President – Currently open
Vice President, Interim President – Grace Stiller
Grace is currently Interim President of Burien Arts, filling the position in 2016 when the exiting President Lance Haslund moved from the area. She has worked extensively in non-profit management since the 1980s and serves on several local non-profit boards and two county boards. She holds degrees in Education and Art and has taught in a third world country. Now retired, Grace volunteers her time for both arts and environmental organizations.
Secretary – Alyson Lapan
Alyson is a foster parent and a fine artist, with degrees in studio art, creative writing and entrepreneurship. She worked as a stained-glass artisan for 15 years, and as an online researcher for six years. She holds the office of Secretary on the Burien Arts Association board and writes the monthly meeting minutes. She also volunteers for other BAA undertakings such as face painting at Burien community events. See https://alysssum.wixsite.com/alysonlapan
Treasurer – Bruce Glidden
Bruce is the owner of H&R Block,Burien. He has been an enrolled agent with the IRS for the last five years and has been active in the tax business for the last ten years.He serves as the treasurer for Burien Arts Association.
Trustee – Tyler Potts
Tyler is an artist, musician, designer, and teacher. He has fine art and architecture degrees with a professional focus on teaching, installation/performance art, and the design and planning of our local event landscape. His role as a board member is centered around grant writing, development, and youth arts education. He also serves as the host of the Salmon Creek Café Open Mic. See www.tylerpotts.com
Trustee – Claire Yurdin
Claire has 18 years of experience in web development and marketing in addition to five years as a newspaper reporter. She currently works as a Marketing Associate for a small mergers and acquisition firm in Bellevue. Claire holds a BA in English from the New School, New York City. For Burien Arts, she has worked at the
previous art gallery in Olde Burien, assisted with art exhibit openings at City Hall and the Burien
Community Center, chaired 2018 Shakespeare in the Park, and maintains the website, She and her husband have written a novel (unpublished).
Trustee – Bele Rodriguez
Bele is a Oaxacan-born, Seattle-based artist and curator who has worked closely with artists both in Mexico and Seattle for 15 years. In her latest international project, Indigenous Meridian, she will be presenting traditional indigenous sculptures juxtaposed against a background of modern Mexican art creating an example of Mexican culture that spans the distance from Southern Mexico to the Pacific. Now living in Burien and a board member of the Burien Arts Association, she is dedicated to helping her community thrive in a rich diverse environment for the arts.
Trustee, President Emeritus – Lance Haslund.
A musician, Lance was a BA trustee since 2009, then later President until his retirement in 2017. He and his wife Laurie, also a musician, produced a major jazz event for Burien Arts for 12 years (first the Highline Classic Jazz Festival 2006-2014), then the Burien Jazz Walk (2015-2017).
Dave Poole, Curator, Burien Arts Pop-up Art Exhibit Program Curating Committee Chair
Shannan Folino, Curator, Artists United President
Ken DeRoux, Former BAA Gallery Curator, Adviser as needed
Garreth Schuh, Former BAA Gallery Curator, Adviser as needed
Susan Woltz, Former gallery owner, Adviser as needed
Sybil Davis, Former BAA President
John Unbehend, Former BAA President
Lance Haslund, Former BAA President