Executive Director, Vin Quenneville
Vin Quenneville, Executive Director, brought his leadership and organizational acumen to the J in 2017. Before the J, he spent 25+ years helping small businesses thrive and is known for his ability to motivate and create strong, productive teams. His enthusiasm is contagious, he aims to inspire and cultivate creativity within the J’s active art community.
Vin and his wife Kristin have lived in Whatcom County since 2012, both driven by their love of the outdoors and the arts. Vin’s commitment to Lynden extends beyond the J, he also sits on the Downtown Lynden Business Association’s Board of Directors.
Administrative Assistant / Gallery Shop Manager, Carley Moore
Carley Moore, Administrative Assistant and Gallery Shop Manager, joined the J team in January 2018 after moving to Washington from North Carolina. With a background in Art, Art History and Computer Science, Carley has a wide variety of skills she brings to the table. She has become known for her quirky style and her striking ability to drop any task at a moment’s notice in order to help others. In the Gallery Shop, Carley promotes local artists and inspires her volunteers to reach out to visitors and further support our vision here at the J.
Bookkeeper / Registrar, Cindy Wadkins
Cindy Wadkins, Bookkeeper / Registrar, brought her organizational and analytical skills to the J in 2015. Prior to the J, Cindy traveled the world until she settled in Seattle, drawn to the Pacific Northwest for skiing and sailing. In 1995, she moved with her husband, Tom, to Whatcom County to raise their two sons. She’s a Certified Bookkeeper and brings experience from a wide range of industries. Cindy enjoys drawing on her left-brain skills for a right-brain environment that promotes artists of all kinds.
Events / Rentals / Volunteers, Margaret Irvine
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 family to Whatcom County where she joined the staff of the Jansen Art Center in 2012. She has seen the Jansen Art Center become one of the most valued arts center in the Pacific Northwest.
Marketing Manager, Amelia Chirichigno
Amelia Chirichigno, Marketing Manager, has a drive for improving results through visual and written content. With a background in business and graphic design, she makes decisions based on utility and aesthetic value. Inspired by the creative artists in the building, she aspires to help share their stories.
While she’s not pealing a grapefruit in the office, Amelia spends her time exploring new music, getting outside, doing photography and most importantly – tasting local beer.
Marketing Assistant, Ashton McNeely
Ashton McNeely, Marketing Assistant, has a profound affection for creativity and a deep-seated need to assist those around her. With history in photography and social media marketing, she aspires to bring inventive and original content to the J. She enjoys being surrounded by art, artists, and art-lovers; all of which inspire her every day.
Both Ashton and her fiancé, Bayley, are deeply interested in the history of fashion, motion pictures, and interior design. In their free time they enjoy frequenting antique shops, taking photos, and watching movies.
Firehall Cafe, Christel Buckingham
Bio coming soon.
President, Chuck Robinson
Chuck Robinson, co-founder of Village Books and Paper Dreams, has been active in several book industry organizations, serving as Board President of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association: Board Member of the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and Board Member of LIBRIS (League of Booksellers Retail Insurance Services).
Locally, Chuck has also served on many boards including the Whatcom County Mental Health Board, the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, Whatcom Community Foundation, and a trustee of the Whatcom Community College.
Chuck lives in Lynden, Washington with his wife, Dee and their Cockapoo, Dickens.
Vice President, Jody Starkenburg
Jody Starkenburg is a managing partner of local real estate holding companies and previous co-founder an intenet start up, OldRide.com, She has a passion for Real Estate and has been investing in real estate since 2010, starting with rentals and moving into restoration and revitalization.
Having been born in Alaska and growing up between Lynden, WA and Alaska, Jody learned early in life about hard work, dedication and the importance of community and giving back. She resides in Lynden with her husband Blake, Bengal Cat and 3 children. She enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, listening to music and quality time with family & friends!
Secretary / Treasurer, Jeffery McClure
Jeffrey McClure, AIA, is the founder of RMC Architects. Since it’s opening, the firm has been involved in the ongoing efforts to revitalize downtown Bellingham and the Central Waterfront. This includes the design and management of many projects, such as the Squalicum Boathouse, Marina Square, First Congregational Church, the MARKETplace building, and in Lynden, the recently restored Waples Building and Inn at Lynden.
Currently, Jeff serves as chair of PUD No. 1 of Whatcom County. He has also served on boards of the Whatcom Museum Society, Lighthouse Mission, and the Bellingham City Center Development Authority.
Founder and Director, Heidi Doornenbal
Bio coming soon.
Director, Brad Williamson
Bio coming soon.
Director, Lynn Giuliani
Lynn Giuliani, President, and founder of Progressions Inc. a consulting company specializing in Sales, Service and Leadership Training. Throughout Lynn’s career, she has written 5 books and holds the prestigious designation of Certified Speaking Professional. Lynn has helped hundreds of companies move from a reactive order taking, to a proactive culture where representatives actively look for ways to help their customers. Her focus is on teaching new behaviors and skillsets through ongoing coaching and mentoring, and essentially “walking them through change”. She prides herself in tailoring her materials and programs specifically to the client’s needs, and is always willing to go the extra mile! With Lynn’s knowledge and sense of humor, her training skills are always in great demand.
Lynn is the proud mother of two grown children, has five grandchildren, is an accomplished potter and enjoys her country weekends with her husband Mike. Her work is her passion, and her audience feels it!
Director, Jenny Weeks
Jenny Weeks, CPA, is a partner of the Lynden accounting firm, Telgenhoff & Oetgen, PS and has been with the firm since 2009. She loves working with individuals and business owners to develop practical tax strategies that will help grow and develop their assets for the long-term. She specializes in the areas of business and individual income tax planning and taxation, business formations, state tax issues, foreign tax issues and not-for-profit taxation. Prior to joining T&O, she spent 5 years as an auditor with the Washington State Department of Revenue. She worked in both the Everett and Bellingham field offices and was repeatedly recognized for her work inside the agency.
Jenny has deep Lynden roots and lives in Lynden with her husband, Tom, and two children, Tanner and Alice. Jenny also sits on the boards of the Lynden Scholarship Foundation and the Lynden Pioneer Museum Endowment Foundation and enjoys volunteering at her children’s school.
Director, Adrienne Stewart
Adrienne Stewart joined Larson Gross in 1997. She is a Certified Public Accountant; and in 2006, earned the Accreditation in Business Valuation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Adrienne specializes in assisting individuals with strategic, forward-looking tax planning and preparation. She also serves individuals and
businesses with their valuation needs. She most commonly provides valuations for gifting of business ownership interests to future generations, and for establishing the value of business interests owned at death. Adrienne considers the field of accounting an art, rather than a science. She believes business valuation is the epitome of art in accounting because, despite using standard methods, the emphasis on professional judgement requires thoughtful consideration. She has held several Board positions throughout her career, including at Blue Skies for Children, United Way of Whatcom County and Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. Adrienne is excited for the opportunity to serve on the Board of The Jansen Art Center. She believes art connects people and creates community regardless of ethnicity, economic status, geographic location, gender or age. Art tells a story about our culture, history and values. Art celebrates humanity, and she is excited to help engage the community in the arts.