Clare Hovland grew up surrounded in a community rich in culture. From a young age, he was heavily active with the Anchorage Filipino Community which organized performances of both local and professional international dance groups and musicians. Clare has a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration & Marketing and works full-time at a local business consulting firm where he coaches business owners in the arts of Operations, Sales, Marketing, People Development, and Finance. He has lived in Clark County for the past 13 years and moved to Washougal in 2019 with his wife and two daughters.
Rebekah Smith-Lueb holds a B.A. from Texas Tech University and an M.A. from the University of Houston. She began her career as an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Montgomery College (Conroe, TX) and Portland State University (Portland, OR). Throughout the years, her career trajectory landed in the nonprofit world. Rebekah has over four years of nonprofit administrator experience. Her passion is to help grow nonprofits with her fundraising, grant writing, financial, and administrative skills. Having grown up in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico, adopting from Haiti, and eventually raising her family in the Camas/Washougal area, she is excited to see a venue built where one can conveniently enjoy diverse cultural experiences.
Dr. Martha Martin is a licensed psychologist in the State of Washington, and also is licensed in Arizona. She graduated from the University of Washington with two Bachelor degrees: one in Vocal Performance and another in Psychology. She is currently married, has 3 grandchildren and resides in Washougal, WA.
She also has an extensive background in music education, performance, and training. Dr. Martin has 10 years of piano training, had lead performances in several musicals in college, and performed with the University of Washington Symphony in several Operas. She is an active community member and the lead driving force behind the CRACF.
A former lawyer and music teacher, Chuck Carpenter retired as a school administrator when he moved to Washougal in 2000. Since then he has been actively involved in city and community service. He currently serves on the Washougal School Board, and for the city, the Civil Service Commission and Lodging Tax Committee. During the school year, he volunteers daily at Hathaway Elementary School. Chuck is an active member of the Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance.
Stephanie Wichmann, LICSW, RDT is a Clinical Social Worker (Portland State University) and Registered Drama Therapist (North American Drama Therapy Assoc.). Since 2005, she has worked professionally with non-profits, hospitals, treatment centers at all levels of care, and in schools. She's previously served on the Board of Directors for the Columbia River Eating Disorders Network (CREDN) and the North American Drama Therapy Association) as the Cultural Humility, Equity& Diversity Chair. She has a private mental health practice (RiverWay Counseling) serving SW Washington. Stephanie is also an actor/improviser performing in Portland and using her art to promote community, personal growth, social change.
John Kivlen is an innovative live entertainment administrator, and entrepreneur with 30+ years of profit & not-for-profit experience in providing live entertainment performances around the world, motivating and supporting the comprehensive and artistic needs of diverse and multi-ethnic theatre organizations from skilled negotiations with vendors to creative show conception, show production through opening. I am a passionate and proactive collaborator, known for leveraging the expertise in the staff, production, organizational strategies, and the shared long-term goals.
Evangeline Pattison brings over 15 years of nonprofit experience and a wealth of fundraising and project management knowledge to her role as Advisory Consultant. Her development and operations experience ranges from higher education to world missions, and from local to national organizations. Evangeline has served in a wide range of capacities, from Project Manager to Director of Development and Operations, and her insight and skillset helps teams remove roadblocks and keeps projects on track.
Sam Robinson was born in South Bend, Washington on the Willapa Bay, the home of his ancestors. Sam is the third great grandson of Thomas Huckswelt a Lower Chinook Headsman and a signer of an Anson Dart Treaty in 1851. His wife Chi’ixt (Sam’s third great Grandmother) was a high status Willapa Chinook woman
Sam is a proud citizen of the Chinook Indian Nation and has served on the tribal council since 2001 and as Vice Chairman for the past nine years,
Sam serves as Chair of the education committee. a member of the Natural Resources Food Sustainability Committee, is the Tribal Liaison to the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge and is also a Chinook Canoe Family member.
Sam served six years on the Native American Advisory Board for the University of Washington, currently at Washington State University Vancouver and has advised both at Clark College (Who he is an Alumni) and Portland State University.
Stuart Bennett, a native Washingtonian with over 40 years in the Clark County area, has been involved with CRACF for over two years and is passionate about bringing culture, music and the performing arts to the Camas/Washougal area. Stuart fell in love with nonprofits at an early age, helping to better promote foundational volunteer work for groups such as YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, the Community Chest of Camas/Washougal and looks forward to the Camas/Washougal waterfront being the destination of amazing artists and cultural awareness.
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