The Board of

Patricia Kienholz, President

Patricia Kienholz, President of The Bearing Public Sculpture Project 501(c)(3), is a women's and children's rights activist, public policy researcher, and arts and education professional. Patricia was educated at the University of Southern California, and has a post-secondary education in advanced chemistry. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture 501(c)(3) (dba MAC), is President of the Citizens Law and Safety Research Center 501(c)(3), and is a STEM tutor at the Hutton Settlement Children's Home 501(c)(3).


Board Members

The public sculpture titled "Bearing" will be cast life-size in bronze.

The Board of Directors

Liz Peterson, Secretary, Book Keeper, Registered Agent, Treasurer

Elizabeth (Liz) Peterson is an economist and entrepreneur who currently does consulting for business start-ups. Liz completed her bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from Westminster College of Salt Lake City. She recently attended the University of Utah and will finish her doctoral dissertation in June 2013, completing a Ph.D. in economics.

Liz has held teaching positions at the University of Utah, University of Montana, University of Phoenix, Whitworth University, and most recently, Eastern Washington University. Liz has been given awards for her teaching, and was awarded a grant (which she wrote) to establish the Center for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Studies at Whitworth University. She has also owned and operated several businesses over the years, including a contract legal typing business, a political research and consulting firm, and the Cold Stone Creamery in Leavenworth, Washington.

Liz served for nearly 10 years as Secretary of the board of directors of the Oratorio Society of Utah and was also involved in fund raising, grant writing, and maintenance of the choir database.

Liz lives in Cheney, Washington with her son and her dogs. She enjoys movies, theater, travel, reading non-fiction, playing the piano, and supporting both of her children who are currently in graduate school.

Kathy Thamm, Placement Committee

Kathleen Thamm is the Executive Director of Community-Minded Enterprises, a 16 year old alliance of citizens and organizations dedicated to facilitating and enhancing community well being. In this capacity, she leads numerous collaborative initiatives designed to strengthen community-wide capacity improving the quality of child care for Eastern Washington, access to healthcare through affordable health insurance, Recovery-Oriented System of Care programs, Senior hotline, Plan to Work, and digital media with CMTV14 Cable Access.

Kathleen is a photographer and her husband is an artist. They have owned several galleries in the region including the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They presently have a Gallery-Studio in Bisbee, Arizona and shotgun Studios in Peaceful Valley.


Karen Boone, Vice President

Karen Boone has more than twenty years of experience in the non-profit sector and specializes in the areas of social change, community development, cultural and civic leadership. She is well known by the locals, respected as a community leader and regarded as a friend to individuals in crisis. Karen is recognized on a national scale as an advocate who boldly speaks out on behalf of others on social issues ranging from poverty to racism.





Cat Garrett, Art Supporter

Cat worked as a Legal Document Analyst at different law firms, as a Legal Assistant at Southern California Edison, and as a Paralegal at LA County Counsel. She taught grades 4-6 in Southern California. Her last position was at Shriners Hospital in Spokane, where she was employed as a Medical Records Analyst.

Cat has been a volunteer in the Spokane Community for years. She enjoys fundraising. Her passions are: The Military, The Arts, Education for Women and Children, and Animal Sanctuaries. In her free time, she enjoys loving and playing with her animals, reading, and writing.