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.

Marilyn SherronKCSARC Board Secretary
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 Lester, KCSARC Treasurer
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 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.

Marnix Brinkhoff
Amazon

Marnix Brinkhoff is Finance Manager at Amazon. Previously, he was a Director of Finance at New Engen, and Sr. Manager of Accounting at Tableau Software, performing various responsibilities including technical accounting, SEC reporting and other compliance functions.

He began his career as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers after graduating from University of Washington with a Master’s of Professional Accounting and Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. Marnix and his wife, Shelby, have a son and daughter. Marnix and Shelby are both natives of Seattle and enjoy family time, golfing and generally being active.

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

Tiffiny Evans
T-Mobile

Tiffiny Evans is Vice President, Legal Affairs at T-Mobile. She leads a dynamic team of attorneys and paralegals responsible for managing T-Mobile’s real estate portfolio in North America, which includes 9,200 retail stores and 100,000 cell sites. She has 16 years of corporate legal experience and served as chief real estate counsel for Fortune 500 companies, including Nike and EssilorLuxottica.

Earlier in her career, she worked as a corporate litigation associate a mid-size law firms in Silicon Valley. Previously, she served as chairwoman of the Georgetown University, Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate Advisory Board, and led grant writing efforts for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Silicon Valley Chapter. Tiffiny grew up in the Bay Area and now resides in Issaquah with her two Australian labradoodles. She is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley and Santa Clara University School or Law. 

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. He 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.

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.

Steve Nicholes
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 addition 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. 

Lawton Penn
Amazon

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. 

Meenakshi (Meena) Rishi
Seattle University 

Meena Rishi is a Professor of Economics at Seattle University. She also holds the Eva Albers Professorship at the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University. She has taught previously at the College of Business Administration, Ohio Northern University. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Economics at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Meena is a member of the American Economic Association and the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economic Profession. She is a Fulbright Specialist and the Executive Director, Association of Indian Economic and Financial Studies.

Meena is active in local theatre and an eager volunteer for various events organized by Seattle’s South Asian community. She is on the Executive Committee of Pratidhwani and on the Board of the Infinity Box Company.

Alexa Rudin
Alaska Airlines

Alexa Rudin is a seasoned communications executive who has experience managing all aspects of a company's profile. She is currently the Managing Director of Communications for Alaska Airlines Group.

Prior to that, Alexa led internal and executive communications for Nordstrom. Previously, she oversaw communications for Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen's network of organizations and programs. She has also held communications leadership roles at Levi Strauss & Co. and Zagat Survey.

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.

Ryan Schafer
TCS World Travel

Ryan Schafer is the Chief Financial Officer of TCS World Travel. His previous roles include SVP of Finance and Admin at Pro.com, and VP of Accounting & Treasury / Corporate Controller at Impinj, where he was responsible for global accounting and compliance functions during the company's 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.

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.

Laura Swapp
B
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.

Susan Warwick, MD
Kaiser Permanente

Susan Warwick MD is an Obstetrician Gynecologist who has been with Group Health and now Kaiser Permanente Washington for over 25 years. Her interest in medicine stems from a deep interest in advocacy for women’s issues.

Along with full scope practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology, she has served as the Medical Director of Professional Development and Clinician Wellness. Programmatic Chief of Women’s Health, Ob/Gyn Department Chief, and Coordinator for medical student teaching through University of Washington School of Medicine. She is currently working towards certification in professional coaching.

Education: Bachelor of Science, University of California, Davis and Medical Doctorate at George Washington University, Washington D.C

She lives in Seattle with her husband and two cats Olivia and Dexter. She can be found hiking, gardening, golfing and biking. She also loves music and traveling to sunny places.

 

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