Daniel Pak
Co-Founder / Executive Director

Love and aloha are at the heart of what singer-songwriter Daniel Pak stirs into his songs of freedom that stem from an upbringing on reggae and uplifting island melodies. Born and raised on O`ahu, Pak embodies the warmth and soul of the islands in his music of healing and joy, striving to bring balance to a social landscape in need of compassion and love. Pak also serves on the Seattle Music Commission as Chair of the Youth + Community Committee, as a Governor for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Recording Academy, and as a Trustee for The Bush School.


Thaddeus Turner

With over 20 years of touring experience under his belt, Seattle native Thaddeus Turner is no stranger to the road. Currently music director for the Grammy award-winning Digable Planets, Turner also performs as Thaddillac, combining the lyricism of soul with the power of rock. As lead guitarist of Maktub and having toured with the likes of Lauryn Hill, Dave Matthews, India Arie, and Stone Gossard. Turner has received glowing praise from Rolling Stone, NPR, and The Seattle Times. Turner is also a resident at Sea Monster Lounge.


Paul Laughlin
Deputy Director

For more than 20 years, Paul has DJed hundreds of events in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He truly feels that DJing changed his life which has led him to always teach anyone who had the desire to learn the art form. Paul has been working with youth for more than 10 years in many capacities, teaching them how to DJ and make beats, as well as providing mentorship and tutoring.

Paul is a 2017-2019 Emerging Leaders of Color Fellow with Rainier Valley Corps.


Matt Sablan
Assistant Program Coordinator

Matt's story begins in Saipan, then Hawai'i and now Seattle. His artist name is Sabyu and he plays guitar, produces music, and wants to make music for a living. Matt was first introduced to Totem Star after attending The Story with Prometheus Brown. He started to volunteer and intern in Spring 2017.