Board of Directors

Sarah Lightfoot - President sarah@enspirearts.org

Sarah Lightfoot works actively as a pianist and private piano instructor with experience working in schools, churches, colleges, dance schools, and theater productions. Sarah's belief in the power of the arts to inspire and empower the youth of today led her to complete Creative Facilitation training with PYE Global (Partners for Youth Empowerment). She is always looking for ways to grow arts awareness and bring community together. Sarah lives in Camas with her family and enjoys hiking in the beautiful NW outdoors, worldwide travel, cooking and gardening.

Jennifer Neal - Arts Ambassador Scholarship Chair jennifer@enspirearts.org

Jennifer Neal is a professional artist and designer. She is interested in the way art can help create welcoming spaces that encourage stronger connections between people. Jennifer has developed her skills and knowledge by completing a graduate level certificate in Theology and the Arts from Fuller Seminary. She has exhibited work in painting, mixed media, digital images, video, and installations. Jennifer lives in Camas with her family and enjoys exploring outdoor places with sand and water, and indoor places with art and coffee.

Erick Shore - Treasurer erick@enspirearts.org

Erick and his family discovered Enspire Arts through the Arts Ambassador program as their youngest daughter pursued her passion for music. Seeing how this organization enriches the community with vibrant arts programs Erick was inspired to volunteer as Treasurer in support of their mission. He finds creative muse in the melding of art, science, and technology, and enjoys diverse hobbies in all of these fields. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he now lives with his family in Camas where they enjoy many outdoor activities in their free time like bird watching, canoeing, and hiking.

Michele Yellitz - Business Development Specialist michele@enspirearts.org

Michele Yellitz recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest after spending 25 years in Northern California and Austin, Texas respectively. She holds her California CPA license and has had her own bookkeeping business for the past 20 years, helping small and mid-size companies with their financial needs. She also spent the last 4 years in Austin teaching reading skills to 5th graders at a small private school. Through raising her own three children and her role as a teacher, she came to appreciate the need for children to find balance between academic rigor and emotional wellness. Arts and athletics are two of the ways in which her own children strengthened their emotional well-being. Michele lives in Camas with her husband and son, and visits her daughters in Nashville and Texas frequently. She loves spending her free time running, reading, skiing, and travelling.

Professional Advisory Team:

Kristin Harper - Mental Health

Kristin Harper is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who uses creative arts and movement in her practice to heal relationships and assist individuals in overcoming barriers to personal growth and development. Kristin has personally experienced the therapeutic benefits of music and dance throughout her life and is committed to finding new ways to share her passion for the arts. Kristin enjoys singing with community choirs and is currently taking swing dance classes to quench her thirst for movement and fun.

Katie Knoeppel - Public Schools

Katie Knoeppel has worked as a public school counselor for the past 9 years supporting students and families from pre K – 12th grade. She is also a professor for the City University School Counseling graduate program. Currently, Katie is pursuing her PhD is Social Psychology in addition to raising her three school-age children with her husband, Todd. Katie believes that finding balance is key to one’s social emotional wellbeing; she is an active swimmer with US Masters and enjoys traveling with her family in their motorhome. Katie is excited to partner with Enspire Arts because she believes that, “Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.” -Harvey Fierstein

Rebecca Kindig Kloberdanz - Occupational Therapy

Rebecca Kindig Kloberdanz became enamored with occupational therapy (OT) during a high school mentorship where creative play was used as a therapeutic tool to help young children improve independent movement skills. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2000, and immediately specialized in pediatric OT. Since then, she has worked with children who have neurodevelopmental delays in a variety of settings, including neonatal intensive care, high-risk infant follow-up, early intervention, developmental preschool, elementary/middle/high schools, home health care and outpatient clinics. After years of utilizing creative and artistic play as a means to an end, she has discovered that creative playful expression is an important end goal itself. Through play, students can experience a sense of timelessness, flow, mental freedom, and inner rejuvenation without fear of making mistakes. She gets excited about making the joys of creative play accessible to all students. Rebecca lives with her family and two Great Pyrenees puppies on Vashon Island, where they all like to play in the dirt.