PTEF is an all-volunteer 501c(3)organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing the academic experience of children in the Port Townsend Public Schools.
Mission & Values
We engage the community in raising funds that support public education and enhance academic achievement in the Port Townsend School District.
We were founded 10 years ago in response to the financial challenges the district and teachers of the Port Townsend School District faced when seeking to provide enrichment in the classroom. This home grown, locally championed, organization continues it focused mandate to provide support one grant at a time. Oh and they have fun while their at it!
The members of our board of directors are parents, leaders and community members who have made a significant contribution to our society. Each and every one of them brings a unique set of skills and expertise to our organization.
Holley Carlson, President
Holley Carlson may be a little spit of a gal but she runs tall in this community! Once hailing from the mid-west, Port Townsend has been impacted by Holley’s traditions from her annual Rhodie Brunch, community youth theater sponsorship, and dedication to schools. Holley’s favorite motto is “if you build it, they will come” and she will be the first one to tell you she can’t give a speech about the important work of PTEF without a needing a kleenex…… her passion for our students and youth runs that deep!
Since moving to Port Townsend in 1994, Carrie has owned and managed a web development company, been the Assistant Head of School at Swan School, co-directed the Wooden Boat Festival, and been the Communication Manager at the Northwest Maritime Center. Carrie has also served on the Economic Development Council, the Swan School board and the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship board, and was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Main Street associations. Carrie has a 21-year-old daughter who was born and raised in Port Townsend. She loves hiking in the Olympics and exploring the Northwest on weekend trips with her husband and dog.
Mary brings a wealth of knowledge as a retired teacher. Her passion for youth began years ago teaching in Missoula. An avid hiker, pickle ball instructor and sports enthusiast Mary keeps us in the game with her strong sense of what education professionals need to reach students. Mary relocated to Port Townsend to be closer to her extended family after retirement. Mary is not one to let moss grow under her sports shoes!
Missy has worked on behalf of nonprofit organizations over the past 20 years, from Shenzhen, China to Watsonville, California. Dedicated to community engagement and outreach she has been nicknamed the “Resourceress” by those who have worked with her. Missy's life work has also included career counseling at the University of Washington.
When not working on behalf of others or solving a challenging resource need, Missy can be found scrambling up a mountain, creating art from salvaged objects and capturing stories from newly made friends over a cup of hot mocha. Most importantly she loves connecting folks to opportunities that ignite passion and purpose in life.
Holly Petta hails from Nebraska and moved with her husband and four children to Port Townsend. As the secretary for PTEF Holly manages all of the critical communications for the organization. Working tirelessly for PTEF when a new technical challenge arises she faces it much like her training for trail running. When not chasing her four children she is running the trails of the Northwest and settling into her new home.
Gregg is deeply invested in the arts and education. A Program Manager at Centrum since 1999, he organizes workshops and festivals in Jazz, Chamber Music and Brazilian Choro. Prior to that he taught music for 15 years at the college and middle school levels. Gregg brings to the PTEF a wealth experience as a grant panelist for the NEA, Chamber Music America, the Washington State Arts Commission, Seattle Arts Commission (4Culture), and numerous other organizations as well as in writing grants. Gregg enjoys skiing, riding his motorcycle, fixing machinery (including wheat combines), and playing music.