Catherine is currently President of the BARN Board. She was a Lead Evaluator and Field Consultant for AdvancED (a school accreditation company). She was the Principal and Founder of Odyssey Multiage Program and Eagle Harbor High School (part of Commodore Options school, Bainbridge Island). She was also President of the Washington State Alternative Learning Association, Bainbridge Island Health, Housing and Human Services, as well as Bainbridge Youth Services. Catherine has been on the BARN Board since 2013.
Vice President / Operations
Dave has an industrial education and technology background as well as a Masters of Architecture. He has been a consulting software developer for Intellicraft Solutions, Seattle, and on Bainbridge Island, Director of Project Management for Mercury Online Solutions then 3M Digital Signage (Senior Project Manager) and 3M Digital Marketing (Software Services Operations Supervisor). He became a Consultant offering Software Development in 2014. Dave has been involved with the development of BARN through the Building Committee, joined the BARN Board of Directors in 2015 and is Vice President.
Jeff spent 30 years as a firefighter for California State and Orange County agencies, and another 10 Director of Marketing and Events for The Orange County Professional Firefighter Association. Jeff has worked with the Boy Scouts, was Marketing Director of the 400-member North Coast Aquatics Swim Team, and the School Site Director for a new campus design team for the Vista Unified School District, California. And then, after a move to the Northwest in 2017, Jeff was involved with the Bainbridge Island Community Woodworkers. This led to being manager of the extensive cabinet project for the BARN facility as well as being on the Wood Studio Steering Committee. Jeff joined the BARN Board of Directors in 2018.
Els is the Managing Director of Bay Hay and Feed (Rolling Bay, Bainbridge Island), and is treasurer of Sustainable Bainbridge, of which she was a co-founder in 2007. Els earned an MBA in Sustainability and she has over 30 years of entrepreneurial experience. She has been Board Member and Treasurer of The Chamber of Commerce and Board Member of the Community Housing Coalition, both of Bainbridge Island. Els has been on the BARN Board since 2016, and is currently its Treasurer.
Lynn is a working book artist and retired educator. In addition to working as a teacher and school administrator, she worked for Microsoft and created curriculum for the WA State Arts Commission. Her artistic focus is currently on making books and fabric pieces. Her work can be found in university and private collections around the country. She still teaches both book arts and printmaking classes. Lynn graduated from Middlebury College and holds a Master’s degree in Administration and the Visual Arts from Bank Street College of Education and Parsons School of Design. Lynn has served as a trustee on the boards of Hyla Middle School and The Bainbridge Community Foundation. She lives in Kingston with her husband Bill Agnew.
Teri is an experienced finance executive working with for-profit and non-profit organizations on their tax, financial management, systems development, and strategic planning. She founded TKB Consulting in 2011. She has a BA in Accounting and is a Washington State CPA. Teri has been the Finance Director for The Center for Courage & Renewal and SeaShare non-profits, and the CFO for Carena Health Care. Teri has also been an Adjunct Faculty Member at Pinchot University, and on the boards of The Bainbridge Graduate Institute and Hospice of Kitsap County. She has been on the Board of BARN since 2011.
Caroline Cooley Browne
Caroline is a fine artist (fiber and paint) who has been exhibiting nationally since 1979, and is represented locally by The Art Project. She has a BFA and MFA and has taught at BARN, helping establish the program, and taught at several nationally recognized craft schools and centers around the US. Locally, she has been a fabric buyer for Esther’s Fabrics, helped produce the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour, been the Art Director for Exhibition Magazine, a publication of the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council, as well as their Bainbridge in Bloom event. Caroline has been on the Board of Directors of Country Montessori School and the Bainbridge Island Rowing Club. She is a founding Board Member of BARN.
BARN’s Executive Director, Denise Dumouchel, took the helm in February of 2018, after more than thirty years in education and nonprofit administration. She was part of the leadership team for IslandWood during its first eighteen years and has brought that experience to BARN. She completed her PhD in Environmental Studies in 2003, with a focus on experiential learning, human development, and teacher education. She enjoys crafting stories, carving wooden spoons, and balancing the big picture with the intricacies of day-to-day experiences.
Kim Goerlitz has experience in a variety of fields including concert production, event management, public relations, music licensing, and interior design. Her volunteer background includes special education advocacy and co-founding a non-profit organization.
Kim is a founding board member of Kids In Concert, an after-school music program located in Suquamish. She is especially interested in community building and in programs that foster social-emotional wellness through engagement, sense of belonging, and purpose. An advocate for youth, for persons with special needs, and for young adult career/trade school training and mentoring, Kim has worked with the Bainbridge School District, Bainbridge Schools Foundation, and other local educational institutions and resources.
Kim joined the BARN Board in 2019. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, gardening, reading, and creative writing.
David is a member of the Washington and California Bar Associations specializing in tax issues. He is a legal advisor for the Tenants Union of Washington State. He has been a tax partner with Garvey, Schubert & Barer and McKenna, Conner & Cuneo law firms. He was also Tax Director for the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche. David was Chair of the Committee on Banking and Savings Institutions for the American Bar Association, and Board President of the With Grace Training Foundation. He is currently Vice Commander of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary (Division 130-04). David has been BARN Treasurer, and has been a BARN Board Member since 2013.
Grace Harris is a retired middle school math teacher, public sector internal auditor and financial manager, and has been a working jewelry artist since 2007. She was a financial auditor for Price Waterhouse & Co and large public sector organizations in Seattle, WA, financial supervisor for King County Wastewater Department, WA, budget manager for the Seattle Parks and Recreation, and reviewed economic and engineering analyses for large construction project business cases for the Seattle Public Utilities.
She has been a participant since 2009 and board president of the Bainbridge Studio Tour for three years of those years, a member of the Bainbridge Island Public Arts Committee since 2014, and is a member and current manager of the Verksted Cooperative Art Gallery in Poulsbo.
Jon Kroman is a part owner of two early stage shellfish companies after practicing law for 35 years. Prior to his retirement from private practice in 2018, Jon Kroman was a lawyer at Garvey Schubert Barer in Seattle and then as a solo practitioner, providing legal and consulting services to both nonprofit and for-profit enterprises. After leaving Garvey Schubert Barer, Jon led the development of new programs and partnerships to create a service arm for Bainbridge Graduate Institute/Pinchot University while also acting as its general counsel, continuing a pro bono role he held beginning in 2004. His board and other volunteer service includes: Seattle Good Business Network Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County; Washington Clean Technology Alliance; Washington Lawyers for a Sustainable Future; International Society of Sustainability Professionals; Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations; Board of Trustees, Seattle Children’s Museum; Bainbridge Island Little League and the Seattle Aquarium as a volunteer scuba diver. He joined the BARN board in 2018.
Wayne worked in public media for most of his professional life, including thirty years as the President & General Manager of KUOW Public Radio. He was elected to three terms on the National Public Radio Board of Directors (NPR), and served two years as Chair. He co-founded and was the managing director of the Northwest News Network, a regional consortium that produces news reports and features for public radio stations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. After retiring from KUOW Wayne was elected to a four-year term on the Bainbridge Island City Council. In 2017 he chaired the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council (KRCC). Wayne serves as a director of Ballantine Communications, a newspaper publisher serving southwest Colorado. He served on the boards of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association and the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council. He helped establish the Marge Williams Office Center in 1999. He joined the BARN Board of Directors in 2018.
Ken Warman’s educational background is in Physics and Engineering. Upon graduation he spent 10 years working in medical research environments as a clinical engineer. His job was to design and build complex scientific equipment needed by the research teams but that was not yet commercially available. Essentially, he was a “maker” long before the term became commonplace.
Ken then transitioned to a career in high-tech software development. Over a twenty-year period, he worked for both startups and Fortune 100 companies and performed many executive management functions including president. As such, he is aware of the realities required for growth and sustainability in an organization and how those parameters change based upon the size, goals and extent of the organization.
Twelve years ago he transitioned to a third career at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where he served as a Senior Program Manager in the Global Health Team. He managed a large portfolio of grants in India and Africa. His work involved close collaboration with other Foundation teams, and working with multiple partners including NGOs, Government officials in a multitude of countries, other donor organizations and on-the-ground service providers working with under-served populations. This work entailed leadership, collaboration and the ability to see problems from a multitude of stockholder perspectives.
Ken “retired” two years ago but still does occasional contract work. He now devotes his energies to supporting local organizations such as the Battle Point Astronomical Association and BARN.
The BARN board’s regular meetings are on the fourth Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Great Room of BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island.