People

Board of Directors

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BJ Burg

Board President

BJ (they/them) is a poi spinner, fire dancer, videographer, instructor, performer, and jack-of-all-trades for Seattle Flow Arts Collective. Outside of flow arts, they enjoy learning to dance, discovering local artists, building LEGOs, listening to music, and parenting little children in central Seattle. Professionally, they work as a researcher, project manager, and software engineer for a large company. You can check out their current creative impulses at @brainfreezyflow.

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Arlene Smith

Vice-President
Arlene (she/her) is a Seattle based flow artist and community organizer who loves sharing her enthusiasm for movement, play and self empowerment with those around her. She started organizing FlowShop, a weekly gathering hosting workshops and open skill shares, in 2016 and is a founding member of the Seattle Flow Arts Collective. Arlene has been playing with flow arts for the past 9 years and can most often be found tangled up in hula hoops, preferably while roller skating.
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Kat Plimpton

Secretary
Kat (she/her) is a flow artist and fire dancer who focuses on s-staff manipulation, which includes spinning buugeng and the Serpent Staff, a giant fire s-staff. She brings a significant amount of nonprofit experience to the SFAC board, with over 5 years of experience working for an environmental organization that advocates for clean energy and energy efficiency in the Pacific Northwest, as well as experience serving on two other nonprofit boards.
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Zachary Mallon

Treasurer
Zac (he/him) has been a part of the Pacific Northwest flow arts community since 2008. He has worked with Pacific Fire Gathering since its first year, starting as the Fire Safety and Fuel Depot Organizer and now as a Director. He also brings experience from working in the nonprofit world and is currently the coordinator for the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council on the Oregon coast. He mucks about with a lot of props but spends most of his time spinning double/contact/doubles-contact staff.
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Desert Black

At-large board member
Desert (he/him) has been a part of the Seattle fire dancing & fire breathing communities for over 10 years. He was the Fire Safety Director for the Flow Arts Institute, and remains deeply involved with local fire spinning gatherings as a community leader and advocate. Certified FAI Fire Safety Instructor. He’s also an Organizer for some of the regional Flow Arts Festivals. He’s happy to discuss fire safety with those who have questions!
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Zee Parker

At-large board member
Zee (they/them) started the fire journey in 2014 by incorporating fire eating and fleshing into burlesque and metal shows. They now co-lead Seattle-based circus, flow, and fire troupe Emerald City Dragons and run a small business focused on bodywork and healing. Zee is passionate about the power of movement as medicine and connection, aspiring to create collaboration between the flow world and the other communities they are a part of.