Meet Our Staff

Karen Hanan

Executive Director

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Karen Hanan is a senior executive with 25 years of successful leadership with state and regional arts organizations. She was appointed Director of ArtsWA by Gov. Jay Inslee in 2014. Hanan’s focus is growing the organization’s capacity and services to positively impact the arts, and WA’s creative economy. Previously, Hanan was Director of Arts Northwest, the regional service organization for performing arts. Before that, she founded and directed the Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts. She is a respected member of several industry organizations and boards of directors.

Glenda Carino

Communications Manager

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Glenda has 20 years’ experience as a communications specialist. She joined ArtsWA in March 2014 and oversees communications and outreach. She previously served in executive communications roles at the Cities of Puyallup and Auburn. She spent eight years as a special assistant in Alaska Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer’s office. She has over ten years media experience as a public radio news director, host, and reporter. She has served on several boards and commissions, including Puyallup’s Valley Arts United, the Pierce County Arts Commission, and the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Judy Cullen

Project Specialist
Arts in Education/Operations

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Judy joined ArtsWA as a contractor in July of 2013. She became part of ArtsWA staff in January 2017. She coordinates Washington’s Poetry Out Loud (POL) program. POL is a national poetry recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation. A Pacific Northwest artist, Judy has over 30 years of experience in theatre and opera. She has served many Pierce County arts non-profits. Judy has self-published ten titles of fiction, poetry, and reflective essays.

Hannah Dahlke

Program Assistant
Grants to Organizations and Arts in Education

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Hannah Dahlke joined ArtsWA in February 2018. She assists both the Arts in Education and Grants to Organizations programs. Prior to ArtsWA, she worked at the Seattle Children’s Theatre. Hannah is an arts educator and administrator originally from Aotearoa, New Zealand. She graduated with a Master’s degree in dance education in 2010. She went on to work at the Royal New Zealand Ballet. In 2016 Hannah completed the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab. She also earned a certification in Brain Compatible Dance Education.

Adam Fah

Conservation Manager
Art in Public Places

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Adam has been the Conservation Technician for the Art in Public Places Program since September 2007. He facilitates art conservation projects, art handling, and partner agency support for the care of the State Art Collection. He helps shape the conservation review process for new artworks. Adam has also owned and operated a studio since 2000, specializing in conservation and restoration of metal sculpture. He is a professional patineur and enjoys facilitating bronze castings for artist Philip McCracken.

Heide Fernandez-Llamazares

Project Manager
My Public Art Portal
Art in Public Places

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Heide joined ArtsWA as Project Manager for My Public Art Portal in January 2016. She manages the online presentation of the State Art Collection. Previously, Heide managed a private collection, worked in Education at Tacoma Art Museum, and worked as a technical writer. She is passionate about art and collections, and loves working in an environment that includes art on a daily basis.

Miguel Guillén

Program Manager
Grants to Organizations

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Miguel Guillén joined ArtsWA in 2016 and currently serves as Program Manager for the Grants to Organizations program. As a seasoned arts administrator, Miguel provides support to community-based arts organizations and projects, small arts groups, and artists across Washington. He has previously managed arts programs for the private sector. Born in Mexico and raised in the Skagit Valley, Miguel received an Arts Management Certificate from Seattle Central College. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle. He is a practicing visual artist.

Janae Huber

Collections Manager
Art in Public Places

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Janae has served as the Collections Manager for the Art in Public Places program since 2005. She stewards the care of the State Art Collection and maintains ongoing relationships with statewide partners. She previously served as the Tacoma Art Museum registrar. She held curatorial roles at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. Janae has served two terms on the Olympia Arts Commission. She founded the advocacy group Olympians for People-Oriented Places (O-POP), focusing on land use and planning. She completed undergraduate degrees in Art History and German Studies at the University of Arizona.

Tamar Krames

Tamar Krames

Program Manager
Arts In Education

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As ArtsWA’s Arts in Education (AIE)  Program Manager, Tamar oversees a variety of programs and partnerships with a focus on equitable access to quality arts learning. Supporting innovative, community-based practices in schools has been at the core of her work for the past twenty years. Current projects include managing AIE grants, implementing Washington State’s Poetry Out Loud program, providing ongoing support for teaching artists and K-12 art teachers, and amplifying the creative practices of youth and educators.

Marissa Laubscher

Project Manager
Art in Public Places

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Marissa manages Art in Public Places projects. She travels across the state to facilitate site-responsive artwork commissions in public schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies. Prior to joining ArtsWA in 2015, she managed public art and exhibitions for the City of San Antonio’s International Airport, Libraries, City Hall, and the X Marks the Art temporary storefront art program. Bringing art into everyday life is her passion. She holds a Master’s in Arts Management from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s in Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Audrey Molloy

Program Assistant
Arts in Education and Grants to Organizations

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Audrey Molloy joined ArtsWA in April 2019 as interim Program Assistant for Arts in Education and Grants to Organizations. Before joining ArtsWA, Audrey was the Asst. Cultural Arts Coordinator with the City of Murfreesboro and an instructor of photography at Watkins College of Art. She has also held curatorial and arts administrative positions with City of Austin Art in Public Places, Northern-Southern, and AINT-BAD. In 2017, she was in residence with Art Practical and c3initiative as an Art Publishing Resident. She has a B.F.A in Photography from the University of Arizona.

Jared Moore

Collections Technician
Art in Public Places

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Jared joined the Art in Public Places program in September of 2019. He maintains, repairs, installs, and transports public art throughout the state. He has previously served as the Lead Art Handler at the Seattle Art Museum for the last five years. Prior to that he worked for eight years at Artech Fine Art Services. In addition, Jared has worked extensively at several frame shops and galleries and holds a degree in Psychology and Fine Art from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Valerie Peterman

Curated Projects Coordinator
Art in Public Places

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Valerie joined the Art in Public Places team in April 2016. Formerly the researcher/writer for My Public Art Portal, she was named Curated Projects Coordinator in 2019. She currently develops policies for the purchase of artworks for state buildings and campuses, and travels statewide to bring art into public schools. She previously administered the publication of fine art editions at Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles. She holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy and the Arts from Stony Brook University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Colorado College.

Leslie Pope

Executive Assistant

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Leslie serves as Executive Assistant to Karen Hanan, ArtsWA’s Executive Director. She connects Karen with constituents and legislators, supports the 23-member ArtsWA Board, and wears the Human Resources Liaison hat. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration, and has extensive work experience with organizations in both the public and private sectors. Her experience and interest in the arts is multi-faceted, which is reflected in the many aspects of support for the arts she provides within ArtsWA. Current personal pursuits include writing, music, and theater.

Annette Roth

Program Manager
Creative Districts

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Annette joined ArtsWA in October 2017 as the Creative Districts Program Manager. She develops and implements this statewide program, which works to prepare communities for state certification. She is the former Marketing and Communications Director for the Thurston Economic Development Council. She previously co-founded a boutique marketing and design firm in Tacoma. Annette holds an adjunct faculty position at South Puget Sound Community College, teaching graphic design. Annette studied English at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Thurston County.

Alexis Sarah

Alexis Sarah

Project Manager
Arts In Early Learning
Arts in Education

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Alexis joined ArtsWA in December 2019 as the Arts and Early Learning Project Manager. Since 2003, she has focused on shaping and supporting education programs that connect young learners with the arts. Through her work with Mariah Collaborative Art School, the co-founding of the Encore Arts Memorial Foundation, and most recently with Olympia Family Theater, she brings expertise and energy around arts administration and early learning. Alexis holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College.

Deane Shellman

Program Coordinator
Art in Public Places

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Deane Joined ArtsWA in 2002. She serves as Program Coordinator for the Art in Public Places Program working with artists and assisting with contracts and database management. Deane holds a degree in Theatre Arts from Western Washington University. She has worked locally in stage and production management, operations, and marketing for Washington Center for the Performing Arts and Harlequin Productions. She continues to volunteer in local theater and has served on the boards of Olympia Family Theater, NW Playwrights Alliance, and the Evergreen Playhouse.

Michael Sweney

Program Manager
Art in Public Places

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Mike leads ArtsWA’s public art team and manages public art acquisitions statewide. Previously, he had a 19-year career in galleries, including director of Davidson Contemporary in Seattle and the Charles Cowles Gallery in New York. Mike is past board vice president at Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art and past chair of the Tacoma Arts Commission. He serves on the Tacoma Art Museum’s Collection Committee and the Advisory Council for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at WSU. He holds a BA degree in Art History and Studio Art from Oberlin College.

Terry J. West

Deputy Director

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Terry joined ArtsWA in February 2015 as Deputy Director. She serves as the chief budget and financial officer and coordinates core agency services. She has over thirty years of state government experience in budget and finance, office management, and board management. She previously worked as the Budget and Operations Manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. She also worked with the Departments of Licensing and Health. Terry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is a Washington State Certified Public Manager.

Langston Wilkins

Director
Center for Washington Cultural Traditions

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Langston Collin Wilkins, PhD is the Director of Center for Washington Cultural Traditions, a state-wide folk and traditional arts program presented in collaboration with Humanities Washington. Through innovative and engaging programs, including the Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program and the Cultural Traditions Survey, the Center is a go-to source for learning about Washington’s rich, diverse cultural heritage. Dr. Wilkins views the folk and traditional arts as a space through which we can advocate for communities and celebrate the diversity of the human experience.

Chuck Zimmer

Project Manager
Art in Public Places

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Chuck joined ArtsWA in 2016 as a Project Manager for AIPP. He is the former Deputy Director of New Mexico Arts. Chuck is a working artist who has exhibited nationally. He has taught fine arts at the university level, and worked in community theatre as a set designer and director. A recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant, he holds a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, art history, and fine art from the State University of New York at Potsdam.

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