Serving as Data Manager, Bart develops cloud-based database applications at 4Culture and works closely with colleagues to help wrangle and analyze program information.
Before joining 4Culture in 2014, Bart had nearly twenty years' experience with nonprofits in Seattle, having worked locally with the team at Blue Earth, as well as in Minneapolis prior to moving to the West Coast.
Bart is a passionate supporter of animal rights and a serious tech geek.
Brian has the privilege of working collaboratively with regional heritage organizations, specialists, and community members as 4Culture’s Heritage Lead. He oversees 4Culture’s heritage funding programs and appreciates the opportunity this presents to support individuals and organizations who bring our shared history to life.
Brian brings over 13 years of experience working in the heritage field in a variety of roles. Before joining 4Culture, he served as Director of Interpretation at the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, the Museum Director at the Oregon Historical Society, and began his career as Deputy Director/Head Curator at the Northwest African American Museum. Carter graduated with high honors from Stanford University and is also a graduate of the University of Washington Master of Arts in Museology program. He is currently the Board President of the Association of African American Museums and an instructor with the University of Washington’s Museum Studies Certificate Program.
Brian is the proud father of two young boys and when not chasing after them, enjoys furniture making, tennis, and spending time with his beautiful wife.
Heather Dwyer manages Art Projects for individuals, a competitive funding program for projects in all artistic disciplines; e4c, 4Culture's storefront media gallery; and special initiatives including Artists Up and Vets Restore.
Heather is committed to supporting artists and has been fortunate enough to work with them at non-profit organizations, private corporations and government agencies for the past 25 years. Prior to joining 4Culture in 2003, Heather worked for Jack Straw Productions, Washington Lawyers for the Arts, Artist Trust, Bank of America Art Programs, Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Unified School District. She holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts and a MFA from California Institute of Arts (CalArts).
Heather enjoys the classic long walks along the beach, pitching junk at the dump, scavenging for treasures at salvage yards, and hanging out with her very entertaining friends and family.
Bret Fetzer manages the On-Site Review program and supports Charlie Rathbun with the Sustained Support program.
Bret also writes plays and short stories, directs theater, and occasionally performs. He is a former Artistic Director of Annex Theatre, a former Theater Editor for the Stranger, a former film critic for Seattle Weekly, and a former facilities manager for Richard Hugo House. His collections of original fairy tales, Petals & Thorns and Tooth & Tongue, are available through Pistil Books. His short film A Children's Book of Revelations can be found on You Tube. Bret is also occasionally an auctioneer, usually for non-profit theater events.
Bret moved to Seattle in 1987 and has lived here ever since, except for a brief, ill-advised, and swiftly recanted move to Los Angeles in 1996.
Heidi works for 4Culture’s Public Art and Cultural Programs Funding Departments as a Manager of Special Projects. She currently overseas Creative Justice, an arts alternative to incarceration for court involved youth in King County; and Community 4Culture, a new awards and fellowship initiative. She also contributes to the Poetry on Buses program and sits on the Arts and Social Change committee, a regional multi-agency effort that focuses on the role that arts plays in creating awareness, inspiring understanding and developing policies to address cultural equity and social change.
Heidi's career as an arts administrator and event producer includes 10+ years managing Max Roach Productions in New York City and 10+ years working as a consultant with individual artists and a range of grassroots, non-profit, and community groups based in the Northwest. Prior to her current position at 4Culture, she was support staff for 4Culture’s Touring Arts Roster and held a position with Seattle Center Productions managing free community events for the Public Programs department.
Heidi sits on several boards for organizations dedicated to the empowerment of youth and communities of color. She tries to spend as much time as possible with her family and is passionate about healthy food and music.
Brandi Link manages the Preservation Special Projects funding program at 4Culture, in addition to providing administrative support, technical assistance and media management for the Preservation program.
She has served as Chair of the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission and served as staff liaison to the Bothell Historic Preservation Board. Brandi received her BA in History from The University of Arizona, and her MA in Art History from The University of Washington.
Brandi enjoys spending exploring the countryside with her family, and getting lost in a good book.
Doreen manages the annual Group Art Projects program, the Touring Arts Roster and the Touring Arts Roster Incentive Program, produces programming for King County TV (documentaries and Artist Highlights for channels 22, 322 and 722), facilitates a Film Festival cooperative and contributes to various 4Culture programs and initiatives such as Open 4Culture, Arts & Social Change events, CAWA discussion groups and the Cultural Equity Initiative.
Doreen was a Founding Board member of the Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival and the James and Janie Washington Foundation, has served on advisory committees such as the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas and the Washington State Arts Alliance Cultural Congress planning committee and has served on King County’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration committee for over a decade. Doreen received her BA from The Ohio State University, an MFA in Film Production from Howard University in Washington D.C. and previously taught at Seattle Central Community College.
Doreen creates ritual art, is certified to teach yoga, studies the benefits of the arts on people with dementia, is co-host on a local radio chat show, performs with a folkloric group focusing on Nile Valley dances, and travels to ancient megaliths and energy hotspots in tropical or desert climates whenever possible.
Dana Phelan is lead staff for 4Culture's historic preservation program. She manages the Landmarks Capital and Preservation Sustained Support funding programs, as well as special preservation initiatives.
Before joining 4Culture, Dana worked for Historic Seattle in a variety of roles, from coordinating membership and communications, to managing the rental program at historic Washington Hall. She previously worked for the Texas Main Street program, providing design and technical assistance to owners of historic commercial buildings. Dana has an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Texas at Austin and undergraduate degrees in History and Earth Systems from Stanford University.
Dana enjoys gardening, bike rides with her toddler daughter, and family camping trips.
Chieko supports 4Culture’s Heritage department. Have a question about a heritage project or application? She’s your girl.
Phillips has dedicated her time in King County to uncovering and elevating lesser-known historical narratives in informal learning environments. Her love for museums started while growing up in Georgia and blossomed into a career in cultural administration. She has worked with exhibitions and programming at the Northwest African American Museum, United Negro College Fund, Photographic Center Northwest, and BlackPast. She completed her BA in History from Davidson College and her MA in Museology from the University of Washington.
Chieko diligently practices and awaits the arrival of her urban green thumb. She is a lover of history, a hoarder of memories, and in constant search of a good plate of shrimp and grits.
Charlie Rathbun manages the Arts Program for 4Culture where he coordinates the work of the Arts Advisory Committee, the Local Arts Agency Network, the Sustained Support Program and the Site Specific Program.
Charlie has worked with 4Culture since 1993 after working with both the Seattle Arts Commission and the NEA Theater Fellowship program. He first joined the King County Arts Commission in 1987 to help coordinate the Performa '87 Festival of New Works. He moved to Seattle from the east coast in 1982 to co-found the New City Theater. In New York City Charlie worked as an artist assistant for site specific installations and as an actor and production assistant for several theater organizations.
Charlie likes baseball theater, playing music, tennis, home remodeling and is a proud and active member of Seattle's oldest and most venerable all male book club.
Debra Twersky is the Arts Cultural Facilities program manager for 4Culture. She oversees Funding Program budgets and initiatives, and manages the Arts Capital and Equipment programs, providing technical assistance to organizations and suburban cities developing cultural spaces throughout King County.
Deb has thirty years experience in non-profit management, special event fundraising and capital projects planning for heritage and arts facilities and working with neighborhood planning. She directed Kirkland Arts Center, and served as Associate and Executive Director of the San Diego Historical Society. She was a fine arts major at Arizona State University and the University of California at San Diego.
Deb enjoys every minute spent in the garden with plants and pets and watching the Sounders with her family. She draws when she can and shares her husband's passion for collecting wine, quilts, and outsider art.
Tamar manages public art projects for King County partners and consulting clients, supporting artists in making their best work for each particular context. Recent projects include SODO Track, a new street art corridor in Seattle, Poetry on Buses, a multi-lingual invitation to create and experience poetry on the bus, online and in the community; and HazMatters, a comic book and short film on the social nature of hazardous materials. Tamar is currently a consultant for Sound Transit, Swedish Medical Center, and private developers in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.
Tamar especially enjoys working with clients and artists new to public art, and stewards new models for project partnership and innovation. From sculptures to soundscapes, memorials to mobile games, Tamar supports fresh explorations of scale, materiality, and digital experience to push what public art can be. Tamar also works with museums, galleries and educational groups engaging with Jewish art and culture.
Tamar is known for seeking out engaging conversation, culinary experiments and opportunities to travel, practice hot yoga, and play with her kids.
Cath Brunner directs the Public Art program, bringing over 20 years experience as a built environment innovator. Cath specializes in managing large-scale integrated public art projects, acting as a project manager for 4Culture projects including Harborview Medical Center and Brightwater. In our consulting practice, Cath works with government agencies, private developers and elected officials to create art plans, scope artwork, select artists and successfully implement public art projects throughout the region. SeaTac International Airport and Bellevue City Hall are recent consulting service projects.
A strong advocate for the economic, social and environmental benefits of public art incorporated into the built environment, Cath lectures on integrating art in infrastructure, place-making and best practices in the field.
Cath is a frequent traveler, bringing an artist's eye and an open mind to new experiences of place throughout the world. With her husband she stewards a filbert orchard in the Skagit Valley.
Jordan Howland is the curator of the King County Public Art Collection and oversees the Gallery4Culture exhibition program. She also brings strong skills and interest in community development and online asset management to our consulting practice.
Jordan believes in the power of art and its vital effect and place in community. She has been working as a professional curator and arts administrator for nonprofit, private, and government organizations in the Northwest for close to two decades. Prior to her role as Collection Curator, Jordan managed 4Culture public art projects for King County's Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Department of Transportation, and Department of Executive Services and established the socially-engaged initiative, Creative Justice.
When she isn't exploring one of our regional parks or reading stories with her daughter, Jordan likes to get her hands dirty collaborating on remodeling projects with her husband and partners in Stronghold LLC, a live/work property development cooperative.
Brennan facilitates the administrative functions of 4Culture’s regional Public Art program. He also provides support to 4Culture’s Public Art team and the Public Art Advisory Committee.
Brennan’s past professional accomplishments include coordinating public art projects for the city of Kenmore, giving tours of the U.S. Capitol building, and cooking (and eating his fill of) Mackinac Island-style fudge at a locally-owned shop in his hometown of Sedona, Arizona. He holds a master’s degree in public administration.
Brennan enjoys trying new things at least once—though he often moves on to another new thing before he’s gained any real expertise in the last new thing (examples include sailing, urban sketching, skateboarding, rock climbing, ranch life and horseback riding, and parkour). He’s often surprised at how emotional he gets watching sitcoms, from Frasier and Cheers to Parks and Recreation and The Office.
Kelly Pajek is a project manager for public art at 4Culture. Kelly’s portfolio includes King County partners Parks, Water & Land Resources and, King County Water Taxi as well consulting projects with private developers and public agencies. Kelly believes in the power and personality artists bring to successful civic landscape.
Kelly has 19 years’ experience in the field. She considers herself a public art jack of all trades given her beginnings at the NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts for Transit program and shift to civic public art with Fort Worth Public Art, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art and the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Public Art program.
Kelly is a stifled traveler who appreciates her friends and partner’s willingness to take urban hikes and road trips that often lead to getting lost and finding treasures along the way. Kelly has an interest in Americana as it applies to regional food, music and mid-century iconography and design. She also makes excellent homemade pierogi.
Bill Whipple maintains the King County Public Art Collection. That means installing, repairing, surveying, delivering, storing - anything involving tools other than a computer. You will see Bill in the halls and lobbies of Harborview Medical Center and County buildings that have shared public space, making sure that the King County Public Art collection looks its best.
Bill has worked at all the major Seattle art museums, starting back in 1970, and was a member of the founding Artech crew.
When he's not dealing with other people's art, or occasionally stumbling upon his own art in the public collection, he makes sculpture, usually viewer-activated, mechanical constructions. His work has been shown at various galleries, art festivals, and museums in the region, and he's completed several site-specific public art pieces, which, like most other public art projects, occasionally need maintenance.
Anna Callahan designs, develops and maintains the 4Culture website and blog. She also works with staff in all program areas to develop a variety of print and media projects.
In addition to her design skills, Anna brings an interest in storytelling to her work with 4Culture. She is currently working with a group of artists to reflect and record their life's path.
Among Anna's favorite activities are camping with her wife and son, visiting the library and listening to peoples stories.
Christina DePaolo is the main press contact and spokesperson at 4Culture. She oversees public relations, marketing, outreach and King County Council relations. Christina also collaborates with the communications team and staff on digital storytelling and programmatic initiatives.
Christina has 20 years of experience working in the non-profit sector. As Director of Digital Media at the Balboa Park Online Collaborative she provided digital strategy and project management for cultural organizations. Previously she worked at the Seattle Art Museum, where she found her niche working in the arts, technology and communications.
Christina is currently rediscovering the vibrant arts and culture community and soaking up Seattle’s natural beauty.
Raya Leary supports 4Culture’s efforts to strengthen and build relationships with new communities. She also provides communications assistance to our funding and public art programs, as well as for special initiatives.
Raya has been active in the non-profit sector in Seattle for more than 5 years, including various roles at music-centered organizations like KEXP and The Vera Project. Committed to equity in and through the arts, she currently serves on the Arts & Social Change Planning Committee.
Devoted to quality of life and personal growth, her favorite activities currently include: Taking photos with her camera, discovering old soul music, and supporting Seattle's local business community.
Lauren manages 4Culture's digital engagement strategies across many platforms: the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. Committed to fostering inclusion and accessibility, Lauren creates digital content with the goals of reaching out to artists and organizations, encouraging dialogue, and raising public awareness of 4Culture's programs and initiatives.
Prior to joining 4Culture, Lauren served for four years on the Marketing and Communications team at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). During her time there, Lauren orchestrated digital communications and public relations efforts in support of MOHAI’s historic move to its new location at Lake Union Park.
After spending her work days writing blog posts and looking at screens, Lauren loves to work with her hands and read books (and not ones on an e-reader!). Favorite activities include creating short clay-animated stop motion films and adding to her ever-growing collection of graphic novels.
Sean Stearns is the Information Technologies (IT) Director here at 4Culture. He designs and co-produces web and graphic design projects large and small and works closely with the communications team (and all program staff) to deliver content to our cultural community. He also manages daily IT operations and policy, fixes the stray computer or server gone awry and embraces the constant change and challenges that are an everyday part of IT.
Prior to joining 4Culture in 2001, Sean worked with the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington as their Web and IT Manager for several years.
Outside of 4Culture, Sean is either traveling or planning to travel somewhere in the world or looking up at the stars.
Riza Almanza is the Business and Finance Officer. She provides administrative services such as personnel, budget and administration functions, and fiscal services that include analysis of budget requests and projects in support of management and policy decisions. She is the liaison for Payroll, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Personnel for the organization.
Riza has been with the organization since 1994, during the time when 4Culture was Office of Cultural Resources under King County. She came to OCR from the Department of Adult Detention and has been with King County since 1989. Riza received her BA in Art from the University of Washington.
Her greatest pleasure would be to see her two sons, ages 9 and 12, grow up to be responsible and caring adults. She also enjoys creating her own greeting cards.
Denise Emerson manages the front desk, greeting and directing visitors. She also works with vendors for office supplies, janitorial services, window washing, and in general, keeping the office humming.
Before joining 4Culture, Denise spent 12 years with the City of Seattle and 16 years at the University of Washington as a program coordinator. She holds a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts/Graphic Design.
Denise is an enrolled Skokomish tribal member on her mother’s side, and Navajo on her father’s side. Her personal time is spent visiting family on both reservations, attending powwows, and exhibiting beadwork in juried gallery and museum Native American art shows.
Jim Kelly serves as the Executive Director of 4Culture. Jim's first responsibility with the King County Arts Commission was managing its Cultural Facilities Program, which supports capital construction projects. Jim was promoted to the position of Arts Commission Associate Director in 1995, and then Manager of the Office of Cultural Resources in 1998, before becoming Executive Director in 2003.
Jim Kelly moved to Seattle from New York City in 1991, where for the five previous years he served first as the Assistant Director of the Community Arts Development Program and later as Director of Real Estate Services for the City's Department of Cultural Affairs.
Jim is a former actor and the proud parent of two musicians.
Noy Kitnikone is a key financial officer provides management and lead staff coordination for 4Culture's Business and Finance section, including accounting policy and procedure analysis, banking, contracting, finance, payroll and personnel; overseeing and coordinating the development, implementation and monitoring of budget systems; administering financial programs and systems; managing revenue and expenditures for multiple fund sources, and applying financial analysis to operational and policy decisions.
Noy has long worked for the public sector. She joined King County Office of Cultural Resources in 1991 until 2002 and 4Culture since 2003. Noy received a BA from the University of Washington.
Noy enjoys ethnic dance, outdoor activities, traveling and reading world history.
Phung Lam provides administrative and technical support for the business and finance section. She is responsible for performing technical, specialized financial, accounting, and fiscal services in the processing contracts, budgets, payroll and financial documents.
Phung joined 4Culture after earning her Bachelor of Science degree at University of Washington of Bothell in 2003.
Phung loves to play with her 2 sons, Phillip and Perry, and loves to read bedtime stories to them. She also likes to travel with her family.
Melissa Newbill supports the work of the 4Culture Board and the Executive Director and manages Open 4Culture, a funding resource for art, heritage and preservation projects by or for underserved communities.
Before joining 4Culture in 2008, she was the Business Manager at Canlis Glass, worked in sales at Chihuly Studio and visitor services at the Henry Art Gallery. Melissa holds a BA in Art History from the University of Washington.
When not at 4Culture, Melissa spends her time enjoying music and art, getting lost in a map or a book, and making up songs with her kids.