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Amanda Carrubba Finance & Operations Director

Amanda manages SAL’s operations and finances, and whatever else is needed! She has experience in administration for performing arts organizations in New England and Seattle. She has a B.A. in Women’s & Gender Studies from Middlebury College and a M.F.A. in Arts Leadership from Seattle University.

Amanda Carrubba
Alexandra Chase Donor Relations Associate

Alex supports SAL’s fundraising and stewardship efforts. She moved to Seattle in 2013 and has worked as a tutor and professional mentor to youth and was most recently working in nonprofit radio. Alex enjoys pottery, yoga, reading, and exploring the outdoors. She received a B.A. in Psychology and International Studies from the University of Kansas.

Alexandra Chase
Nichole Coates WITS Program Associate

Nichole is SAL’s Writer’s in the Schools Program Associate. Passionate about supporting the talents, aspirations and abilities of youth from all backgrounds, she has spent the last several years teaching literacy, leadership and social emotional learning to youth in communities from Wisconsin to White Center. She has consulted organizations on issues of equity and inclusion, and has her B.A. in English Literature and Ethnic Studies from Lawrence University. 

Nichole Coates
Alicia Craven WITS Program Director

Alicia directs SAL’s Writers in the Schools program. She has worked in creative writing instruction and youth publishing for the past ten years-- most recently at the Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle). A Northwest native with a taste for wanderlust, she has taught creative writing in Thailand, Ecuador and Ethiopia. She has a B.A. in Spanish, political science, and developmental psychology from the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. 

Alicia Craven
Ruth Dickey Executive Director

Ruth has returned to the Puget Sound after serving five years as the Founding Executive Director of Cincinnati’s Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC). She has a M.F.A. in poetry from North Carolina at Greensboro, was a writer-in-residence in the DC WritersCorps, and named one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2006. She received DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist and The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management in 2001.

Ruth Dickey
Christina Gould Patron Services Manager

Manages ticketing, box office, customer service and volunteers. Assists with SAL's operations and programs. Willing and able to "wear many hats" is a long time SAL supporter with an extensive administrative and managerial background. B.A. from the University of Maine.

Christina Gould
Rebecca Hoogs Associate Director

Rebecca curates and manages the Literary Arts Series, Poetry Series, Hinge, and SAL Presents. She has experience in teaching English and publishing and is a former WITS writer-in-residence. She is a published poet and is the author of Self-Storage. She has a B.A. in Women’s Studies & English from Colby College, an M.F.A. in Poetry, and an M.A. English from the University of Washington. 

Rebecca Hoogs
Amelia Peacock Marketing Associate

Amelia connects with new and returning SAL audiences, and manages community outreach initiatives and patron communications. She enjoys reading, cooking, dancing, farmers markets and tasting Seattle’s local brews and fare. Amelia is an actor and singer by training, and an avid audience member, taking in as much art around town as she can. She holds a B.A. in English and Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa. 

Amelia Peacock
Leanne Skooglund Development Director

Leanne leads SAL’s fundraising efforts. She’s spent her 25+ years in the non-profit sector focused on fundraising, communications, and advocacy to advance the missions of organizations she’s passionate about. A lifelong enthusiast of the arts, Leanne is thrilled to be part of the SAL team. She has a B.A. in journalism and Spanish literature from Butler University, and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. 

Leanne Skooglund
Alison Stagner Events Coordinator & Content Editor

Alison helps coordinate SAL events and is SAL's content editor, producing content for the website, blog, newsletter, and beyond. She has taught English at the University of Washington, where she was also on the prose board for the Seattle Review. She is a published poet and holds a B.A. in English & Philosophy from Truman State University and an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Washington. 

Alison Stagner
“Thank you for providing this rich cultural, spiritual, and artistic experience.”
-- Literary Arts Series Patron