Twisp Works Family Portrait 2013

Staff & Board

Don-Linnertz-clippedDon Linnertz, Executive Director
Having grown up on a farm in North Dakota, living in the Methow Valley is a welcome return to his roots. Don moved to Twisp in June 2014 after thirty years in Seattle. Careers in non-profit fundraising, hospitality and high tech have given him a broad background of skills he’s eager to put to work in the community.


Tori KarpenkoTori 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.


Chris SchneiderChris Schneider, Director of Development
Chris joins TwispWorks as Director of Development following more than 20 years doing communications, marketing and public relations for high tech and non-profit organization. A Seattle native, Chris, his partner and their two dogs have had a home in Mazama for 7 years and moved here full time Sept 2015.


Anne AchesonAnne Acheson, Business 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
prochnau_2016Sarah Prochnau, Community Relations Coordinator
Sarah moved to Pateros at the mouth of the Methow Valley in 2012. Her professional experiences range from managing punk rock bars to maintaining proper inventory levels of infectious materials for a Seattle biotech company.

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.


Ray-Johnston-2Ray Johnston, President
Ray is a native of the Northwest, growing up in the Tacoma area. As an architect, Ray was introduced to the Methow Valley in 1987 and has been actively engaged in it ever since. Ray and his wife and partner, Mary, formed Johnston Architects in 1991 with the belief that architecture should be a reflection of its community as well as a response to the environment. When the Twisp Forest Service Complex became available, Ray joined an ad-hoc group of citizens seeking to acquire the property for the people of the Methow Valley. He has since acted as chair of the acquisition movement, the PDA that won the property and now the Foundation that operates TwispWorks.


John-BattleJohn Battle, Treasurer
Raised in Virginia, John moved west in 1975 to work in architecture and construction. Working as a union journeyman carpenter in Seattle led him a career of commercial construction management, projects which ultimately brought him to the Methow Valley. John and his wife Candice are avid cross-country skiers and excited to make a commitment to the Methow Valley with their time and skills. When asked to join the TwispWorks Foundation Board, John said, “There are so many things {about TwispWorks] that excite me–the mission, the people involved and the opportunity to develop an environment that supports the economic potential of the Valley.”


Jim-SalterJim Salter, Secretary
Though Jim’s great-great-uncles homesteaded in the Methow on property near Twin Lakes, he never came to the valley until 2002. Originally intending to be a farmer, he is now owner/general contractor at Blackcap Builders Collective. In addition to building houses he also maintains a small hobby farm producing lamb, wool, and hay. His interest in sustainability (economic and environmental) is what led him to get involved with, first, The Partnership for a Sustainable Methow (PSM) and now TwispWorks.


SusanSusan Donahue
Susan Donahue is a lawyer and artist living in the Methow Valley. She grew up in Bellevue, Washington, and received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington. She was an Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Tech and the University of Oklahoma before receiving her law degree from the University of Alabama. After practicing law in Birmingham, Alabama, she moved to the Methow Valley five years ago when her husband took a position as an English Professor at Wenatchee Valley College in Omak. She opened her law office in Twisp shortly after arriving. She paints still lifes, landscapes and portraits in oils both studio work and plein air and has recently shown her work in local and regional galleries and juried shows. Serving on the TwispWorks board perfectly combines her two activities of law and painting. She feels honored to be able to contribute to the work of the TwispWorks board.


E-Richard-HartE. Richard Hart
E. Richard Hart currently heads Hart West & Associates (HWA), which provides historical, ethno-historical, environmental-historical services and expert testimony. He was Executive Director of the Institute of the North American West and its predecessor, the Institute of the American West, from 1977 to 1996, where he directed a series of influential projects on critical issues in the West. He is the author of editor of seven books, has published more than fifty articles and essays and has presented more than fifty professional papers. Richard was a member of the Twisp Public Development Authority that acquired the TwispWorks property from the US Forest Service in 2008 and has been interested in its development ever since. He believes that TwispWorks can become a cultural hub for the community and encourage the arts, humanities and businesses in the Methow Valley.


Christiane_HeinemannChristiane Heinemann
Christiane was born and raised in Germany. During her 1991 travels she discovered the Methow Valley with its wonderful people and gorgeous countryside. Her first night ever in the Methow she stayed at the Bunkhouse at TwispWorks (it was then the Twisp Ranger Station/U.S. Forest Service Campus). In 2004, Christiane moved to the Methow to be with partner and artist Bernie Hosey. Bernie was involved with TwispWorks from the beginning. “He had visions and ideas for the campus that we often discussed,” Christiane says. “We both felt the budding energy, the potential, and how important it is for a community to have such a culturally enriching place. It makes me smile to see TwispWorks rise! I am excited to be part of TwispWorks—‘A Rocket Ship to the Moon’ as Bernie fondly called it.”


Perri-Howard-1Perri Howard
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-old 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.


Mary KiesauMary Kiesau
Mary 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.


Steve KernSteve Kern
Steve became a part time resident of the Methow Valley in 2009 and moved here full time in 2013 after retiring from a career in manufacturing where he held a number of executive positions at various facilities in Washington State, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Liege, Belgium. Besides loving skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking and almost all team sports, Steve has had a life long interest in politics and public policy particularly as they apply to preserving the spectacular beauty and rural character of the American West through thoughtful, appropriate economic development. In TwispWorks, Steve sees a tremendous opportunity to support this approach to economic development through the creation of a robust and vital public square that also serves as an incubator for creative entrepreneurs.

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.


David-Gottula copyDavid Gottula, President
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.


Ed-GeigerEd 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.


Mary Anne-QuigleyMary Anne Quigley
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.


Casey-BouchardCasey Bouchard
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.


Sharon-CohenSharon Cohen
Sharon originally came to the Methow to build trail in the Pasayten Wilderness, and because it rained less than in Darrington. For so many reasons, she decided to call it home. Sharon spent many years as an artist aspiring to create beautiful things. Currently she spends much of her time teaching mindfulness and honoring an updated aspiration to create a beautiful, liberating quality of mind. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the Twisp Works Community Solar Project.