Tori Campbell – President & Board Chair
Tori has over 8 years of experience supporting and advancing the mission of Nonprofit organizations. Her love for nonprofit work started when she was a student at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis working toward a degree in performance psychology. Throughout these years she worked for various nonprofits, working within operations and development roles to advance their unique missions. She fell in love with the passion of these organizations and their vision for their communities. After graduating, she started her own business, F.U.S.E. Dance Collaboration, a business founded on the principles of Love, Acceptance, and Integrity, dedicated to creating opportunities and unifying artists throughout the northwest. During this time, she continued her work in nonprofit development and marketing for a large nonprofit in Boise, ID. After receiving an offer to move to Seattle, she sold her company and is now working for a Seattle nonprofit in their advancement and development department. Tori is excited and humbled to have the opportunity to advance and support the mission and vision of Arts with A Purpose, working to progress the important work done by the organization!
Shoshauna Mohlman – Vice President & Board Member
Though raised in California, Shoshauna has lived in the greater Seattle area for more than 21 years with her husband and 6 children. Shoshauna is a graduate of The University of Washington, with a degree in Social Work, however these days, she spends her time performing and directing. She can be seen on stage, regularly performing with StoryBook Theater and singing with The Dickens Carolers, or behind the scenes directing the annual musical at Heatherwood Middle School. Shoshauna is thrilled to be on the board for AWAP. As someone who has spent most of her life performing on stage, in some form or another, she knows, from first-hand experience, the transformative power of the arts and believes strongly in AWAP’s mission.
Ian Terry – Treasurer & Board Member
Ian brings a passion for the arts, an ongoing drive to enhance the community for all and tangible work experience in finance to help further the AWAP mission. Ian has spent the last 12 years leading finance and analytics teams in a large Seattle based technology company. Born and raised in Ohio, Ian holds a Bachelors in Mathematics (West Virginia University) and earned his MBA in 2006 at the University of Virginia (Darden). Along with his 3 daughters and Lab-Dane, he’s experienced life across the United States and 3 years in Switzerland. Outside of work, you’ll likely find Ian with his daughters (most often at their 2nd home at the dance studio), at a yoga studio (practices 4-5 times per week, and currently in teacher’s training) or out exploring the mountains. Ian initially joined AWAP as an early donor and is now excited and honored to be a part of the board.
Karl Watson – Secretary & Board Member
Karl has spent much of his life working in the arts, specifically dance and dance education. Currently, Karl dances professionally with Whim W’him, a Seattle-based contemporary dance company. He also serves as the company’s Rehearsal Coordinator. Karl also teaches dance throughout the Seattle area to students from age 5 to 65. Prior to moving to Seattle three years ago, Karl lived and worked in Chicago for four years. Karl worked at Visceral Dance Chicago. He was a member of the company and served as Associate Director of the Studio Company and faculty for the school. Karl continues to work with a number of dance schools across the country as well as a nation dance competition, VIP Dance. Karl has been a guest teacher at George Mason University and Loyola University Chicago. Karl attended Butler University in Indianapolis, graduating in 2012 with a B.F.A. cum laude in Dance Performance. He is grateful to be part of the Arts with a Purpose board and looks forward to supporting the organization’s growth.
Robert Diaz – Board Member
Born and raised in San Diego, Robert relocated to the Pacific Northwest to pursue the love of his life, Marie. Falling in love with the scenery and crisp air, he started to lay down roots, volunteering with the local schools and Denney Youth Detention Center. In addition, he is active in the local running community. Most recently, he and his family took to hosting a foreign exchange student from Indonesia, to go along with his blended family, 12 year-old ‘inherited’ daughter, and 24 year-old daughter, ironically living in Bali, Indonesia.
Mari Engel – Board Member
Mari Engel received her early training at Makie Naoi Ballet School. During her Ballet studies, Mari was accepted to a prestigious performing arts academy in Tokyo where she studied acting and theater, and majored in dance. After leaving the performing arts academy, she joined Nakura Kayoko Jazz Dance Company, performing as a dancer with several well-known artists on the stage, in concerts, and on television. She went on to meet Kazco Takamoto and was a founding member of the modern dance company Dance Venus. While a member of Dance Venus she performed at several Concurso De Dance, and performed professionally on stage and television.
Continuing her studies in modern dance’s Martha Graham technique, Mari traveled to Germany to study with the Wurzberg Dance Theater, where she also performed. Mari then moved to Pensacola Florida where she became active with Ballet and Modern dance with Kaleidoscope under the famed Dorothy Lister. While with Kaleidoscope and Ballet Pensacola she performed Lester Horton- and Martha Graham-inspired pieces. Mari went on to form SWERVE, a modern dance company that toured throughout the south. Returning to Japan, she was the sole dance contractor for all Naval Forces Japan Morale Welfare and Recreation.
Since moving to Seattle, Washington, Mari has studied ballet under Elaine Bauer. Mari teaches and continues to choreograph for local dance studios and has choreographed and performed with a collaboration of local Seattle dancers in the Converge Dance festival, Northwest Children’s Festival, and in a Seattle Dancers Collaboration “Standing in the Storm.” When in Japan, Mari continues to perform with Dance Venus and has produced shows for visiting dancers from the United States. She has an undying passion for dance and loves bringing that passion to her students.
Alison Herron – Managing Director
Alison has enjoyed a lifetime of intense involvement in the performing arts, driven by a firm belief that doing so greatly enhances quality of life individually as well as within our communities. This passion found roots in her musical upbringing, thanks to exceptionally talented and devoted parents, and has manifested itself in many decades of dance education, vocal performance (solo, ensemble, and choral direction), nonprofit concert promotions, and a wide variety of stage productions… volunteering on both sides of the curtain and at every level. After several years of teaching hip hop, jazz, acting, & musical theatre at four different studios in our area, Ms. Herron became co-owner of Applause Studio in Mill Creek, WA in the spring of 2004. She served for five years as director, ten years as Performance Team Coach, and at one time taught upwards of twenty-two classes a week to students ages 5 to 70. Currently at Applause she is semi-retired from teaching (continuing only with the adult group Encore Dance Ensemble), and is thrilled to see her partners and former students building beautifully on their team’s remarkable success.
Recently, while serving for two terms with AmeriCorps and Workforce Snohomish as a Youth Career Navigator in county high schools, relationships with the amazing and dedicated staff at Denney Juvenile Justice Center helped give birth to the concept and the reality of Arts With A Purpose. She is profoundly grateful for the way this endeavor has attracted even more like-minded people who see the value (and feel the joy) of changing the lives of significantly challenged youth in our community for the better through music and the performing arts. Alison currently enjoys a position as a paraeducator in the school inside detention at Denney, and is happy to be blessed with yet another opportunity to positively impact these marvelous youth that she has grown to love. (Ms. Herron is mother to five grown children and seven grandchildren, all of whom are remarkable and amazing human beings!)
Emmy Fansler – Assistant Director & Instructor
Emmy Fansler dances, teaches, and choreographs from a core belief in the transformative power of dance. A relative latecomer to dance, Emmy began intensive ballet training at the age of fifteen and has since developed a unique style based on interpersonal connection. She persistently defies the exclusionary paradigm of the ballet world, creating radically inclusive dance spaces and choreographing to highlight each dancer’s unique story and strengths. She hopes to teach compassion, connection, and creativity through dance, knowing it has the ability to break down barriers and build communities. Emmy has experienced first-hand the life changing effects of dance, and her gratitude shines brightly in her teaching style.