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 Eastern Washington State Historical Society (dba Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture--"MAC"), is President of the Citizens Law and Safety Research Center 501(c)(3), and is a Plan Commissioner for the City of Spokane Municipal Government.


Board Members

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

The Board of Directors

Liz Peterson, Secretary, Book Keeper, 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.


Karen Boone, Vice President

Founder of “I am Spokane” - A Civic Ambassador Initiative
Regarded as a civic & social organization professional, Karen Boone has more than twenty-five years of experience in the nonprofit sector and specializes in the areas of social change, community development, cultural and civic leadership. A motivational speaker, business consultant, empowerment specialist, minister, and life coach, she is the mother of five children and the grandmother of eleven. Recognized on a national scale as an advocate who boldly speaks out on behalf of others on social issues ranging from poverty to racism, Karen is well known by the locals, respected as a trusted community leader, and deemed as friend to individuals in crisis. A Washington State certified crisis & crime victim advocate she has provided more than 20 years of advocacy, information, and referral services to scores of individuals experiencing problems, a crisis, or a life altering situation. As the Spokane Sexual Assault Center's prevention coordinator, she provided community development expertise to groups and organizations interested in establishing communities free of sexual & intimate partner violence. She developed "Breaking the Silence on Violence in Marginalized and Underserved Communities" to increase culturally appropriate victim services. This program resulted to the creation of seven mental health projects inside community based organizations, hiring of racially diverse staff at the Sexual Assault Center, and changes in Washington state policies & laws. Two of the projects were awarded state funding. One became a core program and is in its 9th year of operation. In 2015, Karen authored "The Turning Point Spokane County, Crisis Referral Resource Guide,” “Transitioning into Your Future “a self-help manual and “An Authentic Encounter In Pursuit of His Presence” a visual devotional journal. She is currently working on the "I AM Spokane-A Civic Ambassador" leadership development program that will launch in 2017. 

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.