About Us

Board of Directors

Jesse Franklin, KCSARC Board President
Schlemlein Goetz Fick & Scruggs, PLLC

Jesse is an attorney with Schlemlein Fick & Scruggs, PLLC where he focuses on construction law, consulting and litigation, and general business litigation.  He previously worked with K&L Gates LLP (f/k/a Preston Gates & Ellis) for twenty-eight years beginning in October 1988. Prior to joining K&L Gates, he was a King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney (Criminal Division) for five years where he spent two years working with the Sexual Assault Unit.

Washington Law & Politics has identified Jesse as a “Super Lawyer” from 2005 to 2017, inclusive. Jesse has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law since 2007. Jesse received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington. He was a member of the UW Rowing Club, where, among other things, he and his teammates won the 1977 Grand Challenge Cup, Henley Royal Regatta, Henley, England. In 1999, he and his teammates were entered into the UW Husky Hall of Fame, Rowing. He is currently a Trustee for the Board of Rowing Stewards, University of Washington. He received his J.D. from Seattle University in 1983 where he served as the Class President.

Jesse and his wife, Katie, have a son (Jesse) and a daughter (Elizabeth). They live in the Ballard area of Seattle and enjoy skiing, soccer, and family time.
 

Lawton Penn, KCSARC Board Vice President
Davis Wright Tremaine

Lawton Penn has been an employment lawyer with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP for 24 years, advising employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, including employment agreements, disability accommodation, workplace investigations and managing through the range of challenging personnel issues. She also holds the position of Client Service and Engagement Partner at DWT and is a member of the firm’s innovation team, DWT De Novo. In that role, she leads firm-wide client engagement efforts, looking for companies interested in develop transformative relationships with their lawyers through innovative and customized service delivery models.

Past roles and responsibilities at DWT have included:  Eight years on the firm’s Executive Committee, Chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group, and founding member the firm’s diversity committee. She served on the Board of Trustees for ACT Theatre from 1995 – 2003 and on the Board of Trustees for the ACT Foundation from 2004 – 2010. 

Lawton is a native of Seattle, earned her undergraduate degree in Economics from Stanford University and her J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. She and her husband lead active lives, raising four girls. 

 

Steve Nicholes, KCSARC Board Secretary
Community Volunteer

Steve Nicholes was an Executive Vice President/Partner and Director of Sales and Business Development for MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions (MMFS), a large mechanical design, construction, and service company in the Pacific Northwest. During his 30-year tenure at MacDonald-Miller, Steve has been involved with the design and construction of prominent commercial buildings in Washington and Oregon, along with other notable projects in Alaska, California, Arizona and New England. Steve retired from MMFS in 2015.  

In additions to his work at MacDonald-Miller, Steve has been involved in non-profit and industry work throughout his career. 

Steve has been married for 44 years and has been blessed with 4 daughters and 7 grandchildren.  His hobbies are riding his Harley, fly-fishing, and running. The highlight of his running career is making two trips to the prestigious Boston Marathon. 

 

Ryan Schafer, KCSARC Board Treasurer
Impinj

Ryan Schafer has served as Sr. Director of Accounting and Corporate Controller at Impinj since June 2013. He is responsible for global accounting and financial statement consolidation, SEC reporting, Tax reporting, procurement, treasury, and internal controls over financial reporting compliance. Prior to joining Impinj, Ryan spent 14 months at the Isilon Storage Division of EMC, a network attached storage company based in Seattle, as a member of the Financial Planning and Analysis Team. He began his career as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers after graduating from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Ryan and his wife, Stephanie, have a son and daughter.  They live in Shoreline and enjoy family time, fishing and generally anything outdoors.

 

Sandy Dupleich
Dynamic Language

As a Partner of Dynamic Language, Sandy Dupleich has accumulated more than 27 years of experience in the language services industry. Dynamic is a Seattle-based language solutions company specializing in multilingual translation, desktop publishing, localization and interpreting services (both spoken language and ASL).  Sandy’s current areas of focus within the business include sales and marketing as well as overseeing the company’s operations, including Accounting and Information Technology. Sandy is currently serving on the Association of Language Companies’ Board of Directors as Immediate Past-President.  The ALC is the language industry’s only national trade association.  She is the immediate past-Chair for the Northwest Minority Supplier Development Council's MBEIC (Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee) which supports educational and business opportunities for Minority-owned businesses in the Pacific Northwest.

Sandy has presented on the topics of “Disaster Preparedness and Recovery” for the Seattle Executives Association, the Association of Language Companies and the Translation Companies Division of the American Translator’s Association conferences.  In addition Sandy has presented on the topic of “Employee vs Contractor – Worker Classification Risks and Best Practices” at the Association of Language Companies conference and has provided mentorship for ALC members in her role as President on this same topic.  Sandy recently presented on the worker classification topic at last year’s RID conference in July 2011 (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf).

 

Mark Lester
REI

Mark Lester has been on the Board of Directors at KCSARC since 2007. He has been with REI since 1999 and serves as Divisional Vice President of Retail Operations. He started his career at Price Waterhouse Coopers and has served as Chief Financial Officer in various companies since 1987. Mark received his B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University.

Mark and his family are very active with Edmonds/Meadowdale Young Life where he is on the Executive Committee and serves as a Volunteer Leader.

 

Carl Morris, MD
Kaiser Permanente Washington

Carl Morris is the program director of the Kaiser Permanente Family Medicine Residency and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.  His responsibilities include caring for his panel of patients at Kaiser Permanente, teaching residents in the family medicine residency, and directing the program.  His research and policy interests include Graduate Medical Education reform, Residency training in federally qualified health centers, the patient centered medical home in residency education, and primary care health workforce planning. Carl received his undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, medical degree from Harvard Medical School and residency training at SeaMarCHC/Providence in Seattle, WA.

 

Diana Schuetz
Grant Thornton LLP

Bio coming soon.

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Sherron
AT&T

Marilyn Sherron is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and Seattle University School of Law. She started her legal career as a prosecutor in the Seattle City Attorney’s office and worked in a number of positions in criminal and civil division before she was assigned to direct the City Attorney’s labor and employment division where she managed the legal staff responsible for defending the City in all labor and employment litigation. In 2003 Ms. Sherron joined AT&T legal staff and is currently an Assistant Vice President – Senior Legal Counsel. Ms. Sherron and her staff are responsible for providing labor amd employment advice and counsel to senior management staff located in nine states. Additionally, Ms. Sherron’s staff is responsible for defending AT&T and its subsidiaries before various state and federal agencies and courts. Ms. Sherron participates in Women of AT&T and serves on AT&T’s legal department Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She resides in Seattle and in her spare time, volunteers on two non-profit boards with missions to serve victimized populations.  

 

Mark Sidran
Community Volunteer

Mark Sidran is a retired attorney who spent most of his career in public service. He served ten years in the Criminal Division of the King County Prosecutor’s Office, including five years as the chief of the Juvenile Court Section. He was a partner in the former Mckay and Gaitan law firm for four years, focusing on civil litigation. In 1989 Mark was elected to the first of three terms as Seattle City Attorney, leading an office of 70 attorneys and 100 staff.  Among other things, he formed the first specialized domestic violence prosecution unit in Washington, teaming specially trained prosecutors and victim advocates.

Shortly after he joined the Foster Pepper law firm in 2004, Governor Gregoire appointed Mark chairman of the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission. For four years he oversaw the UTC’s responsibilities for regulating the rates and service conditions for investor-owned electric, landline telephone, water and other utility companies. After leaving the UTC, Mark worked as an energy policy consultant.

Mark has previously served on the boards of the United Way of King County, the Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC) and the American Jewish Committee.

A Seattle native, Mark is a proud graduate of Franklin High School and holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Washington. He and his wife, Anais Winant, live on Vashon Island.

 

Devin Smith
Microsoft

Devin Smith is an attorney at Microsoft.  He advises Human Resources and business leadership on a full spectrum of employment law issues including compliance, training, risk mitigation, and diversity & inclusion efforts.  Prior to Microsoft, Devin worked as a lawyer at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Seattle, where he represented businesses in employment litigation, government investigations, and other matters.  He worked as a newspaper reporter before switching to the legal profession.

Devin is a New York native and moved to Seattle more than 12 years ago.  He is a graduate of Cornell University, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and the University of Washington School of Law. 

Devin and his wife, Robin, live in Kirkland with their twin boys.  They spend weekends enjoying the Puget Sound and hiking the Cascades.

 

Lorraine Steed
REI

As Senior Manager, Treasury at Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) Lorraine is responsible for developing the corporate short-term cash flow forecast, managing short-term investments & investment strategy, banking relationships, managing payment acceptance costs including merchant processing services & relationships, foreign exchange and overseeing daily cash management.  Lorraine also serves as an internal consultant to cross-divisional groups at REI for payment related projects & other corporate finance issues.  Before joining REI in 2006, Lorraine was a Unit Manager – Bank Administration for Safeco Corporation.   Lorraine has served on the board of the Northwest Association for Financial Professionals as Programs Committee Co-Chair and on the Finance committee.

Lorraine received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration - Accounting and Finance, from Washington State University, and earned her Certified Treasury Professional Certificate in 2006.

Lorraine enjoys time outside with her husband & family, (all WSU Cougs!) camping, hiking & kayaking.

 

Carole Tomko
Vulcan Inc.

An industry leader with experience in launching and rebranding networks and producing award-winning content, Carole Tomko joined Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions as General Manager and Creative Director in 2013. Vulcan Productions produces projects designed to entertain, inform and cultivate social change with powerful content and targeted impact campaigns around the critical issues of our time

Tomko served as President and General Manager of several networks at Discovery Communications. She launched and rebranded Discovery Health, FitTV, and Discovery Kids. As President and General Manager of Discovery Studios, she led television development and production, feature documentaries, talent development, casting, branded entertainment, and footage and music services.

Prior to her work at Discovery, Tomko directed development and programming for Time-Life Video & Television, and produced content for an array of media and entertainment companies including Orion Pictures, Editel and Westinghouse. In 2012, she launched Carole Tomko Media, a strategic advisory company to guide businesses in all aspects of content and media creation.

Tomko has been recognized multiple times by CableFAX magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Cable. She serves on the board for Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival; and she was also a board member for The Hub television network, the children’s network joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro. 

 

Lauren Venezia
T-Mobile US

Lauren Venezia is a seasoned legal executive with over 25 years of legal experience working in public companies, private practice, and government.  Currently, Lauren is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of T-Mobile US, Inc., a publicly traded wireless telecommunications provider headquartered in Bellevue, WA.  In addition to handling corporate strategy and technology transactions, she serves as an executive mentor and member of T-Mobile’s Women’s Leadership Forum.

Prior to joining T-Mobile in 1999, Lauren was Assistant General Counsel at Shurgard, Inc., a litigator in private practice, and served as a Staff Attorney in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

Lauren is a native New Yorker, and earned her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of California at Los Angeles and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.  Lauren currently lives in Seattle and joined the KCSARC board in 2013.

 

Kevin Wright
WSU Extension

Kevin Wright has worked in the field of education, youth development and volunteer management for over 30 years. Kevin has worked for Washington State University Extension in the 4-H Youth Development Program for the past 20 years. He serves as the King County Extension Director. Kevin has worked internationally and gave national leadership to 4-H programs supporting military youth experiencing the deployment of a loved one. At the state level he has facilitated professional development programs and organizational development.

Kevin earned his M.Ed. from Bowling Green State University and B.S. from the University of Toledo. He and his wife live in South King County and enjoy traveling.