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Nicki stellner

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.

DAVID RUE, Vice-President

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.
(photo credit Stanton J. Stephens)


EVE SANFORD, Secretary

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 Programs Director for Pratt Fine Arts Center.


TOM LENNON, Treasurer


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.


Kira Burge is the event manager of Seattle Art Fair for the arts and entertainment division of Vulcan Inc., a Paul G. Allen network of organizations and initiatives that are dedicated to making a positive difference in the world and being a catalyst for change. Kira earned degrees in Fine Arts and Arts Administration from the University of Oregon and has over a decade of experience producing events and exhibitions in the visual arts sector. Kira is married to Guy Palmer Merril, artist and lead preparator of the King County Art Collection for 4Culture.



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.


Leigh Ann is a nonprofit executive with a passion for helping organizations achieve their highest potential through effective strategic planning, diversified fund development, and streamlined communications. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, Leigh Ann has held leadership roles at the Museum of Glass, Seattle University, the Museum of Pop Culture, and Conservation Northwest. She is a bit fanatical about the role that cultural organizations play in bringing people together and building a strong sense of community. You can usually find her wandering around a local arts exhibition, enjoying a performance, or sampling the IPA selection at a neighborhood brewery.



Whether he’s behind the mic or behind the scenes, Kirk is passionate about creating ground breaking marketing that moves the needle.

Kirk got his start in the arts in the 1990’s singing, playing bass and synthesizers in Seattle bands The Cinematics and Pleasurecraft as well as dozens of solo and side projects. He’s recorded over 10 records, played with everyone from Death Cab for Cutie to OMD to General Public and scored soundtracks for Dale Chihuly among others. Kirk also spent nearly 10 years as a professional audio engineer, voice over talent, producer and composer working on thousands of commercial broadcast projects for national ad agencies.

For the last 13 years Kirk has focused his attention to the tech world, building a digital marketing software product for the arts and entertainment industry. Working closely with hundreds of organizations worldwide such as Royal Albert Hall, Kennedy Center, NYC Ballet, he helps marketing teams create campaigns that amplify audience engagement, generate new revenue and boost membership. Kirk lives in West Seattle with his wife and daughter and a conspicuous collection of vintage synthesizers.


Stacey was born and raised in Washington.  She has lived in Seattle with her husband for the last 16 years, with their two kids. She is a graduate of Seattle University.

She has been working as a banker and consultant to nonprofits for the last 14 years, finding a deep passion in connecting others to the passion of philanthropic giving.

Prior to joining Shunpike’s board she has been on the board of: Seattle Children’s Theater, Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, Broadway Improvement Association, Business Impact Northwest, Seattle Community Law Center, and Washington State Community Association Institute.