Meet the Board

The Arbutus Folk School has dynamic and expansive plans which require a broad community of supporters. If you are interested in joining the board of Arbutus, please contact us at info@arbutusfolkschool.org. We are seeking people with strong skills and interest actively growing this organization.  Specific skills we are seeking include non-profit development, legal, community leadership.  We are also developing advisory board members.  Please let us know if you would like to be part of our network of advisers on specific issues, such as legal, taxation, non-profit governance, craft community networking, accounting, event planning and volunteer coordination.

President: Rich Hoey is a community leader with strong organizational development skills and long history of service.

Vice President: Stephen Rousseau   Both a professional and personal advocate for lifelong learning, Stephen also sits on the Lifelong Learning Advisory Committee for the Senior Services for South Sound, and has served as President of the statewide Continuing Education Council.  A firm believer in community partnerships, Stephen is pleased to be able to work so closely with local area organizations such as Arbutus to promote the cause of community education and lifelong learning.

Secretary: Mary Linders

Treasurer: Candace Wood, Chief Financial Officer for Community Youth Services

Emily Teachout is a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  She specializes on the Endangered Species Act and conservation of a threatened seabird, the Marbled Murrelet.  Her personal life centers around enjoying the native flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest, and on making old time music with her family and friends.  As a guitar player and fiddler you may see her with her family band Fiddlie-I-Ay, or with the trio Yodelady.  Emily is a co-founder and programming coordinator of the Oly Old Time Music Festival, a weekend of traditional Appalachian-inspired music and dance.  She is also the proprietor of Raincrow Productions where she presents events ranging from Cajun music concerts, to rip-roaring square dances.  She loves the inter-generational nature and community building power of traditional dance, music and art in its many and varied forms and is thrilled to be part of Arbutus’ ability to foster these opportunities in Olympia.

Kathryn Walton-Elliot

Erica Lenker

Lori Capra

Willie Smyth

Executive Director: Stacey Waterman-Hoey left a career of 18 years in energy and climate policy to focus on developing this school.  She is motivated by a desire to creat
e more opportunities to have fun and build community while learning the skills that sustained the Pacific Northwest for many generations.