Twenty-three commissioners make up ArtsWA’s Board of Commissioners. Nineteen are appointed to three-year terms by the Governor. Four commissioners are appointed by the Legislature (two from the House, two from the Senate). Terms generally begin with the first meeting of the fiscal year, which takes place in August.
We encourage board participation that reflects Washington’s artistic, geographic, and culture diversity. If you are interested in joining the ArtsWA board, please apply online at the Governor’s Boards and Commission website.
Meet Our Board
Robin Avni is a creative strategist engaged in the development of collaborative education projects as well as community cultural programs. She’s had an extensive career in the design and high-tech industries. Robin has served on several national and local boards and commissions including the 4Culture Board of King County, the Bellevue Arts Commission, and is currently a member of the Gig Harbor Arts Commission. In her spare time, she is a novice printmaker. Robin lives in Gig Harbor with her husband, has three grown children and one amazing granddaughter. (Appointed August 2019 to July 2020)
Andre Bouchard (of Kootenai/Ojibwe descent) is Executive Creative Producer of Indigenous Performance Productions and Principal of Walrus Arts Management. He has been internationally recognized for elevating Indigenous performing arts. He has a Masters in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University, a BFA in Dance and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Montana and was an Arts Leadership Fellow with the University of Southern California/Association of Performing Arts Professionals. He currently serves as Resident Curator for the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College and on the board of Arts Northwest.
As former mayor of Sultan, and now a 39th District state representative, Carolyn Eslick has demonstrated a deep regard for the arts throughout her lifetime. As mayor, she worked on the review board or design, development, and construction of Sultan’s city hall and library, including a locally designed bronze statute. Carolyn is the founder/former president of GroWashington, a business development and retail incubator mentoring small businesses and artists. An avid ally of the Sky Valley Arts Council, Carolyn lives in Sultan with her husband, Chuck Donaldson, a retired agriculture teacher. (Appointed July 2019)
Ginger has spent the better part of a decade as an arts advocate and organizer in Spokane. She is the Founder of Window Dressing, a storefront gallery program that fills vacant buildings and disused spaces with short-term art exhibits and pop-up events. She cofounded Terrain, a non-profit organization showcasing emerging artists in the Spokane region. Additionally, Ginger is an Ambassador for Artist Trust, a Spokane Arts Commissioner, and the former Curator for Cultural Literacy at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. She also loves dogs. Especially pugs. (First appointed August 2015; reappointed August 2018 to July 2021)
Dr. Kelvin Frank (Chippewa Cree) has been involved with numerous Tribal Governments as a Community Development & Planning Specialist in the PNW over the past 25 years. Dr. Frank’s work includes 17 years as a professor and researcher at Eastern Washington University, specializing in Tribal Government and Decision-making. Dr. Frank develops and implements Community Development & Planning processes that sustain Native American traditions and culture in urban environments. Dr. Frank has experience in non-profit development, advocacy for tribal government programs and working in intergovernmental affairs. (Appointed July 2020 to July 2023.)
Director of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane since 2017, Wes has over 25 years of art museum leadership experience. He most recently served as Director of the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center in Boulder County, Colorado from 2011 to 2017. He began his career at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, where he worked as the Manager of Budgeting and Planning for International Projects. He holds an MA in Art History & Museum Studies from City University of New York. (First appointed August 2017; reappointed July 2019 to July 2022)
Linley currently serves as Director of the Northwest Heritage Program at the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, The Evergreen State College. He has worked at the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of the American Indian. Linley attended the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. As a multi-disciplinary artist, designer, curator, art and cultural consultant, Linley’s artistic background includes industrial design and graphic design. He has attended seven International Indigenous Visual Arts Gatherings in Hawaii, New Zealand, and Guatemala. (First appointed July 2016; reappointed July 2019 to July 2022)
Jasmine Mahmoud is Assistant Professor in the Department of Performing Arts & Arts Leadership at Seattle University. A performance historian, her work engages the Pacific Northwest arts sector, racial equity, and cultural policy. Jasmine has worked as a musician, theater artist, and an arts critic. She currently serves as a TeenTix Mentor and Teaching Artist, and serves on the boards of Intiman Theatre and On the Boards. She earned her PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, MA in Arts Politics from NYU, and BA in Government from Harvard College. (Appointed July 2020 to July 2023)
Diane has volunteered in the arts for more than a decade. She is co-president of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art where she works on exhibitions, marketing and fundraising. Diane was instrumental is forming the Friday Harbor Arts Commission and serves there. Additionally, she heads the Art Committee that brings community art to the Public Library. At ArtsWA she has served as a co-chair of the Advocacy Committee and vice-chair. Diane graduated from the University of Illinois with a BA and a MS/Microbiology from Rutgers University.
Joan is a former State Representative of the 48th Legislative District. Previously, she served as Mayor of Kirkland and was a member of the Kirkland City Council. She has sat on the boards of the Kirkland Performance Center, Friends of Youth, Kirkland Arts Center, Feet First, Together Center, Kirkland Interfaith Network, and Washington Bikes. She has volunteered for several local PTAs. Prior to elected service, she worked in non-profit development and community relations. Joan recently married her partner of 14 years. Together they enjoy a large extended family including their first grandchild. (First appointed August 2015; reappointed January 2019 to July 2021)
Monica is the Executive Director for Gallery One Visual Arts Center in Ellensburg. She is a member of the Ellensburg Arts Commission. Monica has worked with arts organizations for over 15 years in fundraising, grants management, and professional development for artists. Before moving to Ellensburg, Monica oversaw artist grants and professional development at Artist Trust in Seattle. She is a former member SOIL artist collective. She holds a Masters of Arts from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. (First appointed July 2016; reappointed July 2019 to July 2022)
Catherine brings to ArtsWA her diverse background in dance, theatre, film and architecture and design. Currently the Executive Director at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, she has supported the arts by serving as a grants’ panelist for ArtsWA and facilitator for the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. She also serves on the board of Khambatta Dance Company and is a King Street Station Advisor. Previously the Program Manager for Arts and Development at 501 Commons, she consulted with arts and other non-profit organizations to increase their organizational capacity. (Appointed July 2020 to July 2023)
Faaluaina (Lua) serves as Executive Director of Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC). APCC sponsors cultural and educational activities that showcase 47 Asia Pacific countries. She is an experienced leader in social services and community development, as well as primary, secondary, and nutrition education. Lua volunteers on several boards and commissions in Pierce County. She is the chairperson of the Pierce County Asian Pacific Islander Coalition, a trustee of Clover Park Technical College, board member of the Tacoma Urban League, and member of the Sound Transit Citizen Oversight Panel. (First appointed July 2016; reappointed July 2019 to July 2022)
Justin is the Artistic Director of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers and the Chorusmaster for the Yakima Symphony Orchestra. Justin sings with Male Ensemble Northwest and Chor Anno. He volunteers on the boards of Leadership Tri-Cities, Visit Tri-Cities, and the Northwest Region of the ACDA. He has received the 2014 CBMEA Friend of Music award and the Washington State 2013 Outstanding Emerging Choral Conductor award. Justin has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Westminster Choir College, New Jersey, and a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona. (First appointed July 2016; reappointed July 2019 to July 2022)
Rebecca Redshaw is an author and playwright. Her plays have been produced throughout the United States and Canada. Her short stories have been published in national magazines and she worked for years as a film critic for newspapers and online sites. Currently, Rebecca is working on her fourth novel. She worked twenty-five years in Los Angeles, specializing in film restoration at SONY Pictures before moving to Washington. As a commissioner, she continues to emphasize the importance and inclusion of performance arts in Washington State’s visual collections. For more info: www.rebeccaredshaw.com. (First appointed August 2015; reappointed August 2018 to July 2021)
Charlie Robin is CEO of the Capitol Theatre Committee in Yakima, Washington. A native of St. Louis, he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, studying both business and vocal music. He served as Executive Director at the Edison Theatre and adjunct faculty teaching arts management at Washington University. He has run an actual circus and a nationally touring a cappella octet. He also co-founded and managed a computer software development company for the healthcare industry. Knitting and singing are his two most obsessive passions. (Appointed July 2019 to July 2022)
Rosanna has 25 years of museum experience, and serves as Director of the REACH Museum in Richland, WA. Rosanna formerly served as the Director of the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle and the Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Rosanna is a board member of the Western Museums Association (WMA) and Visit Tri-Cities. She holds an MFA in museum studies, with a focus on African American studies from Syracuse University. Rosanna is interested in cultivating thriving art communities across our state. (Appointed August 2018 to July 2021)
Judy has been Executive Director of the Schack Art Center for over 23 years. In 2014, the Schack received a Governor’s Arts & Heritage Award for Outstanding Arts Organization. Judy has supported the visual arts in Everett for more than 25 years. As a member of the Everett City Council, she works to establish a creative district and grow Everett’s downtown. Judy serves on the Snohomish County Tourism Board of Directors and is a member of the Tourism Marketing Authority for Washington. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. (Appointed August 2018 to July 2021)
Lisa Wellman represents Mercer Island, Newcastle, Beaux Arts, and parts of Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish, and Renton. She was elected in 2016 after a 25-year career in technology and marketing. Lisa served as Vice-President of the creative markets for Apple Computer. Lisa was once a kindergarten teacher. She chairs the Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee. She’s a mentor for MBA candidates at the Foster Business School at the University of Washington. She earned a BA degree from Barat College. Lisa is an avid photographer and has exhibited in Washington and California. (Appointed February 2017)
Sheree is the President of UNESCO Washington State Center and serves as the United States National Commissioner to UNESCO. She is a member of the Medina City Council. She sits on the boards of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle International Film Festival, the University of Washington Library, and the Columbia Tower Club. She is the recipient of the Young Scientist of the Year Award, the AIME Robert Hardy Lansing Gold Medal, and the IBM Invention Achievement Award. Sheree earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. (Appointed August 2017 to July 2020)
Sharon Wylie has served in the State House of Representatives since 2011. She worked in management and government relations for 30 years. She serves as first vice chair on the House Transportation Committee, and holds seats on the Finance, the Rules, and the Technology & Economic Development Committees. Sharon is an enthusiastic painter of oil portraits and values the art and culture of Washington State. She considers art and music to be critical in education and community development and for personal growth and joy. (Appointed June 2019)
Lee Lyttle has taught ‘arts and public policy’ courses as a faculty member at The Evergreen State College. Over his 28 years there he has also served in various administrative roles as a dean and a director. His involvement in arts support includes past service as the Chair of the Olympia Arts Commission with leadership involvement in Olympia’s Arts Walk Festival, and he has also previously served on the Washington State Arts Commission. Lee holds a BFA degree in Architecture as well as master’s degrees in Urban and Regional Planning, Public Administration, and Information Sciences.
- Diane Martindale – Chair
- Justin Raffa – 1st Vice Chair
- Rosanna Sharpe – 2nd Vice Chair
- Monica Miller – At Large
- Sheree Wen – At Large
- Linley Logan – Advocacy Chair
- Linley Logan (Chair)
- Robin Avni
- Catherine Nueva España
- Dr. Kelvin Frank
- Jasmine Mahmoud
- Justin Raffa
- Charlie Robin
- Judy Tuohy
- Sheree Wen
2021 Board Meetings
Tuesday, February 9: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tuesday, May 4: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tuesday, June 15: 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 4: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Tuesday, November 9: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.