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.

Kay Stimson

Vice President of Development

Kay is a Seattle native and is an active community volunteer. She has been involved with fundraising, development and strategic planning opportunities for 20 years. Kay is committed to the success of PwA students and developing connections in the community.

She has served on local nonprofit and educational boards and is an active member of the Washington Women’s Foundation.

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.

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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.


Joseph Curran

Currently a Project Manager and Engineer with Turner Construction, Joseph is experienced with estimate and budget development, field coordination, scheduling and resource development, carpentry, and cost management. He has a history of delivering unique projects, such as a residential remodel at the Four Seasons Seattle, renovation of a 19th century Mexican hacienda, and renovation of a 6,000 square foot Hawaiian pole house. He received his Bachelors of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He brings his range of expertise, attention to detail, and broader understanding of project management to the Board of Path with Art as it works towards creating a permanent home in Seattle.


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.


Stephanie Mehl

Stephanie Mehl works as a clinical liaison and outreach educator for Providence Hospice of Seattle, where she has been for almost 10 years. She has experience working with patients and families and has shown her commitment to changing the way end-of-life care is viewed and approached through her outreach efforts. She is a strategic thinker devoted to helping others through her actions. She received her Bachelors in Science degree in Nursing from the University of Vermont, and a Masters in Psychiatric Nursing from Hunter College.

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.


Kathy Roseth

Kathy Roseth currently works as a self-employed artist in the Seattle area, specializing in in the realist and impressionist traditions of Western art. Coming from a background of working for Plymouth Housing Group and as a part of the Seattle Housing Authority, Kathy understand the population that we strive to serve. Kathy received her Bachelors of Arts in English from Reed College, going on to receive her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Washington, as well as receiving a degree in drawing and painting from the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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.