Our Staff

President & CEO

Siobhan Canty believes that the most effective approach to systemic social change and a healthy democracy is to grow an army of skilled, informed and engaged change makers.

In that past, she has done this work with: John S. & James L. Knight Foundation as National Director of Strategic Initiatives; Greater Washington D.C. Community Foundation as a Program Director; and Greater DC Cares, then the largest volunteer center in the Washington DC region where she was CEO. Her work garnered a National Innovation Award from the Points of Light Institute and candidacy as Presidential Appointee to the Social Innovation Fund of the White House.

Her greatest honor, though, is the role she has now to be in service of the generous, big-hearted, and creative people of Jefferson County.


Director of Community Partnerships

Jen Kingfisher (she/her) finds inspiration every day, as she creates and maintains relationships with community change makers, learning about and supporting the goals and accomplishments of the organizations in Jefferson County. Jen has inspired and educated change makers in a variety of settings, including National Parks, Universities, and elementary schools. Jen holds a master’s degree in Biology (Plant Ecology) from Humboldt State University and a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College. Jen moved to Jefferson County with her family in 2007 and intends to stay and be a part of the future of our community in perpetuity.

Vibrant community, majestic mountains, serene sea, farm-fresh delights: Jefferson County brims with love, beauty, and sustenance.


Executive Assistant

Celia Walden believes passionately that cross-cultural communication combined with grassroots, community-based leadership, and innovation are keys to a healthy community. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs. She has worked for the Fulbright Foundation in India, assisted in establishing Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) in Eastern Europe, and for the last 10 years has been working for a private family foundation focusing on open science, particularly around genetics research. Celia has called Jefferson County home for more than 14 years, along with her son Willy and their dog Ginger, aka Miss Barks-a-lot. She is a visual artist and is also active alongside her family in the maritime community.


Finance and Operations

Nicole O’Hara believes a healthy community is a diverse, welcoming environment that holds opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to thrive, connect, grow, and contribute. Nicole has lived on both coasts working in administration, community organizing and problem-solving roles for over twenty years. She holds a Bachelor’s from Rutger’s University; Douglass College, originally Rutger’s women’s school, in Environmental Policy, Institutions & Behaviors with an Administration focus. Nicole has worked to heighten awareness and garner support for a range of issues from teen pregnancy support and prevention and early childcare to salmon recovery. She chooses Jefferson Community Foundation because she believes it offers an opportunity to support a wide-range of organizations working to make Jefferson County a place where all can find safety, community and opportunity. 

Community, small business ownership, family, and lasting friendships are all of the reasons we call Jefferson County home.


Systems Specialist

Cathie Wier was inspired to join JCF as a volunteer after a discussion with Sioban about JCF’s role in enhancing our community’s safety net and systemic social change. Cathie was a software engineer, software trainer, and tool builder for 30 years. At JCF she works behind the scenes to help the team with technology. Cathie is an avid hiker, backpacker, and fiber artist.

I love knowing the farmers who grow our local food and support food security for all.