Who is sktl? meet our staff & board
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)
After graduating from the University of Virginia, I packed up my car and moved across the country to the greater Seattle area. As I sought to establish myself fresh out of college and in the middle of the pandemic, I wanted to pursue a life and career that aligned with both my personal interests and my passion for people. I wanted to be further involved with my community and put my efforts into something that could tangible help people during such a tumultuous time. I have always been handy and loved giving new life to old things. The South King Tool Library has been a perfect opportunity to blend my professional skills and personal interests in order to work to make the world a better place.
Professional stats: I studied English Literature at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and I am a published poet. I’ve also been working at the Home Depot for the past two years expanding my knowledge of tools and home improvement.
City of Residence: Redmond, Wa
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.
Kathryn Dunn, President
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 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
Jeanette Jurgensen, Co-Founder & Treasurer
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 own Bin There Consulting, LLC where I help local governments ensure value for their solid waste ratepayers. My husband and I opened the Frying Dutchman food truck in 2014 which specializes in serving hand-battered fish & chips.
Educational stats: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
City of Residence: Edgewood
Time lived in the SKTL service region: 17 years
Fun Fact: The children’s book, “Lucy, the Curiously Comical Cow” was based on me and my pet cow.
Esther Nielsen, Outreach Committee 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
Tony Wilson, Historian
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
SKTL is led by a volunteer board, our executive director and our part-time program manager. As a leadership team, we are dedicated to equity, inclusion, 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 and can equitably represent our racially and socio-economically diverse communities to join our board. There are also opportunities to serve on a board-led committee or volunteer in another way that fits your interests, skills and availability without joining the board.