The Arts Northwest Staff is dedicated to the success of our members.
Sam Calhoun has been with Arts Northwest since 2010. She comes from San Diego, California and was a pastry chef with a background in dietetics. After moving to the North Olympic Peninsula in 2002, she involved herself broadly in the community as the owner/manager of a general contracting business, and as the volunteer coordinator and board member for the Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts. She is an award-winning sculptor and is recognized by all in her community as being an avid supporter of the local arts scene.
Jeanette joined Arts Northwest in 2015. She moved to Port Angeles, Washington in 1995 from Homer, Alaska. In Homer she was involved in both the dance and fine arts community, and was a long-time member of the cooperative art gallery, Ptarmigan Arts. In Port Angeles, Jeanette owned a vintage home decorating store, along with a design and upholstery business. In 2008 she relocated to Santa Barbara, California, where she ran a vintage retail store, a clothing design business and was a member of "Art on the Beach", the weekly art show held on the Santa Barbara waterfront. In 2012 she moved back to Port Angeles and returned to school to pursue her degree, focusing on Art. During this period, she worked at a local art venue, Studio Bob. Her responsibilities included booking the monthly art and music shows, dance classes, and hosting the weekly events.
The Arts Northwest Board of Directors are Arts Northwest members. They represent the best and brightest from the field of presenting and touring.
Kristine Bretall has been with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts since 2000 and is The Center’s Marketing and Performing Arts Director. Originally from Northern California, Bretall is a graduate of Middlebury College in Political Science and Spanish and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University. She taught Spanish at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School for four years before moving to Sun Valley, Idaho 16 years ago. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary arts organization with programming in the visual arts, performing arts, education and humanities and serves over 35,000 people a year. "As someone who lives far from any city, Arts Northwest provides me and my organization with a connection to performers and colleagues that would otherwise be out of reach. I’m interested in serving on the Board of Arts Northwest because I value and want to help sustain the resource Arts Northwest provides to our region and to the work of bringing the arts to the region."
Dyno Wahl was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii where she grew up with an appreciation of the arts dancing, acting and playing various instruments including the ukulele. She graduated from UC San Diego in 1986 and started her career in arts and special events in Telluride, Colorado working with the Telluride Film Festival, Jazz Festival, Bluegrass Festival and KOTO community radio. She organized national and international ski and snowboarding events, served as City Councilperson, was the marketing director for the Telluride Chamber and executive director of the Sheridan Arts Foundation. Dyno moved to Sandpoint, Idaho in 1998 where she has been Executive Director for the past 11 years for The Festival at Sandpoint, an eclectic summer music festival that takes place each August on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille with corresponding educational programs throughout the year. The Festival at Sandpoint received the 2008 Take Pride in Idaho Award for Outstanding Cultural Tourism. Dyno lives in Sandpoint with her two children and three cats, but insists she is not a cat lady…yet!
Praised for exceptional temperament, personal expressivity and insight, pianist Tien Hsieh has enjoyed a far-ranging career as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. Amongst her various accolades are the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, Li-Ching Cultural & Educational Foundation Grant, Distinguished Artist Award from Artist International Presentations and a cover feature on the Sacramento Talent Magazine. Tien’s recent recording of Bach and Beethoven hit #1 in both classical keyboard and instrumental categories on Amazon.com and remained a best seller for 2 consecutive months. She has been heard on radio stations in the United States and Canada, and has appeared on PBS. Her recital appearances include performances throughout the United States, Hungary, Italy, Germany and China. As a concerto soloist, Tien has performed with Spokane Symphony at The Festival at Sandpoint, Redlands Bowl, Oregon Mozart Players, Houston Civic Symphony and Manhattan Philharmonia. As a scholarship recipient, Tien received a Bachelor of Music from University of Houston and Master of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from Manhattan School of Music. While at MSM, Tien received the Roy M. Rubinstein award and Bettingen Corporation Grant. “Arts NW is the steppingstone to connecting, communicating and collaborating. I am honored and delighted to serve on the Arts Northwest Board of Directors."
Ray is the Executive Director of the Tower Theatre Foundation, the nonprofit that owns and operates the historic theatre in downtown Bend, Oregon. The Foundation promotes, programs, raises funds for, and rents the renovated Art Deco Moderne landmark for a wide variety of events and organizations. Since moving to Bend from Southern California in April 2009, Ray has led the Tower in: establishing a four-month operating reserve fund; raising membership and volunteer numbers to record highs; increasing theatre usage and attendance to pre-recession levels. Solley has over three decades experience producing, developing, selling and fundraising – from PBS to performing arts, from Ed Asner to Cirque Ziva. Ray comments, "I am a firm believer in creative collaboration between artists, agents and presenters. That operating principle grows out of a life lived on all sides of the theatrical footlights: college and graduate degrees in theatre and telecommunications; stints as an actor and on-air talent; nearly three decades in Hollywood as a studio exec and agent; leading nonprofit performing arts foundations in Southern California and Oregon since 2005. I hope to bring Arts NW a fresh perspective and active involvement on the needs and value of historic, community-driven theatres and arts-related educational outreach."
Steve has worked as Executive Director for the Park County Arts Council in Cody, Wyoming for 12 years. In addition he teaches visual art at Northwest College in Powell and continues to maintain his original profession as a visual artist creating vessels and sculpture. He serves as a recently appointed member if the Board if Directors fir the Wyoming Arts Council, Co-Chair of the Wyoming Arts Alliance, and has been on the ArtsNW board for 3 years. Schrepferman had served as Executive Director for the Park County Arts Council in Northwestern Wyoming since 2003. His interest in the arts has been lifelong. His involvement in the arts is diverse as he also serves as Co-President for the Wyoming Arts Alliance, is an adjunct arts faculty member for Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyoming, and maintains a 30+ year profession as a ceramic artist.
Jill is the new Executive Director for the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia, WA. She has worked for over a dozen years for arts organizations, including: The Idaho Falls Arts Council, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. She received a Masters in Arts Administration from Boston University and has a BA in Music (vocal performance) from the University of Utah. “I am honored to be on the board of Arts Northwest. ANW is a valuable resource for organizations of all sizes to be educated, network, and plan for successful seasons. I have made significant professional contacts through ANW and lifelong friendships.”
I am honored to join the board of Arts NW. I look forward to working with colleagues to increase the depth and variety of fine arts performance available to audiences throughout our region. Una Loughran, General Manager at BodyVox, has worked in the performing arts since 1998 with a sojourn to the world of interactive media. She has developed marketing, communications and development initiatives at companies including Oregon Shakespeare Festival Portland (’89 -’94), and Portland Center Stage (’94-98). From 1999-2002 she worked as the Director of Client Services for eyescream interactive, inc., at the time the Northwest's largest internet marketing agency. As General Manager at BodyVox, she has overseen the company’s successful growth establishing a strong presence in the company’s home community of Portland Oregon while simultaneously expanding the company’s international touring. Most recently, she oversaw the completion of a successful capitol campaign for the BodyVox Dance Center, the company’s home stage and an important new community hub for dance innovation, education and performance.
Seattle, WA Actor/Comedian David Epley, aka Doktor Kaboom, grew up expecting to be a research physicist. Then a biomedical engineer. Then a mathematician, an astrophysicist, a chemical engineer, a marine biologist. So, of course, he became an actor. For almost 30 years David has written, directed, and performed original comedy shows throughout the US, and around the world. Outdoor festivals and street performance were his primary venues of choice, with an occasional stage show thrown in for good measure. In 2006 David decided to bring science, his first passion, back into his life. Blending science and theatre has been a dream come true, opened multiple doors, and led to the most fulfilling work of his life.Teaching, inspiring, and empowering the minds of our youth, and reminding their parents to be an active part of the equation. How could someone’s work be any more rewarding?
David is a veteran of the US Army, and a former Firefighter and EMT. He calls Seattle home, where he lives and loves with his wife and their two wonderful daughters.
Laura Forbes has been the Arts Education Program Director at the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) since fall of 2011. Laura’s duties at ASCA include administering grants, the development of networks, facilitation of Alaska Poetry Out loud, supporting the field of presenting and touring performing arts and visual art exhibition, and technical services for artists, educators, arts organizations and all Alaska’s citizens. Laura graduated from the University of Alaska, Anchorage with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She worked throughout Alaska and in Chicago, Illinois as a teaching artist, director, designer, and administrator for community arts organizations, with a focus and special interest in Theatre for Young Audiences/Youth Theatre. Laura has worked with such organizations as Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Vittum Theatre (now Adventure Stage Chicago), and a variety of Chicago’s storefront theaters. Returning to Alaska in 2007, Laura became the Director of Programs and Exhibits at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, and in earned an M.Ed. in Integrated Teaching through the Arts from Lesley University. Currently, Laura serves on the Arts Education Working Group for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Arts Education Managers and as an Advisory Board Member for the Alaska Arts Education Consortium.