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 current President of KPC.
Kristin Olson grew up in Bellevue and has lived in Kirkland for 30 years. Kristin went to law school at the University of Washington, while raising 3 children, and graduated with honors in 1991. She joined the law firm in Bellevue after graduation and became a shareholder in 1999. Kristin practices in the areas of commercial and real eastate litigation. Kristin has always been active in community affairs, especially the arts, and served on the board of trustees for ACT Theatre for 12 years. She is currently on the Advisory Board for that organization. Kristin has also been active in bar activites and was on the state bar Board of Govenors from 2003-2006. Kristin joined KPC board in 2008 and is excited about supporting the organization and its mission.
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.
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.
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.
Susan F. Raunig
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.
Senior Associate Director, Michael G. Foster School of Business MBA Program, University of Washington
Dodi works at the University of Washington Foster School of Business in MBA Career Services. There she provides career coaching to MBA students, and manages the Peer Advisor Program. Previously Dodi worked for 10 years at PACCAR, leaving in 2004 as their Director of Organizational Development. In that role, she was responsible for employee training and leadership development, executive education, performance management, and succession planning. Prior to moving to Seattle in 1993, she lived in San Diego, CA and worked in the retailing industry as a buyer and district manager, and in Human Resources in the banking industry. Dodi lives in Kirkland with her husband.
Director of Corporate Real Estate, Parkplace
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.
Kirkland City Council Member
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.
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.
Publisher, Kirkland Views
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."
Senior Vice President - Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
David brings experience in finance, risk management, and personnel management together with an entrepreneurial spirit. He serves on the Yarrow Point Planning Commission, serves as the Chair of the KPC Investment Committee, and actively coaches girls soccer. He initially became involved with KPC while developing the first donor database for KPC in 1995. He believes the arts play a vital role in the development of the youth in our community as well as the community as a whole. He wants to ensure that KPC can continue to have a meaningful impact within the community for future generations.
Finance Operations, Amazon
Sr. Program Manager, Microsoft
Government Relations, Hughes and Associates
Originally from Philadelphia, Kevin Hughes has lived in Seattle for the past 30 years. He began his career as an actor at the Hedgerow Theatre in Pennsylvania and then worked in management at A Contemporary Theatre and the Empty Space Theatre in Seattle. He served as Executive Director of the Washington State Arts Alliance from 1986 to 1990 where he organized a grassroots political effort for more than 60 arts organizations. He worked for 7 years at Pacific Science Center representing the institution in government affairs and overseeing a major gifts campaign, raising more than $40 million for capital and operations. Since 1998, through his firm Hughes and Associates, he has represented businesses, government jurisdictions, grassroots efforts and nonprofit organizations at the state, county, city and federal levels. He is a past member of the Housing Finance Commission and the Seattle Arts Commission. In 1990, Kevin Hughes received the Corporate Council for the Arts Pyramid Award in recognition of his many years working on behalf of the arts in Washington State.
Regional Director, Boeing Commercial Airplane Sales Operations & Support, The Boeing Company
Ben Lee is the regional director of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Sales Operations & Support, where he has responsibilities in supporting airplane sales campaign, airplane entry into service, and customer support. He has held various positions in both the commercial side and the defense side of the Boeing Company. He is a graduate of Oregon Institute of Technology (BS) and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (MS).
Originally from Hong Kong, he has lived in Seattle since 1994. He is planning to draw on the best of both cultures in his career and community service. He is a member of the Boeing Association of Asian Pacific Americans Group, member of the Toastmasters Club International, and volunteer at ArtsFund for the past 7 years. He has also served as a Junior Achievement consultant at a local high school. He has served as the Board Chair for the ArtsFund Associate Program, leading 100+ volunteers to raise funds and awareness for arts groups in King and Pierce County. Outside of work, he enjoys photography, cooking, attending arts events, and spending time with his friends and family. He is also active in competitive sports including cycling, volleyball, and marathons.
President, Clocktower Media
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
Arts Advocate/Community Member
Beth M. Strosky
Beth's love of performing arts dates back to elementary school. Throughout her school years in Montana and even into college, she performed and studied theatre. During college, she volunteered as a high school drama coach and assistant director for youth productions. Beth first came to the Pacific Northwest to attend law school at Willamette University in Oregon. After law school, she clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then moved to Seattle to litigate product-liability cases at the firm of Perkins Coie. At Perkins Coie, Beth represented manufacturers, primarily in litigation arising from commercial and military aviation accidents, and she managed premises liability litigation for companies throughout the country. Beth is dedicated to providing pro bono legal services, including volunteer work for the King County CASA program, the King County Bar Association’s Housing Justice Project, and Volunteer Attorneys for Persons with HIV/AIDS. Beth’s pro bono work led her to accept a full-time position with the Housing Justice Project, thanks to a grant provided by the Seattle Foundation, where she supervised volunteer legal aid clinics providing services to low-income tenants facing eviction. She also has extensive experience developing and teaching litigation skills training, mentoring law students and junior attorneys, and advising clients on risk management and litigation strategy techniques. Beth continues to be committed to community service inside and outside the courtroom; at the KPC, she is on the Board of Directors, the Strategic Planning Committee, and is also a regular artist sponsor.
Vice President, Communications & Marketing, Evergreen Hospital
Owner, Tenhulzen Residential
Realtor, John L. Scott Real Estate