Board of Directors
Left to right, Top Row: Karen Shaw, Mike Richardson, Michelle Demers Shaevitz, Don Morgan, Jabi Shriki
Bottom Row: Harvey Niebulski, Rafael Maslan, Selena Whitaker-Paquiet ,David Greenspan, Luther Black
Not shown: Ryan Davis, Kim Camara, Karen White, Evan Woods, Brian Robertson, Danielle Stephenson, Latha Sambamurti
Rafael Maslan, President
Licensed Massage Therapist
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, 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., Diagnostic Radiologist, Washington Permanente Medical Group
Brian Robertson, Historical consultant
Latha Sambamurti, Washington State Arts Commissioner, Artistic Director of Cultural Festivals, Community Leader, Performing Artist & Educator
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
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.
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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.
My love for Northwest Folklife stems from its commitment to our community—from preserving the generations of art and music to welcoming new traditions and creating space for youth to explore and celebrate our diverse community. I’m so lucky to be a part of this. Apart from my work here, you can find me going to concerts and SIFF films and exploring all that this city has to offer!
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.
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.
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.
I love how this beautiful and happy festival celebrates creativity. NW Folklife truly brings our community together. When I’m not at Folklife, you might find me out dancing, or baking cookies, or binge-watching reruns of Mad Men.
I am an MPA Candidate at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington and was born and raised in the Greater Seattle Area. I have always been fascinated with the history and culture of Seattle Center and cannot wait to be a part of the Folklife Festival. On the weekends, I love hanging out with my cat and trying new vegan restaurants.