Speaker Date Topic
Lisa Jaret May 20, 2021
Tacoma Creates
Tacoma Creates

Lisa Jaret (she/her) – Program Manager, Tacoma Creates

Lisa joined the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality as the Program Manager for Tacoma Creates in July 2019. Previously, she was at the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), serving as the Arts in Education Program Manager and working to support and strengthen K-12 arts education as part of basic education. Prior to ArtsWA, Lisa served as the Administrative Director of Education Programs for Seattle Children’s Theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s in Not-For-Profit Leadership from Seattle University.

Tacoma Creates is a voter-approved initiative to increase access to arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences throughout Tacoma by reducing barriers to access and expanding offerings, particularly for underserved youth. Eligible non-profit arts, culture, heritage, and science organizations are able to apply for funding that helps them expand equitable access to public programs, increase opportunities in neighborhoods throughout Tacoma, expand educational options for youth, and build sustainability for ongoing cultural programs that provide value for people throughout the City of Tacoma.


CHIMAERA (they, them) is the Founder and Executive Producer of Cathartic Muse.

Cathartic Muse is a narrative justice incubator for multidisciplinary BIPoC, LGBTTQIA+, and Non-Binary creatives and community thought leaders using independent media and immersive storytelling to inspire generational healing at the intersections of race/ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexuality, spirituality, and ability through cathartic stories of reverence, reclamation and resistance.

Shannon A. Shea, Ph.D. (she/her) is the Executive Director of Tacoma Boat Builders.

Tacoma Boat Builders creates transformational opportunities for marginalized and court-involved youth through positive mentorship, woodworking, and boat building. We are part of a larger effort to short circuit the school to prison pipeline by offering a place for youth in need of a safe place to learn and grow in different ways. 

Honoring Our Scholarship Winners May 27, 2021
Diane Bai, MD Jun 03, 2021
Why Probiotics Love Vegetables
Why Probiotics Love Vegetables

Dr. Diane Bai has been rated as “Top Gastroenterologist” in the Seattle Magazine by her fellow physicians.  She did her medical training at Columbia and Duke, and has been practicing in the Puget Sound area for close to 15 years.

She has a passion for helping people get healthier through eating more delicious vegetables, while empowered with evidence-based knowledge on health and nutrition.  She believes that healthy should be fun, enjoyable, and sustainable.

Drawing on her years of clinical experience in digestive health &  nutrition; personal experiences as a busy working Mom who loves to eat and cook; and other professional experiences including the former head of GI department, Medical Director of Patient Experience for over 1000 physician medical group, and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Medical School; she has created a revolutionary Dr. Bai Smart Cooking™ system that will change the way Americans eat, live, and get healthier.