Kris has brought nonprofit fundraising and management experience to Jumping Mouse Children’s Center since 2005 – first as a board member and now as our executive director. Previously she worked as development director at the nonprofit publisher Copper Canyon Press, filling a key role on their executive team. In 2013, she completed the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at University of Washington, and in 2015 she was named by peers to a list of admired leaders in a study by the Statewide Capacity Collaborative.
At Jumping Mouse, Kris coordinates the overall fulfillment of our vision, mission and strategic direction. Prior to moving to Port Townsend in 2001, Kris worked as a translator, an English teacher and a school librarian. Through her work in public school settings, she realized the importance of creating a safe, healthy community for all.
A graduate of Willamette University (bachelor of arts in English) and Syracuse University (master of fine arts in creative writing), Kris enjoys grant writing, literature, gardening and traveling.
Jenny has been with Jumping Mouse since 2006 and has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. As development director, Jenny brings her extensive writing and communication skills to manage individual, corporate and foundation giving for Jumping Mouse. Previously, she worked as the publicist for Copper Canyon Press, a nonprofit poetry publisher in Port Townsend.
Jenny moved to Port Townsend from Seattle in 1999, where she worked at a mental health facility for homeless adults and as the communications coordinator for an international environmental nonprofit. She has volunteered for Books to Prisoners and SKIFORALL, where she taught skiing to developmentally disabled adults. Jenny graduated with a bachelor of arts in English from Colby College in Maine. She is currently kept busy with two young boys at home.
Data and Finance Director
Candy Carter joined the Jumping Mouse team in March 2012. After several years of owning and operating her own financial and business management service, she had decided that it was time to move back to her roots and join a nonprofit organization’s team. She brings to the agency several years of nonprofit fiscal and human resource experience, as well as flexibility and a “can do” attitude from her many years of independent work for a variety of local clients with broadly differing needs, schedules and scopes of work.
In addition to her work at Jumping Mouse, Candy recently obtained her bachelor of arts with emphasis in philosophy, anthropology and women’s studies from Washington State University. In her free time, Candy enjoys spending with her husband, three children and their pet rabbit, Lucy.
Kim comes to Jumping Mouse Children’s Center with a multitude of customer service skills and a desire to be of service to her community. Her most recent experience comes from spending more than nine years as a Legal Assistant and primary contact person for the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Her adult life has centered on ways that she can improve the lives of others. She brings to the job a wealth of life experience, patience, compassion, and integrity.
Kim, her husband, and two daughters arrived in Port Townsend in 1988. Kim was a homeschool parent to her daughters as well as a Laubach adult literacy tutor, math tutor, 4-H volunteer, and children’s fiber arts instructor.
Kim’s greatest passion is baking. Sharing a freshly baked pie with friends and family gives her great joy. She also enjoys walking, reading, knitting, and gardening.