Charlie Sheffer: Board President Charlie is a Production Engineering manager at the Boeing Company. He coached fencing at Salle Auriol Seattle where he was the director of junior programs for 20 years. He also owns and operates a small manufacturing business. He lives in Redmond with his wife Heather and their three Alaskan Malamutes.
Dr. Carolyn West: Board Secretary Dr. Carolyn West is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington in Tacoma where she teaches courses on Family Violence, Human Sexuality, and Sex Crimes and Sexual Violence. She is winner of the University of Washington’s 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2016 Distinguished Research Award. A gifted public speaker, she writes, trains, consults, and lectures internationally on intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Dr. West is devoted to creating inspirational material to empower domestic violence/sexual assault survivors during their healing journey, delivering keynote addresses, conducting workshops, and customizing innovative training material to educate and equip professionals with the skills to provide culturally sensitive services.
Anthony Lozano: Board Treasurer, Anthony Lozano has been in executive finance roles as CFO and Corporate Controller at various multinational public and private equity backed corporations with over 20 years of experience. Anthony holds a B.S. in Accounting from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Marquette University. Anthony is a licensed CPA. In his free time he is an avid cyclist.
COL Ray Arment: Retired colonel US Army. Ray Arment entered the Army as a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1970. He served as one of the Army’s first Equal Opportunity Officers. His extensive operational experience includes armor, infantry, and mechanized infantry leadership and staff positions, from platoon through division level, in Germany and the United States. He served as the senior intelligence staff officer at brigade, division, theater army and national level. While based in the Republic of Panama, he was the Senior Army Intelligence Officer for Central and South America. Immediately before becoming the Superintendent of Eatonville Community Schools in 1998, he was responsible for all national military intelligence for the Balkans for the Joint Chief’s of Staff.
The Eatonville School Board of Directors installed Mr. Arment as Superintendent of Eatonville School District in July 1998. At his 2010 retirement he was the longest serving superintendent in his original district in Pierce County, Washington. During his superintendency, the community passed three local tax levies totaling $34.2 million. In 2006, the community voters also passed, by nearly a 70% “yes” vote a $34.4 million capitol improvement bond for modernizing and expanding school facilities. This was the first capitol improvement bond approved in over 29 years. All facility renovations were completed under schedule and $6 million dollars under budget. As a result of focused curriculum revision and raising academic standards the high school graduation rate improved from 56% in 1998 to 90% in 2010. During Superintendent Arment’s tenure the district has seen community relations, school safety, academic achievement as well as the high school graduation rate markedly increase.
Pam Duncan: Pam Duncan is currently a manager with the Human Services Division, City of Tacoma. She previously held positions with the United Way of Pierce County and Evergreen State College. Pam is a seasoned and trusted professional, teacher, and facilitator who knows how to bring people together around a vision and motivate to action. She has a passion for influencing sustainable change in the trajectory of the disenfranchised and marginally engaged communities. I imagine the impossible, believe it can happen, and then I do it. I connect, convene, inspire.
Jill Goodman: Jill received her BA in Economics from Brandeis University and her MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. Professionally Jill has worked as an investment manager and consultant, an opera singer and voice teacher, and as an entrepreneur and designer of fashions for breastfeeding mothers. Jill’s past and current non-profit board affiliations include Tacoma Opera, TCC Foundation, Temple Beth El, Seabury School (development co-chair) and Tahoma Chapter of National Association of Teachers of Singing. Jill joined the WA Engage board because once she learned about the shocking existence of human trafficking in WA State, she could not sit idly by.
Rose Gundersen, E.J.D.: Policy Chair, Rose Gundersen is the Washington Engage Co-Founder. After completing her Executive J.D. Degree at Concord Law in 2010, Rose co-founded Washington Engage. This was a result of the policy insight and passion for justice she developed from her two-year Human Trafficking Policy Research at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office during law school. Together with the community Coalitions Against Trafficking, Rose has successfully built social and legal frameworks at the local and state levels to prevent human trafficking. Ms. Gundersen works to ensure enforcement of Washington State’s strong human trafficking laws and to promote a spectrum of public health measures that address the root causes of sex trafficking.
Brenda Oliver: Board Vice-President, Business owner, core-leader of the Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking. Brenda Oliver has over 16 years of experience working with at risk children and teens. She was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the King County court system for over 13 years. In 2007 the daughter of a family friend disappeared, and it was soon discovered that she had become a victim of Human Trafficking. Upon learning this Brenda became quickly educated on the issue and the reality of the "magnitude" of the problem right here in our own country and her local community. In 2011 she co-founded the Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking (FWCAT), where she currently serves as director. Brenda has also been a board member for Washington Engage for 3 years. She is married and has two amazing sons.
Andre Penalver: Legal/Audit Chair, Assistant U.S. Attorney in Tacoma, Vice President of the Board of Campaign for Equal Justice, Vice President of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington. Andre is a federal prosecutor in Tacoma. Outside of work, he enjoys raising money for civil legal aid thoroughout the state. He similarly enjoys assisting Washington Engage with its legal compliance. Andre spends his spare time with his wife, Stephanie, their infant daughter, Livia, and a host of old-home problems.
Diane Tilstra: WAE Advancement Chair, Development consultant Diane Tilstra is a "re-fired" community volunteer/activist with a strong fundraising background. In her early career, she started an advocacy non-profit for victims of sexual assault in eastern Washington. She is dedicated to supporting Washington Engage to fund capacity and programs by giving her time and contributions to eradicate the suffering caused by human trafficking.
Tanya Jernigan: CFO and founder of Diamond Technologies, Inc.; founder of the Jernigan Foundation
Ambassador Mark Lagon: U.S. Ambassador at Large to Combat Trafficking in Persons; Chair of Foreign Service Masters Program at Georgetown University, Council on Foreign Relations
Lorna Rufener: Retired Captain - Kent Police Department
Julie Watts, MSW - Lecturer, University of Washington School of Social Work
Cynthia Wolfe, MD - Olympia Emergency Room and Family Medicine Physician