Board of Directors

Kelly Beymer Festival Chair

Kelly Beymer

Festival Chair

Our Chairperson
Kelly Beymer

Kelly Beymer is Administrator of the Community Services Department. Previously she serves as the Parks and Golf Course Director and has worked for the City of Renton for over 10 years. She is a member of Renton Rotary and a Board Member and Vice Chair of Renton River Days. Kelly says she loves being a part of this fantastic Renton community!

Kelly has been a Board member since 2010.

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Darren Stott

Vice-Chair

Our Vice-Chair
Darren Stott

Darren Stott is the Lead Pastor of Seattle Revival Center, a non-denominational church located in North Renton, founded in 1955. He is a third generation pastor and serves several community groups throughout the Seattle region including DI School of Ministry Advisory Board (Arlington), Linking Shields/Jubilee Reach (Bellevue), Cascadia (Seattle), Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches (Renton), and the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce. His greatest joy is being married to Andrea and being a dad to Abigail Rose, Peter Joseph and Sophia Zoe.

Darren has been a Board member since 2012.

Kelly BeymerVice-Chair

Tim Searing

Festival Treasurer

Board Member Emeritus
non-voting

Tim Searing, originally from Longview, WA, first graduated from Central Washington University in Accounting and then obtained his Master of Science degree in Federal taxation from Golden Gate University. Tim retired as a partner from McGladrey in April 2014 after 43 years in public accounting. Tim lives in Renton with his wife Kimberly, and together they enjoy time with their three grown children and four grandchildren. Personal interests include fly fishing, golf and time at the family’s Cle Elum cabin. Tim is a member of the CWU College of Business Advisory Board, incoming Chair of the Salvation Army King County Advisory Board, past Chair (and current member) of the Park Commissioners for the City of Renton and is a member of the Athletic Committee of the Washington Athletic Club. Tim has been a Board member of Renton River Days since 1993 and currently serves as the volunteer Festival Treasurer.

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Sonja Mejlaender

Festival Coordinator

Board Secretary

non-voting

Sonja Mejlaender, City of Renton Community Relations & Events, also serves as the Festival Coordinator and Secretary of the Board of Directors for Renton River Days. Sonja hails from Renton as a graduate of Renton High School and University of Washington. Among many unique and special attributes to River Days, she loves the community engagement which continues to strengthen River Days each year. Sonja is a member of Soroptimist Int’l of Renton and serves on the Board of Directors for Washington Festivals & Events Association and the Seafair Sanctioned Events Council. Passions outside of directing events, include travel, music (piano, guitar and a cappella singing), and numerous recreational sports.

Sonja has served on the Board since 1998.

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Celestine Ezinkwo

Mr. Ezinkwo is the Founder and Executive Director of CryOut! Born and raised in Nigeria, he became a Christian and served as a singer and choreographer at his local church. Upon college graduation, Celestine and his wife Tara, moved to Renton in 2009, where CryOut was formed. Through various mentoring programs, they pour their lives into area youth, seeking to provide employment training, inspire and bring hope through the arts. Celestine and his beautiful wife Tara live in Renton with their three kids: Kenna, Kayda and Kyra.

Vicki Faull

Vicki Faull

Vicki Faull is currently the Branch Manager for Banner Bank and has been with the company for18 years. In addition to serving on the Renton River Days Board she is on the board, executive committee and finance committee for the Renton Community Foundation. She also serves as the Chairperson for the Renton Annual Art Show.

Vicki has been a Board member since 2003.


Kizzie Funkhouser

Kizzie Funkhouser

Kizzie Funkhouser has been on the Art Market Committee since 2009 and a Festival Board Member since 2014. As a resident of Renton since 2008, she is proud to call Renton her home and Renton River Days her town festival! As an invested community member she enjoys participating in and creating opportunities for individuals to get involved in the neighborhoods and communities around them.
Carol Janssen

Carol Janssen

Immediate Past Chairman

Carol Janssen is the Vice President of Marketing at First Savings Bank Northwest, where she has enjoyed being involved in the Renton Community since 1987. First Saving Bank Northwest.

Carol has been a Board member since 2009.

Jeff Lukins

Jeff Lukins

Jeff Lukins is married and has two beautiful girls, one of which volunteers and works throughout the festival weekend supporting our stage entertainment. He started with Renton River Days in 1986 serving on the Entertainment Committee and as Volunteer Stage Manager for the festival entertainment. He has worked for over 35 years at the Boeing Company and is currently a Director in Sales supporting Commercial Aviation Services.Jeff was a Board member from 1994-1997, leaving due to work requirements, and has since rejoined the Boar in 2010.

Randy Matheson

Randy Matheson

Randy Matheson is currently the Executive Director, Community Relations for the Renton School District. In addition to serving on the Renton River Days Board of Directors, Randy has also been President of the Washington School Public Relations Association, and Co-Chair of the King County Citizens Elections Oversight Committee.

Randy has been a Board member since 2009.

Veronica Medina

Veronica Medina

Veronica Medina grew up in Renton and has been an active part of this community for the last 35 years. She has served as a board member for the Renton Technical College Foundation, St. Anthony’s school commission and Renton River Days. She works in her family business running Torero’s Mexican Restaurants. Toreros-Mexican Restaurants.com.

Veronica has been a Board member since 2012.

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Colleen Nichols

Colleen Nichols is currently the Catering Manager at Renton Technical College. In addition to serving on the Renton River Days Board, she is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Renton and has served as a board member. Her otherpassions include golfing, gardening and spending time with friends and family.

Colleen has been a Board member since 2015.


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Miranda Tramble

Miranda Tramble has been the Costco Marketer Representative for the Renton-Tukwila area for the past 11 years; she has served as an Ambassador for Renton Chamber Commerce and Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce. Miranda was employed with the Renton School District during the time that her two boys were students in the district. Miranda enjoys being able to give back to Renton thru Costco and volunteering on the Renton River Days Board.

Miranda has been a Board member since 2015.

Jace Werre

Jace Werre

Jace Werre was raised in Renton, is married with 3 children and has been employed with Puget Sound Energy since 1988. He started with Renton River Days in 1989 by setting up the “Nibble” food vendors with natural gas. He now serves as the Committee Chairman for the Nibble of Renton.

Jace has been a Board member since 2010.