Board & Staff

Board of Directors 2016 - 2017

The Glass Art Society Board of Directors is comprised of 2/3rds practicing artists, as dictated by the by-laws, and such factors as geography, medium, skill set, and current position in the glass community are considered to maintain a well-rounded and balanced group.

OFFICERS: PRESIDENT - Cassandra Straubing • VICE PRESIDENT - Stephen Powell • VICE PRESIDENT - Natali Rodrigues • TREASURER - Roger MacPherson •  SECRETARY - Tracy Kirchmann
GENERAL BOARD: Alex Bernstein • Kelly Conway • Matt Durran • Michael Hernandez • Jessica Julius • Ed Kirshner • Jeff Lindsay • Marc Petrovic • Charlotte Potter • Lynn Read • Masahiro Nick Sasaki • Jan Smith • David Willis • Student Representative - Ian Schmidt
 
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GAS Staff 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Pamela Figenshow Koss • EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT- Kassaundra Porres • COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR - Erika Enomoto • OFFICE & VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR - Salena Hill • BOOKKEEPER - Jane Blount • PROJECT ASSISTANT INTERN - Shih Yu Liu (Gina)

Pamela Figenshow Koss, Executive Director

photo_koss.jpgPamela Figenshow Koss, Executive Director, has a strong background in special event coordination, conference and strategic planning, marketing and non-profit membership organization management. Pam's first introduction to nonprofit management was with the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, where she worked as Assistant Director and managed highly successful Arts and Crafts Fairs, increasing revenue by 30%. She then served as President of the Greater Key West Chamber of Commerce, where she increased membership by nearly 100%. There she worked closely with the hospitality industry, bringing in conventions and cruise ship trade. She was appointed by the State of Florida as Film Commissioner, bringing major film productions to the area. She served as President of the South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce in Washington State for five years where she developed a strong program of work and increased membership by 40%. There she also developed and executed an Advanced Technology International Trade Forum, bringing technology business leaders from Asia to meet with U.S. companies who completed over five million dollars in business at the conference. After ten years in non-profit organization management, Pam left that position to pursue a lifelong dream of living in Paris, France, for nearly two years. There she studied French, art and her own photography. In returning to the U.S., Pam started her own fine art photography and marketing/public relations consulting firm. Pam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Washington, and she earned a certificate from the Institute for Organization Management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, completing a six-year program for organization executives.

Contact Pamela at pfkoss@glassart.org

 

Kassaundra Porres, Executive Assistant

porres.jpgKassaundra Porres is a passionate supporter for the sustainability of the arts and cultural community. She grew up in a military family, moving around the world, and cultivating her appetite for the arts at a young age. She received her bachelor’s in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2012, and after graduation she moved to Florence, Italy to complete a master’s in museum studies. Returning stateside, Kassaundra worked as gallery manager for a contemporary art gallery in Rochester, NY until she decided to venture to the Pacific Northwest!

Contact Kassaundra at kassaundra@glassart.org

 

Erika Enomoto, Communications Coordinator

Enomoto.JPGErika Enomoto is a Seattle transplant from Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. She received her BBA in international business and marketing from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) before embarking on a career in advertising. Erika's love for art and culture and avid interest in education and social advocacy led her to pursue graduate studies in art history and museum studies. While enrolled at UHM, she also studied at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, Japan and was an Alumni Scholar at the East-West Center in Honolulu. Erika is driven by her passion to create, cultivate, and sustain positive change for diverse communities.
 
Contact Erika at erika@glassart.org 
 

Salena Hill, Office & Volunteer Coordinator

Salena.jpgSalena Hill is a Tacoma local and an active supporter of arts and culture throughout the state of Washington. A recent 2016 graduate of the University of Washington, she received a degree in art history and minored in anthropology and diversity studies, which cultivated her passion for art, community, and social justice. In 2014, she began her journey into museums working in visitor services at the Seattle Art Museum and the Henry Art Gallery, providing positive and educational experiences throughout their galleries. While completing her degree she interned for Artist Trust, where she adopted a personal mission to racial equity and creating representation for a diverse range of communities.

Contact Salena at salena@glassart.org

 

Jane Blount, BookkeeperJane.JPG

Jane Blount, born and raised in Pittsburgh, made her way to Seattle via Salt Lake City in 1987.  Originally an english major who liked to sing, she switched to music and finished her formal education with a BA in music from Carlow University in Pittsburgh and a Masters degree in vocal performance from the University of Utah. Life circumstances and her informal education got Jane into the banking field and, subsequently, into bookkeeping. Her first experience with a non-profit organization was with a senior retirement community, where she worked as a bookkeeper and choir director for the last five years. Jane has always been interested in and has a great appreciation of music, language, and the visual arts. While living in Utah, she dabbled in stained glass class art and on arriving in Seattle, one of her first field trips was to Pilchuck Glass School. Although she never fulfilled her dream of singing at "the Met", she did make it to Paris, Barcelona, Ireland, and the British Isles and has led a wonderful life - with the best still to come!

Contact Jane at finance@glassart.org

 

Shih Yu Liu (Gina), Project Assistant InternGina.jpg

Shih Yu Liu (Gina) was born and raised in Taiwan and came to the United States to attend high school. She is currently a sophomore majoring in communications at the University of Washington. She is interested in art and hopes to study art history in the future. This is Gina's first experience working with an arts organization and she is looking forward to gaining more communication and arts administration skills during her internship with the Glass Art Society. 

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