Meet The Board

Board of Directors

Steven Yates, President

Steven started working with TAP in 2008 with The Sweet Smell of Success as a stagehand. Other backstage credits include The Producers, Cabaret, 42nd Street, Promises, Promises, and A Chorus Line. He served as Stage Manager for Clybourne Park and A Streetcar Named Desire and Assistant Stage Manager for Nine, 9 to 5, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Man of La Mancha, She Loves Me, Pippin, and Sweeney Todd. He has also appeared on stage in A Little Night Music and Peter Pan. Steven has served on the Board for seven years, including two as President. Email Steven.

Laura Gouge, Audience Relations Director​ and Vice President

Laura is honored to serve for a third term as TAP's Director of Audience Relations! She previously served on the Board as Secretary during the 67th season. Laura has also been TAP's Volunteer Coordinator and an assistant to the Director of Development. Laura has a passion for the arts and enjoys watching a beautiful production come to life. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and reading. Email Laura.

Melanie Jennings-Rider, Secretary

Melanie Jennings-Rider joined TAP in the spring of 2016 and has been privileged to participate in four musicals since then. She believes that the creative experience meets a basic and vitally important need for humans everywhere. TAP excels at providing a wonderful opportunity for people to engage in, not just good, but GREAT community theater and she is committed to making that opportunity available to many more people for many more years. She began her Board experience as Membership Director (2 years) and last year transitioned to Secretary. It has been an honor for her to serve on the TAP Board and she is happy to continue in that role. Email Melanie.

Michael Rider, Treasurer

Michael is excited for his third year on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. He has volunteered his time for the past four years helping out as needed from greeting people, helping in the scene shop, and helping with the cast parties. While he doesn’t participate on stage, Michael has enjoyed watching live productions for many years – including the wonderful productions at TAP the past three years. He is looking forward to meeting the challenge of keeping the financial strength of TAP at the highest level for Community theater. During the day, Michael is a Professional Mechanical Engineer designing power stations. Email Michael.

Reland Finch, Executive Producer

Reland Finch started working with TAP by helping with set painting in the 2018 production of Hunchback of Notre Dame and shadowing the stage manager in the 2019 production of Arsenic and Old Lace. She has previous theater involvement, participating in multiple years of college show choir and a college production of An Giall. Outside of theater, Reland works as a substance abuse counselor / clinical manager in Washington D.C. Email Reland.

Mel Gumina, Membership Director

A lifelong performer, Mel joined TAP in the summer of 2019, as a Silly Girl in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Through The Arlington Players, Mel finally found a theater family in the DC-Metro area. She continued working with TAP all the productions of the 2019-2020 season and is thrilled to step into the role of Director of Membership. It is her ultimate goal to work with the greater TAP community to nurture and spread the sense of family that she holds so dearly across the organization. When she is not onstage, Mel works as an American Sign Language-English interpreter throughout the DC-Metro area. Email Mel.

Judy Lewis, Director of Stewardship

Judy’s last role at TAP was as Carmen in Curtains and she has been doing TAP shows either as performer or choreographer since 1988. She also recently returned to the world of non-musicals, playing Kitty in Dominion Stage’s Last Summer at Bluefish Cove. Being a life-long theater devotee and long time TAP member, she finally became involved with the Board in 2018 as Director of Stewardship, working with volunteers new and seasoned and broadening the circle of supporters that will become more engaged in long-term participation with TAP. Her goals this year are to streamline volunteer coordination and history with a new online tool, and manage new online performance options as TAP deals with the COVID shutdown. Judy is a founding board member for the Lubber Run Amphitheatre Foundation, a group that lobbied Arlington County to save the “jewel in their neighborhood,” and just last summer they celebrated the Amphitheatre's 50th anniversary (TAP has strong history on that stage as well). Judy’s day job is developing corporate partnerships and sponsorships for the American Physical Therapy Association. She has dedicated most of her life to working for non-profits. Email Judy.

Lindsey McClenathan, Marketing Director

Through TAP, Lindsey found the DC community theater scene—and her family. She’s been involved with TAP since 2011; onstage for the productions of 42nd Street and Nine, and in the audience cheering on friends and the organization many times since. TAP will forever hold a special place in her life, and she is honored to have served as Director of Development for three years and is happy to continue for a second year as your Director of Marketing. Lindsey holds a master's degree in nonprofit management and earns her living doing communications and fundraising for nonprofit organizations. Email Lindsey.

Michael Wong, Development Director

Michael Wong started working with TAP in 2018 by assisting with the construction of the set for Hunchback of Notre Dame. He then made his TAP debut as Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace. Although he moved to the area recently he has been involved behind stage or on it for 15 years. Michael is a big proponent of the arts and believes it can give everyone a voice. During the day, Michael works as a Data Scientist for the United States Postal Service. Email Michael.

Meghann Peterlin, Past President

Meghann is honored to continue her TAP service as Past President. She previously served three year terms each as President and Executive Producer during TAP’s 62nd-67th Seasons. Having a lifelong passion for theater, Meghann loves singing and dancing onstage and working backstage too. She joined TAP in 2009 and holds numerous TAP credits, including Producer, Assistant Director, Lighting Designer, and Assistant Stage Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Scenic and Lighting Design from Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University and a Master of Public Administration from Old Dominion University.

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