Katie Lappier

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

J. Andrew Henley

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

Bob Cooper

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

Dave Weatherred

Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator Spokane School District Dave Weatherred is the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the Spokane School District, a position he has held for the last 17 years.  Now in his 37th year in education, he began his career as the instrumental music teacher for the Parma School District in Parma,

Anne Banks

Arts Program Manager Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction 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

Sue Elliott

Director of Education Seattle Opera Sue Elliott was appointed Director of Education for Seattle Opera in July 2010. At Houston Grand Opera, Ms. Elliott created a new model for community engagement and education through the opera’s Song of Houston initiative. Only two years after its launch, Song of Houston received the Leading Lights Diversity Award

Lauren Domino, Treasurer

Development Director Seattle Shakespeare Company Lauren Domino holds a B.A. in Drama and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington. Lauren began her career as a performer and theater teaching artist, working for numerous arts organizations including Wing-It Productions, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Arts Corps, and Youth Theatre Northwest. After teaching for several

Kristen Corning Bedford, President

Community Volunteer Kristen Corning Bedford has a diverse educational and professional background, encompassing the arts, philanthropy and community engagement. Most recently, as Vice President of Community Philanthropy at the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Kristen managed over $2.6 million in grants and developed opportunities for community collaboration and donor investment. While at the Community Foundation Kristen

Michael J. Sandner

Director of Arts Education & 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

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