Michael J Sandner
Michael J SandnerBoard President
Director of Arts Education and Curriculum Integration, Bethel School District
As Director of Arts Education and Curriculum Integration for Bethel School District, a position held since the fall of 2002, Michael works closely with classroom teachers and arts specialists to ensure the integration of the arts into all aspects of learning. Prior to this appointment, Michael was an elementary principal for seven years, and a music specialist for 20 years. He is a past president of the Washington Alliance for Arts Education (ArtsEd Washington), as well as several Washington State committees supported by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Michael has led staff development sessions on the Washington State Classroom-Based Performance Assessments at various conferences and workshops across the state. The Washington Library Media Association named him Supervisor of the Year in 2005, the Mountain Region from the Washington Music Educators Association recognized him with the Friends of Music Award in 2006 and 2010, and Governor Christine Gregoire honored him with the Governor’s Arts and Heritage Award in 2007.

Michael received his Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1975, and his Master’s in Educational Administration from Central Washington University in 1992. He and his wife Susan have been married since 1974 and reside in Lakewood, Washington. Their three grown sons are David (El Paso, Texas), Brian (Spokane, Washington), and Matthew (McGuire AFB, New Jersey). The joys of their lives are their two granddaughters: Hailey and April.

Alyssa Hays
Alyssa HaysVice President
Event Director
Tree Vox
Alyssa graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Project Management and Social-Emotional Intelligence and spends her professional life as a data analyst, project manager, and event director. In her free time, she dabbles in carpentry, horticulture, and distilling. She also volunteers at her local school, The BackPack Brigade, Seattle T2P2 and with ArtsEd Washington. As a woman with mixed heritage, she sees many perspectives and she aspires to use her current privilege to elevate marginalized voices and expand opportunities for musicians in her community.
Katie Lappier
Katie LappierBoard Secretary
Associate Director of Education, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
Originally from Illinois, Katie has been teaching, directing, performing, and choreographing in the Puget Sound region since 2005. In addition to producing and directing, Katie serves as the Associate Director of Education at the Broadway Center in Tacoma, managing year-round performing arts and social-emotional programs for youth and a canon of statewide Civil Rights Legacy Touring productions. Katie has also worked as a public school dance specialist, directed her own dance school located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, serves as a volunteer co-director of Tacoma’s Barefoot Collective, a community–based modern dance company, and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Kennedy Center Partners in Education. Katie has performed with BQ Danza, MG & MH Arts, and Callous Physical Theatre, as well as producing her own work in Illinois, Missouri, and Washington.
J Andrew Henley
J Andrew HenleyInterim Board Treasurer
Curator of Education & Community Engagement, Museum of Glass
J. Andrew Henley, Ph.D. is a museum educator, currently serving as Curator of Education and Community Engagement at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Previously, Dr. Henley was Curator of Education, K-12 at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, from 2007 to 2016. His museum career began at the Toledo Museum of Art, in Toledo, Ohio, coordinating projects for the TMA docent corps.

Museum-related projects that Dr. Henley is particularly proud of include developing extensive drop-in art classes for families with children, partnering with summer camps for individuals with special needs, and establishing a program for individuals coping with dementia-related illnesses and their care partners. His current work is related to curriculum development in relation to STEAM, therapeutic art experiences with hot glass, and exploring the intersection of technique and content in apprentice-based arts education.

Dr. Henley earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Toledo in Art Education, focusing on drawing. His doctorate was earned at Auburn University, with a dissertation entitled Adolescent Artistic Caricatures and the Sharing of Art, which examined the social groupings related to definitions of art, and the social context of making and sharing art as interpreted by teenagers. Dr. Henley continues to pursue academic research, examining social motivations of arts engagement, attribution theories of achievement in the visual arts, philosophical challenges in museum settings, and qualitative research methods.

When not working, Andrew enjoys computer gaming, playing terrible covers on guitar or piano, and drawing. During Saturdays in the fall, he wears and bleeds burnt orange and navy, while screaming “War Eagle!” as his Auburn Tigers never yield.

Anne Banks leads the Arts Program at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), a position that places her front and center as an arts-in-education advocate in Washington State. This position follows seven years at OSPI during which she worked intensively on the development of academic standards across all the core subjects. In 2011, she played a leadership role during the review, roll out and online publication of the state’s Arts standards. As she joined OSPI in 2004, Anne left a 30-year teaching career, which honed her ability to help young students express themselves through standards-based learning projects incorporating the arts. Anne brings a deep understanding of the integration potential for arts-related disciplines across curricula aligned with an insider’s knowledge of how the system works and how to get things done. Anne holds an M.A. in Professional Development from Heritage University and a B.A in Education from Central Washington University.
Anne Banks
Anne BanksEx-Officio
Arts Program Manager
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Bio coming soon!
Manny CawalingEx-Officio
Executive Director
Cultural Access Washington/ Washington Arts Alliance
Nate BogopolskyBoard Member
Bio coming soon!
Courtney D. Clark
Courtney D. ClarkBoard Member
Soprano and Music Educator
Courtney Clark is the School Programs Manager for Seattle Opera, planning, arranging and developing Pre-K – 12 in-school musical programs and initiatives.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Clark received her BA in music education from Morris Brown College and received her MA in music with a specialization in vocal performance from Middle Tennessee State University. She obtained her teacher licensure from Belmont University for the states of Tennessee and Georgia for K-12 vocal/general music education.

Prior career highlights include earning The Orff-Schulwerk Level I & II Certification to teach children music, a tenured chorus member of the Nashville Opera, performing in several operas including Aida, Turandot, Tosca, La Boheme, Die Fledermaus and a scholarship to study abroad at the University of Siena, Italy’s Sessione Sense per la Musica, concerts, and solo performances held in: Siena, Rome, Lucerne, Calcio, Firenze, Venezia, Assisi, Pisa, and svizzera.

Ms. Clark recently made her solo debut in the film PORTRAITS-The First Black American Divas of Song and Opera; as Elizabeth Taylor-Greenfield.

Bob Cooper
Bob CooperBoard Member
Director of Visual and Performing Arts, South Kitsap School District
Bob Cooper has been involved in public and private education from kindergarten to post-baccalaureate education systems throughout his 37 years as an artist and educator. He currently serves as a district-wide arts administrator overseeing a department with a staff of 47 certificated personnel and 11 classified personnel managing staffing, evaluations, and budgeting. The Department of Visual and Performing Arts has an annual operating budget of over 3.95 million dollars, which touches all children in the school district. This position also has him sitting on senior cabinet, which manages all the operations of the 16 schools and serves as an advisory group to the superintendent and board of directors.

Mr. Cooper has been instrumental in maintaining a strong public education arts program in the South Kitsap School District in spite of the recent downturn in the economy. He has been a consummate advocate for providing standards-based arts instruction for all children nationwide. His work as one of the primary writers of the 2014 NCAS Music Standards has influenced arts instruction across all 50 states. He is again working as a member of the OSPI Arts Leadership Cadre in aligning the state arts standards and national standards.

Bob currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (with minors in Theatre and Visual Arts), two Master’s degrees, a K-12 principal certification, and a Washington State superintendent certification. He has personally taught kindergarten through college and, in addition to his administrator duties, is the director of the South Kitsap High School String Symphony.

In addition to his teaching and administrative work, Cooper still finds time to compose and arrange musical pieces in a wide range of musical genres. In the musical theatre realm his original works Bethlehem, Robin Hood: The Musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Star Songs have been produced in numerous venues up and down the West Coast. His works for student performing groups range from small choir to large band and orchestral pieces.

Lisa Jaret has worked at the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) since 2005. She has developed and managed a variety of Arts in Education programs focused on the arts as part of basic education in K-12 public schools, including grants, rosters, research and evaluation initiatives, and the Washington State branch of the national Poetry Out Loud program. She is especially proud of being part of the team that developed and directs the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab). Lisa served on the Arts Education Advisory Group for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies from 2008-2010. Prior to joining ArtsWA, Lisa was the Administrative Director of Education Programs at Seattle Children’s Theatre, where she worked from 1992-2005. Lisa has artistic background in theatre and dance, but considers her primary role in the arts to be as a producer, facilitator, and catalyst. She is passionate about the connections between the arts and learning and cognitive development. Lisa holds a BA in Humanities from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters in Not-For-Profit Leadership from Seattle University.
Lisa Jaret
Lisa JaretEx Officio
Arts in Education Program Manager, Washington State Arts Commission
Nyree Martinez
Nyree MartinezBoard Member
Process Analyst
Home Street Bank
Nyree has a degree in Education from Pacific Lutheran University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Washington Drama School, and her Masters in Arts Management from George Mason University. While going to Grad School, Nyree worked with several DC Non-Profits, Arts Organizations, and Embassies as well as Government Agencies and Contractors in helping improve their business communications, organizational processes, and community engagement. In addition, she has worked in the Performing Arts industry for over twenty years as an actress, arts educator, director, and administrator and is a member of Actors’ Equity and the National Education Association.
Tess Selim
Tess SelimBoard Member
Social Entrepreneur
A digital generalist by day and a social entrepreneur at all times, Tess’ love of tech and storytelling lead her to a career in digital marketing and advertising, where she spent a good part of 10 years helping brands build an audience and tell their stories before realizing she was part of the problem.

A digital professional with a passion for gender equality in tech, she has been able to impact change by founding GCON, a gaming community and annual convention for women players and developers in Saudi Arabia, born out of the need for representation on both the consumer side and the industry level. Her experiences have taught her to navigate cultural and logistical challenges: from fundraising and changing misconceptions about gaming to fighting off sandstorms, she never has a dull moment.

Today she finds herself even more motivated to turn her skills to social impact. Because the stories we tell ourselves matter, she wants to tell better stories about the future to come. Her goal is to promote consumption choices that are driven by more than convenience and self-interest and solve real-world problems at scale.

Olga Surmacheva
Olga SurmachevaBoard Member
Bio coming soon!
Dave Weatherred
Dave WeatherredBoard Member
Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator
Spokane School District
Dave Weatherred retired as the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the Spokane School District in 2016. This was a position he had held for 19 years. In retirement, Dave supervises student teachers for Whitworth University and handles operations for New Community Church of Spokane. Now in his 41st year in education, he began his career as the instrumental music teacher for the Parma School District in Parma, ID, followed by similar positions in the West Valley School District and at Ferris High School in Spokane. He is active as a clinician, adjudicator, and honor group conductor throughout the northwest states. Dave was honored by the Washington Music Educators with inclusion in their “Hall of Fame” in 2001 and received the 2013 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Northwest Division Distinguished Service Award. He has been married to his wife Lea for 40 years, has two adult children, and is enjoying his role as a grandfather!