Meet the Staff - BARN

Meet the Staff

Darryn Achall

Darryn Achall

Facilities Manager

Darryn joined BARN as Facility Manager in August 2019. He has education in electrical systems, mechanical systems and a B.S. in Information Technology which is very useful at BARN. Prior work experience includes 25 years managing commercial and residential properties. Darryn was Facility Director for a county hospital campus in Wyoming, overseeing the buildings, grounds, utility plant, and medical equipment maintenance. After moving to Washington, Darryn recently managed the teams maintaining 630 residential rental homes in 5 neighborhoods.

The most recent adventure outside of work for Darryn has been to take up cold water scuba diving. He is looking forward to taking the next Lapidary class offered at BARN and plans to spend some spare time in the woodworking and jewelry studios. He sees his role of Facility Manager as organizing, maintaining, and improving the physical property in order to support the artists, teachers, students and craftsmen of our community. His goal is to give each of you the best experience you can have at BARN.

Email:[email protected]

Telephone:206-842-4475 ext. 218

Lizzie Damm

Lizzie Damm

Administrative Assistant / Front Desk

Lizzie grew up in a small community in central California surrounded by a large, close-knit extended family. She taught elementary school in several areas around California before moving to the Pacific Northwest.

She loves time spent with family and good food enjoyed with loved ones. Walks with friends or her dog and cat outdoors give her time to unwind and soak in the beautiful area we call home.

Lizzie is excited to be a part of BARN and to have the opportunity to learn from so many talented individuals. A-Z of Glass was her first BARN class. She has made fused glass coasters, a bowl, a platter, and hearts with her youngest in the glass studio. Lizzie is eager to make and learn more in Glass, Woodshop & Fiber studios, to name a few.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:206-842-4475 ext. 200

Grae Drake

Grae Drake

Executive Director

BARN’s Executive Director, Grae Drake, took the helm in May of 2022. He brings his experience in building mission-driven products, teams, and companies as a senior executive in the educational technology sector. In addition, he has a background in corporate law and as a nonprofit board member. He also loves to make things. That passion led him to a role as the volunteer Studio Lead for BARN’s Glass Arts Studio.

“I’ve been in love with BARN since my first class here. The craft, the space, and, most importantly, the people are a joy to be around. Joining BARN as a member and serving as a volunteer has been deeply rewarding. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to make life better for the members working in the studios and the volunteers that make our studios thrive. From a higher level I’m looking forward to expanding the reach of our community (particularly for those who’ve had trouble accessing BARN in the past) and the role of creativity and craft in kitsap and beyond.”

Email:[email protected]

Telephone:206-842-4475 ext. 201

Carolyn Goodwin

Carolyn Goodwin

Marketing Director

Carolyn has worked as a corporate marketing executive and consultant for companies such as Ste. Michelle, Amazon, and T-Mobile. She has also volunteered for many Island non-profits and is a passionate evangelist for local food. Since the late 1990’s, Carolyn has actively supported the food and farming community on and around Bainbridge Island. She co-founded Sound Food, a non-profit group dedicated to strengthening the food system in Kitsap County and the West Sound area, and served on the boards of Sustainable Bainbridge and One Call for All.

Carolyn’s involvement with BARN began in 2012. She served on the BARN Board of Directors during the visioning and building stage, and has volunteered as a member of the Kitchen Arts Steering and Programming Committees. Today her energy is focused on growing class participation and membership,  and expanding awareness of BARN both regionally and nationally.

When she’s not at BARN, Carolyn enjoys playing with food — growing it, cooking it, reading about it, and eating it. She also enjoys learning. AT BARN, she learned to make a coptic-bound sketchbook that she uses regularly and fused glass platters, and has taken classes in calligraphy, writing, bread-making, and pie-baking. She looks forward to continuing to explore new possibilities at BARN.

Email:[email protected]

Telephone:206-842-1551

Jess Henderson

Jess Henderson

Program Director

Jess’ background is in performing and visual arts, with degrees from Williams College and New England Conservatory.  Jess came to BARN in 2019 after eleven years as the Arts Coordinator at IslandWood, where she oversaw arts education programs for all ages.  Prior to working at IslandWood, Jess was the Director of an overnight summer camp located on 900 acres on a mountaintop in Pennsylvania.

Outside of her work at BARN, Jess loves to sing and can be heard singing jazz standards at some of the local venues on Bainbridge Island.  She’s also enjoyed bringing this passion to BARN where she directs a community singing group!  Jess has found much joy in making fun items at BARN: a purse sewn from repurposed coffee bags, a laser-cut winner’s medal, a set of 50 letterpressed holiday cards, a stamped pendant necklace, and a delicious apple pie!

Email:[email protected]

Telephone:206-842-4475 ext. 221

Kate Henderson

Kate Henderson

Membership & Volunteer Coordinator

Kate has a special love for learning through creating. In her former career as an elementary school librarian, she started a mobile makerspace on a rolling cart as a lunchtime activity for her students. It grew until it eventually became a full maker studio open to all grades and abilities.

Her adventures have taken her from her first job as a tour guide at Universal Studios to living in Ireland to teaching a class on Texas Hold’em. She holds two diplomas in the history of art, one from University College Dublin, and one from the University of Cambridge.

If she isn’t volunteering and acting in community theater or visiting museums of all sorts, you will find her playing board and card games and of course getting crafty with embroidery and on her Cricut.

“I am so excited to join the team at BARN and to support the creators and makers of our region!”

Email:[email protected]

Telephone:206-842-4475 ext. 202

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Youth Programs Coordinator

Sarah is a Bainbridge Island artist and teacher with a background in fine metal arts, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, stained glass and photography. She is a BARN founding member, core instructor, programming and steering committee member for the jewelry/fine metal arts studio.

Growing up in New Zealand made the decision to move to Bainbridge in 2012 easy for Sarah. The familiar weather, landscape and the small community felt like home immediately. She knew right away Bainbridge would provide the wholesome childhood memories she wanted her son to grow up with. Sarah calls the PNW her home away from home.

Getting involved in developing and teaching youth classes, as well as summer camps at BARN has given Sarah the opportunity to give back to the community she loves. Providing a space where local youth and families can create, connect, inspire and be inspired is what drives her.

When Sarah is not working, teaching or taking classes at BARN in print, glass, wood, jewelry or kitchen arts, you can find her in her other happy place, her home with her family and their dog listening to music, cooking food and making art.

Email:[email protected]

Telephone:206-842-4475 ext. 224

Shelley Kilbourn

Shelley Kilbourn

Studio Support Coordinator

Shelley joined BARN’s staff in March 2019 to provide administrative support. She has pivoted to provide support for our studios as a Studio Support Coordinator. She enjoys supporting the studios by posting classes and writing newsletters, as well as, assisting students in finding the right class and helping them sign up. Shelley comes from a long career in customer service including event planning, travel agent, marketing specialist, catering, and teaching. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln majoring in Spanish and Political Science with an emphasis in International Affairs.

Shelley grew up playing on and in the water in Long Beach, CA surrounded by an artistic community/family. She started playing violin at age 4, piano at 7, oil painting at 9, dance at  10, and has not quit since. Outside of work, Shelley enjoys spending time with her two teenage sons traveling, hiking, camping, gardening, swimming, scuba diving, biking, skiing,  solving puzzles, reading mysteries, cooking, kayaking, dancing, and making music. For fun at BARN, you will usually find Shelley in the Jewelry Studio or Kitchen. She has enjoyed  Lost Wax Casting, a Pupusa making class, welding, plasma cutting, and most recently tried an enameling class to make earrings.

Email:[email protected]

Telephone:206-842-4475 ext. 220

Meghan Males

Meghan Males

Bookkeeper and Rental Coordinator

Meghan joined the BARN staff in January of 2019.  Her main responsibilities are as our Bookkeeper and managing the outside rentals of event space at BARN, as well as managing local producers and vendors that rent the BARN commercial kitchen for business production.  She also helps with internal coordination for some of the larger BARN wide events that happen throughout the year, and is the go to in the office for any questions regarding food or alcohol service in the building.

Meghan has almost 20  years experience in the Hospitality and Food Service Industry.  After finishing her degree in History and Psychology from Boston University, she attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco where she received an Associates in Culinary Arts.  She went on to work as a chef in restaurants, hotels, and corporate dining throughout the Bay Area. Some career highlights include being the Executive Chef for the opening of a Rick Bayless restaurant, feeding large numbers of employees as a Corporate Chef at Gap Inc., and working as a Financial Analyst managing the business side of multiple Corporate Dining facilities.

Meghan is a passionate gardener, and happiest digging in the dirt with her dogs in the yard.  She is looking forward to using the Wood Studio to help refinish an outdoor antique chair and to build some cold frames for the garden.  She finds inspiration in the creativity and passion she experiences every day at BARN and is motivated by the volunteerism and commitment of its members.

Email:[email protected]

Telephone:206-842-4475 ext. 217

Cree Roberts

Cree Roberts

Studio Support Coordinator

Cree joined BARN in February 2022 as a Studio Support Coordinator. Prior to BARN, she worked in higher and adult education for many years before taking an interesting side quest to run a cat coalition. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from Kansas State University where she focused on environmental resistance literature of the Southwest.  

Born and raised in Colorado, Cree moved to Washington a few years ago. In her spare time Cree is a photographer who enjoys spending weekends exploring new areas and taking photographs. She also enjoys baking, gardening and crochet. She has taken a Letterpress printing class at BARN and hopes to take more classes in the Print & Book Arts Studio soon.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:206-842-4475 ext. 219

Erin Thomasson

Erin Thomasson

Business Manager

Erin takes on the newly established role of Business Manager at the BARN after a twenty year career in the international business sector with Expeditors.  There she was a Senior Vice President overseeing Global Risk Management, Vendor and Government Entity Compliance, Safety, Security, and Insurance Services for the organization.  She is a former college basketball player and graduate of the University of Washington and holds a certificate in Executive Leadership Certificate Program from Seattle University Business School.

Her interests include swimming, running, cooking, and she is an aspirational writer.  For the last decade, Erin stepped back from professional life to raise two children into school-age and through a pandemic. During that time, she was an active board member for Kitsap Humane Society, participated in Bainbridge Island City Government on the Ethics and Non-Motorized Transportation committees, as well as helping with other organizations

Email:[email protected]

Telephone:206-842-4475 ext. 217

Abby Wyatt

Abby Wyatt

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Abby became part of the BARN team in February of 2022. Having grown up on Bainbridge Island, she’s happy to be back working locally.  Abby has a BFA in theatre design/technology from the University of Montana.  Most recently, she worked as the Marketing Coordinator for a Montana-based company.  As BARN’s Digital Marketing Coordinator, her focus is on promoting all the exciting goings-on at BARN!

When she’s not at BARN, Abby enjoys calligraphy, hiking, and spending time with her family.  Since Abby specialized in costume design before switching to marketing, she’s particularly looking forward to spending time in BARN’s fiber studio.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:206-842-4475 ext. 223