Board and Volunteers


Val Cashman is a former physician’s assistant, wellness coach, magazine publishing entrepreneur, and croupier at a Nevada casino. She’s Mineral School’s first-ever two-time culinary pro (2018, 2019). She serves on the board of Shu Ren of Portland, a nonprofit supporting Mandarin language immersion programs in public schools within Portland, Oregon.

Jane Hodges founded and directs the residency program at Mineral School and splits time between Seattle and Mineral. A journalist, book author (Rent vs. Own, Chronicle Books), and creative writer, she served two years on Lit Crawl Seattle‘s board and has worked as a contract grant editor and communications consultant for arts and education nonprofits. She’s a graduate of Dartmouth (BA), Sarah Lawrence (MFA), and University of Washington’s nonprofit management certificate program (2014).

Alexandra Reinken is a Bainbridge Island-based visual artist and nonprofit professional and currently manages marketing and events for Caravel Marketing, a Seattle-based sponsorship marketing company. Formerly the Associate Director of Development at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, she has also held marketing roles at Consult4Kids and IDM Marketing. She holds a BA in Art History from Seattle University as well as an Associates Degree in the field from Taft University. 

Jason Vanhee (Mineral School ’16 ) is the author of the young adult horror novel, Engines of the Broken World (Henry Holt, 2013) as well as many short stories. He has held the role of Visitor Services Manager at the Burke Museum, and prior to that he worked for more that a decade at University Bookstore. He lives in Seattle with his husband, Adam, as well as two cats. He’s a fan of tabletop gaming and an advocate for a vegan lifestyle. 



Behind every voting board is another board full of people who are smart, generous, and amazing. This group of stellar folks volunteers, advises us, runs key projects, spreads our news, hides the recipe to our secret sauce, answers our calls, and oftentimes sat on the board for a spell. 

Kirsten Anderson, painter and art teacher, Ashford, WA

Dave Brewer, UX professional/telecom boss, handyman, board spouse, Seattle

Phil Brooke (Kosmos Inn), governance professional and historic preservationist, Kosmos, WA

Elisabeth Eaves (board ’15-’17; Type Set), writer and journalist, Seattle

Dora Hale (board ’15-’16), painter, Mineral, WA

Nicole Hardy (board ’15-’17), writer and teacher, Seattle

Kait Heacock (Ellementa), writer and nonprofit professional, Seattle

Tessa Hulls (chef ’17), culinary professional/visual artist, Port Townsend, WA

Gary Johnson, facilities pro and unofficial mayor of Mineral, WA

Diane Mapes (Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center), journalist, roadhouse pianist, advocate, Seattle

Jess Martin (board ’15-’19; Pinchot Partners), marketing and nonprofit professional, Lakewood, WA.

Brian McGuigan (Artist Trust), writer and nonprofit leader, Seattle

Renate Raymond (board ’15-’19, Frye Art Museum), arts administrator and fundraising professional, Seattle 

Star Roberts, arts supporter and writer, Seattle



We’re an all-volunteer organization. Seattle Central Community College helped us redesign our web site, and Michelle Szwedo stayed after class to help us with our technology and design problems; we are all learning together. On the culinary help front: We’ve received solid advice from Olympia food sourcing czar Brian McDonald, and hours of quality kitchen time from our volunteer cooks including Bastyr University students Julie Heath, Brittany Rouse, and Sarah Wall; sports nutrition grad student Kelly Neville; talented home cooks Val Cashman, Jackleen delaHarpe, Laura Gilliam, Dianne Niemann, Jane Taylor, Siolo Thompson, Theadora Tolkin, and Dana Wolff; organic farmer Brittany McGrath-Meints; and pro cooks Jason Cohen and Tessa Hulls

We also need to give a shout-out to Sara Everett, Kirsten Anderson, Todd Oman, Elise Glassman, Bruce YarrowAnna-Marie Sannes, Andy Holmes, yogini Cynthia Land, Lisa Brewer and Big Tall Rick, writers Joni Blecher and Megan McMorris, the mystic Fia, Joe Ray, Chelsea Werner-JatzkeLisa Sutherland Johnson, Amanda Castleman, and Kirsten and Nathan Lunstrum, for some unglamorous tasks in the buildings. Not to mention Portland Rob, the contractor-musician with a heart of gold and a box of tools. Cindy Pestka donated art, and several anonymous Northwest readers helped us jury applications for 2015 summer residency. Michelle Goodman, Sarah Zurat, Jenny Hayes, and Mia Lipman have all helped, too, as has fearless board spouse April Rebollo. 



Along the way, we’ve received valuable programmatic and other support from our fiscal sponsor Shunpike and from The Alliance of Artists Communities and the Cascadia Artist in Residence Network. We’ve met a bunch of great people through Impact Hub Seattle, too.

Putsata Reang (Mineral School ’17) generously raised her hand as our first alumni board member. Writers Jeremy Pataky, Linda Johns, Samiya Bashir, and Jack Downs have contributed their valuable time. We’re grateful to past board members including Genny Greiter, of Mineral; Tracie Luthi, of Seattle; Derek Scheips, of Seattle; Stesha Brandon of Seattle, who manages programming for the Seattle Public Library; and Adam Angel, of Morton,  director and owner of the Kalākora Gallery. We are grateful to dancer and choreographer Bennyroyce Royon who nudged us toward launching a little earlier than we thought we were ready — to terrific results. In addition, we’ve gotten great advice from Robb Andrade, of Seattle, an entrepreneur; and Corinne Manning, of Seattle, a writer and literary entrepreneur. We also appreciate the help and encouragement of Harry Bhagwandin, Dick and Leslee Dunlap, Dave and Susan Manger, Carolyn McKelvie, and many others in or from metro Mineral. We’re grateful to Apex Law. And we’re happy to know and partner on projects with Fire Mountain Arts Council, Centralia College East, Rainier Independent Film Festival, and Hugo House.