Jumping Mouse board of directors at our 2017 Hearts in Bloom event. From left to right: Craig Isenberg, John Nowak, Patti Smith, Coe Hutchison, Juelie Dalzell, Dunia Faulx, Kitty Knapp,and Bev Schaaf.
Photo by Mark Saran.
Kitty began working with children as a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer and Head Start teacher on the Skokomish Reservation in 1970. Moving to Port Townsend in 1976, she worked at Clallam-Jefferson Head Start, Family Planning of Clallam County, and taught16 years at Grant Street Elementary School.
Kitty received her bachelor of arts from the University of California at Davis and then her teaching credential from California State University. In 1976, she earned her master’s degree in early childhood education at the University of Washington.
She is an avid gardener, traveler, and mother of a 27-year-old son.
Craig Isenberg, MA, LMFT
Craig is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington State with an MA in Psychology. He balances his own private practice, Port Townsend Family Therapy, with a contract for Jefferson County Juvenile and Family Court Services and the Department of Child & Family Services to practice Functional Family Therapy. Previously, he has managed the Trek Program for Gray Wolf Ranch, a wilderness-based drug and alcohol recovery program and worked in the field of experiential education for over 20 years. An outdoor enthusiast and avid runner, Craig has also spent many years as an Instructor for the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School where he continues to enjoy teaching courses on occasion. He lives in Port Townsend with his wife and two young boys.
Bev Schaaf moved to Marrowstone Island in 2006, after retiring from 15 years in non-profit administration at Child Care Resources in Seattle. Bev has been instrumental in forming non-profit choral performance organizations and a folk school, and serving on their boards. She is proud to support Jumping Mouse and its important role in Jefferson County. Bev enjoys singing, attending symphony, opera and musical theater, gardening, travel, and her latest venture – hosting live “house” concerts.
Coe has lived nearly all his life in Western Washington, spending thirty years on the business side of the electric utility industry before beginning a second career as a pastor. He moved to Port Townsend a few years ago to become pastor at Grace Lutheran Church.
Juelie Dalzell, a resident of Port Townsend since 1982, has served in various public service roles. She was a social worker for Child Protective Services for seven years. After her work with child victims of sexual abuse, she decided to become a deputy prosecuting attorney. Later, Juelie served three terms as the elected prosecuting attorney for Jefferson County. Her daughter graduated from Port Townsend High School and her three grandsons were born in Port Townsend. Now retired, Juelie spends as much time as possible riding horses with her husband on mountain trails.
Dunia is a recent transplant to the area; she moved in December 2015 from Seattle to work on population health initiatives in Jefferson County. Currently the population health coordinator at Jefferson Healthcare, Dunia strongly believes that communities drive health. Before she moved she was a global health researcher at a large non-profit, with most of her work in West Africa. Dunia is excited about being a new Jumping Mouse Children’s Center board member and believes strongly in the importance of early life. In her free time she takes spin classes, reads public health journals, and hangs out with her partner and their two dogs, Henry and Pearl.
John Nowak is a lifelong resident of Port Townsend. He works at Jefferson Healthcare as Director of Care Transformation. During his 30-year employment at Jefferson Healthcare, he has been involved in many capacities. He has worked as a staff nurse, a technology specialist, and managed several departments, including Emergency, ICU/Critical Care and the Family Birth Center.
Away from work, John has coached kid’s soccer and basketball. He also enjoys spending time outdoors and with family.
Patti has 37 years’ experience in education and currently works as a Special Education Teacher for the Chimacum School District at Chimacum Creek Primary School. Since 1990, she has worked with preschool thru high school-level students. Patti received her Bachelor’s degree in Education at Central Washington University in 1979 and her National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Young Adult Exceptional Needs Specialist in 2010.
Patti has two grown sons who attended school in the Chimacum School District. She enjoys quilting, crafting, and spending time with family.