VCA Staff

Susan Warner, Executive Director

Susan joined VCA in 2017 having spent the previous 16 years at the world-renowned Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington. She was most recently the Artistic Director/Major Gifts Officer and before that, the Executive Director. She grew up in East Africa, studied at Southampton University in the UK attaining a Bachelor’s degree in History, followed by a Diploma with Merit from the Studycentre for the Fine and Decorative Arts in London. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from Antioch University in Seattle and recently attended Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management at the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School, and Museum Leadership at the Getty Leadership Institute. Prior to joining Museum of Glass, Warner held positions at Seattle Children’s Museum, the State Capital Museum and Dayton Art Institute.

Angela Gist, Deputy Director

Angela joined VCA in fall 2009, as Director of Vashon Artists in Schools. In 2010, she stepped up to Deputy Director and managed all finance and administrative operations while overseeing VAIS. She holds a M.A. in Theatre and Masters in Non Profit Management from Seattle University. Angela has worked in performing arts over 25 years and most recently served three years as Managing Director for Freehold Theatre. Angela and her family moved to Vashon in 2006, and they love making this uniquely artistic community their home. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Vashon Chamber of Commerce.

Vadne Domeika, Director of Vashon Center for Dance

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Wendy Finkleman, Director of Arts Education

Wendy joined VCA in 2010, after working in the field of education for over 15 years. Wendy worked in student services for University of Cincinnati, Western Washington University and the Art Institute of Seattle and spent a decade at Antioch University Seattle as an academic advisor and part-time adjunct faculty. In addition to being an accomplished photographer and running a portrait photography business, Wendy likes to explore different art mediums; her current favorites are felting, mosaic and encaustics.

Jesse Bell, Technical Director

Jesse Bell is “beyond ecstatic” to be a part of VCA. While finishing his Recording Arts and Bachelor’s degree in Orlando, he worked in production, freelancing as a stagehand and audio engineer in local venues and theaters, to a brief stint with concert and show productions in theme parks. Such diverse settings over the past 15 years helped build his wide range of technical skills. Most recently, Jesse was Director of Event Technology for PSAV in the Seattle area.

Jesse has been drawn to the arts since a young age, and says he is an obsessive audio-musicophile and feels strongly about positive benefits that creative outlets have on individuals and the community.

Joseph Panzetta, Creative Director, Marketing and Communications

Joseph joined VCA in December of 2017 after 20 years of multi-media design in the technology industry, including 8 years as Creative Director and then VP of Creative for Atigeo, and 5 years at Microsoft as Executive Presentation Designer. He has resided on Vashon since 2011 and is active in the local music scene as a singer-songwriter and member of the band, Saint Ophelia. Many moons ago, he received a BA in Theater from Marquette University. He is a life-time advocate of the arts, and proud to be a part of VCA.

Devin Grimm, Koch Gallery Curator

A painter, visual and freelance artist, Devin earned his BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. He spent one summer studying painting and printmaking at the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Arts in Brittany, France, and a semester providing art training to at-risk youth in Nicaragua. He is currently completing his MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University.

Lara McKnight, Finance Manager

Lara moved to Vashon at age 10. As a teenager, she developed two loves: theatre and math. She moved off-Island after graduating from VHS in 1994, and pursued theatre between college and ‘regular’ jobs. In 1999, she unexpectedly found herself working as a bookkeeper for a busy Seattle construction company, a job she fell in love with and dedicated 12 years to. She returned to Vashon in 2007, and in 2011, finally found a way to combine her original two loves, bookkeeping for VAA! She is currently pursuing a business degree from WSU, and is thrilled to be raising her young son on Vashon.

Kaycie Alanis, Program Manager – Vashon Artists in Schools

Kaycie earned a BA in Theatre Education from Emerson College in Boston, and has worked as an actress and director with companies such as Centastage in Boston, and Second City and Chicago Dramatists in Chicago. Most recently, she worked with Two Pence Theatre in Chicago as Interim Director of Education before moving west with her family to Vashon. She has worked as a photographer, and practices another artistic love—singing—with Vashon Island Chorale.

Micole McCarthy, Marketing Manager and Event Coodinator

Micole grew up in Yosemite National Park, California, and dabbled in a variety of performing and visual arts. She was an avid ice skater, gymnast and writer, but particularly enjoyed dance. She has trained in 8 different styles of dance, with an emphasis in Hip Hop. At age 14 she worked for Ansel Adams' family at their gallery in the Park, moving to Washington at age 18 to pursue higher education. She is close to completing her Bachelor's degree in Sociocultural Anthropology, with a double minor in English and American Indian Studies. Along with the arts and cultural studies, Micole loves to travel. The last two years she lived in Wiesbaden, Germany, exploring Europe and cultivating a travel blog - using social media and other digital resources to expand her readership and enhance her audience's experience. She's worked as an executive for Macy's, promoting their upcoming events and fundraisers. She moved to Vashon in February and is excited to help VCA flourish!

Ian Metler, Facilities Manager

Ian Metler joined Vashon Center for the Arts as Facilities Manager in March 2016. Ian is an Island native who spent much of his youth within the walls of the Blue Heron building. His involvement in the Arts ranges from music to design. After spending his last 20 years in construction as a carpenter and general contractor, he is excited to join Vashon Center for the Arts and support the arts within the Vashon community.

Devin Sapp, Patron Services Manager

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Lisa Breen, Volunteer Coordinator and House Manager

Lisa Breen is a long-time Vashon Island resident. Over the past eighteen years, she has been involved with Drama Dock, both as a board member and a performer. She has worked as an Artist in Residence in the schools with Vashon Center for the Arts, taught theatre classes for children and, most recently, worked for the Vashon Island School District. She is very excited to have this opportunity to interface with so many fabulous artists and Vashon volunteers, as well as to work at VCA in the lovely new Katherine L White Hall. Look for Lisa at the front desk and please email her if you wish to become involved at VCA as a volunteer!

Eileen Burke, Database Manager

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Crissy Baker, Registrar

Crissy started participating in VCA activities in the Fall Term of 2012 by first volunteering in the Nutcracker production doing stagehand help with props while her children attended the dance program.  She had taken time off from work to be a stay at home mom before then, but with both children in full time school, it was time to go back to work. Having a degree in HR from Central Washington University, she has worked at both corporate Starbucks and Microsoft before having children. But now being located on Vashon and having her children so involved in the activities at VCA, she considered taking a different route when the opportunity for the Registrar position came available in Spring of 2013. It was the perfect fit being local and involved in the Arts with an organization she’d grown to love. She has always had a passion for dance and is also the Tap Instructor for VCA Center for Dance and continues to assist in the VCA Center for Dance productions.

Ele McNamara-Blad, Assistant House Manager

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Stephanie Jewett, Assistant House Manager

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Benjamin Mcquillin

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Ann White, Bookkeeper

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Stephanie Johnson Blomgren, Arts Education Assistant

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