Board of Directors
The Grand Cinema current board of Directors roster
Kari Plog, President, Washington State Attorney General's office
KAARIN AUSTIN, VICE-PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR OF MAJOR AND PLANNED GIVING AT KNKX PUBLIC RADIO
CHASE WILLETT, Treasurer, GLOBAL HEALTH CONSULTANT
Joanne Lisosky, Secretary, Retired Pacific Lutheran University
Joanne taught journalism and communication at Pacific Lutheran University for nearly a quarter of a century. She advised student media and was a co-founder of PLU’s MediaLab. During her sabbaticals, she served three Fulbright awards teaching in journalism in Uganda, Azerbaijan and Trinidad. She also taught several PLU courses abroad in Australia, Uganda and Geneva. She co-wrote “War on Words: Who Should Protect Journalists?” and contributed several other articles focused on media literacy. She was executive producer for several award-winning student productions and even wrote/produced several documentaries herself, including “Pieces of the Frame: What Made Springfield Grow,” and “Namibia Nine.” She was awarded a Northwest Emmy in 2020 for producing, “Peace Queen” starring Melannie Denise Cunningham. She calls Tacoma’s Stadium District home and appreciates a brisk walk to the Grand. She is an active member of the League of Women Voters and regularly audits classes at UWT in Spanish and Art.
JAMIKA SCOTT, TACOMA ACTION COLLECTIVE
A nurse by education and experience, Linda’s been a resident of University Place for 32 years; has been involved with many non-profits here and nationally, in a variety of roles, from the Red Cross to the Washington Center for Nursing (the nursing workforce center for the state). Most of her career was spent in healthcare leadership in San Diego, Columbus Ohio and here in Washington. A movie fan all of her life and Grand member for many years, preferring small neighborhood theaters. She wants the Grand to thrive! She’s a hopelessly smitten grandmother to a 2-year-old who lives with her parents in Marysville; Mom graduated from Curtis and Dad from Kent. She’s traveled a lot in her life, solo and with her husband. She’s an avid mystery reader. Recently widowed, she’s grateful for a cadre of long term friends across the US and locally. Her favorite movie? “Compulsion” about the Leopold-Loeb murders.
ANDREW LEWIS-LECHNER, GRANTS OFFICER, MULTICARE HEALTH
I moved to Tacoma in 1999, and my partner and I lived in an apartment in the Wedge Historic District just a few blocks from The Grand. With only one income, movies at the Grand were one of the few forms of entertainment we could afford while she was in school, and I have many good memories of films we have seen there. I have spent most of my career in nonprofit philanthropy as a grant writer and Development Director for organizations in Tacoma, and I am currently the Senior Grants Officer for MultiCare Foundations. I’m a ceramic artist, a gardener, and I love cooking. I also spend an inordinate amount of time playing pinball and repairing/restoring the two pinball machines I own. I am excited about the community engagement opportunities that the Grand is exploring, and the growing diversity of films and festivals and educational opportunities that The Grand brings to the community. There are so many exciting opportunities for The Grand to grow and I am grateful to be part of helping the theater continue to thrive in Tacoma.
ELLEN PETERS, University of puget sound
Ellen is a long time arts lover and supporter, with particular affinity for theatre and film. Moving to Tacoma a decade ago, membership at the Grand was one of her first orders of business. Ellen is active in local theatre, having served on stage and off with Tacoma Little Theatre, empathos, Dukesbay, Found Space and Toy Boat. She has also worked as a film actor, though that was many years ago! She believes in the power of film to challenge, entertain, and find humanity – especially in a movie theatre where audiences have shared experiences. When she isn’t baking, knitting, reading, or (of course) watching movies, Ellen is the Associate Provost, Institutional Research, Planning and Student Success at the University of Puget Sound.
Ryan Ann Davis, Smarthouse Creative
Whitney Henry-Lester, Audio Producer/Editor/Sound & Production Designer
Sarah Jane Hoppe, The Human Society for Tacoma & Pierce County
Ellen Ito, Tacoma Art Museum
Ellen Ito is a culture worker and artist from Seattle, WA currently living and working in Tacoma, where she manages a museum collection and programs the art space SLIP. Interested in the intersection of foodways, culture and identity. In a committed relationship with ceramics and paint, with a wandering eye for glass.
NICK FEDERICI, CONTRACT LOBBYIST
Experienced, dedicated, strategic, and passionate professional advocate with a lengthy, demonstrated history of working in the government relations industry, particularly on behalf of non-profit organizations. Skilled in Coalitions, Networking, Policy Analysis, State Government, and Government Relations. Strong consulting professional deeply knowledgeable on public policy issues of affordable housing, homelessness, behavioral health, human services, health care, long-term care, revenue, budgets, local government, and environmental protection.
Masahiro Sugano and Anida Yoeu ali, filmmaker and performance artist
Filmmaker Masahiro Sugano and performance artist Anida Yoeu Ali run Studio Revolt, an artist-run independent media lab that produces films, videos, installations and performance projects around the world. While still residing in Chicago in 2010, they established their media lab after winning their first major award for their collaboration on 1700% Project: Mistaken for Muslim, a short film and community response to Islamophobia. Based in Cambodia from 2011-2015 they became a prominent presence in the contemporary arts scene showcasing their works in screenings, exhibitions, and public art projects all over Asia. In 2016, they relocated to Tacoma after falling in love with the city’s promising art scene, waterfront location and diverse working-class neighborhoods. They both make the long commute to Bothell, where each serve as Senior Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington teaching art and influencing a new generation of creative thinkers and agitators.
Jess Lanzillo, Wizards of the coast
Jess Lanzillo began her creative journey with the still-unpublished tabletop game entitled “Summer Camp”, based on her pre-teen love of slasher films. She has since built her career and life around fandom, craft, a DIY ethos, and a dedication to accessible storytelling that everyone can see themselves in. Jess is currently the Chief of Staff for Wizards of the Coast, having previously served as the Vice President / Creative Director for the game Magic: The Gathering. She is excited for the opportunity to join a group passionate about growing the thriving community that the Grand Cinema serves here in Tacoma.
Returning to Tacoma after 15 years in the film & entertainment industry, Derek began working as a story consultant for various TV and film projects, script-doctoring and ghostwriting, whilst simultaneously grinding on film sets as a boom operator and working many of the most prestigious film festivals around the world. He later assimilated to the corporate side of entertainment, traveling the world as an assistant for ViacomCBS. With each opportunity, his proficiency for story and unique perspective has centered him in rooms with executives and personnel from Warner Brothers, MTV, Paramount Pictures, Vh1, Nickelodeon, Sony Pictures, BET, Comedy Central and 20th Century Fox.