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ERIN WEST, President
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As vice president of client services at digital marketing agency POP, Erin West is focused on delivering best-in-class experiences for clients in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia. She also served as POP’s vice president of program management for three years, managing a team of more than 25 project managers responsible for the delivery of world-class marketing and technology solutions. Prior to POP, Erin worked as director of marketing and communications at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She has given presentations on digital marketing in the arts, leading workshops for the Wallace Foundation, Opera America, the Arts & Business Council of Chicago and the National Performing Arts Convention. Erin is a 2012 alumnus of Leadership Tomorrow and a summa cum laude graduate of Northwestern University.




LEAH BALTUS, Vice President
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Leah is a Shunpike founder and currently serves as editor in chief of City Arts, a magazine dedicated to creative life in the Seattle area. A native of suburban Detroit, she studied journalism and creative writing at Northwestern University. After brief stints in Rome and Los Angeles, she moved to Seattle in 2001 and launched RIVET, a nationally circulated indie magazine that she edited until 2008. Prior to her work at City Arts, Leah was brand and editorial director at Pyramid Communications, where she consulted with dozens of nonprofits, including Seattle Art Museum, On the Boards, Intiman Theatre, The Seattle Foundation and KEXP.



TERRI  HIROSHIMA, Secretary
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Terri Hiroshima is dedicated to making the Puget Sound’s business, arts and culture communities stronger, vital and more interconnected. She is vice president of communications at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and previously served as both executive director and director of marketing and external relations at Crosscut Public Media. She also worked in arts marketing for 18 years—as director of marketing and communications at Seattle Theatre Group, communications director at Seattle’s legendary Empty Space Theatre, and at One Reel where she promoted some of Seattle’s most beloved community celebrations, including Bumbershoot. Terri is a member of the Seattle Arts Commission. She graduated with a BS in Communications from Boston University.



KIM BERARDI, Treasurer
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Kim Berardi is currently the controller at Jones Soda Co. and runs the online Bonus Gallery, which cultivates buyers of original artwork by exhibiting a fresh and tightly curated online collection of affordable art by emerging and underrepresented artists. Kim previously served on the board of the Vera Project, a music and arts venue at Seattle Center that fosters participation creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning and volunteer opportunities for all ages, especially young people.



ASHLEY DAHL
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Ashley brings more than 17 years experience of interdisciplinary leadership in the Pacific Northwest. As principal of malmedal, she provides coaching and consulting for small businesses, creative entrepreneurs and artists. Ashley also serves as executive director for 8 Limbs Yoga Centers. Getting out in nature year-round along with a mediation practice keeps Ashley feeling grounded and whole. Family, traveling, bicycling, food and art are some of her favorite ways to connect.



DARREN FOCARETA
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Darren is originally from Pittsburgh, Penn., where he grew up appearing on area stages as a performing artist. After living in New York City for a few years, where he worked as a ticketing manager for Roundabout Theatre Co., Darren relocated to Seattle in 2002. He currently works for BlackRock, managing a client data and technology infrastructure team that supports the firm’s alternatives investments platform. He joined the board in 2013 and is passionate about supporting Shunpike’s robust platform for arts administration.



MELANIE MATTHEWSMelanie_Matthews


Melanie Matthews is director of capacity building and operations at both the Campion Advocacy Fund, a 501c4 created to accelerate the protection of wilderness and the end of homelessness, and the Campion Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to protecting wilderness, ending homelessness and building a strong, resilient nonprofit sector. Melanie previously served as managing director of the Empty Space Theatre and managed Kneehigh Theatre—one of the UK’s top theatre companies—and Malvern Theatres, a three-venue arts center in the UK, transforming it through a multi-million dollar redevelopment program. Melanie holds an MBA from Colorado State University and a BA (Hons) from Bristol University. She is also co-chair of the Grants Managers Network.



MOLLY MCCARTHYMolly_McCarthy


Molly M. McCarthy’s passion is connecting mission, message and action for good causes. Prior to founding her own consulting firm, she served as the director of communications for the University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, where she built a completely new brand and infrastructure for marketing and communications and served on the school’s management team. Her 15 years of experience spans the nonprofit, public, and private sectors; she has worked with incredible teams at Pyramid Communications, RealNetworks, Sound Transit and Seattle University. A former board president of Shunpike, she is also a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow, a member of its Alumni Leadership Committee and a member of the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute. She holds a private pilot’s license.



CATHERINE NANDACathy_Nanda


Catherine Nanda came to Seattle in July of 2005 from New York City where she worked as the associate artistic director for chashama, which supports artists in their quest for affordable workspace. During her four years with chashama, she was instrumental in developing the AREA program (Accessing Real Estate for the Arts), working with real estate developers to acquire temporarily donated vacant property and renovating 16 buildings into performance, rehearsal, gallery and studio spaces in Manhattan, Queens and Harlem. Cathy has served on artist space panels and advisory groups with organizations such as 4Culture, The Asian American Arts Centre, Theater Resources Unlimited and Yale University. She most recently worked for the City of Bellevue’s Art Program to produce the Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition.



MARK OLTHOFFMark_Olthoff


Mark Othoff grew up on a vegetable and grain farm in the Chicago area and came to Seattle for graduate school 20 years ago. He is an associate at Olson Kundig Architects, an award-winning firm with projects around the world and a strong connection to the arts in Seattle and beyond. Mark holds a Masters in Architecture from University of Washington and a BS in Architectural Studies from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and has lived and studied in Versailles France, Bogotá Colombia and Cuernavaca Mexico. He serves on the Professional Advisory Council at the University of Washington School of Architecture, where he is a regular guest critic.



ROMIE PONCERomie_Ponce


Romelia (Romie) Beatriz Ponce is an attorney at Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest private operating foundation focused entirely on child welfare reform. Romie’s current practice focuses on organizational risk and compliance, insurance, contracts and human resources practices. Before joining Casey, she worked in a small hardworking civil litigation firm where she gained valuable hands-on experience with construction defect, insurance law and personal injury cases. Originally from dry Tucson, Ariz., Romie has made Seattle her home. She enjoys running and spin class, tequila tasting, walking her pit-bull, home remodel projects and cooking.



DAVID TAFTDavid_Taft


David has been a physical theater artist for more than 40 years, performing in mask, movement, Commedia dell’Arte, dance and puppetry with various ensemble companies, including Two Penny Circus, the Stained Glass Company and Creation Company. He has extensive touring credits on the East Coast and Midwest and worked Off-Broadway for five seasons. Locally he has worked at Theater For the New City, On The Boards, Seattle Rep, the Allegro Dance Series, Freehold Studio Theater and Strawberry Theater Workshop. Since 1992, David has trained actors in mask, movement and clown at Cornish College of the Arts, and is a full-time professor in the theater program. He is a graduate of the Dell’Arte School, Syracuse University, University of Washington, and Seattle University.



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