Board and Volunteers



2018 boardRebekah Anderson is a Seattle-based writer who has held communications and marketing roles at media (Time Inc., Sasquatch Books) and utility companies (Puget Sound Energy, currently at Tacoma Public Utilities). A graduate of writing programs at Western Washington University (BA) and New York University (MFA), she launched the Debut Lit readings series to help emerging authors and brought Lit Crawl Seattle to the region in 2012, serving on its board for four years

Jane Hodges founded and volunteer-directs the residency program at Mineral School and splits her time between Seattle and Mineral. A journalist, book author (Rent vs. Own), and creative writer, her work marries those interests. A graduate of Dartmouth (BA) and Sarah Lawrence College (MFA), she served two years on Lit Crawl Seattle‘s board. She finished University of Washington’s nonprofit management certificate in 2014. She sits on the Road to Rainier Scenic Byway Committee.

Jess Martin is a Mineral-based teacher, marketer, and outdoors woman. A Virginia Tech grad, she leads event planning for the Mt. Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum, and has worked for the Fire Mountain Arts Council in development as well as for Centralia College East teaching social media. She cares deeply about economic development, entrepreneurship, and community, and she sits on both the board of Visit Rainier and the Road to Rainier Scenic Byway Committee.

Renate Raymond is a Seattle-based arts nonprofit leader with more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, capital campaigns, and marketing/PR. Currently Deputy Director of Development at the Frye Art Museum, she was Deputy Director at The Bellevue Arts Museum and led the successful multi-million dollar campaign to launch the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.  She attended University of Washington (BFA), studied photography at the University of New Mexico, and recently earned an Art as a Global Business certification from Sotheby’s. 



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, and answers our calls. We’ll add more names to this list in 2018. 

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 (Pomegranate), 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

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

Starling 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 Dianne Niemann, Jane Taylor, and Dana Wolff; organic farmer Brittany McGrath-Meints; and pro cook 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, Kathy Herrmann, 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. 



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. 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, and Hugo House.