Joe McKinstry

Board President

As a third generation Seattle native and general contractor for the past 38 years, Joe is committed to giving back to the community where he lives. He has served as president of the Mount Baker Community Club, led the capital campaign for the University of Washington Libraries, and been a member of the boards of Epiphany School, Habitat for Humanity-Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.  He also has served as a house leader for the Habitat for Humanity Jimmy Carter Work Projects throughout the world. Joe grew up in a household of four siblings.  His mother was an artist who, for a time, studied under Mark Tobey at the UW.  She surrounded the family with art, especially the work of the Pacific Northwest School.  At the UW, Joe studied architecture and art, both of which he incorporates in his work. Joe plays music, sails, skis, hikes, bikes and kayaks.  He continues to paint and sketch and looks forward to working with Path with Art as he has seen the transformative effect of art in his own life and the lives of others.

Jana Mohr Lone

Board Vice President

Jana Mohr Lone is the director of the Center for Philosophy for Children and Affiliate Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington. She has been involved with many nonprofits around Seattle, as a board member and community volunteer, for the past 25 years. She is committed to the development of diverse community resources, especially for people least likely to have access to opportunities for enrichment and support.


Kay Stimson

Vice President of Development

Kay Stimson is a Seattle native and is an active community volunteer in Seattle. Kay joined the Path with Art Board in 2015. The opportunity to help rebuild lives while exploring the arts is very compelling, and she looks forward to assisting with the strategic growth of the organization. She has been involved with a number of fundraising and development opportunities, including special events, annual fund, capital campaigns, grant making and strategic planning. Kay is currently a part of the Pooled Grant Leadership Team for the Washington Women’s Foundation. She has also served on the Boards of the Northwest Boy Choir, Villa Academy, Bishop Blanchet High School, Tri Delta Alumnae Chapter and the Seattle Chapter of the National Panhellenic Conference. Kay has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington.

Caren Tidwell


Caren currently works for a biotechnology start-up, Just Biotherapeutics, as VP of Business Operations.  Prior to joining Just, she directed operations of the UW Engineered Biomaterials Industry Consortium and held several scientific management positions during her 15-year tenure at the UW. Caren received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UCLA, and her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. Caren was a member of the Villa Academy Board of Trustees and served on the marketing and admission and finance board committees.  She served on the Seattle Preparatory School Board of Trustees from 2007-2013.  At Seattle Prep, Caren was co-chair of the diversity committee and served as Board Vice-Chair and Board Chair.  Since joining the Path with Art Board in 2014 Caren is strongly committed to the mission of Path with Art.

Bobbi Benson

Secretary, Interim

Bobbi Benson has been affiliated, as a volunteer, with Path with Art since its inception and she joined the Board in 2013. Her interest in Art was strengthened by minoring in Art History at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.  Bobbi’s career has focused on health research, beginning at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, then the National Academy of Sciences and the Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  Bobbi moved west to Seattle in 1975 and worked in the University of Washington administration.   She currently works at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  Her background in Science and Art gives Bobbi a multifaceted view of the work conducted by Path with Art, helping her take an analytical view of its programs to ensure that they are as successful as possible.

Ed Curtis

Ed has worked in our local commercial real estate arena for over 30 years, where he has represented some of the largest and best known occupiers of office space in the region.  He helped found Washington Partners, Inc., a boutique tenant advisory firm, in 1998.  The firm was acquired by JLL in 2016.   Ed holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from the University of San Diego.  Having benefited from our local business community, Ed has a strong desire to give back.  He has welcomed the opportunity to actively support of a number of local causes, including Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and has attended every Path with Art benefit breakfast and luncheon, save one, since its inception.  As a new board member, Ed looks forward to supporting the Path with Art mission. 

Pamela Eakes


Pamela brings a combination of nonprofit executive leadership, a 25–year career in advertising and marketing and a commitment to community service to the Board of Path with Art. She left a career in advertising and marketing to serve as Founder/CEO of Mothers Against Violence in America for over a decade. She is now a communications and marketing consultant and is actively engaged in her community.

Jill Rullkoetter

Jill Rullkoetter has been involved in the Seattle arts community for many years serving as Senior Deputy Director at the Frye Art Museum and as Director of Education and Public Programs at the Seattle Art Museum. Her focus at the Frye and at SAM was to broaden and deepen both museums’ engagement with their communities. Jill has served on several boards including the American Alliance of Museums, Western Museums Association, Seattle Architecture Foundation, NW Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Italy, and Youth in Focus. Rullkoetter has served as a grants reviewer for NEH, IMLS, and the Getty Grant Program, and has participated as a member of several Accreditation Visiting Committees for AAM and as a Peer Reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program of the AAM. Jill holds an MA in art history from the University of Washington and a BA in art history from the University of Missouri.

Jen Petersen

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Jen is an urban economic sociologist working at the nexus of changing cities and the companies doing business in them. Currently at NBBJ, Jen co-leads the firm’s workplace strategy practice, where her quantitative and qualitative social research efforts enable design of people-prioritizing workplace environments. 
Her research and writing addresses the political economy of transforming streets for co-functionality: economic growth, public and environmental health, and life quality. Ranging over diverse terrains, her writing draws attention to gaps filled by prioritizing people, and thinking in systems. She currently lives in Pioneer Square.