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

Robin Avni

Gig Harbor

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Robin Avni has extensive multi-disciplinary experience in design, communications, and research. During her professional career in the media and high-tech industries, including eight years at Microsoft and 15-plus years in publishing, she has managed innovative, award-winning teams and projects and received numerous national design awards. Robin has served on national and local boards and commissions including five years on the 4Culture Board of King County with three years on the Executive Board as Member-at-Large, Vice President and President. She has also served on the Pierce County Arts Commission, as Vice Chair of the Bellevue Arts Commission, and is currently a member of the Gig Harbor Arts Commission and the Peninsula Art League. She lives in Gig Harbor with her husband, Marc. Robin is lucky to have her three grown children living in the Seattle area, along with one truly amazing granddaughter. (Appointed August 2019 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)

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)

Representative Carolyn Eslick

Sultan

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Rep. Eslick was appointed in 2017 to the 39th District seat vacated by former Rep. John Koster. Carolyn grew up on a farm, learning the value of hard work and commitment to purpose. As a restaurant owner for more than 20 years, she understands the challenges facing employers and employees. Carolyn served six years as a city council member and more than nine years as the mayor of Sultan. She is a champion for economic growth and is the founder and former president of GroWashington, a business development and retail incubator. While working in local government, she demonstrated an unwavering commitment to keeping her community safe. Carolyn is also dedicated to helping young people reach their full potential. She served on the board of the Boys and Girls Club and works closely with community members to find solutions to teenage drug and alcohol abuse. Carolyn lives in Sultan with her husband, Chuck Donaldson, a high school shop and agriculture teacher. They have a blended family, with five children and five grandchildren. (Appointed July 2019)

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)

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. (First appointed August 2017 to July 2019; reappointed July 2019 to July 2022)

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. (First appointed July 2016 to July 2019; reappointed July 2019 to July 2022)

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. (First appointed July 2014 to July 2017; reappointed July 2017 to July 2020)

Diane Martindale

Friday Harbor

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Diane has spent more than a decade working as a volunteer in the arts in San Juan County. She serves as a co-president of the board of trustees of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art where she has curated exhibitions, created marketing, fundraising, and strategic planning, too.  Diane was instrumental in forming the Friday Harbor Arts Commission and serves there as a commissioner, working on arts projects for the Town.  Additionally, she heads the Art Committee that brings art from the whole community to the San Juan Public Library. Retired, she is an enthusiastic arts advocate. At ArtsWA she has served as a co-chair of the Advocacy Committee, First Vice-Chair of the Board, and currently is the Chair of the Board.  Diane graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois and a Masters of Science in Microbiology from Rutgers University.

She and her husband live on San Juan Island where they wait upon their two cats. (First appointed July 2013 to July 2016; reappointed July 2016 to July 2019; reappointed July 2019 to July 2022)

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 of 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. (First appointed July 2016 to July 2019; reappointed July 2019 to July 2022)

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. (First appointed July 2016 to July 2019; reappointed July 2019 to July 2022)

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. (First appointed July 2016 to July 2019; reappointed July 2019 to July 2022)

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. Her short stories have been published 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. (First appointed August 2015 to July 2018; reappointed August 2018 to July 2021)

Charlie Robin

Yakima

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Charlie Robin is the CEO of the Capitol Theatre Committee overseeing both the Capitol and 4th Street Theatres in Yakima, Washington.  A native of St. Louis, Charlie is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where studied both business and music.  He served 21 years as an arts administration professional at the Edison Theatre and 560 Music Center on the campus of Washington University, the last fifteen years as Executive Director.  He also ran an actual circus (Circus Flora), coordinated entertainment for a sculpture garden (Laumeier Sculpture Park), created a production company to manage a nationally touring a cappella octet (for which he was the original baritone), and co-founded and managed a start-up computer software development company for the healthcare industry – so that he could afford to run the production company. Charlie has a long history of serving his community with an emphasis on working with young people.  He taught arts management for a dozen years for both graduate and undergraduate students.  Knitting and singing are his two most obsessive passions at the moment. (Appointed July 2019 to July 2022)

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 has 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)

Senator Lisa Wellman

Mercer Island

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Lisa Wellman represents the 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)

Representative Sharon Wylie

Vancouver

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With more than 25 years of management, government relations and leadership experience in business, non-profit and government, in 2017 Sharon Wylie began her fourth term in office representing the Vancouver, Washington community in the Washington State House of Representatives. Prior to her appointment to the House of Representatives in 2011, she was the Government Relations Officer for Clark County and several other county and transportation organizations in Washington state. 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.

In 2019, Sharon was appointed to serve on the Washington State Arts Commission. She was also appointed to the Council of State Governments West’s Legislative Council on River Governance. (Appointed June 2019)

Executive Committee

  • Diane Martindale – Chair
  • Justin Raffa – 1st Vice Chair
  • Rosanna Sharpe – 2nd Vice Chair
  • Monica Miller – Co-Chair, Advocacy Committee
  • Jolyn Gardner – At Large
  • Mariella Luz – At Large

Advocacy Committee

  • Monica Miller (Co-Chair)
  • Justin Raffa (Co-Chair)
  • Robin Avni
  • Francine Blythe
  • Rep. Carolyn Eslick
  • Diane Martindale
  • Charlie Robin
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