Kim Anderson is a painter from Montana who moved to Gig Harbor in 2012. Kim draws a great deal of inspiration from the beauty of the West. She primarily works in the mediums of acrylic, pastel, charcoal and pencil on birch wood panels. As a wife and mother of three, her work often is influenced by the dynamics of family relationships as well as a sense of place and common life experience.
Over the years, Kim has donated much of her time and art to support great non-profits that are near and dear to her. For example, she completed a series called Faces of the Youth Homes to help share stories of kids living in out of home placements such as shelters, group homes or foster families. Also, in 2008 she completed a Faces of the Poverello series for a homeless shelter back in Montana. Sales of those portraits went to support the good work of those charities. She also teaches private art lessons to kids in her home studio.
When Kim isn't painting or drawing you can find her on the sidelines of the soccer field, lacrosse field or in the stands at the hockey rink.
Brian Bergren - Vice-President
Brian Bergren has lived in Gig Harbor since 2004. He is the father to 5th grader, Madeline and husband to Hillary. He is a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and works on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Brian and Hillary also operate Peace of the Earth Farm in Rosedale and a small design and screen-printing boutique in Tacoma, Shiloh Creative. Brian enjoys running, boating, and spending as much time as possible with his family.
Marta O'Neill - Treasurer
Marta was born and raised in Steilacoom and moved to Gig Harbor with her family over 20 years ago. After graduating from the University of Washington, Marta went on to earn her CPA. She worked for Moss Adams in Tacoma and Ryan, Jorgenson & Limoli in the Harbor, then became a full-time property manager. Her experience with Peninsula Hands on Art began 13 years ago when she painted a salmon at the first PHOA docent training, and watched her two boys flourish in the program while students at Harbor Heights. She is excited be involved in this organization once again as it continues to bring amazing art projects into classrooms throughout Gig Harbor.
Kristin Nordquist - Co-Secretary
Kristin Nordquist has been on the board since 2014. Before that, she was co-chair of Peninsula Hands On Art at Voyager for 8 years. She has three children who have grown up with the program and she couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of this amazing program. Kristin has always loved art. She feels the kids need this outlet for creativity and expression. As Pablo Picasso said, " Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life".
Tiffany Place - Board Member - Social Media
Tiffany Place is the head of Peninsula Hands On Art at Discovery Elementary. An introduction to art and design in public high school inspired Tiffany to pursue a career in graphic design, so she is very passionate about exposing children in public school to the arts and giving them an opportunity to create. Tiffany earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to moving to Gig Harbor with her husband and two boys, Tiffany worked in award-winning design firms in Boston, Los Angeles and Seattle. She was a key contributor on the brand design for a number of national businesses and still sees her designs today in grocery stores and out and about in the city. Currently, Tiffany provides freelance design services to local businesses through her company Place Creative.
April Reich - Board Member
April Reich grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in business marketing. She has lived in Gig Harbor for 11 years and has three children, two of which are Peninsula Hands On Art students. She was first introduced to the Peninsula Hands On Art program when she inquired how to get involved at school when her first child was entering kindergarten and was encouraged to sign up as a docent in the classroom. One of the unique features of the program is that it allows the volunteer parent to interact directly with the students in a way that no other volunteer position provides inside a school - as a teacher! She sees it as a great way to connect with the students in your class, their teacher and other parents who visit to help. "It's a powerful tool for building contentedness and community inside our schools. The lessons are broken down into simple steps allowing any parent to be an instructor regardless of their artistic abilities. The students love these projects and I have never had a shortage of parents wanting to sign up to be a Peninsula Hands On Art docent."
Ann Stroud - Board Member
Ann has lived in Gig Harbor since 1986 and taught first or second grade in Peninsula School District since 1992. She has always been interested in art and took art as an area of concentration in college which exposed her to many different mediums. Ann joined the Board of Directors in August 2011 as a teacher representative on the board. Ann loves being a part of this dedicated group.
Chuck Cuzzetto - Board Member
Chuck Cuzzetto is a native of Gig Harbor where he has grown to love and nourish an ever thriving community. He and his wife of 5 years have 2 children, Cooper age 3 and Lukas age 9. Having attended school within the Peninsula School District he is now giving back by serving on the Voyager PTA board for the past 3 years. Chuck is also employed by PenMet Parks, providing Special Events and Recreational Activities through the greater Gig Harbor area. He enjoys working with his hands, playing music and enjoying his family.
Jessica Rogg - Board Member
Jessica Rogg moved to Gig Harbor in 1998 and attended Gig Harbor High School. After graduating she attended Arizona State University and finished her Graphic Design degree at Seattle Central. She has two daughters who are currently enrolled in Peninsula School District schools. Jessica has played many rolls in PHOA that lead to her becoming a board member. In recent years she has helped in her daughter's classrooms as Lead Docent, been her school's Volunteer Coordinator and been the Featured Artist on past projects. Jessica feels strongly that all children should receive an education in the fundamentals of visual arts. She sees art as a form of communication that must not be disregarded and loves PHOA's commitment to art education. Jessica and her partner Curtis Burkhart run a commerical screen printing and embroidery company in Gig Harbor, Custom Prints NW.
Madi Bosselmann - Student Co-Secretary
My name is Madi Bosselmann and I am a senior at Gig Harbor High School. I do full time running start through Tacoma Community College and I absolutely love it. In my free time I like to play soccer for Gig Harbor High School and harbor premier. I also throw javelin for the high school track team. I have grown up around Peninsula Hands On Art since I attended Harbor Heights Elementary, their flagship school, for grades K-5. My mom was an art docent for my class and part of the Peninsula Hands On Art board of directors for 13 years. I still remember how much I loved doing the art projects and I'm glad I can help other kids experience art in the same way I did!
Marla Morgan - Executive Director, non-board member
Marla has had a life long love of the arts. As Co-founder and past President of Peninsula Hands On Art she is inspired to provide art education to every student because of the impact it has on the way they see the world. "Every student has an immense creative potential that needs to be nurtured and cultivated, and every child should be given the same opportunity and material to do so." Throughout her career in advertising and sales training Marla has been motivated by what truly makes a difference in the lives of children. "Art is the expression of the soul that transforms the ordinary every day into the brilliant adventure that is life!"