Board of Directors & Advisory Councils

Board of Directors & Advisory Councils 2019-10-16T13:25:54-08:00

Board of Directors

John Adams, Kirkland Arts Center board member
With his wife and fellow architect, Anne Adams, John is  the owner of Adams Architecture, a Seattle-based architecture practice founded in 2014. The firm endeavors to create buildings that are compelling and thoughtfully executed; direct yet beautiful; contextual and intriguing.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in design of the environment from the University of Pennsylvania, John obtained his master’s of architecture with distinction from the University of Michigan. John was instrumental in the development of the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan, coordinating the design of the curtain wall system and overseeing the project cost-estimating effort.  In Seattle, he has worked on a number of commercial projects including Brouwer’s Cafe in the Fremont neighborhood, office building design for Salmon Bay and several medical/dental buildings. John has also executed a number of luxury residential projects thoughout the country.

John likes to get his hands dirty remodeling his Seattle home and whenever possible going fly fishing in Michigan. But more typically reads avidly about theoretical physics, zen buddhism, and cooking the perfect rack of barbecued ribs.

Marcelo Prieto is a Redmond resident and a 13 year Microsoft veteran where he is a Sr. Principal Program Manager. Marcelo’s focus during the last several years, has been to improve tools and policies supporting Microsoft’s growing Cloud business. Prior to Microsoft, Marcelo was a business development and strategic planning leader for large players in the Telecommunications industry.

Marcelo grew up in Bogotá, Colombia. He has an undergraduate degree in Electronics Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and a MBA from INSEAD in France. Outside of work, Marcelo helps his wife Karin relocate dogs in need from Texas to the Pacific Northwest and is an enthusiastic watercolorist and student at the KAC. As a member of the Board of the KAC, Marcelo looks forward to contributing his business experience and life-long passion for the arts to help the center fulfill its mission.

Ashwin Gonibeed

Ashwin Gonibeed is a 15 year veteran of T-Mobile currently leading Business Development efforts within Financial Services. Prior to this, Ashwin held leadership roles in engineering, customer service and sales.

Outside of T-Mobile, Ashwin is an active angel investor/advisor – a founding member of the WEMBA 38 Angels Fund, a mentor at TechStars and an investor in Prapati, a smart grid focused startup in India. Ashwin has an MS in Engineering from the University Of Central Florida and an MBA from the Wharton School Of Business.

Serving on the Board of the Kirkland Arts Center allows Ashwin to utilize his business skills to give back to the community and indulge his passion for the arts. He is currently taking a drawing class at KAC, which painfully reminds him why he maintains a day job.

Harmony is Associate Professor of Theatre (Costume) in the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership at Seattle University and an accomplished Costume Designer and Stylist for stage, film and advertisement. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Costume Design from the University of Oregon. Recent designs for stage include: 5th Ave Theatre, (GREASE), Seattle Repertory Theatre, (Buyer & Cellar, Venus in Fur, Bo-Nita), INTIMAN Theatre Festival, (Lysistrata *Gregory Award Nomination), ACT Theatre (Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, These Streets). Recent designs for film include: First Sight Productions (Perfect 10), I Ate My Eye Films (Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel, Capitol Hill Series *Best Costume Design, 6th Annual Indie Series Awards), Vaskino Films (By the Salish Sea).

Mary Lu is a community and philanthropic leader, committed to increasing access to quality arts programs throughout the Eastside. She is a strong advocate for numerous non-profit organizations, including Friends of Youth, Childhaven, Pilchuck Glass School, and has proven leadership in fundraising, events, and strategic planning.

Trained in fine arts, now recognized as a sculptor of glass, I am not interested in glass per se. It is only one medium that conveys my thoughts, embodies my visions. I work with space, time, light. Sometimes I do collages, photography, film. Sometimes I design small sculptural forms like jewelry. The latter I like passionately.
I believe that architecture is a crown for art, sound and silence, light and dark, not mere brick and steel. Architecture and art are strongly connected: Fine arts do not decorate architecture; architecture is not a shell for fine arts. They are an integral part of each other, and this relationship interests me, as do monumental forms. I develop my thoughts via a unique technique known as Anna Skibska Technique. I have developed the technique and it serves me well: I like to wrap space, embrace time, and trap light, working on them simultaneously from the same beginning.

Vickie Sanders is a ceramicist at KAC. After retiring from a career in finance, Vickie splits her time between raising her three boys and working in the ceramics studio. She most recently began her ceramics business and has created dishware for Jason Wilson’s The Lakehouse in Bellevue.

Inspired early on by Marshall McLuhan’s “the medium is the message,” Rachel creates products and initiatives to make art more accessible through technology. After completing a masters in art history at the University of Texas at Austin, she joined Corbis Images where she developed image licensing programs for education, mobile and consumer goods for more than 10 years. Subsequently she began experimenting with publishing open access images from cultural heritage in educational and commercial products. She now leads product strategy at CultureTech in their mission to open up art. Together with CultureTech, Tulane Law School, and several museums, she is currently researching how blockchain technology can connect art owners, rights holders and admirers – to make it easier to find, license, use, and re-mix art through the ages.

Role of the Board

The Board of Directors plays a vital role in the leadership of Kirkland Arts Center. The Board provides the guidance and support necessary for KAC to fulfill its mission, vision, and goals. Board members actively participate in areas such as finance, marketing, fundraising, and strategic and event planning.


Join the Board

Join our team of dynamic leaders, visionaries, and arts enthusiasts and help Kirkland Arts Center continue to grow and thrive. KAC is recruiting for new Board of Directors members to begin in 2019, and hope you will consider this creative, engaging group the place to invest your time and talents. Board members provide the guidance and support necessary for KAC to fulfill its mission, vision, and goals. Board members actively participate in areas such as finance, marketing, fundraising, strategy, and board governance.

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Advisory Council

  • Susan Pappalardo, Co-Chair
  • Brad Weed, Co-Chair
  • William Ballantine
  • Carol Belval
  • Carl Bradley
  • Merrily Dicks
  • Judy Harris
  • Taylor Hawes
  • Joan McBride
  • Margaret Meister
  • Suzy Mings
  • Michael Monroe
  • Marty Peterson
  • Susan Thurston
  • Coralyn Whitney
  • Joan Wrench