Board of Directors

Glenn Schmekel, President. Glenn has been a resident of the Methow Valley since 1972, and is a retired public school teacher. He originated the “Alternative Learning Experience” in 1997, to help homeschool families continue to educate their children at home yet still be a part of the Methow Valley School District, creating increased funding for both the schools and support for the families. Currently, as founder and Executive Director of the COVE (established in 1998) Glenn is fully engaged with this charitable non-profit that has expanded into several projects; the Methow Valley Food bank, the Aid and Assistance fund, the Guardian Angels and Jamie’s Place (two adult family homes). He has been a recipient of “Keeper of The Place” award given for distinguished service to the community. He has personally been involved in the building and remodel of several homes in the Methow.

Paula Makrow. Paula has over 21 years experience in environmental research and protection with a focus on ecological restoration and water resource planning including 9 years in an executive director position on the Olympic Peninsula. Skills include strategic planning, project development, and project management as well as public outreach and educational material design. Paula lives in a solar powered house where she relaxes by hiking, working in the garden or at her art projects.

George Wooten, Treasurer. George is a biochemist who studied pharmacognosy at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. He was a botanist, ecologist and mapping specialist for the Forest Service, Pacific Biodiversity Institute. George teaches Botany and Ethnobotany at Wenatchee Valley College. He works with Conservation Northwest on forestry issues, wildland fires and connecting wildlife habitats.

Bruce Morrison, Secretary. Bruce is a local sculptor and teaching artist who has lived in the Methow since 1975. He is a founding member of the Confluence Gallery. Lead organizer of the Twisp Commons Park and Lecturer of the Twisp Valley Grange #472. Bruce was active in forest issues and timber planning from 1990 to 2000 and has enjoyed exploring the Methow Valley backcountry since 1974.

Rob Crandall has lived in the valley for twenty years. For the past decade, he has been operating Methow Natives, a native plant nursery focusing on container grown plants native to the Methow Valley. Methow Natives has been active in the salmon recovery efforts in the Methow for the past 8 years as well as working with numerous local landowners on restoration on private lands. Rob is an enthusiastic educator, heading up the Watershed Watchers program and River Camp.

Crystal Miller, Tribal Liason. Crystal works for Colville Confederated Tribes and in the MVIC office. Her family still lives on one of the original native allotments in the Methow Valley.

Carolyn Cilek. Carolyn joined the board in 2013. She has worked for many years to make the Twisp Pow Wow a success. She is a massage therapist.

Rich Davis. Rich has a diverse background in archaeology, ethics display construction and taxidermy. Rich is an active participant in several archaeology projects in the southwest.

Joey Nishida. Joey joined us in 2016 when he brought our first exhibit on morel mushrooms.

Carolyn Schmekel. Carolyn began her business, Harmony House Interiors, in 1986 in the Methow Valley, after moving from San Diego California, where she worked with two design firms. She has an AA degree in interior design and became a professional member of the Interior Design Society (IDS) in 1982. She was a licensed Realtor in both the State of California and Washington for a number of years. Prior to that she worked as a tax preparer for Vasquez Tax services for 4 years in the early 1980’s. She sold Harmony House Interiors in 2009. In addition to her professional business background she was part of the original board of Cascadia; the Methow Music Association, starting in 1987 and resigning in 2005. As president of Cascadia she was closely involved in a sweeping change in the arts that took place locally in the early 1990’s, helping put into place valley wide collaboration (arts calendar, monthly meetings with non-profit board chairs for dialogue)in order to create an atmosphere where the arts would flourish.

Susan Sprague. Susan joined us in 2016 and brings her specialty of interpretive design.


  • Spencer Martin
  • Carol Geertsema
  • Jim Kistner
  • Richard Hart
  • John Roth
  • Chuck Borg

One Response to Board of Directors

  1. Dear Spencer,

    We meet in Australia during the International Film Festival. Since then, you invited me and a Murri Aboriginal clan to visit you to be part of an important ceremony as outlined in ‘Two Rivers’.
    My name is Guadalupe. I’ll be visiting Oregon in a couple of months and I would like to know how are you and how your wonderful work has progressed. Please e-mail to

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