<b>Peninsula <i>Hands On Art</i></b>, Gig Harbor, Peninsula School District art programs and projects

 
Board of Directors

Tiffany Place - 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.

Jessica Rogg - Vice-President
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.

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".

Jennifer Rogg - Co-Secretary

Brian Bergren - Board Member
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.

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.

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.

Jen Nielsen - Board Member
Jen Nielsen has spent most of her professional life in education-as a therapist and teacher. She holds an M.Ed. and an M.A. in Counseling. She now spends most of her time writing, but can also be found teaching art in classrooms, practicing yoga, and occasionally, choreographing school musicals. She began volunteering with Peninsula Hands On Art in 2018, and became a co-lead for Discovery Elementary the next year. Her own family's story has led her to live all over the world-including a tropical island and in the shadow of a crumbling Rhineland castle-but she has always considered the Pacific Northwest corner of the United States home, and was so happy to finally come home in 2018. When not writing, she is most likely playing with her family in the forest, on the water, or in the mountains.

Ashley Aston - Board Member
Ashley Aston grew up Bangor, Northern Ireland and Graduated from the University of Ulster with a degree in Fine and Applied Arts, she continued her education with a post graduate teaching certification. Prior to moving to the United States she taught Art at secondary and higher education levels. She moved to the Midwest in 2004 and to Gig Harbor in 2013. She was introduced to Peninsula Hands On Art when her twin daughters first started Kindergarten at Purdy Elementary School and signed up immediately to be a docent. Since then, she has been in positions as a school lead for both Purdy and Minter Creek Elementary schools. Due to the structure of the program and her past experience as an Art teacher Peninsula Hands On Art was an ideal way to volunteer in the classroom in a meaningful way. "I love that each student gets to use real, good quality art materials, they are taught how to do the project but are given space to use their own creativity to make a unique art piece and are given an introduction to different aspects of the Art world with each project they complete."

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!"


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