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:, 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.



Chris Moore

Event / Office Specialist

Chris focuses on event implementation, advertising,  and sponsorship.  He’s the newest member of the team, moving into the Methow Valley in October of 2016 upon completing his hike of the Pacific Crest Trail.  Prior to hiking the trail, Chris had a career in the athletic world, racing road bikes professionally while working for CLIF Bar and Co. managing marketing events in the Midwest region.  In 2014 he retired from racing in order to pursue other interests, specifically in the art/creative world.  Outside of work, he spends his time playing in the outdoors (hiking, climbing, biking, paddling, skiing), discovering songs to play on his radio show and learning the art of woodworking.  Chris holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from The University of Iowa and lives in the Big Valley area with his fiance Keri and their dog Cormac.  Listen to him play tunes Friday nights on The Root, 97.5 FM.  Email: