HeatherSW_ADJHeather Joy
Spaceworks Manager

Heather leads Spaceworks’ effort to support and promote art and creative enterprise that is transforming Tacoma into an economically stronger and more culturally vibrant city. She oversees Spaceworks’ programs, manages all day-to-day operations, and cultivates relationships to further Spaceworks’ mission.

Heather is an artist, small business owner and arts administrator with over fifteen years of experience working in the Puget Sound region. She is the former Director of Programs for Artist Trust, where she managed its grants, resources and training for artists of all disciplines throughout Washington state. Since 2003, Heather and her husband have maintained their small business: HOLDstudios, a diverse fine arts company, which provides products and services to artists and arts patrons throughout the Puget Sound region.


Gabriel Brown
Programs Coordinator: Artscapes, Gallery & Special Projects

Brown is an artist, educator, and shoe cobbler from Spokane, Washington. With Spaceworks he does public relations, and coordinates the Artscapes program.

As an artist, Brown has exhibited at the Northwest Museum of Art & Culture, Redline Art Center Denver, Korea National University of the Arts, and throughout community centers, street corners, and public restrooms. A self-described “Garbologist” for his artistic examination on garbage and consumerism, Brown has led workshops, and delivered talks throughout the Northwest on this topic.

Serving two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Spokane, Brown worked for Community-Minded Enterprises organizing youth events, environmental awareness events, and working with digital media production.

Brown holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Washington State University, and has taught visual arts courses at Washington State University, Kaplan University (online), and Seabury Middle School.

As a cobbler, Brown took his very first job in a shoe repair shop shining shoes at the age of 15. He slowly learned the skills of the trade, and continues the practice to this day.

Gwen Kohl Spaceworks Creative EnterpriseGwen Kohl
Programs Coordinator: Creative Enterprise

Gwen is a catalyst, entrepreneur, and combiner of things. As Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise Program Coordinator, she facilitates training and support for small business owners and entrepreneurs with plans for long term creative/innovative businesses that benefit Tacoma’s community.

A self-described nomad, she’s been in Tacoma since 2014 and is excited to join the Spaceworks team. “I’m looking forward to working with entrepreneurs to help grow Tacoma as a thriving destination city. There’s a strong creative bent and a fierce pride in the city already, and I think Tacomans have a lot to offer the world.”

Gwen spent her post university years playing in the woods. She’s led trail crews with students and adults all over the country, exploring some of nature’s hidden wonders and engineering steps and bridges to blend with the natural landscape. As an Outdoor Instructor with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, she was a white water raft guide, raptor specialist, and facilitator of learning through hands-on inquiry. She’s built, and maintained, curriculum for learners of all ages.

As an entrepreneur, Gwen has been involved in many start-ups and owner-operator endeavors. She believes in patience, flexibility, and support networks. Goals are the end prizes of mazes – there are many paths you can take, and some will dead-end while others will take you through.

Gwen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Science, with an emphasis on ecology and sociology. She grew up in Massachusetts, went to university in New Jersey, and has lived/worked/studied across the United States and abroad in Nicaragua, Belize, Peru, Chile, and Australia.


Dmitry Mikheyev - Spaceworks Marketing Coordinator

Dmitry Mikheyev
Communications Coordinator

Dmitry’s skills in graphic design, social media and performance help him bring big visions to life. He will use his philosophy of connectedness to communicate Spaceworks’ mission through vivid imagery and content.

Managing and marketing small businesses in Tacoma, he learned first-hand the rewards and challenges of engaging the audience and fostering culture. A Tacoma resident since 2006, he has gained recognition in the local nightlife scene through his drag persona Dominique D’Amour and more recently in his burlesque expression as Mylo Precious.

Whether under stage lights or in customer service positions, Dmitry loves engaging people on an emotional level. He aims to bring a unique voice to Spaceworks, joining our work on supporting creative entrepreneurs and artists.

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