Board of Directors

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Roberta Benson


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.

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Troy Brunner

Chair of Finance Committee

Troy grew up in the Seattle area with a passion for the outdoors and the natural beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Troy graduated form WWU in 2012 and moved to the downtown Seattle area shortly after. He currently works for Laird Norton Wealth Management as a Client Associate.

His first exposure to Path with Art was during one of the student showcases. After seeing the impact and hearing testimonials directly from the students, he was hooked! Troy is grateful for the opportunity to serve his local community and provide a meaningful solution for those struggling with homelessness, addiction, and trauma recovery. 


Sharon Coleman

Co-Chair of Governance

With more than 30 years of commercial real estate experience, Sharon Coleman manages the development of commercial and biotechnology projects for Vulcan Real Estate's South Lake Union portfolio. Sharon, who was one of its first employees, has played a critical role in the transformation of Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood into a vibrant economic engine and innovation hub that has become one of the most sought after locations in the region for office and life sciences tenants.

To date, Sharon has overseen the development of 5.4M SF in 19 office and biotech projects at Vulcan. These include Amazon's 15-building corporate headquarters, the 900,000 SF University of Washington School of Medicine campus and 600,000 SF for Google (under construction). Sharon is known for taking a holistic approach to development, often encouraging designs that include public spaces, plazas, and artwork. She has also played a key role in the formation and adoption of citywide sustainability initiatives in Seattle as an early leader in the design and construction of sustainable buildings, and has continued to set new standards in sustainability. 

Prior to joining Vulcan 16 years ago, Sharon's previous positions included serving as a project manager for Wright Runstad and the University of Washington.  She received a Bachelor of Science, Architecture degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL. She has served on the board of Historic Seattle Council (2006- 2015) and NAIOP (2009-2016), a real estate industry organization.


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 Path with Art Board of Directors. 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. 

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.


Stephanie Mehl

Stephanie has over 30 years in the social services, health care,  and  clinical research. Whole person care has been her mantra throughout her career  - with a special interest in behavioral and emotional change. Currently she specializes in end of life / palliative care working with families throughout King County for Providence Community Services.  Her work experience combined with her strong passion for the arts positions her to be a critical thinker in moving programs and efforts forward for the organization. She received her Bachelors of Nursing from the university of Vermont and her Masters in Psychiatric Nursing from Hunter College in  New York City.  She loves to travel, explore and remains curious.

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Kathy Roseth

Kathy Roseth has over 25 years of experience developing and managing low income housing in the Seattle area, most recently as Chief Operations Officer at Plymouth Housing Group (2005-2013).  Her professional career included managing the Section 8 rent subsidy program for the Seattle Housing Authority (2000-2005), and serving as the first executive director for the Lutheran Alliance to Create Housing (LATCH) from 1991-2000.   She has served in leadership positions on the board of the Housing Development Consortium and the Washington Low Income Housing Congress (now Washington Low Income Housing Alliance).  At the end of 2013 Roseth retired from full-time employment and began a career as a visual artist.  She is a member of the Kang O’Higgins atelier at Gage Academy of Art, where she creates oil paintings in the realist and impressionist traditions of Western representational art ( Roseth holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in English literature from the University of Washington, and a bachelors degree from Reed College.

Jill Rullkoetter

Co-Chair of Governance

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.

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.