Program Advisory Board
Bill Kirlin Hackett
The Rev. Bill Kirlin-Hackett has directed the Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness since 2004, and started with the organization in 2001 as a volunteer. The ITFH works in King and Snohomish Counties to “create the political will to end homelessness.” In 2009 he received the “Excellence in Advocacy Award” from the Seattle Human Services Coalition (SHSC), and in 2013 the SHSC awarded the ITFH with the “Innovative Program Award” for its Seattle Scofflaw Mitigation Project. The ITFH remains core to Safe Parking development across King County. The ITFH companions local homelessness groups, accompanies and serves on offical civic homelessness plans in King and Snohomish counties, and works on behalf of those unsheltered. Bill has a BS Finance, a Master of Divinity, is rostered clergy in the United Church of Christ, a Covenant minister at University Congregational, Seattle, and is a Veteran. He has been married since 1977 to his spouse, Susan, and they have 1 son, who in turn is married, with 2 boys (grandchildren!).
As Executive Director of the Northwest Film Forum, Courtney Sheehan guides the NWFF's vision and strategy by overseeing artistic programs and services, operations, finances, and fundraising activities. Courtney has curated film programs and produced events for theaters and festivals on three continents. On a year-long Watson Fellowship, Courtney investigated the organizational structures, community roles, and programming strategies of twenty film festivals and media centers in India, Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia. As a journalist, Courtney has covered film events ranging from the world’s largest documentary festival (IDFA in Amsterdam) to South America’s largest animation festival (Anima Mundi in Rio de Janeiro) and her publications include Bitch Magazine, Senses of Cinema, The Independent, and NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies. She co-founded Cine Migratorio, a migration-themed film festival in Santander, Spain. Courtney first worked at Northwest Film Forum in 2009 as a programming and Children's Film Festival Seattle intern. She holds a degree in Visual Culture from Grinnell College.
Lynn A Debeal
Liz Schein Krengel came to Path with Art after helping our founder, Deborah Blake, teach art classes at Mary's Place, where the idea for Path with Art was born. Liz has worked for seven years as a Creative mentor in visual art classes while pursuing her own career as a painter. She brings the humility of an artist to the classroom and through that connects with our students as they journey through the highs and lows of creating art. Liz joined the Path with Art board four years ago and brings an up to the minute classroom perspective to our board meetings, along with skills in marketing and communications from previous work. She has lived in Seattle for 30 years after escaping the hot sun experienced during her studies at Stanford University.
Nikki Visel is a Seattle actor most recently seen performing the role of Westmoreland for Wooden O’s summer production of Henry IV, pt I. In February 2016, she performed at the Taproot Theatre in Silent Sky where she portrayed the real life scientist Annie Jump Cannon. Nikki also serves as a teaching artist for Seattle Shakespeare Company and Taproot Theatre Company, thriving on the collaborative process that theatre demands. She believes art is required to thrive and has a deep and vital affection for the Path with Art community.
As a woman over sixty, I live with our culture’s campaign for my disappearance. As an artist, I defy it. I look in the mirror and I paint images of myself, large canvases that put my aging face on display. I do believe art saves lives and ignites possibility. Although I have made art all my life, I received my MFA from Johnson State College, through the Vermont Studio Center in 2007. I have shown work nationally, including Seattle Art Museum Gallery, and The Painting Center, New York City. I love teaching at Path with Art because I am dedicated to staying authentic in my art practice. This work helps me do that and I am grateful.
Scott Driscoll, an award-winning instructor (the University of Washington, Educational Outreach award for Excellence in Teaching in the Arts and Humanities 2006), has an MFA from the University of Washington and has taught creative writing for the University of Washington Continuing and Professional Education for twenty-one years and makes his living as a writer and teacher. His debut novel, Better You Go Home—Coffeetown Press, Oct. 2013, a story that grew out of the exploration of the Czech side of his family in the 1990s after Eastern Europe became liberated, won Foreword Reviews First Book Contest, March 2014. Driscoll freelances stories to a variety of magazines, both commercial and literary. Driscoll has won nine Society of Professional Journalists awards, including most recently in 2014, first place in Arts and Entertainment reporting for the western U.S. region and in 2009 for social issues reporting, and best education reporting 2004. He was cited in the Best American Essays, 1998, for his creative nonfiction essay, “The Intruder,” in the Seattle Review, and won the University of Washington’s Milliman Award for Fiction, (1989). His short stories and narrative essays and profiles have been published extensively in literary journals and anthologies, including a profile in Poets and Writers Magazine, “Eleanor Dickinson’s Portraits of the Soul” in Image Magazine, “An American Adolescent in Paris” in Far From Home (published by Seal Press), “Black Rhinoceros” in Ex-Files: New Stories About Old Flames (published by Context Books) the Seattle Review, Crosscurrents, Cimarron Review, The South Dakota Review, Gulfstream, Oxford Magazine, American Fiction ’88 and others. Driscoll freelances feature stories to magazines including Alaska and Horizon Airlines Magazines (for a recent example see Web site pdf for “College Bound” in Alaska Air Magazine), and including an October 2010 profile for Ferrari Magazine 11. To read a few samples of fiction, creative nonfiction, or feature journalism, please visit: www.scott-driscoll.com.