Who we are



PACE’s broad mission is to transform lives and enrich our community by presenting artistic, cultural, educational, and entertainment experiences of the highest quality to all within its reach


PACE will continuously enhance the quality of life in our region, using the transcendent power of the Arts to open hearts, engage minds, and create understanding and appreciation among the diverse communities we serve.


Passion: Capture the hearts and minds of all with energy, enthusiasm, and conviction.
Arts: Delight audiences through traditional, emerging, and relevant talents and genres.
Connected Community: Use our Eastside cultural hub to bring people together to create memorable, enhanced entertainment and arts education experiences.
Excellence: Outstanding performance across all functional areas and deliverables achieved through fun, effective collaboration, transparency, and fiscal accountability.


Several years ago, a group of engaged community leaders had a vision to build a large capacity multi-purpose performing arts center to serve the Eastside.  That vision has been updated recently to reflect the area’s remarkable population growth, emergence of industry-leading technology companies, and the burgeoning international community. In addition, PACE recognizes that to be successful, the envisioned building must be animated, fully employed, and sustained by a high-functioning professional arts organization. We are seizing the potential and opportunity to realize the convergence of art, culture, and technology through creating a world-class arts organization that will serve, educate, and entertain the Eastside from the heart of its “downtown.” A wide range of programs and activities will enable widespread access and engagement with the arts.

PACE Board Leadership
Chair: Eric Stelter*, ESMB, Inc.
Vice Chair: Cathi Hatch*, Cathi Hatch Associates
Secretary: Sandy Walsh*, RE/MAX Metro Realty
Treasurer:  Susan Liu*, Astrella Partners


Fred Auch*
Alka Badshah*, Community Volunteer
Doug Boyden, Mercer Consulting, Retired
Melanie Bruch Foreman, CB Bain
Jane Cui, Leica Cameras
Rosemarie Francis, Francis Developments, Etelu
Kemper Freeman, Jr.*, Kemper Development Co.
Jim Hebert, HR2 Research and Analytics
Chuck Lytle, Lytle Enterprises
Molly McConkey, Community Volunteer
Janice Olson, Paramount Hotels
Alesha Shemwell, Kemper Development Co.
Betty Tong, BML Development Corporation
Brian Vowinkel, Coldstream


* Denotes member of Executive Committee
Masayo Arakawa
Patty Barrier, Community Volunteer
Renee Behnke, Community Volunteer
David Brown, Community Volunteer
Mary Pat Byrne, Byrne Arts Consulting
Dorothy Fluke, Community Volunteer
Michelle Foreman Barnet, Columbia West Properties
AG Gao, Community Volunteer
Lynn Garvey, Saltchuk
Carmen Gayton, Windermere Real Estate
Christine Gilbert, Northwest Vision Institute
Paige Green, MOMentum
Barbara Hodgson, Community Volunteer
Austin Huang, Merit Engineering, Inc.
Laura Hurdelbrink, Tateuchi Foundation
Moe Krabbe, Community Volunteer
Suzy Krabbe, Community Volunteer
Diane Kuenster, Community Volunteer
Cherie Lang, Avenue Properties
Benjamin Lee, Hong Kong Business Association of Washington
Christine Lee, Great Wall Mall
Ike Lee, Lee Technology Consultants
Paul Manfredi, Pacific Lutheran University
JJ McKay, JJ McKay & Co.
Christine Miller, Miller Real Estate Group
Karin Mital, Community Volunteer
Barbara Morgan, Community Volunteer
Susie Naficy, Community Volunteer
Sheryl Neupert, Microsoft, Retired
Scott Rabinowitz, Herd Freed Hartz
Kartik Ram, Fashion Fund
Jan Rogers, Community Volunteer
Cal Shirley, Community Volunteer
Peggy Swistak, Community Volunteer
Randall Talbot, Talbot Financial
Chaitra Vedullapalli, Meylah, Inc.
Joan Wallace, Wallace Properties
Camille Winter, Community Volunteer
TJ Woosley, Hal Woosley Properties
Arlene Wright, Community Volunteer
Lawrence Yang, Valve Software
Qi Zhang, Leonine Technologies, LLC


Shirley Baskin
Kristen Brace
Kae Brady
Melanie Bruch-Foreman
Trish Carpenter
Sandy Clyne
Shirley Deffenbaugh
Gillian Fernandes
Diane Fiduccia
Marilyn Fogelquist
Violette Franz
Betty Freeman
Shellie Gehring
Aline Gorringe
Gretl Gregory
Jane Hague
Susie Hino
Marcia Holland
April Humphrey
Firyal Isa
Kathleen Johnson
Judy King
Martha Lee
Margaret Lowe
Suzy Mings
Judie O’Brien
Alyce Rogers
Barbara Rowe
Molly Sears
Sue Sherwood
Frances Taylor
Susan Thurston
Nancy Walker
Joan Watjen
Janis Wold
Carole Woosley