1911 SW Campus Drive, #393
Federal Way, WA 98023
Beverly Harding Buehler (she/her/Euro American) – Executive Director – is a visual artist (mixed media collage, children’s book illustration, stained glass and installation work), arts educator and curriculum specialist. She began her teaching career in East Africa in 1981 and has focused on multicultural, anti-racist teaching in and through the arts from then on. Ms. Harding Buehler began work with Arts Impact in 2002 as an artist mentor. She has served as the Director of Arts Impact since 2013.
Meg Hannan has worked for Arts Impact since 2005 and has held several positions. As of July 2020, Meg is Executive Assistant and manages payroll, contracts, fee for service quotes, and accounting for all programming. Prior to this position, Meg was Program Manager for our Core and Voices from the Field teacher professional learning programs. As a volunteer (2008-2019), she coordinated the Regional High School Art Show at Puget Sound Educational Service District, Renton, WA. This annual art event showcases over 150 pieces of high school art work from the Puget Sound region. Meg holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Education from the University of Washington as well as a K-8 teaching certificate. In her spare time, Meg enjoys backpacking. She completed the 93-mile hike around Mount Rainier (Wonderland Trail) and the 500-mile Camino Frances pilgrimage in Spain. She is half-way through the Washington sections of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Program Director—Creative Impact
Grace A. Washington has been a professional artist for 25 years and has taught art to infants, children, and adults. She worked with at-risk youth in building confidence and self-esteem through art; taught life drawing at a Seattle’s Cancer Lifeline and collaborated with 397 Northeast Tacoma Elementary students on a special diversity art project she wrote and taught titled “Together We Rise”. Tacoma Art Museum featured the project before it was permanently installed in the school’s Michael T. Washington Library. The library was named after Grace’s son, a former student who was killed in Afghanistan in 2008 while serving as a Sgt. in Operation Enduring Freedom for the Marine Corp. Grace has a degree in Child and Family Development, a certificate in computer graphics, and is a graduate of TATLab (Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab). As a teacher, Grace worked with Tacoma Public Schools as a LAP (Learning Assistant Program) Reading Tutor for elementary students and later as an Emergency Substitute Teacher for kindergarten through grade 8. Grace later worked as an Atelierista (studio teaching art teacher), Interim Co-Assistant Director and Interim School Director at a Reggio Emilia inspired preschool in North Seattle. Grace’s art has been exhibited in Washington, California, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. Grace has been with Arts Impact since 2015, first as a Teaching Artist Mentor and currently as the Director of Programs, leading Voices from the Field and Creative Impact.
Director of Development & Communications
M. Louise McKay has more than 20 years of experiene working with nonprofits in fundraising, marketing/communications, and organizational development, including TeamChild, The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, Hedgebrook, ACT Theatre, and Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas. She is a former educator, consultant, and coach with a practical and academic background in the performing arts and nonprofit management. Hobbies include marriage, parenting, and caring for a menagerie of pets.
Program Manager—Voices from the Field
Sabrina Chacon-Barajas (she/her/hers) has a BA from Seattle Pacific University in Studio Art and a M.Ed with an emphasis in Critical Educational Change and leadership from UW Bothell. Sabrina is an educator and artist creating illustrative profiles of people and diving into the issues and experiences of existing in multicultural spaces and the complexity of identifying with Latinidad. Her own work is exploratory and incorporates multi-media. Sabrina is an educator in formal and informal spaces such as public schools or community events. She works towards liberatory teaching practices to create spaces of critical thought, joy, and celebration of the self and our communities. Sabrina speaks Spanish and empowers her students to speak and write in their language by being transparent in her experience as a second generation person who is more comfortable with Spanglish!
Program Coordinator—Voices from the Field
Claudia was born in Seattle but spent her early years in Granger, Washington where Claudia embraces beautiful memories of farms and fields, and Strong ties to her Hispanic heritage. However once making the big City move at 5 to Seattle Claudia fell in love with the PNW! She is a hippy at heart! She is a Mother of 2 super Amazing kids! She grew up on Beacon Hill, a diverse neighborhood and attended Rainier Beach High school. On her free time, she enjoys traveling, happy hour’s, art shows, last minute adventures, road trips and dinner with friends and family. her most favorite is PNW Sunrises and Sunsets.
Her love of art started early on as a child and blossomed as an adult. After becoming a mother, she quickly realized teaching art and creating is what gave her peace. She started her very own mobile Art workshops to make art more accessible to children and adults everywhere especially in underserved communities.
Her goal is to artistically impact as many youth as possible, with a deep attention to BIPOC youth.