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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

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 / Seattle

Vice President and Treasurer

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.

Sarah Traver / Seattle

Vice President

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.

Allison Eltrich / Seattle

Secretary

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

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.

While serving on the board of Pratt, Chris fell in love with making wearable art jewelry. Chris became known for her brooches and her necklaces in steel wire and paper reside in numerous private collections throughout the US. 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

Senior Curator at Vulcan, Inc. 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. MFA Washington State University.

Nancy Chang / Seattle

Board member

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 / 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

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 / 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

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 / 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

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 / Seattle

Board member

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 / 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

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.

Byron Olson / Port Angeles

Board member

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.

Mark Olthoff / Seattle

Board member

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.

Ben Stuckart / Spokane

Board member

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.

Tanya Trejo / Seattle

Board member

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.

Robert Tull / Ferndale

Board member

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.

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

Board member

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