Goosefoot finds new director

Sandy Whiting will join Goosefoot as its new executive director Aug. 19.

Sandy Whiting will lead Goosefoot as its executive director starting Aug. 19.

Sandy Whiting will join Goosefoot as its new executive director Aug. 19.

Goosefoot’s current executive director, Debbie Torget, is leaving to become president of Mukilteo Coffee Roasters.

Whiting has 25 years of experience working with nonprofits and, according to a news release, brings a wealth of experience in financial management, budgeting, fundraising and developing community outreach programs.

She moved to Whidbey Island in 2003 to focus on her career as an artist, in addition to running a bookkeeping business. Along the way, Whiting founded Sweetwater Creek Farm Studio to present weekend workshop retreats led by local artists. She is a board member of Hearts & Hammers and created the annual Arts, Hearts & Hammers fundraiser first held in 2008.

She installed art shows and helped to handle minor maintenance issues as a former tenant; she even weeded and landscaped the grounds.

“She’s got non-profit management experience and financial analysis and budgeting expertise,” said Candace Jordan, Goosefoot board president. “She’s comfortable with property management and building maintenance issues and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.”


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