Meet Ovation!'s Board of Directors (click a photo to read an expanded bio):
Meet Ovation!'s Board!
Giselle Vincent, President
Giselle made her adult acting debut as Bloody Mary in Ovation's 2017 winter production of South Pacific. She continued her new found passion in the role as Sergeant of Police in the 2018 summer production of Pirates of Penzance and as Rosie in Ovation's 2020 production of Bye Bye Birdie. From 2019-2022, Giselle has served as Vice President of Ovation! When not involved in the performing arts, Giselle is a stay-at-home wife and mother of a college graduate and an eleven year old daughter with aspirations of becoming an actress (just like mom). Giselle brings project management, marketing experience to Ovation!’s board with the hope of continuing Ovation’s philosophy as a teaching company. (Keith Brofsky, photo)
Margaret Johnson, Vice President
Margaret is a long-time theatre enthusiast and has appeared in three shows with Ovation!, most recently as Edith in 2018's "The Pirates of Penzance". She also sings with Crescendo, Ovation!'s adult choir. After creating and leading Amazon.com's Customer Service Training team in the late 90s, Margaret left to become a stay-at-home parent and frequent volunteer. Recently, she's spent a lot of time doing political organizing, including a stint working for Indivisible's national texting team in 2020. Margaret has served on three local non-profit boards prior to joining the board of Ovation! and brings a wealth of governance and strategic planning knowledge to the table, as well as a passion for local theatre and for Ovation!'s mission. (Keith Brofsky, photo)
Peter Vosshall, Treasurer
Peter serves as Ovation!’s treasurer behind the scenes and mastermind’s pivotal character’s onstage. He can also be found in Ovation!’s orchestra pit. Peter is a Vice President & Distinguished Engineer at Amazon.com, where he is responsible for providing technical leadership for a number of teams in Amazon Web Services, as well as for the company as a whole. Since joining Amazon in 1998, he has been a key contributor to Amazon’s overall software architecture, and has built a number of core enabling technologies for Amazon’s distributed architecture, including Dynamo, Amazon’s highly available key-value store. Prior to joining Amazon, Peter built scalable and distributed back-ends for collaborative software systems at Apple and Infoseek. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Dartmouth College. (Keith Brofsky, photo)
Jenn Osburn, Secretary
Jenn brings an educator’s perspective and a great love of musicals to Ovation!’s board. As a self-proclaimed “foodie,” Jenn also channels her skills toward thematic concession’s tables for each Ovation! show. Her daughter, and sometimes son, can be seen gracing Ovation!’s stage. Jenn is transitioning to Central Kitsap School District after teaching for seven years at The Island School. Prior to joining The Island School, she worked for eleven years as a teacher/counselor. Jenn has a Master’s Degree in Education and a Washington State Professional Education Certificate with a K through 8 elementary education endorsement.
Myriah Rydel, Costume Manager
Myriah has appeared in almost 40 shows, 14 of them with Ovation!. Her favorite roles include Frederick and Kate in Pirates of Penzance, Nellie in South Pacific, Peter in Peter Pan, Eliza in My Fair Lady, Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore , and the Blind Hermit in Young Frankenstein. When not on stage, she's styling at Phoenix Rising Salon or playing lots of board games with her husband Thomas Gonzales. Myriah brings her years of theater experience to manage our costume department. (Keith Brofsky, photo)
Ross Eide, Board Member
Ross is Ovation!’s newest board member. He has lent his singing voice and comic flare to Ovation!’s stage in a number of productions. He also sings with Crescendo. When he’s not participating in Bainbridge Island’s performing arts scene, he’s a busy stay at home dad, raising two young boys while figuring out what comes next. (Keith Brofsky, photo)
Marijane C. Milton, Honorary Board Member
Marijane is an Ovation! co-founder and served as our volunteer Managing Director since our inception in 2003 through early 2019. She has worked on and/or appeared in every Ovation! production from the chorus, to leads, to tech crew, to costumes - whatever is needed. She, and Ron, are transitioning their leadership roles with Ovation! to bring in fresh, new leadership to guide Ovation! into the next 15 years and beyond. Professionally, Mj is the VP of Sales for the Puget Sound Business Journal. (Keith Brofsky, photo)