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Staff

  • Jennifer Barry, Executive Director

  • Kellen Braddock, Manager, Artist Services

  • Katy Hannigan, Office and Administrative Coordinator

  • Keith Easter, Finance Manager

  • Morgan Cahn, Storefronts Installation Coordinator

  • Claudia Defrance, Administrative Intern

 


Jennifer Barry, Executive Director

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Jennifer is an accomplished management professional with over 20 years experience leading arts organizations and producing the work of contemporary artists working in, across (and around), all artistic disciplines. She relocated from Australia to the US in August 2012 and, in addition to her role as Shunpike’s Executive Director, she is a board member of On the Boards.

Prior to joining Shunpike, Jennifer was Director & CEO of Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), Australia’s leading organization for contemporary arts and community engagement. During Jennifer’s leadership FCAC was transformed, undergoing a major capital redevelopment and introducing a diverse curatorial framework built on the principles of innovation, access and diversity.

In addition to her roles as a producer and manager, Jennifer has extensive experience as a consultant specializing in strategic planning and market development for the arts and cultural sector. In this capacity, she has worked with all levels of government – locally and internationally – as well as arts organizations of all sizes.

Jennifer holds a BA in Communications (Theatre/Media) and an MA in Theatre Studies. In her (non-existent) spare time she writes and received a Certificate in Literary Fiction at the University of Washington.  Her short story, Ha Ha, was recently published in an anthology of work by emerging Seattle-based writers and Stratus, UW’s journal of arts and writing.




Kellen Braddock – Manager, Artist Services

Kellen Braddock joined Shunpike in June 2012. She received her MFA in Arts Leadership through Seattle University, matching her interest in creative business and nonprofit work. Prior to that, she completed her BFA at the University of Michigan, sub-concentrating in Creative Writing where she received literary honors and awards for her work (Including the Hopwood Award, Cowden Fellowship, Caldwell Poetry Prize, and the Virgina Voss Scholarship).

Today, Kellen enjoys farming, baking bread, pickling and pursuing mixed media projects with artists of all kinds. She served as the Finance & Development Director for APRIL – or ‘Authors, Publishers, and Readers of Independent Literature’ – a small press and independent literature organization that was shortlisted for a Stranger Genius Award in 2013. APRIL has been under the fiscal sponsorship of Shunpike since January 2012.




Katy Hannigan – Office & Administrative Coordinator

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Katy Hannigan is the new Office and Executive Assistant for Shunpike. A San Jose, CA native, Katy has spent most of the past five years living in New England. After graduating with a degree in Theatre from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 2012, she moved to Somerville, MA to pursue a position at MASSCreative, a new non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the arts and cultural community across Massachusetts. There, Katy discovered an interest in nonprofit arts administration and is thrilled to work with Shunpike in this capacity.

Katy is passionate about creating the systems necessary to best foster artists’ creativity and, through that, helping artists to create vibrant, connected communities in a sustainable way. Here in Seattle, she worked with Seattle Repertory Theatre as the 2013-2014 Arts Management Intern and a House Manager. Outside of work, Katy loves cooking, hiking, craft beer, and gardening.




Keith Easter, Finance Manager

Keith joined Shunpike as Finance Manager in August 2014. With a passion for non-profit accounting, he has successfully supported nonprofit agencies in the greater Puget Sound area for almost two decades, including numerous roles in senior management. He houses over a decade of graduated technical, management and training experience working in local nonprofit accounting environments. He believes that nonprofit accounting departments should be customer service driven, where satisfying the customer most often means satisfying fellow staff members, clients, funders, vendors, board members and volunteers.




Morgan Cahn, Storefronts Installation Coordinator

Morgan is a cross-disciplinary artist, curator, zine-maker, and amateur scientist. She likes to collaborate and make things happen. She grew up in Seattle and used to put on punk shows in community centers with Blue Door Productions. She moved to Pittsburgh and organized a food distro and free-store in Project 1877. Morgan was the original administrative coordinator for the Flight School Fellowship at Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She moved to Scotland and received her BA(Hons) in Fine Art. Morgan joined the curatorial collective Yuck ’n Yum and began Fun A Day Dundee. Now she’s back in Seattle and looking forward to experiencing this place after a dozen years away.