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A vibrant, healthy community cannot be taken for granted. The most direct means to that end is to ensure we have a vibrant education system that nurtures our most precious capital, our human capital. Having strong nonprofits like Humanities Washington make this vision possible.

Phyllis J. Campbell
Chairman, Pacific Northwest, JP Morgan Chase
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Staff

Staff at Humanities Washington
Julie Ziegler

Julie Ziegler

Executive Director

Julie joined Humanities Washington as executive director in 2008 after serving multiple terms on the board of trustees. She first became involved with Humanities Washington in 1998 and, during her tenure on the board, held leadership posts on the Grants, Development, Finance, and Executive Committees. Julie’s previous career was in corporate philanthropy, where she gained skills in program and partnership development, not-for-profit management and marketing at Safeco Insurance, Bank of America Foundation and U.S. Bank. She is a member of the Fales Foundation advisory board, the steering committee for the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts, and is a proud member of Seattle Rotary #4.

Contact Julie at (206) 682-1770 x110 or by email.

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Eric Sanders, CPA

Eric Sanders, CPA

Associate Director

In Eric's current role as associate director, he oversees internal operations including performance measurement and program evaluations, finances, governmental compliance, HR, IT and strategic ad-hoc projects. Eric began his career at Ernst & Young after earning an accounting degree from San Diego State University. He served as a financial analyst for a publicly-traded pharmaceutical company in the Bay Area, worked as an auditor with KPMG Berlin and taught business English in Germany before moving to the Pacific Northwest, where he managed the finances and operations of a small Seattle-based company prior to joining Humanities Washington in 2006.

Contact Eric at (206) 682-1770 x106 or by email.

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KayLee Jaech

KayLee Jaech

Development Director

KayLee has been in the nonprofit field for more than 15 years, beginning at a small family foundation. Most recently she served as Director of External Affairs at Seattle Arts & Lectures and Development Director at ArtsWest. A graduate of Western Washington University, KayLee also consults with nonprofit boards, helping with retreats and strategic planning. In her current role as development director, KayLee oversees Humanities Washington’s fund development activities, including grant and foundation relationships, individual donor relationships and producing the Bedtime Stories events in both Seattle and Spokane.

Contact KayLee at (206) 682-1770 x103 or by email.

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Ellen Terry

Ellen Terry

Program Director

Ellen joins us from the Washington State History Museum, where she served as curator of public programs. Ellen holds a master's degree in nonprofit management from Seattle University, a master's in museology from the University of Washington, and a bachelor's degree in Art History from Mount Holyoke College. She interned at the Seattle Art Museum and the Children's Museum of Manhattan. Ellen serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Museum Association.

Contact Ellen at (206) 682-1770 x101 or by email.

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Zaki Abdelhamid

Zaki Abdelhamid

Program Manager

Zaki has been involved in community programming and organizing for most of his professional career. Most recently, he served as the Director of Education and Community Programs at Intiman Theatre. An Arab immigrant from Jordan, he received his bachelor's in theater from the University at Albany, and a Master of Fine Arts in acting from the University of Delaware. A Seattle resident since 2003, he is very proud to serve his community through Humanities Washington. Zaki is in charge of Speakers Bureau, Think & Drink, and special initiatives.

Contact Zaki at (206) 682-1770 x102 or by email.

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Paige Spicer

Paige Spicer

Database Administrator

Paige entered the nonprofit sector three years ago, starting at the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra, where she discovered her passion for database administration. Since then, she has devoted her time to learning the ins and outs of Salesforce to help organizations further their missions by telling stories with data. Paige is an active member of the Salesforce community and a member of the Seattle Nonprofit User Group. In her current role as database administrator, Paige is responsible for maintaining the performance and integrity of Humanities Washington’s database.

Contact Paige at (206) 682-1770 x105 or by email.

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Courtney Czarnecki

Courtney Czarnecki

Program Coordinator

Courtney Czarnecki recently graduated from The Evergreen State College with a bachelor’s of liberal arts with a concentration in art history.  She has also earned a certificate in museum studies from University of Washington.   In addition to her work with Humanities Washington as program coordinator, she also works at Chihuly Garden and Glass in their exhibitions department.  Courtney has interned with the Nordic Heritage Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and Form/Space Atelier.  As program coordinator, Courtney assists with Grants, Prime Time and Traveling Exhibits.

Contact Courtney at (206) 682-1770 x109 or by email.

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George Abeyta

George Abeyta

Development and Executive Coordinator

George recently graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in English. Currently, he is earning a certificate in editing from the University of Washington. George came to Humanities Washington after an internship in Village Theatre’s Development Department.  As development and executive coordinator, George assists in all development activities, supporting the director of development, the executive director and the board of trustees.

Contact George at (206) 682-1770 x104 or by email.

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Karen Brandvick Baker

Karen Brandvick Baker

Interim Communications Officer

Karen joined Humanities Washington in 2014 following a three-year board term with Book-It Repertory Theatre where she chaired events and fundraising for the board. She first became involved with Humanities Washington as a supporter in 2012. Karen has led marketing, communications, media and branding strategies in corporate financial services and healthcare settings. Prior to that she held positions in business consulting, not-for-profit management, local goverment and the arts. She is a proud supporter of literacy causes in the local community, and a humanities graduate of Seattle University.  She holds an MBA from Seattle Pacific University.

Contact Karen at (206) 682-1770 x108 or by email.

 

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