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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is a group of dedicated volunteers committed to advancing the mission and programs of ARC. The Board establishes overall policy and long-term strategy for ARC, oversees organizational management, and monitors ARC’s fiscal stability. While day-to-day operations are led by ARC’s Executive Director, appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.

Interested in joining our board? Learn more!

Meet the Board

Headshot of Justin Umagat, Board President of Associated Recreation Council

Justin graduated from Seattle University with a Mechanical Engineering degree and currently works in the public transportation industry. He spent the majority of his career at Sound Transit holding roles of increasing responsibilities. For those efforts, he was nationally recognized in 2018 with Mass Transit’s prestigious Top 40 Under 40 national award. This award is presented to individuals who have made substantial contributions to the public transit industry. He now works for King County Metro delivering capital transit projects with partner agencies across King County. Justin’s passion for regional and community improvements go beyond public transit.

Justin also brings a wealth of community work and board experience to the organization. A born and raised Seattle native, he continually seeks to make meaningful positive contributions to his community in multiple ways. He participated in the Seattle Parks and Recreation Basketball program throughout his youth where he experienced firsthand the positive impacts of community volunteers and programs. Justin then spent 15 years coaching youth basketball teams before joining the ARC board.

Why Justin joined the Board:

"Why? I personally benefited from participating in city wide recreation programs in my youth. In my adult years, I strive to give back to the very same programs as a volunteer, advocate, and leader. My 'why' is so that kids like myself, children like my own, and communities around Seattle have a safe place to recreate where they can feel supported and welcomed. I plan to apply my professional, community, and board experience with my authentic and servant leadership style to my role as ARC Board President. I will keep my efforts centered on ARC’s Vision and Mission while not losing sight of Values to provide sustainable, equitable, and relevant services to many communities of Seattle that ARC serves."

Headshot of Leon Preston, Board Vice President of Associated Recreation Council

Leon is an 8th degree black belt, one of the senior most international Tae Kwon Do judges in the world and a highly respected Olympic Tae Kwon Do referee. To his credit, he is a much sought-after Kwon Do Instructor, who for many years has taught countless kids at Garfield Community Center, all for free. Leon also ran the University of Washington’s Tae Kwon Do program for decades and produced a number of national and international champions. Leo has practiced Tae Kwon Do for more than 40 years.

Leon is a Lecturer Emeritus in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. He has extensive teaching experience at five different universities plus numerous workshops and special topic lectures.

Headshot of Caitlin Dought, Board Member of Associated Recreation Council

Caitlin works for The Nature Conservancy as the Global Water Strategy Associate. She is passionate about advancing the standing, tenure, and climate resiliency of indigenous peoples and local communities. Caitlin has extensive experience developing relationships with people from diverse backgrounds from Indigenous communities to international donors, evaluating human rights and climate change programs across the world, and managing complex groups in consensus building and collaborative decision making. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a MS from Yale University.

In and outside of work, Caitlin enjoys the outdoors and continues to add to her list of outdoor activities, which to date include backpacking, climbing, mountaineering, and photography. You can also find her having fun at one of Seattle Parks and Rec pools or classes!

Headshot of Morgin Morris, Board Treasurer of Associated Recreation Council

Morgin Morris is a Senior Vice President at KeyBank. She works in bank’s healthcare silo, focusing on Seniors Housing finance. Passionate about seniors, for over 15 years Morgin has worked with owners and operators to find financing solutions for their seniors housing communities. Holding bachelor’s degrees in International Business, Economics and Spanish, Morgin is also a post-graduate of the University of Washington Pacific Coast Banking School. Morgin is an alumni and former Chair of the NIC Future Leader’s Council, and previously served on Key’s Young Professionals Board.

An avid traveler, when home, can be found with her family cooking or enjoying one of Seattle’s many beautiful parks. 

Headshot of Michael Cuadra, Board Member of Associated Recreation Council

Michael Cuadra has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years and is currently working for King County Housing Authority’s Capital Construction Department where he enjoys doing his part to provide safe and affordable housing. Michael serves on a variety of private, community and institutional boards. He currently serves on the Green Lake Advisory Council, where for the past 5 years he has volunteered for special events, served as president and works with the advisory council. He is a passionate advocate for building maintenance repairs and funding to design and build a new community center and pool. Michael is a strong advocate for expanding learning and recreation opportunities for our whole community. He began serving on the ARC Board in 2018.

Headshot of Kyle Serikawa, Chair of Constituency Committee of Associated Recreation Council

Seattle resident since 1996. Kyle has been working in the biopharma industry for almost twenty years, working to develop therapeutics and diagnostics to positively impact human health. In his current role, Kyle manages a program in collaboration with Microsoft to use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques to understand the complexity of the immune system. Outside of work Kyle enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, traveling, and enjoying long NW summer evenings. 

Why Kyle joined the Board:

"I really support the mission of bringing lifelong recreation and learning to Seattle via the city's parks system. I and my family have enjoyed classes, resources and events at SPR facilities and I wanted to help support that mission by serving on ARC's Board."

Headshot of Judy Tangen, Board Secretary of Associated Recreation Council

Judy Tangen grew up in a logging community on the Washington Coast. With the help of scholarships, she was able to graduate from U of W in 1969 with a business education degree. While she didn't end up being a teacher, she built a career in the metals industry working for locally owned Alaskan Copper. She has lived in the Loyal Heights neighborhood since 1972 and raised her family with the help of the Loyal Heights Community Center. She retired in 2017 at the age of 70. She is now working on herself.  She is reading and taking classes on how to be an active antiracist. She feels so fortunate to be retired.  It gives her the freedom to keep improving the quality of her life and to help build a bigger and more inclusive world around her.

Why Judy joined the Board:

"I am volunteering with the ARC Board to help bring recreation and welcoming community centers to all the families in Seattle.  The friendships and support I have enjoyed being a volunteer with ARC have enriched my life and just plain make me happy.  I want to support the work that ARC does in partnership with Seattle Parks.  Since 1975, ARC has been helping volunteers build relationships with their community as well as with Parks staff to give neighborhoods a voice at Seattle Parks as well as Seattle City Council.  I have been volunteering on the Loyal Heights Advisory Council for the last 30 plus years.  Joining the ARC Board helps me connect with all of the community centers across Seattle.  There is a lot of opportunity to bring racial equity and social justice to all of Seattle's neighborhoods through the work ARC and Seattle Parks is doing."

Headshot of Payel Vengalil, Board Chair of Associated Recreation Council

Payel Vengalil is a Principal at The Bridgespan Group, a global non-profit strategic advisory firm. Through her work at Bridgespan, Payel supports leading non-profits and foundations to clearly define their missions and effectively scale the programs that work – with a central focus on inclusion and equity as both outcomes and principles for the process itself. Previously, Payel was the chief of staff for Teach For America – Bay Area, and spent over five years as a management consultant with Bain & Company in the New York and New Delhi offices. While at Bain, Payel worked in a variety of sectors, including retail, financial services, private equity and media, and gained extensive experience on strategy development, performance improvement and organizational design.

Payel graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Political Science from Columbia University, and holds an MBA from The Wharton School in Business and Public Policy, where she graduated with honors.

Why Payel joined the Board:

"As a recent transplant to Seattle, I relied heavily on her local community center for both childcare and community connection. To this day, my family continues to benefit from the great programing and facilities that our community center provides. Given my family's personal experience, I was eager to support ARC to ensure more people in Seattle are able to access high-quality, equitable programming through their community centers as well."

2022 Public Board Meeting Dates

All meetings take place on the THIRD Tuesday of the month from Noon – 2 p.m. unless noted otherwise.  

Meetings are currently being held virtually until further notice. See instructions for joining through Zoom below. 

  • January 18th: Noon-2 p.m. 
  • February: No Meeting 
  • March 15th: Noon-2 p.m.
  • April: No Meeting
  • May 17th: Noon-2 p.m.
  • June: No Meeting
  • July 19th: Noon-2 p.m.
  • August: No Meeting 
  • September 20th: Noon-2 p.m.
  • October: No Meeting
  • November 15th: Noon-2 p.m.
  • December: No Meeting
Join Zoom Meeting

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82010110259?pwd=TXN6NXZOeXVibjJ5T1hLUnZ1L1ZwZz09

To attend the meeting please send an email to [email protected] or call 206-305-2483 for the Meeting ID and password.

Board Officers

  • Justin Umagat, President
    King County Metro, Capital Project Manager
  • Leon Preston, Vice President
    Professor Emeritus at U of WA School of Social Work
  • Morgin Morris, Treasurer 
    KeyBank Real Estate Capital
  • Judy Tangen, Secretary 
    Retired, Community Volunteer

Board Members

  • Michael Cuadra 
    King County Housing Authority
  • Caitlin Doughty
    The Nature Conservancy
  • Kyle Serikawa
    Plenty
  • Payel Vengalil
    The Bridgespan Group, Principal

Board Minutes

No July meeting due to training June 30th.
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January
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 August
September - No meeting
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January
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August- No Meeting
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January 
February - No Meeting 
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July
August - No Meeting
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October - No Meeting
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January
February - No Meeting
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ARC and its 36 advisory councils raise support through fundraising events, grants and generous contributions from dedicated individuals and businesses throughout our community. These funds allow us to offer program scholarships and improve service delivery, ensuring equitable access to high quality programming for all Seattle residents.

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