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Nicole is originally from the Minneapolis area where her love of the arts was developed through formative experiences at the Walker Art Center, Children’s Theatre Company at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Guthrie Theater. She is a lifetime arts patron, supporter, volunteer and advocate. Nicole has a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, an MBA from the University of Washington and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington. She spent over 20 years at Weyerhaeuser in strategic planning and finance roles. She also serves on the boards of Artist Trust, Annex Theatre, Macha Theatre Works and 14/48 Projects.

JARED VAN KIRK, Vice-President

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Jared is a labor and employment attorney at Garvey Schubert Barer who has called Seattle home since 2005.  In his law practice Jared provides practical advice on complying with the intricate and overlapping network of federal, state, and local employment laws and resolving employment disputes.  Jared is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Stanford University, where he received his undergraduate degree in Human Biology.  Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Jared is pleased to have found a new home rich with natural beauty and creative energy.  He lives in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle with his wife and two young daughters.



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Christena Coutsoubos is a Director at Building Changes, overseeing Strategic Communications, Relationship Management and Development.  She works closely with the Board of Directors, staff and partners to engage passionate supporters in the vision of reducing youth and family homelessness.

Christena has 20 years’ experience in volunteer engagement, development, communications, program leadership and management, and direct service in the nonprofit sector.  She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Barnard College in New York, and a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University.




Kathy works for Kemper Development Company (Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place, Lincoln Square, and the newest development Lincoln Square 2) where she is involved in budgets, forecasts, and internal valuations.  Prior to Kemper Development, Kathy has held Controllership roles at Bentall Kennedy and University Village.  Her public accounting alma mater is Bader Martin in downtown Seattle where she focused on real estate and non-profit clients.    Kathy has served on various committees and boards with the Empty Space Theatre, American Society of Women Accountants, and the Washington Society of CPAs.  Go Huskies!  Go Hawks!



Blair Payson is a Principal with Olson Kundig. Since 2004, Blair Payson has worked on projects ranging from architectural to exhibit design and from art installations to set design. He takes great satisfaction enabling collaborators and in the craft of making. Prior to moving to Seattle in 2004, Blair worked as an architect in Paris, France.


Kira Burge is a Sr. Project Specialist at Vulcan Arts + Entertainment where she produces Seattle Art Fair’s public programming, and manages institutional partnerships. Kira has over ten years of experiences planning and producing events and exhibitions throughout the region.


Adrienne possess a multi-faceted knowledge of marketing, communications, branding, licensing, art and design, fundraising, program development, campaign management, and outreach. Her professional endeavors have included the execution of brand and marketing strategies from small entrepreneurial efforts to large scale global campaigns for organizations such as Starbucks Corporate, World Vision, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Creative Capital, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. She currently works with individual artists, non-profits, and as an Account Manager at the Hilt, guiding the development of brands and creative for a variety of clients.  In her free time, she enjoys her own art making and adventuring outdoors with her family and friends.


David Rue is a dance artist born in Liberia, and raised in Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of individualized studies that combined Journalism, English, and Dance. From 2011-2015, he performed with TU Dance (directed by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands) in St. Paul, MN where he danced the works of Dwight Rhoden, Camille A. Brown, Greg Dolbashian, Katrin Hall, and Uri Sands. He has also worked as a freelance arts and entertainment writer for the Minneapolis based publication, The Line Media. David holds an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and works as the Public Programs Coordinator at Seattle Art Museum.
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Eve Sanford is a multi-discipline artist, educator and arts leader. A transplant from Chicago where she has worked nearly two decades teaching art for Chicago public and charter schools and various community centers, museums and programs throughout the city. Eve’s educational philosophy moves her to facilitate creative experiences that engage students in the exploration of self, community and purpose. As an artist, often her work takes form in jewelry, photographs, paintings, and installations. She explores identity, vacancy and healing through a lens that is primarily autobiographical. Eve is an alumna The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Seattle University. She currently serves as the Education and Public Programs Director for the Northwest African American Museum.


Rob is originally from Upstate New York, but has lived in Seattle since 1996. During that time, he’s invested in two primary passions: Art and Technology. Artistically, Rob is probably best known as a former Artistic Director of Theater Schmeater and more recently as a partner in the film production company, Pressing Pictures. He’s a filmmaker, actor, director, photographer and musician. From a technology standpoint, Rob has been a leader in dozens of IT initiatives in Seattle and Internationally, and has been enjoying his days in the IT department of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation since 2010. Rob attended Purdue University where he received a Masters Degree in English Literature with an emphasis on Critical Theory. He has formerly served on the board of Seattle Playwrights Alliance. Rob lives in Ballard with his wife and son.


Tom was born in upstate New York and has lived all over the US. East coast, midwest, southwest, deep south and West coast. He has lived in Seattle with his wife Patricia for the last 32 years. He has two grown children.

Tom earned a degree in Computer Science from University of New Orleans and has been working on and with computers since knee high to a grass hopper. He found my professional home at Microsoft, working on MS-Dos and Windows as a developer and program manager.

Prior to joining Shunpike’s board, Tom spent a number of years providing technical support and guidance to Shunpike. Prior to that he served on the board at Seattle Children’s Theatre.