Board of Directors
Micaela Pearson is the Underwriting and Development Coordinator for Classical KING FM 98.1. She coordinates fundraising campaigns for KING FM’s operating budget through individual giving and business sponsorships. Micaela graduated from Seattle University with a BA in Fine Arts, Music with Honors. She is a vocalist and conductor, and in addition to performing, Micaela supports artists behind the scenes in roles like stage manager and page turner.
Cellist Keith Thomas is a committed advocate for access and inclusion in classical music. With over a decade of experience in community engagement, as a member of the Da Camera Young Artists Program, principal cellist of the Longmont Symphony in Colorado, and most recently through the Teaching Artist program at the Seattle Symphony, he is especially focused on working with underserved populations and students of color. Keith also collaborates with nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies to help them develop and distribute compelling messaging. He joined the Key to Change board in 2018 because he believes excellent music instruction and mentorship can transform lives and communities in South King County.
Iann is an auditor at CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP, a national financial services firm. She work in the public sector, specifically auditing employee benefit plans and non-profit organizations. Iann graduated Magna Cum Laude from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting as well as minors in music and interdisciplinary studies. She played the violin in the Central Washington Symphony as well as the Tacoma Youth Symphony, and still plays the piano as a way to relax. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, playing soccer, and cooking.
Viesta is an Office Manager for King County and previously held positions at the Port of Seattle and Mount Zion Baptist Church. A graduate of South Seattle College, she is an avid gardener, enjoys music, collects coins, and unusual rocks. She has two sons and Bella, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi/German Shepard.
Sean is the Program Manager for Global Social Impact at Starbucks, and has served as an executive in retail, supply chain, logistics and leadership roles for over 25 years. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Stanford University, Sean accepted a commission in the US Navy. As a Supply Corps Officer, he served 10 years in operations and policy primarily internationally. Serving and helping to provide opportunities in underserved communities has been an underlying passion. Sean has worked extensively with the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (as well as Boston) to provide mentorship, employment and second chance hiring opportunities. A Renton resident, father of three boys and proud Pacific Northwest native, Sean is currently on the Renton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is the President of the Stanford Military Service Network National/International Chapter.
Matt is the Director of Infrastructure Operations and Security at Seattle University, where he provides technology leadership, information security oversight, and user-friendly communications to improve the tech experience for students, faculty, and staff. He enjoys “teaching the teachers”, finding elegant solutions, and loves lengthy Q&A sessions. Matt has spent the last 16 years supporting technology in higher education, and also volunteers on the Technology Committee for Legal Voice. Matt graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and BA in Humanities, and currently lives in Seattle with his wife, two kids, and three guitars.
Alan is a trial attorney with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. His practice focuses on insurance defense litigation throughout Western Washington. Alan is a graduate of Gonzaga University and Creighton University School of Law. He is licensed to practice in Washington State.
Donor & Events Manager
Renee has been involved in the nonprofit world for over 20 years. She earned a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University and a Bachelors in Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Painting from Wright State University. Prior to her work at Key to Change she has served as the Development Director of the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center (HSDC) and the Director of Individual Giving at Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). In her six years at SIFF she tripled membership, managing over 6,400 members and overseeing nearly 60 special events year round. Through her event leadership, she grew SIFF’s annual fundraiser 42% in five years. When Renee is not working she enjoys spending time with her family out in nature, gardening, and creating art.
Maggie a music journalist at Classical KING FM and Second Inversion, KING FM’s project dedicated to new and experimental music. She manages all of Second Inversion’s programming and platforms, including curating the 24/7 online stream and website features, producing written and multimedia content, and serving as an on-air host. A passionate advocate for women composers, Maggie founded the Women in (New) Music series on Second Inversion to highlight women’s’ contributions to the classical canon. Maggie graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Seattle University. She also studied experimental music composition in Paris at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique. In her spare time, she plays piano and presents pre-concert lectures at classical music events around Seattle.
Creative Content Intern
Kiran is a student at the University of Washington currently studying Cinema and Media Studies. She’s the Creative Content Intern for Key to Change and is very excited to be working with a nonprofit organization that is doing amazing work for its community. Aside from Key to Change, she works on the marketing team as a graphic designer for Tech++, which is an organization that started at the University of Washington but impacts and involves the Greater Seattle Area. She is looking to gain experiences in any media-related careers to get a better understanding of what she wants her future to look like. In her spare time, Kiran enjoys hanging out with her friends and family and being adventurous by exploring new places and activities around Seattle.
- Bernard Ablola, Founder, Think Strategy
- Alexander Diaz, Territory Manager, Uber
- Chris Tugwell, CEO, Be Well Consulting
- Stephanie Ellis-Smith, Philanthropist and Community Leader
- Vivian Phillips, Arts Consultant
- Marcie Maxwell, Community Leader
- Peter Drury, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, Seattle Children’s Hospital