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Kathe Fowler

President
Community Leader

Kathe worked as Regional Sales Manager for Verizon before retiring to take care of her family and delve into community pursuits. She currently serves as Vice President for Washington Environmental Council, and the Advisory Council for the Methow Conservancy. She has served on the boards of Hopelink, Washington Wildlife Recreation Coalition and chaired Washington Conservation Voters for three of her six year term. Kathe and her husband, Greg, have a home in Winthrop, WA and are active bicyclists and travelers. They strongly believe in the vision that Kirkland Performance Center be the heart of creative life in our community and are avid supporters.


Bill Schultheis

Immediate Past President
Advisor, Soundmark Wealth Management

Bill Schultheis is a partner and fee-only financial advisor with Soundmark Wealth Management in Kirkland, WA. As author of the nationally acclaimed book “The Coffeehouse Investor – How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street and Get On With Your Life,” Bill brings his simple, inspirational message to individual investors and corporate retirement plans across the nation.

Prior to creating The Coffeehouse Investor, he spent thirteen years providing investment advice to individuals, trustees, institutional accounts and pension plans for Salomon Smith Barney in Seattle. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and is a regular contributor to NPR radio.

An avid supporter of community-based organizations, Bill has served on the Board of the eastside Friends of Youth, Providence Hospice, in addition to his role as Board Member and Past President of KPC.


Santos Contreras

President-Elect
Owner, Contreras & Associates

Santos Contreras received a degree in business from Seattle University in 1958 where he was elected Student Body Vice President. He served in the U.S. Army as an officer in the Ordinance Corps for two years after graduation from college.

Employed by the Boeing Company for 38 years in the Human Resources organization he held increasingly important positions as a Personnel Executive and Compensation Manager. His last assignment before retiring in 1999 was in the position of Union Relations Director in the corporate offices. In this assignment he was responsible for negotiating and administering contracts with the Seattle Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) and the Boeing Pilot’s union.

He was elected to the Kirkland City Council in 1991 and served on the council for 12 years. While on the council, he served on the Public Safety and the Finance Committees and was elected Deputy mayor. Santos was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Cascade Water Alliance

Very active in the community, Santos was awarded the Community service award in 1984 by the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce. He chaired the Moss Bay Celebration for four years and Co-Chaired the Moss Bay 10K, a fun run for 10 years. He is a member of the Kirkland Performance Center Board of Directors and is on the Board of Trustees of the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

A Kirkland citizen for over 37 years, Santos has been married to Sue for 47 years and has two grown sons who both graduated from the University of Washington.


Jeff Cole

Vice President & Treasurer
Director of Corporate Real Estate, Parkplace


Ron Gompertz

Secretary
Sr. Program Manager, Microsoft


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OFFICERS AT-LARGE

Kevin Harrang

Director Business Development, MetaJure, Inc.

Kevin Harrang has lived in Kirkland for over 20 years, and is active in the community. Kevin is a volunteer attorney for the Eastside Legal Assistance Program, and a regular sponsor of artist events at the Kirkland Performance Center, among other local initiatives. Kevin strongly believes that Kirkland can play a unique and valuable role in promoting and hosting arts and cultural events for the entire Eastside and greater Seattle, and that the Kirkland Performance Center is at the center of that role.

Professionally, Kevin is a Founding Director of MetaJure, Inc., a legal technology start-up, and a Guest Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law. Previously, Kevin was Deputy General Counsel within the Microsoft Legal and Corporate Affairs Department, and a practicing attorney at Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) in Seattle. Kevin is married to Ann McFadden Harrang, a teacher and community volunteer in Kirkland. Kevin and Ann have two children in college and a collie. If the collie has run away from home again, Kevin would appreciate a call.


Tim Mushen

President, Clocktower Media


Susan F. Raunig

Community Leader

Susan Raunig moved to Seattle from Montana shortly after college graduation and has acquired 20 years of business management experience with an emphasis in Human Resources, Business Operations and Office Administration. After a 15-year tenure at Microsoft Corporation, she devotes her time to community service as a volunteer and board member and is a member of the Washington Women’s Foundation. She is passionate about and is an advocate for organizations supporting the development of young girls, breast cancer research and the arts. She recently completed a 4-year board term at Powerful Voices, a Seattle-based organization with a vision for all girls to grow into strong women. Susan has a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from City University and a BS in Business Management with a minor in Marketing from Montana State University. Outside interests include golf, travel, food, wine and the performing arts. She lives in Kirkland with her husband and her dogs.


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MEMBERS

David Alskog

Partner, Livengood, Fitzgerald & Alskog

David Alskog was born in Tacoma and graduated from the University of Washington (B.A) and the University of San Francisco (J.D.). He is a partner in the law firm of Livengood, Fitzgerald & Alskog practicing business law, litigation, real estate law and construction and design law. He is a member of the King County, Washington State and American Bar Associations.


Lauret Ballsun

President, LBC Pharmaceuticfal Professionals, LLC

Lauret Ballsun moved from California to the West of Market Kirkland area about 6 years ago and has recently founded LBC Pharmaceutical Professionals, LLC, a consulting company focused on providing services to the biopharmaceutical industry, specializing in pharmacovigilance (product safety). Prior to consulting, Lauret worked at four different biopharmaceutical companies, including ICOS Corporation, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, and Syntex. Lauret’s worked for 10 years as a critical care nurse specialist in newborn and pediatric intensive care units before starting to work for biopharmaceutical companies. Lauret received a B.A. in psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, a BSN in nursing at San Diego State University. Lauret has three daughters, two of them recent graduates from the University at California and now working in Berkeley prior to pursuing their graduate education. Lauret became an avid enthusiast for the performing arts by her exposure to many artists associated with the work of her brother-in-law, Robert Friedman, who is an impresario in the world of dance, music, and drama. Lauret is an active and devoted supporter of the performing arts through her KPC board membership.


Rob Butcher

Publisher, Kirkland Views

Rob Butcher was raised in Bellevue and later moved to Kirkland where he and his wife, Kate, first met. Rob's passions are family, community, education and travel. Rob graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Political Science and continued his education at Seattle University earning a Masters of Business Administration. Since moving to Kirkland, Rob has focused his community efforts on improving the quality of life in town.

In 2008, Rob launched Kirkland Views, a hyperlocal news blog, as a public forum encouraging discourse on the major issues affecting our city. Following the city cut backs of maintenance budgets in 2010, Rob co-founded Kudos Kirkland, an all-volunteer stewardship effort recognized as a hallmark in cooperation between Kirkland residents and their local government. In 2012, Rob co-founded the Kirkland Events Foundation, a nonprofit effort to create a sustainable model to support community events in town. As the organization's creative director, he lead a team of dedicated volunteers to produce Kirkland Summerfest, an annual event which is now the city's premiere festival of art and music on the waterfront. The Kirkland Events Foundation motto, "Building community, one smile at a time," encapsulates the passion of the organization and its hundreds of volunteers.

Rob and Kate live with Molly the dog in in their home north of downtown in the Norkirk neighborhood. Molly's wagging tail can usually be seen during her favorite afternoon activity: exploring the trails of nearby Crestwoods Park.

 


Kathy Page Feek, Ed. D.

Art Consultant, Evergreen Hospital

Kathy Page Feek, Ed. D. is a lifelong champion of the value that the arts bring to the cultural and economic life of a community. For many years, she has facilitated projects and groups, leading them to establish Kirkland as a centerpiece for arts and culture on the Eastside. She is the founding Chair of the Kirkland Cultural Council, Chair Emeritus of the WA State Kennedy Center Alliance and Chair Emeritus of the U of Washington School of Drama Board. Through her efforts and facilitation, Kirkland has gained public art on the I-405 freeway project, a noteworthy water feature sculpture on the Bank of America project, a metalwork screen at the Kirkland City Hall Annex and an art installation on the Sound Transit project. She was also immersed in the successful community efforts to raise $250,000, managing to retain three of our much-loved bronze sculptures in the Save the Animals campaign. Through the use of both public and private dollars, Kirkland has gained more than half a million dollars in noteworthy art funds for our city. Kathy is the Art Consultant for Evergreen Hospital, where she has created six galleries that rotate quarterly, showing the works of local Kirkland artists. She also consults with several other hospitals and hotels in various locations throughout the Pacific Northwest. In addition to her work in the arts, Kathy is involved with Kirkland Summerfest, Kirkland Conversations, the Eastside Timebank, the Marina Park Summer Music Festival, Kirkland Uncorked and the many varied projects of the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce. "To be a part of a community like Kirkland, which values people, values the arts, values volunteerism and values community is an honor and a privilege."


David Feller

Senior Vice President, Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC


Jason Filippini

Finance Operations, Amazon


Kirstin Larson

Community Member

Kirstin Larson has spent her marketing career in both the public and non-profit sectors, giving her a broad perspective on marketing challenges faced by many organizations. She is currently a brand consultant, helping non-profits and small businesses strengthen their communications and effectiveness. Kirstin previously served as Director of Brand Strategy for the Microsoft Corporation, as well as Director of Marketing for the Microsoft Office suite of products. She currently provides messaging and strategy support for MomsRising.Org and serves as Communications Chair for Peter Kirk Elementary School.

Community-building has always been important to Kirstin, and she believes strongly in volunteering at both the strategic and hands-on levels. When the University of Idaho asked, she served on the Executive Board of the University of Idaho Foundation, spearheading the marketing committee tasked with rebuilding the University of Idaho's image in the state. She also served on the executive boards of both the St. Thomas School and Peter Kirk Elementary PTAs. Along with strategic planning, she also volunteers her time in hands-on ways. She has organized numerous school-wide events and fundraisers, such as The St. Thomas School Walkathon, which raised over $49,000.

As the former owner of Find Art Consulting and a Kirkland resident for over 18 years, Kirstin understands the importance of sustaining a thriving arts community. She has contributed to keep public art in Kirkland and provided support for both the Kirkland Performance Center and the Kirkland Arts Center. Foam core, plywood, and paint is her own preferred medium, creating large-scale props and sets for events and theatre productions.


Doreen Marchione

Deputy Mayor, Kirkland City Council
Former Executive Director, Hopelink

Doreen Marchione was the President and CEO of Hopelink from 1992 through 2006. She is known as being a risk-taker and visionary leader with expertise in expanding programs, leading organizations through transitions, and in managing complex entities. Doreen currently is the chair-elect of the Board of the Kirkland Performance Center. She is a member of the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board and is also on the Steering Committee of the Sound Families Initiative of the Gates Foundation. She has served on the boards of United Way of King County, Leadership Eastside, and Executive Alliance. Prior to joining Hopelink, Doreen served from 1984-1991 as the mayor of Redmond. She is a graduate of Seattle University, where she serves on the Leadership Council for the College of Arts and Science.


Joan McBride

Community Leader
Former Mayor, Kirkland

Joan McBride has served more than a decade, completing her term as mayor of Kirkland in December 2013.

In 2007, Mayor Joan McBride was awarded the “Elected Official of the Year” by the Alliance of Eastside Agencies for Outstanding Contributions to Human Services on the Eastside. She also received the 2007 Special Service Award by the King Conservation District, a regional land conservation organization. In 2004, Mayor McBride received the "Community Partnership Award" presented by King County and Public Health-Seattle and King County for outstanding contribution to Public Health for her work on creating Kirkland neighborhood walking maps.

Mayor McBride has lived in Kirkland since 1960, graduated from Evergreen State College, and has an extensive background in human services, both professionally and as a volunteer. Mayor McBride currently serves on the Board of Directors of Friends of Youth. She also serves on the advisory boards of Kirkland Arts Center, Washington Bikes and Feet First.  She is a founding board member of the Eastside Human Services Forum, a former board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and former Chair of the Kirkland Interfaith Network. Additionally she was on the PTSA boards of Lakeview Elementary, Kirkland Junior High, and Lake Washington High School. She is a recipient of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission "Education" award, Kirkland Business and Professional Women "Women of Achievement" award, and Lakeview PTSA " Golden Acorn" award. Mayor McBride has worked to save popular public art sculptures in Kirkland, starting with the Puddle Jumpers.


Dr. Joyce K. Paul-Siamak

Artistic Director, Arpan

Dr. Joyce K. Paul-Siamak is an accomplished Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam dancer who believes that dance is an inherently powerful medium that can transport you to a level of physical and spiritual consciousness that is difficult to reach otherwise.

Joyce brings to her teaching an integration of human physiology, kinesiology, natyam, rhythm structures and varied learning methodologies. She works hard to ensure that the essence of dance and its unseen ramifications are experienced by her students and co-dancers. Her goal is to create all rounded dancers who understand dance not just as a performance but as a way of life and a soul transforming experience.

Since moving to WA in 2001 to join Microsoft as a User Experience Researcher and Content Publisher, Joyce has established herself in the artistic built long lasting relationships with leading local organizations such as Town Hall Seattle, Kirkland Performance Center, University of Washington, Microsoft, Seattle Art Museum, Ragmala, Tasveer, Pratidhwani and others. She performs, teaches, runs her own dance company Arpan and works to create awareness and share the brilliance of classical Indian dance. For more info, visit www.joycekpaul.com.


Dr. Traci Pierce

Superintendent, Lake Washington School District

Dr. Traci Pierce is a skilled educational leader with 17 years of experience in public education. Pierce serves as Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services for Lake Washington School District. She leads the district's strategic efforts to make Every Student Future Ready, which is the district's vision. Her strategy involves a focus on effective teaching, standards-based assessing and reporting systems, and continuous improvement efforts focused on results.

Dr. Pierce has developed and implemented strategies to support building principals in recognizing and fostering effective teaching. She coordinates and monitors the district's teacher professional growth and evaluation system. These efforts ensure that every classroom has proficient and distinguished teachers.

Dr. Pierce is now leading the district's shift to grades K-5 elementary schools, 6-8 middle schools and 9-12 high schools. These efforts have resulted in the development of a middle school philosophy and academic program specifically designed to help students transition from elementary to high school. Updated high school credit-based graduation requirements, beginning with the class of 2016, are another result.

Dr. Pierce began her career in the Lake Washington School District in 1994. She taught Language Arts/Social Studies and Leadership at Inglewood Junior High. After six years in the classroom, she served as assistant principal at Inglewood for two years. She was promoted to Inglewood principal, serving in that role for two years. Dr. Pierce was next promoted to central office administration, where she served first as the district's Coordinator of Instructional Technology and then as Director of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Pierce was named Chief Schools Officer in July 2007. She has served as Deputy Superintendent, Instructional Services, since July 2010.

Dr. Pierce is a graduate of the University of Washington, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She also earned her Washington State teaching certificate at UW, with endorsements in English and History. She earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Washington State principal certification at City University. In 2009, she earned her Washington State superintendent's credential and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington.


Latha Sambamurti

Arts Advocate/Community Member

Latha is a Governor-appointed Arts Commissioner with ArtsWA, the Washington State Arts Commission. She is the Artistic Director of Ananda Mela (Joyful Festival of India), and a Board Member of the Seattle Latino Film Festival. In the recent years, Latha also served on the Arts Advisory Committee of King County's 4Culture, and as the Chair of the Redmond Arts Commission. She is a trained Carnatic musician, a teacher, lecturer and singer. Her fusion band, Chai Tea Latté, is popular in the Seattle area. She has written, directed and choreographed numerous productions for children based on Indian culture and heritage. Latha has a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Madras in India.


Kay Taylor

Vice President, Communications & Marketing, Evergreen Hospital

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Mike Tenhulzen

Owner, Tenhulzen Residential


Kathy Terhune

Realtor, John L. Scott Real Estate


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ADVISORY COUNCIL

Bill & Becky Ballantine
Sue Contreras
Don Dicks
Steve Hazlerig
Rich & Pat Miailovich
Nancy & Grant Silvernale
Bill Woods
Cammy & Bill Yeend

HONORARY COUNCIL

Bob Becker
Carl Behnke
Lani Brockman
Shirley Day
G.G. Getz
Peter Horvitz
Dwight Olson
Chuck Morgan (in memoriam)
Leslie Siggs
Dennis Turnbow

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