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Task Force Members

Co-Chair Councilman Larry Gossett is a member of the Metropolitan King County Council representing District Ten. He is Chair of the Budget & Fiscal Management Committee and Vice-Chair of the Employment Committee. From April 1979 until December 1993 he was the Executive Director of the Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP), one of the oldest community action agencies in the City of Seattle. Councilmember Gossett is dedicated to the cause of equal rights and economic freedom for all people.

Co-Chair Mayor Kathy Keolker became Mayor of Renton in January of 2004 after serving five terms on the Renton City Council. During her time on the city council, Kathy served as President of the Suburban Cities Association, a consortium of 37 cities in King County. Her involvement in issues like transportation, human services and economic development has contributed to making Renton a key player ion the region. As Mayor of Renton, Kathy is committed to increasing citizen involvement, including outreach to the diverse population of the City and ensuring the quality of life for residents.

Councilmember Bob Ferguson was elected to the King County Council in 2003. He is a resident of the Maple Leaf neighborhood of North Seattle. His prior work experience included spending a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Portland, Oregon. As part of his year with the volunteer corps, Bob lived and worked in an inner-city environment where he ran an emergency services office and tutored children from the neighborhood. Prior to his election, Bob worked at the law firm of Preston, Gates and Ellis where he represented many local government entities including King County.

Deputy Mayor Phil Noble became Deputy Mayor of the City of Bellevue in 2004 after serving as Councilmember for the City of Bellevue from 2000-2003. He currently participates as liaison to the Human Services Commission; chairs the Eastside Transportation Partnership; and is a member of the Regional Policy Committee as well as the Regional Issues Committee. He is a practicing attorney with the law firm of Helsell Fetterman, LLP where he focuses on employment law and business litigation.

Councilmember Tom Rasmussen was elected to the Seattle City Council in 2003. He has spent twenty-five years working on issues important to the people of Seattle--from transportation and the environment, to affordable housing and human rights. Tom has been a leading advocate for seniors and people with disabilities. Prior to his election Tom was the Director of the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens. A long time advocate for human rights and social justice, Tom served on the board of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Daniel Gandara, Esq. has been an attorney with the law firm of Vandeberg Johnson & Gandara since 1993. His practice area focuses on business law, including International Transaction; Commercial and Tort Litigation; and Intellectual Property Litigation. Mr. Gandara has been involved in numerous community efforts. He is a former member of the King County Personnel Board; past president of the Capital Hill Housing Improvement Program (CHHIP); former member of the Seafirst Bank Hispanic Small Business Advisory Board; and former board member of the Washington State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Glenn A. Gregory has served as President and Portfolio Manager of Obsidian Investment Advisors, LLC since founding the firm in 1998. His responsibilities include overseeing daily operations, research, investment selection, and portfolio management. Glenn's previous experience includes international business management, operations and finance, working with British Petroleum, General Motors and Microsoft. Glenn serves on the Board of Tabor 100 and is a member of the Washington Securities Advisory Committee.

Terri Kimball has been the director of the Domestic Abuse Women's Network (DAWN), located in South King County, since 2001. Prior to this, she was the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the non-profit agency, Senior Services of Seattle King County. Before coming to Senior Services, Terri was with Public-Health King County for 8 years, moving from Program Coordinator for the HIV/AIDS Seroprevalence Studies, to Interim Regional Division Director. Terri serves on a number of boards including serving as President of the South King County Council for Human Services and a member of the King County Alliance for Human Services.

Rev. Dr. James Kubal-Komoto is minister of the Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church in Des Moines, WA. He regularly teaches religious education classes for church members. Rev. Kubal-Komoto encourages his congregation to get involved in the larger community. The Social Justice Committee of the Saltwater UU Church supports community social service efforts by preparing meals for displaced women in need of temporary assistance and raising funds for local food banks in South King County.

Sandra Madrid is Assistant Dean for Students and Community Development at the University of Washington School of Law. Dean Madrid has been with the Law School since 1989. Her responsibilities include oversight of recruitment, admissions and financial aid. Dean Madrid also provides academic and personal counseling and serves as Dean of Students and Director of Personnel for classified and professional staff. She serves on several national boards and numerous local boards, including the United Way of King County, the World Affairs Council, and the YWCA of Seattle and King/Snohomish Counties.

Terry Mark is the Deputy Director of the King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS). DCHS is the second largest human services agency in Washington State providing a broad array of services for the residents of King County including affordable and special needs housing, mental health and substance abuse treatment, work training programs for at-risk youth, vocational and job placement services for adults and dislocated workers, developmental disabilities services, emergency shelter and legal aid to survivors of domestic and sexual assault, homeless services, and veterans services. Ms. Mark is responsible for the DCHS state and federal legislative agenda tracking human service issues. She is a member of the King County Juvenile Justice Operational Master Plan Oversight Committee.

Patricia McInturff is the Director of Human Services for the City of Seattle. She has over 25 years of experience in public health and human services. Prior to her current appointment, Ms. McInturff was the deputy superintendent of Seattle Parks; a visiting scholar at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta; CEO of Senior Services of Seattle-King County; and director of regional services for the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health.

David Okimoto is Vice President of Community Services for United Way of King County. Prior to that he served on the United Way board for a year, as well as from 1985-1990. He has run two United Way partner agencies, the Atlantic Street Center from 1990-2001 and the Asian Counseling and Referral Service from 1977-1985. He also served under Mayor Charles Royer as the director of the Department of Human Resources for the City of Seattle. Mr. Okimoto is a lifelong human service practitioner and advocate.

Rev. Marillyn Schultz Rothermel is the pastor at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bothell, WA. The Social Ministries Program at the church works with local organizations such as Hopelink, Lutheran Alliance to Create Housing (LATCH) and Habitat for Humanity to strengthen the services that support many families in need. Some of the specific ministries include providing rent subsidy to prevent a family from becoming homeless, ongoing collection of food for the food bank, and the church's Change for Change program which buys many of the items needed by the food bank but infrequently donated, as well as much-needed school supplies each fall.

Josephine Tamayo Murray has been Executive Director of Catholic Community Services - King County for 11 years. With more than 23 years experience in social and housing services, Ms. Tamayo Murray has been a leader in the development of affordable housing, counseling and service-enriched programs that assist the elderly, disabled, low-income and homeless persons. She formerly served on the Washington State Housing Finance Commission and serves on the board of the Marymount Association for Senior Housing. Ms. Tamayo Murray is President of the Board of the Seattle Economic Development Association.

Rabbi Zari M. Weiss serves as a rabbi in a variety of capacities in Seattle. She is passionately interested in and committed to the intersection of Judaism and the pursuit of justice, and has just launched a new project, Rodef Tzedek: The Center for the Pursuit of Justice, to help organize the Jewish community around the issues of justice. In addition to leading several local communities in worship, she also serves as teacher and a spiritual companion. Rabbi Weiss is immediate past Co-President of the Board of the Women's Rabbinic Network. She is the Chair of the Committee on Rabbinic Spirituality, and served for several years as a member of the Spiritual Leadership Task Force.

Laura Wells is Director of Provider Services for Child Care Resources. She has worked on behalf of children in King County for over 25 years. Ms. Wells has directed two non-profit child care centers in Seattle and is a longtime member of the Child Care Directors Association of Greater Seattle, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Children's Alliance. She chairs the King County Alliance for Human Services and is an active member of the Seattle Human Services Coalition Steering Committee. Ms. Wells also serves on the board of the Children's Campaign Fund.

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