Board of Directors & Advisory Councils

Board of Directors & Advisory Councils 2020-07-22T21:08:25-07:00

Board of Directors

Mary Lu is a community and philanthropic leader, committed to increasing access to quality arts programs throughout the Eastside. She is a strong advocate for numerous non-profit organizations, including Friends of Youth, Childhaven, Pilchuck Glass School, and has proven leadership in fundraising, events, and strategic planning.

John Adams, Kirkland Arts Center board member

With his wife and fellow architect, Anne Adams, John is  the owner of Adams Architecture, a Seattle-based architecture practice founded in 2014. The firm endeavors to create buildings that are compelling and thoughtfully executed; direct yet beautiful; contextual and intriguing.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in design of the environment from the University of Pennsylvania, John obtained his master’s of architecture with distinction from the University of Michigan. John was instrumental in the development of the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan, coordinating the design of the curtain wall system and overseeing the project cost-estimating effort.  In Seattle, he has worked on a number of commercial projects including Brouwer’s Cafe in the Fremont neighborhood, office building design for Salmon Bay and several medical/dental buildings. John has also executed a number of luxury residential projects thoughout the country.

John likes to get his hands dirty remodeling his Seattle home and whenever possible going fly fishing in Michigan. But more typically reads avidly about theoretical physics, zen buddhism, and cooking the perfect rack of barbecued ribs.

Anumeha has been in the software services industry for last 14 years in various technical and management roles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from India and MBA from University of Washington.

Anumeha is motivated by the inner calling to use her skills to serve the community and make an impact on those who need it. She loves educating herself about different arts and cultures, and believes that learning from each other yields higher outcomes for everyone. Acrylic painting and charcoal drawing are among her favorite hobbies. She has been associated with KAC for 10 years as student taking various art classes that fuel her passion.

As a member of the Board of the KAC, Anumeha looks forward to serve KAC in fulfilling its mission.

Harmony is Associate Professor of Theatre (Costume) in the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership at Seattle University and an accomplished Costume Designer and Stylist for stage, film and advertisement. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Costume Design from the University of Oregon. Recent designs for stage include: 5th Ave Theatre, (GREASE), Seattle Repertory Theatre, (Buyer & Cellar, Venus in Fur, Bo-Nita), INTIMAN Theatre Festival, (Lysistrata *Gregory Award Nomination), ACT Theatre (Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, These Streets). Recent designs for film include: First Sight Productions (Perfect 10), I Ate My Eye Films (Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel, Capitol Hill Series *Best Costume Design, 6th Annual Indie Series Awards), Vaskino Films (By the Salish Sea).

Marcelo Prieto is a Redmond resident and a 13 year Microsoft veteran where he is a Sr. Principal Program Manager. Marcelo’s focus during the last several years, has been to improve tools and policies supporting Microsoft’s growing Cloud business. Prior to Microsoft, Marcelo was a business development and strategic planning leader for large players in the Telecommunications industry.

Marcelo grew up in Bogotá, Colombia. He has an undergraduate degree in Electronics Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and a MBA from INSEAD in France. Outside of work, Marcelo helps his wife Karin relocate dogs in need from Texas to the Pacific Northwest and is an enthusiastic watercolorist and student at the KAC. As a member of the Board of the KAC, Marcelo looks forward to contributing his business experience and life-long passion for the arts to help the center fulfill its mission.

Ashwin Gonibeed

Ashwin Gonibeed is a 15 year veteran of T-Mobile currently leading Business Development efforts within Financial Services. Prior to this, Ashwin held leadership roles in engineering, customer service and sales.

Outside of T-Mobile, Ashwin is an active angel investor/advisor – a founding member of the WEMBA 38 Angels Fund, a mentor at TechStars and an investor in Prapati, a smart grid focused startup in India. Ashwin has an MS in Engineering from the University Of Central Florida and an MBA from the Wharton School Of Business.

Serving on the Board of the Kirkland Arts Center allows Ashwin to utilize his business skills to give back to the community and indulge his passion for the arts. He is currently taking a drawing class at KAC, which painfully reminds him why he maintains a day job.

Trained in fine arts, now recognized as a sculptor of glass, I am not interested in glass per se. It is only one medium that conveys my thoughts, embodies my visions. I work with space, time, light. Sometimes I do collages, photography, film. Sometimes I design small sculptural forms like jewelry. The latter I like passionately.
I believe that architecture is a crown for art, sound and silence, light and dark, not mere brick and steel. Architecture and art are strongly connected: Fine arts do not decorate architecture; architecture is not a shell for fine arts. They are an integral part of each other, and this relationship interests me, as do monumental forms. I develop my thoughts via a unique technique known as Anna Skibska Technique. I have developed the technique and it serves me well: I like to wrap space, embrace time, and trap light, working on them simultaneously from the same beginning.

Vickie Sanders is a ceramicist at KAC. After retiring from a career in finance, Vickie splits her time between raising her three boys and working in the ceramics studio. She most recently began her ceramics business and has created dishware for Jason Wilson’s The Lakehouse in Bellevue.

Kaitlyn is a performance artist, teaching artist, and a puppet and mask maker originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining the Kirkland Art Center, Kaitlyn worked in Corvallis, Oregon and developed arts programming for individuals considered to have intellectual and developmental disabilities. A passionate advocate for cultural equity, she is also a co-author of a landmark research report, Figuring the Plural: Needs and Supports of Canadian and US Ethnocultural Arts Organizations.

Sandra is a painter and printmaking artist who continues to refine her skills by attending classes at Kirkland Arts Center. Previously, Sandra worked in merchandising and management in the retail book trade in Southern California, and later worked as Manager of Administrative Services and then as the Training and Development Manager for an international market research firm in San Francisco. Upon moving to the Seattle area, she realized her dream of completing her college education when she graduated with honors from the University of Washington Bothell with an Interdisciplinary Degree in Arts, Culture and Literature. Sandra is passionate about access to arts education for students of all ages, and loves being part of an arts community with so many dedicated and talented people.

Holly earned a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin and worked in public libraries for 25 years. Holly served as the Director of Strategy and the Director of Library Operations for the King County Library System for 12 of her 21 years with the system. In June 2020, Holly concluded a 9-month role as the Acting CEO for Leadership Eastside, helping to guide the organization through a major leadership transition.

Holly grew up in Boulder, Colorado and made her home in the Seattle metro area with her husband, Christopher, a musician and a senior lecturer in game design at the DigiPen Institute of Technology. Holly is a quilter, prose and poetry writer, and organic gardener. She also loves to cook, camp and travel.

Holly holds a BFA in Studio Arts, with focus on large scale oil painting and screen printing, and a BA in Art History from the University of Colorado–Boulder. She is an avid student of photography and received a Certificate in Photography from the University of Washington in 2020. She is also learning ceramics – at the Kirkland Arts Center! A lover of animals, Holly is a regular volunteer at Pasado’s Safe Haven, an animal rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary committed to ending animal cruelty.

Holly believes deeply in the individual and collective power of creative expression, building caring and connected communities, assisting and empowering those in need, and equity for all. She is honored to serve on the Board of Directors of the Kirkland Arts Center.

Role of the Board

The Board of Directors plays a vital role in the leadership of Kirkland Arts Center. The Board provides the guidance and support necessary for KAC to fulfill its mission, vision, and goals. Board members actively participate in areas such as finance, marketing, fundraising, and strategic and event planning.


Join the Board

Join our team of dynamic leaders, visionaries, and arts enthusiasts and help Kirkland Arts Center continue to grow and thrive. KAC is recruiting for new Board of Directors members to begin in 2019, and hope you will consider this creative, engaging group the place to invest your time and talents. Board members provide the guidance and support necessary for KAC to fulfill its mission, vision, and goals. Board members actively participate in areas such as finance, marketing, fundraising, strategy, and board governance.

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Advisory Council

  • Susan Pappalardo, Co-Chair
  • Brad Weed, Co-Chair
  • Bill Ballantine
  • Carol Belval
  • Carl Bradley
  • Merrily Dicks
  • Judy Harris
  • Taylor Hawes
  • Joan McBride
  • Margaret Meister
  • Suzy Mings
  • Michael Monroe
  • Marty Peterson
  • Susan Thurston
  • Coralyn Whitney
  • Joan Wrench