Meet Our Board of Directors


  Christy Barwick
Treasurer, Core Scientific, Inc.

Christy Barwick has worked in finance and treasury for top multinational companies across multiple industries. She is an intellectually curious and proven finance leader with extensive experience in capital markets, Christy is a pioneer in the securitization of technology-related patent receivables. Christy is dedicated to supporting the women and girls in her community. For several years, Christy has been a leader in a professional women's mentor circle, a volunteer for the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, and Expanding Your Horizons. Christy has been recognized by the finance community, most recently the Adam Smith Award as the highly commended winner of Treasury Today's Woman of the Year.

  Erica Beckstrom
Community Leader

Erica Beckstrom is a seasoned and  strategic Executive Sales Leader who is delivering deep experience and broad background into small and medium business.  Erica is recognized for trailblazing and rational risk taking  that has accelerated innovative solution offerings that provide stronger business alignment internally and externally. Her unyielding advocacy for customers and partners speaks to her believe that relationships drive every form of success. 

  Joe Fain
Board Member, Ex-officio

State Senator, 47th Legislative District

In 2010 Joe Fain was elected to the state Senate, where he serves on the Transportation, Early Learning and K-12 Education, Financial Institutions, Housing and Insurance and Rules committees. He also serves as chair of the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee. After only three years in office he has been widely recognized for his efforts on a variety of issues, including as an “Emerging Leader on Developmental Disabilities” by the ARC of King County’s Parent Coalition, as a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, with the “Spirit of Community Award” from the Kent Parent Teacher Association, as “2012 Government Employee of the Year” by the Kent Chamber of Commerce, by the Children’s Alliance as a 2013 Legislative Champion, and by the Aerospace Futures Alliance as 2013 Legislator of the Year.

Eric Harris
Board Member
Vice President of Warehouse Operations and Facilities, Costco Wholesale


Eric Harris is a Vice President of Warehouse Operations and Facilities at Costco Wholesale, overseeing several departments such as Procedures & Training, Warehouse Audit, Facilities and Security/Loss Prevention. He has been with Costco since 1985 and has earned a reputation for driving process improvements and seeking out operational efficiencies. Eric graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with an Accounting specialization. He has also received an Executive Leadership Certificate from Seattle University through his involvement in their Executive Leadership Program. Eric also served from 2006-2010 on the Greater Maple Valley Area Council, an elected position that serves in an advisory capacity to the King County Council, representing constituents in unincorporated King County.


  Mark Hofer
Board Member
Independent Educational Consultant, Your College Matters

Mark Hofer is the founder of Your College Matters, an educational and college consulting firm helping teens develop personal and social skills for success in academics and life. In addition, he teaches leadership, develops curriculum and provides college counseling for the Bezos Scholars Program. He received his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development and a master’s degree in Teaching from Seattle University. With other degrees in the sciences, Mark has worked in psychology, physiology, biology, chemistry, physics, and aerospace engineering and rocket research labs and taught high school science and psychology for eight years

  John Hotta
Board Member
Business Advisory
Corporate Board Member

John Hotta is a retired technology leader, who co-founded a small professional-services firm, Capital Expert Services, LLC. His roots and professional experiences are in technology. He has over 20 years in technology leadership roles at Microsoft, Accenture, AT&T and the RAND Corporation. John speaks to Fortune 500 and SME audiences on technology issues. He has a passion to implement automation and productivity tools; and an equal concern for workplace and employee impacts.

Patrick Jenny

Board Member
Executive, Entrepreneur, Technology Leader

As Senior Vice President of Product Development at F5 Networks, Patrick Jenny's responsibilities include overseeing sustaining and test engineering for local and global traffic management, and web acceleration. He is also responsible for system security technologies and security certifications, global development and delivery operations, development infrastructure, and technical communications. Jenny joined F5 in 2000, focusing on management and content delivery technologies. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Washington.

  Christy Johnson
Board Member
Founder and CEO
Artemis Connection

Christy Johnson is an entrepreneur and educator. She is currently building her third start-up, Artemis Connection, and facilitating a course on designing organizations for Creativity/Innovation at the Standford Graduate School of Business. Ultimately, she believes people are an organization's most important asset and by having a diverse workforce, organizations will have the most innovative solutions. She has seven years of experience working in corporate strategy, including three and a half years at McKinsey & Co. Before this, Christy was an award winning economics and mathematics teacher. In 2005, Junior Achievement recognized Christy as its National Teacher of the year.

  Janis Machala
Board Member

Managing Partner, Paladin Partners           

Janis Machala is an experienced corporate director, CEO, and senior business executive. With over 30 years of diverse experience, she brings the best strategic thinking from myriad industries to infuse systems thinking and innovation across all levels of a company.

As a committed board member, industry and community leader, and innovator, Janis is a market visionary within the technology, higher education, and B2B software and services sectors. She brings strategic insight, a track record of success, collaboration, creativity, and people-connectedness to every role.

In 1996, Ms. Machala launched Paladin Partners to provide strategic business consulting, executive coaching, capitalization advice, interim executive services, and executive team development to start-up and growth companies.

Since then Janis has served as Interim CEO on numerous occasions, each time with the goal of replacing herself with the right long-term executive. Other interim roles have been as VP of Professional Services, VP of Marketing, and VP of Business Development.

  Mike Mack
Board Member
Superintendent, Lakewood School District

Michael Mack has a vast knowledge of public education having served in many capacities throughout his 37-year tenure in education. He has been employed with the Lakewood School District since 2008. Currently he is the Superintendent. Prior to being named Superintendent, he was the Executive Director of Human Resources and directed the Career and Technical Education program. Before coming to Lakewood he was the Superintendent at the International School of Latvia in Riga, Latvia from June 2004 to June 2008. In his earlier years in education he was an Industrial Arts teacher, served as a Guidance Counselor, Assistant Principal and principal in the following districts: Lake Washington, Stanwood-Camano, and Enumclaw.


Mike received his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Educational Leadership from Washington State University. He is married, has three adult children and is an active member of both professional organizations and community activities.

  Ihssane Mounir
Board Member
Vice President
Sales and Marketing Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Ihssane Mounir, is vice president, Global Sales and Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Appointed to the position in 2016, Mounir is responsible for the sales of commercial airplanes and related services to airlines and leasing customers across all markets worldwide. Mounir joined Boeing as a senior aerodynamics engineer in 1997. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University.


Kelly Parriott
Board Member

Owner, Flight and Flute

Kelly Parriott has a  firm belief that it is no longer relevant to build a brand for the sake of brand.  With years of retail marketing and merchandising experience, Kelly understands the marketing and merchant behavior required to drive sales and relevance for a brand.  Experience on both the agency and brand side has given her the perspective needed when working with some of the world’s leading brands.  In addition to brand and marketing experience with Nordstrom, Target, Frito-Lay and others,  





Dan Rosenstein
Board Member

Principal Technical Manager, Microsoft

Dan Rosentein is a Principal Technical Manager at Microsoft. Dan has been at MS since 1999, and currently is on the Internet of Things team.  He has worked on many fun projects in his career (Xbox, Xbox Live, Windows Media Center, Netflix, Zune, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows ME) as well as backend engineering systems.  Dan also is part of the leadership team for the grassroots movement of FIRST volunteers at MS.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering concentrating in robotics and Controls from the University of Washington.  Dan has been an FRC mentor for four year with IRS 1318 (Issaquah High School). He also volunteers as a Robot Inspector and Control System Advisor at FRC competitions.


Kevin Ross
Board Member

Founding Chairman, FIRST Washington, FIRST Executive Advisory Board

Kevin Ross is changing the lives of K-12 students across our state. While working as a senior design engineer at Microsoft, Kevin became concerned that enthusiasm seemed to be declining among entry-level engineers that are fresh out of college. While book-smart, they lacked passion. Around the same time, he began volunteering as a mentor for a high school robotics team as part of the nationwide FIRST program. In 2002 he founded FIRST Washington, which focuses on inspiring K-12 students to become science and technology leaders. 
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  Bruce Schafer
Board Member
Board Member, ORTOP

Bruce Schafer is the Board Chair of Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program (ORTOP) which he co-founded as a university program 2001.  He led ORTOP’s spin-out as an independent nonprofit corporation in 2014.  Bruce has served as Executive Director of the Engineering & Technology Industry Council for the Oregon University system.  Before retirement, Bruce founded a software company which licensed software to many of the top personal computer manufacturers.  Bruce holds an MSEE with a computer science emphasis from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 



Rob Short
Board Member 

Rob Short is an effective and strategic volunteer who works closely with organizations who have bold visions and ideas to bring effective change. His passion for STEM education and getting industry and educators working together for Washington State students is what motivates Rob in giving of his time to FIRST Washington. Prior to becoming a volunteer and social and startup investor, Rob was a Corporate Vice President with Microsoft for 19 years where he lead the Windows Core Technology Team. In addition to FIRST Washington, Rob is active with the University of Washington, Equal Opportunity Schools and Woodland Park Zoo.

  Graham Smith
Board Member
Manager, Avista

Graham Smith is a twenty-year technology professional working primarily in the telecommunication and utility industries. Graham has spent the last few years' actively involved in the project management practice building a Project Management Office within Avista Utilities. He has experience designing and managing large scale technology projects such as Customer Facing websites, Enterprise Voice Portal and Customer Information System replacements. Graham is a graduate of Central Washington University and has an MBA from Webster University. Graham is also an avid cyclist and electric vehicle enthusiast.

  Alexander Tokman
Board Member
Executive, Entrepreneur, Technology Leader

Alexander has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of MicroVision since January 2006 and was President and Chief Operating Officer from July 2005 to January 2006.  As a  former GE executive, he joined MicroVision after a 10-year tenure at GE Healthcare, where he led several global businesses, from 2003 to 2005. Prior to that, between 1995 and 2003, Alexander served in various cross-functional and cross-business leadership roles at GE where he led the definition and commercialization of several medical modalities product segments. As a certified Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) Black Belt and Master Black Belt and as one of GE's Six Sigma pioneers, he drove the quality culture change across GE Healthcare in the late 1990s. From November 1989 to March 1995 he served as new technologies programs lead and a head of I&RD office at Tracor Applied Sciences a subsidiary of then Tracor, Inc. Alexander has both an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.



Dee Dee Walsh
Board Member

VP of Marketing and Business Development

Dee Dee Walsh, VP of marketing and business development and Mobilize.net, has spent her entire career in technology and has a long list of business products within Microsoft. Her software community roots run deep. She ran product management and marketing for ButtonWare, the first shareware company. Dee Dee served on the Washington Software Association (now WTIA) Board of Directors for many years.



Christoph Wimmer

Manager, Semi/Digital, Omron Automation - Americas

Christoph Wimmer is a Global Business Development manager at Omron Microscan, where his expertise is in traceability and machine vision. He graduated from the Technical University in Graz, Austria in 1997 with a MS in electrical engineering. For 10 years, Christoph served as a sales manager for National Instruments in Austria and Germany.  In 2008, he transferred to Seattle with National Instruments to assume the position of Business Development manager for embedded products.  He joined National Instruments’ Big Physics group in 2011 with the goal of developing advanced technologies in conjunction with National Labs.  He has been involved in FIRST since 2008 in various roles, including judge advisor for FRC and FLL.



Brad Gile

Board Member
Logistics Center Manager, Catepillar, Inc.

Brad Gile

Board Member
Logistics Center Manager, Catepillar, Inc.