Board of Directors
Anna Layden, Chair Woman is an educator at Mountain Middle School and previously taught at Durango Montessori School in collaboration with Seed Studio.
Anna has a bachelor’s degree in English, a Masters's degree in Teacher Leadership and is endorsed to teach both elementary and secondary education.
Anna lives with her husband, pup and new son Birch in Durango and loves the work that Seed Studio does with our community’s youth!
Lynn Joselyn, the Secretary, is a recent transplant to Durango, CO from Austin Tx. A Physician Assistant of 22 years currently practicing in Urgent Care in Durango, CO and Aztec, NM where she interfaces with people from all walks of life. Her commitment to the whole patient, integrative care has led her to seek further education and she holds certifications as an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and a Certified Food and Spirit Practitioner. She is on the medical advisory board for Unhushed, a comprehensive sexuality program serving all ages through a cutting-edge curriculum and believes accurate comprehensive sexuality education for our youth is critical for mental and physical health. Her passion for full-spectrum, integrative healthcare continues to fuel her search for truth in a time where access to information is abundant and often confusing.
Lynn’s most valuable lessons have come from her role as a mom of two daughters, who continually challenge her to live a more passionate, truthful and joyful life.
She chose to be on the Seed Studio Board to further share this message with children and their families. She believes that establishing those powerful ways of being early in life can offer vitality, joy and empowered health and begin to heal our communities and earth. Seed Studio is the place where the seeds bloom and this shift can occur from the ground up through the most sustainable change, our children.
Kate Nichols, an advisor, grew up outside of Chicago, Illinois. She attended DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) where she majored in Studio Art. In addition to art, Kate was a member of DePauw’s Women’s Soccer program. After earning her BA she served for two years as an Assistant Soccer Coach at Washington and Lee University (Lexington, VA) where she also taught courses in the Athletic Department. Kate loved coaching in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is known to still get out on the pitch, but missed creating and the presence of the arts in her life.
Kate decided to further her education at Colorado College where she earned her Masters in Teaching (MAT) K-12 Visual Arts. Since graduating from Colorado College in 2011, Kate has taught Visual Arts for K-8 students. She often teaches metalsmithing and art courses after school or on weekends to children and adults.
When Kate is not creating or teaching she enjoys trail running, skiing, yoga, spending time with loved ones, traveling, and finding inspiration for her art in all aspects of the growing world.
Tara Jackson, the Treasurer, moved from the midwest to Durango in 1992. Since that time she has graduated from FLC and Adam's State, raised two now-grown children, taught every grade from pre-school to college level, and in the last decade became a therapist, now in private practice specializing in children, teens, and families.
Tara is passionate about bringing people together in an authentic, connected and collaborative way; be it through supportive groups, spontaneous conversation within her daily life, hosting dinner parties and get-togethers, being an active member of the Durango Dharma Center or spending time in nature with family and friends.
Tara is excited to support Seed's mission of bringing mindfulness, art, and exploration into children's lives.
Kathryn Samaltanos & Heidi Craw