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.
Nancy McKinney, Director of Development & Outreach
Nancy has spent the past 25 years in a variety of roles for non-profit organizations. Her most recent position was Executive Director at the Ballard Food Bank. This position was a journey in community relationships, fund raising and being an advocate for equity. When not wearing her Development Coordinator hat, you can find Nancy skiing, hiking in the summer and playing with her Labrador, Rex.
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.
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.
TwispWorks Foundation Board of Directors
The TwispWorks Foundation is the 501c3 non-profit organization that owns and operates the TwispWorks campus. The mission of the TwispWorks Foundation is to increase economic vitality in the Methow Valley through education, agriculture, technology, art and culture.
I was raised in Virginia and grew up fishing and hunting on the Chesapeake Bay.
My wife Candice and I have three grown children, all of whom reside in the Puget Sound area.
I went to college in New England and graduate school in architecture in New York City and then moved to the west coast in 1975.
I spent summers in high school and college working in construction and I worked as a union journeyman carpenter upon arriving in Seattle. This led me into a career of commercial construction management. One of my clients was a little (at the time) software company Microsoft, who hired me to manage their projects, which for several years took me to places all over the world. Since then, I have had the good fortune to be involved in the planning and construction of other large projects in downtown Seattle, and I continue to stay involved as a part-time consultant.
In 1990 I bought an old dilapidated houseboat on Lake Union and over the next 20 years renovated it along with several old wood boats.
From my days in New England I developed a love of cross country skiing and once I arrived in Seattle, I soon learned about the Methow Valley and have been coming here to ski ever since. From the earliest days here in the 70’s, I dreamed of someday having a home in the valley.
In 2008 I was a member of a team awarded the job to manage the design and construction of the Spring Creek Bridge in Winthrop. This project brought me to the valley on a regular basis for several years and we got to know many people and places here. During that time we bought a cabin just south of the smoke jumper’s base, fulfilling our long term dream.
Candice and I have a long term commitment to living here and we have been looking for a way to use our skills to make a contribution to the valley. When to opportunity came up to join the Twisp Works board, I was honored and excited to join. There are so many things that excite me, the mission, the people involved and the opportunity to develop an environment that supports the economic potential of the valley.
It is a very exciting time at Twisp Works now that it has converted to a foundation and is successfully concluding its first capital campaign to renovate the North Warehouse. There are lots of great ideas for the improvements on the campus and for the growth of the programs and events which can be offered there.
Perri Howard is a Seattle-based artist with deep ties to the Methow Valley. Raised in Marblehead, MA, she landed in Twisp as a 16-year on an Outward Bound Course and has returned to the valley for recreation and inspiration ever since. Perri received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2001 and has served as a visiting artist at colleges and universities throughout the United States. A passionate advocate for artists and art space, Perri serves as Vice-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission and is honored and excited to support the evolution of Twispworks as a remarkable creative community.
Ray Johnston, President
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.
TwispWorks Public Development Authority Board of Directors
A branch of municipal government, the Twisp Public Development Authority was chartered by the Town of Twisp to purchase the TwispWorks site in 2009.
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.
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 and Zoespend 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.
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.
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.