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Artist Trust Welcomes New Board Members

Pat Bako

Donor Development Director

Artist Trust relies on our board members to be diplomats for our organization, as they volunteer countless hours to promote our mission of supporting individual artists in Washington State.

We are delighted to welcome new board members Stephanie Ellis-Smith, Bruce Funkhouser, Paula Stokes and Rick Workman, who bring a broad and deep range of experience to our organization. Please read on to learn more about our newest Board Members.

Interested in opportunities to become involved with the Artist Trust Board of Trustees? Please contact Pat Bako, Donor Development Director at, 206/467-8734 x18, 866/21-TRUST.

Stephanie Ellis-Smith is the founder and former Executive Director of the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (CD Forum), a Seattle-based arts organization that presents and produces community-based discussions and performing arts rooted in African-American culture. Prior to the CD Forum, she worked with the Jacob Lawrence Catalogue Raisonné Project, an art history endeavor that located, cataloged, re-photographed, and published the 1,100 work oeuvre of the artist. The prestigious catalogue raisonné was the first ever done for an African-American artist. Before she entered the arts, Stephanie was in the biological sciences where she studied at UCLA and the University of Washington. Stephanie has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Washington State Arts Commission, appointed by Governor Gary Locke (chairing the Visual Arts Committee) and the Seattle Arts Commission, appointed by Mayor Greg Nickles. She has been a trustee for KUOW Public Radio (serving as Secretary and Vice-President for two years), Leadership Tomorrow and City Club. 

Bruce Funkhouser joined Copyright Clearance Center as Vice President of Business Operations in January of 1998. As Executive Director of CCC’s International Division and Vice President, International and Distributions, Bruce was a spokesperson for all of CCC’s products and regularly participated in speaking engagements on behalf of the company. Founded in 1978 as a not-for-profit organization, CCC is a global rights broker for the world’s most sought-after materials, including in- and out-of-print books, journals, newspapers, magazines, movies, television shows, images, blogs and e-books. Bruce also serves as a Vice President on the board of directors of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO) and is the chairperson of IFRRO’s Digital Issues Forum, and member of various regional and technical committees. In these capacities, Bruce not only represents CCC, but also U.S. rights holders and users of intellectual property. Prior to joining CCC, Bruce was Vice President, Programming/Licensing/Sales Support, at Muzak Limited Partnership. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Princeton University.

Paula Stokes graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Glass Design. She also has a Certificate in Glassmaking and Technology from the Dudley College of Technology, UK. Stokes has received the Milnora Roberts Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Printmaking from the University of Washington, Seattle. She has exhibited extensively internationally, with recent exhibitions including Critical Selection, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; Collect 2012, Saatchi Gallery, London; Engaging with Glass, Traver Gallery, Tacoma; and the Solstice Arts Centre, Co. Meath Ireland (2011- 2012). Since 2005, Stokes has worked in the Education Department at Pratt Fine Arts Center, as the Scholarship and Exhibition Programs Manager. She has curated and managed over 80 exhibitions at Pratt’s satellite gallery in Pioneer Square. She teaches glassblowing at Pratt and at the Seattle Glassblowing Studio. She has served on the James Washington Foundation board.

Rick Workman is a senior project manager with Lease Crutcher Lewis. He is interested in great architecture with fine craftsmanship, love the creative process and being part of a team that creates something unique and beautiful. Rick leads the Holyoke Fine Homes group, and has been with Lewis and Holyoke since 2004. Rick enjoys spending time with his three beautiful, artistic children. He also loves being active in our beautiful corner of the world—cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, reading, and playing the guitar. Rick enjoys being part of the community and currently serves on the board of the AGC Education Foundation.