Board of Trustees
Board President | Chair of the Executive Commitee, Member of the Board Development Committee, Development Committee, Finance Committee, and Marketing Committee
Bob Swain has been lead Architect and Urbanist on more than 500 projects ranging in scale from new city master plans in China to an interior for the Boeing Business Jet, and commercial buildings to private residences.
Bob currently serves and has served on various corporate and non-profit boards: President of Pratt Fine Arts Center, dedicated to promoting creative development and artistic engagement to the local and global community, Seattle WA; Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM), the Pacific Northwest's center for the exploration of art, craft and design, Bellevue, WA; Rhodes Architectural Stone, an international leader in antique and hand-crafted masonry products based in Seattle, WA; as a longtime trustee of the Conway School of Landscape Design in Conway, Massachusetts; and, a trustee of McKinnon’s Neck Conservation Trust in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Past President | Chair of the Audit Committee, Member of the Auction Committee, Development Committee, Education Committee, Executive Committee, and Finance Commitee
Rich is a retired international banker who became interested in the arts through music and later through the beautiful antiques his wife found and imported. During his career he has been involved in a variety of civic organizations. He joined Pratt through the Finance Committee and later became a member of the Board of Trustees, serving for two years as President, until his term concluded on August 31, 2012.
Vice President | Chair of the Governance Committee, Member of the Executive Commitee, and Finance Committee
Brian currently serves as Vice President on Pratt's Board of Trustees and the Chair of Pratt's Governance Committee. Brian and his wife Samantha are avid supporters of Pratt, and love Pratt's custom classes and art parties which allow them and their friends to experience Pratt outside of their busy schedules.
When Brian is not fulfilling his Board duties, he is an in-house attorney at Microsoft Corporation where he advises a range of business, sales and product teams on labor and employment matters. Prior to joining Microsoft, Brian was a labor and employment attorney at two prestigious Seattle law firms -- Perkins Coie, LLP and Sebris Busto James. Brian is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, and Reed College, Phi Beta Kappa. Brian is a music lover, photographer, cook, wine connoisseur and bourbon drinker, who likes to dabble in glass blowing and printmaking and looks forward to trying his skills at letter press.
Secretary | Member of the Auction Committee, Executive Commitee, and Finance Committee
Jan Fisher graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Fashion Design. She and her husband Carl lived for many years in Arlington, VA, where Carl's software business had Navy contracts and Jan served as the company Facility Security Officer. Currently, Jan and Carl own and manage residential and commercial properties in several states. Jan has done volunteer work with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Campfire Girls, served on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, and co-chaired the auction for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Jan enjoys cooking, gardening and travel. She has a growing interest in using unexpected materials to create objects of beauty or curiosity. Since joining the Pratt board, she has taken encaustic and collage classes at Pratt and is a beginner in watercolor. Although she would prefer to be closer to her east coast children and grandchildren, she is very happy to be back home in God's country, and promises not to complain about rain and gray skies.
Treasurer | Chair of the Finance Committee, Member of the Audit Committee, and Executive Committee
Ronda grew up in Seattle and dabbled in art and dance throughout school. About 5 years ago she took her first metal arts class at Pratt and never stopped. She signed up for classes through NSCC for two years and then moved into a studio in Pioneer Square with two other metalsmiths. She sold work out of her studio for a few years and is in galleries in Seattle. She is moving into a new studio in Fremont this year and is looking forward to hammering on metal again. In her spare time she works as Controller for a law firm in Seattle. She is a C.P.A. and earned her MBA from the University of Washington.
Trustee | Member of the Education Committee
Greg Clark was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and was first introduced to the art of glassblowing at the age of sixteen. Since then, he has attended Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Washington and Pilchuck Glass School, as well as Pratt Fine Arts Center. Greg has worked professionally throughout the Seattle glass art community and has channeled his passion for glass into a unique body of artwork, as well as a line of functional and decorative pieces for the home under the name of Decicio Glass. In 2010 Greg opened his own studio in Seattle and shares it with a group of artists under the name of Fifty Four Sixteen. Greg has been a student, renter and instructor at Pratt for many years, and has served on the Board for three years.
Madeline Dow Pennington
Trustee | Member of the Auction Committee and Marketing Committee
After graduating from Chapman University with a degree in Public Relations and Advertising, Madeline was eager to move back to Seattle and immediately began working for the Washington State Wine Commission in 2005. Madeline spent six years as Marketing Manager, and helped coordinate the Washington Wine Restaurant Awards, Washington Wine Month programs and various events around the country. During this time, Madeline met Charles Smith and bonded over the love of good wine, cursing and loud music. When the need for a Seattle PR person came up, Madeline jumped at the opportunity to join Charles and his rock star team. Madeline has been exposed to Pratt in a variety of ways throughout her life and is excited to become more deeply involved.
Richard D. Frank-Huff
Trustee | Chair of the Education Committee and Member of the Marketing Committee
As the President and CEO of Pacific Rim Network, Inc., Richard founded and led one of the largest Internet Service Providers in Western Washington before selling the company in 1997 to Verio [NASDAQ: VRIO], a national Internet Service Provider subsequently acquired by NTT in 2000 for $5.5 billion. Purchasing the Seattle interactive agency Media Access Internet Solutions, Inc. in 1997, Richard served as its President and CEO and increasingly turned his energy and technical expertise toward Web business strategies. Selling Media Access Internet Solutions, Inc. in 2002, he worked for three more years as the Director of Hosting Services for the acquiring company. Now, as a Senior Manager in Microsoft Research & Development, Richard continues his years of innovation and Internet pioneering by managing the direction of key projects and early-stage product development, with a focus on online advertising effectiveness, yield management strategies, and auction marketplaces for digital display advertising. He has also stayed actively involved with Internet technology and infrastructure industries, leading the charge for better broadband access in Seattle.
In addition to being a Trustee of Pratt Fine Arts Center, Richard has also served on the University of Washington’s Department of Sociology Advisory Board (2005-2006) and the City of Seattle Citizen’s Technology and Telecommunications Advisory Board (2007- 2010).
Trustee | Member of the Auction Committee, Governance Committee, and Marketing Committee
Adam Glant is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Glant Textiles, a family business. Prior to his transition to Glant Textiles, Adam was a corporate attorney at Perkins Coie in Seattle, where his work focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and international business transactions. Adam graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005, with a B.A. in international relations, and received his J.D. from the University of Washington in 2008. Adam currently sits on the board of the Henry Art Gallery as well as Pratt Fine Arts Center.
Trustee | Member of the Marketing Committee
Jonathan has been a realtor with Windermere since 2007. Prior to joining Windermere, Jonathan spent more than a decade building a successful career in integrated marketing and communications. While working for companies like Arthur Andersen, Starbucks and Microsoft, he honed his understanding of successful sales and marketing techniques, classic brand and marketing principles, and effective communication strategies. Jonathan has been in search of a volunteer service position where he can place his energy and his recent introduction to Pratt sparked his desire to become more involved with the organization.
Trustee | Member of the Development Committee
A community advocate and patron of the arts, Norma is currently a Trustee of Bellevue Arts Museum, an active member and past President of The Woman's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and former Chairman of the Directors of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. She is a current Director of the Klorfine Foundation along with her husband Leonard.
Trustee | Member of the Auction Committee and Governance Committee
Elizabeth Lee, an associate attorney of Business practice, focuses her practice in the areas of public offerings (including those with complex ownership issues), mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities compliance. Elizabeth works with clients involved in various industries, including software, technology, retail and manufacturing. She also counsels nonprofit organizations on formation and obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status. She is also an avid artist/painter and takes classes at Pratt.
Erika Dalya Massaquoi
Trustee | Member of the Auction Committee
Erika Dalya Massaquoi is an arts, culture and media professional with over a decade of executive leadership experience in both public and private sectors. Having recently moved to Seattle from New York City, where she was the Assistant Dean of the School of Art & Design at The Fashion Institute of Technology at the State University of New York in NYC. She currently serves on 4Culture’s Public Art Advisory Committee.
Massaquoi has taught classes on contemporary art, cinema, music, and emerging technologies at Yale University, New York University, and The New School for Social Research. As a curator, her work has been exhibited at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) List Visual Arts Center, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts. She has held curatorial positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the American Museum of the Moving Image.
She has worked as a commentator with NPR and a Producer/Correspondent with Oxygen Media. Massaquoi holds a BA in History and a MA in Social Sciences from The University of Chicago, and a PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University/Tisch School of the Arts.
Trustee | Chair of the Marketing Committee and Member of the Education Committee
Kevin is an award-winning marketing writer with a talent for turning complex ideas into compelling copy that clarifies, motivates, and sells. His first association with Pratt was through a pro bono brand analysis grant project from the Taproot Foundation, a national non-profit organization providing professional business services to other non-profits. Since joining the board in 2011, Kevin has been an advocate for effective and efficient use of Pratt’s marketing resources and opportunities. Until moving to Seattle in 2009, Kevin lived in Fairfield County, Connecticut, just near enough to – and far enough from – Manhattan.
Trustee | Artist-in-Residence
Artist Piper O'Neill explores concepts of nostalgia and inherited histories through a variety of media including collaged tissue, etched steel sculpture and experimental short film. In 2013, O'Neill was commissioned by the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) to create the Golden Space Needle award. She is a NEA grant recipient through her recent Pratt Artist in Residence appointment, which focused on printmaking. O'Neill has a BFA in Illustration and Experimental Animation from Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, and a Masters of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington. She is represented by Winston Wachter Fine Art, and will mount her second solo exhibition there in January 2014.
Trustee | Co-Chair of the Development Committee
Miriam (“Mimi”) Van Waters Pierce hales from Seattle, and is a retired real estate agent. She grew up an avid skier, writer and was top of her class in high school. Pierce is an alumna of the University of Washington Department of Communication, and served as the Business Manager for The Daily during her time as a student. During her sophomore year, she left school to join the Marines during World War II. She served for a year before returning to UW to complete her degree. She married her first husband, George King and had two sons a year apart, George King and Martin King. She later completed her Masters in Teaching from UW and worked as a teacher of grammar at Mercer Island High School. After some time as a teacher, she moved on to work in real estate and did very well over her 7 year career in this field. She also was an avid sailor and the skipper of her own 27' sailboat. Today, she is very active and involved in the arts community, serving on boards or committees of PONCHO, Pratt, and Cornish. Mostly recently she has started a foundation in honor of her late son, Martin, dedicated to cleaning up plastic waste from the Salish Sea, the Nordso Foundation.
Trustee | Member of the Education Committee
Designing, creating and assembling contemporary forms from molten glass inspired by the ancient, universal language of symbols, Jenny Pohlman has been collaborating with Sabrina Knowles for 20 years and has supported Pratt Fine Arts Center and Pilchuck Glass School annually 1990. Their work is in the collections of the American Museum of Glass, Museum of Glass, Mobile Museum of Art and Racine Art Museum among others, and in prestigious private collections nationwide. They are the recipients of numerous awards including Pratt Fine Art Center’s Service in the Arts award, BAGI’s Saxe Fellowship award and residencies at the Museum of Glass and Wheaton Arts. They teach, lecture, are represented by fine art galleries nationally and served on the Board of Trustees of Bellevue Arts Museum (’09 - ’12). Jenny serves on the Education Committee for both Pratt and BAM and the team founded Pohlman Knowles High School Scholarship in 2000, which they fund annually. They have also co-curated two exhibitions, one at BAM and one at Vashon Allied Arts.
Trustee | Chair of the Auction Committee, Member of the Facilities Committee
Walt has worn many different hats in his 30 year involvement with Pratt Fine Arts Center: Student, volunteer and two term board member. In the past, he has served as Board President, Education Chair and Campus Planning Chair. His artistic interests center on all facets on contemporary and historical glass making. Walt lives with his wife Pat on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Walt has a BS in Building Construction from the University of Washington and is currently the Owner/Operator of Riehl Constructions Services, Inc.
Trustee | Co-Chair of the Development Committee
Kirsten Tollefson is Chief Executive Officer and founder of Tollefson& Company Investment Management, LLC. Her over twenty-five years of experience prior to creating T&C includes serving as Senior Vice President at Resolute Capital Management, where she was a member of the Investment Committee. At Resolute Capital Management, she developed corporate retirement plans and socially conscious portfolio strategies. Following her ten-year tenure at Nye, Parnell & Emerson Capital Management, Inc. as Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager, Kirsten was President of New Century Capital Management, LLC. There she managed individual, corporate and retirement portfolios and was involved in research, marketing, corporate management and administration. Kirsten joined Shearson Lehman Brothers in 1987 and began her career at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner& Smith in Washington D.C. in 1986.
Kirsten attended Sweet Briar College and Rice University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree. She has been involved in various charitable organizations as a board member and in a volunteer capacity.
Sarah joined her father in business at Traver Gallery in 2004. As a director, she works on all facets of the gallery—from strategy and sales to design and installation. With degrees in art and education, she works to keep Traver Gallery focused on the gallery's mission as a space for learning, the sharing of ideas, and insight. She is beloved by artists, clients, and community for her sincere interest and generous spirit. Sarah also serves on the board of Artist Trust. When she is not working, she can most likely be found playing in the wilds of Washington or trying out some new restaurant in Seattle or abroad.
Katherine Wax is a real estate and land use attorney in the Seattle office of Perkins Coie, LLP. She represents public, private, and non-profit entities in a variety of commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions and dispositions of real estate, real estate financing, and office and retail leasing. She also assists owners and developers in conducting land use due diligence for prospective projects, in planning for and obtaining entitlements for new projects, and in defending challenges to permits. She graduated from Northwestern University School of Law and the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., History). Outside of work, Katherine is involved in the Urban Land Institute's Young Leader's Group and the Seattle and Sound Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, and has served as Pratt's Board Intern for the last two years. In her free time, she enjoys urban hikes, reading, and traveling. She lives in West Seattle with her husband, Jason.