Board of Directors

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 McAvityProgram 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.

Callie Wood, Accounting Assistant

Alan Perillo, Ceramics Instructor

Francis Fong, Woodworking Instructor

Eowyn Smith, Ceramics Instructor

Amanda Hanson, Youth Instructor

Lys Opp-Beckman, Ceramics Instructor

John ChernoffWoodworking Instructor

Kate Slosson, Studio Lead and Open Studio Facilitator 

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