Partners Through Art
Partners Through Art

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Karla Parbon

Karla Parbon

Founder, Executive Director

Karla A. Parbon, M.A. – As a dancer, educator, and choreographer, Karla has dedicated her life and profession to the art of dance. Currently, Karla serves as the Dance Program Director at Whitworth University and dance instructor at Gonzaga University. Whether it’s inspiring young artists, victims of social injustice, or integrating the arts into education, […]

choreography  dance 

Jeff Rutherford

Jeff Rutherford

Director of Operations

Jeff graduated from Gonzaga University in May 2014 with a degree in Creative Writing. His work has appeared in papers, various journals, and at film and sketch festivals. With a commitment to telling honest, significant stories, he brings extensive experience as a director for the stage and screen to PTA. Jeff currently lives in Portland, […]

film  theatre  writing 

Suzanne Ostersmith

Suzanne Ostersmith

Board Member

Suzanne is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in the Spokane, WA area. She serves as the Director of the Academic Dance Program and directs theatre productions at Gonzaga University. As a dance/theatre/visual artist she finds that ideas expressed through the movement and shapes created by the body are like words in a universal language. […]

dance  interdisciplinary arts  theatre 

Debbie Lahue

Debbie Lahue

Board Member

Debbie Lahue, M.A. Ed./Admin and Curriculum Development, has served as an educator since 1987. The arts have been instrumental in her career as a lifelong learner, teacher, presenter, instructional coach, school district administrator, literacy facilitator and regional humanities director. She’s directed annual high school art shows, helped districts align instruction to arts standards, developed professional […]

Judy Mandeville

Judy Mandeville

Resident Artist

Judy Mandeville has been integrating the arts with education, social issues, inner health and therapeutic purposes for over 30 years. She holds a BA in Modern Dance and a MA in Special Education. She has choreographed and taught all age groups, from pre-schoolers to seniors, and has worked in higher education since 1990 at Whitworth […]

art therapy  dance  workshops 

Melissa Cole

Melissa Cole

Specialty Artist

Cole was born in Oregon and raised in London, Hong Kong, and India. She graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Zoology and spent time as a naturalist guide in Mexico. She’s written over 30 children’s natural history books and travels with her husband Brandon, who is a wildlife photographer specializing in marine […]

Painting  Visual Art 

Grace Barnes

Grace Barnes

Resident Artist

Grace could spend hours studying the play of water, light, or the human form. She grew up in dance and majored in visual art at Whitworth University (B.A., 2011). She has had paintings on display at the Clearstory Gallery, Bryan Oliver Gallery, West Central Arts Festival, Indaba Coffee Bar, and elsewhere. Art lets both artist […]

dance  Painting  Visual Art 

Ildikó Kalapács

Ildikó Kalapács

Resident Artist

Diversity is the basis of Ildikó’s art. Her work is greatly influenced by the cultures of the American Northwest and Eastern Europe. She came to the US in 1987 after studying visual art and dance in Hungary. She continued her visual arts studies at Eastern Washington University. Over the years, her work has exhibited in […]

dance  Sculpture  Visual Art