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Englewood Staff

My name is Carolyn Hamilton

Activities Director

Carolyn Hamilton is excited about youth outreach at Englewood Christian Church!  Carolyn believes that church happens not just on Sunday morning but wherever the spirit is found in good works, good hearts, and good helping.  Carolyn loves using all our senses to teach and learn.  Dancing, singing, creating art, making music and listening are all part of her approach to reaching kids.  Sunday mornings and throughout the week, creativity and inspiration are found throughout the Englewood youth ministry.

 

Carolyn was raised in Wapato and attended Santa Clara University where she studied mathematics and art.  She began fostering her love of movement and music soon after graduation by moving to NYC where acting and dancing became her focus.  She lived in multiple cities but settled down in Cairo Egypt where she spent 13 years working as a successful dancer and actress.  While in Egypt, Carolyn founded a yearly arts festival that focused on dance, live music, and culture.  The festival ran for 8 years in 5 different locations around Egypt. She also produced 6 albums of Arabic music as well as taught dance in 35 countries.  Her time in Africa and the Middle East have enriched her understanding of diverse cultures while developing an awareness of how similar we all are in our desire to be loved and to love.

 

Carolyn returned to the Yakima Valley and began to work with children in the public schools before coming to Englewood Christian Church.  Now at Englewood she directs the After School Arts, a free art program for kids ages 7-14, and the World Dance and Rhythm Camp, a summer camp where children learn dances and rhythms from around the world.   She strives to create a place at Englewood Christian Church where children are encouraged to learn and discover while their spirits are also nurtured.

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My name is Dawn Gaulke

Church Administrator

Dawn Gaulke is the Church Administrator at Englewood Christian Church. Before working at Englewood, Dawn worked as the Parish Administrator at St. Timothy's Episcopal church here in Yakima.  

Dawn's administration experience began at Community Living where she worked as the Office Manager. Prior to her position in  the Admin office Dawn worked as a Staff Supervisor and Client Coordinator, working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Dawn's experience in office administration and community services spans over a period of 25 years. 

Dawn and her husband Tom have been married 33 years, have 3 adult Sons, two beautiful Daughters-n-Laws, six Grandchildren, and two German Shepherds, Princess Leia and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

 

Dawn's hobbies are cake decorating, Bible journaling and hiking.

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My name is Kaeren Steele Fouts

Organist/Pianist

Kaeren began piano studies at the age of 4 in Yakima, WA, under the guidance of her grandparents and other wonderful teachers.  Inspired by her grandfather who was organist at First Presbyterian Church for 28 years, she also began organ studies when she was finally “tall enough to reach all the pedals” in 7th grade under the coaching of one of the nuns and Monseigneur John Ecker of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Yakima where she became the organist during her middle, high school, and some post-college years.  She received a music scholarship to WSU in Pullman and was a double performance major in both piano and pipe organ.  Kaeren was also offered scholarships at Whitman in Walla Walla and San Francisco State University in conjunction with San Francisco Conservatory. 

 

Kaeren married James Fouts of Yakima and they moved to Hawaii in1969 where she turned toward using her piano abilities to perform mostly classical music in formal dining rooms.  She continued nonstop in that career for over 21 years in both Hawaii and the Puget Sound Region where they moved with their baby son, Christopher, in 1989.  During her time in Seattle, she was granted private study with Bela Siki, chair of the piano department at UW for 2 years.  In 2008 she pursued her lifelong dream of studying violin and has been a violinist with Thalia Symphony Orchestra for 16 years.  In 2019 she performed a U.S. Premiere of the Erzsebet Szonyi organ concerto with the symphony deeming the 79 pages of organ music to be the most difficult piece she has ever played.  She still commutes weekly for rehearsals in early fall and spring. A former passion of dancing (ballet, jazz, hip hop, and mostly tap, and Irish hard shoe – Riverdance) had to be abandoned after 25 years when several back surgeries forced the decision.   

 

Kaeren and James moved back to Yakima in early January 2023 and live happily in West Valley. She finds returning to playing the organ and classical music on the piano again a dream and is joyful to share her love of music at Englewood Community Church. 

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