Our Board

Our Board of Directors looks at the big picture, guiding and supporting Make.Shift’s staff,  and providing checks and balances by holding us accountable to our mission and our financial plan.

Michelle Grandy, Chair

Michelle currently serves as Communications and Think Local First Program Manager for Bellingham Nonprofit Sustainable Connections. She’s also Vice President of Hypoluxo Industries Inc., and gets her hands in tons of other local events and campaigns.

Paul Turpin, Treasurer

Our jack-of-all-music-trades. Owner of Bellingham’s Clickpop Records, Paul has experience as a recording engineer, producer and studio owner, live sound engineer (currently at The Shakedown), touring musician and touring road manager. He also serves as a Board member of the Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival. Whew.

Bruce Hamilton, Secretary

Bruce is an Associate Professor of Music at Western Washington University. He co-directs the Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival, in addition to the Bellingham special events organization Sound Culture. Bruce is also on the Board of Directors of the Washington Composers Forum, an administrator for online music community ImprovFriday, and owner of net label Spectropol Records. Did we mention he’s also a freelance composer and musician?

Cathy Lehman, Board Member 

Cathy was elected to Bellingham City Council in 2012. She serves as Chair of the Council’s Transportation Committee, and as a member of the Lake Whatcom/Natural Resources Committee, Finance & Personnel Committee, Waterfront/Downtown Development Committee, and Planning & Community Development Committee. She is Council liaison to Whatcom Council of Governments and Downtown Bellingham Partnership, and serves as Mayor Pro Tempore in the absence of Mayor Linville.

Cathy’s accolades are too many to list! She has worked for The Opportunity Council, Whatcom Volunteer Center, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), Sustainable Connections, The Lighthouse Mission’s Agape Home, and Futurewise Whatcom. She is currently the Communications and Promotions Manager for WWU’s Center for Economic Vitality.

Sean McKee, Board Member

Sean has been involved in the Bellingham music scene since 1996, playing in a long list of local bands, booking several self-promoted U.S. tours, and performing in every type of venue the country has to offer. A WWU graduate, Sean currently plays in local bands The Narrows and WorldRunner.  Sean currently works as a criminal defense attorney in Bellingham, focusing on the defense of criminal misdemeanors.

Kacey Morrow, Board Member

Kacey Morrow is an assistant professor of New Media Design at WWU, with a focus on motion graphics, digital video, web and interactive design. Prior to WWU, she was a full-time lecturer at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, teaching in the Graphic and Interactive Communications Department.

Her videos have appeared in several film festivals and exhibitions nation-wide. She has printed works published in the literary journal Ninth Letter. Ninth Letter was featured in Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, How Design, and Step Inside, and was a competition finalist in SXSW 2005 Interactive Web Awards Competition. She has presented at different design affiliated conferences in Chicago and Boston. She also has years of professional experience in Chicago as a motion, print, and multimedia designer.

Ann Russell, Board Member

Ann Russell is the Campus Community Coalition Coordinator at WWU. Ann has served in a variety of roles in the local community, including administrative support for BALLE, business management functions for Red Wagon Diaper Service, and program coordination and outreach work for Kulshan Community Land Trust and Whatcom Land Trust.

Russell has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a master’s degree from Western Washington University.  She has lived in Bellingham for 13 years, serving on several boards and as a member of her neighborhood association.  She is also trained in professional mediation with the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center.

Jessica Harbert, Board Member

Jessica, a WWU journalism graduate, has been active in Bellingham’s music community for years. She currently manages local restaurant, Bayou on Bay, and has also worked at local marketing firm Fifth on Sixth.