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Meet the Inspire Olympia! Team


Campaign Chairs

(Left to right: Richenda Richardson, Parfait Bassalé, Cheryl Selby)


Richenda Richardson, Business Owner, Childhood's End Gallery

For over 50 years, Richenda's passion has been in building a business in the visual arts as co-founder and co-owner of Childhood’s End Gallery in Olympia, WA and the Catalina Design Center in Avalon, CA. She has volunteered on city redevelopment and design committees, art association juries, and school foundations; while her continual interest in early childhood education has led her to volunteer in local classrooms for over 15 years. As a member of Olympia’s business community, Richenda encourages businesses to support this initiative because Inspire Olympia is about building community, supporting our creatives, and enriching our children. 


Parfait Bassalé, Musician, Arts Advocate

A true catalyst for change, Parfait Bassalé is a well acclaimed artist and speaker. He uses songs, stories and reflexive inquiry to help individuals and organizations build relational bridges. Mr Bassalé is the Executive Diversity Officer at South Puget Sound Community College where he is leading the College’s efforts to create a culture of belonging and close the opportunity gap for historically underrepresented students and to advance inclusion and equity. A graduate of Portland State University, Parfait’s background is in Conflict and Dispute Resolution with a focus on empathy education. He also seats on the Olympia School District Educational Foundation Board.


Cheryl Selby, Community Arts Supporter

Cheryl is a lifelong public school supporter and community advocate. She's passionate about creating equity around access to arts, cultures, history, and science programming. Currently serving as Olympia's Mayor, she feels strongly that passing ballot measure Proposition 1 "Inspire Olympia"  will rebuild community vitality and resiliency as we battle through the end of a pandemic. The Olympia City Council unanimously approved putting Proposition 1 on the April 26th ballot because they understand the urgent need to create a cultural access program that lifts up all people and supports our non-profit creative sector at the same time. 


Steering Committee

  • Cheryl Selby, Community Volunteer & Arts Advocate

  • Richenda Richardson, Business Owner, Childhood’s End Gallery

  • Parfait Bassalé, Executive Diversity Officer, South Puget Sound Community College

  • Yen Huynh, Community Volunteer & Arts Advocate

  • Jill Barnes, Washington Center for the Performing Arts

  • Patty Belmonte, Hands On Children’s Museum

  • David Paul, Board President, Arbutus Folk School

  • Marygrace Goddu, Community Volunteer & Arts Advocate

  • Jocelyn Wood, Washington Center for the Performing Arts

  • Lily Raabe, Olympia Family Theater

  • Taz McBeth, Student representative from Avanti High School

  • Tara McQueen, Hands On Children’s Museum

  • Justin Mckaughan, Olympia School District


Community Work Group

  • Jeff Barehand, SkyBear Media

  • Michael Cade, EDC

  • Karen Fraser, Community Volunteer

  • Kelly Green, Executive Community Relations Officer, SPSCC

  • Andrea Griffith, Business Owner, Browsers Books

  • Shawna Hawk, Media Island International

  • Ben Helle, Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum

  • Audrey Henley, Executive Director, Olympia Film Society

  • Jennifer Hermann, Executive Director, Olympia Symphony Orchestra

  • Katy Johansson, Executive Director, Olympia School District Education Foundation

  • Elizabeth Lord, Storyteller

  • Laurie Mott, Community Volunteer

  • Marsha Tadano Long, Community Volunteer

  • Kris Tucker, Arts Community Leader

  • Nick Vann, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer 

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