MEET THE BOARD
Dr. Stephen Newby is a composer, conductor, gospel/jazz vocalist, and pianist. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music Education and Flute Performance from Madonna College in Livonia, Michigan. He received a Master of Music in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. There, his studies in composition were under the supervision of Robert Sutton, Frederick Tillis, Jeff Holmes, and Robert Stern. He returned to Michigan to complete his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. There, he studied with William Albright, Michael Daugherty, George Wilson, Fred Lerdahl, and Pulitzer Prize winners William Bolcom and Leslie Bassett.
Brian is the Founder and Artistic Director of Common Tone Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring positive change for our diverse world through arts education and music. As an international trumpet soloist with the Yamaha Corporation and advocate for new music, Brian has commissioned and premiered many works for trumpet and is the creator of the Universal Language Project, a concert series creating new music and imaginative programs. Brian is also an executive leader with the UNITY Arts Alliance, a national collective of non-profit organizations dedicated to social justice and to demonstrating an alternative model for working artists. His two solo recordings, Universal Language and Eventide are available on Origin Classical. Dr. Brian Chin is an Associate Professor of Music at Seattle Pacific University.
Megan Griffiths is a writer/director working in film and television. She recently directed two episodes of the Duplass Brothers' HBO anthology series ROOM 104. Prior to this, she completed the thriller THE NIGHT STALKER that she wrote and directed starring Lou Diamond Phillips as serial killer Richard Ramirez. Her film LUCKY THEM starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church and Johnny Depp premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was distributed by IFC Films. Megan’s film EDEN, based on the true story of a young woman captured into the world of human trafficking, was a breakout at SXSW 2012, winning the Emergent Narrative Director Award, the Audience Award for Narrative Feature as well as a Special Jury Prize for lead actress Jamie Chung. Megan's feature THE OFF HOURS, distributed by Film Movement, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, she has produced several other projects including Lynn Shelton’s YOUR SISTER’S SISTER and the Sundance absurdist buddy comedy THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM. Megan and Lynn Shelton also co-wrote a feature for This American Life, and together with producer Gregg Fienberg sold an original pitch to HBO. In her adopted hometown of Seattle, Megan was the recipient of the 2012 Stranger Genius Award for Film, was named the 2013 City Arts Film Artist of the Year, and received the 2015 Seattle Mayor’s Award for Film. She serves on the board of the Northwest Film Forum and is an advocate for sustainable production. Megan is currently in the process of completing her sixth feature film, entitled SADIE, due for release in 2018.
Kimberly Vreeland Chin is a reproductive health advocate and international volunteer. She is a founding member of non-profits benefitting impoverished women and children in India and Cambodia and has worked with refugees on the Thailand/Burma border as well as victims of human trafficking in Cambodia.
Kimberly learned piano as a child and continued studying music through college. To her surprise, music at times became a means to communicate while working abroad, a common language when words failed. These experiences, the clinical and creative, are interconnected and Kimberly is excited about using her diverse non-profit experience while serving on the Board of Common Tone Arts. Kimberly currently works in family planning education and counseling in downtown Seattle but sneaks away often to add to her passport stamp collection.
Terry Pickering, a 41-year business banker grew up in the Puget Sound area. During his career he has worked for both national and international banks serving a diverse population of businesses engaged in manufacture, service, transportation, travel, hospitality and medial industries. Terry currently is Senior Vice President and Manager for Banner Bank’s Lake Washington Commercial Banking Center.
In addition to banking activities, Terry served two, two-year terms as Board Chair for the Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council. A member of Rotary for 16 years Terry served as President of the Seattle International District Club. He served as Rotary International District 5030’s Assistant Governor, District Trainer and District Governor 2015/2016. Personal interests include classical music; Terry is a professional musician, recently retiring as solo English Horn for Symphony Tacoma. In his spare time he enjoys international travel, a glass of wine and recently “took a swing” at golf.
I’m a philanthropy consultant, product manager, and composer working to help artists thrive. I served as the Director of Platform at New Music USA, where I led the creation of our project platform and continue to consult. Other clients have included national grantmakers, family foundations, and tech startups.
I also speak and write on arts economics, technology in the arts and non-profit worlds, and philanthropy. My compositions use theater, comedy, and digital platforms in combination with acoustic instruments. I serve as a board member for the Live Music Project in Seattle, the Exapno new music community center in Brooklyn, and Con Vivo music in Jersey City. I’m also a member of Dance/USA‘s technology committee and advise CASH Music.
If you’d like to talk about my work in philanthropy, the lives of working artists, or anything else, drop me an email: email@example.com.
Joshua Heim is the Arts Program Manager at the City of Bellevue, Washington, and was the Arts Administrator for the City of Redmond, Washington. His previous work includes the Native Hawaiian Legacy Project in Honolulu, a scholarly journal of archival Hawaiian language texts, and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle where he managed the award winning YouthCAN program, recipient of the National Youth Arts and Humanities Program Award.
Joshua serves on the King County 4Culture Arts Advisory Committee and on the board of directors of Cultural Access Washington, an organization dedicated to increasing public support for the arts state-wide. He is also committed to expanding opportunities for artists of color nationwide. He has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Joyce Foundation in Chicago and Artist Trust in Seattle. He has lectured at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, Immigrants Sites of Conscience Seminar in New York, and taught museology coursework at the Northwest Indian College.
Joshua is originally from Kailua, Hawai’i, and received a M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington Bothell and a B.A. from Lewis and Clark College.