Board of Directors

President: David Paul, Retired school administrator. Prior board service includes Council for Exceptional Children (30 Years – Current), Washington State Special Education Coalition (3 Years – Current), Maritime Heritage Foundation (Seattle) (6 Years).

Secretary: Mary Soltman, Retired, Dean of Humanities and Communications at South Puget Sound Community College

Treasurer: Candace Wood, CPA/MBA Business owner (Back Office Services)  former Chief Financial Officer for Community Youth Services, artist, fan of craft beer and the great outdoors

Mary Linders, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, supporter of traditional music

Willie Smyth Retired Washington State Folklorist

Celia Nightingale, Washington Dept of Labor and Industries


Executive Director: Stacey Waterman-Hoey
Stacey left a career of 18 years in energy and climate policy to focus on developing this school.  She is motivated to build vibrant, resilient communities through sharing the skills and cultural knowledge that sustained communities for many generations.  She is passionate about elevating craft as an avenue for sustainable economic development, community resiliency and cultural preservation.

Pamela Davis, Program Administrator

Ivy Ayers, Administrative Manager

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