Advisory Committee Farewells

© Katie Swayze, Flickr
© Katie Swayze, Flickr
© Katie Swayze, Flickr
© Katie Swayze, Flickr

Each of 4Culture’s programs meets regularly with an Advisory Committee made up of professionals with expertise in the field. Advisory Committee members volunteer their time and are intimately involved in working with staff to scope, shape and move forward the programs we offer. Over the years their input informs the soul of what we do here at 4Culture.

Six Advisory Committee members are closing out their tenure with us: Heather Trescases, Ellen Terry, Ellen Ferguson and Elizabeth Stewart from the Heritage Committee, Susan Stevens from the Preservation Committee, and Josh LaBelle from the Arts Committee. Thank you all for your service, and for being an advocate for culture in our region. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Elizabeth P. Stewart came to her position as Director of the Renton History Museum in 2006, from Annapolis, Maryland, where she had served as Research Historian for the state-operated Banneker-Douglass Museum for six years. She has a B.A. from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in American History from American University in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth crafts a mean tweet and has her hand firmly on the reins of her Facebook stream. She tirelessly tells the story of cultural heritage, not only in her own patch but expansively, building and celebrating programs that are community based and inclusive throughout the region.

Serving on the Heritage Advisory Committee has given me the opportunity to better understand the challenges and accomplishments of the King County heritage community. I never could have anticipated that I’d be working on diversity issues, mentoring other heritage organizations, reviewing grant applications, and doing heritage advocacy, all of which has made me better at my own job. I have so appreciated the chance to learn from and grow with the dedicated staff and other volunteers at 4Culture.

Elizabeth P. Stewart

Ellen L. Ferguson has more than 25 years development and community relations experience in museums. From 1981 to 1994, she served as Development Officer at the Burke Museum and, since 1994, has been the Burke’s Director of Community Relations. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Puget Sound and a Master’s in Museology from the University of Washington. Her expertise in building and running heritage organizations has been invaluable in the work of the committee.

Ellen Terry has served as Director of Grants and Exhibits at Humanities Washington over the past three years. She previously worked as Curator of Public Programs at the Washington State History Museum after having served as that institution’s Education Curator. Ellen holds a Master’s Degree in Not-for-Profit Management from Seattle University, a Master’s in Museology from the University of Washington, and a B.A. in Art History from Mount Holyoke College. Her overview of institutions in the region along with her experience in the field has informed her work with the committee.

Heather Trescases joined the Eastside Heritage Center as Executive Director in 2005, following a move to Bellevue from her native 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. Heather currently serves as President of the Association of King County Historical Organizations [AKCHO], serving as a liaison to this active consortium of King County organizations. Like the convening of 4Culture’s Local Art Agencies, AKCHO is an important mechanism for building community, addressing challenges facing the field and maintaining best practices.

Susan Stevens is the current owner of a house that is both on the National Register of Historic Places and a designated King County Landmark. Susan and her family have extensively restored the residence to its original state. Susan is also a co-owner of SGS Glass, a commercial glazing contractor that has performed window replacement and restoration work at several historic buildings in Seattle including the University of Washington’s Savery Hall, the Compass Center in Pioneer Square, the Pier 59 Aquarium, and the Colman Building. Susan’s hands on experience with restoration and industry standards has contributed greatly to the many panels she has served on as well as the general business of the Committee.

Josh LaBelle is the Executive Director of the Seattle Theatre Group which operates the Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theatres in Seattle. He spent four years with the William Morris Agency in Los Angeles, and eventually worked as an assistant booking concerts in the Music Division. He spent several years as a professional musician, performing and recording, primarily with T-Bone Burnett & Sam Philllips. Josh is also on the boards of the Washington State Arts Alliance Foundation and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Josh chaired the Arts Advisory Committee for the last three years and became a driving force in our six year legislative effort to re-authorize the Lodging Tax for culture in King County.