Board of Directors
Left to right, Top Row: Selena Whitaker-Paquiet, Don Morgan, Karen Shaw, Susan Songer, Kim Camara, Michelle Demers Shaevitz,
Middle Row: Harvey Niebulski, Karen White, Mike Richardson, Luther Black,
Bottom Row: Evan Woods, Jabi Shriki, Brian Robertson, Rafael Maslan
Not shown: Ryan Davis, David Greenspan, Karen Shaw
Rafael Maslan, President
Licensed Massage Practitioner
Luther Black, Past President
Marine Environmental Analyst
Evan Woods,Vice President
Labor Union Researcher/Organizer
Ryan Davis, Treasurer
Director of Business & Operations, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Musician/Songwriter
Michael Richardson, Secretary
Professor of Radiology, University of Washington
Kim Camara, Cultural Anthropologist/Ethnomusicologist, Native American Arts/Cultural Project Developer/Grant Writer
Michelle Demers Shaevitz, Arts Manager and Festival Organizer
David Greenspan, Attorney at Law (Private Practice)
Don Morgan, Retired Hospitality Manager
Harvey Niebulski, M.D., Radiologist, Group Health Cooperative
Brian Robertson, Historical consultant
Karen Shaw, Psychologist, Cultural Organization Leader
Jabi E. Shriki, Associate Professor of Radiology, University of Washington; Musician/Community Organizer
Selena Whitaker-Paquiet, Actor, Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Comic; Intellectual Property Paralegal
Karen White, Dance Aficionado and former City Code Compliance Director—
Northwest Folklife is an independent nonprofit which produces the annual Northwest Folklife Festival and other year-round programming in order to strengthen communities through arts and culture.
We are currently seeking potential candidates for board committees and director positions. Board members with financial, fundraising, legal and marketing expertise are being sought, as well as those who can provide connections to Folklife communities and/or companies. We are also recruiting non-board participation in committees including Marketing, Development, and Finance. All positions require a monthly commitment of time for meetings, individual work and attendance at a variety of events.
Are you interested in helping govern Folklife’s present and planning for our future? Please click here to read background materials for board prospects and committee descriptions. If you are interested in being considered for board membership, or would like more information, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact staff, please use the links below, or email email@example.com.
I’m thrilled to be joining a team which celebrates the multicultural makeup of the Northwest through such a dynamic assortment of art forms. In my free time, I enjoy running with my dog and exploring neighborhoods and visiting art museums.
anna @ nwfolklife.org
mike @ nwfolklife.org
I am always so excited for spring to come because that means another season at Folklife and an opportunity to celebrate the arts and build communities in the PNW! Born and raised in Seattle but these days I spend most of the year traveling and working music and film festivals around the country. In my free time, I’m usually exploring the great outdoors, turning wood on my lathe or thrifting for that perfect sweater.
kelli @ nwfolklife.org
Folklife is unlike any other festival I’ve come across in that it is accessible to all and powered by the community. I feel very privileged and fortunate to be a part of this year’s celebration. In my free time I enjoy rock climbing, baking and exploring new places.
katie @ nwfolklife.org
anne @ nwfolklife.org
The Northwest Folklife Festival is my favorite event of the year. I love getting to see all my friends from various parts of the country and the world. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering for cat rescue organizations and being a season ticket holder for both the Seattle Opera and the Seattle Mariners.
beth @ nwfolklife.org
I believe in the power of art to connect people and bridge cultures. Northwest Folklife is a recipe for world peace, bringing together artists and audiences of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities to create and participate. My own artistic adventures include painting, photography, and occasional improv.
sheila @ nwfolklife.org
What I enjoy most about Folklife is creating a history and legacy of community here in the Northwest. Experiencing great music and connecting with great people has become a time-honored tradition that I am thrilled to be a part of. In my spare time, I often find myself reading, going to the beach with my dog or rockhounding.
volunteers @ nwfolklife.org