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Founder and Executive Director, Kari Hovde is the beacon of guiding light for The Backstage Foundation. Her passion to love and serve others exudes both personally and professionally. She is an accomplished dance educator, active and involved community leader, business owner of
K Properties NW, and a fine arts philanthropist.


As a Graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and Seattle Pacific University, Kari maintains an educational background in Marriage and Family Therapy. She received her fine arts training, enrichment, and mentorship from Olympic Ballet, Seattle Civic Dance Theater, and Charisma School of Dance.


Professionally, Kari is a natural leader and facilitator, whether being involved on local community boards or leading her team at K Properties NW, Kari brings a caring and genuine heart to every space she occupies. Her ability to inspire, motivate, and create meaningful connections is a quality that has garnered her both praise and adoration in the community. She cares deeply about the growth opportunities available to everyone she meets and this is what has allowed her to be successful consistently in all endeavors of life.

Kari enjoys teaching dance classes, volunteering with organizations focusing on the improvement and growth of children, mentoring teens, and spending time with friends and family.

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