About the Olympia Tumwater Foundation


The Olympia Tumwater Foundation (OTF) was established in 1950 by under the guidance of the Olympia Brewing Company’s founders and employees to be a “tax free corporation” so it could be used as the vehicle for receiving contributions to construct a replica of the Tivoli Fountain on the Capitol Campus. A substantial dollar amount was contributed by brewery employees and others for this construction.

In 1962, OTF built Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls (then Tumwater Falls Park) for the public to enjoy. In 1967, the first scholarship was awarded to a high school senior, starting our decades-long Education Program. In 1983, when the brewery was sold to the Pabst Brewing Company, the Schmidt House was donated to OTF. Since 2003, we have been the stewards of the Olympia Brewing Company corporate archives and the Schmidt family papers, which are kept at the Schmidt House.

We take pride in honoring what the Olympia Brewery and Schmidt family did for this community and try to embody this spirit by keeping Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls a relaxing and restorative natural area; offering the beautiful Schmidt House grounds for weddings, events, and history research; and providing financial opportunities for high school seniors and local educators.

Board of Trustees


Lee Wojnar, President

SVP Marketing, O Bee Credit Union

Waite Dalrymple, Vice President

Founder, Parametrix Corporation

Cecelia Loveless, Officer-At-Large

Executive Director, MultiCare

Drew Phillips, Officer-At-Large

Principal, FORMA Construction

Gary Swindler, Treasurer


Jill Schmidt Crowson

Interior Designer

Nic Crowson

Hospitality Manager

John Dodge

Author, Journalist

Andrew Edwards


Fred Gentry


Katie Schmidt Hurley


Dan Jones

CEO, NorthAmerica Talk

Dan O’Neill

CEO, Great Western Supply

Perry Shea

Founder, SCJ Alliance

Chris Sigo

Development Officer, Squaxin Island Tribe

Foundation Staff Members

John Freedman

Executive Director
(360) 943-2550

Madeline (Maddy) Pennington

Assistant Director
(509) 393-9248

Karen Johnson

Schmidt House Curator
(360) 890-2299

Jose Guzman

Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls & Schmidt House Caretaker