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SAL Board
Tim Griffith President

Investment advisor with Schmidt Financial Group, Inc. in Kirkland. B.A. in business from University of Washington. Pacific Northwest native and active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics.

Tim Griffith
Andrea Voytko Vice President

Deputy Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she received her M.H.A. from the University of Washington, School of Public Health and Community Medicine and her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Andrea serves on the Board of YouthCare and the U.W. MHA Alumni Association. She is an avid reader, traveler and parent of teenage twin boys. 

Andrea Voytko
Mark E. Madsen Treasurer

Board member since 2011, past president. Chief Data Scientist at Ibis Networks. Orcas Power and Light Company Board member, San Juan County Econ Development Council Board President; San Juan Island Library District trustee. Co-Founder, AllRecipes.com. Past roles include RealNetworks (then Progressive Networks), Microsoft, Internap Network Services, Network Clarity, & Pinpoint Venture Group. Ph.D. candidate, U.W.; M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A., U.W.

Mark E. Madsen
Nancy Tollefson Secretary

Former bond trader. Washington native. B.A. from University of Puget Sound in International Affairs. Other current volunteer service includes Study Zone tutor for the Bellevue library and on-call assistant for Bellevue Lifespring. She loves to spend time traveling, reading, taking long walks with her dog, and most of all, spending time with her family.

Nancy Tollefson
Candace Barron

Specializes in PR strategy for Boeing in the areas of engineering, technology strategy and intellectual property. Under her former byline, Candace Heckman, she wrote and edited for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper until it ceased operations in 2009. Has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Arkansas and a Master's in strategic public relations from The George Washington University. 


Candace Barron
Stesha Brandon

Formerly of Town Hall Seattle and University Book Store, she is currently Interim Executive Director at Seattle City of Literature. Other volunteer service includes the Bumbershoot Task Force and the Washington State Book Awards jury. When she's not reading, Stesha keeps chickens, knits and bakes tasty treats.

Stesha Brandon
Patti Brooke

VP of Marketing and Business Development for SCCA, Seattle Proton Center. B.A. in English Literature from Lewis & Clark College. M.B.A., University of Washington. 2 teenage sons, 2 active and 1 semi-active book club memberships. Avid tennis player, skier, hiker and dog walker. Previous board service on Rainier Scholars, TAF and the Crisis Clinic.

Patti Brooke
Lauri Conner

P.H.D. candidate at the University of Washington in Education and a graduate of their M.F.A. program. She is a Cave Canem fellow and her poems have appeared in Caylx, Seattle Review, and other journals. Has taught at Cornish College of the Arts, Antioch University and Seattle Central Community College; currently teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences where she is the Head of Upper School.

Lauri Conner
Melanie Curtice

Employee benefits attorney at Perkins Coie with nearly two decades of experience. Was appointed by former Governor Christine Gregoire to serve on the first governing board of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. Has twice been named “Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers Magazine. She enjoys cycling, wines from the Burgundy region, writing, visiting Esalen and participating in The Moth story slams.

Melanie Curtice
Debra D. Dahlen

Former physician and researcher in hematology & oncology. Board committee member for the Overlake School—buildings & grounds, and Billings Middle School—finance. Prior trustee & executive committee member with Northwest Children’s Fund (NWCF), Billings Middle School, Perkins School. Avid reader, child & education advocate, gardener, naturalist, kayaker, and fabric crafter. M.D., U. Pittsburgh; B.S. (biology), B.A. (chemistry), U. Washington.

Debra D. Dahlen
Wood Graham

Participant in Seattle Investment Network, a privately held company with equity interests in food and beverage venues. Directs operations for Agave Oaxaca LLC. 
B.A. English, St. Catherine University, certificates from Harvard (Publishing) and the University of Washington (Fundraising Management, Business Development and Non Profit Management). Served as a trustee and advancement chair for Billings Middle School. Dedicated volunteer with SAL, Wing Luke Museum and The Perkins School. 

Wood Graham
Rachel Griffin

A YA novelist currently working on her second manuscript. Has a B.S. in diagnostic ultrasound from Seattle University and worked in healthcare for five years before making the switch to a tech startup, where she ran their PR and social media efforts. She now writes full-time from her home in Seattle and is an avid reader, hiker, flute-player, and tea-drinker.

Rachel Griffin
Patricia Kiyono

A veteran book editor, Patricia Kiyono has crafted communications for art museums, trade publishers, and nonprofit organizations. Past positions were with Densho, a Japanese American heritage organization, and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a global health center at the University of Washington. She volunteers with the Seattle Public Library, Literacy Source, and Washington Women's Foundation.

Patricia Kiyono
Lindsay McComb

A Product Manager at BlackRock, Inc. for their global CRM software, she previously served as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), as well as a member of the Friends of CASA Board. A Seattle native, Lindsay earned a B.A. degree in business administration from the University of Washington. She is an avid reader, travel enthusiast, and amateur photographer.

Lindsay McComb
Krista Mirhoseini

Associate General Counsel at Chihuly Studio, she earned her B.A. (Journalism and Spanish) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, law degree at Marquette University, and LL.M. at the University of Washington. Two college-aged children and always one to two dogs. Hands-on volunteer with several other local organizations. Avid runner, writer, reader, traveler, and occasional evening Farsi student. 

Krista Mirhoseini
Jenn Pearsall

Board member since 2011. Director, Online Sales and co-owner of Seattle and Colorado based housewares manufacturer’s rep group. B.S. in English & Education, Towson University. Avid reader, book group member, passionate home cook and owner of a herd of dogs.

Jenn Pearsall
Steve Rummage

A lawyer at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Steve represents clients in complex litigation and appeals, with an emphasis on class action defense. In addition to his trial practice, he has argued dozens of appeals in state and federal courts, including high profile cases that established WA law on issues ranging from class actions to securities to land use. B.A. in History & Creative Writing from Stanford University, 1977, law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1980.

Steve Rummage
Chuck Stempler

CEO and owner of AlphaGraphics – a print and marketing services company. B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Other board service includes: Holocaust Center for Humanity, Humane Society of Seattle / King County, Belltown Business Association.

Chuck Stempler
Advisory Board

Nancy Abramson, Roger J. Bass, Mary Dunnam, Bruce Firestone, Gary Glant, Vicki Glant, Mary Kay Haggard, Mary Ingraham, Stewart Parker, Susan Potts, Sherry Prowda, Kim Brown Seely, Mary Jo Stansbury, Michael Stansbury, Bill True, Lisa Verhovek, Merrill Wright

Advisory Board
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