Amanda Jackson Mott

Executive Director

Amanda’s work emphasizes cross-discipline collaboration and the utilization of arts as a driver in economic development. Amanda serves on the boards of the Icicle Fund where she chairs the Proposal Review Committee, Okanogan County Economic Alliance. She is the Artist Trust Ambassador for North Central Washington and serves on the Town of Twisp’s Economic Revitilization Committee. Previously she worked for 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:, 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.


Michele Bianchi

Communications Director

Michele is originally from Chicago, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Design from the University of Illinois Chicago campus. She worked with Patagonia in branding and marketing for 16 years and spent two years in Sweden developing environmental/social global brand campaigns for IKEA. She is a painter, landscape photographer and writer, and loves spending time in the mountains.