VCA Board

BT_duanebedardDuane Bedard

Duane Bedard has made Vashon Island his home for nearly 20 years with his wife and two elementary school-age children. He is founder and CEO of eSage Group, a technology consulting company located in Pioneer Square that helps clients improve sales, marketing and operational efficiency through business intelligence.

Scott Benner, Treasurer

Scott Benner helps clients with legal matters, estate planning and private investments at Kutscher, Rhodes & Benner, Inc. and Kutscher, Hereford, Bertram, Burkart PLLC. Benner is delighted to serve VCA during this time of exciting change.

Mark Bennion

A painter, sculptor and visual artist, Mark Bennion’s work has been exhibited throughout the US and abroad since 1968. Returning to VCA’s board, he looks forward to helping develop a clear vision that fits the community’s goals, along with concrete plans to ensure a bright future for our Island’s arts.

Karin DeSantis, Vice President

A returning board member, Karin DeSantis has been involved with both the arts and arts education for 30 years. She is excited to advance the vision of Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA).

Clifford Eckman

Clifford Eckman is a long-time supporter of VCA and believes its mission and service enhance Vashon’s quality of life. Experience includes committee roles ranging from program chairman to auctions and fundraising, and boards of Vashon Rotary, Vashon Golf Club and Overlake Hospital Foundation. He volunteers with Vashon Opera making sets, and as assistant golf coach at Vashon High School.

John de Groen

John de Groen is a small business owner interested in the arts. He has performed with the Vashon Chorale, Opera and Drama Dock. John and his wife Beth support all the various arts as well as other not for profit organizations. He looks forward to helping VCA and its board in the future.

Kevin Hoffberg

Kevin is a sort-of retired senior executive, citizen farmer, occasional consultant, and house remodeler. He and his wife, Eddy Radar moved to Vashon in 2012. Over the past 35 years, Kevin has been an executive, consultant, and entrepreneur, working in companies and industries from coffee, to technology, to banking and asset management. He and his artist wife Eddy Radar are parents of a professional dancer and a conservatory trained jazz musician and have been involved in the arts for all their lives.

Denise Katz, President

Denise Katz has 30 years’ experience as a senior executive in business and currently works as Managing Broker and Sales Director for Windermere Real Estate on Vashon Island. She is very active in the community and has been a trustee on the VCA board since 2011.

Katy Krogman

Katy Krogman has a background in business development and works with Marsh and McClellan, a global risk management and insurance brokerage firm. Volunteering with VCA has fueled her excitement for joining the board and helping with the organization’s success.

Jenny McMurdo

Jenny McMurdo has called Vashon home for 17 years, and continues her family’s tradition of supporting the arts on Vashon. She has worked with a variety of organizations and nonprofits, including Clackamas Community College, Baker Cabin Historical Society and Oregon Advanced Technology Center.

Laura Neebling

Laura Neebling is a lawyer specializing in land use with a varied background of involvement in the arts. Previously serving on many boards including Pilchuck Glass School, ArtsFund and Seattle Dramatists, she brings experience and enthusiasm to the board of VCA.

Ann Nicklason

VAA and VCA have been a big part of my life since we moved to the island twenty-five years ago. Our girls participated in the ballet program for many years and enjoyed theater and art classes at the Blue Heron. Our family embraced the wide variety of visual arts, performances, programs and social events. As a former trustee, I coordinated the art auction for many years, worked with the garden tour, volunteered at the Heron's Nest  Gallery and helped with other activities which greatly enriched and broadened my life.

Mary O'Leary-Bryant

Mary O’Leary-Bryant has worked with children and run a small business, and has been 
active in the arts for years. She is pleased to expand her involvement with VCA at such an exciting time, to be part of an organization that brings together two of her passions: art and 

Mary Margaret Pearson

Mary Margaret Pearson’s career path took her from managing her family’s farming business to fashion and corporate advertising at 
Nordstrom. She sees the new VCA building as the embodiment of Vashon’s love of the arts and is delighted to join the board at this stage.

Robin Pollard

Coffee roaster, vineyard owner, gardener and farmer, Robin Pollard brings her passion for artisanal craftsmanship to the Board, along with nearly 40 years of experience in management, marketing, and economic development. She has served on a number of Boards ranging from the Pike Place Market Foundation to the Washington Wine Institute, and is excited to lend her skills to the Vashon Center for the Arts.

Russ Ray

Russ Ray is a recent Northwest transplant, moving to the Island from Oklahoma with his family in 2013, currently teaching K-5 Spanish at The Bush School in Seattle. He is passionate about the arts and feels fortunate to join VCA’s board at a period of tremendous energy and momentum.

Susan Rives, Secretary

Co-founder of Scientific Explorer, Rives and her husband grew their company into the most popular children’s science line in the U.S. Their science kits won national awards and are sold in stores across the country and internationally. Currently Rives chairs the nominating committee and is excited about having VCA serve all Islanders.

Tim Roden

Senior Management Consultant at Point B, a national consulting firm headquartered in Seattle, Roden spent over twenty years in education, first as a teacher and then developing some of the country’s most widely used health education programs and products for the Discovery Channel.

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Jon-Eric Schafer is an island artist, craftsman, and general contractor. He has been showing his ceramics and landscape watercolors nationally since high school. He grew up in Hawai’i, after which he lived in  Tucson (University of Arizona), Boston and Seattle. He moved his family to Vashon Island in 2000 to raise his 3 girls in a community rich in artistic heritage. He joined VCA to help ensure that the arts remained integral to this amazing community.

Ron Thomas

Ron Thomas is president emeritus of the University of Puget Sound and has had a home here for the last 12 years with his wife, Mary Thomas. Ron understands the transformative power of arts and literature in the lives of individuals and communities. After 34 years as an award-winning administrator, scholar, teacher and writer at UPS, Harvard, the University of Chicago and Trinity College, he looks forward to supporting VCA.

Shelley Thomas Williams

Shelley Thomas Williams is passionate about the arts on Vashon Island, and is excited to join in VCA’s next step in its commitment to the arts and arts education. She currently sits on the board of the Zions Bancorporation and served on boards at University of Utah, Sun Valley Center for the Arts and United Way of Greater Salt Lake.