The Board

A nonprofit organization is only as strong as its Board of Trustees, and Pratt Fine Arts Center is extremely fortunate to have the support of a dedicated group with diverse backgrounds and skillsets. 

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Fletch Waller

President | Member of the Marketing Committee and Finance Committee 

Fletch Waller retired from the hospitality world in 2005 after having served in executive roles at Marriott Hotels and Resorts and Westin International; founding an international consultancy focused on improving market and competitive effectiveness of clients in Asia, North and South America; and teaching several summers at University Center Cesar Ritz, a Swiss hotel school. Prior to entering the hospitality industry, Fletch served as a marketing officer of General Mills. Fletch grew up in Washington D.C and raised his family in Minneapolis after Hamilton College, Harvard Business School, and the U.S. Army were finished with him. He and Ann Janes‐Waller share five children, nine grandchildren, and one great‐grand. Fletch has served as trustee or director of several not‐for‐profit service and arts orgs, crews with Mt. Baker Rowing Club, fly fishes when time allows, skate skis in winter, hikes in summer, sculpts in stone, and regularly airs opinions in a speakers club and on his blog, Northwest Ruminations. He and Ann are active supporters of jazz and chamber music, theatre and opera. Fletch has served Pratt previously as trustee, secretary, and chair of the Governance Committee; he has continued to serve as a volunteer on the marketing and finance committees.


Jenny Pohlman

Past President | Member of Development, Finance and Racial Equity Committees
Designing, creating and assembling contemporary forms from molten glass inspired by the ancient, universal language of symbols, Jenny Pohlman has been collaborating with Sabrina Knowles for 20 years and has supported Pratt Fine Arts Center and Pilchuck Glass School annually 1990. Their work is in the collections of the American Museum of Glass, Museum of Glass, Mobile Museum of Art and Racine Art Museum among others, and in prestigious private collections nationwide. They are the recipients of numerous awards including Pratt Fine Art Center’s Service in the Arts award, BAGI’s Saxe Fellowship award and residencies at the Museum of Glass and Wheaton Arts. They teach, lecture, are represented by fine art galleries nationally and served on the Board of Trustees of Bellevue Arts Museum (’09 - ’12). Jenny serves on the Education Committee for both Pratt and BAM and the team founded Pohlman Knowles High School Scholarship in 2000, which they fund annually. They have also co-curated two exhibitions, one at BAM and one at Vashon Allied Arts.

Lee Campbell

Secretary | Member of Auction, Education and Racial Equity Committees
Lee Campbell worked as a computer programmer, programming everything from super computers to embedded processors. When Lee moved to Seattle in 1993, he began taking classes at Pratt, first glass blowing, but including glass casting, welding, and blacksmithing. In 2000 Lee took a bronze casting class and fell in love with the process. He continued taking bronze casting classes, and eventually became teacher’s assistant and an instructor for the bronze classes.  Lee has also been a teacher’s assistant for glass casting. Lee continues to take classes and rents time in the various studios at Pratt. Lee is been involved with the Education Committee and the Auction committee. He has both donated and attended the annual Pratt auction since 2004. Currently Lee is concentrating on developing and making his art using both glass and bronze, and the skills learned at Pratt Fine Art Center.

Tina Garrick Albro

Trustee
Tina Garrick Albro is a lifelong south Seattle resident. Her family settled in Rainier Beach around 1915 near the end of the streetcar line. Then as now it was a racially and economically diverse community of immigrants, Boeing workers, engineers and wealthy lakeside homeowners. As a little girl, she dreamt of art and design as she rode the number 7 bus all the way downtown with her aunts, sometimes stopping at the Rose Street beauty shop, or in Columbia City. As a student at the UW, that same bus took her all the way to the University district. Tina is an entrepreneur and has co-founded companies in retail, construction and health care. She began her career in mortgage banking and later spent 7 years working in US-European policy at The German Marshall Fund of the U.S. Finally conceiving of herself as an artist, she has committed the last ten years to making art as a real job and developed her practice in printmaking and mixed media at Pratt. She shows her work locally and across the US.

Tina has been active in our community for over 30 years. She’s served on the boards of Homesight, Leschi Elementary PTSA, White Center Food Bank, and the Columbia City Gallery. She has also volunteered time as an art educator, school fundraising auction coordinator, and served on her church council. She is passionate about the impact that Pratt has made on her and so many others and believes strongly in bringing greater access to Pratt programming to all populations in our community.

Kerry Ayers

Trustee
Kerry is a creative problem solver with a long history of community involvement balancing her personal and professional interests. She built a career in technology leadership, beginning years ago at Puget Sound Energy, through transformative times at Eddie Bauer, Premera Blue Cross, and today at Phillips Healthcare where she is the Senior Infrastructure Program Manager for the HealthSuite Digital Platform team. Prior to Phillips, Kerry served as Deputy Director of Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, helping the organization with financial literacy, expanding program offerings, new revenue streams, and a move to a much larger facility. Along the way, she earned an MBA and an array of industry certifications including a PMP and SPHR. Kerry graduated Leadership Snohomish County, and founded a 501c3 focused on intergenerational relationships, and food insecurity. The flagship program “Bottomless Backpacks Food for Youth” assisted 23,000 families until larger regional and national organizations stepped forward to address the growing need. She served on the board of Clothes for Kids, an organization which provides new and gently used clothes to children and families in need.
Kerry has been, and will continue to be, a student at Pratt where she particularly enjoys bending and welding metal to her will and vision.

Ralph Bufano

Trustee
Ralph and Paulette own and manage Bufano Management LLC, a consultancy in museum management. Ralph brings his 38 years of experience in museum and arts management to bear, augmented with Paulette’s broad experience in arts and hospital administration, trusteeship, and development direction. Ralph has served with The Corning Glass Center, the Paine Arts Center, the Experimental Aircraft Museum, and Maryland’s Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. He once served as interim Executive Director of the Pilchuck Glass School; was President and is now President Emeritus of Seattle’s Museum of Flight, renowned for both its collection and its outstanding education programs. Ralph brings to Pratt deep experience in arts management and a broad network of local and national arts supporters.
 

Sarah Akhtar Cooper

Trustee
Sarah has always had an affinity for glass art since she first moved to Seattle 20 years ago to attend law school at Seattle University. Sarah worked as a corporate lawyer for several years before she began taking glassblowing classes at Pratt, and she immediately fell in love with the process. She continued taking glassblowing classes, and eventually started her current glassblowing business and studio, Verre Designs Sodo. Sarah continues to take classes and rents time in the various studios at Pratt. Sarah has served on several boards in the Seattle area including Parent Trust for Washington Children, Food Lifeline, and Digital Partners.


Susan Edelheit

Trustee | Member of Education Committee
Susan has a lifetime of involvement with the arts and with community service. She holds a Masters in Arts Education; a Masters in Fine Arts, with a specialty in printmaking; and a Masters in Social Work. She taught art in K-12 public and private schools for several years before transitioning to clinical social work. Among her many volunteer roles, she was a Director of the Bellevue Arts Museum Board during BAM’s transition, serving as Board President during its search for a new director. She served as a Trustee of the National MS Society Greater Northwest Chapter, and is a Trustee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. She notes that she has considerable experience organizing and running successful fundraising events.

Jennifer Einberg

Trustee
Jennifer started her career as a journalism college graduate working at newspapers in Boston. A decade in, she changed disciplines and earned a master’s degree in industrial engineering at the University of Washington and later founded the local software development firm, Iota Ink. Over the years, she has visited more than 25 countries, including throughout Africa and Europe. Today she sticks closer to home in Seattle. Jennifer combines a desire to understand our world with a deep appreciation for art and has taken numerous screen printing and letterpress classes at Pratt over the years.

Francisco Guerrero

Trustee
Originally from Southern California, Francisco Guerrero has been an art teacher since 1997. A graduate of UC, San Diego and USC he has devoted his life to art education and, as a proud Mexican American, standing for the underrepresented. For the past 16 years, Francisco has been teaching painting and drawing at Seattle University. In that time he founded the Seattle University Visiting Artist in Residence Program, which for 7 year has brought local artists to SU campus where they have collaborated with students and the institution. For 2018, Francisco takes over as director of the, newly renamed, John Sisko Artist Assistantship Program where SU students are hired as assistants for local artists. All made possible by the John Sisko Foundation. As a neighbor, Francisco has been an advocate of Pratt Center for students seeking technical studio spaces and has donated art to the annual auction. Francisco’s creative work has in the last three years transitioned from figurative based painting to sculptural work that delves into a confluence between apocalyptic prepping, the aesthetics of war, and indigenous agriculture. His most recent exhibition “Loaves and Fishes” was at 4 Culture Gallery, a collection of Paleolithic animal traps and Modernism inspired hunting and gathering implements. Francisco is excited to help with continuing the tradition of Pratt Fine Arts Center.

Monique Guevarra

Trustee

Monique is a Master of Public Administration and Rice Endowed Fellow from the UW Evans School. Monique’s top three strengths are empathy, connectedness, and adaptability. Monique offers her unique skillset to empower individuals and organizations through community engagement, capacity‐building, and organizational design. Her interests in social impact and equity have been lifelong passions, sparked by witnessing how inequities in access to opportunity and resources adversely affect one's life outcomes. Originally from Oakland, Calif., Monique received her BA in Sociology from UC Riverside, spending a semester at the University of Ghana, Legon. She began her public service journey working to help vulnerable youth, families, and individuals meet their basic needs at the St. Anthony Foundation in San Francisco. After many years in direct service, she pivoted her focus to address social change through human capital and organizational structures and policies. In this capacity, she contributed to public sector executive search work, supporting nationwide leadership searches in the fields of higher education, academic medicine, foundation, arts and culture, and community‐based and advocacy organizations. Monique most recently worked as a Research Consultant to Seattle Foundation,  and previously served as a board member for Pike Place Market Foundation as well as Internal Outreach Chair for Evans People of Color.


Preston Hampton

Trustee | Co-Chair of Racial Equity Committee, Member of Marketing Committee
Preston Hampton is a product of Seattle’s Central District. A lifelong resident of Seattle, he went to Madrona Elementary, Meany Junior High, Garfield High, and graduated from Seattle Central Community College with a degree in Data Processing. Preston retired from Seattle City Light where he was last employed as a Senior IT Project Manager. He is an active member of multiple employee and community organizations that advocate for social equity and justice, including the City’s Race and Social Justice team. Preston is also a volunteer mediator for the King County Inter Local Conflict Resolution Group (ILCRG), King County’s Restorative Justice Program, and the Seattle Federal Executive Board Dispute Resolution Program (FEBDR).

Preston loves art, has been staging artists exhibits for over 15 years, and is a founder of the City of Seattle’s Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery that showcases artists of color and is managed by employee volunteers from multiple City departments.

David Hensel

Secretary | Chair of Marketing Committee, Member of Governance Committee
David has been a marketing professional and entrepreneur for over 25 years, co-founding and leading companies in biotech, software, business services, and senior services industries. He is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for VesselVanguard, an innovative SaaS company serving maritime clients in the recreational, commercial and military sectors.

David’s previous board service was with Page Ahead, a children’s literacy organization serving at‐risk children throughout Washington State for over 20 years. David spent six years on the board of Page Ahead, serving as President, helping to guide the organization though major changes in board governance, and working to bring a significant new literacy program to state‐wide launch.

Cynthia Ann Hibbard

Trustee | Member of Education and Marketing Committees
Cynthia is a practicing artist who has been a Seattle-area resident since 1993 and associated with Pratt Fine Arts Center over the last decade, most closely since retiring from a 35-year career in print journalism, freelance writing, corporate public relations and marketing and criminal investigation eight years ago. Cynthia accesses the print studio and continuously takes classes at Pratt. As well, she participates in Pratt activities, and supports Pratt through donations, the annual auction and the Christmas sale. This last year, Cynthia served on Pratt’s marketing committee.

Cynthia was born in Los Angeles, and has worked in California, Arizona and Washington. She received a bachelor’s in journalism from UC Berkeley and a master’s in journalism from the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State in Tempe. She also holds University of Washington certificates in forensics and mystery writing.

Terri Hiroshima

Trustee | Member of Development and Racial Equity Committees
Terri is a Senior Director of Communication and Marketing for UW Advancement. Prior to her UW post, she held marketing and executive positions with The Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Crosscut Public Media, Seattle Theatre Group, Empty Space Theatre, and One Reel. Terri serves as Vice-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission, an expression of her interest in and commitment to a vibrant arts community. She is a founding member of Langston, a newly founded independent nonprofit anchoring the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. She has served on the boards of Shunpike and Degenerate Art Ensemble.


Robin Kirschbaum

Trustee | Member of Finance Committee
Robin Kirschbaum is a civil/stormwater engineer with expertise in project management; conveyance system planning, design, construction, and long-term operation and maintenance; and strategic business plan development. She brings over 17 year of experience in this field and unmatched passion for working collaboratively with clients and guiding the work of large, interdisciplinary teams to deliver long-term maintenance and operation solutions for regional stormwater infrastructure. She has managed or served as the lead engineer on dozens of stormwater planning and engineering projects in the last 10 years, including design, installation, and construction of drainage facilities and development of municipal drainage engineering standards and maintenance guidelines. Robin is a Central District resident and a current Pratt student.

Len Lewicki

Trustee
Len is an active supporter of the arts and collector of Northwest Coast Native American art and studio glass. He is currently serving in his third year on the Artist Trust board. Over the years, he has enjoyed a successful career in banking and law, including the following roles: 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. Len holds a BS in Finance, University of Illinois and a JD, University of Illinois College of Law.

Cirihn Rogers Malpocher

Trustee
Cirihn is Assistant Director and Special Projects Manager of a health care training and education fund formed jointly by SEIU and hospital employers. Through this, she has a rich understanding of forging productive relationships between potentially conflicting constituents. Cirihn was graduated from Seattle U., earned an MA in American Studies from Lehigh University, an MA in women’s studies from York University in the UK, and a PhD from York University with her thesis on “Sexuality, Race and Zionism.” Cirihn started out heading for an artist’s career with two years at the Cleveland Institute of Art, with a focus on photography and introduction to glass, painting and sculpture. She has continued her training in and use of photography in her work and graduate studies. Her interest in Pratt comes from her desire “to bring art back into my life by bridging my professional skills and passion for” the arts. Cirihn’s enthusiasm, energy and interest in racial equity will make her an important addition to the board.
 

Piper O’Neill

Trustee | Member of Auction Committee, Member of Marketing Committee
Artist Piper O'Neill explores concepts of nostalgia and inherited histories through a variety of media including collaged tissue, etched steel sculpture and experimental short film. In 2013, O'Neill was commissioned by the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) to create the Golden Space Needle award. She is a NEA grant recipient through her recent Pratt Artist in Residence appointment, which focused on printmaking. O'Neill has a BFA in Illustration and Experimental Animation from Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, and a Masters of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington. She is represented by Winston Wachter Fine Art, and had her second solo exhibition there in January 2014.


Richard Openshaw

Trustee | Member of Finance Committee
As a Trustee and Finance Committee member, Richard brings years of hands-on financial expertise to the Pratt board and provides invaluable input into the organization's accounting, investment, and strategic planning decisions.  His background includes senior leadership roles with multiple closely-held businesses, as well as Director of Finance tenure with a large Northwest not-for-profit, and as a result he's developed a unique ability to translate complex financial concepts into relatable terms for non-finance individuals -- and to help identify innovative ways in which institutions can reduce costs and operate at peak efficiency. Richard earned his B.A. in Business Administration from Western Washington University, and also possesses a J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law and dual CPA and Chartered Global Management Accountant certifications.
 
As for his connection to the Pratt mission, Richard initially volunteered to serve on Pratt’s Finance Committee as a way to pay homage to his mom, Jane Chambers-Openshaw, who passed in 2013 and was a dedicated and successful artist. Additionally, as an "army brat” who grew up traveling in many different parts of the world, he's gained a tremendous appreciation for cultural diversity and individual creativity -- and greatly enjoys the melting pot of ideas, cultures, and personalities that surround Pratt's artistic environment and its member community.

Ayako Shapiro

Trustee
Ayako Shapiro graduated from Skidmore College with BA in Dance and Asian Studies. Shapiro just recently completed her term as the Get Engaged Youth Seat on the Seattle Arts Commission. Currently she works at United Way of King County as a School Meals Access Specialist, mobilizing a team of AmeriCorps to work across King County at low‐income schools to ensure that all students are accessing breakfast in the morning. At United Way, Shapiro is also chair of the Racial Equity training subcommittee for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team. When Shapiro is not at the United Way office, she works part time at Pacific Northwest Ballet as a Teaching Artist Apprentice and works as a freelance dancer and has recently performed in dance festivals all across Seattle.
 

Anna Skibska

Trustee | Member of Auction Committee
Anna Skibska studied at the Academy of Art in Wroclaw, Poland, in the Department of Painting. Diploma awarded in 1984. Polish Minister of Culture and Art Award in the presentation of Art Academy’s Best Diplomas at the exhibition, Diploma ‘84, Museum of Architecture, Wroclaw, Poland. From 1985 to 1996 Skibska was a faculty member and teacher of fine arts and architecture at Academy of Art in Wroclaw, Poland.

In 2001, she had a solo exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum, and in 2002 she was invited to present her work at FondacioneBevilaqua la Masa in Venice. She participated in 11e Pavillon des Arts et du Design, Jarden des Tuileries, Paris in 2007. The same year, Skibska participated in Basel/Miami Design, Basel Switzerland, where her exhibition was purchased by Musee-Atelier du Verre, Sars-Poteries, from  France. In 2008 she participated in Exposition Le Verre, Orangerie du Domain de Madame Elisabeth, Versailles, France. She also presented an individual exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum. Since 1984 Skibska has produced and presented 56 individual exhibitions. A.S. has resided and created in Seattle, Washington.

Sam Smith

Trustee
Dr. Smith served as President of Washington State University from 1985‐2000. Under his leadership, WSU grew in size and stature. He is well known in the state of Washington for establishing branch campuses in Spokane, the Tri‐Cities, and Vancouver. As President, he graduated one‐third of all graduates in the then history of WSU, saw the first WSU faculty members enter the National Academies of Science and successfully conducted WSU’s first major private fundraising campaign. His passion is creating new ways to educate students. He is recognized as a national leader in distance education, through his current service as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Western Governors University, where he is a founding member. Since moving to Seattle in 2000, he has been the founding director of five foundations, two institutes and one university.
 

Benita Thomas

Trustee

Benita is an energetic, trusted, and detail‐oriented Program Manager and strategic solutions provider with outstanding project management and conflict management skills. Accomplished leader known and respected for leading successful change in projects and building
credibility with executive teams and staff. Benita has 25 years of government, corporate and consulting experience in project and program management. For the past several years, Benita has served as 2CES IT Project Manager for the Boeing Company. Benita holds a BA
and an MA in Public Administration, both from Seattle University. Benita also maintains a lively commitment to community service. She has served previously on the board of the Austin Foundation and currently serves on the board for Coyote Central. She has completed United Way of King County’s Project LEAD board training program. Benita’s daughter graduated from Garfield High School, where Benita founded and continues to produce Urban Games which promotes an active, healthy lifestyle for young people and families.


Sarah Traver

Trustee | Chair, Education Committee, Member of Governance and Racial Equity Committees
Sarah joined her father in business at Traver Gallery in 2004. As a director, she works on all facets of the gallery—from strategy and sales to design and installation. With degrees in art and education, she works to keep Traver Gallery focused on the gallery's mission as a space for learning, the sharing of ideas, and insight. She is beloved by artists, clients, and community for her sincere interest and generous spirit. Sarah also serves on the board of Artist Trust. When she is not working, she can most likely be found playing in the wilds of Washington or trying out some new restaurant in Seattle or abroad.


Damien Villarreal

Trustee
Damien Villarreal’s resume blends an intimate knowledge of the fine art world with rich legal experience in social justice advocacy and intellectual property. Damien began working at artist Dale Chihuly’s Seattle studio in 2002 and, spanning more than a decade, this experience provided Damien with a deep understanding of the myriad opportunities and challenges facing modern‐day working artists. Upon obtaining his B.A. from the University of Washington, Damien spent time traveling throughout Southern Mexico and Central America. As a Spanish‐speaker and a descendant of Mexican immigrants, that trip allowed him to directly confront many of the obstacles facing workers, and their families, who make their way to United States in search of a better life. He subsequently obtained a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law, and was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2016. Since then, Damien’s legal practice has focused on employment, labor and immigration law, with continued advocacy work as a pro bono immigration attorney. Damien is a deeply committed to both reading and traveling. Most recently he spent seven weeks in Eastern Europe researching the historical connection between the Balkan countries and the advent of World War One. Damien welcomes, with open arms, any and all discussions involving books or travel.

Richard Wortley

Trustee | Member of Education and Finance Committees
Rich is a retired international banker who became interested in the arts through music and later through the beautiful antiques his wife found and imported. During his career he has been involved in a variety of civic organizations.  He joined Pratt through the Finance Committee and later became a member of the Board of Trustees, serving for two years as President. Rich also serves on the board of Pilchuck Glass School and The Rainier Club.