Touring Tenino's proposed Creative District with Mayor Wayne Fournier, Tenino
As part of its May 2019 board meeting, board members and staff were led on a walking tour of Tenino's proposed Creative District. Photo by ArtsWA.

Members of the Board

Andre Bouchard

Vancouver

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Principal and Founder of Walrus Arts Management and Consulting, Andre Bouchard (of Kootenai and Ojibwe descent) was born and raised on the Flathead Reservation in western Montana. He is nationally recognized for his work in the field of Native American contemporary performing arts. Andre holds a Master’s degree in Arts Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, a BFA in Dance, and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Montana. He is currently an Association of Performing Arts Professionals/University of Southern California Leadership Fellow, Chair of the Western Arts Alliance Indigenous Committee, and a member of the Western Arts Alliance’s Board of Directors. (Appointed August 2017 to July 2020)

Francene Blythe

Vancouver

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Francene’s career and education specializes in cultural diversity, inclusion, and education. Francene is currently the Director of Programs at the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. She previously steered the All Roads Film Project, a worldwide cultural media arts program. She served as Director at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. and at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. She started her cultural education efforts by presenting workshops, including “Unlearning Indian Stereotypes,” in the Lincoln, Nebraska public school systems. Francene has received awards and recognition in several communities for championing cultural diversity and equity leadership. She is also the proud mother of four adult children. (Appointed August 2018 to July 2021)

Sue Coliton

Seattle

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Sue is a philanthropy professional with more than twenty-five years of experience developing and leading public, private, and corporate grant making programs. She served as Vice President of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation from 1999 to 2014. While with the Foundation, she advised on the development of the Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum, Flying Heritage Collection, and Living Computer Museum. Sue previously directed the San Francisco office of the Nonprofit Finance Fund and worked as a Visual Arts Program Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts. She serves on several boards, including Americans for the Arts, Philanthropy Northwest, the Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation, and the Washington State Building for the Arts Allocations Committee. (First appointed July 2014 to July 2017, reappointed July 2017 to July 2020)

Ginger Ewing

Spokane

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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. (Reappointed August 2018 to July 2021)

Jolyn GC

Seattle

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Jolyn is an award-winning artist and practicing attorney. She currently serves as curator for various virtual art exhibitions and enjoys helping emerging artists define their own artistic paths. Jolyn also assists many creative professionals with their legal needs. She is passionate about finding ways to express the gaps in our laws through the medium of art. Prior to starting her own law practice, Jolyn worked in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office from 2005-2008. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, volunteers as a coach for Nathan Hale High School Mock Trial, and is a member of the African American Leadership Forum. (First appointed July 2014 to July 2017, reappointed July 2017 to July 2020)

Senator Brad Hawkins

East Wenatchee

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Brad represents the 12th Legislative District. This district includes all of Chelan and Douglas counties and portions of Okanogan and Grant counties. Brad is very proud of the artists and arts organizations throughout the 12th District. Brad was elected to the Washington State Senate in 2016. Prior to his election, Brad served four years as State Representative and ten years on school boards in the Wenatchee area. As a young boy, Brad developed an appreciation for the arts by attending YMCA art camps. His wife, Shawna, has been involved in local performing arts and is a Wenatchee School District art teacher. Brad and Shawna have two boys and live in East Wenatchee. (Appointed May 2017)

Wesley Jessup

Spokane

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Director of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, Wes has more than 20 years of museum experience. He recently served as Director of the Longmont Museum and Culture Center (Longmont, Colorado) from 2011 to 2017. During his tenure, the museum’s attendance tripled and membership grew by 47%. Wes previously served as Project Director for the Beringia Center in Nome Alaska. In that role, he raised $2.3 million for a new facility, coordinating the design of a museum, cafe, auditorium, and classroom space. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from California State University, Fullerton. He holds a Master’s degree in Art History & Museum Studies from City University of New York. (Appointed August 2017 to July 2019)

Rick Johnson

Port Townsend

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Rick is a self-described “Stone Sculptor-Lineman-Tree Trimmer-Union activist.” He traveled power line construction for 22 years and worked another 22 years for Puget Sound Energy as a lineman and troubleshooter. He also served fourteen years as an organizer, officer, and president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 77. In his spare time, Rick operated a tree service for 30 years; served two terms on the Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Advisory Board; and was Vice President of the Washington State Labor Council for 10 years. Currently, Rick is a board member of the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association. Rick says, “Dealing with Parkinson’s has slowed me down, but not much.” (First appointed July 2013 to July 16, 2016, reappointed July 2016 to July 2019)

Linley Logan

Bremerton

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Linley currently serves as the 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. He has also served as a consultant, member, and grant reviewer for national, regional and local Native arts organizations and Boards. Linley attended the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. As a multi-disciplinary artist, designer, art and cultural consultant, Linley’s artistic background includes industrial design and graphic design. He has attended five International Indigenous Visual Arts Gatherings in Hawaii, New Zealand, and Guatemala. (Appointed July 2016 to July 2019)

Mariella Luz

Olympia

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Mariella Luz is a working artist, studio potter, and pottery instructor. She and her husband co-own Bar Francis, a coffee shop in downtown Olympia. After graduating from The Evergreen State College, Mariella founded the Olympia All Ages Project. She worked as general manager at K-Records in Olympia. Mariella serves on the boards of Olympia Artspace Alliance and Artist Trust. (Appointed July 2014 to July 2017, reappointed July 2017 to July 2020)

Diane Martindale,

Friday Harbor

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Diane owns an art consulting business in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. She currently serves on the Friday Harbor Arts Commission and is Chair of the Art Committee for the San Juan Island Public Library. Diane is very involved in the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, serving as advisor, volunteer, curator, and board member. She is also a member of the San Juan County Arts Council and supports the 100 Friends of Old Island Barns. (First appointed July 2013 to July 2016, reappointed July 2016 to July 2019)

Joan McBride

Kirkland

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Joan is a former State Representative of the 48th Legislative District. A longtime Eastside leader, she served as the Mayor of Kirkland and was an elected member of the Kirkland City Council. For many years, Joan 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. (Appointed August 2015)

Monica Miller

Ellensburg

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Monica is the Executive Director for Gallery One Visual Arts Center in Ellensburg. She is also 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 she moved to Central Washington, 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. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. (Appointed July 2016 to July 2019)

Faaluaina S. Pritchard

Lakewood

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Faaluaina (Lua) currently serves as Executive Director of Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC). APCC sponsors multiple cultural and educational activities that showcase 47 Asia Pacific countries with over 50 cultures and hundreds of languages. 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. (Appointed July 2016 to July 2019)

Justin Raffa

Richland

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Justin has been the Artistic Director of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers since 2008. He also serves as the chorus master for the Yakima Symphony Orchestra. Justin sings with two regional choral ensembles–Male Ensemble Northwest and Chorus Anno. He volunteers on several boards and commissions including the Arts Center Task Force, Columbia Basin Badger Club, Visit Tri-Cities, and the Northwest Region of the American Choral Directors Association. Justin is also the former chair of the City of Richland Arts Commission. He has received many awards over the years including the 2014 Columbia Basin Music Educators Association Friend of Music award and the Washington State 2013 Outstanding Emerging Choral Conductor award. Justin earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Westminster Choir College, New Jersey. He received a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona. (Appointed July 2016 – July 2019)

Rebecca Redshaw

Mount Vernon

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Rebecca is an author and playwright. Her plays have been produced and performed throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada and has published articles and short stories in national publications and magazines. She is currently working on her fourth novel and eighth play. In 2016, Rebecca’s short story, “Mrs. C” won Third Prize in the Soul-Making Keats Contest. Her short story, “Somebody Special,” won First Prize in the 2009 Lakeview Literary Review. Rebecca worked 25 years in the Los Angeles film industry before moving to the Pacific Northwest. You can read her complete literary vitae at www.rebeccaredshaw.com (Reappointed August 2018 to July 2021)

Anna-Maria Shannon

Pullman

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Anna-Maria began her career in 1998 as the Art Docent Coordinator at Washington State University Museum of Art. She was quickly promoted to Associate Director in 2002 and named the museum’s Interim Director in October 2016. Anna-Maria is the founding member and past long-time chair of the Pullman Arts Commission. She continues to serve on that board. In 2016, she received the Commission’s Mayor’s Award for over 20 years of community involvement in the arts. She also serves as board chair of the Washington State University Campus Arts Commission and is the Western Regional Representative to the board of the Alliance of Academic Museums and Galleries. (Appointed August 2017 to July 2020)

Rosanna Sharpe

Coulee City

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Rosanna is a Washington native with twenty-five years of museum experience. In June of 2014, she participated in the Getty Leadership Institute’s Executive Program at Claremont Graduate University. Rosanna formerly served as the Executive Director of the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle. She served as the Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. She managed the Traveling Exhibition Program and Collections at Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. Rosanna is currently a board member of the Western Museums Association (WMA) and Visit Tri-Cities. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in museum studies, with a focus on museum administration and African American studies from Syracuse University. She also earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in arts administration from Long Island University in Southampton. (Appointed August 2018 to July 2021)

Judy Tuohy

Everett

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Judy has been the Executive Director of the Schack Art Center for over 23 years. She raised over $7-million to build the mixed-use art center and artist live/work lofts in downtown Everett. In 2014, the Schack received a Governor’s Arts & Heritage Award for Outstanding Arts Organization. Judy as actively supported the visual arts in Everett for more than 25 years. As an elected member of the Everett City Council, she is working to establish a creative district, as well as growing the downtown core. Judy serves on the Snohomish County Tourism Board of Directors and is a member of the Tourism Marketing Authority for the State of Washington. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. (Appointed August 2018 to July 2021)

Representative Luanne Van Werven

Lynden

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Luanne represents the 42nd Legislative District. This district includes much of Whatcom County. She is the fifth generation of her family to live, work, and play in Whatcom County. Luanne and her husband Larry built their family business into a successful enterprise. For more than 20 years, Luanne has worked to encourage others, particularly women, to participate in the political and legislative process. Whether she is in Olympia or Whatcom County, Luanne fights for economic vitality and more job opportunities for Washingtonians. After the 2016 legislative session, she received the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business. (Appointed March 2017)

Senator Lisa Wellman

Mercer Island

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Lisa Wellman represents 41st Legislative District. This district includes Mercer Island, Bellevue, Newcastle and parts of Issaquah, Sammamish, and Renton. She was elected in 2016 after a 25-year career in technology and marketing. She served as Vice-president of Worldwide Publishing, Entertainment, and New Media Markets for Apple Computer. A passionate advocate for education, Lisa began her career as a public school teacher. She serves on the board of Thrive, focused on early childhood education. She also serves on the Washington State Public Works Board and Partners for Rural Washington. She is a mentor for MBA candidates at the Foster Business School at the University of Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Barat College of DePaul University. (Appointed February 2017)

Sheree Wen

Medina

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Sheree is the President and Founder of UNESCO Washington State Center and serves as the United States National Commissioner to UNESCO. Sheree was elected to the Medina City Council in 2015. She sits on several boards in Seattle, including the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle International Film Festival, the University of Washington Library, and the Columbia Tower Club. She previously served as a member of IBM’s senior management team. She is the recipient of the Young Scientist of the Year Award, the AIME Robert Hardy Lansing Gold Medal, IBM Invention Achievement Award, recognized as a NASA Top Woman Supplier, and recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration Award of Excellence. Sheree earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. (Appointed August 2017 to July 2020)

Executive Committee

  • Sue Coliton – Chair
  • Diane Martindale – 1st Vice Chair
  • Ginger Ewing – 2nd Vice Chair
  • Jolyn Gardner – At Large
  • Mariella Luz – At Large
  • Rebecca Redshaw – At Large

Advocacy Committee

  • Monica Miller (Co-Chair)
  • Mariella Luz (Co-Chair)
  • Rick Johnson
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