Dr. Ivan Duran joined the Bellevue School District as Superintendent in July 2017. Prior to his role in Bellevue, Duran was deputy superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District in Texas, a district serving approximately 160,000 students. Duran has also served as assistant superintendent for elementary education for Denver Public Schools in Colorado, and as principal supervisor, director of instructional technology, principal, assistant principal and teacher, all at public school districts in Colorado.
Jean Bartell Barber, Vice Chairman & Treasurer, Bartell Drugs, “Staying Relevant in a Fast Changing Retail Environment”
Granddaughter of the company’s founder, George H. Bartell, Sr., Jean Barber works alongside her older brother, George D. Bartell (Chairman), and together they represent the third generation of the Bartell family to actively run the 127‑year‑old business. Bartell Drugs is the nation’s oldest drugstore chain. Prior to the hiring of an outside CEO in 2015, Barber’s areas of responsibility included finance, risk management, administration, human resources, real estate, and strategic planning.
Jean Bartell Barber began her career as a teenager, as her brother and father did before her, learning about the family business by taking store inventories and working at the chain’s old Triangle store in Downtown Seattle as a cashier clerk. She also worked as a bookkeeper at the office during her college years.
Named the UW’s 15th Director of Athletics on May 24, 2016, Jennifer Cohen has been with the UW for 19 years and, for much of that time, has overseen the athletic department’s fundraising efforts. In recent years, the football and baseball programs also reported directly to her.
A native of Tacoma, Jennifer joined the Athletic Department staff in 1998 as an Assistant Director of Development, before moving to the University’s Central Development Office to focus on fundraising efforts on behalf of the Office of Undergraduate Education. She also spent time with the UW’s regional gifts program, before returning to athletics to oversee the department’s major gifts program.
John has been a Rotarian since 1988 and is a currently a member of the Rotary Club of Mercer Island. He served as District Governor for District 5030 in 2010‑11 and now serves as the Rotary International Director for Zones 25/26 for the years 2017‑19.
In addition to his work with Rotary, John has completed two successful careers: the first, with the U.S. Navy for 20 years, retiring as a Commander in the Supply Corps; the second, where he recently completed 25 years as a Senior Vice President with Costco Wholesale. Costco is a $110B company, with 180,000 employees worldwide. While with Costco, John had responsibilities for all of the Human Resource and Risk Management functions.
J. Michael Marsh, President & CEO, Overlake Medical Center, “Overlake Medical Center: Beyond the Numbers”
Overlake Medical Center is a regional medical center supporting the Eastside and greater Puget Sound region. Mike Marsh’s longtime passion for health care innovation, clinical excellence and culture of engagement among providers and staff has transformed the Eastside’s health landscape. Since 2014, under Mike’s leadership, as President and CEO, Overlake has achieved measurable results in patient safety and clinical quality. Overlake has brought to this community game-changing innovation across the healthcare continuum. Mike and his leadership team continue to shape Overlake’s strategic position in the region’s changing health environment, including the formation of partnerships that mean more and better health care services for patients on the Eastside.
Puget Sound Energy is Washington State’s largest utility, serving more than 1.5 million customers across 10 counties. Named president in 2010 and chief executive in 2011, Kimberly J. Harris is changing the way that PSE serves its customers. This transformation touches every aspect of the organization, from greater reliability to more choices for customers. At the same time, PSE is looking toward the future in energy supply and delivery, with a focus on renewables and low carbon resources that meet customer expectations for affordability and dependability, while lessening our impact on the environment.
Harris is personally committed to safety and has been selected by the National Safety Council as one of the CEOs Who “Get It.”
The Kirkland-based Cell Systems is laser focused on the development and manufacturing of the highest standard research tools for the science of cell biology. The company provides human primary cells, media, and reagents for research institutions around the globe, to aid in the understanding of cell biology and discovery of treatments for all varieties of human conditions.
Founded in Seattle in 1989 by esteemed cell biologist Carl Soderland, Cell Systems became an early expert in the isolation and preparation of primary cell cultures. These primary cell cultures are manufactured to a “gold” standard, evident through decades of citations published in numbers of scientific journals.
Thomas P. Essex, LSWAIC, CDP, is a Master of Social Work and Chemical Dependency Counselor with over 20 years of experience in human services. He began his career in New York State as Recreation Therapist at the Center for Intensive Treatment. Upon moving to California, Mr. Essex expanded his experience in the field, directing independent living programs for the Regional Center System of California. He then accepted a position in Seattle with Community Psychiatric Clinic, supervising the Belltown Community Services Office. Mr. Essex has extensive experience working with people of all ages and various cultural backgrounds, who are struggling with mental health, addiction, housing, and legal issues.
Mary K. Compiano Taylor, MSW, has 29 years of experience working in the judicial system. She was employed for seven years as a social worker with King County Superior Court, serving as a family law and adoption social worker.
In 1995, Ms. Taylor was appointed project coordinator by the King County Superior Court and the King County Bar Association for the Unified Family Court Project, a project aimed at improving the court’s response to children and families. The projected resulted in the establishment of a Family Law Information Center, the establishment of a Courthouse Drop‑In Child Care Center, and ongoing training and education for professionals involved in the legal system.
Senator Dino Rossi, R‑Sammamish, represents the 45th Legislative District. He was appointed to seat that was left vacant when Senator Andy Hill died in October 2016.
Rossi’s public service career began in 1997, when he was elected state senator from the 5th Legislative District in east King County. During his initial service in the state senate, Rossi received notoriety for his commitment to public safety and his leadership as chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. While leading the senate’s key budget writing committee, Rossi crafted a balanced, bipartisan budget that erased a massive deficit without raising taxes, while still protecting Washington’s most vulnerable citizens.
Jasmine Donovan, Executive Vice President & CFO at Dick’s Drive‑In Restaurants, “The Dick’s Drive‑In Story”
Jasmine Donovan, granddaughter of the founder and namesake of Dick’s Drive‑In Restaurants, Dick Spady, has worked at the business several times over the years, since she was sixteen years old. She started working full time on the executive team in 2013.
Jasmine graduated from Hillsdale College with a Bachelors’ degree in Mathematics and Chemistry in 2006. She joined the Navy after college and was assigned as an instructor at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, SC.