Board of Directors
Board of Directors
To say the School owes its success to the hard work of its board is dangerously cliché, but it’s true. The work of a board during an institution’s initial stages of development requires members to be involved in the minutia of daily operations and problem solving, while simultaneously attending to the big picture and long-term planning necessary for sustainable growth. It’s both a lot of work and a balancing act. The School is sincerely grateful to the individuals listed below for their countless hours of time and financial donations. It’s true; we wouldn’t have made it this far without you!
Chairman, Member since 2017
B.A. in Architecture from the University of Washington in 1979.
Master of Architecture degree with honors from MIT 1983
Ibsen Nelsen and Associates in Seattle, where he worked on projects such as the Museum of Flight, the Inn at the Market, the Stewart House mixed-use project at Pike Place Market, and the Merrill Court luxury townhouses in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Whitaker Architecture & Planning, Inc. There he worked as a designer, architectural project manager.
Worked for Glory International, Inc., a Japanese real-estate development firm that focused on vacation homes and resort projects in both Japan and the U.S.
Project Architect with Timbercraft Homes, Inc. in Port Townsend.
Founded Richard Berg Architects in 1997 (now Terrapin Architecture) in Port Townsend.
Richard currently serves on Port Townsend’s Historic Preservation Committee, a design review and advisory board for the City’s National Landmark Historic District. He just finished a term as Chairman of the Board of the Jefferson Community School, a 7th – 12th grade school focused on innovative and experiential learning located in a historic downtown Port Townsend building, and has also served on the Board of the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and Preservation Trades. In the past, he has served as Chair of the Port Townsend Planning Commission and on the Design Review Committee for Port Townsend’s commercial zoning districts.
Member since 2017
Retired from the Department of Defense after thirty six years as a Principal, Professional Developer, teacher and coach for overseas in Europe, Japan and Guam for forward deployed families of the American military.
Participated as a facilitator, presenter, coach and consultant on a wide range of educational professional development projects with teachers, administrators and parents throughout DoDEA-Europe.
Presented at the National Staff Developers’ Conference in Dallas, Texas, the International National Council Teachers of English conferences in Utrecht, Netherlands; Oxford, England; Heidelberg, Germany; and Bordeaux, France.
Conducted workshops in Cooperative Learning, Teaching Written Expression, Presentation Skills, Effective Meeting Skills, Brain-Based Learning/Teaching, Proactive Discipline, Equity and Change.
Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Physical Education from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Education degree from Michigan State.
Committee: Extended Programing
Ex Officio, Member since 2007
Worked professionally as a carpenter, custom cabinetmaker and furniture maker for more then 30 years
Operated custom woodworking business – Marckworth Specialty Woodworking – in Port Townsend for over 16 years, working with homeowners, designers, architects and contractors on a wide variety of residential and commercial projects.
Work has appeared in a number of books and magazines.
Author of Beautiful Wooden Projects for Outdoor Living, published by Popular Woodworking Books.
Founded the Port Townsend School of Woodworking in partnership with Tim Lawson and Jim Tolpin.
Treasurer, Member since 2017
New Zealand Trade certificate and New Zealand Advanced Trade Certificate in Furniture making.
Worked as a furniture maker, boat builder, home renovations in New Zealand from 1977 to 1990.
Worked for Admiral Marine, Port Townsend from 1991 until 1999 building luxury yacht interiors.
Worked for Westport Yachts, Port Angeles Wa. building luxury yacht interiors, from 1999 until present. Part of design team modeling furniture in SolidWorks.
Operates own shop at home making furniture, wood carvings, small craft, (row boats, canoes, kayaks), electric violins and cellos. Please visit RobertNiclasFineWoodworking.
Committee: Extended Programing
Member since 2015
Full time studio furniture maker for 25 years specializing in sculptural furniture for homes and offices with work published in numerous books, magazines and newspapers. www.sethrolland.com
Workshop instructor focused on teaching about curved work and design.
Co-organizer of Quimper Community Harvest, a fruit and vegetable gleaning group in Port Townsend.
Member of Northwest Woodworkers Gallery, a cooperatively owned fine woodworking gallery in Seattle.
BA in Environmental Studies and Philosophy
Member since 2018
Brenda is a lifelong resident of Port Townsend and has enjoyed working in the local wholesale and retail building industry for over 30 years.
She was the sales manager of Port Townsend Lumber from 1988 until it went out of business in 2002. She immediately brought her industry experience, merchandising knowledge and respective enthusiasm to our local specialty hardwood supplier, Edensaw Woods, Ltd.
In 2002, she was instrumental in the assembly of their new 3800 square-foot retail showroom, and she continues to be a valuable asset to Edensaw and all of their contracting, boatbuilding, cabinet making and woodworking customers today.
When not working, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, baking, crocheting, sewing and of course, a bit of woodworking.
Past board members
We also extend our gratitude toward past board members:
Shelley French (first Board Chair), Vicki Davis, Jan Hopfenbeck, Jim Tolpin - ex officio
Founding Advisory Board
Richard Berg, Shelley French, Jaap Romijn, Kate Burke, Vigo Anderson, aided and abetted by Kevin Palo, Jock Patton, Phil Johnson, Michael Colbert, Amy Hiatt and Alex McMurry