Emilie Gincig, Executive Director – Emilie grew up on Orcas Island and loves the Funhouse. She has extensive nonprofit experience, having worked at Orcas Island Children’s House, Kaleidoscope Preschool, Orcas Island Park and Recreation District, and Orcas Center before joining the Funhouse team in January 2013. During her time at the Funhouse, she has served as Afterschool Program Staff, Mentor Program Coordinator, Afterschool Program Director, and most recently, as Program Director.
Emilie has a deep understanding of the history and mission of the Funhouse and the community. She is a natural leader, imbued with a passion for positive youth development and social/emotional learning. Emilie@thefunhouse.org
Liz Doane, Program Director – Ahoy, friends! I just sailed in on the good ship JUPITER and can’t wait for all the exciting adventures we are going to have! My adventurous career has taken me from Minnesota to all over the world working in traditional and outdoor environmental education, and I am excited to utilize the skills I learned along the way (and my love for dinosaurs) right here at the Funhouse! I have lived on Orcas Island since the Spring of 2016 and have truly grown to love the community we have here. In all my travels, I’ve never seen one quite like it. I invite you all to come aboard as I embark on my most exciting journey yet; providing a safe and stimulating environment where all can learn, discover, and create! Liz@thefunhouse.org
Sarah McKay, After School Coordinator & Lead Staff – Sarah grew up in Seattle and has spent summers with family on the island since she was a child. She has fond memories of visiting the Funhouse Commons when she was a teenager. Outside of work she has been restoring a historical family home which she lives in with her partner, 3 cats and a dog. Sarah@thefunhouse.org
Nicole Spinogatti, Community Engagement & Development Director – Nicole moved to Orcas in 2018 with her husband, Jon and children, Jack & Katie. She stumbled upon the Funhouse while exploring places to help her children acclimate to their new surroundings. She fell in love with the Funhouse and the rest is history! Before arriving to Orcas, Nicole enjoyed a long career of non-profit service and is looking forward to helping the Funhouse thrive. Nicole@thefunhouse.org
Peggy Beebe, Mentor Coordinator- After 10 years of visiting the island, more and more each year, my husband and I finally took the plunge in October 2018! We sold our home and everything we could over the summer to get here and it’s the best decision we ever made. In March we added Millie to the family. It is so exciting to become part of this community. I have a background of volunteerism in multiple ways, and I am especially passionate about the growth and well being of children and community service, so becoming part of the Funhouse is just a logical move for me. I look forward to building new relationships and helping our kids to find solid and healthy relationships with the wonderful people here on the island. Mentors@thefunhouse.org
Audrey Neddermann, Office Manager – Before coming to Orcas in 2010, Audrey worked as a theater teaching artist. She is excited to get back to the work of supporting youth programming with the fabulous staff here! When she’s not at the Funhouse, she’s out tending plants in the gardens of Orcas, or maybe drawing them. Audrey@thefunhouse.org
Our amazing Afterschool Program Staff: