BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DAVE YASUDA, President

Dave serves as the president of our Board of Directors. His background is in marketing and content creation. Dave has worked as the general manager of two ad agencies and on the client side in technology and food related businesses. Dave graduated with an MFA in creative writing nonfiction in 2020. Dave also lives in the Surel Mitchell Live-Work-Create District with his wife, Katy, who is an artist and teacher.

CASSANDRA SCHIFFLER, Vice President

Cassandra Schiffler is a painter, printmaker, and arts administrator. She has followed her passion for the arts throughout her personal and professional life, and has exhibited her artwork in solo and group exhibitions throughout the US while maintaining various professional jobs in the arts working in galleries, museums, print studios, universities, art appraisals, and city government. She currently serves the arts community in her role as the Arts & Culture Coordinator for the City of Meridian where she manages the City’s thriving public art program, as well as many other multifaceted arts and culture programming and events. She is deeply committed to fostering innovative art projects that resonate with diverse communities, and she thrives in environments that demand creativity, strategic planning, and a deep appreciation for the transformative power of art. She has been named on the Idaho Business Review’s Power List of professionals working in the Arts, and this year she will receive an Accomplished Under 40 award. She is also a regularly exhibiting artist at Capitol Contemporary Gallery in downtown Boise, Idaho. Check out her artwork online at CassandraSchiffler.com.

MARI CHRISTMAS, Secretary

Mari Christmas is a Japanese and American writer. Her fiction has appeared in Fence, Black Warrior Review, New Ohio Review, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the 2020 Rona Jaffe Foundation’s Writers’ Award, the 2013 Black Warrior Review Prize in Fiction, and fellowships from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and Surel’s Place. She splits her time between Idaho and Pennsylvania, where she currently serves and teaches as the writer in residence at Allegheny College. 

BOB LONG, Treasurer

GILLIAN DONAHEY, Director

Gillian has been a Surel’s Place Board member since 2019 and is a past Board President. As a non-profit fundraising consultant, Gillian has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of nonprofit fundraising, specializing in institutional grant writing. She is an avid supporter of the arts. She has spent most of her career in service to the arts through her consulting work and tenures at organizations such as Boise Philharmonic, Marin Theater Company, and California Film Institute. Earlier work included working as a production coordinator in film and television in New York City. She is married and serves as chief chauffeur and cheerleader of her three sons.

MO HAWS, Director

Mo joined the Surel’s Place Board in 2023. Mo Haws is a fourth generation Idahoan and graduate of Boise State University and the University of Idaho College of Law.

VALERI KIESIG, Director

GREGG MIZUTA, Director

BRETT PERRY, Director

Brett recently joined the Surel’s Place board where he chairs a marketing committee. Brett received the 2023 Boise Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.  After graduating from The Juilliard School in 2008 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, Brett moved to Boise, Idaho to begin his professional career as a founding member with the Trey McIntyre Project. Since 2017 Brett has been navigating the world as a freelance dancer working with Aszure Barton & Artists, LED, Ballet Idaho and Adam Weinert.

SARA PEYTON, Director

STAFF

JODI EICHELBERGER, Director of Programming

Jodi Eichelberger is best known for his part in the original Broadway cast of Avenue Q and for his role as Stingy in the international children’s television show LazyTown which aired in the US on CBS, NBC, Nickelodeon, Sprout, and Netflix. He also worked with the Jim Henson Company in film and on stage. He recently published a book of personal narratives including stories from all these experiences titled Audience of One: Stories of Stage, Screen, and Solitude available wherever you order books. Since returning to Boise he has directed and performed onstage at Alley Repertory Theater and performed at Boise Contemporary Theater. Jodi is also the Producing Artistic Director of Story Story Night.

jodi@surelsplace.org

MARNE ELMORE, Director of Development

Marne grew up in the Wood River Valley in Bellevue, Idaho. She attended Oregon State University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art. Marne received a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of New Mexico with a studio art emphasis in Printmaking. Her artistic practice continues to develop, as she is currently re-finishing a studio space in a 108-year-old house. Marne is also an active participant with the Rocky Mountain Printmaking Alliance.

marne@surelsplace.org

SUPPORT

Founding Executive Director
Rebecca Mitchell Kelada

Graphic Designer
Andy Farrer

CONTACT US

By phone: +1 (208) 391-3610

By mail: P.O. Box 2004 | Boise, ID 83701