ETPA Board of Directors and Officers

Bill Richardson

President & Director

Became a Director in June 2013
Current term ends December 31, 2024
Became President in 2016. Term expires Dec. 31, 2022

Bill is a life-long resident of North Bend and has served on the North Bend City Council since 2004. He brings strong business and management experience, having worked for over the last 20 years as the general manager of Waste Connections’ operations in Coos Bay (Les’ Sanitary Service) and North Bend (North Bend Sanitation).

Bill has a long history of community service, not only on the North Bend City Council, but also applying his talents to the North Bend School Board and the South Coast Development Council (a private, non-profit organization designed to help create living-wage jobs for Coos and Western Douglas Counties).

Bill and his wife Becky have been patrons of and supporters of the Egyptian Theatre for many years.

Al Ellis

Director

Became a Director in January 2014
Current term ends December 31, 2023

Al is a longtime resident and community supporter who has lived in Coos Bay since he was in the first grade, graduating from Marshfield High School in 1963.

Al is a widely-recognized and respected community member through his work with the Les Schwab Tire Company. Having started his career with the former Stamper’s J and J Tire Co (which sold to Les Schwab) in 1962 while still in high school, Al through the years became the assistant manager at the Coos Bay store and managed the Coquille store for sixteen years where he was very active in community affairs. Al moved to North Bend in 1992 where he opened and managed the newest Bay Area Les Schwab store until his retirement in 2005.

With a proven track record in business as a manager at Les Schwab for over 30 years, as a community volunteer with a knowledge base of the citizenry far and wide, with a strong reputation when with Les Schwab for providing great customer service, and with his roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-to-work attitude, Al is a valuable addition to the ETPA Board.

Chris Malone

Director

Became a Director in August 2022.
Current term expires in December 2022.

Chris Malone grew up in Oregon’s Bay Area after moving here at the age of 3 with his family in 1969. After High School Chris joined the US Army, he trained as a helicopter crewchief and mechanic. He was in a variety of units serving all over the world, including a medevac unit in the first Gulf War. After his time in the Army, Chris moved back home in 1993 to raise his family in the same community he was raised in.

Chris then worked for FedEx Express which turned into a career, and he retired from FedEx in 2021. He now spends his time as a professional Landscape/Nature and Aviation photographer. Chris is a current member of the Oregon Coast Photographer’s Association and has served on its board of directors as Secretary and President. Chris is a current member of the Worldwide and Oregon Professional Photographers of America. Chris’s photography has won numerous awards, recognitions and has been published in magazines and online.

One of Chris’s lifelong loves has been The Egyptian Theatre, and he feels that it’s time for him to give back to The Egyptian, the place that created so many lasting childhood and adult memories for him. “It’s our responsibility to preserve and promote our historic Egyptian Theatre so future generations have memories there too.” As a volunteer, member, and now director, Chris hopes to use his skills in photography, computer/tech, and image and graphic design knowledge to help accomplish his mission to help make The Egyptian Theatre live on!

David Engholm

Director

Became a Director in 2006
Current term ends December 31, 2023

A founding Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association board member and its first President, David’s love of the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ and historic theatres began in the 1970’s, when he first heard a Mighty Wurlitzer at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, CA. A lengthy career in theaters in California followed, before David and his wife Lupita moved to Coos Bay in 1990. Here he discovered the treasured Egyptian Theatre and its own Mighty Wurlitzer. In 2005, when he heard the news that the future of the Egyptian was uncertain, he joined with others to form the ETPA and has worked tirelessly since to support the restoration of the theatre.

Many accomplishments were made during his tenure as the ETPA’s first president and in the years since. A large banister was removed that was built in front of the orchestra pit that obstructed the view of the Mighty Wurlitzer. David built a platform for the organ console, raising it more than 2 feet. He was also the driving force behind removing the mini theaters that were constructed in the balcony and restoring the balcony. He also worked tirelessly in readying the Egyptian for re-opening after structural repairs and enhancements were complete. His background skills and willingness to serve have been pivotal in saving and restoring the Egyptian. David’s devotion, length and quality of service to the Egyptian have earned him the Golden Charioteer designation.

Diane Beggs

Co-Secretary & Director

Became a Director November 2019
Current term Expires December 31, 2024
Became Co-Secretary in 2019. Term expires Dec. 31, 2023 

Diane Beggs has been volunteering since the theatre reopened in 2014. She’s worked in concessions, box office and the projection booth. She volunteers because she says that is what she can contribute to show her deep appreciation of the history of the building; and by helping to keep it open, honors the people who gave so much to create this wonderful place.

Diane is a single mother of 3 sons and lives Coos Bay. She sings in her church choir and loves musical theatre. You may have seen her in “Nunsense,” “Into the Woods,” and “My Fair Lady” at the Liberty Theatre.

Her hobbies are organic gardening, water aerobics, crossword and other word puzzles, watching TV and recently square dancing. She hates cooking, but loves to eat!

Jeremy Conway

Treasurer & Director

Became a Director in October 2016
Current term expires Dec. 31, 2023
Became Treasurer in 2018. Term expires Dec 31, 2023

Jeremy Conway, born in Coos Bay, studied lighting design and technical theater at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. After graduation he came back to Coos Bay where he began working with the Egyptian Theater. Like many, the Egyptian represents the most formative memories of his theater going experience and he hopes to help preserve that tradition for generations to come.

His experience includes working with community and school theaters as well as time at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where he learned how a small theater, with a strong vision, could grow into a robust local and regional attraction that creates unique cultural opportunities within the community.

Jeremy started working with The Egyptian in January of 2015 with a special concert by a renowned local musician. He immediately recognized the potential of the space in serving the community as more than its traditional role of a movie theater and has worked to improve the current function of the space as a multipurpose entertainment venue.

Fascinated by the idea of bringing modern technology seamlessly into a historic space, his goals for the Egyptian include the renovation of the stage house. This will enable us to safely host a wide array of live performance while protecting the flexible use and historic charm on both sides of the curtain.

June Willoughby

Secretary & Director

Became a director in November 2017.
Current term expires Dec 31, 2023
Became Secretary in 2018. Term expires Dec. 31, 2023

June is a retired high school guidance counselor from New York state and moved to Coos Bay with her partner, Janet, in 1998. She taught basic computer skills at SOCC from 1999 to 2008 in the Adult Learning Skills Program and had a private computer business from 2004 until 2012.

June has been a member of the ETPA since its first year and started as a volunteer in 2008 by selling concessions a couple of times a month. When the theatre closed, she started helping out in other ways, primarily using her computer skills. She helps maintain the database, prepares the thank you notes that are mailed for the contributions and memberships the ETPA receives, puts together the newsletter for publication, sends the email notices the members receive and serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for Concessions, Box Office and Projection. The ETPA board elected her a Golden Charioteer in 2014 in recognition of her dedicated service to the ETPA. She used the monetary award from that to buy headsets for the hard of hearing and she uses them quite regularly.

She enjoys her computer work, but would much rather certify the popcorn as fit for sale and she is very happy to be behind the counter saying, “Would you like any butter on that?”

Patti Bennett

Director

Became a director in June 2022
Current term expires December 2022

Patti has been a very active concessions volunteer since the re-opening in 2014. She’s also been pouring Sangria wine since the theatre’s first wine Walk.

As an active member of Zonta, she was Club secretary under 4 presidents, and Foundation secretary for 2 terms for a total of 6 years. She led several committees and participated on others. She has also volunteered at the Clambake Music Festival as a site manager, at Shore Acres Festival of Lights and for LTOB’s concession booth. Patti has worked in the community since 2004, retired, and re-entered the work force. She failed at her first attempt at retirement, but COVID convinced her to retire a second time for good.

She loves the Egyptian and is honored to have a position on the Board.

Paul Quarino

Vice President & Director

Became a Director in October 2012
Current term ends December 31, 2024
Became Vice President in 2017. Term expires Dec 31, 2023

There was a time in Paul Quarino’s association with the Egyptian Theatre that his co-workers at Hillsboro’s Rodgers Instruments thought there must be something or someone pretty special in the Coos Bay Area, given his frequent week-end trips to the South Coast. Little did they realize the reason that drew him then, and has continued to draw him for some 40 years now, is his special relationship with the Egyptian’s Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ.

Paul is a master at keeping the 98-year-old instrument, original in its installation, playing and in working order. Paul learned pipe organ repair and maintenance from Fred C. Weickhardt of the Wangerin-Weickhardt Company, Milwaukee, WI. For 40 plus years Paul has made the trek to Coos Bay after Thanksgiving and before The Sounds of Christmas concerts to ensure that the organ is playable and in tune. He has given generously to the Egyptian of his time and expertise. In addition, over the years Paul has presented concerts and silent movie events at the Egyptian, playing the film accompaniments on the Wurlitzer. His devotion and long service to the Egyptian have earned him the Golden Charioteer designation.

Born in Milwaukee, WI, Paul majored in music education at UW-Milwaukee and continued at the MacPhail College of Music in Minneapolis. For five years, Paul taught Piano and Organ performance at North Ventral Bible College Minneapolis. For many years Paul performed as a Wurlitzer Concert Artist and is fondly remembered by many as the musical director and organist of the former Organ Grinder Restaurant in Portland. Most recently, he retired after 16 years as Musical Product Evaluator at the Rodgers Instruments Corporation.

Paul is a lifetime member of the ETPA.

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