Lauren Grant, Treasurer: Human Resources Coordinator at DoubleTree by Hilton: Lauren received her Bachelor’s in Human Resources Management, Management/Leadership, and Psychology (with a concentration in Family Studies) from Portland State University. She brings experience in nonprofit management and community outreach, as well as practical experience in business administration. She has a strong background in managerial accounting and corporate finance from her studies at Portland State. For nearly a decade, Lauren has worked directly with youth from a variety of backgrounds in both educational and research settings. As an Arts Facilitator for Free Arts NW, she has witnessed firsthand the impact of arts education in empowering growing adolescents. In her free time, Lauren plays guitar and ukulele and hopes to learn the banjo.
Kris Bella, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Free Arts NW: After assisting youth with severe mental health and drug and alcohol issues for many years, Kris developed a passion for prevention and community mobilization. Her love of art and desire to help others find their passion and purpose in life motivated her to co-found Free Arts NW. Being able to tap into one’s creative self, can bring about a level of change and transformation that may have seemed previously unattainable. Kris has had a love of art from a very young age and was supported by her family to fully embrace her creative outlets. She fully enjoys all visual arts, with a special interest in three-dimensional art creations.