Staff & Board
Amy Stork, Executive Director Amy Stork came to the Methow for a visit in December 2007 and never left. Prior to joining TwispWorks, Amy worked as consultant and staff to organizations working on sustainability, energy efficiency, green building, recycling and local food systems. She lives in Twisp and spends her free time hiking, biking and skiing in the hills and mountains nearby.
Tori Karpenko, Director of Partnerships and Operations Tori Karpenko is an artist, farmer, carpenter and non-profit leader. Tori first came to the Methow Valley ten years ago as the farm manager for Sunny Pine Farm. Tori lives south of Twisp with his son Tesh.
Anne Acheson, Office Manager Anne has been coming to the Methow to bike, fish and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the valley since the 1980s. In 2008 she moved here, joining her brother and parents. Anne’s background includes experience in biotechnology, textiles and computing systems. She enjoys spending time with family and her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Molly. Her interests include weaving, watercolors, fishing, biking and music.
Marissa Burkett, Agriculture Assistance Program and Marketing Coordinator (AmeriCorps VISTA). Born in Amelia Island, Florida, Marissa studied marketing at the University of North Florida. An internship for the UN World Food Programme in Rome, Italy instilled in her a passion for agriculture, the environment and economic development. In her spare time, Marissa acts as volunteer Marketing Director for a nonprofit that supports a small school in Mozambique and also enjoys drawing, cycling, music, exploring, musical theater and hanging out with her dog, Camille.
Alison Gilette, Entrepreneurship Center Coordinator (AmeriCorps VISTA). A native of Michigan, Alison has a BS in environmental science and a Master’s in urban and regional planning. She worked on economic development programs in rural North Carolina before coming to Twisp. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, climbing and cooking.
Patrick Hannigan, Facilities Assistant. Hannigan’s first official job was on a trail crew in Rocky Mountain National Park at age 15. Since then, he has labored in construction, politics, education and the news businesses. Besides working part-time at Twispworks, Patrick tends bar at the Twisp River Pub and writes words for money.
Board of Directors
Casey Bouchard, Chairman Casey Bouchard is co-owner of Waste Wise Methow, a local garbage and recycling company. Casey graduated from Washington State University in 1996 with a degree in English, and went on to a 12 year career in the wireless telecom industry in the Seattle area. Casey fell in love with the Methow Valley during a camping trip in 2000 and moved here full time in 2010. He lives with partner Joseph Weaver near Winthrop and spends his free time playing frisbee golf.
Dr. Mary Anne Quigley, Secretary Mary Anne Quigley may have retired after 44 years of teaching, but she is still steeped in the world of education. Besides serving on the PDA board, Mary Anne is also the chair of the Methow Valley School District School Board, and a board member for the Methow Music Festival. After a far-ranging career teaching everything from kindergarten through graduate school, from Hawaii to New Zealand, Mary Anne arrived in the Methow six years ago. She lives “in a big house on the Twisp-Carlton Road” with a number of her children and grandchildren.
Ed Geiger, Treasurer Along with starting several non-profit organizations, Ed Geiger has run an environmental research company of 70 employees and has been a CFO for regular corporations and non-profit organizations. He is now part-time CFO for a non-profit and as well as an architect firm. He has always tried to work for mission driven organizations. Ed, his wife Nina and their daughters Molly (21) and Zoe (18) spend as much time as they can in their Twisp home. Ed’s dream is to have work he can do from his Seattle or Twisp home to enjoy the beauty and culture of both the City of Seattle and the natural outdoors and culture of Twisp.
Mary Kiesau is the Educational Programs Director for the Methow Conservancy. She also runs a small business called Mountain Kind Photography. Originally from North Carolina, Mary was a grassroots organizer for the Sierra Club for seven years, including four years in Seattle, before moving to the Methow Valley in 2005. Mary is also on the Board of the Washington Native Plant Society and is passionate about life-long education, natural history and growing food. Mary is excited to provide what energy and assistance she can to make TwispWorks an integral part of what makes the Methow Valley so special.
Lexi Koch Lexi is the co-founder of both Classroom in Bloom, the innovative school garden program on the campus of the Methow Valley School District and of Ancestree Herbals, a medicinal herb farm on the Twisp River. She is also a dancer and yoga instructor, and mother of little boy Jude. Lexi is excited to help TwispWorks achieve its vision of promoting and strengthening local agriculture.
David Gottula Originally from New Mexico, David moved to the Methow Valley in 2011 to serve as the General Manager of the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative. David has a degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Houston. David has been very involved in community and economy development and is excited to contribute to the vitality of the Methow Valley as a member of the TwispWorks board. In his spare time, David has a passion for hiking and backpacking and has covered over 450 miles of the Pacific Coast trail. He is married and has three children.