Leo Adams with GMF Area’4 members, Reesha Cosby, Cherie Hanses, John Baule & Kris Sims

Area 4 (Yakima)Trustees – Reesha Cosby, artist Leo Adams, Cherie Hanses, John Baule and Kristine Sims.

OLYMPIA, Wash.  – The Governor’s Mansion Foundation through its Yakima Area committee and Arts committee, needs your help to “send Yakima artist Leo Adams to Olympia”. GMF has commissioned Leo Adams to represent Yakima County and Yakama Nation – the first people of our land, by gracing a wall in the Mansion’s ballroom with an 8’ X 8’, framed canvas painting. The painting will depict the Yakama Nation and the beauty of Yakima Valley.

To make this happen GMF needs community support. According to Cherie Hanses, chair of the GMF Yakima Area 4 committee, the goal is to raise $20,000 + by September 2022 to honor Leo Adams’ 80th birthday on November 7, 2022, celebrate Native American Heritage during the month of November and acknowledge the 50th Anniversary of the GMF, which was founded by First Lady Nancy Evans in 1972. GMF has currently raised $10,000 towards the goal.

When the Mansion reopens to the public in September, the free guided tours will resume where guests may view “Leo’s art” in the ballroom of the Governor’s Mansion.

To put a gift to work immediately send your donation to: Governor’s Mansion Foundation, PO Box 4052, Olympia, WA 98501 or donate online at

The Yakima Area 4 committee consists of GMF trustees John Baule; Reesha Cosby; Cherie Hanses; Kristine Sims; Doris Dickenson, Emerita; Pat Erickson, Emerita; Victoria Flower, Emerita, and Sharon Smith, Emerita.

The Governor’s Mansion Foundation, independent of the Governor’s office and Governor, is an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan, organization, responsible for maintaining and enhancing furnishings and art for the public rooms of the Mansion. To learn more on becoming a “Friend of the Mansion”, or for more information on GMF and volunteering, visit  For immediate up-to-date information see Governor’s Mansion Foundation on Facebook.