Staff

Kelly Hart, Executive Director

Kelly Hart, Executive Director In September of 2008, Kelly Hart relocated from Idaho to Bellingham to become the Executive Director for Allied Arts of Whatcom County. She brings over 20 years of experience working in for-profit and non-profit arts organizations. Her wealth of knowledge and abilities are related to the incorporation of the arts into cultural tourism and in community development through programs such as promotion of the public arts. Kelly has served as a member at large for the Idaho Commission on the Arts, Bellingham Tourism Commission and Washington State Arts Alliance.
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Judy Taylor, Bookkeeper

Judy Taylor, Bookkeeper

We have lost count of how many years Judy has been involved with bookkeeping for the organization. She has also been a vital component in the coordination of our Holiday Festival of the Arts and Chalk ArtFest.
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 Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator

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Katy started out as a volunteer and was hired on when we realized what a great asset she was to the organization. She oversees the programs that promote retail art sales such as our rotating gallery exhibits and the booth coordination for our two festivals.
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Julia Moss, Program Assistant

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Julia is a recent graduate from Western Washington University with dual degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Art History. She began interning at Allied Arts in the Fall of 2013 picking up two projects, The Arts and Culture Guide and Children's Art Walk. Since, Julia has continued her role as coordinator for these projects and has enjoyed contributing her time and energy to many more events including Studio Sweep, the annual Holiday Festival, monthly Art Walks, and more. Julia was hired on the Summer of 2015 as Program Assistant, or as her name tag reads "Amazing Princess."

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Board Members

President, Kristin Hanna

After graduating from WWU, Kristin received her law degree from University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. She returned to Bellingham with her three daughters and enjoys getting involved in the community.

Vice President, Jen Castaldo

Has a long history of volunteering in the Bellingham Arts scene, beginning at the turn of the century joining the Bellingham Arts Commission as a mayoral appointee.  She served on the board of the Whatcom Museum Society for 2 ½ terms during which the Lightcatcher Building developed from dream to reality. Simultaneously she served on the Whatcom Community Foundation Investment and Finance committee and delved into the management of nonprofit funds.

Currently, she serves as Treasurer for Kulshan Community Land Trust, a board member of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, and a final term of service to both the Bellingham Arts Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission.

She joins the board to advance the efforts of AAWC for everyone in the community.

Treasurer, Alexandra Wiley

Has a long history of volunteering in the Bellingham Arts scene, beginning at the turn of the century joining the Bellingham Arts Commission as a mayoral appointee and served though 2016.  She served the board of the Whatcom Museum Society for 2 ½ terms during which the Lightcatcher Building developed from dream to reality. Simultaneously she served on the Whatcom Community Foundation Investment and Finance Committee and delved into the management of nonprofit funds. Later, she served as Treasurer for Kulshan Community Land Trust, and is a former board member of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership.

She joins the board to advance the efforts of AAWC for everyone in the community.

Secretary - Sheri Clark

Dragon Wood Design – Designer. Sheri Clark has been a successful artisan at various craft shows for many years. Her background in Chainmaille comes from several private sources learned many year as ago. She enjoys working with all types of metal using various techniques and mediums. She is one of the founding members and a past officer of the board of Directors at the Bellingham Metal Arts Guild. This lady has an unlimited amount of patience.

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