Board of Directors

Mercer Island Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our federal tax ID number is 46-4319988. Mercer Island Center for the Arts is registered with Washington State’s Charities Program as required by law, and additional information is available by calling 800-332-4483 or visiting


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Prady Misra, Co-Chair

Prady worked at Microsoft for 15 years in two stints in various roles ranging from engineering to executive management. He built and led agile and high performance teams that developed and launched several new and profitable businesses. Prady cofounded Mentico, a personalization software company in 2000 and Infibio, a clinical trial management software startup in 2006. He is passionate about education, philanthropy, and problem solving in general. As a board member of Mercer Island Schools Foundation, Prady served on a team facilitating the creation of the school district’s 2020 vision. He is currently a partner at Social Venture Partners (Seattle) and serves on the board of Summer Search.

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Genevieve Morton, Co-Chair

Genevieve is a Senior Principal Gifts Officer at the Nature Conservancy where she manages relationships with the organization’s largest donors in pursuit of global conservation priorities. During her tenure with the Conservancy, she’s raised over $200M in private support, led campaigns and managed global private and public partnerships. Prior to the Conservancy, she was the Director of Foundations for the International Olympic Committee’s non-profit arm. Genevieve lives on Mercer Island with her husband, Trenton Morton, and two children Anabelle (5) and Conrad (4).

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John Gordon Hill, Director

John Gordon Hill is a longtime Mercer Island resident and an awardwinning film maker, documentarian and director. His filmmaking career spans more than 40 years of directing and shooting dramatic pieces, documentaries, web series, dramatic programs, television commercials, corporate communications and music videos. Mr. Hill’s most recent documentary for KCTS's When Seattle Invented the Future, aired on 240 PBS stations. He is past member of numerous boards, committees, and task forces.

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Virl Hill, Director

Virl leads the team managing North American media industry partnerships for Microsoft's AI Products and Content division. As a CEO, cross-functional General Manager and senior business development executive, Virl has led passionate, visionary teams forging the creation and distribution of new media and information experiences worldwide. Prior to Microsoft, Virl was CEO of Blade Games World and held leadership roles at Rhapsody, RealNetworks and The Walt Disney Company. He is a member of the Television Academy and The Recording Academy. Virl and his wife Nancy have lived on Mercer Island for 20 years. They are the parents of three boys who have all been active in Mercer Island sports, music and arts programs.

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Bruce Lorig, Director

Bruce Lorig founded Lorig Associates 40 years ago with the intention of creating a company that would develop exceptional places throughout the region through a team of creative and passionate professionals who apply deep expertise, collaboration, creativity and dedication. For the last four decades, through Bruce's leadership, the Lorig team has gained unsurpassed trust and confidence from clients across Washington, Alaska and Oregon while building and managing some of the most distinctive and celebrated commercial, residential, office and collegiate properties in the region.

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Elliot Newman, Director

Elliot is a former Mercer Island Mayor and City Council member having served two terms in each position. He also served on the MI Planning Commission including one year as Chair. He graduated from Penn State University and M.I.T. with a Bachelor and Master degrees in Air Pollution Meteorology. Elliot worked for a large international engineering company assisting electric generating utilities with licensing nuclear power plants. He later joined several of his fellow MIT alumni in starting the first solely environmental consulting company in the country. His practice brought him to the Seattle area in 1970 when he was asked to be part of a new I-90 design team. He fell in love with the Seattle and Mercer Island area and moved here with his family in 1981.

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Michelle Peyree, Director

Michelle was born and raised just outside of New York City, with great opportunity to immerse herself in the arts, and was a regular patron of Lincoln Center, the NYC Ballet, and many Broadway shows. She began her career in California, consulting with Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young in strategy and business process definition. She moved on to work at Washington Mutual, and then consulting as a Manager with Accenture. Michelle left the business world in 2007 to start a family with her husband Scott, and now has a nine-year-old daughter Jenna, and a seven-year-old daughter Sammy. She enjoys spending much of time volunteering at her girls’ school, studying digital design, and organizing events from concept to execution. Michelle and Scott together are avid patrons of the Arts, as well as strong supporters of not for profit musical education programs. Among various other philanthropic efforts.

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James Rudolf, Director

James oversees partner, company and business aspects and relationships for Glacier Peak Capital, and has an active role on the investment committee. After graduation from Seattle Prep and Middlebury College, he spent eleven years in New York City working in banking and real estate. He worked for Morgan Stanley in Seattle prior to joining Glacier Peak in 2012. James’ real estate and banking experience allows him to offer the Glacier Peak team and the GPU fund and clients a research and idea perspective on valuation and diversification, risk analysis, client service and business development. James and his wife Jessica actively participate in the Seattle community and James is an active youth coach for their three sons.

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Xixi Shakes, Director

Mercer Island has been home for Xixi Shakes since 2002, when she moved here from her native country, China. While in China, Xixi built a career in business development, marketing, and government relations, working for US multinationals in the telecommunications industry. Since moving to Mercer Island, Xixi has devoted herself to raising a family while also completing crossdisciplinary museum studies at the University of Washington and volunteering for local community groups including the Chinese Information and Service Center, Mercer Island Youth & Family Services, Women's University Club of Seattle, and her children's schools. In addition to the MICA board, she currently serves on the Mercer Island Art Council.

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Iantha Sidell, Director

Iantha Sidell, over the past 40 years, has served on numerous Jewish Community Boards in Seattle, Nationally and Internationally, with her primary focus in Development. She has been fortunate to travel the world in this volunteer capacity, visiting thriving and at-risk Jewish communities. Receiving recognition over the years, a few of the awards she has received include the Althea Stroum Woman of Distinction Award, the Mary Maxwell Gates Award for Community Service and the Leadership Award from the Stroum Jewish Community Center for leadership participation in the most recent capital campaign.