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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Jenny Pohlman

Board 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.

Madeline Dow Pennington

Vice President | Member of Auction Committee
After graduating from Chapman University with a degree in Public Relations and Advertising, Madeline was eager to move back to Seattle and immediately began working for the Washington State Wine Commission in 2005. Madeline spent six years as Marketing Manager, and helped coordinate the Washington Wine Restaurant Awards, Washington Wine Month programs and various events around the country. During this time, Madeline met Charles Smith and bonded over the love of good wine, cursing and loud music. When the need for a Seattle PR person came up, Madeline jumped at the opportunity to join Charles and his rock star team. Madeline has been exposed to Pratt in a variety of ways throughout her life and is excited to become more deeply involved.

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.

Ralph Bufano

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.

Lee Campbell

Trustee | 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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
Richard is an Army “brat” who grew up traveling in many different parts of the world and gained a tremendous appreciation for cultural diversity and individual creativity. He initially volunteered at Pratt to be on its Finance Committee as a way to pay homage to his mom, Jane Chambers-Openshaw, who passed in 2013 and enjoyed being an artist. Richard continues to serve on Pratt’s Finance Committee as well as its Board of Directors and Audit Committee.

In terms of professional pursuits, Richard is currently the General Manager for a general contractor in Woodinville, Washington, and previously worked as the top finance professional for several closely-held businesses and a not-for-profit organization. His educational credentials include a B.A. in Business Administration from Western Washington University, a J.D. from the University of South Dakota, School of Law, and dual CPA and Chartered Global Management Accountant certifications.

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

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.

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.

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.

Monique Guevara

Board Intern
Monique Guevara is a Rice Endowed Fellow at the University of Washington Evans School, where she will be graduated this June with a MA in Public Administration with a special interest in not-for-profit management and philanthropy. Monique is a Californian, receiving her BA from UC Riverside with a semester at the University of Ghana, Legon. She has worked in social service orgs, in management recruiting with a focus on education and arts clients, and is now Special Events Intern with the Pike Place Market Foundation. Past volunteer efforts include United Way of King County, where she participated in their not-for-profit board training program, and the St. Anthony Foundation, San Francisco, where she served on the Young Professional Council. Monique’s energy and interest in not-for-profit management promise a worthwhile experience for both her and our board.