ReCreative Staff

JENNA BOITANO
Executive Director & CO-FOUNDER

Jenna has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She has been part of organizations working on a variety of issues from adult literacy to youth in the juvenile justice system. She most recently worked as the Executive Director of Crayons2Calculators in Durham, NC. While in Durham, she served on the board of The Scrap Exchange and fell in love with creative reuse.

When she’s not exploring Seattle with her partner, Joshua, and two children, Jenna is actively involved in the Seattle community, and is a Past President of the Junior League of Seattle.  She received her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University Law School and is a member of the California Bar.  Jenna also holds a BA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in History. 


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MARVA HOLMES
EDUCATION MANAGER/ lead teacher

After 15 years teaching preschool and prekindergarten students Marva decided it was time to shake things up. She started back to school almost 30 years after graduating with her BA in Children's Theater from Central Washington University. Before she was a classroom teacher, Marva worked as an administrator and arts specialist  at Seattle Children's Theater, Studio East, and many other locations in the Seattle area.  In her spare time you can see Marva participating in art parades. Marva has been in multiple Fremont Solstice Parades,  Burien Arts-a-glow , and Buskers in the 'Burg . Marva is the parade leader for Seattle ReCreative in the Greenwood Sefair Parade. She was Seattle ReCreative's first intern before joining the staff. Follow her adventures @marvamaker on instagram!


NiKKI Stewart
Retail Manager

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MARiA LeFrance
Operations Assistant / RETAIL SPECIALIST
 

Maria is a Seattle native with a love of jewelry and dance. Both loves have lead her to pursue degrees in Dance and Anthropology from the University of Washington and graduate work at the University of Hawaii. She has performed both Bellydance and Persian dance in the Seattle area as well as studying Balinese Dance and Hula while living in Hawaii. In the last few years she has shifted her focus from dance to jewelry. Copper, Sterling, leather and semi-precious stones are cut, hammered, folded and woven to create jewelry meant to inspire and empower the wearer to live boldly. She also teaches jewelry class in the Seattle area. You can find her jewelry for sale at www.lunabulan.etsy.com while class information can be found via Facebook at LunaBulan Jewelry.


Jonath OcHS
Operations Assistant / RETAIL SPECIALIST

Jonath grew up admiring portraiture and as a young kid really wanted a dynamic black and white portrait of himself with intense Rembrandt lighting. In high school he took fate into his own hands and started taking self portraits. He later went on to earn a BFA at the University of New Mexico where he further developed his skills as a creative self portrait artist. He continues to this day taking self portraits— toying with the idea of gender expression through make-up, wigs, and fashion. His inspirations include Cindy Sherman, Ryan Burke, Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon, and Egon Schiele. He also plays violin, piano, and ukelele; makes jewelry; is a graphic designer; and has experience in early childhood education. He’s very much a Jonath-of-all-trades. 


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Tamera Mickelson
Retail assistant

Tamera is a full time jewelry artist and owner/sole proprietor of T. M. Originals Jewelry. Tamera has been a crafter since early childhood. She's been making jewelry of one sort or another for more than 20 years now along with other crafts - jewelry is her main focus. She works in a variety of mediums including: bead stringing, wire work, beadweaving, bead embroidery, resin work, metalsmithing, and enameling. For her resin pieces she works primarily with recycled watch and pocket watch parts, hard drive/electronics parts, mixed media, found objects, and acrylic painting. She has pictures of her creations in two publications: 1000 Steampunk Creations and Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry. Examples of her work can be found atwww.tmoriginalsjewelry.com.


lisE bengson
Retail assistant

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Mike BErry
Lead Teacher

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Mike recently returned from Albany, New York, where he taught for 10 years at the Free School (an urban alternative school). There, Mike found that origami is a wonderful catalyst to work in other subjects besides art. He has used origami to help teach math, science, cultural/social studies and other subjects. When not working with children at Seattle ReCreative, Mike loves to focus his energy on weight training and exercise, teaching and practicing martial arts (holding a black sash in Jeet Kun Do), teaching origami, and folding paper as his form of art expression.

 


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Barbara Alfeo
Lead Teacher

Barbara Alfeo has been working with kids as an art educator for three years. Before moving to Seattle, she taught at the Cantor Art Center and DeYoung Museum. Her background is in art history, and her teaching style uniquely connects critical thinking about visual culture and art-making projects. She has her masters and is ABD toward a PhD in Contemporary Art History from Stanford University, and her dissertation is about feminist art and aging. She couldn't be happier to be making messes and talking to very young artists about what they see!


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Laura CAldwell
Lead Teacher

Laura Caldwell is a Canadian artist, art therapist and community arts facilitator currently residing in Seattle. She received her undergraduate education in fine arts in Toronto, Ontario and her masters in art therapy in Montreal, Quebec. It was there that she discovered her love for community arts-based practices and working with undeserved communities, particularly children and youth. Her art practice includes painting, drawing, printmaking, alternative process photography, miniatures and fiber arts, the subject of which often include explorations of memory, domestic spaces and the natural world. In her role as an educator she emphasizes self-exploration, developing a unique artistic voice, and finding beauty in the imperfect. 


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Jeanette Miller
Teaching Assistant

Most can find Jeanette using fibers and string for knitting, crochet, cross stitch or encaustic work. These are self driven work, commissioned works, and some self designed. Jeanette especially loves to design cross stitch patterns. She loves dabbling in other art mediums, but those remain her constant interests. 

Jeanette most recently worked outside the home as a parent educator and children’s teacher in the Parent/Child Center at Seattle Central College. P/CC children’s teachers facilitate process oriented art and emergent curriculum with ages 12 months to 3 years. Jeanette had also worked in preschool and K-8 educational settings supporting art exploration and skill acquisition in different mediums for students in Seattle Public Schools. 

Jeanette has worked with people of all ages, has a BA in developmental psychology and an MA in Student Development Administration. 


Ardis Burr
Teaching assistant

Ardis taught herself to sew at the tender age of eight. She’s not one to follow directions too closely, so her family kept the peace by surrendering the 1960s Bernina and looked the other way.

She studied weaving and indigo dying at Macalester College, and during a year abroad in Sendai, Japan at the Akiu Craft Park. In 2015, she began Up & Undies, a handcraft business that turns fun tee shirts into awesome underwear for grown ups. She hopes to teach you how to make your own undies and upcycled fashions at Seattle ReCreative someday.

Sunny Sundays you can often find Ardis and her undies, handknit dog sweaters, and latest projects at a pop-up in Bergen Square, Ballard. Stop by and say hello for a special Seattle ReCreative discount!


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Isobel Williamson
TEACHINg assistant 

Isobel is a recent graduate of Lakeside School, where she found a passion for art, performing in theater productions and taking Drawing and Painting classes. Her favorite media include watercolor and acrylic paint. At her high school, she took part in Ethics Bowl, Model United Nations, tennis, Frisbee, and peer tutoring and mentoring. Her nonprofit experience includes volunteer work as a Youth Ocean Advocate for the Seattle Aquarium, where she taught guests about the various marine exhibits. She also briefly co-taught at the Seattle Children's Theatre. Isobel is a recent graduate of Lakeside School and will attend the University of Washington in fall. 


Corinna WOZNIAK
Teaching Assistant

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KT SHIRAZI
Teaching Assistant

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In addition to our regular staff members, we work with professional artists and creative community members to bring you unique programming. To learn about our teaching artists, click here.  If you are interested in teaching a class at Seattle ReCreative, please complete a class proposal.