TwispWorks has hired Julie Tate-Libby as the Director of Programs effective September 3, 2019. In this role, Julie will work with local government, businesses, nonprofit organizations, concerned citizens and economic development authorities to identify opportunities for TwispWorks to provide programming to support and improve the health of the local economy and the businesses who operate in the Methow Valley.
A long-time Methow Valley resident, Julie teaches anthropology and sociology at Wenatchee Valley College and has conducted research on rural communities whose economies rely on tourism including the Methow Valley and the Big Island of Hawaii. After receiving her PhD in tourism from the University of Otago in 2010, she returned to the Methow Valley to raise her family and teach. She has published several articles on tourism and rural migration and several creative pieces on fires and travels in the Himalayas. Julie has served on the board of Okanogan Family Health Centers, the Merc Playhouse and the North Central Washington Community Foundation. In addition to writing, teaching and research, Julie is an active community member and mother, and enjoys trail running and gardening in her free time.