Staff

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Amanda Jackson Mott

Executive Director

Amanda’s work emphasizes cross-discipline collaboration and the utilization of arts as a driver in economic development. Amanda is the first Vice Chair for Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), and serves on the boards of the Icicle Fund, the Washington State Arts Alliance and the Twisp Chamber of Commerce. She is the Artist Trust Ambassador for North Central Washington. Previously she was Director of the Center for Health and Aging at RUSH University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Amanda holds a Master’s degree in Social Service Administration and Non Profit Management from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative and German Literature from The Colorado College. She lives in Twisp with her husband Kraig and daughter Micah. Email: amanda@methowartsalliance.org, Phone: (office) 509.997.4004, (cell) 509.341.4413


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Ashley Lodato

Arts Education Director

Ashley is responsible for management of the Okanogan Region Arts Education Partnership for seven school districts: Pateros, Brewster, Omak, Bridgeport, Okanogan, Methow and Paschal Sherman Indian School on the Colville Reservation. Ashley holds a Master’s degree in English Studies from Western Washington University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and Italian Literature from Stanford University. She writes the weekly Winthrop Valley Life column for the Methow Valley News and is involved in various community projects including representation on non-profit boards and occasionally directing Readers Theatre productions for the Merc Playhouse. She resides in Winthrop, WA with her husband Jon and two daughters.


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Ellie Thrasher

Office/Advertising Assistant

Ellie’s love of the outdoors started in central Vermont, where she was born and raised. She received her Associate’s Degree of Applied Sciences while managing two small businesses. Ellie moved to the Methow Valley in 2012 with her two children, Clover and Grady. Since moving to the Valley, she has worked as an Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper for multiple local businesses while still finding the time to enjoy the outdoors with her family. She and her partner, Michael Wilbur, are excited to welcome a son into their home in February 2001.

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Mia Stratman

Intern/Arts Ambassador

Hello there! My name is Mia Stratman, and I am a Junior at Liberty Bell High School here in Winthrop. As I begin my internship at Methow Arts Alliance, I am filled with simple, giddy excitement. I, myself, have big plans of continuing in the art field post high school. Plans, more specifically, that include studying Illustration and Visual Communications. As I jump into my internship, I look forward to working with lovely people, and expanding my horizons and knowledge in the art scene. A great experience all around!