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.
Tiffany Place - Vice-President
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.
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".
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."
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.
Kristin Page - Board Member
Kristin Page earned a BA in Liberal Arts from California Lutheran University and is a 3rd grade teacher at Voyager Elementary School. She has had a lifelong love of the arts and has painted over 40 wall murals during her artistic career. Kristin enjoys experimenting with music and painting and her artwork has been featured on several cards and brochures for the Health Committee at Agnus Dei Lutheran Church, Gig Harbor, Washington.
Kelly Darling - Board Member
Kelly Darling grew up in Bellevue and attended the University of North Texas where she received a bachelor's degree in Recreation, Event, and Sport Management. She currently works for PenMet Parks as the Special Event Coordinator. Her job allows her the opportunity to fulfill her lifelong ambition to serve the community in a fun and engaging way. Kelly is looking forward to furthering this ambition through PHOA. In her spare time she enjoys reading, exploring trails around the PNW, hiking, exploring local breweries/coffeeshops, and hanging out with her cat Sassy at home on Fox Island.
Claire Bosselmann - Student Co-Secretary
Kira Rosenlind -Student Co-Secretary
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!"