Board and Volunteers


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 and served on 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. 

Putsata Reang (Mineral School ’17) is a Burien-based writer and international journalist whose work has taken her to Southeast Asia and beyond. The recipient of an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship and a grant from Artist Trust, she traveled to Cambodia to train Khmer journalists working against a difficult political backdrop. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Ms. Magazine, and many other publications. She is currently completing a memoir about growing up in Oregon following her family’s flight from Cambodian genocide.  

Alexandra Reinken is a Bainbridge Island-based visual artist and nonprofit professional who is currently the Associate Director of Development at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. She has held gallery and collections management positions at Frye Art Museum as well as marketing roles at Consult 4 Kids and IDM Marketing. She holds a BA in Art History, Criticism and Conservation from Seattle University as well as an Associates Degree in the field from Taft University. 


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

Rebekah Anderson (board ’17-’18), marketer and writer, Seattle and Tacoma

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

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

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

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, Laura Gilliam, Dianne Niemann, Jane Taylor, Theadora Tolkin, 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.