Cluny Madison

Executive Director

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Cindy Wadkins

Bookkeeper & Registrar

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Cindy graduated with a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird in Glendale, AZ, and is a certified bookkeeper. She joined the J in 2015 and has loved using her left brain strengths through bookkeeping to support right brain activity through the arts. One of Cindy’s proudest accomplishments at the J was streamlining the financial data and reporting to further the J’s growth. 

One of Cindy’s favorite memories from the J was taking an enamel earring class with her sister. Her earliest experience of art was drawing portraits of her pets at age nine. An interesting fact about Cindy is that she grew up in Iran, Australia, and the Philippines and loves learning languages.

Amanda Slusser

Marketing Manager

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Amanda brings her passion and expertise in Marketing with over 9 years working for startups. With her educational background in digital design along with her experience in website management and brand development, she is a powerhouse in crafting together a compelling marketing strategy. She is a wiz at taking ideas and creating eye-catching and cohesive visual storytelling.

Outside of work, Amanda enjoys snowboarding, photography, cooking, and spending time with her dog. She has always had an interest in the arts, with special talents in drawing and painting. You can catch her whipping up her next best recipe or following her creative genius.

Margaret Irvine

Volunteer & Events Coordinator

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Margaret brings an extensive background in customer service and event planning to the Jansen Art Center.  Upon retiring in 2003 after 40 years at Nordstrom’s, Margaret became the Executive Director of the Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce in Seattle.

Five years later, after living in the heart of Seattle for 45 years, Margaret and her husband followed the family to Whatcom County where she joined the staff of the Jansen Art Center in 2012.  Margaret brings life to the J through our volunteers and events. She has seen the Jansen Art Center become one of the most valued arts centers in the Pacific Northwest.

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Margaux Mellott

Administrative Assisstant

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Margaux brings her enthusiasm for the Arts and joy of collating to the J. She has over 15 years of experience in customer service and administration at museums and for-profit organizations. She is a self-described soil nerd, a mother of two, has a cat named Sara, and many many houseplants. She has been a potter for over twenty years, makes paper by hand, and recently graduated with her Master’s of Fine Arts in Print Media from PNCA in Portland, Oregon. She relocated to Bellingham in August 2022 and looks forward to supporting all the amazing art that happens at The J.

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Alex Daluiso

Interim Program Manager

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Alex joined The J in July 2023. He’s been involved with the Whatcom County artist community for over six years. He graduated from the Northwest College of Art in Design in Tacoma, Washington, with a BFA focusing on 3D modeling & Illustration in 2021. He has several years of experience in management and establishing long-lasting relationships with our local teachers and artists.

Alex spends his free time working on his tabletop miniature hobby and spending time with friends and family. You can often catch him outside of work at the local hobby stores or hiking with his dog Sherlock.

Studio Leaders

Ryan Vaughn

Interim Ceramics Studio Director

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Karen Visser

Music Studio & Performance Coordinator

Karen has taught the orchestra program at Lynden Christian Schools for 19 years and has taught private violin lessons for over 40 years. She has also played in the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra since it first started in 1976. Her mother was a musician and a teacher so music has always been a part of her life. 

Karen is honored and thrilled to be involved with the planning and facilitating of what happens at the J and strives to bring great programs and classes to the community and beyond. One of her favorite things about the J is the many opportunities it provides for live music and performances and the beautiful chamber hall that brings musicians and audiences together to engage in a personal setting.

Judith Gauthier

Jewelry Studio Manager & Instructor

Judith has been in the metalwork/jewelry-making world for the past 45 years. She studied art education with an emphasis on silversmithing at the University of Montana. Working for several jewelry production companies throughout the years, Judith has learned the ins and outs of metal fabrication. Judith enjoys art because it is essential in feeding the creative soul. 

She prides herself in helping develop the jewelry studio downstairs in the J when it first opened in 2012. One of Judith’s favorite experiences from the J is creating the jewelry challenge called “Falling Out of the Box.” She loves the exciting and amazing entries that are submitted by artists from around the country.

Leah Meleski

Metalsmithing & Jewelry Instructor

Leah was born and raised in Connecticut and moved to Massachusetts in 2004 to pursue her dream of creating jewelry. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education and Fine Arts 3D/Metals from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2008 and has been teaching and creating jewelry ever since. Leah, as a former middle school art teacher, found that she loves teaching but found her true passion for teaching in continuing education classes for adults. She finds joy in seeing the drive of students in continuing education classes because they truly want to be there to learn.

Leah is proud of the partnerships between Whatcom Community College and the J’s jewelry studio and assisting with (and winning!) a grant from the Robert B. McMillen Foundation. She believes that art is something that everyone can do, it is just a matter of thinking outside the box and expressing what is inside. A fun fact about Leah is that she currently has a piece of artwork in the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of teapots.

Sheri Ward

Textiles Studio Committee Member

Sheri has been a weaver for many years. She was first introduced to weaving through a non-academic class during graduate school in which she learned how to weave on a frame loom. Sheri really enjoyed the class and later her husband gave her a small table loom and she has been weaving ever since. She first started teaching at the J to teach new people how to weave after the local Weavers Guild was going through a low point. 

Sheri believes art is important to a community because it builds community. She has witnessed this herself in the textile studio through weaving classes. Because weaving classes are often four weeks long, people at the end of the class become friends and form their own small community. Sheri’s proudest accomplishment involving the J was being a part of the growing Textile studio through support from each other and the J.

Marcia Ford

Textiles Studio Committee Member

Marcia has had a lifelong interest in fabrics and is a long time weaver, spinner, and crafter. Marcia began weaving in college when she minored in Clothing and Textiles and took her first weaving class and was hooked.

One of her favorite memories from the J is seeing yards of fabric unrolled from a loom and realizing that each cross thread was hand positioned. Accomplishments involving the J that she is most proud of are helping with WWGuild sales in the concert hall, sharing weaving experiences with the group of textile studio participants, and exhibiting in various displays. Marcia believes art is important to a community because life can become technical and repetitive and art gives the opportunity to express visual, auditory, and tactile senses directly.

Lisa Christianson

Textiles Studio Committee Member

Lisa’s love of art began early when she learned to draw as a child. She was a beekeeper before joining the textiles studio at the J.

Lisa’s proudest accomplishment involving the J is the textiles group organizing a wool show at a local fair. A favorite experience of hers at the J is taking a weaving class and interacting with fellow community members. She believes art is important to a community because art is an embodiment of the spirit of the community and of the individual.

Erica McCurdy

Textiles Studio Committee Member

Erica has been exploring the world of handcrafted textiles for a few decades. From spinning and knitting to weaving and natural dyeing, Erica is forever an enthusiastic learner and always happy to share or discuss all things related to fiber arts. The work she’s most proud of is her homegrown, handspun nettle yarn. She loves being a part of the inspiring and supportive community at Jansen and finds it especially sweet when folks wander into the studio with a curiosity about the throwing shuttles, beating looms, or spinning wheels they see when walking by.  She believes in Jansen’s mission to provide opportunities for all people to experience art and hopes she can help to facilitate those occasions in meaningful ways.

Joan Cunningham

Textiles Studio Committee Member

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Board of Directors

Jenny Weeks


Jenny is a certified public accountant and has been a long-time sponsor of the J. She has helped the J with various accounting tasks throughout the years and is also a fourth-generation Lynden-ite! 

Chet Noll

Vice President

Chet recently moved to Lynden from Southern California.  He and his wife Joyce Wonderly quickly became involved in the Jansen, Joyce as a volunteer, and Chet as a Performance Committee member.  Chet enjoys performing and composing classical music, woodworking, and building early keyboard instruments.

Linda Enfield


Linda is a longtime supporter of the Jansen Art Center and a lifelong resident of Lynden. She is the former co-owner of Hamann’s Gallery in Bellingham and currently part of the Enfield Farms organization.

Adrienne Stewart


Adrienne has been Board Director for many organizations close to her heart. She believes that art connects people and creates a community regardless of ethnicity, economic status, geographic location, gender, or age.

Chuck Robinson


Chuck is passionate about building community and has served on more than 15 nonprofit boards. He and his wife Dee owned Village Books with a mission of “Building Community One Book at a Time.”

Jeffery McClure


Jeffery is the founder of RMC Architects. He is proud to be a part of an active and committed Board of Directors who is interested in extending the reach of the J.

Sue Sharpe


Sue Sharpe is an art enthusiast and community leader. She joined the Chuckanut Health Foundation in 2008 and served as administrator for the Eleanor and Henry Jansen Foundation, which was crucial in establishing the Jansen Art Center. Sue co-chaired the Bellingham High School renovation campaign in the late 1990s and has been an active Western Washington University Board of Trustees member since 2012. Sue’s extensive contributions earned her the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce, recognizing her tireless efforts in enhancing the community.

Susan Laine


Susan is passionate about all things art-related and is an artist herself.  She was a Market Research Analyst at First Federal Savings in New York and now lives in Bellingham with her husband, Erick.  They have three grown children.

Terry Redden


Terry learned a long time ago that art decorates our history and believes it is important to every community. He uses his problem-solving skills to help an organization that supports his creative interests.

Heidi Doornenbal

Founder & Emeritus Director

Heidi has been an influential Lynden community member. Inspired by her mother Eleanor Jansen, she founded the Jansen Art Center out of a need for a place to showcase creativity and to give opportunities to engage in the arts.

Brad Williamson

Emeritus Director

Brad has many years of experience as the president of the transportation company LTI and has served on various nonprofit boards.