CONSIDERING
EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP?
Our approach is thoughtful, genuine and timely.
Carefully matched to your organization's culture.
EVENT PLANNING?
SEEKING HELP WITH
Utilizing your objectives, defining success and recognizing value.
DO YOU NEED A NEW
WEB DESIGN?
Modern, custom, and easy to maintain.

Our passion is for helping Nonprofits raise their profile.

Your website is an important first impression and a modern design is the quickest way to improve your organization's image.

Modern, easy to update and affordable.

Nonprofit prices start at $2,500 for new design, plus $600 annual hosting and support. Transition to modern design that is responsive, adjusting to the varying screen size of mobile devices. Easily managed by your staff or volunteers using the DNN content management system. DNN products and technology are the foundation for 750,000+ websites worldwide. 

Warm, Responsive & Smart

People are our highest priority. We focus on the individuals within the organization as the resources for passionate and meaningful growth and change.

We lead to achieve potential. Our team of attentive and responsive professionals are committed to member growth and development. We are especially tuned into the organizational climate and enthusiastically support governance providing comprehensive financial reporting, documentation, meeting and event preparation. We use style guides to consistently portray your organization's culture and vitality across all medias including print materials, website and social media presence. Integrity is the attitudinal hallmark of our relationship with our clients. We will seek every opportunity to leverage meaning and value in the advancement of your organization's goals and objectives.

Events Matter

Whether it be a three day conference, half day training, board meeting or retreat, our team can provide the structure for your organization to host successful educational programs. Training support in all shapes and forms: Symposiums, summits, certification courses, workshops. Conference planning inclusive of – Site selection, financial management, registration, marketing, sponsorship, trade show, program development support, speaker management, audio visual, post conference reports, evaluations and close out. We work with you at all stages of planning, implementation, follow through, utilizing your objectives, defining measures of success, and recognizing gained value.

red barn CORE VALUES & Guiding principles

Integrity
We meet challenges without excuses.
We choose what is right over what is convenient.

People
We build great teams.  

Potential
We believe life is a journey, that we are always improving, and find joy, inspiration and creativity everywhere.
We have a high tolerance for change, knowing that growth and success require adaptability and perseverance.
We thrive knowing we are in the pursuit of greatness - influencing yours and while practicing ours.

COMPLIMENTS

CLIENTS PAST & PRESENT

MEET THE TEAM

Brit Kramer

Principal

Speaker

Brit Kramer, CAE

Executive Leadership

Brit is a certified association executive since 2006 with over a decade of experience providing CEO leadership for the Washington Recreation & Park Association. She has taken leadership roles in state and national organizations and is a long-time member and former board member of the Washington Society of Association Executives, receiving the famous Rhinoceros Award in 2013 for distinguished service. Brit's passion is for helping nonprofits raise their profile, and in 2014 founded Red Barn Communications to offer executive expertise, marketing, event and communications serving nonprofits, associations and community groups. People are her highest priority, and she builds a culture of teamwork and collaboration. She works from a home office in their log home on a wooded five acre "hobby farm" in Thurston County. The company name is inspired by the four-year epic journey of building their big red barn.

Shelley Dahle

Executive

Speaker

Shelley Dahle

Association Executive

Shelley discovered association management in 2007 in her transition away from a dental assistant career. The three-month temporary position evolved into six years as the "goto" person for special projects, exhibitor relations and on-site event support for the Washington Recreation & Park Association. In 2015 Shelley earned the certified medical assistant (CMA) and so our clients also benefit from her ability to respond to health situations. Shelley now provides support and leadership for organizations as Red Barn client bases expands. A fun fact is that Shelley is a founding member of the Grape Nuts, specializing in home-made desserts; she is a runner, a wife, and mom to two very smart girls.

Jen Dixon

Member Services

Speaker

Jen Dixon

Member Services

It’s a small world. Jen’s future mother-in-law referred her for an administrative position at the Washington Recreation & Park Association in 2007, and this was the beginning of our work family. Quick to pick up technology and new systems Jen excelled at serving members and was the first formal hire at Red Barn as we re-established our work family. Now a proud wife and mom Jen’s family is fully established in Bremerton, which makes our retreats and client events all the more special to see her in-person.

Ted Clark

Technology

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Ted Clark

Technology

Luckily Ted found programming in high school in the 80s. Modifying a formula that output triangles to create Christmas tree branches led to the realization that computer programs were just little chunks you created and put together to solve bigger problems. Since then he has worked with dozens of computer languages, database and application platforms to help organizations find solutions cost effectively. Ted has worked with and for non-profits, organizations and enterprises of all sizes. These include Boeing, Microsoft, multiple Washington State agencies, and Community Youth Services among many others. For Cayzen in Lacey, Ted has worked at Labor and Industries on contract for 14 years. The other passion Ted found in the 80s was a love of drums. Besides being with his current bandmates for 30 years, he regularly performs at church and enjoys a good challenge, such as joining the high school for Little Shop of Horrors or hand-drumming for Olympia’s Procession of the Species.

Kate Rappe

Design

Speaker

Kate Rappe

Design

Trained formally as a print designer, Kate admits that print is where her heart is. But today most of Kate's projects have digital elements or are designed for the web. She is all Apple and generally does most design work in Adobe CS5 and completes many projects using MS Office. (Creative Suite – In Design, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Microsoft Office – Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Knowledge of WordPress, Drupal & HTML.) Each job is different and requires an effective balance of creative talent and technical skill. For some, it might be capturing a unique look and feel for a new company. For others, it may be finding the most creative way to express an already strong brand. She prides herself on loyalty, honesty, and having fun. Whatever the project, Kate's goal is to complete it within budget, on time, and to put a smile on your face. She works out of her Ballard home studio in Seattle with her loyal studio dog, Ellie.

Jennifer Dalton

Social Media Marketing

Speaker

Jennifer Dalton

Social Media Marketing

Jennifer is passionate about content marketing, digital creativity, nonprofits, photography, writing, adventures, outdoors, Washington and kids. Her expertise in social media elevate Red Barn client’s online presence with quality and consistent messaging on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook platforms.

Sowmya Chetlapali

Administrative Assistant

Speaker

Sowmya Chetlapali

Administrative Assistant

Originally from Hyderabad, India, Sowmya now calls Lacey, Washington, her home. Sowmya (pronounced SOUW-MYA) easily picks up new technology, enjoys the diversity of projects, and allows Red Barn to scale when needed to meet client needs. Living next to a park with the view of Mount Rainier is ideal for raising a young family. The Grand Canyon however is among their most epic travel experiences.

Larry Otos

Project Manager

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Larry Otos

Project Manager

Formerly the Parks & Recreation Director for the City of Mount Vernon, Larry has more than 30 years of experience in governmental organization, team dynamics, capital projects, program and event management. Larry is a past president of the Western Washington Alumni Association, and is the President of the Mount Vernon School District Board of Directors as an elected official. In early 2019 Larry also joined Red Barn in support of state and national clients whose services align with parks and recreation initiatives.

Rebecca Stevenson

Intern

Speaker

Rebecca Stevenson

Intern

Rebecca is a recent graduate from Chadron State College. She is an aspiring human resources professional with a Master of Science in Organizational Management specializing in Human Services. Skilled in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suites, communications, and customer service. Highly motivated individual with a background in graphic design, sports media, and organizational management.

Candace Wood

Accountant

Speaker

Candace Wood,MBA,CPA

Accountant

Candace is a University of Washington alumnus where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting with a non-profit minor and an MBA. She has spent most of her professional life in the finance industry and has worked in banking, mortgage, the State Auditor’s Office, and the non-profit sector. In the fall of 2017, she opened her own tax and accounting services firm in Olympia specializing in non-profit and small business accounting services. And a fun fact is she was recently awarded the South Sound “Exceptional Woman” recognition by the South Sound Soroptimists!



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