member of the Arts & Heritage Advisory Council with Metro Parks, and a board member of the Seymour Conservatory Foundation.
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Marlee Myers, Director of Operations, Volunteer Coordinator
Marlee first joined the team as a volunteer in 2013, was hired as a part-time house manager, and now works as Director of Operations. Marlee’s favorite part of her job is interacting with volunteers and patrons. She believes The Grand is a fantastic place for meeting interesting people and relishes being able to interact with such vibrant members of the community. When not at The Grand, she enjoys volunteering at film festivals and traveling with her husband.
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Rachel Marecle, Director of Community Development
Rachel joined us in 2007 from the sports entertainment profession and considers the two industries to be quite similar. She loves to create collaborative partnerships and often shares how much the Grand Cinema has to offer for both moviegoers and the community as a whole. She enjoys working with a small, passionate, dedicated team and feels that The Grand Cinema is an invaluable resource to the community.
David Dinnell, Tacoma Film Festival Director
David joined the team at The Grand in the spring of 2018 after completing his tenure as visiting faculty at the California Institute of the Arts. He has curated and organized several hundred film programs, artist retrospectives, exhibitions and performances. His work includes a 16mm series celebrating Canyon Cinema’s 50th year screening internationally in 2017 and 2018; five seasons for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Cinema; co-programmed the 11th & 12th editions of the Media City Film Festival; the Flaherty NYC Film Series in Fall 2014; programs for the Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento in Buenos Aires. He most recently presented film programs at UnionDocs in Brooklyn; the Los Angeles Filmforum; San Francisco’s ATA; the Light Field Film Festival; and Cinema Project in Portland, Oregon. Dinnell was a programmer at the Ann Arbor Film Festival for ten years and Program Director from 2010 to 2016.
Faith Stevens, Project Producer & Lead Designer
Faith joined The Grand in 2014 after working as a graphic designer for many non-profits and serving as the Executive Director of MLK Ballet in Tacoma from 2012-2014. Faith has traveled extensively and learned to make a mean batch of ashak while living in Mazar-I-Sharif, Afghanistan. She loves the variety of films that are played at The Grand Cinema and the continual push to learn from others’ perspectives through film.
Gini Liley, Membership Coordinator, Accounting
For more than a decade, Gini has helped support the work of The Grand through a variety of administrative roles like keeping track of finances and accounting, and providing customer service to our members.
Ken Crowell, House Manager
Ken volunteered here for two years before being hired as a House Manager in 2017 and loves what The Grand stand for. An engineer in his previous work, Ken uses his eye for order to ensure that you have a great experience from the time you enter our doors to when the credits roll. One of Ken's favorite work memories so far was when The Grand sold-out multiple shows of the Internet Cat Video Festival. Away from work, you might find Ken at the gym (he used to own a fitness center!) or in his front yard working on his 112 year old historical home.
Justin Smith, House Manager
You may have seen Justin at the coffee shop next to us before he became a House Manager in March 2018. Justin’s favorite part of the job, outside of meeting and working with volunteers, is hearing what people think of films as they are leaving the theater. Don’t be afraid to tell Justin what you thought of a film if you see him working Monday and Tuesday nights! The rest of the week he can be found serving up fair trade coffee at Manifesto Coffee in the Hilltop neighborhood.
Naarah McDonald, House Manager
Naarah has been watching films at The Grand for the last 20 years and joined our team as a House Manager in February, 2018. She loves that her job helps showcase exceptional independent films and community activities that further the creative spirit of the local film industry. A part of the local industry herself, Naarah does theatrical costuming work for local theater companies, and when she is not at The Grand on Sunday nights, you can visit her at the boutique and textile maker space she runs in downtown Tacoma!
Pat.c Noriega, Lead Projectionist
Worked as a projectionist at a number of movie theaters in Texas before joining The Grand. She also worked as an engraver. When she mentions it, a surprising amount of people say that they envision her chiseling away at marble tombstones. Sometimes she doesn’t correct them. Pat.c loves working for The Grand - not only is it a place to see great films, but also a hub for meeting all sorts of fun and interesting people.
Lisa Fruichantie, Senior Projectionist
Prior to her first day of work, Lisa had never set foot in The Grand Cinema! One day in 2004, a projectionist ran into her business with a film reel problem. Lisa offered a solution to the dilemma and, an hour later, was offered a job by the theater’s director. A long time organizer of film, music, theater, and visual arts events in Tacoma, Lisa fit right into The Grand staff and, in 2007, she became a senior projectionist.
Jose Candido, Projectionist
José joined The Grand Staff as a projectionist and house manager in 2016. He brings The Grand a great deal of theater and projection know-how, having worked with AMC Theaters for over 12 years. José finds that when he likes a movie or tv show, he’ll watch it over and over until he has it memorized. When he’s not at The Grand or watching movies, he likes to hang out with friends and play video games.
Wendell Ratliff, Projectionist
To reach any staff member, please call 253-572-6062, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.