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.
Adam Snyder is a Member of the Law Firm Ogden Murphy, Wallace, and is Chair of the Firm’s Business Department. He is the Founder and CEO of Focus Sports Agency, and is an Affiliate Faculty member and part-time lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law.
Adam’s law practice focuses on transactions and litigation related to hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers. He has significant experience representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, asset sales, real estate transactions, corporate compliance matters, and responding to government investigations.
Vincent Bryan III, or “Vince 3,” as he is known to his friends and colleagues, brings to the Whooshh team an in‐depth understanding of agriculture, based on work “in the field” in his family’s extensive Washington State orchards and vineyards, as well as a proven track record in helping innovative start‑up companies grow and prosper by protecting and leveraging their technology and patent portfolios.
This unique combination of hands‐on experience and expertise has helped Whooshh Innovations develop a product portfolio that is uniquely suited to meeting the needs of agribusiness in an increasingly competitive labor market. Today, Bryan leads the legal, strategic, and business efforts of Picker Technologies LLC, a Whooshh Innovations company started in 2007. Bryan has helped raise millions of dollars from both private and public sources to fund the company’s development.
Damon Huard, Director of External Relations & Color Analyst, Husky Football, “The Rejuvenation of Husky Football”
Damon Huard currently serves as the Director of External Relations for Husky Football and Color Analyst on their radio broadcast during the season.
In addition to his work at the University of Washington, Mr. Huard is a co‑owner of “Passing Time,” an award-winning boutique winery in Woodinville. He has also been involved in a number of other local businesses in the Northwest, and serves on the boards of the Bellevue Boys & Girls Club, First Sound Bank, Atavus, and VICIS.
Hatem Zeine, Founder & CTO, Ossia, “A Demo of Real Wireless Power & How It’s Going to Impact Our World”
Hatem Zeine is a technology innovator and serial entrepreneur in computer software and hardware. Hatem’s wireless power inventions have established remote wireless power as a viable method of powering devices remotely.
As the Founder and CTO of Ossia, Inc., Hatem is now leading a team of engineers and innovators in bringing true remote wireless power to the market with Cota™, an integrated smart technology that tracks and powers devices in the environment without the need for any user intervention.
Dr. Samuel R. Browd, Attending Neurosurgeon at Seattle Children’s Hospital & Co‑Founder & Chief Medical Officer of VICIS, “VICIS: Impact Reducing Football Helmets”
Dr. Samuel R. Browd, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, FAANS, FAAP is a Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington (UW) and co‑founder and Chief Medical Officer of VICIS, a UW spin‑out company that has developed the ZERO 1, a highly-engineered revolutionary helmet technology designed to reduce impact forces. It is the culmination of a 3‑year, $40M research and development effort shaped by some of the world’s leading athletes, engineers, and neurosurgeons.
Dr. Browd is also Attending Neurosurgeon at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Medical Director of the Seattle Children’s Sports Concussion Program, Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Neurosurgery, and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering and affiliate faculty of the Foster School of Business. In addition, he serves as an Unaffiliated Neurologic Consultant to the NFL and as an Independent Neurologic Consultant to the Seattle Seahawks.
As a Rotarian:
- 37-year Rotarian, Past President, Major Donor
Bequest Society Member
As a Business Person:
- Founded and ran two businesses, sold both to Fortune 500 firms after 20 years.
- Currently manage large portfolio of owned commercial properties.
- Several Boards; profit and not for profit.
Alex Hopkins will be celebrating 20 years in Rotary next year. He started as a member of the Rotary Club of Edmonds and is currently a member of the Woodinville Club.
During his time as a Rotarian, Alex has served as Fireside Chair, Membership Chair, Vocational Chair, President of Edmonds Rotary, Rotary Academy Instructor, Chair of the Rotary Academy, Area #1 Assistant Governor and District 5030 Trainer, and now District Governor.
Professionally, Alex has 20 years of sales experience in the Laboratory Research Market and was the Western Area Sales Manager covering the area from the Mississippi to the West, including western Canada.
Jamie Vos, General Manager, Security Solutions Northwest, “The Future of Physical Security for Property Owners”
What started out as Bellingham Lock & Safe in 1904 became Security Solutions a century later in 2004. The name change reflects the expanded services the Vos Family brought to the business after they took over in 1971.
The family oversaw the growth of the business from a basic locksmith shop to a diversified safety and security business. The company has evolved to offer a full complement of security products and services.
Jamie and his brother Tobey, second generation, joined the business in the mid‑90s. Together, the Vos Family has continued the tradition of providing excellent products and services to the residents and businesses of the Pacific Northwest.
Michael P. Verchot, Director, University of Washington Consulting & Business Development Center, “Economic Imperative for Growing Minority‑Owned Businesses”
Michael Verchot is the founding director of the University of Washington’s Consulting and Business Development Center and a Lecturer in the Marketing and International Business Department at the Michael G. Foster School of Business.
The Consulting and Business Development Center, founded in 1995, accelerates the growth of minority-owned, women-owned and other diverse companies by engaging undergraduate and MBA students on consulting projects with these firms and by offering executive education courses. The Center focuses its work in south Seattle and south King County, the Yakima Valley, and the Tri‑Cities. Since its inception, the Centers work has created and retained more than 100,000 jobs and increased small business revenues by nearly $150 million.
David Loewe joined Seattle Humane in November 2006. He has held the position of Director of Facilities, Director of Operations, Chief Operations Officer, and has been Chief Executive Officer since 2011. David also acts as the Safety/L&I liaison and leads our Disaster Response and Recovery Program.
Dan Satterberg has served in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for more than three decades, and was first elected to lead the office in November 2007. He served as Chief of Staff to Norm Maleng for 17 years, and was responsible for the management and operation of the PAO. The KCPAO has 236 attorneys, and a total staff of more than 500.
King County has more than 2.1 million residents, making it the 13th largest county in the United States.
Vikram Jandhyala, University of Washington, “The Global Innovation Exchange: Developing Leaders in Innovation to Solve the World’s Greatest Challenges.”
Vikram Jandhyala is Vice President for Innovation Strategy at the University of Washington. He is Executive Director of CoMotion, UW’s collaborative innovation hub, and co-Executive Director of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX). He is a Professor and former Chair in the Department of Electrical Engineering, and an Adjunct Professor in the Information School. He serves on the advisory boards of UW Foster Business School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, and Partners for Our Children.
Vikram received the BTech in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in 1989, and the MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995 and 1998, respectively.
There will be no regular noon meeting this Tuesday. Instead, Bellevue Rotary will be holding its Annual President’s Celebration, 5:30PM, at the Embassy Suites, 3225 158th Avenue SE, Bellevue. There will be a no-host bar, dinner, and free parking. Dress is business. Cost for guest is $60 per person, billed to your Rotary account.
We will be honoring outgoing President Barbara Morgan, and hailing incoming President Diane Tebelius, for the new Rotary Year 2017‑2018.
Liliana Alberto is President of the Rotary Club of San Justo, Argentina, a retired pediatric pulmonologist, and an international presenter on the topic of improving brain health. Joyce Shaffer is a psychologist, nurse, global bicyclist, speaker, and author of publications on driving neuroplasticity in a positive direction, for the health of it. The two met when Liliana came to our Rotary luncheon, during a visit with her family in Bellevue.
Throughout her life and career, Jessie Woolley‑Wilson has been driven by a singular belief that all children need and deserve high-quality learning opportunities, regardless of who they are or where they live. She believes that by supporting great teaching and learning, everyone wins: kids, families, communities and the world. Jessie has worked in the education technology space for nearly 20 years to support school and district leaders in efforts to improve learning and life outcomes for K‑12 students.
Bob Wallace is CEO of Wallace Properties, Inc., a firm active in the investment, development and management of some 3 million square feet of commercial real estate throughout Washington State.
Bob currently serves on the boards of PREMERA Blue Cross, Puget Sound Bank, Puget Sound Blood Center, and Bellevue Chamber of Commerce.