Meet the Staff




General Manager

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Bill Barnes joined the Chewelah Peak staff as the Challenge Course manager in 2004 and became general manager in 2008. From 1992 to 1998, he was the Challenge Course manager at Cispus Learning Center. In the interim, he taught special education classes in the White Pass and Morton school districts. He also taught in the Puget Sound area while doing graduate study in the Sociology of Education at the University of Washington. Bill graduated from Boise State University after six years in the U.S. Navy and is an alumnus of Borah High School in Boise, Idaho.


Maintenance Manager

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Chuck Messenger has been with the Chewelah Peak Learning Center since construction started in May 2002. Chuck received his journeyman’s carpenter card in 1979 and belonged to Local 770. In 1982, he began doing contract work at Cispus and started working full-time there in 1996. He has spent most of his career in construction, working as a foreman, job superintendent and general contractor. A graduate of West Valley High School in Yakima, Chuck and his wife, Polly, live in Chewelah. They have three daughters and five grandchildren.


Kitchen Manager

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Polly first joined the AWSP Learning Centers as a cook at the Cispus Learning Center in April 2000. In 2002, she relocated to help open the Chewelah Peak Learning Center, serving as the site's receptionist until 2009. In 2010 Polly took a hiatus from the Center to take care of her new grandchild. She returned to Chewelah Peak in 2013 to join the kitchen staff and was later promoted to Kitchen Manager. Polly's previous experience includes 15 years with JCPenney's in Yakima, dining services at the 49 Degrees North Ski Area, and office management with a local ski association. Polly was born and raised in Yakima, Washington graduating from West Valley High School and Yakima Business College. She enjoys camping, sewing, and spending time with her five grandchildren.






E-mail Marty

As director of both outdoor learning centers since 1991, Marty supervises daily operations, including maintenance, personnel, curriculum, finance and marketing. Since 1998, he has developed curriculum and facilitated ASB Rules workshops in cooperation with the State Auditor's office. He spent 16 years as a science teacher, coach and activities administrator. During his long career, he has won many honors, including the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association’s Joe Babbitt Award for his contributions to the sport of wrestling, and the President's Award from the Environmental Education Association of Washington. Marty graduated from Washington State University in 1975, received his standard teaching certificate through Central Washington University and is an alumnus of Yelm High School. In his spare time, he serves as executive director of the White Pass Education Foundation in East Lewis County, and he volunteers with the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church.


Accounts Receivable

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Katy Kelly joined the learning centers in 1999, working for both AWSP Student Leadership and Cispus. She is based at Cispus and handles accounts receivables and payroll. Before coming to Cispus, she spent 15 years working for Farmers Insurance and the Cowlitz Lumber Mill in Randle. A graduate of White Pass High School, Katy lives in the Cispus Valley and has a 10-year-old daughter.


Accounts Payable

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Sue Sharples joined the AWSP Learning Centers at Cispus in 2014. She works in the front office and handles accounts payable for both the Cispus and Chewelah Peak. Before coming to Cispus, she spent 22 years with Lutz Tile in Puyallup, WA. Sue graduated from Stevenson High School and has lived in Randle since 2008.