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2016  Board Members

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Jamie Shea - Jamie is a web designer for Washington's founding winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle. Having performed music professionally most of her life, she is currently a singer-songwriter and keyboardist in two local bands; The Walrus and The Holmes Shea Band. She has served as a volunteer for many non-profit fundraisers and served as PTA President and Vice President during her childrens' school-aged years. She is inspired by the REFA mission and has a strong belief in the power of art and music in our lives.
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Steve Stolpe - By 1973 Steve Stolpe was settled in Skagit County with his guitar. While attending Skagit Valley College he met Rick Epting and within a year or two became a co-founder of The Future Pastures Band with Rick. Along the way he picked up the mandolin and harmonica adding those sounds to the music.
As friends and fellow musicians Rick and Steve were involved in several other musical projects together including the production of a cd of Ricks all original tunes. In the years that followed Steve has been playing with various
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Mark Warren - Mark is a co-founding member of REFA. He is a retired Pulp and Paper worker of 28 years, local musician and currently drives bus for the Sedro Woolley School District. Mark is a husband, father and grandfather to wife Jacky, their 4 children and 13 grandchildren. He was a former member of Rick Epting's crazy, original rock group, The Future Pastures Band. Mark is not only a patron of the arts, but has performed locally in Skagit County's music scene since he was 15 years old. He can be heard playing on Goose Creek Symphony’s Same Thing Again, Rick and the Eclectrix’s Love Time,
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Ranger Kidwell-Ross - Ranger Kidwell-Ross is a Master’s level economist who is president of Skagit County-based American Proofreading Co. Long an advocate of giving back for the greater good, Ranger was a founding member of an early Skagit County-based environmental group, Habitat Watch. He served on the Citizen’s Advisory Board for the Environmental Element of the Washington State Comprehensive Plan, as well as spent a year as a member of the Advisory Board of the Skagit Valley Herald.
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John Holmes - I grew up in Conway and Mount Vernon and have lived here most of my life. I met Rick Epting when he wanted to record a CD project at my studio and was touched by his ever-positive and enthusiastic energy for supporting and preserving the arts in the Skagit Valley and the greater Pacific Northwest. I spent 10 years working at Hewlett Packard as an electronics technician and doing computer support. I worked 23 years at Skagit County doing computer support and software development. Music and songwriting have been my passion and is how I connected up with Rick.
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Chris Terrell - Chris currently sits on the Board of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, Honorary Board member of Skagit Symphony, Co-founder and Board Member of Charlie Randall Pet Foundation, Member of the Mainieri Foundation Jazz Committee, and Member of the Depot Arts and Community Center committee. Chris not only dedicates his tireless energies to these foundations and boards but in his position as CEO of How It Works he has contributed countless dollars worth of his company's services to non profit fund raisers in the form of graphics, printing, posters, consulting and ad copy.
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Sandra Benton - A member of several progressive community arts, culture, and economic development teams, Sandra digs strategy and innovation. An innate creator and entrepreneur, her focus is on building quality relationships and memorable experiences via engaging networks. Sandra has been recognized and rewarded for original program and content development through her work as a program and product marketing innovator, TV and radio personality, PR pro, fundraiser, published author, volunteer, and civic and community leader.

We also want to recognize and give our THANKS and APPRECIATION to our previous Board Members
Thaddeus Hink, Bobbi Krebs-McMullen, Elfa Gisla, Will Bard, Regan Robertson, and Rusty Robertson for their time and energy that they have contributed to this organization.

Jamie Shea

Vice President
Steve Stolpe

Mark Warren

Ranger Kidwell-Ross

Chris Terrell
John Holmes
Sandra Benton
Linda Lipke

Ri Hill
Joe Bowen
Kate Szurek

Previous Board Members
Thaddeus Hink
Elfa Gisla
Will Bard
Regan Robertson
Rusty Robertson
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