About Us

Board of Directors

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

Jesse is an attorney with Schlemlein Fick & Franklin, 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 28 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.

Jesse has been identified as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine each year from 2005 to 2019. Jesse has also 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.

Diana Schuetz, KCSARC Board Vice President
Grant Thornton, LLP

Diana Schuetz is a Director at Grant Thornton, LLP where she is an experienced industry and consulting veteran providing advisory services to financial services, technology, e-commerce and nonprofit organizations. 

Diana has been a KCSARC supporter for more than a decade, motivated by her own experiences as a sexual assault survivor. Inspired by KCSARC's vision, Diana is passionate about being LOUD for others whose lives have been affected by sexual assault.

Diana and her husband, Derek, live in Issaquah with their dogs and cats and enjoy snowboarding, traveling and serving their community.

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 four daughters and seven 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

Ryan Schafer currently serves as the SVP of Finance and Admin at Pro.com. He previously spent four and a half years as the VP of Accounting & Treasury / Corporate Controller at Impinj, where he was responsible for global accounting and compliance functions during the companies transition from private to public. 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.

Angela Bultemeier
Expedia Group

Angela Bultemeier is a technology leader with over 20 years of experience in solution development and delivery, business partnership development, team building, and mentorship. Angela has a passion and successful track record for leading and motivating large and small teams, project tracking and execution, personnel management, and software development best practices and methodologies. Her career has included roles as a developer, dev manager, QA, product manager, VP of Development, and most recently her role as Principal Program Manager in Expedia Group’s Lodging Platform team.

Angela earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and her MBA at ESADE while living in Barcelona, Spain.

Angela grew up in Indiana and has enjoyed living in Seattle for over 20 years.

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).

Dennis Higgins
King County Geographic Information Systems Center

Born and raised in Spokane, Dennis moved to Kent in 1995 after graduating from the University of Washington. He is the Spatial Services Manager for the King County Geographic Information Systems Center (KCGIS) and has 26 years of IT Management experience.

Dennis recently stepped down from the Kent City Council, on which he served for 10 years. During his terms, Dennis represented Kent on the King County Regional Transit Committee, on the Sound Cities Association Board of Directors, and at other regional entities. He was awarded the Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership by the Association of Washington Cities, and is a Board Member Emeritus of the Sound Cities Association.

Dennis has been very passionate about and active in Kent schools. He is a two-time winner of the Golden Acorn Award, and was named an Outstanding Advocate by the Kent Area PTSA. He serves as Board Treasurer for the Citizens for Kent Schools, a school levy and bond support committee.

Dennis and his wife Karyn, an elementary school counselor in Kent, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, and have three daughters.

Lisa Holderman
Holderman Rentals, LLC

Lisa joins the KCSARC Board with more than 25 years of fundraising experience for arts and healthcare institutions in the Northwest.

Originally from Kansas City, Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree from Regis University in Denver before launching a successful career in healthcare sales and marketing in Chicago.

She is now engaged professionally as an independent investor and property manager, with a focus on college housing, and dedicates a large portion of her time to community service, informally mentoring women in aspects of fundraising and management. Lisa currently is serving as a trustee of the Tacoma Art Museum and previously served as a trustee of the Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

Lisa and her husband have been in the Seattle area for nearly 30 years, and have raised two daughters. They enjoy traveling and are active in the arts community.

Mark Lester

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 PricewaterhouseCoopers 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.

Jinhee Mack
Robert Half

Jinhee is a Recruiting Manager at Robert Half, supporting companies seeking to hire full-time employees in accounting and operations. Though born in New York, she grew up in Seoul, Korea and came back to New York as a 16-year-old who didn’t know what “s’up?” meant. It was a tough transition, but she made her way into Middlebury College where she met her now husband, a Seattle native. After having a son, her family decided that Seattle would be a better place to raise a child than Brooklyn.

Before moving to Seattle in 2018, she was the President of the Young Professionals Board of Womankind, a nonprofit that empowers survivors of gender-based violence. She has been a proactive supporter of similar nonprofits for over 15 years.

Jinhee loves to cook, is a vegan and a happy yogi hippie at heart.

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.

Lawton Penn

Lawton Penn is Sr. Corporate Counsel, Labor and Employment at Amazon. Previously, she was 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 held the position of Client Service and Engagement Partner at DWT and was a member of the firm’s innovation team, DWT De Novo. In that role, she led 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 also 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. 

Alexa Rudin

A seasoned communications executive, Alexa Rudin leads internal and executive communications for Nordstrom. 

Alexa has experience in managing all aspects of a company's public profile — from crafting strategic communication and executive platforms; to managing crises, issues and investor communications; to orchestrating global product launches and events. She also has extensive experience managing partnerships and collaborations. 

Most recently, Alexa led communications for Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen's network of organizations and programs. In that role she was responsible for promoting Mr. Allen's leadership in the areas of philanthropy, aerospace, arts & culture, climate, conservation, technology, science, business, and the Pacific Northwest community. She also oversaw internal communications for the organization. 

Previously, she led global communications for Levi Strauss & Co., managing the Levi's brand’s corporate social responsibility program, men’s and women’s lines, and brand PR. She also led communications for Zagat Survey, overseeing the company's reputation in more than 50 cities worldwide. 

Alexa grew up in the Bay Area and now resides in Seattle with her husband and two children. She is a graduate of the University of California at Davis.

Marilyn Sherron
AT&T, Inc.

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 and 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
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Devin Smith is an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.  He represents businesses in employment counseling, litigation, government investigations, and all other aspects of the employer-employee relationship. Prior to DWT, Devin worked as an in-house attorney at Microsoft, where he advised Human Resources and business leadership on a full spectrum of employment law issues including compliance, training, risk mitigation, and diversity & inclusion efforts. Devin 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 Seattle with their twin boys.  They spend weekends enjoying the Puget Sound and hiking the Cascades.

Lorraine Steed

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 and family (all WSU Cougs!) camping, hiking & kayaking.

Laura Swapp
rand Soul Collective

Laura Swapp is the founder of Brand Soul Collective. She has built a career on challenging the status quo and pushing organizations to break the rules. Prior to launching her own company, she served in various roles at REI, most recently as Director, Experiences Marketing, where her work on a campaign to address the outdoor industry’s gender gap earned a Bronze medal for Change in 2018 at the Cannes Lion International Film Festival of Creativity. Laura alsoserved as VP of REI’s Foundation, and led brand partnerships, multicultural marketing, and the co-op’s diversity and inclusion functions. Prior to working at REI, Laura held senior Diversity & Inclusion positions at McKesson Corporation, Starbucks, and Catalyst Inc.  

Laura received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from University of California San Diego, and her master’s in applied sociology from Cal State University San Marcos. 

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three grown-ish children and a mini labradoodle named Ziggy. As a native San Diegan, she can often be found chasing sun and waves in beachy places.

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.