Executive director

South King Tool Library has one part time staff member, our Executive Director, Amanda Miller. 

Growing up in Hampton Roads, Virginia, my family and I were always involved in volunteering - from church luncheons, to Thanksgiving servings, to Special Olympics events, and environmental cleanups. When my own family set down their roots in Federal Way, I decided to find a community project I could really support. I could not have found a better fit than the passionate group of volunteers that formed the South King Tool Library. I never thought that my passion could turn into a journey to a new career.

 

If I haven't already, I can tell you how the Tool Library will change the world, and I truly believe that. I believe that our community can only get better if it focuses on the potential that we all hold. I know that anything is possible, we are all powerful, and challenges are just opportunities. I am proud to have helped SKTL to take form and take off! I learn something new every day!

 

Professional/Educational stats: I studied International Business, Chinese Archaeology, Japanese Architecture and Gardens at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia before moving to Seattle in 2008 for a position in the field of Warehousing, Distribution and Supply Chain Logistics.

City of Residence:  Federal Way

Time lived in the SKTL service region: 5 years (13 years on the Left Coast)

Contact: director@southkingtools.org

Board of directors

South King Tool Library is led by a volunteer board dedicated to equity, empowerment, resource sharing and environmental stewardship. We work diligently to fulfill our mission and serve our communities. We are actively seeking residents of South King or North Pierce Counties who share these values to join our board. For more information, contact us.

Donna Arnold, President

After I retired from Boeing in 2018, I was looking for something to keep me occupied and SKTL was looking for volunteers, the rest is history.  I spent the last 13 years of my career at The Boeing Company developing, implementing and managing Tool Terminals in six locations from the Everett site to the Auburn site.

Professional stats:   I worked for the Boeing Company as an Analyst and in Tool Management, retired after 38 years of service.

Educational stats: I have a Master's in Business

City of Residence:  Federal Way

Time lived in the SKTL service region: 30 years

Fun Fact:  I co-own a paranormal investigation group, Puget Sound Ghost Hunters and have done over 500 residential and business investigations since 2008.

Tony Wilson, Vice President

I’m Tony Wilson (Anthony).  I started as a farm boy and know tools—can fix anything with bailing wire and a pliers; but I love the whole range of tools.  A librarian’s code includes getting the right book in the right hands at the right time.  Helping SKTL do the same thing with tools fits the same ethic and provides the same delight.  I have been with SKTL since the beginning and am very proud of what we are now able to do.

Professional stats: I was a librarian for 40 years at Highline Community College, where I ran a program to train potential library workers.  I was very active in the local library associations (including serving as president of the Washington Library Association) and did a little overseas consulting.  I retired in 2006.  In recent years I’ve become active in the Federal Way Free Thinkers, the Armed Defense Training Association , an informal poetry association, and the South King Tool Library.

 

Educational Stats: I have a Master’s Degree in Librarianship from the University of Washington, and completed most coursework toward a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Seattle University.

City of Residence: Federal Way

Time lived in the SKTL service region: 40 years

Kathryn Dunn, Treasurer

I was introduced to the needs and opportunities of Federal Way and surrounding communities through the Advancing Leadership program, Class of 2010.  Since then, I've volunteered on the Federal Way Community Gardens Foundation board and now am Treasurer on SKTL's board.  I am not what I would call "handy," but being involved with SKTL has made me more inclined to take on repair projects rather than throw things away or to save money over hiring someone else.  Plus, I love libraries of any kind and know the potential they bring to their communities.

Professional stats: I have a Master's in Library & Information Science from San Jose State University.  I currently work in records management.  

City of Residence: Federal Way

Time lived in the SKTL service region: 16 years

Contact: treasurer@southkingtools.org

Amye Bronson-Doherty, Secretary and Co-Founder

The tool library addresses so many critical issues in ways that are accessible, achievable and equitable. Sharing resources and skills, for the good of our communities and our planet - we all win

Professional stats: Owner, Voice Your Vision Consulting

Professional expertise: Organizational leadership and communications

City of Residence: Federal Way

Time lived in the SKTL service region: 31 years

 

Jeanette Jurgensen, Co-Founder

After working in recycling for years, I realized that reducing waste has a much bigger impact and can help slow down climate change. A tool library has the equivalent of 5-6 homes worth of tools that can be shared by nearly 1000 households! Popular Science Magazine said starting a tool library was one of the top 10 ways to change the world. At first I thought this was just because of the waste reduction of sharing tools, but then I realized it is so much more. Not only are tools provided at no cost to low income populations, but people are educated and empowered to fix things themselves. If something breaks at my house, my children say, “mommy will fix this” because I have learned to try.  

Professional stats: I am the Recycling Project Manager for the City of Federal Way and the co-owner of the Frying Dutchman food truck. I also have two small children which keep me busy.

Educational stats: I have a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, but I didn’t find a job in either industry that I enjoyed. In my current position, I can apply scientific reasoning to overcoming barriers related to sustainability.

City of Residence: Edgewood

Time lived in the SKTL service region: 16 years

Esther Nielsen, Outreach Committee Co-Chair

I've worked for and volunteered with big and small non-profits, including: The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Boys & Girls Clubs, the Children’s Justice Center and Web Wise Kids.  I have also loved upcycling, DIY Projects and anything to do with houses – renovations, flipping, and buying and selling.  I have wanted to be more involved with the local community and found out about SKTL through social media.  It is the perfect fit of combining my love of working with non-profits, helping with the social media and encouraging and fostering my love of DIY and Upcycling.  SKTL is so much more than a library of things: the education aspect, digital footprint, trainings and events are all exciting and fun to volunteer and help with. I love the potential it has to help so many in the community and beyond. 

Professional stats: Realtor® with Keller Williams Puget Sound

Professional expertise: Non-Profit Project Management, Marketing, and Real Estate. 

City of Residence: NE Tacoma

Time lived in  the SKTL service region: 10 years

Heather Pierce, Volunteers Committee Co-Chair

With my background in renewables and green building certification programs, I'm excited to work on demand side energy reduction and operate as the Customer Outreach Team’s liaison for Commercial Energy Efficiency programs. In my spare time, I love to plan overseas trips with my husband to explore cityscapes, ancient forests and local cuisine. I hope that one day commercial planes will be fueled by algae and that my dog Liam can join us on our small family adventures.

Professional stats: Puget Sound Energy, Outreach Manager for West King County

City of Residence: NE Tacoma

Time lived in  the SKTL service region: 1 year, but a Seattle-region native

Contact: heather.pierce@pse.com, 425-200-8192

CONTACT us:

info@southkingtools.org

253-237-2290

1700 S 340th St, Federal Way, WA 98003

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