Board + Advisory Committees


A 15-member Board of Directors governs 4Culture, with individuals representing the cultural, geographic and ethnic diversity of King County. 4Culture Board members bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their roles.

2019 Meeting Schedule

The Board of Directors meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month—except when noted—at 4:00 pm at the 4Culture offices.

  • January 23
  • February 27
  • March 27
  • April 24
  • May 22
  • June 26
  • July (no regular meeting)
  • August (no regular meeting)
  • September 25
  • October 23
  • November (no regular meeting)
  • December 4

For more information, please contact Melissa Newbill at or 206-263-1603.

Executive Committee
Monday, January 14, 12:00 — 1:00 pm

Finance Committee
Monday, January 14, 1:00 — 2:00 pm

Governance Committee
Monday, January 14, 11:00 am — 12:00 pm

  • Greg Beams

      • Treasurer
      • Kirkland (District 6)
      • Greg Beams is a retired CPA and partner from Ernst & Young where he worked with emerging and global technology companies in the Pacific Northwest. Greg earned his MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and serves on the Board of the Photographic Center Northwest. He also serves on the Board of other nonprofits in the Greater Seattle area including Apprenti and the Washington Technology Industry Association.
  • Jeanne Burbidge

      • Federal Way (District 7)
      • Jeanne Burbidge is a Board Director for the Federal Way Performing Arts Foundation. She served 20 years on the Federal Way City Council through 2017. She also served as Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Earlier, Jeanne chaired the city’s Arts Commission and served on boards at Centerstage Theatre and Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and on the King County Arts Commission. Other community involvement included the Library Arts Commission and Federal Way Arts Festival.
  • Stephen Elliott

      • Bellevue (District 6)
      • With a MFA in the performing arts, Stephen spent 8 years as Manager of the Cultural Arts in Renton, 17 years as Manager of the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, and 6 years as a member of the Board of Directors of Arts Northwest. He is a charter member of our Arts Advisory Committee and is now in his 6th year on our Board of Directors. Stephen has continued to serve on dozens of 4Culture peer review panels and is currently the Arts Advisory Committee liaison to the Board.
  • Felicia Gonzalez

      • Secretary
      • Seattle (District 2)
      • Felicia Gonzalez is a poet and short fiction writer. She currently works in the development office of the University of Washington’s College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Kirstin Haugen

      • Seattle (District 4)
      • Kirstin Haugen is an experienced policy analyst and active community volunteer with a background in public affairs. Previously, she was a trustee at Cascadia Community College, the account manager at Mercury, a public affairs consulting firm, and chief of staff to former King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson. Kirstin is very passionate about the arts, a ballet lover, and writer.
  • Tom Ikeda

      • Seattle (District 2)
      • Tom Ikeda is the Executive Director of Densho, a nationally-acclaimed cultural heritage organization that promotes social justice by sharing the story of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Tom has conducted over 250 video-recorded oral histories and brings management and technology expertise to our Board as a former Microsoft general manager.
  • Peter Kwon

      • SeaTac (District 5)
      • Peter Kwon is a Systems Engineer for Napster, the pioneering digital music streaming company headquartered in Seattle. Also a Councilmember for the City of SeaTac, Peter has spearheaded the creation of the "Arts, Culture, and Library Advisory Committee" to promote community involvement and participation. With a lifelong passion for arts and culture, Peter is a member of the Highline Historic Society, the Highline Botanical Garden, and frequently helps to organize various community events.
  • Chris Moore

      • Vice President
      • Mercer Island (District 6)
      • Chris Moore is the Executive Director for the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to safeguarding Washington’s historic places through advocacy, education, stewardship, and collaboration. As Executive Director, Chris oversees day-to-day management of the organization and spearheads advocacy efforts, working across the state with local communities to preserve the historic resources that add to Washington’s unique sense of place. Chris holds an MA in Preservation Studies from Boston University.
  • Ana Pinto da Silva

      • Seattle (District 2)
      • Ana Pinto da Silva leads design for Microsoft's Strategic Prototyping and Advanced Strategies Group, where she synthesizes her interests in storytelling, architecture and emerging technologies.
  • Mitch Shepherd

      • Member-at-Large
      • Renton (District 9)
      • Mitch is a video producer, director and storyteller, and co-owns and operates a video production company in Renton. His company strives to tell unique, untold stories and create opportunities in video production for women and people of color. He is a former commissioner for the Renton Municipal Arts Commission.
  • Heather Trescases

      • President
      • Bellevue (District 9)
      • Heather is the Founder and Principal of Figure8 Consulting, LLC, and previously served 11 years as Executive Director of Eastside Heritage Center in Bellevue. Heather has served on the AKCHO Board, contributed articles to, and done translation work for the Sisters of Providence Archives. She currently serves on the Bellevue Parks + Community Services Board and the Visit Bellevue Washington tourism advisory committee, and is active in the Rotary Club of Bellevue.
  • Tracey Wickersham

      • Seattle (District 8)
      • Tracey Wickersham is the Director of Cultural Tourism for Visit Seattle, the official destination marketing organization of Seattle and King County. Tracey previously worked as the Director of Marketing and Communications for The 5th Avenue Theatre, and as the Cultural Programs Manager for the City of Kent, leading an award-winning municipal arts program. She has been a volunteer music program host for KBCS radio in Bellevue for more than 25 years and served 8 years on the Board of Plymouth Housing Group.
  • Shari Winstead

    • Shoreline (District 1)
      Shari Winstead served as both Mayor and City Councilmember of Shoreline from 2010 to 2017. Prior to being elected, Shari served on Shoreline’s Parks, Recreational + Cultural Services Board, including the Public Arts advisory committee. Shari currently works as a project manager at Davis Wright Tremaine, focusing on the firm’s Wellness Program and Employee Charitable Giving campaigns, and is a past board member for Shoreline Breakfast Rotary. She continues to be an active community volunteer and is passionate about integrating all forms of art into the community.

Advisory Committees

Our four program areas—Arts, Heritage, Historic Preservation, and Public Art—are managed by staff working closely with teams of specialists providing professional input, guidance, and advice from the field.


2019 Meeting Schedule

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

  • January 15
  • February 19
  • March 19
  • April 16
  • May 21
  • June 18
  • July 16
  • August (no regular meeting)
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19
  • December 17

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

  • Bernie Griffin

    • Seattle (District 4)
      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.
  • Stephen Elliott

    • Board Representative
      Bellevue (District 6)
      Stephen is the former Theatre Manager at Meydenbauer Center. Prior to that position, Stephen was the Cultural Arts Coordinator at the City of Renton.
  • Gabriela Denise Frank

    • Seattle (District 8)
      Gabriela is a published novelist, performer, and installation artist and winner of numerous awards and residencies. She has a degree in graphic design and currently works as the Director of Marketing and Business Development with the Olson Kundig design firm in Seattle.
  • Joshua Heim

    • Woodinville (District 3)
      Joshua Heim is the arts administrator at the City of Bellevue. He is interested in the intersection the arts, cultural development and social justice.
  • A.C. Petersen

    • Kirkland (District 6)
      A.C. Petersen, Choreographer and producer, has been creating dances since 1983. Her work has been produced and presented by On the Boards, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, and Vancouver B.C.'s Powell Street Festival.
  • Eben Pobee

    • Shoreline (District 1)
      Eben Pobee is the co-founder and artistic director of the Just Humanitarian Project (JHP) Legacy in Shoreline, an organization that fosters cultural understanding through African music and dance performances and workshops.
  • Danielle Villegas

    • Shoreline (District 1)
      Danielle Villegas is an independent Director/Producer. She has extensive experience in the entertainment industry producing short films and theatrical events.


2019 Meeting Schedule

The Heritage Advisory Committee meets on the third Thursday of every other month at 12pm in the 4Culture offices.

  • February 21
  • April 18
  • June 20
  • August 15
  • October 17
  • December 19

For more information, please contact Chieko Phillips at or (206) 477-6811.

  • Cassie Chinn

    • Seattle (District 2)
      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.
  • Nancy Salguero McKay

    • Federal Way (District 7)
      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.
  • Eric Nelson

    • Seattle (District 4)
      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.
  • Heron Scott

    • Seattle (District 4)
      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.
  • Heather Trescases

    • Board Representative
      Bellevue (District 9)
      Heather is the founder of Figure8 Consulting, LLC. She serves on the Bellevue Parks + Community Services Board, and the Visit Bellevue Washington tourism advisory committee.
  • Phyllis A. Grant

    • Seattle (District 8)
      Phyllis is an avid gardener and a member of the Kubota Garden board. She has managed the Highline SeaTac Botanical garden and currently manages the Fisher House Garden
  • Ruth Pickering

    • Fall City (District 3)
      Ruth is a founding member and current president of the Fall City Historical Society. She has also served on the board of the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum and managed the publication of three local history books.
  • Seth Margolis

    • Seattle (District 8)
      Seth is the Director of the William A. Helsell Education Department at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. He teaches museum education for the UW’s Graduate Program in Museology and serves on the advisory board for the Museum Studies Certificate Program.


2019 Meeting Schedule

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

  • February 14
  • April 11
  • June 13
  • August 8
  • November 14
  • December 12

For more information, please contact Dana Phelan at or 206 263.1604.

  • Toni Azzola

    • Kent (District 7)
      Toni Azzola is the Neighborhood Program Coordinator for City of Kent, working with residents to recognize unique neighborhoods and encourage their involvement in city programs and decision making.
  • Nathaniel Howe

    • Seattle (District 4)
      Nathaniel Howe is the Executive Director of Northwest Seaport, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Puget Sound and the Northwest Coast maritime heritage through stewardship and educational programing.
  • Claudia Kiyama

    • Seattle (District 4)
      Claudia Kiyama is an architect who has worked and taught in Mexico and has been involved with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, the Mapping Historic Ballard effort, and the Beyond Integrity task force, working towards equitable representation in King County preservation efforts.
  • Erica Maniez

    • Seattle (District 1)
      Erica Maniez is the Director of the Issaquah History Museums, whose work centers on interpreting Issaquah’s heritage and historic places through exhibits, educational programming and community projects.
  • Chris Moore

    • Board Representative
      Mercer Island (District 6)
      Chris Moore is Executive Director for the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to safeguarding Washington's historic places through advocacy, education, stewardship and collaboration.
  • Cary Westerbeck

    • Bothell (District 1)
      Cary Westerbeck is a lifelong Puget Sound resident and architect with a small solo practice focusing on residential and light commercial architecture in Bothell. He is currently a member of the Bothell Landmark Preservation Board, where he enjoys working to grow, preserve, and enhance the town’s historic resources.
  • Eugenia Woo

    • Seattle (District 2)
      Eugenia Woo is Historic Seattle’s Director of Preservation Services in charge of developing and implementing historic preservation policies, initiatives, community outreach and advocacy efforts. She is also co-founder and board member of Docomomo WEWA, a nonprofit dedicated to the documentation and conservation of the Modern Movement in Western Washington.

Public Art

2019 Meeting Schedule

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

  • January 17
  • February 21
  • March 21
  • April 18
  • May 16
  • June 20
  • July 18
  • August (no regular meeting)
  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 21
  • December 19

For more information, please contact Andy Le at or 206 263.1587.

  • Lesley Bain

    • Mercer Island (District 6)
      Lesley Bain is a passionate and successful advocate for urban life. Her portfolio includes city-scale visions, a wide range of architecture, arts planning, neighborhood plans, and street concept plans.
  • Saul Becker

    • Burien (District 5)
      Saul Becker is a painter, printmaker and sculptor. As a partner at Mutuus Studio, he leads research and development efforts with a focus on craft and experimentation.
  • Kamari Bright

    • Seattle (District 1)
      Kamari Bright is a writer, artist, and housing advocate dedicated to highlighting the less-amplified voices that enrich our communities.
  • Cris Bruch

    • Vashon (District 8)
      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.
  • Michelle de la Vega

    • White Center/unincorporated King County (District 8)
      Michelle de la Vega is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, and welder. Her work, which spans 25 years in King County, is strongly rooted in social practice.
  • Janet Galore

    • Seattle (District 4)
      Janet Galore is a designer, artist, and creative director working in emerging technologies and applications.
  • Maria Lau Hui

    • Bellevue (District 6)
      Maria Lau Hui is an architect and LEED Accredited Professional with a broad range of experiences in academic, residential, and civic building typologies.
  • Tracey Wickersham

    • Board Representative
      Seattle (District 8)
      Tracey is the Director of Cultural Tourism for Visit Seattle, the official Destination Marketing Organization of Seattle and King County.