Ripple Ministries of Snohomish is a nonprofit organization founded on God’s love and the vision to provide at-risk and under-resourced teens with training, mentorship and hope for a bright and meaningful future through education in filmmaking and media production.
Our longterm goal is to impart hope to at risk and under-resourced youth in Snohomish County by helping students build the skills needed to pursue the many careers requiring experience in media production and videography. Our classes combine professional instruction with short term team projects aimed at imparting creativity, collaboration, courage and character. Serious students will have opportunities to intern sharing their skills with incoming students and with the greater community. The long-range plan is to host digital art centers,"Digital Gyms" in Snohomish County located in areas accessible to under-resourced teens and their families. These spaces will serve as the centers for classes, camps, and discussion groups as well as a place where students can grow in skill and understanding under the direction of caring and qualified professional mentors.
Building for the future
in Everett, WA
In August of 2019 TheTeen Storytellers Project Digital Gym opened on 1st Street in Snohomish, WA. At the "Digital Gym" students can take production classes or participate in open sessions allowing teens to access custom built editing suites to work on individual film projects using the Adobe Creative Cloud platform.
Since the majority of under-resourced teens in Snohomish County live in Everett, it has been our goal to open a Digital Gym work space in Everett, Washington where we can reach more students with classes, workshops and opportunities to become creative and confident filmmakers. OUR DREAM HAS COME TRUE! Due to generous donations from our board of directors and the ongoing giving of our donors, we are moving our main headquarters to Everett, Washington in August!
To outfit the Digital Gym we will need to raise $10,000 for remodeling, furnishings, Equipment purchases, advertising and staffing.
Board of Directors
Mike Gove, Chairman of the Board and CEO
Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Weber State University. Mike played on the PGA Tour from 1980-86. In November of 1986 Mike joined the assistant professional staff at Palm Valley Country Club in Palm Desert, CA. He acquired his PGA membership while at Palm Valley and accepted the Head Golf Professional position at Astoria G & CC in June of 1990. Mike accepted the Head Golf Professional position at Inglewood GC in Kenmore, WA in the spring of 2002, and currently holds that position. His 31 years as a golf professional have allowed Mike numerous opportunities to assist, host and run golf fundraising events, Mike is experience in retail management, human resources, member relations and business management. Mike has assisted with church youth programs, mission committees, served in small group leadership and on Pastoral Advisory Councils. He is dedicated to leading a successful organization and his vast experience as a business leader and tournament coordinator is paramount to the success of all of our management challenges and fund-raising endeavors.
Carrie Gove, Executive Director
Carrie holds a Bachelor of Arts, Radio and Television Production from the University of Washington. Her training included Internships as a production assistant for PM Magazine for KIRO and Evening Magazine at KOMO Television Stations. From 1986 to 1989 she was employed as a department manager and Publicity Director for Bullock's Palm Desert in Palm Springs, California. Carrie has served as a director and teacher for Children's classes and Youth Groups at 5 different churches over the past 28 years. Carrie has 18 years of experience as a home educator and 10 years as a consultant to home schooling parents and has assisted with and directed various fundraising events for nonprofit organizations. She is currently completing certification in Everett Community College's CECC Nonprofit Management Program. Carrie served as the Director of The Spot, Teen Drop in Center in Snohomish, but stepped down from the position in 2018 to devote her full attention to Ripple Ministries. Carrie is passionate and determined to see Ripple Ministries reach its full potential in reaching at risk youth with well managed and compassionate programs.
Avon Pelsang, Secretary Avon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Eastern Washington University and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from Steven’s Technical Institute. Avon has served as a Specialist Title VII Compliance Investigator (national and international) 1997 – 2016 for the Boeing Company; and a Training and an Employee Development Specialist (Management and Non-management) 1991-1997. From 1997-2005 Avon served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Huntington Disease Society of America – Northwest Chapter in association with the University of Washington Genetics Clinic. meetings and fundraising events. Avon Served the Puget Sound Skills Center as guest speaker and investigations trainer for the HR and Criminal Law classes from 2003 to 2007 and was voted Best Guest Speaker for 2004 and 2005. Since her retirement in 2018 Avon has been an indispensable partner in propelling Ripple Ministries along as we grow and reach more students with our services. We are eternally grateful for her input and support.
Robert Pelsang, Treasurer and Director of Student Success
Robert has been a Washington teacher since 2005. For the past two years, he has worked as a Special Education teacher in the Seattle Public Schools at Denny International Middle School. He earned a Master’s in Teaching degree from the City University of Seattle in 2012, and a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida that he earned in 1983. He is a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command during the 1970’s. He earned the rank of Sergeant E-5 before leaving the military to begin attending college on the G.I. Bill. He is the father of three grown children. The education and welfare of America’s children has been foremost on his mind since he began his teaching career in 1983. Bob’s dedication to helping students succeed makes him an ideal addition to our leadership team.
Mike Edwards, Executive Director, Teen Storytellers Project
Mike holds his Bachelors of Arts in Digital Art with a focus on Filmmaking. While he has a place in his heart for the filmmaking craft, his real passion rests in developing and equipping others to realize their fullest potential in whatever they set out to do. In the past, he's done that in places like Apple, Inc. and the Canby School District. He's spent the last 10 years in non-profit leadership in various pastoral roles, and then as a director at Cedar Springs Camp. Most recently, he's turned his attention to the Teen Storytellers Project. Mike is married to his wife, Jenni; they share two school-aged children. As a family, they love to seek adventure hiking up in the mountains and, of course, are always up for snuggling on the couch and watching a good movie together!
Walt Kurowski, Advising Director
Walt served our country in the United States Airforce. He married Sherry in 1974 and in 1978 accepted the position of Director of Special Services and Inventory Control for Frederick and Nelson Department Store. Walt served in Missions at Overlake Community Church making his first trip to Africa in 2006 He has served as an Elder and Advisory Board member at Central Christian Church and CTK Snohomish/Central Faith Church. Now, Walt works with the retirement community at Aegis Living in Kirkland, Washington leading discussion groups and providing needed services. Walt’s passion for missions and serving vulnerable people has led him to Africa over 6 times including a trip in 2019 with Global Training Network. We are very encouraged to have Walt’s experience, wisdom and caring spirit as a governing member of Ripple Ministries
In Loving Memory of Sherry Kurowski, board member, friend, amazing wife and mother. You are missed!
Ky Elliot is a Creative Media Professional and joins the board with 10+ years of hands-on experience in various roles including Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor, and colorist. Ky has experience in high level marketing and social content. professional music, entertainment, & advertising photography. Ky earned his Bachelor Degree in Directing Film from the New York Film Academy and has honed his professional skills during his time at Avysis and Amazon. Ky is an example of the work ethic and kindness we hope to instill in all our students. He is a major contributor to our understanding of the production methods and equipment we need to give our students a professional edge. We are thrilled and privileged to have Ky on our team!
David leads the interactive division of Stage 2 Studios. He studied graphic design and business administration for his undergraduate education. David has extensive experience in software development, 3D modeling and animation.
Under David’s leadership, Stage 2 has worked on multiple assessment modules for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” this program of the US Department of Education is “the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas.” Currently, David is working on a series of virtual reality apps in use at science centers and museums around the world.
In 2011, David successfully Kickstarted a science fiction video game called “Lifeless Planet” which eventually made its way to all major platforms including Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. The follow-up game “Lifeless Moon” is due for release in 2020.
David is an active supporter of nonprofit agencies and has served on several nonprofit boards including the Alaska Museum of Science and Nature. After twelve years in Alaska, David and his wife recently moved to the Seattle, Washington area with their two husky-mix dogs from the Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue. David is an amateur astrophotographer in his spare time, Seattle weather permitting. We are thankful for David's input as we seek to develop game development courses for at-risk teens in Snohomish County.
Claire Imler is an award-winning French-American filmmaker based in Los Angeles.
Growing up as a competitive dancer, Claire had a love for storytelling through movement, but it wasn’t until she joined the FilmEd Academy of the Arts program that she discovered her passion of storytelling behind the camera. Since then, Claire has never stopped creating and her work has been screened and awarded at over 60 film festivals around the world. She was recognized as a 2018 National Young Arts finalist in Cinematic Arts and named Orange County Register’s 2017 Artist of the Year in film.
Combining her love for film and travel, Claire has worked internationally in 9 countries creating both documentaries and branded work for travel agencies and non profit organizations. She is passionate about creating both documentaries and narrative films about important topics in our society. She strives to continue to create films that can impact, change, and inspire those who watch them.
Claire met with our students via Zoom during the Covid Shutdown and agreed to advise our ministry as we seek to develop effective film programs for our most vulnerable youth! Claire's monumental talent as a filmmaker and care for those in need is a rare combination and we are grateful for the opportunity to call on her.