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

Jordan Woolston has volunteered and worked at various non-profit organizations in the Puget Sound region. Currently, Jordan attends the University of Washington, Tacoma Master's Program in Non-Profit Studies.

Growing up as a skateboarder in Boise, Idaho Jordan knows first hand the perseverance and ingenuity that is inherent in skateboarders. As Co-Director, Jordan is focused on making sure everything runs smoothly for all of our staff and volunteers.

Jordan Woolston -Co-Director     Operations

 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 - Co-Director      Programs

 Jaynee is a Tacoma local. She is currently pursuing a degree in Education and Public Health at Tacoma Evergreen which she utilizes while teaching youth at Alchemy.  Jaynee has only been skateboarding for a few years but loves to learn along with her students. She also enjoys contributing art around the shop and in the park.

Jaynee is a Tacoma local. She is currently pursuing a degree in Education and Public Health at Tacoma Evergreen which she utilizes while teaching youth at Alchemy.

Jaynee has only been skateboarding for a few years but loves to learn along with her students. She also enjoys contributing art around the shop and in the park.

Program Manager - Jaynee Schmidtke

 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 

Board of Directors

Marty Campbell - Community Associations Manager - Chairman of the Board 

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

Keaton Branstetter - Licensed Relationship Manager, Key Bank - Treasurer

Nick Gillon - Program Manager, Educator Standards Board Secretary 

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.