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Board of Directors

The ARC Board is comprised of eighteen volunteer board members, one of which is an appointed member of the Parks Board of Commissioners. Board members serve a term of three years. The public is always welcome to attend.

Meet the Board

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Justin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Seattle University and has worked in the engineering and public transportation industry for over 10 years. His 7+ years of contributions in variously increasing roles at Sound Transit were nationally recognized in 2018 as he was awarded Mass Transit’s prestigious Top 40 Under 40 national award. This award was granted to individuals who have made substantial contributions to the public transit industry. He currently works for Huitt-Zollars, an engineering and architecture consulting firm, focusing on business development, project execution, client management, and staff development. His passion for regional and community improvements go beyond public transit.

A born and raised a Seattle native, Justin continually seeks to make meaningful positive contributions to his community in multiple ways. He participated in the Seattle Parks and Recreation Basketball program in his youth where he experienced firsthand the positive impacts of community volunteers, advocates and programs. He has since been volunteer coaching West Seattle youth basketball teams for 15+ years.

Justin’s experience, authenticity, passion and servant leadership will assist ARC in providing continued sustainable and positive change via collaboration.

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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 fee. 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.

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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!

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Secretary Frana Milan has been on the ARC Board of Directors since 2016. Frana works at King County Parks, beginning in 2007, and leads the agency’s communications, community engagement, and grant writing efforts. Prior to joining King County Parks, Frana spent a decade doing grant writing, fundraising, communications, and community organizing for environmental non-profit organizations, including ECOSS, People for Puget Sound and the Earth Day Network. Frana has a master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) and in International Relations (MAIS) from University of Washington and bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and French from the Ohio State University. In addition to ARC, Frana has served on the boards of Groundswell NW and EarthCorps. When she’s not out in the woods hugging trees, Frana can be found playing at Loyal Heights Community Center with her seven-year-old son or planning her next travel adventure.

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Dennis A. Cook, a Seattle native, worked for Seattle Parks and Recreation Department for 37 years. Dennis was involved in many local and national youth programs such as, the Hershey Youth Track and Field Games, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Catholic Youth Association, USA Youth Football and USA Track and Field. During his years of service in Seattle Parks and Recreation, Dennis managed the Athletic Field Scheduling Office and youth and adult athletics programs. Dennis is currently a Board of Parks Commissioner.

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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.

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Jonathan started his career in finance, but after a few short years moved into tech. After a stint at a startup, you will now find him at Seattle-headquartered Slalom Consulting. Jonathan is an avid ultra marathon runner having completed trail races of all distances in the United States and overseas. A graduate of Excelsior College (B.Sc) and Tel Aviv University (M.A.), Jonathan brings his multi-discipline background to bear at ARC.

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Jonathan Hartung is an architect and native Seattleite. An avid rower, Jonathan began his involvement with ARC first through the Green Lake Small Craft Center where he learned to row and went on to become the Masters team Captain. Jonathan joined the Green Lake Advisory Council Board in 2008, serving as a board member and president during the last 10 years. Jonathan joined the ARC board in 2013-2014 and is the current Board President. Jonathan shares ARC’s passion for providing equitable access to recreation for all.

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A local resident of Seattle since 1990, Jacqueline attained her BA at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA and her MBA from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

Jacqueline has over 15 years of relevant professional and volunteer experience. She currently works in Global Talent Acquisition at Microsoft and is deeply passionate about the future of work, HR technology and strategically aligning employees with the business.

As a volunteer, she serves on leadership committees for various professional networks and organizations focused on – education, development, civic engagement, diversity, inclusion & equity.

An avid learner and change agent at heart, it is with great passion that Jackie joins the ARC board to support the work to ensure equitable, dynamic, culturally relevant continual learning programs for all.

Outside of work, Jackie enjoys spending time listening to podcasts, cooking, traveling and attending live music shows.

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Bernardo Ruiz is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Racing to Equity Consulting Group in Seattle, WA. He served Seattle Public Schools for 21 years where he provided vision, leadership and hands-on work to systemically advance racial equity and student academic achievement and was a member of the Superintendent's Executive & Leadership Team. He also served as the Co-Principal Investigator for the Family Engagement & Academic Success Grant with Johns Hopkins University & the US Department of Education. He has received professional certificates focused on Family Engagement & Eliminating Opportunity Gaps from Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Bernardo received appointments to serve on the City of Seattle Social Justice Community Roundtable, the Gender Pay Equity Taskforce and the Disproportionally in Discipline Committee. He currently lives in West Seattle with his wife Lisa.

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Kyle Serikawa moved to Seattle in 1996. He worked at the University of Washington until 2005, first as a postdoctoral researcher and then as a lab manager. In 2005 he transitioned to the biopharmaceutical industry, joining Rosetta Inpharmatics, a subsidiary of Merck, Inc. Over the past fifteen years he has worked for a variety of biopharmaceutical companies including Novo Nordisk, ImmunExpress and Adaptive Biotechnologies. At Adaptive Kyle works as a Program Manager for the Antigen Map Program, a collaboration with Microsoft to use machine learning to understand the immune system. Kyle believes that a vibrant and accessible recreational and support services are a key part of a healthy, thriving community. 

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Heather Van Nuys, a retired Superior Court Judge, is a Washington native. She is passionate about parks and social justice. Serving as a volunteer park steward for Seattle Parks and Recreation with Green Seattle Partnership, Heather has enjoyed restoring a portion of the Burke-Gilman Trail to native habitat. 

Heather is proud of her social justice work on the bench, having served on the Minority and Justice Task Force and the Court Interpreters Commission. She has served on several non-profit boards in Yakima and Seattle, including KYVE-TV public television, Goodwill Industries, Allied Arts Council, and The American String Project. A graduate of the University of Washington, she received her law degree from Willamette University and her Master of Laws in taxation from the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Jack Huston. 

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Payel Vengalil works 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.  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.

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Kyle Vixie is Chair of the King County CEOC, (elections commission) and Advisory Board Chair for Seattle University's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. Kyle brings a background in developing neighborhood partnerships to ARC through his experience in the community relations business and as cofounder of a startup organization that merged with Business Impact NW. Kyle served in senior leadership roles at Downtown Seattle Association (Director of Events and Community Partnerships), Edmonds Chamber of Commerce (President and CEO), and Medical Group Management Association, WA (Executive Director). He also serves on the 2020 Regional Census Task Force and Chaired the most recent Port of Seattle Candidate Evaluation Committee for Municipal League of King County. Kyle is an alumni of the business school at University of Washington, earned an MPA from Seattle University, and is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow. A resident of Seattle’s Belltown and native of Bothell WA, he enjoys summer tennis classes in Woodland Park.

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Brad Wilken has worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years and is currently working for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as Deputy Director of Product Development Operations. He has gained extensive experience in strategy development and operational efficiency at companies such as Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Genentech and Eli Lilly.

Brad received his BS in Human Biology from The University of Kansas, MBA from Butler University, and MPH from Columbia University where he focused on healthcare policy and management. He began serving on the ARC Board in 2019.

2021 Public Board Meeting Dates

All meetings take place from Noon – 2 pm unless noted otherwise.  Meetings are currently being held virtually until further notice. See instructions for joinging through Zoom below. 

In February, we will hold a special board goal setting workshop that is optional for attendance but recommended. No official board proceedings will be conducted.

  • Tuesday, January 19th
Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5656528386?pwd=aURvSjd0dzNRVzEzTlZsdUdSbWFpZz09

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
  • Leon Preston, Vice President
  • Caitlin Doughty, Second Vice President - RESJ
  • Frana Milan, Secretary

Board Members

  • Dennis Cook, Seattle Parks and Recreation Board Representative
  • Michael Cuadra 
  • Jonathan Granby
  • Jonathan Hartung
  • Jackie Mitti
  • Bernardo Ruiz
  • Kyle Serikawa
  • Heather Van Nuys
  • Payel Vengalil
  • Kyle Vixie
  • Brad Wilken

Board Minutes

No July meeting due to training June 30th.
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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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