Stronghold Productions Board
Howland is dedicated to enriching peoples' lives by facilitating the production
and distribution of art and committed to building strong coalitions between
city agencies, arts organizations, community groups, and individual artists.
For the last eight years she has worked as an arts administrator and
independent curator in Seattle, WA and with multiple arts organizations
including the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), the Henry Art Gallery, the
Microsoft Art Collection, The Capitol Hill Arts Center, Static Factory Media,
and Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange. Currently, she works for the
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association as the Operations Director of
the Youngtown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. She is a founding member of
Stronghold Productions and Stronghold LLC, a property acquisition company for
artists, and sits on the advisory board of PSKS, a homeless youth advocacy
organization. Jordan graduated from the Evergreen State College with a degree
in Arts Administration and Community Development.
Jolly is a writer, performer, community builder, educator, and student. She is
the host and co-facilitator of The Seattle Poetry Slam. Denise is also a member
of the Eleventh Hour Productions Board of Directors and is actively involved
the Seattle literary arts and spoken word community. Denise facilitates writing
workshops with youth and adults and is co-creating Emerging Voices, a youth
education program for Eleventh Hour Productions. She has been involved with
Stronghold Productions since the fabrication of the Machine project where she
assisted in fundraising efforts as wells as fabrication, audio production, live
performance, and team building.
J. Stern, Treasurer
Stern graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1997 with a BFA in
Interior design and an AAS in Industrial Design. In 2000, he started Issue
Design Build (www.issuedesignbuild.com), a design and general contracting
company. He has since built residential and commercial spaces along the West
Coast. Gabe is also owner of All City Coffee (www.allcitycoffee.com), a retail
beverage company that provides high quality products, service, and environments.
Both businesses were founded in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood and have
fostered community interaction and helped to spawn the areaÕs revitalization.
All City Coffee has a second location in SeattleÕs historic Pioneer Square.
Gabe joined seven others in starting Stronghold LLC to build
"fortresses" for the arts community through the acquisition of
property and encourage ownership of live/work space by artists. In 2004, he
helped found Stronghold Productions, a multidisciplinary nonprofit arts
organization. He contributes to
both projects with his vast array of resources, skills and interests in
community building, successful business operations, systems design and
execution, and passion for the arts and free expression.
Chris has been a career entrepreneur who can bring an idea from the whiteboard to full production and release. He has collaboratively developed and executed the business plans for each of the companies he has co-founded, which have given him experience with both success and failure in the Web and Software industries. He has a very strong talent at specifying and integrating new systems, equipment and software to create new products. Additionally, he is very adept at developing research systems to prove a productÕs market potential.
currently CTO and co-founder of Red Llama, Inc. He co-developed the business plan, financing strategies, and presents at forums and conferences. He initiated and helped develop Red Llama's SimPraxis interactive simulation software platform for interactive medical simulation and training. He was Integral in developing the vision of SimPraxis and translating that vision into the release of SimPraxis v1.0. He co-developed the full Product Roadmap and development plan. He manages the network and technology infrastructure supporting the company and SimPraxis.
Chris was CTO and co-founder of Static Factory Media, a creative services and web software development company. He was integral in securing Angel funding for the company. He constructed Static Factory's network and technology infrastructure from the ground up. Static Factory's multi-server infrastructure supported over 120 client's websites. Chris managed the development of integrated web software packages for Static Factory's online promotion and distribution. He created profitable divisions for the company in 3 years.
Chris worked as a Research Engineer at the University of Washington's Human Interface Technology Lab (HITLab). He developed and managed numerous projects, including surgery simulators, wearable computing, driving simulators, interactive home networks, and interactive 8 channel audio systems. Chris has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University, he specialized in simulation and human body kinematics.
He has exhibited some of his multi-modal collaborative art installations in the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City, NY), the Bellevue Arts Museum (Bellevue, WA), Burningman (NV), Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle, WA), and the U of WA. His largest collaborative project to date is The Machine http://www.themach12e.org in 2005, which spawned Stronghold Productions.
Steinhebel, Director of Operations
Steinhebel, known as ŅJÓ to his friends, has been active in artistic
communities and new business ventures for over seven years. In 2000, J started
and managed The Cafˇ in Portland, Oregon, a co-operative coffee shop and
eatery. In 2002, he moved to Seattle to open Uncommon Scents, a custom
fragrance design boutique in the trendy Capitol Hill district. Two years later,
he closed the shop and re-entered the technical consultant field, joining an
internal Boeing team that supervised and supported a worldwide Voice Over IP
involvement in the Seattle arts community began with volunteering his time and
business expertise to the Capitol Hill Arts Center (CHAC), then Capitol Hill
Arts Co-operative. J co-managed the first event at the CHAC in 2002. He
continues to support and volunteer at there today. During his first trip to the
Burning Man festival in 2004, J met a group of like-minded people that later
became the core team for The Machine art installation. During 2005, J worked
with the team to design, build, and fundraise for the sculpture that proved to
be a hit at the 2005 Burning Man festival.
interests outside of business and art ventures include world travel. He has
journeyed extensively throughout Morocco, Western Europe, and North America.
Sherr, Director of Development
Sherr joined INTIMAN Theatre's staff as General Manager in 2004, after working
at INTIMAN from 1997 to 2001 in a variety of capacities including Associate
Managing Director. In the interim,
she held the position of Managing Director at Freehold Studio/Theatre Lab and
worked for the New York Foundation as an Associate Program Officer. Prior to coming to INTIMAN, she was
affiliated with Seattle Opera for five seasons. Rebecca was a dancer and actor before turning to a career in
arts management 13 years ago. She
received her BA in Theatre from the University of Kansas and serves on the
theatre department's Professional Advisory Board. She is also an alumna of the 2006 class of Leadership
Tomorrow. Rebecca holds a special
interest in organizational planning and arts advocacy, both in her work at
INTIMAN and as a volunteer in the community.
Engstrom, Director of Public Relations
Engstrom has been a passionate advocate and organizer for arts and community
development for over 10 years. He
is currently the Founding Director of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, a
multidisciplinary facility that offers youth and community members access to
arts, technology, and cultural resources.
He also currently chairs the Seattle Arts CommissionÕs Facilities and
Economic Development Committee.
Prior to his work at Youngstown, Randy spent 3 years as the Founding CEO
of Static Factory Media, and artist development organization that owned and
operated a record label, bar/performance venue, graphic design house, recording
studio, and web development business.
Before Static Factory, Randy was the Program Coordinator of the Fremont Unconventional
Center, and non-profit event space dedicated to helping other charitable
organizations with their fundraising efforts through event facilitation and
support. He is also a founding
member of Stronghold LLC, an artist live work project comprised of 4
neighboring houses collectively owned by the 8 resident artists. He is a graduate of the Evergreen State
College in Olympia, and grew up just outside of Chicago, IL.