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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

President

Seattle. Founder of Meta Arte consultancy company. Former Director of Art Collections, Vulcan, Inc. Former Director of the Microsoft Art Collection. Former leader of the Art in Public Places program, Washington State Arts Commission. Former program officer, New York State Council on the Arts. Member of the collections committee, Henry Art Gallery. Former member of the Seattle Art Museum’s collections committee and Olympic Sculpture Park advisory committee. Artist Trust board member from 1997-2000. Former board member for the Henry Art Gallery, the Foundation for Art Resources, and Northwest Film Forum.

Bruce Funkhouser

Vice President and Treasurer

Seattle. Former Executive Director, International Division, Copyright Clearance Center. Former Board Vice President, International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO). Chair, IFRRO’s Digital Issues Forum. Former Vice President, Programming/Licensing/Sales, Muzak Limited Partnership. BA, History, Princeton University.

Allison Eltrich

Secretary

Seattle. Community Foundation Network Leader, Philanthropy Northwest. Former Grants Associate, Seattle Foundation. Co-founder, Practice Space Seattle.

Chris Abrass

Board member

Port Angeles. Former professor of Medicine, University of Washington Medical School. President, Women in Nephrology. President, Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine. Member, Board of Advisors, Chair, American Society of Nephrology. Former Board President, Pratt Fine Arts Center. Creates wearable art.

Greg Bell

Board member

Puyallup. Senior Curator at Vulcan, Inc. MFA from Washington State University.Former Curator, King County Public Art Collection for 4Culture and Director of Gallery4Culture. Former Curator of Contemporary Art at the Tacoma Art Museum. Educator, Tacoma Community College, University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University. Former Director of Kittridge Gallery at the University of Puget Sound.

Michael Casteel

Board member

Michael Casteel has an extensive background in computer science and was the Executive VP and Chief Technologist of Unison Software Inc, a company founded he founded in 1979, for close to 20 years until it was acquired by IBM.  Michael authored Klondike solitaire software for Macintosh in 1984. 
Michael was recently on the Board of Directors at Pratt Fine Arts Center, where he served as Treasurer. He has also volunteered his technological expertise at various local non-profit organizations.
Now retired, Michael enjoys traveling and collecting contemporary art. His love of art has led him to learn about metal working, woodworking, and creating sculptures of his own.

Nancy Chang

Board member

Seattle. Executive Director, Reel Grrls. Founder, Skate Like A Girl. Current member, Seattle Sports Advisory Committee. Founding member, Water 1st Young Professionals Advisory. Founding member and former board member, King County Youth Development.

Juli Cook

Board member

Seattle. Chief Operating Officer of NBBJ an architecture and design firm.  Served as Executive Vice President of Corbis Images and Senior Vice President of Media Products & Global Operations.  Juli holds a BA in Art History and Painting from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. 

Stephanie Ellis-Smith

Board member

Seattle. Founder and former Executive Director, Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (CD Forum). Formerly with Jacob Lawrence Catalogue Raisonné Project. Former Washington State and Seattle Arts Commissioner. Former Trustee, KUOW Public Radio, Leadership Tomorrow, Artist Trust, City Club. Studied Biological Sciences, UCLA, University of Washington.

Cezanne Garcia

Board member

Seattle. Founder and Owner, C Salt and Threads. Former Member, Country Doctor Community Center Fund Development Advisory Council. Founding Member and former Grant Committee Co-Chair, Jewish Women’s Funding Network. Fundraising Chair, Garfield High School Orchestra, 2002 – 2003. Founding Member of Board of Directors and former Secretary, Harborview Medical Center, Community Service League. Board of Directors and former Vice President, Alternative and Nontraditional Employment for Women,.

Heather Joy Helbach-Olds

Board member

Tacoma. Coordinator at Spaceworks, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. Sits on the Tacoma Metro Parks, Culture & Heritage Council.  Former Director of Programs at Artist Trust. Former Board Member of Blue Earth Alliance.

Zabrina Jenkins

Board member

Seattle. Attorney for Starbucks Coffee Company.  Former legal associate at Garvey Schubert Barer. Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) Advisory Board, Central Washington University College of Business Advisory Board, member of the Loren Miller Bar Association. Mentor, Seattle University Community Development and Entrepreneurship Clinic (CDEC), Board Member: Washington State Bar Foundation, Central Washington University Foundation, Washington Women Lawyers, King County Bar Association’s Future of the Law Institute (FLI), the Loren Miller Bar Association, and the Phillip L. Burton Scholarship Dinner Committee (Chair, 2006).

Michael Lane

Board member

Seattle. Senior Technical Program Manager for the Data center networking Division of Amazon Web Services.  Previously worked for Urban Health Technologies and Cisco Systems.

Gar LaSalle

Board member

Seattle. Cornell University Trustee: 1971-1973; Board Member: Seattle Preparatory HighSchool 1985-1992; Board Member: Northwest Emergency Physicians 1984-1995; Board Member: Pacific Physician Services (NASDAQ): 1985-1996; Board Member: Franciscan Foundation (Chair, Grants Committee) 2006-2014; Co-Founder: TeamHealth Holdings 1996. National Chief Medical Officer of Team Health. Executive Director of the TeamHealth Patient Safety Organization. Author, Greenleaf Book Group. Author, Avasta Press. President, Solipsis Publishing LLC. Adjunct Professor in Emergency Medicine, Cornell-Columbia. Distinguished Lecturer, University of South Florida.

Len Lewicki

Board member

Seattle. Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services. Vice President, Rainier National Bank. Vice President, First National Bank of Highland Park. Attorney, Vice President and Sales Manager, Continental Illinois National Bank of Chicago. BS in Finance, University of Illinois. JD, University of Illinois College of Law. Collects Northwest Coast Native American art and studio glass.

Mariella Luz

Board member

Olympia. General Manager at K Records. Former Founder and Executive Director at Olympia All Ages Project. Current Washington State Arts Commissioner. Current Board Member of Olympia Artspace Alliance.

Quinton Morris

Board member

Seattle. Concert violinist, educator, entrepreneur. Director, chamber and instrumental music. Associate Professor of Music – Violin and Chamber Music, Seattle University. Soloist, Seattle Symphony and Carnegie Hall. Artistic Director, The Young Eight String Quartet. BA, Xavier University of Louisiana. Studied music, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, The Boston Conservatory, University of Texas at Austin.

Mark Olthoff

Board member

Seattle. Associate at Olson Kundig Architects.  Mark serves on the board of Directors for Shunpike and is a member of the University of Washington Department of Architecture Professional Advisory Council.

Byron Olson

Board member

Port Angeles. Chief Financial Officer, City of Port Angeles, WA. Former Chief Financial Officer, City of Sunnyside, WA. Former Principal, O2C Consulting. Current member, Association of Washington Cities. Background in Theatre Design.

Ben Stuckart

Board member

Spokane. City Council President, City of Spokane. President, City Finance Committee, Spokane. Board Member, City Public Works Committee. Board Member, Spokane Library and Spokane Library Foundation. Founding Board Member, Spokane Arts Fund. Former Executive Director, Founder of Communities in Schools of Spokane County. Former Board Member, NW Museum of Arts and Culture. BA, Political Science. MA, Organizational Leadership, Gonzaga University.

Sarah Traver

Board member

Seattle. Director, Traver Gallery, Vetri, Tacoma. Teaching assistant, ArtsCorps. Board Member at Pratt Fine Arts Center. Former Committee Member at Pilchuck Glass School, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and Bellevue Arts Museum, and has completed Arts Fund Board Leadership Training. Guest speaker, juror, advisor, Pratt Fine Arts Center, The Museum of Northwest Art, Hilltop Artists in Residence, Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, Pilchuck Glass School, Tacoma Art Council, PONCHO, Artist Trust’s EDGE Professional Development Program. BA, Fine Art and Art History, University of Washington; MS, Education, Bank Street College of Education, New York.

Robert Tull

Board member

Ferndale. Legal consultant to Lummi Nation. Retired attorney, Langabeer and Tull, PS. Member, Bellingham Bay Rotary. Board member, Whatcom Community College Foundation. Former Board Member, Whatcom Hospice Foundation, Whatcom County Parks and Recreation, Natural Heritage Task Force, Bellingham/Whatcom County Chamber of Commerce. Founding Board Member, Bellingham Festival of Music, Member, Festival Chorus. Former President of Artist Trust. Former Commissioner, Washington State Gambling Commission. JD, Gonzaga University. BA, English Lit, University of Washington.

Tanya Trejo

Board member

Seattle. IT Professional consulting and engaging with NW companies such as Starbucks and Expedia.  Board Member at Families for Effective Autism Treatment.  Volunteer and supporter of Arthritis Foundation, and Northwest Harvest.  Tanya lives with her husband Keane Watterson in Seattle.

Lorraine Vagner

Board member

Seattle. Associate, Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery. Founder and Artistic Director, Encore Playhouse, Bellevue. Former Board Member, Washington Women’s Foundation, Port Townsend Film Festival, Washington CASH. Committee Member, Pooled Grants, Impact Assessment for Washington Women’s Foundation.

Bryan Webster

Board member

Seattle. Senior Attorney, Microsoft. Former Associate, McKenna Long & Aldridge, Washington DC. Former Associate, Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering, Washington DC.