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Our People

design • sing • dance • preserve • draw • advise • compose • play instruments • invest • heal • write scripts •  act • buy tickets • build • garden & landscape • choreograph • author books and poem • go to exhibitions • write copy • design graphics • counsel • sculpt • tailor •  crunch data • advocate • supply • make films • account • calculate sums • teach • paint • govern • develop • volunteer • lead • raise money • create • invent • construct • administer • transport • manage projects • give • manufacture • and • so • much • more.

Creative Washtenaw's people are its board members, professional team, creative and ally members, volunteers, interns and advisors. 

Together they are Creative Washtenaw.

Creative Washtenaw applies its commitment to forever evolving and learning about diversity, equity and inclusion in to its human resource governance. That includes leaning in to listen, hear and internalize how its community defines the intrinsic and aesthetic qualities of art and creativity be it by the cultural expert, the credentialed scholar, the journeyed, self-taught master and/or the astute consumer of the form. It also means fostering a culture that is respectful and free of discrimination or harassment for all. 

An involved board of directors guides Creative Washtenaw supports the professional staff. Its stated recruitment goals are to seat a board that reflects the breadth and depth of the population by assuring gender, age, cultural, socioeconomic and geographic diversity and includes artists, creative practitioners and creative profit, nonprofit and government entities in Washtenaw County.

Creative Washtenaw’s professional team includes specialists with strong backgrounds in the arts + creative industries, education, advocacy, communication, business, accounting and public art and design sectors. The team remains current on trends, issues and public policy impacting the creative sector through their involvement as members, board members and volunteers in local, regional, state and national organizations, including Americans for the Arts, CultureSource, Arts Midwest, MCACA, MichiganWorks! Southeast, National Independent Venue Association and the National Small Business Association, among others.

Creative Washtenaw contracts Artrain, a nonprofit arts management service organization, to provide its personnel, administrative, financial and project management services. This affords Creative Washtenaw the ability to have highly qualified personnel managing operations, mission-driven resources, programs and development, thus reducing overhead costs by 50% To guide human resource policies, practices and training, Creative Washtenaw’s board adopted the Personnel Guidelines of its contracting agency, Artrain, the employer of record for the professional team.

Board of Directors

Abby Fanelli

CEO & Co-Founder
WAABEL StartUp Studio
Creative:  Writer
Lives and works in Ann Arbor

Damian Farrell, FAIA

Owner & Principal
Damian Farrell Design Group
Creative: architect
Lives and works in Ann Arbor

Asha Jordan

Jordan Nik Art
Creative: Visual Artist & Curator
Lives and works in Ann Arbor

Amy Karbo

Director of Communications & Community Engagement
Destination Ann Arbor
Creative: communications
Lives and works in Ann Arbor

Michael McCarthy
Interim Treasurer 

Co-founder & CEO
Neville Wealth Management
Creative: arts consumer
Lives and works in Ann Arbor & Frankfort

Project Manager
Michigan Municipal League
Creative: historic preservationist
Lives and works Ann Arbor

Jay Mullick

EGC – EWIE Group of Companies
Creative: arts consumer
Lives in Ann Arbor, works in Saline

Deb Polich

Creative: arts exec, advocate & radio host
Lives in Ann Arbor and works in Washtenaw County

Rapport Innovative Marketing LLC
Creative: communication design
Lives and works in Milan, MI 

Alexandra West

Artificial Intelligence Data Scientist
Creative: amateur musician and arts consumer
Lives and works in Ann Arbor

Professional Team

Communications & Project Manager 

Creative: composer, pianist, vocalist, lyricist and arranger
Lives in Ann Arbor and works in Washtenaw County

Kymmburleigh Clark
Communications Lead

Creative: communications, upholsterer
Lives in Ann Arbor and works in Washtenaw County

Deb Polich

Creative: arts exec, advocate & radio host
Lives in Ann Arbor and works in Washtenaw County

Creative Washtenaw