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Artist Trust Board of Trustees

We are grateful to the many dedicated artists, arts professionals and community members who volunteer to serve on the board for a three-year term, renewable for a second three-year term. The current roster of board members is included below.

Pablo Schugurensky / Seattle

President

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Founder of META ARTE in 2005, Pablo Schugurensky holds over 35 years of public and private art management experience and currently serves as the Artist Trust Board President.

Pablo holds an MFA in Painting degree from Otis/Parsons, and has always been interested and involved in the social value of art. Early in his career as a program officer for the New York State Council on the Arts, he facilitated grant processes to arts organizations serving visual artists across that state. Later, he led the Art in Public Places program for the Washington State Arts Commission, where he administered a statewide art acquisition initiative and worked to shape public policy in support of the arts. Pablo remained committed to supporting regional artists in his ensuing corporate experience, spanning the Microsoft Art Collection, Vulcan Inc. and First and Goal Inc., and accomplishments include creating the public art program for the Seahawks Stadium and Exhibition Center (now CenturyLink Field), and realizing the initial installations for the South Lake Union Art Program.

He served on the board of Artist Trust 1997-2000 and from 2012 to present, and has previously served on committees for Seattle Art Museum, the board and committees at the Henry Art Gallery, and the boards for the Foundation for Art Resources and Northwest Film Forum, and panels for international artist selections and awards programs. Portrait of Pablo Schugurensky by Chona Kasinger for Artsy.

Bruce Funkhouser / Seattle

Vice President and Treasurer

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Before retiring in 2013, Bruce Funkhouser was Vice-President of Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) and the Executive Director of its International Division.  CCC is a not-for-profit administrator of rights for US authors and publishers.

Bruce was also the former board Vice President for the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations, Vice President of Programming & Licensing at MUZAK, Owner & CEO of Etoile Records, and a broadcasting manager, on-air talent, & instructor.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Princeton University.

Sarah Traver / Seattle

Vice President

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Sarah Traver was a frequent workshop presenter in our EDGE Professional Development Program and serves as Vice President on the Artist Trust Board of Directors.

As President of the Traver Gallery, Sarah’s work spans all facets of the gallery from strategy to sales to design and installation. She is beloved by artists, clients, and community for her sincere interest and generous spirit, serving on both our board and the board of the Pratt Fine Arts Center.

With degrees in art and education from both coasts of the United States, Sarah focuses on facilitating space for learning, the sharing of ideas, and insight. When she is not working, she can most likely be found playing in the wilds of Washington or trying out a new restaurant in Seattle or abroad.

Allison Eltrich / Seattle

Secretary

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Allison Eltrich is a singer/songwriter, arts community activist, and small business owner in the Puget Sound area.

Co-founder of Practice Space Seattle Allison has spent 10 years working for philanthropic organizations including Philanthropy Northwest and Seattle Foundation. She strongly believes that the people that make up Seattle’s unique, celebrated, and diverse music community can thrive with right tools, opportunities, and ability to share resources broadly. Her largest, driving goal is to introduce Seattle arts supports to the needs of the musicians that will continue this city’s legacy of incredible music.

Chris Abrass / Port Angeles

Board member

Chris Abrass, a retired physician and professor of medicine, has a life-long passion for artmaking. She served 13 years on the Board of Pratt Fine Arts Center, holding positions as Board Treasurer and Board President. She also served as President of the Women in Nephrology, President of the Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, and Board Member of the American Society of Nephrology.

Chris is an artist known for her brooches and her steel wire and paper necklaces in numerous private collections throughout the US and was alreday known as a longtime student volunteer at the Pratt Fine Arts Center when she joined the board in 2002. In 2015, Chris was commissioned by the Bellevue Arts Museum to make a brooch. This replica of the museum façade was presented as a gift to former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, during the exhibition of Dr.Albright’s collection of brooches, Read My Pin.

Greg Bell / Puyallup

Board member

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Greg Bell is the Senior Curator at Vulcan Inc. and lends over 25 years of experience creating, curating, and teaching in the Puget Sound.

Greg has served as Curator for the King County Public Art Collection for 4Culture and Director of Gallery4Culture, as well as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Tacoma Art Museum. Since 2009, Greg has played a critical role in enhancing Seattle’s public art experience, including the strategic placement of locally-created public art in Vulcan Real Estate lane in South Lake Union, enriching the experience in one of Seattle’s liveliest neighborhoods.

Greg earned his MFA in sculpture from Washington State University and continues to teach at college and universities in the Puget Sound area.

Nancy Chang / Seattle

Board member

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Nancy Chang is a culture shifter based in Seattle experienced in strategic planning for authentic community development.

Not able to find a supportive space for girls in the skater community until moving to Seattle in her early 20s, Nancy is passionate about creating strong, authentic, and inclusive communities through her work. She established Skate Like a Girl as a nonprofit and serves on the board of Skate Like a Girl, Artist Trust, Water1st, as well as as the executive director of Reel Grrls.

During her free time, Nancy enjoys the company of her dog Lady, traveling, and learning about new things. She has declared her life’s mantra as being feral and free.

Juli Cook / Seattle

Board member

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As Chief Operating Officer, Juli Cook oversees NBBJ’s global operations across 11 offices and manage the firm’s administrative, financial, legal, information technology, and human resources functions.

A dynamic leader with an intimate understanding of how creative cultures thrive, Juli is widely credited with introducing innovative new business models across a range of professional services and creative industries. Before joining NBBJ, she served as executive vice president of Corbis Images and as its senior vice president of media products & global operations. Prior to her role at Corbis, Juli was vice president of product management at Washington Mutual, where she was responsible for developing new products and services for retail bank customers, and also held management roles at Deloitte Consulting and Sotheby’s.

Juli holds a BA in art history and a BFA in painting from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Katie Creyts / Spokane

Board member

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Katie Creyts is an artist and Associate Professor of Art at Whitworth University in Spokane. Her work is strangely resonant idiosyncratic objects and installations that reframe “reality” and “fantasy” by entangling these themes in found and created objects. She utilizes glassmaking along with a variety of sculpting processes to create her work.

Katie has an MFA from Illinois State University, and a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She has received scholarship for study at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Pilchuck Glass School, and The Studio at the Corning Museum.

Stephanie Ellis-Smith / Seattle

Board member

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Stephanie Ellis-Smith has lived in Seattle for nearly 20 years and has a diverse background in the arts and civic engagement.

In 1999, Stephanie founded the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas to challenge assumptions about African-American culture. Her move to the arts was initiated by a volunteer position with the Jacob Lawrence Catalogue Raisonné Project that eventually became a full-time career, an example that she uses to encourage people to volunteer.

Stephanie was born and raised in California, studying biological sciences and English in UCLA and eventually the University of Washington. She has served on numerous boards and commissions in addition to Artist Trust including the Washington State Arts Commission, the Seattle Arts Commission, KUOW Public Radio, Leadership Tomorrow, City Club, the UW Press, and the YWCA of Seattle.

Cezanne Garcia / Seattle

Board member

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A design thinking and strategy consultant, Cezanne Garcia works on health systems redesign and provides training and technical assistance to diverse health systems around the world.  Her focus is on building the capacity of staff, clinicians, and administrative leaders, in partnership with patients and families, to innovate and integrate best practices that are solution focused and action oriented to improve care financial, experience of care, equity, quality, and safety performance outcomes.

Cezanne is a founding member of the Jewish Women’s Funding Network and Harborview’s Community Service League.  Prior to Artist Trust, she served on the Board of the Society of Public Health Education, Washington Health Education Resources Exchange, Alternative and Non-Traditional Employment for Women, and Navajo Nation Family Planning. 

She is the founder of C Salts and Threads, a business development partner that supports women’s textile collectives in Myanmar, and a fused glass artist that plays with color to transform our experience of light.

Heather Joy Helbach-Olds / Tacoma

Board member

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Heather Joy Helbach-Olds is a former Director of Programs at Artist Trust and currently serves as the manager of Spaceworks Tacoma.

Heather has a wide array of skills and knowledge thanks to over 15 years of experience as an artist, small arts business owner, and arts administrator in the Puget Sound region. As a small business owner, Heather understands what it takes to keep a business running, and as an artist, she finds inspiration from working with other artists. She hopes to help Tacoma artists share their talents with the community and continues to support them in reaching their goals.

Zabrina Jenkins / Seattle

Board member

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Zabrina Jenkins is a Seattle-based expert of business and law working as an attorney for Starbucks Coffee Company.

A strong voice for empowerment, Zabrina’s work in diversity is apparent in her wide array of active volunteer work, currently serving on the advisory boards of Washington Leadership institute, Girls Can Do, and Central Washington University College of Law. Prior to Artist Trust, Zabrina served on the Diversity Committee for the Starbucks Law & Corporate Affairs department and a board member of Washington Women Lawyers.

Zabrina has lived on both coasts, receiving her Bachelor of Science from Central Washington University before receiving her Master of Science degree from the Syracuse University School of Education, and finally her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Syracuse University College of Law.

Michael Lane / Seattle

Board member

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Michael Lane currently serves on the Artist Trust board and works as the Senior Technical Program Manager at Amazon.

The majority of his professional experience has been in information technology engineering, data center operations, program/project management, and service management. He graduated from the MIT Sloan School of Management and has also served on the advisory board of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. His focus as a board member with Artist Trust is to establish more opportunities for artists who are leveraging technology.

Gar LaSalle / Seattle

Board member

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A physician, sculptor, award-winning filmmaker and author, Gar LaSalle has been honored widely in both the medical and fine arts communities for his leadership and creativity. He has earned acclaim for his historical fiction, including Widow Walk, which is now in production for a TV series, and its sequel, Isthmus. His first feature-length film, Diary of a Moonlighter, was produced in 1976 and aired on the PBS series P.O.V., and his third book, The Fairness of Beasts, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2017.  LaSalle writes from his home in Seattle and sculpts in his studio on Maury Island.

Len Lewicki / Seattle

Board member

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Raised in Chicago, Len Lewicki worked in the legal and banking fields in his hometown after receiving undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Illinois.

In 1985, he moved to Seattle to take a job as the vice president of what was then Rainier National Bank. He left to start his own financial advisory practice affiliated with Ameriprise Financial in 1992, and continued that practice until selling his interest and retiring in June 2014. Len moved to Sequim, Washington and lived there from 2003–2014 and then relocated back to West Seattle.

An interest in Native American life, art, and religion led to building a collection of Northwest Coast Native American art and artifacts. In 2013, Len discovered the world of studio glass and has since built a new collection focusing on glass art.

Mariella Luz / Olympia

Board member

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Mariella Luz is a working artist, studio potter and instructor.  A graduate of The Evergreen State College, Mariella founded the Olympia All Ages Project and worked as general manager at K Records. She serves on the boards of the Washington State Arts Comission & Olympia Artspace Alliance.

Byron Olson / Walla Walla

Board member

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Having a demonstrated history of working in government administration, Byron Olson currently serves as the Deputy City Manager in the City of Walla Walla.

Former Chief Financial Officer for the City of Port Angeles Byron has served on many other committees for the Association of Washington Cities and the State of Washington as Governor’s appointee. He has a background in Theatre Design from the University of Utah before obtaining his Master of Business Administration from University of Puget Sound.

Mark Olthoff / Seattle

Board member

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Mark Olthoff is a Principal at Seattle-based design firm Olson Kundig. Since joining the firm in 2003, Mark has worked on a range of project types, from city homes, mountain retreats and island cabins to creative studios and large-scale hospitality projects in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Chicago, Manhattan, and China.

Mark’s abiding interest in understanding diverse landscapes and cultures has taken him to project locations around the world. In 2014, he was named the Plym Traveling Fellow by the Illinois School of Architecture, which allowed him to study the relationship between architecture, environment and art.

A longtime advocate for the arts, Mark has served on the Board of Directors for Shunpike and on the University of Washington Department of Architecture Professional Advisory Council. He is also a frequent guest critic and lecturer at the UW Department of Architecture, where he earned his Master of Architecture degree.

Ben Stuckart / Spokane

Board member

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Ben Stuckart works as the City Council President of the City of Spokane.

Ben was born and raised in Spokane, working his way through college at Gonzaga University as a construction worker, dishwasher, and janitor, and in the ticketing industry after graduation. Before going into politics, Ben started the nonprofit Communities in Schools of Spokane County, where he helped provide supplementary programs and resources to school children in need.

Ben has served on many advisory boards, including the board for City Public Works Committee, Spokane Library and Spokane Library Foundation, NW Museum of Arts and Culture, and the founding board for Spokane Arts Fund. Ben is dedicated to being a passionate, energetic, and effective advocate for Eastern Washington.

Tanya Trejo / Seattle

Board member

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Tanya Trejo is a passionate and engaging IT leader with a successful track record building teams, developing leaders, and driving program management all with a focus on delivery and driving process improvement.

Tanya is Senior Director of Tax Technology at Expedia and has served as a board member for Families for Effective Autism Treatment, as well as a volunteer and supporter of Arthritis Foundation and Northwest harvest. Tanya lives with her husband Keane Watterson in Seattle.

Robert Tull / Ferndale

Board member

Robert Tull is a retired attorney with Langabeer and Tull, PS currently serving as a legal consultant to the Lummi Nation.

Robert is a top rated environmental attorney in Bellingham, Washington and has extensive experience working with nonprofit boards in Whatcom County and Bellingham, including serving as former President of Artist Trust. He studied English Literature at the University of Washington before receiving his Juris Doctor from the Gonzaga University School of Law.

Lorraine Vagner / Seattle

Board member

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A jewelry art collector, Lorraine Vagner is an associate at the Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, a jewelry art exhibition curator, and treasurer of her homeowners association.

Lorraine founded and was the artistic director of Encore Playhouse in Bellevue. She was the coordinator and manager of Coral Gables Concert Series and has taught math and science. Lorraine has served on committees for Washington Women’s Foundation, Port Townsend Film Festival, and Washington C.A.S.H. (now known as Ventures Nonprofit).

Bryan Webster / Seattle

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Bryan Webster is an experienced senior attorney with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry, currently working with Microsoft. He is a former associate with McKenna Long & Aldridge, Wilmer Cutler Picking, and Arnold & Porter in the Washington DC area.

Bryan has volunteered on the board of Artist Trust and ArtsFund. He studied Electrical Engineering in Syracuse University before receiving his Juris Doctor in Law from the Catholic University of America.

Nicole Stellner

Board member

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Nicole Stellner is originally from the Minneapolis area where her love of the arts was developed through formative experiences at the Walker Art Center, Children’s Theatre Company at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Guthrie Theater.

Nicole is a lifetime arts patron, supporter, volunteer and advocate. Nicole has a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, an MBA from the University of Washington and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington. She spent over 20 years at Weyerhaeuser in strategic planning and finance roles. She is currently Board President of Shunpike and is on the boards of Annex Theatre and Macha Theatre Works.