Edmonds Public Facilities District and Edmonds Center for the Arts welcomes new board leadership and members

Aug 29, 2013

Twelve years ago, the Edmonds City Council appointed five people to the board of the newly formed Edmonds Public Facilities District (EPFD).

The purpose was to construct and operate a “regional center,” such as a convention, conference or special events center, within the boundaries of the City of Edmonds, to serve the Puget Sound region and to attract tourism and generate economic activity for the local community.

Two of the five original members of the EPFD Board, John McGibbon and Terry Vehrs, have recently reached the end of their third and final term of service and retired from the EPFD Board effective June 30.

Larry Ehl and Susan Loreen have been elected to the EPFD Board of Directors. In addition, Bob Rinehart was elected President, and Marla Miller was elected Vice President.

Larry Ehl is Publisher and Principal for Transportation Issues Daily, a weekly e-newsletter and daily blog that offers short stories and analysis about policy and funding issues about all modes, in kitchen-table language.

He is a senior executive with 25+ years of public and private sector experience in creating and executing strategic advocacy and communications plans to achieve organization goals.

Recognized as a personable leader who builds positive relationships with policy makers, industry and community leaders, and who uses a levelheaded, proactive, creative and nonpartisan approach in addressing policy and communications issues.

Ehl holds a Master of Arts, Adult Education and Training from Seattle University and a Bachelor of Arts, History from the University of Washington.

He served on the Cascade Land Conservacy Board, Snohomish County Board from 1998-2004 and on the Board of Directors for the Edmonds School District from 1997 – 2002.

Susan Loreen has been the Vice President of Workforce Development and Training at Edmonds Community College since July of 2011. Loreen has been in administration at the college since 1988.

She has served as the Dean of the Business Division since 2000, leading the college’s accounting, business, construction, culinary arts, horticulture, hospitality and tourism, and business information technology, and energy management programs.

As Dean of the Business Division, Loreen has managed workforce data including employment and emerging job development, managed grants and contracts, led instructional initiatives, and managed a division of about 100 full- and part-time employees.

Before taking her role as Business Dean, Loreen was the college’s Director of Distance Learning and Assistant Director of Continuing Education and a part-time instructor.

She earned her Bachelor's Degree and Teaching Certificate from the University of Oregon and her Master's of Education Degree from the University of Washington.

Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA), the not-for-profit organization affiliated with Edmonds Public Facilities District, also announced the election of two new members to its Board of Directors, Ken Grant and Maggie Peterson.

David Brewster was elected President of the ECA Board, succeeding Steve Shelton, Past President, and Susan Dunn was elected Secretary.

Ken Grant is the Founder of MotivatedBranding: A Place for Great Brand Inspiration.

Grant was born in Perth, Western Australia, to parents who taught him that anything is possible, just as long as you put your heart and mind toward it.

Before his career in brand and communications, he was a concert pianist, classical violist and a composer, which included time with the Melbourne Philharmonic at age 19.

MotivatedBranding is all about The Art of Differentiation and truly ‘Showing-Up’.

“I get a charge out of speaking, writing and teaching about corporate, employee and individual positioning and brand experiences,” Grant said.

Maggie Peterson moved to Washington State from Pasadena, Calif., in 1991. After a satisfying career in Sales and Marketing with The Sheraton Corporation, she decided it was time to follow her dream of becoming a teacher and took her first college class at Edmonds Community College at the age of 31.

She transferred to Seattle Pacific University, graduating in 1996 with a degree in Social Science Education. She enjoyed teaching at the Edmonds Homeschool Resource Center (formerly Cyberschool, currently Edmonds Heights) for 15 years.

When her husband Rocky, who owns Brien Ford in Everett, decided to “semi-retire” two years ago, Maggie decided to join him.

Maggie serves as a Marketing Consultant for My Neighborhood News Network. She and Rocky joined the Capital Campaign that made the Edmonds Center for the Arts a reality.

Giving back is important to Grant, so his community involvement includes the American Heart Association, Edmonds Centre for the Arts, ArtsFund, Seattle Rotary #4, Pura Vida Coffee, Downtown Seattle Association, City Club, Junior Achievement, Edmonds BID and Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

“We are honored to welcome our new EFPD and ECA board members. Each one provides diverse perspectives and experiences and we are so pleased these exceptional leaders will offer their guidance and leadership and enhance our efforts,” said Joe McIalwain.

Edmonds Public Facilities District is the municipal corporation that owns and operates Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA), a premier regional performing arts venue and a historically significant facility in the heart of downtown Edmonds, WA.

The EPFD Board works in partnership with a separate not-for-profit Board of 20 members (ECA Board) to ensure the financial health and operating success of the Center.

Serving nearly 50,000 people each year, Edmonds Center for the Arts brings 25 exciting presentations to the stage annually; serves as a home for partner organizations such as Cascade Symphony Orchestra, Sno-King Community Chorale and Olympic Ballet Theatre; boasts a classic gymnasium that is active year-round with sports activities and special events; and also contains classroom spaces available for meetings and events.

The Center has an estimated annual economic impact of $3 million, and provides vital arts and cultural activities that build community and enhance the quality of life locally and regionally.

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