Our Board of Directors
Westport's been my home for ten years, since taking ownership of the Glenacres Inn and the arrival of our son Kino in that same time frame. Both ventures in some ways connect me with my upbringing in a large--historic house--in small town New York state. Besides the lure of its great natural setting, my path to the northwest with my wife Leslie in the 1980's followed academic and professional interests that landed me in elementary education for a number of years. The MFA in Arts Integrated Education I completed during those years in teaching, is one tie for me with the SBAA, in our outreach with the youth of our community both through and outside the school.
Tanya Lana, Clay Studio Director
Nothing normal about my travels, living a bit of a reckless life I have survived. Fire in my eyes, kindness in my soul, and an honest hug, has kept me true to the coarse.
Late husband, Mark, of 28 years, found just what I asked of him: rain, gardening year-round, and a retirement spot to slip into volunteering for a small town.
Having lots of energy, volunteering was easy, small town drama was tough. City girl, extreme skier, hiked most of Colorado (nothing better than Yellowstone in the winter). Accomplished business owner. Enjoy cooking and baking. Recently, I found clay to be my natural calming love.
Be honest, stay true.
Susan Bricker Steveson, Secretary
and Director, Holiday Market, Facebook Organizer,
and Email Campaign Manager
I was born and raised in Missouri and had a long career with the Federal Government. I fell in love with a Portlandian and spent many years vacationing on the Oregon Coast. I retired in 2016. So, with my husband and our fur-babies, we moved to Westport.
To fill in the void of a daily job, I have a wide array of activities I enjoy: genealogy, tie dying, crocheting, knitting, and hemp beading. I like naalbinding, lucet, and rock hounding. Recently, I started dabbling in pottery at the Clay Studio in Westport.
In 2015, I took my love of tie dying and began perfecting my processes with Procion dyes and ice to create a wide range of items that appeal to everyone.
I joined South Beach Art Association (SBAA) in 2016 and I love it.
General Board Members
I was born here in WA state and was adopted 7 days later, on Halloween! I lived here the first three years of my life, then our family moved to southern CA. I left So. Cal right after high school graduation spending my first year of college at Southern Oregon College in Ashland, OR. A year and a half later, I moved to Berkeley, CA where I spent the next three years. I returned to school at AZ State and graduated with a degree in nursing. I spent 39 years as a neonatal intensive care nurse: 28 years at UW hospital and 11 years at Evergreen hospital in Kirkland. I was the educator for four years in the NICU at Evergreen. I was a charge nurse for most of my career and went to hundreds of deliveries for high risk infants. During that career I had one son who spent some time in the NICU himself. He is now 33, married and lives in Mill Creek, WA. They love it out here too!
I have always yearned to do more art and crafting. Through the years I have used charcoal and pencil, macrame, pottery, gourd craft, dream catchers, photography and quilting.
My husband and I moved to Westport last New Year's Eve and since my retirement in May, and living here full time, I have joined the SBAA and met an incredible group of people. I joined the potters studio, the basketeers, volunteered in the Summer Gallery and worked during the Christmas bazaar and I have just been voted in as a board member to the SBAA. I look forward to teaching classes this winter and spending many years in this community.
Susie (Christianson) Maxin, Webmaster & Pushy Publications Person
FB: Westport Graphics
Born in Seattle, by 1975, I was 15, living the dream in Fairbanks as an emancipated minor: bartending at night, school during the day. I love Westport - it is like every town in Alaska (but without the 'below zero' temps). I have a background as an Executive Admin with a degree in marketing for C-Level mgmt (Natural Factors, Outback Steakhouse & Cosmo Specialty Fibers, were the last few).
I moved to Westport after my kids graduated and my ex got our boat. I was blessed with working on commercial and charter boats for the past 18 yrs.