A grant from the Donald & Virginia Sherwood Trust sets the stage for a permanent managing director at the Little Theatre of Walla Walla.

Mikki Jones steps into the role as the theater enters its 74th season.

In her new position, Jones will oversee the daily operation, including working with the board of directors on concentrated fundraising efforts and volunteer management.

“Several of us knew Mikki when she was involved on stage and behind the scenes of The Little Theatre more than 30 years ago,” Robert Randall, Little Theatre board’s co-president, said in the announcement. “The fact that she was familiar with our theater and possessed the skills we were seeking made our selection decision easier.”

Jones most recently served as co-pastor of the Grace Church. She brings more than 20 years of experience working with volunteers, fundraising and organization administration. She also has extensive experience in business management and public relations.

The hiring of a managing director is a major step for the nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization.

It is also the result of an extensive strategic-planning process that included patrons, volunteers and stakeholders, the announcement said.

The grant from the Sherwood Trust provides startup funds for the position, the announcement said.

Details about the grant were not disclosed in the announcement.

The Little Theatre’s next production, “Calendar Girls,” opens at the end of January at 1130 E. Sumach St.