PROFESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS

Bob Santelli
Executive Director, Grammys Museum and Experience Music Project nka Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP)

“I am happy to recommend Chris Cullen as a future employee for your company. He successfully curated and produced some of EMP’s first projects including Hey Punk Skate Rock event, Electronic Dance Music conference and our annual New Years Bash. He also inaugurated some of EMP’s first educational programs in the museum. We lost Chris’s position due to slowing economy in the Northwest after 9-11. Our loss may well be your gain. Chris Cullen deserves your consideration and I know he will make a strong contribution to your organization.”

 


Mark Naficy
Owner/CEO, Naf Productions - Premier Event Center nka Showbox Sodo

“One would be very happy to have a team member who could competently handle all the aspects of a large scale event. But to have someone who could handle it with grace and a cool calm head, while garnering the admiration of clients, fellow team members, and attendees… that is priceless!”

 

 

Kate Becker

City of Seattle Director of the Office of Film and Music / City of Redmond Parks and Recreation

"Chris is one of those rare, unique people who are truly committed to making a positive difference. He is dedicated and accountable as is evidenced by the quality of the work he does. I am certain that you will find him to be an asset to your organization."

Thaidra Alfred

Event Manager/Foster Care Licensor/ Case Manager, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Cowichan- First Nations

 

"Chris has been instrumental in planning and organizing events for the Seattle urban Native American community. His professional style embodies cross-cultural communication that has proved to be of great value to all the planning groups here. He also generously shared his flexibility by coordinating various work-groups such as Public Relations, Stage Management and Donor Relations to name a few. Everyone here loves working with him on events because of his professionalism, dependability, and humor. Some projects he was instrumental in helping to coordinate were: Seattle’s First and Second Annual Indigenous Day, United Indians’ First Hip-Hop Pow Wow Fundraiser, United Indians’ Foster Care Families Honoring, and both a mini Pow Wow and the annual Seafair Pow Wow."

 

 

Stephanie  Monk-George

Science Teacher at Wilson Magnet High School – Rochester, NY

 

“Our school is surrounded by streets that offer gang affiliation and little else. Last summer, there was a mass shooting across the street from the school, one of many acts of violence I can recount in the school's vicinity in recent years. Chris Cullen helped Americorps staff and College students to create an arts program. Because of Chris' experience, he was able to breathe life into a seed of a program, attracting kids to travel long distances after school in order to participate in something new. With his guidance, a diverse family of people discovered new talents, planned arts projects and built longstanding friendships together. Chris was the guru that guided the program's growth. I know firsthand from alumni that this program- and, specifically Chris' guidance- had a very real impact on their transformations into responsible and thoughtful citizens. Thank you, Chris, for giving my kids something that, really, all children should have. They will never forget you!”

 

 

Clint McCune
Consultant and former Chair of the Redmond Arts Commission


“I had the opportunity to work closely with Christopher Cullen, through the Old Redmond Firehouse Teen Center, for several years and I have been consistently impressed with his dependability, project management skills, professionalism, and vision. He navigated his role working with young adults by truly taking the time to see them, cultivate their talents, mentor and create lasting relationships that positively impacted them not only during the time he worked with them, but in the future. His work through the Tree of Life exemplified his understanding of the direct correlation between your community’s health and knowing the rich history of the past.  Chris is a fierce light, a professional and kind hearted person. From my experience as the past Chairman of the Redmond Arts Commission, Chris’s experience and passion for the arts is what every city should be looking for.

 

 

Kathy Haggart
Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue

 

“Chris is a terrific visionary and always finds a way to make good ideas happen.  He is also what is known in our business as a “kid magnet” …. he has a unique aura that youngsters immediately identify with.  After over 20 years, we continue to run the music program known as “Ground Zero” that Chris originated. It is still the most popular teen program we offer.”

 


Paul Siegel

CEO, Digital Double and former City of Redmond Arts Commissioner


“When operating a business and living in Redmond I found myself frequently interacting with Chris. In my role as an Arts Commissioner, as a volunteer and even as a business partner, Chris always demonstrated a hard working and sincere commitment to serve community which I have always admired him for. This is why I believe he'd be a tremendous asset to any city or organization striving to integrate diversity in a positive and uplifting way.”

 

 

Sandra Bettencourt

Hat Island Community Association, Board Officer and formerly Division Manager for the City of Redmond, Parks and Recreation

 

“I had the pleasure of hiring and working with Chris in his role as a senior staff manager at the Old Firehouse.  His quality of work and professional integrity was always evident in his dealings with full and part-time staff and the many contract providers and partners at the Teen Center.  I was proud to have him as part our team serving Redmond’s youth. He has a creative no-limits approach recreational, arts, and social service programs which allowed us to build an outstanding program.  Chris sought imaginative ways to do outreach and connect to the community’s youth and adults on a daily basis. Chris’s leadership of his team was critical to our success as the City provider of youth services. I give him my highest regard.”

 

 

Debra Pelletier, PMP & CPRP
Senior Project Manager at PACIFIC Supply Company and formerly City of Redmond Parks and Recreation Administrator
 

“Christopher is a delight to work with. His knowledge and enthusiasm is contagious. He has a good balance of professionalism coupled with this creative edge that makes him able to strategically think projects through. I miss working with him.”

 

 

Reek Havok

Sr Sound Designer/Audio Technologist at The Walt Disney Company  and formerly Vulcan Inc.
 

“Chris was a great resource and we had the opportunity to work together both at Experience Music Project and the Redmond Firehouse. Chris was always on top of the projects, great to work with and a talented asset to both places.”

 

 

Jane Charles
Impact Producer/Executive Producer – Voice of our Elders Project
 

“Christopher is someone that I always look forward to speaking with. He treats everyone with respect and has the highest regard for others talents and gifts. I would not hesitate to work with Christopher again in any situation. He's one of the good ones.”

 

William R. Morehouse, MD

CEO/Director at His Branches, Inc / Rochester Youth Outreach

 

Chris is easy to work with, knowledgeable while remaining humble, authoritative without being controlling, and a natural at encouraging and empowering people to grow in their talents and personal character. He’s fun to be with, youthful in demeanor and mature in manner, and has a genuine love for people of all ages.”

 

Mary Decker
Blogger/Writer, Content Creator and Social Media Editor at Duane Decker Music
 

“Christopher Cullen is a hard-working, caring, great guy who worked tirelessly on behalf of youth in the wonderful city of Redmond, WA. He was truly passionate about the terrific programs at the Old Fire House. These were programs supporting music and art, programs for kids who were struggling with poverty or being disenfranchised due to being gay or otherwise not fitting into the "popular" mode.

 

 

Tim Appelo
Deputy Editor, The Wrap, BFCA voting critic
 

“As indicated by my enclosed article, Christopher has proven experience managing demanding educational projects. “

http://cityartsonline.com/issues/eastside/2010/08/hip-hop-you-don%E2%80%99t-stop-livin%E2%80%99-tagger%E2%80%99s-paradise

 

 

Phyllis Blower

Parks Administrator & Financial Manager, City of Redmond Parks and Recreation

 

“It was my pleasure to work with Chris during his years at the Old Fire House. He is passionate and skilled working with teens, especially in music and art. In particular, he was instrumental in guiding the organization through a period of programming transition and change. He exhibited flexibility and an intuitive sense of what participants were looking for and needed in this environment. I appreciated his passion and loyalty to the program as well as his creative ideas and cooperative nature. I recommend him highly as a point person for any artistic programming.”

 
Jim Broe
State Commander at The American Legion, Department of Washington
 

“Christopher provided the guidance and coordination necessary for young people to achieve high, but attainable goals, with an eye toward furthering their education and qualifying for our Merit Scholarships. His ability to communicate at all levels is superior and paramount to achieving proforma goals, while allowing for individuality. Integrity is a by-word for Chris.”

 

Kester Gascoyne

Youth Mentee

 

“Chris truly touched our lives! He made a difference! And that difference most likely saved my life. If not for the music he helped us create, I don't know if I would have made it in one piece.!!! He helped me hold myself together and re-create myself on an unprecedented level, and I needed that.”