Board & Staff


Executive Director

August Denhard

Board of Directors

Jim Hessler, President

Frank Houston, Vice President

Harry Reinert, Secretary

Richard Ginnis, Treasurer

Lorri Falterman

Alison Gardner-Shelby

Christian Moller

Lourdes Orive

Leslie Peng

Laura Saunders


Betsy Brick, Development Director

Donna Knudson, Education Program Coordinator

Ann Stickney, Operations Manager

Amy R Tullis, Marketing Manager

Advisory Board

Ernesto Alorda

Richard Baxendale

David Brewster

Diana Carey

Hugh Clark

Theodore Deacon

Luis Fernando Esteban

Mary Ann Hagan

Fred Hauptman

Paula Rimmer

Naomi Shiff

Judith Whetzel

Jim Hessler

Began Continuous Board Service in 2017 // Jim is the President of Path Forward Leadership Development, a firm he founded in 2001. He’s also the host of The Boss Show, heard on KOMO Radio and also worldwide as a podcast. Jim helps organizations and individuals do the hard work of developing progressive, effective leadership practices. He’s the author of Land On Your Feet, Not On Your Face -- a Guide To Building Your Leadership Platform. Jim lives in Issaquah with his wife of 40 years, Paula Weiss. He studied music at Whittier College and plays the piano. His daughter Ruthie Millgard is the Artistic Director of the San Diego Children’s Choir.

Vice President
Frank Houston
Harry Reinert

Began Continuous Board Service in 2017 // Harry grew up in the Seattle area and attended Washington State University and University of Washington where he received degrees in Philosophy and English, respectively. After teaching high school English for a time, he attended University of Washington Law School where he received a JD in 1978. During his 35 year professional career he worked on legislation and policy development for the state and local governments. Harry worked for King County for 15 years on land use and environmental issues and retired in 2014. Since then he has been taking classes at University of Washington (music theory, history of western classical music and jazz, and Italian), traveling, working around the house, reading, and threatening to learn to play the piano. His only musical training is long forgotten accordion lessons from one of the Seattle area accordion schools that were prolific in the 1960s, and junior high school band where he played the clarinet. Since then, he’s been a listener rather than a performer. His musical tastes are somewhat eclectic and include classical music from chant and medieval up through contemporary, jazz, and folk. He and his spouse, Cecilia, have lived in Fremont for over 35 years.

Richard Ginnis

Began Continuous Board Service in 2012 // Richard was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. He attended Ohio State University and the University of Illinois, ultimately obtaining a Masters of Accounting Science degree. While at the University of Illinois, he passed the CPA exam. After completing college studies, he began working in Chicago as a CPA, living in Chicago for seven years before making the move to Seattle. Since the move, he has worked in public accounting and is currently self-employed. Richard moved to Seattle in May, 1977, just in time to attend the inaugural concert of the Early Music Guild. He immediately became a member and soon after was invited to serve on the board, serving as Treasurer for four years. Later, he joined the board of Seattle Baroque Orchestra and served as Treasurer for 15 years. He also currently serves on the board of the Seattle Recorder Society. Richard is married with two children. His current interests include playing the saxophone and recorder, Israeli folk dancing, golf, and jazzercise.

Lorri Falterman

Began Continuous Board Service in 2003 // Lorri has worked for small non-profit arts organizations as a staff member and board member in the Seattle area for the past 27 years. She specializes in board leadership and development as well as program stability and expansion. She has experience in all areas of nonprofit management. Lorri recently served as the Chair of the Gage Academy of Art Board of Trustees and has served on the boards of various arts organizations over the past years. As Chair of Development for the Ladies Musical Club in years past, Lorri established an endowment and raised the funds necessary to hire a staff person. Lorri is a prolific figurative sculptor/artist working in clay and bronze. She also paints with acrylic and watercolor. She is currently working on a sculpture series of pear goddesses and is also painting landscapes in acrylic. She has participated in juried and group shows in the northwest and studied art in Seattle and France. Lorri’s work has received awards and commissions. She leads a sculpture group in Mercer Island, the Dupen Figure Academy. Lorri graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a Bachelor of Music in flute and composition.

Alison Gardner-Shelby
Christian Moller

Began Continuous Board Service in 2017 // Born in Portland, OR, and raised in the Philadelphia and Boston suburbs, Christian has lived in Seattle since 1983, when he joined Perkins Coie, where he specializes in manufacturer’s liability, mostly involving aerospace products. After taking piano in elementary school, he became more interested in classical music in high school, his interest facilitated by the LP and score collection at the Wellesley Public Library. Although he was an English major, he was head of the classical music department of the college radio station and did weekly programs for a semester on Music of the Renaissance, as well as chronological surveys of Bach and Mozart. An avid consumer of the arts, his available leisure time was crimped for a time by the arrival of three now almost-grown children who have accompanied him to live performances over the years. Christian’s musical interests run the gamut from medieval to 21st century.

Lourdes Orive

Lourdes has spent over 20 years working in technology, and has an extensive background in digital communities and engagement. Prior to her current role at Microsoft, where she leads Diversity and Inclusion efforts for the Business Applications group, she has led teams at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Apple, Major League Baseball’s, and Starbucks Coffee Company.  She describes herself as a passionate believer in the power of technology to deepen human connections and in the strength of diverse and inclusive cultures to positively shape the world around us.

Lourdes is a passionate fan of all kinds of music, and as an aspiring gambist, she's particularly fond of early music.  She lives in downtown Seattle with her beloved English Bulldog, Henry.

Leslie Peng

Began Continuous Board Service in 2017 // Leslie attended the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where she received a B.S. in Business Administration and Stanford University where she earned a Certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management. She currently works for Boeing as a Country Manager for Canada in International Strategy and Business Development. She completed the Business Career Foundation Program through Boeing, a fast-paced program designed to develop highly skilled future business leaders. Leslie has also served as an ArtsFund associate, completing ArtsFund Board Leadership training and supporting the "I'm with Art" and “Million $$ Maybe” teams in fundraising and marketing. She enjoys playing piano and violin and is a passionate music enthusiast.

Laura Saunders

Began Continuous Board Service in 2015 // Laura Saunders is a retired administrator at community colleges and the University of Washington. She was most recently interim president of Bellevue College. Over her career she has specialized in business, finance, capital and strategic planning. She has lived in Seattle since 1975.


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