4Culture Board and Advisory Committees

The work of 4Culture is accomplished by over 150 individuals each year. 4Culture is governed by a fifteen member Board of Directors, who are nominated by the King County Executive and confirmed by the King County Council. Additionally over 20 citizen volunteers in the fields of arts, heritage, preservation and public art serve on 4Culture Advisory Committees that contribute to program and policy development. Every year, over 100 citizen panelists review applications to our competitive funding programs and calls for artists.

About our Board

A 15-member Board of Directors governs 4Culture, with individuals representing the broad cultural, geographic and ethnic diversity of King County, as well as backgrounds in arts, heritage, historic preservation, and public art, finance, tourism, education, real estate and government relations. 4Culture Board members bring an impressive wealth of experience and knowledge to their roles and are primarily responsible for:

  • organizational financial oversight;
  • securing and maintaining resources from all levels of government;
  • advocacy, especially regarding resources;
  • setting policy relevant to the organization as a whole;
  • and serving as the public face of 4Culture

4Culture's Board also looks at cross cutting or timely issues that could impact 4Culture and coordinates and leads responses. The Board's fiduciary role includes its approval of the annual budget and work plans for the organization as a whole and the four program areas. It also provides official approval of all grant recommendations, which are forwarded from the three Advisory Committees that oversee funding programs. Standing Board Committees are Executive, Finance and Governance.

Board Committees

 

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is comprised of the Board Officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer), one at-large Board member. The Executive Committee sets the agenda for Board meetings, hires and evaluates the Executive Director, sets the strategic direction of the organization and maintains the organization's relationships with government at the county and state level.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee reviews monthly income and balance sheets, hires the outside auditing firm and fund manager, approves investment and financial management policies and procedures, and in general ensures that 4Culture manages its business affairs in compliance with state, county and federal law.

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee ensures that 4Culture operates in compliance with its own Charter and By-laws and King County Ordinance 14482, 4Culture's enabling legislation. It reviews the Charter and By-Laws annually and recommends revisions that will improve 4Culture's ability to operate efficiently. It also nominates Board Officers and new Board members, orients new members, and plans an annual Board retreat.

Real Estate Advisory Committee

The Real Estate Advisory Committee (REAC) is an ad hoc Board Committee established to consider innovative new ways for 4Culture to engage in or respond to real estate-related opportunities. It is comprised of 4Culture Board members and community leaders with expertise in real estate development, management, financing and community development and public policy. The REAC also reviews funding requests for large-scale arts, heritage and preservation capital projects.

Board Members

As a national expert in the consumer space, Robin works with Fortune 500 companies, advertising agencies and media properties providing consumer insights, digital media strategy, and storytelling for marketing, branding and product development teams.

Her immersion in technology and its influence on design began during her tenure at Microsoft Corporation where as a Group Manager for Design + User Research she worked on several high-profile products during her eight-year tenure. Throughout her career the power of design has been in the forefront of her work whether supervising innovative, award-winning design teams or leveraging the capacity of social networks and technical tools to foster individual creativity.

Robin has served on national and local boards and commissions, including Vice Chair of the Bellevue Arts Commission; the Board of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, and the Knight Curriculum Advisory Committee at Indiana University, where she received B.A. in journalism and design. She is currently studying for her Masters of Communication in Digital Media at the University of Washington.

She lives in Issaquah, WA with her husband Marc.

 

Alka trained as an architect and went on to pursue a career in IT, building and managing User Interface Design. She worked with various high tech companies for over 20 years, most recently as a Group Manager of a User Experience team at Microsoft. She has a deep interest in using the knowledge of human behavior in improving our spaces - whether they be virtual spaces on a computer screen or physical environments in our cities and neighborhoods.

Since Microsoft, Alka has been involved in various endeavors, including angel and other investing, being active in philanthropy serving on the Board of directors of Tateuchi Center, A.K. Guy Award Committee and Advisory Board of the South Asia Center at UW. As a Director of Tateuchi Center, Alka initiated a campaign to raise a million dollars from the South Asian Indian community in support of the Center. Alka has also been involved with furthering education in the field of math, science and business by coaching and judging for organizations like DECA & FPS (Future Problem Solving.) She is a graduate of MIT's media lab and has an undergraduate degree in Architecture.

Alka and her husband Akhtar live in Bellevue. They have 3 amazing sons, youngest of them being in high school. She enjoys interacting with artists and talking to them about their thinking process.

 

Alan is Senior Vice President at Nitze-Stagen, providing guidance, oversight and decision making for the firm's investment, property management and development activities. He is a Real Estate Developer and his background includes corporate strategic planning, market research, business development and consulting. He has over 30 years of commercial and industrial real estate experience, has developed several suburban business parks as well as urban centers such as the Union Station Campus. Alan has a Masters Degree from the University of Nebraska in Economics and holds a Washington State Real Estate License.

He has been active in Pioneer Square and International District Communities for over two decades and is interested in community revitalization and urban spaces. Currently a member of the Seattle Goodwill Board of Directors, he serves on several of their committees including the Executive, Nominating, Compensation and Site Development Committee. He is also Chairman of the Seattle Chinatown International District Public Development Authority (SCIDpda) Real Estate Committee and, in past years, has served on several other area Boards and Committees.

 

Stephen has been the Theatre Manager at Meydenbauer Center since late 1999. Prior to this position, Stephen was the Cultural Arts Coordinator at the City of Renton. Before returning to the Pacific Northwest he was a Theatre Instructor at the University of Toronto where he was also the producing director of a theatre company he co-founded.

During the past 20-years Stephen has been actively involved with regional arts organizations serving on literally dozens of panels with 4Culture and its predecessors in addition to being a charter member of the 4Culture Arts Advisory Committee and its chair for 1-year. Stephen also served on the Arts Northwest Board of Directors for 6-years, works as a theatre consultant specifically on business models and programming while continuing to serve on panels with the Idaho Commission of the Arts and the Nevada Arts Council.

Stephen's recreational time is spent fishing with his daughter, gardening, running half-marathons and climbing medium sized mountains.

 

Felicia Gonzalez is a poet and short fiction writer. She received a B.A. in English Literature and Psychology at the University of Maryland and is an alumna of Hedgebrook Writers Retreat and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Some of her many accomplishments include a 2007 Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship, a 4Culture Arts Projects award, and participation in the “My Favorite Poem” installation/video project at Richard Hugo House. She is also an experienced development professional in the non-profit sector. She has worked for the Henry Art Gallery, Chaya (a resource for South Asian Women in Seattle), and Seattle Arts & Lectures.

Felicia currently works in the development office of the University of Washington’s College of Arts and Sciences.

 

 

  • Kirstin Haugen
  • Kirstin Haugen
  • Secretary
  • (Seattle, WA)
  • District 4

Kirstin Haugen is a community volunteer, with a strong background in public affairs providing policy analysis, research, strategy, communications, and project management in both the private and public sectors. Previously, Kirstin served as Account Executive at Mercury, a public affairs consulting firm, and as Chief of Staff to former King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson. She is the former Chair of the Cascadia Community College Board of Trustees, past member of the Northshore Performing Arts Center Foundation Board, and member the King County Charter Review Commission.

Kirstin received a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelors of Arts in English & Creative Writing from the University of Washington.

 

Tom Ikeda is a third generation Seattleite whose grandparents came to Seattle from Japan in the early 1900's. He is the Executive Director of Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project, which he helped start in 1996. Densho is a virtual museum that teaches young people about democracy through the stories of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II.

During the last 17 years, Tom has conducted over 200 video-recorded, oral history interviews with Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II, created classroom curriculum from these materials, and helped design Densho's award winning website. Prior to Densho, Tom was a General Manager at Microsoft in the Multimedia Publishing Group. He has received numerous awards for his contributions in the humanities, education, and the non-profit sector, including the Humanities Washington Award for outstanding achievement in the public humanities, the National JACL Japanese American of the Biennium award for Education, and the Microsoft Alumni Foundation Integral Fellows award.

Tom comes to the 4Culture board after serving for five years on the Heritage Advisory Committee.

 

Born and raised in Chile, Patricio Mendoza has been a small business owner ( E.C. Computers) in Des Moines since 1991. With more than 24 years in operations management, business development, sales/marketing strategy, and vendor negotiations, Patricio has been actively involved in several civic organizations, including Kiwanis, Lions Club, and Rotary, where he currently chairs the international service committee.

Since 2007, he has been involved in Spanish-language radio and television broadcasting, hosting Latino musicians, poets, painters and writers on "Conversando con Patricio" on Radio 1680-AM, and originating the area’s first 100% sports show in Spanish, "Fanáticos del Deporte," for ESPN. He has played a major role in producing the Afro-Latino Festival from 2011-2013, serving as president in 2013.

Patricio is the father of four children, and also serves as his niece’s guardian. He lives with his wife and family in Des Moines.

 

 

Chris Moore is Executive Director for the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. Established in 1976, the Trust is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to safeguarding Washington's historic places through advocacy, education, stewardship and collaboration. As Executive Director, Chris oversees day-to-day management and operation of the organization, board governance, fundraising, and human resources. Chris spearheads advocacy efforts, working across the state with local communities engaged in efforts to preserve historic and cultural resources that add to Washington's unique sense of place. In partnership with the State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, Chris assists in administering capital grant programs for historic county courthouses and Heritage Barns across the state.

Chris holds an MA in Preservation Studies from Boston University. Prior to joining the WA Trust, he worked for the City of Newton, MA, as a local historic district administrator and for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, operating out of their Northeast Region Office.

 

 

Ana Pinto da Silva leads design for Microsoft's Strategic Prototyping and Advanced Strategies Group. Her work synthesizes her interests in storytelling, architecture and emerging technologies with her deep passion for creative collaboration. Ana's previous experience includes game development, architecture, and interactive media. Her work has garnered several awards including the Al Falah Grant from U.C. Berkeley in 2002 and a Webby Worthy Award in 2003.

In addition to her media work, Ana has been an instructor at San Francisco State's Multimedia Studies Program developing and teaching courses on interactive media history and development. She has extensive non-profit board experience including San Francisco's Art & Film for Teenagers and Artist Trust. She is the founder of Seattle's Pecha Kucha chapter, one of Pecha Kucha's longest running city series. She currently serves as a board member for Design In Public and as an advisor to the Seattle Waterfront Design Oversight Committee. Ana received her B.A. in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley and her MDesS from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She is a graduate of Seattle's Leadership Tomorrow's serving as class valedictorian in 2009.

 

 

Nate Robinson has worked with the City of Tukwila under the Parks & Recreation department as the Teen Program Specialist for the past seven years. Nate has direct oversight of a Friday Teen Late Night Program, Summer Camp, a teen leadership development group called Teens for Tukwila, a variety of both teen/community focused special events, and an after school drop-in space called the Teen Room. He is also very involved in work that impacts the larger Tukwila community and the region. Nate is part of the City of Tukwila Community Connector’s Committee and Equity and Diversity Commission and was also a member of the City of Tukwila Employee Committee for the Strategic Plan and the Washington Recreation & Parks Association (WRPA) Board and Cultural Competency Committee. Nate has chaired the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Board at Foster High School and the Teen Service Section (a group of professionals working with teens in the Parks & Recreation field throughout the state of Washington).

Nate received a Master’s Degree from Seattle University for completion of the Executive Non-Profit Leadership Program in 2013. In 2012, he received the City of Tukwila Excellence In Action Award. In 2011, he was the City of Tukwila Parks & Recreation Employee of the Year.

 

 

Mitch is a freelance Video Producer, Director and Storyteller. He was born and raised in Seattle, then left to pursue an education in film studies in New York City at the New School University. After living and working in New York and Los Angeles for a few years, Mitch returned to Washington State to be closer to family. He has since opened a flourishing video production business, shooting corporate promotion films and commercials for numerous companies, agencies and individuals throughout the area.

Mitch became a commissioner for the Renton Municipal Arts Commission in 2013, and acted as a judge for the 2013 Renton Film Frenzy, having participated previously. He has also served on 4Culture grant review boards, and strives to offer artists connections to resources wherever they exist.

 

 

Heather is the Executive Director of Eastside Heritage Center, a position she has held since 2005. Based in Bellevue, Eastside Heritage Center stewards the history of the communities along the eastern shores of Lake Washington, actively engaging with the public through exhibits, services and a wide variety of educational programming.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Heather holds a Master's in Public History from the University of Waterloo, an Honors B.A. in History from Queen's University, and a Licence d'Histoire from l'Université de Paul Valéry in France. Prior to moving to Bellevue with her husband in 2002, Heather worked for the Canadian Privy Council Office in the areas of Foreign Affairs and Heritage Canada.

Heather served 9 years on the Board of the Association of King County Historical Organizations, including several years as President, and 6 years on the 4Culture Heritage Advisory Committee. She has contributed articles to HistoryLink.org and has also done translation work for the Sisters of Providence Archives. Currently, Heather serves on the Visit Bellevue Washington Advisory Committee, she is an ex-Officio Board Member of the Bellevue Downtown Association, and she is active in the Bellevue Rotary Club. Heather and her husband Nick are proud parents to three young children.

 

 

  • Tracey Wickersham
  • Tracey Wickersham
  • Member-At-Large
  • (Seattle, WA)
  • District 8

Tracey is the Director of Cultural Tourism for Visit Seattle, the official Destination Marketing Organization of Seattle and King County, where she leads the initiative to promote our region as a premier destination to attract visitors interested in art, heritage and culture.

Her 25 years of arts marketing, arts administration and tourism marketing experience includes serving as the Director of Marketing and Communications for The 5th Avenue Theatre, and previously as the Cultural Programs Manager for the City of Kent.

Tracey graduated cum laude from the University of Puget Sound, and pursued graduate studies at L'Institut d'Etudes Francaises de Touraine. She serves as Co-Chair of the national Cultural & Heritage Tourism Alliance, on the national Partners in Tourism consortium, on the Steering Committee for the Puget Sound Cultural Resource Collective, and on the Arts Advisory Committee of the Washington State Convention Center. She recently concluded 8 years of service on the Board of Directors of Plymouth Housing Group, and almost 10 years on the Marketing Committee of the Downtown Seattle Association. Tracey has also hosted a weekly music program on KBCS 91.3 FM for more than 20 years.

 

 

Hollis Wong-Wear is a singer-producer, poet, rapper, manager and actress. She manages the hip-hop duo Blue Scholars, and also co-founded Canary Sing with her best friend when she was 19, going on to perform in hundreds of shows. She coordinated the Youth Slam Series at Arts Corps and facilitated the Food Education Empowerment and Sustainability Team (FEEST) at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, located in the Delridge Neighborhood of Southwest Seattle. You can hear her stunning vocals in White Walls, a track on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' breakout album The Heist. She's also making waves as part of The Flavr Blue, a recently formed trio that hit the scene in 2013 and is helping shape the next wave of Seattle hip-hop.

 

4Culture Ex Officio Board Members

  • Kathy Lambert - King County Council - District 3
  • Joe McDermott - King County Council - District 8
  • Larry Phillips - King County Council - District 4
  • Jim Kelly - Executive Director - 4Culture

 

About our Advisory Committees

The four 4Culture program areas - Arts, Heritage, Historic Preservation and Public Art—are managed by staff working closely with Advisory Committees. These Advisory Committees bring together a maximum of nine specialists who provide expert professional input, guidance and advice from the field. The Advisory Committees are working committees immersed in the technical aspects of the specific area and use peer to peer discussions to advise the staff in carrying out the work of that program. Advisory Committees meet regularly throughout the year to advise, establish, and review procedures for granting programs and to identify regional priorities or initiatives on behalf of our community.

Arts

 

  • Shelley Brittingham
  • Shelley Brittingham

Shelley Brittingham is an Assistant Director with the City of Bellevue Parks & Community Services Department and a former Recreation Coordinator for the King County Parks & Recreation Division. She has a dance background and extensive experience conducting arts programs for all ages through parks & recreation, afterschool programs and the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. She has presented at national and local conferences on school age/youth care issues. Shelley is a Burien resident and also serves on the Burien Arts Commission.

 

  • Lawrence Ellis
  • Lawrence Ellis

Lawrence Ellis is the Assistant Director for the City of SeaTac Parks & Recreation Department and a long time collaborator of 4Culture. As the lead staff for the former SeaTac Arts Commission and recreation staff for the Parks and Recreation Department, Lawrence has facilitated numerous arts in the parks programs and funding awards from 4Culture over the last 20 years. Lawrence has also served on 4Culture panels for the Cultural Facilities and Special Projects Programs of 4Culture. Lawrence is a an active community member of the SeaTac Community as well as serving with the Boy and Girls Club of Ballard.

 

  • Bernie Griffin
  • Bernie Griffin

Bernadine (Bernie) Griffin is the Managing Director of 5th Avenue Theatre. During her tenure the 5th Avenue has grown from a $10 million to a $25 million organization. She brings to her position over 30 years of fundraising and management experience. Prior to The 5th Avenue, she served as Director of Development for the prestigious Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles as well as The Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, California. Before moving to California, she served at the Seattle Symphony where she is proud to have been part of the team that built Benaroya Hall. In addition to the Symphony, Griffin worked for the Tony Award-winning Seattle Repertory Theatre as well as Tony Randall's National Actors Theatre in New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Martin's University in Lacey Washington and is proud to have been born and raised in Walla Walla, Washington. Bernie was recently honored as one of the 2013 Women of Influence by the Puget Sound Business Journal. She is married to award-winning actor, Sean Griffin.

 

  • Joshua Heim
  • Joshua Heim

Joshua Heim is the arts administrator at the City of Redmond. He is interested in the intersection the arts, cultural development and social justice. He was selected as the Washington State representative for the 2014 WESTAF Emerging Leaders of Color in the Arts program. His previous work includes the Native Hawaiian Legacy Project in Honolulu and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle where he managed the award winning YouthCAN program, recipient of the National Youth Arts and Humanities Program Award from the White House. Joshua received a M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington Bothell and a B.A. from Lewis and Clark College.

 

  • Dan Mayer
  • Dan Mayer

Dan Mayer is the Managing Director for Book-It Theatre in Seattle. He was formerly the Executive Director for the Kirkland Performance Center. Dan has an extensive history of non-profit arts experience in King County, as a free-lance planning consultant providing crisis and transition management for a number of arts organizations including On the Boards, Empty Space, Spectrum Dance Theatre, Photographic Center Northwest, The Jewish Film Festival, and nationally with the National Performance Network, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York and Chicago, and Arts International.

 

  • Stephen Elliott
  • Stephen Elliott
  • Board Representative

Stephen has been the Theatre Manager at Meydenbauer Center since late 1999. Prior to this position, Stephen was the Cultural Arts Coordinator at the City of Renton. Before returning to the Pacific Northwest he was a Theatre Instructor at the University of Toronto where he was also the producing director of a theatre company he co-founded.

During the past 20-years Stephen has been actively involved with regional arts organizations serving on literally dozens of panels with 4Culture and its predecessors in addition to being a charter member of the 4Culture Arts Advisory Committee and its chair for 1-year. Stephen also served on the Arts Northwest Board of Directors for 6-years, works as a theatre consultant specifically on business models and programming while continuing to serve on panels with the Idaho Commission of the Arts and the Nevada Arts Council.

Stephen's recreational time is spent fishing with his daughter, gardening, running half-marathons and climbing medium sized mountains.

 

  • Bryan Ohno
  • Bryan Ohno

Bryan Ohno is the president & director of Urban Art Concept that creates, consults and organizes private/public art projects to enliven the grey in the city. It embraces art, in all of its forms, to inspire human connections. UAC evolved from the Bryan Ohno Gallery in Pioneer Square as a new art platform to expand from the traditional art forms of paintings on the wall and sculptures on pedestals. In 2012, UAC worked on the Seattle Parks and Recreation's ARTSparks program and organized the Spiral Art Project supported by Seattle University and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to bring more awareness to the displaced families in the State of Washington. Past boards include the International Sculpture Center (NJ) and the School of Art, University of Washington. He also served as the founding director for the innovative MadArt projects ('09-'12) and curated the West Edge Sculpture Exhibition ('08).

 

Heritage

 

  • Brian J. Carter
  • Brian J. Carter

Brian J. Carter is Manager of Exhibit Experiences at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, working with a professional team to craft visitor-centered engagements that transform how audiences connect with the collections, the work of the Burke's researchers, and the world around us. Prior to his time at the Burke, Brian served as Museum Director at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, where he was responsible for guiding the artistic and interpretive direction of museum activities. He was also a founding staff member of the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle, where he served as Deputy Director/Head Curator. Brian graduated with high honors from Stanford University, where he majored in American history with a minor in African and African American studies. He is also a graduate of the University of Washington Master of Arts in Museology. He currently serves on the board of the American Association of African American Museums.

 

  • Cassie Chinn
  • Cassie Chinn

Cassie Chinn, Deputy Executive Director at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, oversees planning and implementation of exhibition, collection, public programming and education initiatives in collaboration with community members. In her 20 plus years with the museum, she has worked with numerous community advisory committees and community members to create exhibitions, gather oral histories and produce other museum projects. During the Museum's recent capital project, she led community-based program planning and served on the Design Team. She holds a BA and MA in art history as well as a Master in Teaching.

 

  • Maya Farrar
  • Maya Farrar

Maya Farrar is the Program Administrator for the University of Washington Museology Program and a graduate of that program. She has interests in art, technology and administration. She manages a variety of projects including course and program websites, newsletters and events, as well as assisting with grant fund management. She is also the program liaison with the university's Educational Outreach unit, which provides continuing education through a range of programs, connecting the university with communities across the country. Born and raised in central Mexico, Maya is fluent in Spanish and English. In addition to her Masters of Arts in Museology, Maya holds a Bachelor's in Studio Art.

 

  • Nancy Salguero McKay
  • Nancy Salguero McKay

Nancy Salguero McKay is Curator of Collections for the Highline Historical Society/Highline Heritage Museum, a position she has held since 2005, the same year she received her Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Washington. With the Highline Historical Society planning for a new museum in the near future, Nancy's current duties include collections care and management, as well as supervision of volunteers and interns. In addition, Nancy designs and installs local history exhibits at "pop up" locations around the Highline area. Before becoming a museum professional, Nancy, who is bilingual in Spanish and English, worked with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, providing support to staff in promoting justice for low-income immigrants. With a passion for heritage, diversity, cultural and intergenerational representation, Nancy also volunteers as an organizer and participant in events promoting social justice.

 

  • Eric Nelson
  • Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson joined the Nordic Heritage Museum as Executive Director in January 2008. A Napa, California native, he served as Executive Director of the Napa Valley Museum from 1999 to 2007. Prior to this role, he was Curator of Exhibits and Collections and then Executive Director of the Sonoma County Museum for eleven years. Eric is a graduate of the prestigious Getty Museum Leadership Institute and holds a Masters of Art degree in History from Sonoma State University and a B.A. in History from California State University, Sacramento. He has served as guest lecturer at Sonoma State University, San Francisco State University and Santa Rosa Junior College.

 

  • Chieko Takai Phillips
  • Chieko Takai Phillips

Chieko Phillips came to King County by way of Roswell, Georgia and found a home at the Northwest African American Museum, where she works as the curatorial assistant. In 2009, Chieko received a BA in History from Davidson College in North Carolina and her MA in Museology from the University of Washington in 2011. Her passion for local history, community historians, and representations of mixed race identity drives her to volunteer with heritage projects around Seattle including those at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington and the Wing Luke Museum. As an emerging professional, Chieko brings a fresh perspective to King County's heritage museum community.

 

  • Heron Scott
  • Heron Scott

Heron Scott is Executive Director of the Steamer Virginia V Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and operating the SS VIRGINIA V, Puget Sound's last wooden passenger steamboat. Heron "came up through the hawse pipe," working on commercial fishing vessels in Puget Sound and Alaska as a youth where he developed an affinity for old wooden working vessels. Formally trained as a shipwright at the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Townsend, he cut his chops restoring such vessels as the USS SEQUOIA and commercial oyster dredging boats at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum before moving onto the Lead Boatwright position at Seattle's Center for Wooden Boats.

 

 

  • Heather Trescases
  • Heather Trescases
  • Board Representative

Heather Trescases joined the Eastside Heritage Center as Executive Director in 2005, following a move to Bellevue from her native home of Toronto, Canada. She holds a Master’s in Public History from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, an Honors B.A. in History from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, and a Licence d’Histoire from l'Université de Paul Valéry in France. While awaiting an American work permit, Heather began volunteering with EHC in 2002, assisting with research services, collections management, displays & exhibits, organizing the monthly lecture series and, since 2004, co-coordinating the Strawberry Festival. Heather served on 4Culture's Heritage Advisory Committee from 2008-2014, before her appointment to the 4Culture Board in 2015.

 

Preservation

 

  • Richard Anderson
  • Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson is the Executive Director of the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie. He has been with the Museum for 15 years and has guided the organization through a period of rapid growth, and through a transition from a volunteer-managed museum to one managed by a full time professional staff. Richard has an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia and his area of academic interest is the role railroads played in the development of the west. He is versed in collection care techniques for large artifacts including locomotives, freight cars and coaches.

 

  • Brooke V. Best
  • Brooke V. Best

Brooke Best's background combines the disciplines of historic preservation and environmental studies, with an undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and master's in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Since relocating to Seattle, she has worked as a consultant in the preservation and green building fields. She recently served as the City of Bothell's Landmark Preservation Board liaison and currently works as Historic Seattle's Office Manager. Brooke has volunteered with the preservation and architecture community including the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, Friends of Georgetown History, AIA Seattle, and DocomomoWEWA.

 

  • Manish Chalana
  • Manish Chalana

Manish Chalana is an Assistant Professor in the Urban Design and Planning department at the University of Washington, with an affiliate appointment in the Jackson School of International Studies. He is a multidisciplinary design and planning professional with interests in historic preservation and international planning. Within historic preservation, his research and teaching emphasizes large-scale cultural resource management, multicultural preservation, and preservation of vernacular environments. He has published and presented his work in a variety of planning and preservation journals and venues. Manish has also participated and consulted on preservation projects internationally, especially in Asia. In his free time he likes to read, garden, walk his dog around the Central District, explore cities and travel the world.

 

  • Nathaniel Howe
  • Nathaniel Howe

Nathaniel Howe is the Nautical Archaeologist and Vessel Manager for Northwest Seaport. He studied at Mystic Seaport and the Vasa Museum in Sweden and holds a master's degree in Nautical Archaeology from East Carolina University and a bachelor’s degree in history and museum studies from Beloit College. In 2008 and 2009 Howe directed the archaeological recording of the schooner Wawona (1897) and oversaw the extraction of artifacts prior to and during its deconstruction at a Seattle shipyard. Howe is now working on preservation planning for Northwest Seaport’s two remaining ships, Arthur Foss (1889) and Lightship No. 83 (1904). Last summer he supervised three months of major shipyard restoration work on the lightship and is currently the project manager for the installation of a new wooden deck on the 130-foot ship.

 

  • Chris Moore
  • Chris Moore
  • Board Representative

Chris Moore is Executive Director for the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. Established in 1976, the Trust is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to safeguarding Washington's historic places through advocacy, education, stewardship and collaboration. As Executive Director, Chris oversees day-to-day management and operation of the organization, board governance, fundraising, and human resources. Chris spearheads advocacy efforts, working across the state with local communities engaged in efforts to preserve historic and cultural resources that add to Washington's unique sense of place. In partnership with the State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, Chris assists in administering capital grant programs for historic county courthouses and Heritage Barns across the state. Chris holds an MA in Preservation Studies from Boston University. Prior to joining the WA Trust, he worked for the City of Newton, MA, as a local historic district administrator and for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, operating out of their Northeast Region Office.

 

  • Krista Whiters
  • Krista Whiters

Krista currently serves as an Intern Architect at Bassetti Architects. She is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During grad school she completed two summer internships at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. This experience included a summer with the National Trust Loan Fund during which she learned about the financing necessary for preserving buildings. After earning Masters degrees in architecture and urban planning, she completed eleven months of service in AmeriCorps in Elkins, WV, where she restored 97-year-old window sashes from Elkins City Hall and painted clapboards on a house that served as a Union hospital during the Civil War. When Krista is not at work practicing architecture, she enjoys exploring Seattle parks and making pop-up cards.

 

  • Eugenia Woo
  • Eugenia Woo

Eugenia Woo is Historic Seattle's Director of Preservation Services. She develops and implements historic preservation policies and initiatives, provides technical assistance, engages in community outreach, and coordinates advocacy efforts. Her experience includes working as a preservation consultant at Artifacts Consulting in Tacoma and on the staff of the Historic Preservation Program in the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. She is a co-founder and board member of Docomomo WEWA. Eugenia has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Urban Planning and Preservation Planning certificate from the University of Washington.

 

Public Art

 

  • Alka Badshah
  • Alka Badshah
  • Board Representative

Alka trained as an architect and went on to pursue a career in IT, building and managing User Interface Design. Most recently she worked as a Group Manager of a User Experience team at Microsoft. She has a deep interest in using knowledge of human behavior in improving our spaces - whether they be virtual or physical environments. Since Microsoft, Alka has been involved in various endeavors; being active in philanthropy serving on the Board of directors of Tateuchi Center, A.K.; Guy Award Committee and Advisory Board of the South Asia Center at UW. Alka is a graduate of MIT's media lab. She has been involved with furthering education in the field of math, science and business by coaching and judging for organizations like DECA and FPS (Future Problem Solving.) Alka and her husband Akhtar live in Bellevue. They have 3 amazing sons. She enjoys interacting with artists and talking to them about their thinking process.

 

  • Lucrecia Blanco
  • Lucrecia Blanco

Lucrecia Blanco is the Creative Director of Vela Lighting Consultants, working in the realms of sculpture and architecture. She creates both studio works and master planning projects internationally, with an additional focus on sustainability. She has an extensive background with lighting for theater, dance, and opera; and led the theater lighting design department at Northern Illinois University while maintaining an independent practice. She is an associate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Blanco currently resides in Kirkland, WA.

 

  • Cris Bruch
  • Cris Bruch

Cris Bruch is a sculptor and public artist who has been active in the region for over 25 years. His work integrates issues of consumer culture and social/economic disparity with a more formal aesthetic, characterized by the use of non-traditional materials and repetitive processes. His work has been shown extensively in the US and abroad, and he has received numerous awards with highlights including the Betty Bowen Memorial Award; the Neddy Fellowship; the Artist Trust/WASAC Fellowship; and the Pollock Krasner Foundation award. His permanent pieces can be seen in the King County Public Art Collection; on the University of Washington campus in Seattle; at the Wayne Lyman Morse United States Courthouse in Eugene, OR; and along the 5th Avenue Transit Corridor in Portland, OR. Bruch was raised in Kansas City, MO and earned his BFA in ceramics/sculpture at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. He then completed his MFA (sculpture) and MA (video) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

 

  • Stefano Catalani
  • Stefano Catalani

Stefano Catalani serves as Director of Curatorial Affairs/Artistic Director at Bellevue Arts Museum. During his time as Curator and continuing as Director, he has conceived and organized acclaimed exhibitions exploring the ever-evolving field of art, craft and design and has championed Northwest artists in his exhibition schedule. Catalani has written and contributed to many publications and exhibition catalogues. He serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Washington, Evergreen State College and other educational institutions. With a classical education in his native Italy, Catalani relocated to Seattle in 2001, bringing a strong theoretical background in art history and philosophy to his work in the region. At Bellevue Arts Museum, he focuses on "craft as a cultural signifier," stressing the social implications of craft.

 

  • Maria Gamboa
  • Maria Gamboa

Maria Gamboa is a visual artist who creates two-dimensional works and on-site architectural interventions. She is also a practicing designer with her firm Abarbanel & Gamboa Design, rehabilitating and re-designing homes. She has previously worked as an Adjunct Professor at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA, a Museum Educator at The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA, an Instructor of Record and Teaching Assistant at RISD, and as a studio assistant to Salomon Huerta in Los Angeles, CA. Gamboa received her BA with honors from the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, CA and her MFA with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Her awards at these institutions are numerous, and include a Presidential Scholar Fellowship at RISD and ArtsBridge Scholarship at UC Berkeley. Gamboa brings a unique perspective to our PAAC through her upbringing in a migrant farm-working family.

 

  • James Hughes
  • James Hughes

James Hughes is a trans-disciplinary artist focused on the intersection between art and technology. His work is concerned with systems, agency and information. James' research involves the use of real-time audio/video processing, audio/video synthesis, computer vision, sensors, networks, robotics and artificial intelligence to create interactive installations and performance platforms. James heads up the Fabrication Lab at the University of Washington Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) where he teaches art students everything from programming and electronics, to woodworking and CNC machining.

 

  • Selina Hunstiger
  • Selina Hunstiger

Selina Hunstiger's practice merges art, ecology and environmental stewardship, and landscape architecture. She received undergraduate degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Photography and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington. Selina cofounded Inkwell Collective a collaborative design partnership, which developed design concepts, research topics and site-specific installations exploring shapes of architecture, urbanism and placemaking. She has also contributed to the cultural community through a variety of opportunities such as facilitating the Design Your 'Hood program for the Seattle Art Museum, designing materials for Seattle's landmark Freeway Park, and serving on the City of Seattle Green Building Team. An enthusiastic explorer, Selina has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the South Pacific. Selina is currently on staff at the landscape architecture firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol.

 

  • Mark Johnson
  • Mark Johnson

As a Principal at Signal Architecture + Research, Mark brings a place based, community oriented approach to his work, creating places to live, celebrate, reflect and learn. He is a design collaborator, drawing the best from clients, teammates, public artists and community members. His work with cultural institutions, municipalities and communities has allowed him to develop a keen eye toward deep integration and true sustainability of place - one that is rooted in site specific characteristics that manifest in visual, elegant ways. He has spent the last decade refining an approach to scale based regenerative design - matching occupant, program, and climate to place in projects, ranging from interpretive focused nature centers to public parks, municipal infrastructure, museums, and places for learning. Utilizing his backgrounds in music and sculpture, combined with an ecological design sense, he works across disciplines to create dynamic shared visions where buildings, landscapes, and people are interconnected, reflective of their context, history and goals.

 

  • Erika Dalya Massaquoi
  • Erika Dalya Massaquoi

Erika Dalya Massaquoi is an arts, culture and media professional with over a decade of executive leadership experience in the public and private sectors. She recently moved to Seattle from Manhattan, where she was Assistant Dean of the School of Art and Design at The Fashion Institute of Technology at the State University of New York. She currently serves as a Board Trustee of Seattle's Pratt Fine Arts Center and is a Board Director of The Feminist Press in New York City. As a curator, she has held positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the American Museum of the Moving Image. She has worked as a commentator with NPR and as a Producer/Correspondent with Oxygen Media. She holds a BA in History and a MA in Social Sciences from The University of Chicago, and a PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University/Tisch School of the Arts.

 

Board

The Board of Directors meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month (except when noted) at 4:00 in the 4Culture offices.

For more information, please contact Melissa Newbill, 206 263.1603.

2015 Meeting Schedule

January 28   |   February 25   |  March 26   |   April 22   |   May 27   |   June 24   |   July & August (no regular meeting)
September 23   |   October 28   |   November (no regular meeting)  |   December 2

Board Committee Meeting Schedule

Executive Committee: Monday, April 13, 2015, 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Finance Committee: Monday, May 18, 2015, 3:30 - 5:30 PM

Governance Committee: TBD

Real Estate Advisory Committee: TBD

all committee meetings are at 4Culture offices unless otherwise noted

 

Arts Advisory Committee

The Arts Advisory Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 3:30-5:30 in the 4Culture offices.

For more information, please contact Charlie Rathbun, 206 263.1607.

2015 Meeting Schedule

January 20   |   February 17   |   March 17   |   April 21   |   May 19   |   June 16   |   July 21   |   August 18
September 15   |   October 20   |   November 17   |   December 15

 

Heritage Advisory Committee

The Heritage Advisory Committee meets on the second Wednesday of every other month at 3pm in the 4Culture offices.

For more information, please contact Eric Taylor, 206 263.1586

2015 Meeting Schedule

February 11  |  April 8  |  June 10  |  August 12  |  October 14  |  December 9

 

Preservation Advisory Committee

The Preservation Advisory Committee meets on the first Thursday of every other month at 3pm in the 4Culture offices.

For more information, please contact Flo Lentz, 206 263.1604.

2015 Meeting Schedule

February 5  |  April 2  |  June 18  |  August 6  |  October 1  |  December 3

 

Public Art Advisory Committee

The Public Art Advisory Committee meets on the third Thursday of every month at 9am in the 4Culture offices.

For more information, please contact Ryan Feddersen, 206 263.1587.

2015 Meeting Schedule

January 15  |  February 19  |  March 19  |  April 16  |  May 21  |  June 18  |  July 16  |  September 3  |  September 17
October 15  |  November 19  |  December 17

 

Local Arts Agency Network

The Local Arts Agency Network meets every other month on the 4th Thursday from 9:30 to 12:30. Locations vary.

For more information, please contact Charlie Rathbun, 206 263.1607

2015 Meeting Schedule

January 22   |  March 26  |  May 28  |  July 23  |  September 24  |  December 3