President: David Paul, Retired school administrator. Prior board service includes Council for Exceptional Children, Washington State Special Education Coalition, and Maritime Heritage Foundation
Vice President: Mary Soltman, Retired, Dean of Humanities and Communications at South Puget Sound Community College
Mary Linders, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, supporter of traditional music
Willie Smyth Retired Washington State Folklorist
Jane Stone, Retired Professor of Art History and Studio Art, South Puget Sound Community College
Lara Tukarski, Scrimshander, Science Faculty at NOVA Middle School
Ellen F Zito, WA Department of Children,Youth and Families: early childhood education policy, former preschool teacher/purveyor of wonder
Hillary Tully, Executive Director
Hillary is a writer and folklorist originally from Tallahassee, Florida. She brings experience in arts administration, communications, and education and she holds a Master’s in Folklore from the University of Oregon. With a love of folklife and a passion for supporting local arts and artists, she joined Arbutus in October 2020 and is excited to carry forward its mission.
Doreen McAvity, Program Administrator
Doreen McAvity is a longtime Olympia resident and artist managing our class registrations, fielding inquiries from the public, coordinating with instructors, and more. Doreen has taken many classes at Arbutus herself, sharing that she enjoys the creative energy, conversations, and camaraderie she finds in our studios.