Professionally, Mary Gates was an educator, small business owner, elected public official and nonprofit executive director. Presently, she serves as President of the Federal Way Performing Arts Foundation, Secretary of the the Pacific Rim Bonsai Museum Board of Directors and a member of Qualibi, Federal Way Rotary, and Federal Way American Association of University Women.
Jeanne Burbidge has worked professionally in health, human services and education, as an elected public official for twenty years, and owned a small business for sixteen years. Currently, she is a Board Director of King County 4Culture and the Federal Way Performing Arts Foundation—chairing the PAF Gala Committee. She is an active member of Rotary of Federal Way and the American Association of University Women Federal Way Branch.
Cindy Piennett, Treasurer, retired after 30 years at Weyerhaeuser Company working in financial and business management. Along with the Federal Way Performing Arts Foundation, she is the Treasurer of FUSION and active in the Federal Way Chorale, League of Women Voters and is a former Arts Commissioner. She is a graduate of Oregon State University (go Beav’s!). Cindy enjoys travel, art, music and hiking all over the world.
Shari Song is a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and current Chair of the Korean American Coalition. Shari also served in numerous community organizations including the Asian Counseling & Referral Service, Federal Way Diversity Commission, and the Asian Real Estate Association of America. Shari grew up in Chicago and graduated from University of Illinois with a BA in Literature. She moved to the Pacific Northwest 31 years ago when she married her husband John. In her free time, Shari enjoys traveling, yoga and reading. She is excited and very proud to serve on the Performing Arts Foundation board.
Caroline grew up in Federal way attending the local schools. After graduating with her degree in Business Administration Finance at Washington State University she returned to Federal Way. She works in accounting at DaVita and volunteers as a 4-H leader for a local cat club.
Jeffree Stewart recently retired from a 33 year long career with the Washington State Department of Ecology, where he worked as a shoreline planner and floodplain specialist. He studied oceanography at University of Washington, and is a graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia. Jeffree managed to quietly integrate his environmental work for Ecology with his lifelong passion for art, gradually becoming an Independent Curator, and establishing the Art In Ecology Program at the Department's Headquarters Building in Lacey. Over a 21 year period, Jeffree organized and installed dozens of exhibitions by many artists for this inspiring Art in the Workplace venue.
Natural forms, atmospheres, landscapes, subjects and colors of our beautiful Northwest are often prominent in his own oil paintings, prints, and drawings. Jeffree has exhibited his work around the northwest in college and museum juried exhibitions, commercial galleries, and numerous private collections. He has spent many days with painters, poets, and photographers from Seattle, the Skagit and Northern Sound region of Washington... and learned many techniques and art philosophies from his painter mentors and elder friends. He has 2 art studios, in Maple Valley and Olympia where oil painting is his primary medium. Jeffree has a wonderful high school aged son, enjoys his own private collection of art, continues painting daily, and lives with his family at Maple Valley.
Professional affiliations have been board member and president appointments with the Historic Hotel Association of America, Washington Hospitality Association, Seattle Hotel Association, Seattle Rotary, Leadership Tomorrow, InvestEd, Evergreen Treatment Services, Downtown Seattle Association, Plymouth Housing Group , 4 Culture, Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board and Seafair. He completed his Business Administration degree at Washington State University and his wife, Jane, is a 1st grade teacher. Paul and Jane, have a daughter, Alison and a son, Owen.
Raised in Yakima. Attended Arizona State University, Texas A&I University. Received degree in Elementary Education from University of Puget Sound. Taught in Federal Way School District for 20 years. Member of the Federal Way Symphony Board of Directors for 14 years, Symphony grant writer for 14 years, Symphony President for 4 years. I have been a member of the Centerstage Theatre Board of Directors for 5 years. Married to Bob Franklin for 55 years, with two daughters and 4 grandchildren. We have lived in Federal Way for 44 years.