Program Administration & Contact Information

ekmane_uwDr. Indra Ekmanis

Director |

Indra earned her PhD from the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies in 2017. Her research concentrates on Latvian culture and education and she brings this expertise to her work with WCLEC. Indra has spent significant time living in Latvia, where she worked in country schools and pursued her passion for folk dancing (with TDK “Zalktis” and VPDK “Artava”). She is excited to continue developing an amazing Kursa program, and welcomes all high school students and families to see how they can connect to their culture in a great summer environment. Herself a Kursa graduate, much of her professional and personal life has been enriched as a direct consequence of starting Kursa at age 15. She embraces and lives by the motto #IAmKursa.

valdis_atvarsValdis Atvars

Treasurer |

Valdis is the Kursa program treasurer, and WCLEC treasurer’s backup. Valdis grew up in Mežotne and Kursa programs as a participant, counselor and teacher.  He was music teacher and director of the Seattle Latvian School. He has been webmaster of the Mežotne and Kursa websites for many years. Valdis’ family owns multiple properties on the WCLEC site, and is passionate about keeping the site, and the organization’s mission alive for future generations.

iveta_avaIveta Āva

Administration |

The first time I was at WCLEC was the summer of 1982 when Miervaldis showed us his plans for a place for Latvians to meet; back then there was only woods, some trails, and a lake. Life, unfortunately, took me away for a few years. Upon returning my kids took part in Mežotne, Kursa, and of course, we all celebrated Jāņi! I hope that everyone has an opportunity to visit this place that has been close to my heart and enjoy Latvian traditions in the great outdoors!