BOARD OF DIRECTORS
James P Hunter
James P. Hunter is an accomplished real estate broker with Skyline Properties Inc. He specializes in residential, single family, new construction, multi family, vacation, and investment properties. He has over 20 years in the real estate and lending industry. His top priority is to make sure that every buyer and seller’s experience is a great one. His moto is: “Work with someone who cares”. Hunter believes that home ownership opportunities should be made available to all, which is why he partners with several nonprofit organizations to help educate their clients.
Hunter graduated from Ingraham High School then ventured to Nashville and is a proud alumna of Tennessee State University. Hunter has a very diverse background having worked in the social service sector, Seattle Central College, and is the recent founder and CEO of Take Action Now for the People, a nonprofit that provides transportation services for senior citizens.
Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Hunter is the youngest of 6 children. He is a passionate supporter of social justice and community service. He is actively involved with several non-profit organizations. He enjoys spending time with his family, working in his garden and baking.
PR & Marketing
"Missy Lacy is a Texas native who has made Seattle her home since 1999. Though her way of life is much more PNW than southern, she still loves sweet tea, long baths, and porch swings. Since 2014, she has been the co-host and producer of Sessions of She, a showcase of local women in visual art, comedy, and music. Her brief stint in comedy resulted in the creation of Nips-N-Tips, a comedy variety show. Missy has also emceed an assortment of events and fundraisers throughout the greater Seattle area, and is generally ready for any new challenge where she can empower others and be involved in her community.”
Rajaa Gharbi is an international visual artist and poet. She was born and raised in Tunisia where she trained and worked for seven years as a puppet theatre artist with the Organisation Nationale de Theatre de Marrionnettes (OTEMA). She has lived in Seattle since 1982 and exhibited her work in the US since 1984 in solo and group exhibitions in galleries, museums and universities in both West and East coasts. Her paintings have been published in American books and catalogs and overseas’ print and Television media. Her work is in numerous collections including Vulcan and Microsoft.
In 2007 the ambassador of Tunisia in Washington D.C. gave a retrospective exhibition of Gharbi’s paintings with a book signing and reading from her poetry work. She received an appreciation award at the 2012 International Arab Women Artist Association Biannual conference in Tunisia, an Evergreen State College First Peoples Award in 1993 and was nominated for the Seattle Mayor’s Art Award in 2007. Gharbi studied visual art and filmmaking for her BA at The Evergreen State College and attained her MA degree from Antioch University Seattle. Rajaa has always been fascinated with a ‘tryptic’ of humanity’s old Jinni: pushing the plasticity of written language/script toward new forms and aesthetic meanings, color, and visual rendition of emotion and experience. Her work is always driven by life-nurturing themes and questions.
Rajaa's Photo was taken by Artist: Dan Lamont of National Geographic
Employment & Vocational Training Expert
Michael Hureaux is a poet/actor/musician well familiar to northwest audiences. He works with various community based theater, dance and spoken word venues, and has for a little bit of time now(!). His work in the integration of arts discipline into the academic programs of urban schools in Seattle and New York City is a practice much respected among his professional colleagues.
Edward Mast is a playwright, performer, storyteller, director and practitioner of the Theater of Everywhere. He grew up in California and lives in Seattle, and has spent some decades creating performances indoors and outdoors, in Seattle and other places around the world, with Credible Threat, Theatersquad, Artifacts Collective, and many other agencies.
Funding & Resource Development
Elaine Simons received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MA in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Elaine was a Co-founder and Executive Director of PSKS- Peace for the Streets by Kids for the Streets (1995-2012.) She is an Art Educator working with marginalized youth who are homeless and impacted by the school to prison pipeline. She has been a foster parent for over 18 years, currently providing respite care. Elaine loves to travel. Some of the countries she's traveled to include Israel, Cambodia and the Dominican Republic. She loves to walk her blind dog and shoot pool.
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