Tyson Ballew
Executive Director

A transplant from Missoula, MT, Ballew has always been involved in his music community. He has a Bachleor's in Photo Journalism and has worked for non profits for 15 years. Since 2001 Ballew has always approached things from a DIY stance. He booked all ages shows at community recreation centers, VFW's, Boy's and Girls Clubs, clothing stores, and art centers. Ballew worked for 5 years with the Zootown Arts Community Center before moving to Bellingham in 2012. Ballew has also worked for 10 years in community broadcasting as DJ and former music director for KBGA college radio in Missoula, MT. contact: director@makeshiftproject.com


Jess Flegel

Chicago native Jess Flegel is an integral part to Make.Shift. Taking over the Gallery Director position early on at Make.Shift she has inspired and given many beginning artists a wall to showcase their work. Now, she is the handiest one on the team and is always working to improve things around the space. We love having Jess in the building and frankly can’t imagine how we would go on without her humor and work ethic.

contact: super@makeshiftproject.com


Jessyca Murphy
Gallery Director

Murphy has been active in the Bellingham arts and music scene for over a decade. A long time Make.Shift supporter, and member of our Gallery Committee. She currently works at DVSAS and is lead singer of long standing local band Scumeating. A visual artist herself, Murphy has a great vision to keep the gallery open to the community while showcasing work by underrepresented populations. We are so excited to have such a vibrant and forward moving artist to our staff. 

contact: gallery@makeshiftproject.com





Katie Gray                          Volunteer Coordinator & KZAX Station Manager

Katie has been an active member of the Bellingham music scene since she moved here in 2011. She’s a singer-songwriter and currently fronts The Katie Gray Band. Her career in radio began in 2013 as the maintenance engineer for KUGS at WWU. After earning her BA in Music and minor in Audio Technology she went on to commercial radio at Cascade Radio Group where she is currently the mid-day personality at KAFE 104.1 and the host of Your Afternoon Show on KGMI. Katie worked with Make.Shift for 3 years to put on her miniature music festival, MiniHam, before joining the official Make.Shift family in March 2017.

contact: volunteer@makeshiftproject.com  kzaxstationmanager@makeshiftproject.com

Steeb & Libby
Studio Managers

Both familiar faces to Bellingham and the local art community, Steeb and Libby are the dream team who manage the studios at Make.Shift. Their connectedness, creativity and general positivity bring a great deal to the organization along with having their studio locale at Make.Shift. Steeb draws and paints, his work an aesthetic pillar around town. Libby owns and operates Moth and Squirrel, a reclaimed luxury knit business, often found at the Bellingham Farmer’s Market along with the studio in Make.Shift. These two are quite involved in this lovely community.

contact: studios@makeshiftproject.com