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).

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

Celia Nightingale, Washington Dept of Labor and Industries

Jane Stone, Retired Professor of Art History and Studio Art, South Puget Sound Community College


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.

Pamela Davis, Program Administrator

Callie Wood, Office & Accounting Administrator 

Alan Perillo, Ceramics Instructor

Francis Fong, Woodworking Instructor

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