We believe that skateboarding naturally promotes and teaches: confidence, creativity, determination, grit, and the importance of fun. Despite all the good that skateboarding has to offer, it still exists on the fringes of our community, and has not been positively approached, embraced, or encouraged.  We are constantly inspired and humbled by the passion that skateboarders share world wide and have made it our goal to support them on their journey and provide a framework and structure for them to improve the quality of their own lives, and the lives of everyone in our communities. 

Video created to promote our Go Fund Me campaign raising funds to support our organization and all of the amazing people who work with us to support skateboarding, skateboarders, and youth looking to make a difference in their communities!

Since 2011, we have legalized skateboarding as a form of transportation in Tacoma, created a skate-based curriculum for high school students to earn credit for skating, taught 100's of kids how to skate at our skateboard camps, established a program to engage skaters with their local government and city officials, and built and opened Tacoma's only public indoor skate park. 

Alchemy's vision is a future where skateboarders are recognized as positive contributors and an integral part of our vibrant community. 

Alchemy Skateboarding was created because we believe in skateboarding. We know how it can positively contribute to people's lives and we want to share that joy with the community at large. During our first Go Skate Tacoma event in 2011 we circulated a survey and found out that over half of the skaters in attendance had dropped out of high school. This was the catalyst that started Alchemy. We know that skaters are incredibly intelligent, creative, and athletic, and yet so many of them were disengaged with their schools and communities. The more that we researched the more we began to understand how out-dated and inaccurate stigmas associated with skate culture had marginalized a huge group of people in our community and we set out to change that.

We believe in and value respect, integrity, collaboration, diversity, and fun. 

Staff

Taylor is a 2012 graduate of the University of Puget Sound where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art, receiving credit for Art 495: Skate-able Art where he built modular skate furniture for school credit.  Originally from Southern California, Taylor has an extensive background in skateboarding and looking silly which he uses daily while teaching skate camps, clinics, or after school programs.

Taylor is a 2012 graduate of the University of Puget Sound where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art, receiving credit for Art 495: Skate-able Art where he built modular skate furniture for school credit.
Originally from Southern California, Taylor has an extensive background in skateboarding and looking silly which he uses daily while teaching skate camps, clinics, or after school programs.

Taylor Woodruff

Executive Director 

A Southern California native, Rory moved to Tacoma in 2015. When he's not behind the counter at the skate shop, he is either in class at UWT, out skating with friends, or working as a care-giver at Lutheran Community Services. With years of experience both skating and surfing you can find Rory out falling down, having fun, and helping kids at the local parks.

A Southern California native, Rory moved to Tacoma in 2015. When he's not behind the counter at the skate shop, he is either in class at UWT, out skating with friends, or working as a care-giver at Lutheran Community Services. With years of experience both skating and surfing you can find Rory out falling down, having fun, and helping kids at the local parks.

Program Lead

Rory Mitchell 

Terrance Johnson moved from South Carolina to Tacoma in April of 2017. After  finding Alchemy immediately upon his arrival, he has been following opportunities in skating ever since. Working for some time manufacturing boards at Origin Distribution he now runs the shop on Fridays and Tuesdays. When he’s not in the shop, Terrance works as a certified pre-K teacher. You can find Terry out at the skatepark on a sunny day, and if you ask nice, he’ll probably do a front rock for you!

Terrance Johnson moved from South Carolina to Tacoma in April of 2017. After finding Alchemy immediately upon his arrival, he has been following opportunities in skating ever since. Working for some time manufacturing boards at Origin Distribution he now runs the shop on Fridays and Tuesdays. When he’s not in the shop, Terrance works as a certified pre-K teacher. You can find Terry out at the skatepark on a sunny day, and if you ask nice, he’ll probably do a front rock for you!

Skate Shop Lead

Terrance Johnson

Board of Directors

Nick Gillon - Program Manager, Educator Standards Board Secretary - Chairman of the Board

Molly Crowley - Attorney At Law, Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, LLP -Vice Chair

Keaton Branstetter - Licensed Relationship Manager, Key Bank - Treasurer

Marty Campbell - Community Associations Manager - Chairman of the Board 

Hari Alipuria - Attorney at Law

Priscilla Lisicich - Executive Director, Safe Streets 

Alexa Folsom-Hill - Instructor, Tacoma Public Schools

Nathan Pauli - VP of Sales and Marketing, Origin Distribution 


JUST BECAUSE YOU DON'T SEE UNICORNS, DOESN'T MEAN THAT THEY AREN'T REAL... -ALCHEMY.

JUST BECAUSE YOU DON'T SEE UNICORNS, DOESN'T MEAN THAT THEY AREN'T REAL... -ALCHEMY.