Board of Directors
Junette and her husband Steve donated their barn and its surrounding wheel fence to the Uniontown community in 2004. Steve built the fence of more than 1000 wheels and Junette is a noted watercolor collage artist. As a tribute to their artistic skills, the property has become Artisans at the Dahmen Barn. Junette enjoys participating on the Board and all the happenings at the Barn.
Born at Pomeroy and lived and worked there until his "neighbors and friends” requested that he report for duty with the U. S. Army. After being honorably discharged from the Army he attended Washington State College, graduating in 1957. He worked for Uniontown Co-Op Assn. and eventually became its manager. Gene has documented the transformation of the Dahmen Barn into the creativity center it is today using his photography skills.
Charlene’s wealth of experience includes writing government contracts, running a domestic violence shelter, bereavement counselor, Director of an eLearning Application Service Provider for the University of Wisconsin System, and working as the Global Higher Education Marketing Manager for Desire2Learn, an eLearning solution out of Canada. Currently, Charlene and her husband, Joe, jointly own Black Dog Custom Rods. Charlene has significant volunteer experience ranging from Parish Council President, Chamber of Commerce President, Fire Commissioner, Adult Learning Center Chair, Casting for Recovery — North Idaho, Eastern Washington Program Coordinator, Chair of the North Idaho Fly Fishing Expo and Board Member and Secretary for Kelly Creek Flycasters. Charlene has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Masters in Counseling and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology.
Joanne Druffel was raised on a wheat and cattle ranch on the breaks of the Snake River, south of Lewiston. She and her husband, Lee, farm on the Palouse and Tammany regions. They raised three wonderful sons, all involved with agricultural companies. After living near New Orleans for a few years, she grew to love the arts. She currently serves on the board for the Artisans at the Dahmen Barn, the Columbia Plateau Producers Board (Shepherd’s Grain) and is very involved with her family, community, and church.
Marti Fulfs is from a family of educators with historic roots on the Palouse. Marti attended EWU & WSU. She worked 25 years at the Students Book Corporation (the Bookie at WSU) as Advertising & Visual Merchandising Dept. Manager and Web Coordinator & Online Sales with Barnes & Noble and at the UI Bookstore. She has also held many volunteer positions throughout the years. Marti is retired and pursuing her art interests. Spending time with her grandchildren and following their activities is a delight. She & her husband Dave (a retired farmer and performing musician) share their home with 2 horses, 3 dogs, & a cat. The Dahmen barn is a wonderful combination of promoting local arts and saving Palouse heritage.
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Marilynn and her husband Lee are the new owners of The Churchyard Inn, a bed & breakfast in Uniontown. Relocating from the Seattle area, Marilynn describes herself as a "citizen of the world" having lived in numerous places from Alaska to Texas, with travels from Ecuador to Thailand and places beyond. Her background is primarily in healthcare, an umbrella which has offered many opportunities for both scientific and creative endeavor. Nurse, educator, author, consultant, designer and painter, and now innkeeper. She is delighted to call the Palouse her home, and looks forward to growing relationships with the Artisan Barn and the many fine folks in the area.
Ann was born and raised in Pullman. After graduating from WSU with a degree in graphic design, she enjoyed a nearly 30-year career in Portland, OR as the owner of her own design company. She served on the board of Contemporary Crafts Gallery, and on the advisory boards for Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and the graphic design department at Mt. Hood Community College. She also taught graphic design at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Ann and her husband, artist Timothy Ely, returned to the Palouse in 2001 and now work from studios in their historic home in Colfax. She believes that the arts are a vital part of community life.
Mary has enjoyed crafts since her childhood in rural eastern Washington. She knits, crochets, sews, felts and cooks for fun. Mary is delighted to volunteer for a fine group of Artisans at the Dahmen Barn.
Leslee has managed the Dahmen Barn since 2006. The past experience she brings to the job includes architectural design along with construction and property management, a degree in textile art and design and completion of a two year photography program. She also managed a nationally recognized alpaca herd that included coordinating numerous large regional events and use of her publicity skills. She has been active in the improvement of Uniontown since moving there in 1989 from Seattle.
Heather is a retired librarian whose career focus was early literacy and youth services. She has a BA in Art/Design and a MLS from University of Arizona. Heather’s interest in the arts and literature includes serving on numerous book award committees from being a founding member of the regional Everybody Reads committee as well as serving on the national ALA Youth awards. Her love of stories continues as she maintains her affiliation and volunteer work with the library community. She also currently serves on the Washington Idaho Symphony Board of Directors. Heather lives with her husband Dan on a farm/ranch outside of Genesee, Idaho. She dabbles in photography, tries to keep up with her endless scrapbooking endeavors, loves all things historic and has two adult daughters, both graduates of the University of Idaho.