NICOLE STELLNER, President
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 and Macha Theatre Works.
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.
BRIAAN BARRON, Vice-President
Briaan L. Barron is a Brand Manager at Seattle Chocolate Company and is founder of the brand design and consulting company Branding By Bri. She is passionate about uniting art and storytelling with strategic thinking to empower first-time entrepreneurs. Briaan is a Sarah Lawrence College graduate and is a Seattle native.
CHRISTENA COUTSOUBOS, Secretary
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 GATTON, Treasurer
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!
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.
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.
Leilani Lewis is an arts administrator who is passionate about visual arts, community and social justice, and specializes in bridging communities and sparking conversations on the arts and social impact. She has curated art shows at the Ethnic Heritage Gallery, Columbia City Gallery, and Lucid Gallery and several other locations. She has also served as a judge for the Congressional Arts Competition, Onyx Fine Arts Collective, Artist Trust Edge Award, SAM’s Naramore Student Art Competition, and the Creative
Bryan Ohno is the president & director of Urban Art Concept and Bryan Ohno Gallery located in the International District in Seattle. Both organizations actively create, consult and organize private/public art projects to enliven the grey in the city. Recent projects include Weyerhaeuser’s art collection for the new world headquarters, the Seattle Parks and Recreation’s ARTSparks program and the the Spiral Art Project by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Chairs the Arts Advisory for 4Culture. Past board activities include the International Sculpture Center (NJ) and the School of Art, University of Washington. Earlier in his career, he served as the founding director for the innovative MadArt and business manager for Dale Chihuly. Born in New York and educated in Yokohama, Japan. BA in Fine Arts from University of Puget Sound.