College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Nonprofit Leadership

Advisory Committee

  • The Advisory Committee brings together leaders from the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to provide strategy, oversight and support for the program and its participants.

    Advisory Committee also acts as mentors for Master of Nonprofit Leadership students, actively promote the program, and champion the importance of leadership and management education for nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. 

    Dwight Gee, Chair

    Dwight Gee has more than two decades of domestic experience and one decade of international experience in fundraising, leadership and organizational development, communications and training. Dwight stepped down from his most recent position as executive vice president of the World Justice Project to pursue volunteer and personal activities. Previously, he was an executive with Seattle-based ArtsFund for 22 years. He is a long-time advisory committee member and chair of the Seattle University Master of Nonprofit Leadership program. He also served two terms as board president of FareStart, a Seattle-based NGO training homeless people to serve in the food service industry. As a consultant to the George Soros Open Society Foundations in 2002, he helped establish an arts council in Mongolia. He currently serves as president of a US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit to support Mongolian culture. Dwight also serves on the board of the Laucks Foundation. He is a guest lecturer at Seattle University and the University of Washington on fundraising and nonprofit management, and also provides training sessions to boards of many nongovernmental organizations on fundraising, governance, nonprofit management and leadership.

    Emiko Blalock, MNPL 

    Emiko works for the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, where she supports the development, communications, and outreach efforts of the organization. Previously, Emiko led the work of resource development at Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy) and Seattle Audubon, focusing on donor engagement, communications, and strategic fundraising. Emiko will will be joining the PhD program in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University in the fall.

    Peter Blomquist

    Peter Blomquist is the principal of Blomquist International, consulting services focused on organizational development, philanthropy, and global engagement. He has served as Vice President of Constituency Development for Mercy Corps, a Northwest-based nonprofit humanitarian aid agency. He also served as Director of the Better, Safer World Campaign, a coalition of nine U.S. nongovernmental organizations that worked to increase awareness about global poverty. He was the Executive Director of Global Partnerships, a small, private foundation whose mission is to "Unite business and community in sustainable solutions to poverty." Peter served as Executive Director of the Starbucks Foundation from 1997 to 2000 and earlier for 13 years as the head of the Northwest Office for CARE. He has written occasional articles on international development, global travel and philanthropy, and teaches courses on global citizenship at Seattle University and the University of Washington. Peter graduated from Whitworth College. His area of particular interest is "social entrepreneurship" and he has special expertise in the relationship between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds and in cause-related marketing. His volunteer activities include the environment, literacy and international relief, and development. He describes "the outdoors" as his primary hobby.

    Janet Boguch

    Janet Boguch, MA, University of California, Berkeley. Since 1988, Janet Boguch has been owner and principal of Non-Profit Works, a nonprofit management and organization development-consulting firm. Over 300 nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes have requested Janet for guidance, technical assistance and leadership coaching in the areas of strategic planning, governance development, organizational change and all aspects of fundraising. In addition to her consulting, for 25 years she has served the nonprofit sector in many capacities-- as a senior administrator, trustee, direct service volunteer, community leader and champion of the arts, social services and community mental health services among other platforms. As a trainer and speaker, she is in demand nationally, regionally and locally. Because of her commitment to and passion for leadership development and education, she has been teaching nonprofit management and related topics for 15 years.

    Angie Buysse, MNPL

    Angie Buysse is passionate about developing and managing relationships and processes to address critical challenges and opportunities. Her twenty year corporate career consisted of leadership and project management roles in the areas of engineering, manufacturing and supply chain management at The Coca-Cola Company, Frito-Lay and American Airlines. She was a small business owner, where she built and eventually sold a property development and management company. She holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from the University of Dallas.

    Twelve years ago, she worked with a group of civic leaders in Atlanta to create and manage a nonprofit organization that develops resources to support youth development agencies. It was an experience that changed her career focus forever. She quickly pursued additional opportunities to serve in board director and committee roles with various organizations focused on children, women and workforce development in Atlanta. When she arrived in Seattle, she worked in committee and special project roles with the YWCA, Women’s Funding Alliance, Pride Foundation and FareStart. After completing the Master of Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL) program at Seattle University in June 2012, she began consulting with the owners of the Seattle Storm to develop a strategic plan for the Storm Foundation. The Seattle Storm knows that the power of sport can be a key component in youth development. As the Program Director for the Storm Foundation, Angie develops community partnerships to support sport-based youth development programs.

    Maria Chavez Wilcox

    Maria Chavez Wilcox is the President of Childhaven, where she oversees all aspects of the agency's operations. She builds and nurtures relationships with everyone who is involved in keeping Childhaven viable – donors, community members, board members and staff. Maria has more than 30 years of experience as a nationally recognized leader of nonprofit organizations. She earned a Master's degree in Education from Boston University, and started volunteering at the Massachusetts Children's Institute. This experience led her to United Way, where she began her career with community-based nonprofits. She worked as a senior manager with United Way of King County, working with larger corporations like Boeing, and served for 15 years as President and CEO of United Way of Orange County, California. As an organizational leader, Maria cites relationship building, strategic thinking and decisiveness as her greatest strengths.

    Gary Davis, MNPL

    Gary Davis is the Associate Executive Director Companis, a Seattle nonprofit agency that matches professional volunteers and community workers with nonprofits looking to fill staffing gaps. Companis helps established nonprofit agencies working to expand or bolster their services, or young agencies that are just getting started. Gary is also a longtime public radio reporter/editor and occasional news host for KPLU/NPR. Gary received his Master of Nonprofit Leadership degree from Seattle University in 2010.

    Edward Esparza, MNPL

    Edward Esparza is a graduate of the Seattle University Master of Nonprofit Leadership degree program. He has served as Program Director for Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP), and as an Employment Consultant with the Workforce Development Council, Department of Employment and Training in Yakima. A native of Central Washington, he has spent the last decade working with the Hispanic community to promote its interests. He particularly enjoys working with grassroots organizations concerned with the development of public policy. He also has experience in helping organizations address issues of diversity. Edward's degrees are from Yakima Valley Community College and Washington State University. He served as a board member with the Yakima Public School District and was a founder of the Yakima Hispanic Academic Achievers Program. In 1994, that program was recognized with the prestigious Golden Apple Award because of its innovativeness. He has also served on the boards of Planned Parenthood of Central Washington and the Yakima Schools Foundation. He is now a member the Human Resource Association of Yakima Valley and is current president of the American Federation of State County Municipal Employees Union, Local 87.

    Dan Fey

    Dan Fey is the Chief Operations Officer for the Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council (WDC), a non-profit organization that provides strategic planning, funding and technical assistance for a variety of employment and training programs throughout King County. Dan has been with the organization since its inception in 2000. Dan oversees WDC internal operations and the WDC's initiatives related to industry sectors, Workforce Investment Act programming, asset building strategies, and workforce systems innovations. Dan holds a Masters in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan and Master's in Public Administration from the University of Washington. Dan is a graduate of Seattle's Leadership Tomorrow program.

    Jon Fine

    Jon Fine joined United Way of King County as its president and chief executive officer in September 2000 following a successful tenure as the CEO of the Seattle/King County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Before joining the Red Cross, Mr. Fine worked in the banking industry with Puget Sound Bank from 1981 to 1993. He served as senior vice president and treasurer of Puget Sound Bancorp, and as managing director of Puget Sound Securities. Among his current civic affiliations, Mr. Fine serves on the boards of the Russell Investment Company, Thrive by Five, Committee to End Homelessness, the University of Washington Nonprofit Management Program, and he chairs the Seattle University Masters in Non-Profit Leadership Program Visiting Committee. Mr. Fine has served as a board member of the Seattle City Planning Commission, Group Health Cooperative, the Group Health Foundation, Jewish Family Services, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Leadership Tomorrow, and Columbia Bank. 

    Ken Gibson, MNPL

    Ken Gibson has served in nonprofit and public sector organizations since 1987 in both executive administration and operations positions. He is the Executive Director of Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities (TACID). Ken served as the Executive Director for Rose House, a consumer driven mental health organization in Tacoma, WA. He has provided leadership for organizations including Metro Parks Tacoma, Metro Parks Foundation, Point Defiance Zoological Society, Pacific Science Center, The Seattle Children's Museum and Seattle Public Library. Ken's work has also crossed over into the public funding arena; his efforts have helped bring more than $100 million in support to public and private organizations since 2000. Ken has presented to national and regional audiences on leadership, fundraising and public-private partnership topics. Ken is an active member of Rotary, and a Board member of the Kiwanis Club of Tacoma. He is also principal of Leading Edge Solutions, LLC. Ken is a 2003 graduate of the Master of Nonprofit Leadership program, and holds a BA from Pacific Lutheran University.

    Lee Harper, MNPL

    Lee Harper is the Executive Director of the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA). PNA is a $2.3 million community center serving northwest Seattle and thousands of families each year with programs ranging from soup kitchens to child care, a senior center, and a farmers market. Lee is a passionate and inspiring individual with extensive leadership and nonprofit experience. Prior to PNA, Lee worked with Senior Services in Bothell as the director of the Northshore Senior Center (NSC). NSC is one of the largest senior centers in the country, serving older adults and their families in five cities and two counties. Lee spent the first ten years of her nonprofit career at Solid Ground, first as a program coordinator, and then as assistant director. She has an MNPL degree from Seattle University and is an adjunct faculty member, teaching nonprofit leadership to both undergraduates and graduates. She was a recipient of Puget Sound Business Journal's 40 under 40 award in 2007. In her free time, Lee spends time with her family and her dog Sticks.

    Jane Hinton

    Jane Hinton is the Executive Director of Powerful Voices, a social justice organization that invites girls to realize their dreams, engage their communities and shape a more just world. Jane joined Powerful Voices in 2011, and is proud to be part of a community of people working on both the personal and systemic systems to eradicate oppression.  Jane honed her skills in leadership, youth development and family support while earning her BA in Human Services at Western Washington University, and in her work with Center for Human Services and Loving Couples, Loving Children, a curriculum developed by the Gottman Institute.  Jane previously served on advisory committees with the City of Shoreline Library Board and Youth Development Executives of King County.  Jane and her wife Teriann are the proud parents of their adopted daughter, June.

    Carolyn Hojaboom, CPA, MNPL

    Carolyn Hojaboom has served the Not-for-Profit sector for over 25 years. She has provided professional services as an audit partner in a national accounting firm and has practical experience from serving as the Executive Director for a healthcare foundation and board positions for various organizations.  She is recognized for her ability to identify areas to enhance or improve an organization’s operations where her recommendations have been found to be intuitive, innovative and pragmatic. 

    As a leader in the Not-for-Profit Industry, she is committed to providing a high level of excellence in service and expertise to the industry.  Carolyn recognizes the unique attributes found in this sector and continues to be well versed in its current issues.  She received her Executive Master of Not-for-Profit Leadership from Seattle University.  She served on the Charity Advisory Council to the Washington Secretary of State, the Accounting Advisory Committee of Seattle University and the Finance/Audit Committee of Swedish Medical Center.  She currently serves on the School of Arts & Science Leadership Council of Seattle University, the WSCPA NFP Conference Committee and is the Rotary District 5030 Treasurer.  She has been an instructor, speaker and facilitator for board retreats, college classes and at professional seminars such as the AICPA and WSCPA.

    Mari Horita, MNPL

    Mari Horita is the President and CEO of ArtsFund. Ms. Horita has an extensive background in civic and community involvement and has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce, the Asian Bar Association of Washington, Washington Appleseed, United Way of King County, and Youthcare. She currently serves on the boards of the Bertschi School and Densho. Ms. Horita has guest lectured with a number of nonprofit entities including the United Way's Project LEAD, Northwest Development Officers Association and Seattle University's MNPL program. A lawyer by training, she practiced law at Bogle & Gates, and later Dorsey & Whitney and K&L Gates.  She has played violin with the Vina Musica String Quartet for the past 15 years. Ms. Horita holds B.A. from Pomona College, a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and a M.A. from Seattle University.

    Julielyn Lakey

    Julielyn Lakey is Executive Director of Seniors Making Art and says Dale Chihuly hired her after 15 years in the for-profit sector and as a volunteer with various community organizations. Her organization's budget has grown ten-fold in the past five years and is now in excess of $1 million. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Washington. She lists relationship and resource development, marketing and program development and working with grassroots and start-up organizations as special areas of expertise.

    Rabbi Anson Laytner

    Rabbi Anson Laytner is the executive director of the Seattle Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Previously, he served as the executive director of Multifaith Works (MW), a Seattle nonprofit agency serving people with AIDS or other life-threatening illnesses. He also is an adjunct professor with Seattle University's Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies. Prior to working at MW, Laytner headed the Seattle Jewish Federation's Community Relations Council. During this time, he helped found the Washington Association of Jewish Communities, the Interfaith Council of Washington, and the North American Interfaith Network. As a volunteer, Laytner serves on the board of the Sino-Judaic Institute and edits its journal Points East. In 2004, he was appointed to the King County Task Force on Human Services. He has served on the boards of the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS), the Northwest Development Officers Association, the Interfaith Alliance of Washington and many other nonprofit organizations.

    Jan Levy

    Jan Levy is the Executive Director of Leadership Tomorrow, a civic leadership training program founded by the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of King County. The program's purpose is to develop effective community leaders who work to strengthen the Puget Sound region. Jan is a graduate of the program and has served as its director for more than nineteen years. Her diverse background includes professional dance, higher education administration, and, prior to joining Leadership Tomorrow, eight years at Washington Mutual Bank, where she held positions as Assistant to the Chairman and CEO, Officer and Manager of Student Loans, and Asst. Vice President for Lines of Credit.

    Ray Li, MNPL

    Ray Li is the Director for International Advancement at University of Washington, Regional and International Giving. He previously served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Neighborhood House, a local King County social service agency serving low-income, refugee and immigrant communities. He has been with the Neighborhood House family since 2000. Previously Ray served as the Assistant Director of Development for the Greater Hartford Chapter of the American Red Cross and before that was involved as a volunteer and paid staff of both the Canadian Red Cross and the American Red Cross - Seattle King County Chapter. Ray holds degrees from the University of British Columbia (BSc.), Seattle University (MNPL 01) and a certificate from the University of Washington. He currently serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) - Washington Chapter and is a member of the Visiting Committee of the Seattle University Master in Not-for-profit Leadership Program. In his spare time, you can find him outdoors cycling, running, swimming, climbing, skiing/snowboarding and playing volleyball. When indoors, you can be sure to find him in the kitchen cooking.

    Paola Maranan
     Paola Maranan is the Executive Director of Children's Alliance, an organization she has been involved with -- in one role or another -- since 1993. A hallmark of her work has been to bring greater attention to the racial disparities that diminish opportunity for Washington’s kids. She is proud to be part of a Children’s Alliance team whose practice focuses on racial equity.

    Paola’s commitment to improving the lives of children and families also led her to work with United Way of King County’s Children’s Initiative, the Washington State Family Policy Council, and the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs. Prior to returning to her home state of Washington, she worked in Alabama in the areas of voting rights and prison reform and attended Harvard University where she earned a BA in Government.

    Josephine Tamayo Murray

    Josephine Tamayo Murray is the Vice President for Public Policy at Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. She was previously Director of Archdiocesan Housing Authority, Associate Director of HCS Western Regional Support Center and a Program Manager with Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. She offers mentoring in social services nonprofit management, service delivery to communities of color and community economic development. Her degree is from the University of Washington. Her hobbies include golf, hiking and piano.

    Dave Osmer

    Dave Osmer is Vice President for Executive Search Services at Hagel & Company. He has formerly served as Executive Director of the Greater Everett Community Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of King and Pierce Counties. For eleven years immediately prior to his nonprofit leadership experiences, he held several senior management positions with the Community Relations Department of The Boeing Company. He is a member of the Executive Alliance, the Northwest Development Officers Association and the Board of Directors of the Eastside Domestic Violence Program.

    Kathleen Pierce

    Kathleen Pierce is the managing trustee of the Kirkpatrick Family Foundation, a small family foundation that promotes economic success for women and girls.  She is a retired adjunct faculty member of Seattle University's Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program, where she taught a course on Public Policy, Advocacy, and Collaboration.  Currently, Kathleen’s community service includes:  Neighbor to Neighbor (a collaborative small grants program of The Seattle Foundation); Philanthropy Northwest, Public Policy Committee; the Sustainable Communities Funders (a funder collaboration promoting regional equity), and the board of 501  Commons (providing management and technology services to Washington nonprofits).  Kathleen has a B.A. in political science and a J.D. degree. 

    Laura Rehrmann, MNPL

    Laura Rehrmann is president of the Group Health Community Foundation and vice president for community responsibility for Group Health Cooperative. Laura was previously Executive Director of the Central Seattle Community Foundation and Director of Development for the College. She represents the MNPL Class of '96 on the Visiting Committee. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of San Francisco. Laura was previously Director of Development at Catholic Community Services of King County. She has been the President of the Northwest Development Officers Association and is a volunteer with a number of other organizations. Laura's special expertise is in board and resource development. Reading is among her hobbies.

    Ruben Rivera-Jackman, MNPL

    Ruben Rivera-Jackman currently works as Support Services Manager for the King County Housing Authority, supervising staff members who provide support services and or referrals for younger disabled and elderly residents. Ruben also works as a Youth Residential Counselor for the Children's Home Society of Washington providing mental health case management services for at-risk youth with behavioral and sexual abuse issues in a therapeutic residential setting. From 2001 until 2005 Ruben served as an Alcohol/Drug Treatment Supervisor for Therapeutic Health Services – Midvale Branch. While pursuing his master's degree in Executive Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University, Ruben served as the Chair of the graduate council, supervising volunteers and advocating for improvement of services for students on campus. From 2000 to 2001 Ruben worked with the Lifelong AIDS Alliance as Housing Services Manager, implementing the daily operations of the Housing department; delivering emergency, transitional and permanent housing services.

    Sturgis Robinson, MNPL

    Sturgis Robinson is the former president and CEO of Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona, as well as a longtime member of that institution’s board of trustees. He was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, serving as a political and economic reporting officer in Turkey and India, and an analyst at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. His previous positions include serving as Director of Public Relations for the parent company of the popular clothing manufacturer Patagonia, Deputy Finance Director for Senator Gary Hart’s first presidential campaign, and Executive Director of the Orcas Island Community Foundation. Sturgis is a member of the 2004 cohort of graduates from the Master of Nonprofit Leadership program at Seattle University. Sturgis spent 10 years in the adventure travel industry, leading expeditions throughout the Rocky Mountain West, Mexico, Nepal and Turkey. He has led over 70 river trips on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. 

    Robbie Rohr 

    Robbie Rohr is the former Executive Director of Cancer Lifeline. She previously worked as a consultant, assisting organizations to fully envision their potential and strategize to fulfill it. Robbie was the Executive Director and founder of Executive Alliance, a membership association whose mission is to advance a powerful nonprofit sector supporting vibrant communities and economies. She also worked as the Executive Director of Center for Human Services, Deaconess Children's Services, and Residence East, as well as leading the Office of Children's Affairs in Snohomish and Clatsop Counties. Robbie has held board leadership positions in the areas of social justice, domestic violence, mental health, GLBT organizing and currently serves on Seattle University's MNPL Visiting Committee and as Treasurer of Hedgebrook, a women writer's retreat. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and a MSW in administration and planning from the University of Washington. 

    Rita Ryder

    Rita Ryder is Executive Director of YWCA Relations for the YWCA of Seattle-King County-and Snohomish County. She joined the YWCA as Executive Director in 1978. Rita is also a Co-chair of the Prosperity Partnership, a 4-County economic development initiative. She serves on the Boards of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Seattle Association, the Housing Resources Group, the YWCA of the USA and the National Association of YWCA Executives. Rita is a founding Board member of the Executive Alliance, a professional association of 180 health and human service agencies. She is a member of the Urban Enterprise Center Advisory Board, the Washington Families Fund Steering Committee, the Downtown Seattle Rotary, the YWCA World Service Council, the Washington Women's Forum, and the International Women's Forum.

    Patricia Shepherd-Barnes

    Patricia Shepherd-Barnes is the President of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter. She has worked in non-profits her entire career including 2 years at Catholic Community Services, 10 years with the Arthritis Foundation, and more recently, 14 years with the Sisters of Providence where she held the positions of Executive Director of The Hope Heart Institute and President of Providence Seattle Medical Center Foundation .

    Alice Shobe

    Alice Shobe is the Executive Director of Building Changes. She previously served as the Deputy Director, providing strategic leadership and management of all programmatic work performed by Building Changes including: consulting, grantmaking, technical assistance, advocacy, and evaluation. Alice joined Building Changes in June 2008 and brings over 20 years of experience in housing, philanthropy and community development. Prior positions include: Director of Sound Families, CEO of Philanthropy Northwest and Executive Director of the Washington Community Development Loan Fund. In 2007, Alice was one of 16 professionals selected nationwide for the Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellowship program. Alice began her career as a City Planner with A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH) and the City of Kent, Washington; she holds a B.A. in Urban Policy from James Madison College of Michigan State University.

    Richard Woo

    Richard Woo is the CEO of The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF) in Gig Harbor, Washington. TRFF supports grassroots leadership, environmental sustainability, and global peace. Washington CEO Magazine rated TRFF the number one nonprofit statewide in its 2006 rankings of the "Best Companies to Work For." In addition to Philanthropy Northwest, Richard volunteers on the board of the Council on Foundations and just finished his term as chair of Seattle University's Visiting Committee for the Masters in Nonprofit Leadership Program. Before joining TRFF, Richard worked nearly 12 years at Levi Strauss & Co. in global public affairs including serving as executive director of the Levi Strauss Foundation.