Board of Directors & Advisory Councils

Board of Directors & Advisory Councils 2022-01-11T12:11:38-08:00

Board of Directors

Chris has spent the last two decades in tech and videogames marketing and now focuses on supporting small businesses and nonprofits. He rediscovered his passion for oil painting and comics art through KAC and is a strong proponent for art as therapy that should be accessible to all.

Stephanie Dickson has spent many years in Information Technology and now runs a web multimedia/design business in Kirkland. She is interested in the merging of technology in art. She believes that art is not just a reflection of our times and culture, but that art can empower people and bring them together in many positive ways. Stephanie also believes that creativity can offer comfort for many mental health issues.

Holly earned a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin and worked in public libraries for 25 years. Holly served as the Director of Strategy and the Director of Library Operations for the King County Library System for 12 of her 21 years with the system. In June 2020, Holly concluded a 9-month role as the Acting CEO for Leadership Eastside, helping to guide the organization through a major leadership transition.

Holly grew up in Boulder, Colorado and made her home in the Seattle metro area with her husband, Christopher, a musician and a senior lecturer in game design at the DigiPen Institute of Technology. Holly is a quilter, prose and poetry writer, and organic gardener. She also loves to cook, camp and travel.

Holly holds a BFA in Studio Arts, with focus on large scale oil painting and screen printing, and a BA in Art History from the University of Colorado–Boulder. She is an avid student of photography and received a Certificate in Photography from the University of Washington in 2020. She is also learning ceramics – at the Kirkland Arts Center! A lover of animals, Holly is a regular volunteer at Pasado’s Safe Haven, an animal rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary committed to ending animal cruelty.

Holly believes deeply in the individual and collective power of creative expression, building caring and connected communities, assisting and empowering those in need, and equity for all. She is honored to serve on the Board of Directors of the Kirkland Arts Center.

Hannah is passionate about sustainability and creative problem solving, Hannah Fisher is the CEO of Hard Refresh, LLC, a website-building and digital advertising agency focused on working exclusively with mission-driven clients, as well as a Green Designated Realtor licensed with the NWMLS. As a new member at KAC she hopes to contribute to its mission by leveraging her digital skillset and love for art communities.

Vasuma spent her career in the finance and accounting spheres, focused heavily on the technical and logical side of her skills. After rediscovering the power of arts on the soul and the mind, Vasuma has dedicated her time to providing an outlet for the encumbered minds through the arts. She strongly believes in a healthy mix of arts in everyone’s lives as a means to mental wellness.

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.

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.

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).

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
  • Bill 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