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Who We Are


Walter R. Briggs, President Walter is a UC Berkeley graduate, with a Masters degree in Wildland Resource, and joined the CAF Board in March of 2012. He and wife Linda (an accomplished violinist and aspiring Scottish fiddler) make their home in Olalla, WA, and have been longtime supporters and participants in CAF programs. Walter has spent considerable time cattle ranching in Nevada and the High Sierra, and also had a distinguished career in the US army. Since 1983, he has served as the US Navy’s forester for the entire west coast, administering the Navy’s forest management program from Alaska to Arizona.
Patty Dunn, Vice President Patty Dunn is a retired County and City Land Use Planning and Assistant City Manager from Humboldt County, California. An avid fiddler, she has attended Winter School six times now, and is also a member of the Washington Old Time Fiddlers’ Association. Patty joined the Board in 2014 and we are excited to have her as Vice President this year!
Jan Gould, Treasurer. Jan is a retired Certified Public Accountant who served as the Chief Finanical Officer and Executive Vice President of First Sound Bank in Seattle. Along with fellow Board Member Tyrone Heade, she served on the Board of the Mastery of Scottish Arts Organization, prior to the merger with the Celtic Arts Foundation. Jan became involved in Scottish cultural activities when her husband decided to become a bagpiper in his middle age, and she very much enjoys Scottish music and arts, both as a spectator and assisting the organization in pursuit of its goals.
David Ryberg, Secretary When Dave joined the Board in 2004, it was something of a homecoming event for the Celtic Arts Foundation and Skagit Valley College. While Dean of Students at Skagit Valley College in the early 1990s, he was instrumental in the creation of the Robert Burns Scottish Evening event as well as the first Skagit Valley Highland Games. Dave has been directly involved with a number of arts organizations in Skagit County. He has recently embarked on a successful new career as a stock broker with McAdams Wright Ragen.
Tyrone Heade, Board Member Tyrone Heade is passionately supportive of the Scottish arts, primarily piping and its educational side. His company, Bagpipe Entertainment, Inc., has kept him busy as a full time pipe teacher, composer and performer since 1994. Tyrone was one of three founding Board members of Mastery of Scottish Arts in 1996, serving as president until 1998. Tyrone is also a founding member of Seattle’s Elliott Bay Pipe Band (1992), where he serves as Pipe Major, and the acoustic ensemble Iona Abbey (1996). He actively records for students and ensemble musicians, and is a voting member of NARAS. He has a bachelor’s in speech communication from Oregon State University (emphasis in applied persuasion), where he minored in the sciences.
Jim Monroe, Ph.D., Board Member Jim attended the first Skagit Valley Highland Games at Skagit Valley College in 1995, and immediately became hooked. Recently retired from the faculty of Skagit Valley College, he is an active member of the Skagit Valley Chorale. In 2004, Jim was selected as President of the Skagit Performing Arts Council. He is a proud and active member of the Clan Munro society, and a tireless volunteer for the Skagit Valley Highland Games.
Marilyn McLean, Attorney at Law, Board Member. An original board member, Marilyn has strong Celtic ancestry. The Scottish side of her family immigrated to Prince Edward Island from Scotland. The Irish portion of her family were pioneers in the Northwest. She has loved the sound of the pipes since childhood, and is passionate about the importance of the arts and Celtic traditions in particular. Marilyn is an attorney for the Lummi Tribal Nation.
William "Bill" Babb, Board Member Bill is a Logistics Consultant with Forte Transportation Logistics based in Fife, WA. He joined the CAF board in 2014. He became involved with CAF after attending several music sessions held by CAF at the Skagit River Brewery. Both he and his wife Margaret have become invaluable volunteers and we look forward to his help on the Foundation Board!
Skye Richendrfer, Executive Director. Skye has been involved in Scottish cultural activities virtually his entire life. He holds a master’s degree from Seattle University in Non-profit Leadership, and served as the Mayor of Mount Vernon, Washington from 1996-2003. He started playing bagpipes at age seven, and later attended Macalester College in St. Paul, MN where he led the student run bagpipe band there for three years. He has competed at the professional level as a solo piper and the world class level on several occasions while a member of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. He is the founder of the Celtic Arts Foundation, and in January of 2004, became its first full-time Executive Director. In 2008, Skye received the Washington State Governor’s Heritage Award, recognizing his “significant contribution to the creativity and the cultural heritage of Washington State."

Emeritus Board Members

The Celtic Arts Foundation is very fortunate to have had many generous and thoughtful community-minded people serve as Directors since 1997. Board members are elected from the general membership of the Celtic Arts Foundation. Here, listed cronologically based on the years of their service, are our emeritus Board Members:

  • Mr. William J. (Bill) Toomey, CPA – co-founder of Celtic Arts Foundation
  • Ms. Mary Scott
  • Judge John M. Meyer
  • Mr. G. Michael Riedel
  • Ms. Melissa Chittenden
  • Mr. Scott Peterson, October 2005 – May 2011
  • Mr. Craig Sjostrom
  • Ms. Jill Hilde

All remain active and engaged participants in our programs and organization, and we thank them for their service.