University of Washington Bothell Advisory Board

2013 Members

The Advisory Board for the University of Washington Bothell provides guidance to the campus on issues surrounding higher education, assists in building relationships with business and civic leaders and advocates for university resources.

 Richard Shea, Chair

Rick Shea is a serial entrepreneur in the biomedical device industry. Most recently, he was the president and CEO of Spiration.  Shea joined Spiration in 2000, with more than 28 years of medical device and health care industry experience.has lead Spiration through significant growth and development and now commercialization of the company’s minimally invasive IBV Valve System for the treatment of severe emphysema and for the treatment of air leaks post-thoracic surgery. Prior to joining Spiration, Shea held a broad range of executive positions, in sales, marketing, distribution, and research and manufacturing capacities. Shea earned a bachelor in science degree in marketing from Nichols College.  

Bill Abbott

Bill Abbott currently serves as corporate real estate broker at Coldwell Banker Commercial. He previously held a position in corporate real estate brokerage Services with CBRE, and as senior category strategies manager with Food Services of America. He received his undergraduate degree in business from the University of Washington Bothell, and obtained an MBA in business through Seattle Pacific University.


Fariba Alamdari

Fariba Alamdari Fariba Alamdari serves as Head of Market and Value Analysis Group at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Dr. Alamdari served as Vice President of Future Market at Boeing Commercial Airplanes since May 24, 2006. Dr. Alamdari came to Boeing from Cranfield University, where she was head of the Department of Air Transport and dean of faculty of Engineering, Science and Manufacturing. She is the author of more than 80 articles and reports on aviation related issues. She obtained her PhD on the economic impact of airline deregulation in 1988 from Cranfield University. She has a masters degree in transport economics and a first degree in politics and economic studies. She is a member of Air Transport Research Society and a fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society.


Mark Ericks

Mark Ericks is Deputy County Executive, Snohomish County. He has formerly served as U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Washington (appointed by President Obama in 2010), Bellevue Police Chief, Assistant City Manager of Bothell, and Washington State Representative. While a police officer in Bellevue, he held positions as patrol officer, patrol supervisor, juvenile detective, narcotics detective, Lieutenant of Property Crimes, and Lieutenant of Major Crimes. In 1990, Mark was selected to be the Chief of Police for the City of Bothell. In 2002, Mark retired from law enforcement and became the Director of Administrative Services for the City of Bothell. This position consolidated the former positions of Finance Director, City Treasurer, Director of Human Resources and Director of Information Technology. He was then elected three times to serve as a state representative for Washington’s 1st Legislative District.


Lou Gray

Lou-Gray Lou Gray is a Co-founder & CEO of SEC Live. Gray has more than 18 years of entrepreneurial and operational leadership. Gray’s entrepreneurial efforts have lead him to the successful creation and sale of awarding winning products and companies, most recently with SEC Live. Past companies have included UIEvolution and at DreamBox Learning. On his journey to becoming a CEO, he has also served as an entrepreneur-in-residence, an attorney, an international strategic consultant, and director of mergers and acquisitions for an LBO firm. Lou holds a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, a teaching fellow in negotiations, and a certified mediator for the EEOC and the Harlem Community Justice Center. Gray holds masters’ degrees in both economics and international affairs from the Maxwell School, and a bachelor of science in psychology from Emory University. Gray was named a “Top 25 Innovator” by Seattle Magazine in 2009.


Anoop Gupta

Anoop Gupta currently serves as Distinguished Scientist for Microsoft Research.  Prior to re-joining MSR, Gupta served as corporate vice president of technology policy and strategy for Microsoft. He also served as the corporate vice president of the Unlimited Potential Group and Education Products Group and as corporate vice president and founding leader of Microsoft's Unified Communications Group. Before joining Microsoft in 1997, Gupta was a professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford University for 11 years. He received the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, and held the Robert N. Noyce Faculty Scholar Chair at Stanford. Prior to his role at Stanford, Gupta was on the research faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his Ph.D. in computer science. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.


Jeff Hanley

Jeff Hanley Jeff Hanley is Director of Japan Structures for Boeing Commercial Airplanes Supplier Management. Jeff’s responsibilities include sourcing, contracting, and supplier performance management in support of all Boeing Commercial Airplane Programs.

Jeff’s current focus is on ensuring the supply base is prepared to support Boeing’s current and future rate increases while improving quality, cost, and delivery performance. Prior to this assignment, Jeff has held various Supplier Management positions in both Defense and Commercial Airplanes including Missiles Systems, Commercial Aviation Services, Customer Training, Raw Materials & Standards, Outside Production, 747 and 787 Program Supplier Management.

Jeff was born and raised in Seattle; joining Boeing in 1989 after receiving his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington. He received his MBA from Seattle University in 1994 and studied Lean Manufacturing in Japan in 1999. 


Wendy Lawrence

Captain Lawrence retired from NASA in 2006. A veteran of four space flights, Lawrence has logged more than 1225 hours in space. Lawrence  was one of the first two female helicopter pilots to make a long deployment to the Indian Ocean as part of a carrier battle group, and has undertaken multiple technical assignments within the NASA Astronaut Office. Lawrence has received numerous awards for service and leadership.  She holds a master's degree in ocean engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy.


Bob Leach

Bob Leach is senior vice president of DA Davidson and Co. and has more than 25 years of experience working in the financial industry. His previous experience includes work with Foster & Marshall, and Piper Jaffray & Hopwood. He was manager for both Dain Bosworth and Ragen MacKenzie, and the regional manager of the Northwestern Puget Sound and Eastern Washington Region for Wells Fargo. Leach holds degrees in economics and communications from the University of Washington.


Jud Marquardt

Jud Marquardt is a founding partner of LMN Architects, a Seattle-based firm delivering design services for all projects with particular emphasis in civic and public assembly facilities. Jud has served with distinction on the national boards of the AIA and the American Architectural Foundation. He currently serves as a visiting team chair for the National Architectural Accreditation Board in accrediting colleges of architecture at various universities across the country


Jens Molbak

Jens Molback is owner and CEO of Molback’s Garden + Home in Woodinville, which was founded by his parents in 1956. Molbak's also operates a 40-acre plant farm in Redmond where inspiring plants are locally grown for northwest gardens. He is also a Partner with Social Venture Partners in Seattle.

Jens founded Coinstar, Inc. in 1990 with the goal of creating a company that could simultaneously benefit the private, public, and non-profit sectors. The company pioneered self-service coin counting to provide consumers a convenient and innovative means to convert loose coins into cash. Currently, Coinstar has over 12,000 locations in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. Coinstar's units are designed not only to convert coins into cash, but also to accept donations for many charitable organizations including UNICEF, The Red Cross, and the World Wildlife Fund. The company went public in 1997 and Jens retired as Chairman and CEO of Coinstar in 2001.

Jens earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and biology from Yale University and worked as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Company in New York. He moved to Virginia to help develop a neuroscience center at the University of Virginia, before earning an MBA in Business from Stanford University. Jens currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Space Needle Corporation, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and KeyMe. He is a past trustee of the Lakeside School.


Luis Navarro

Luis Navarro Luis Navarro is the Director of the Office of Social Responsibility for the Port of Seattle. His responsibilities include promoting the Port’s mission and values through the small business program, workforce development and support for veterans transitioning to civilian jobs. He is currently a member of the Office of Minority Women and Business Enterprises (OMWBE) Ad Hoc Advisory Committee, Washington DOT DBE Advisory Group, and past-president of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce (Pacific Northwest chapter).

Navarro was recently recognized by the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks with the 2013 Hispanic Leadership Award. He is also a community advocate for Susan G Komen Puget Sound. He received an MBA from the University of Washington in Bothell and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


George Northcroft

George Northcroft is the regional administrator of the GSA’s Northwest region. Northcroft oversees all GSA’s operations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington – including management of federal real estate and information technology.  Prior to this position Northcroft served as director of business relations & economic development for King County.  Additionally, Northcroft has worked as the director of treasury and cash management for Nordstrom, and director of the Department of Executive Administration in King County.


Bill Ptacek

Bill Ptacek Bill Ptacek is Director of the King County Library System, the second largest library system in the nation. Prior to his role with KCLS, Ptacek began his career at the Chicago Public Library and worked as the director of the Idaho Falls and Louisville Free public libraries before coming to the King County Library System. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, a master's degree in library science from the State University of New York and advanced degree in Administration from the University of Chicago. He has also served as an adjunct professor and a visiting speaker at the University of Washington’s Information School.


James Reed

Jim is the West Region Commercial Executive for Banner Bank, managing the commercial and specialty banking activities for the bank in Western Washington and Western Oregon. Previously, Jim’s roles have been as a division manager with commercial and retail banking responsibilities, and commercial banking center manager and on and on. Jim is a graduate of the University of Washington Bothell (IAS) 1995, Pacific Coast Banking School 2005 and Northwest Intermediate Commercial Banking School (1993).  His community involvement includes ranges from serving on the boards of chambers of commerce to volunteering in the classroom for Junior Achievement.


Susan Sigl

Susan Sigl is a technology executive and leadership consultant for venture capital funding. She was previously the president & CEO of the Washington Technology Industry Association. Prior to WTIA, Susan was the co-founder and a general partner of SeaPoint Ventures, a Seattle based venture capital firm investing in communications companies in the wireless, broadband and network transactional infrastructure sectors. She currently serves as an advisor to Ivy Corp., a privately held, early stage Seattle start-up in the wireless sector, and as a board member of the Technology Alliance, the Puget Sound Regional Council and the Technology Council of North America. Susan was listed on the 100 Top Women in Seattle Tech by TechFlash in July 2009.


Preston Simmons

Preston Simmons Preston Simmons is the Chief Executive Officer for Providence Health & Services, Western Washington Region – Northwest. He is responsible for a complex delivery system that contains the 491 licensed bed Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett, a network of Ambulatory Clinics and other related healthcare services. He joined Providence in 2007.

Prior to his current role, Preston was a Senior Associate Administrator at the University of Washington Medical Center. He served at the University of Washington Medical Center since 1998. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of a rural hospital in Page, Arizona as part of the Samaritan Health System and served in senior leadership roles at Stevens Hospital in Edmonds and Ballard Community Hospital in Seattle.

Preston has a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Washington and is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services, School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and is active in many professional and community organizations including being on the Boards of the United Way of Snohomish County and the Mount Baker Council of the Boy Scouts of America.


Renee Sinclair

Renee Sinclair Renee Radcliff Sinclair is leading strategic initiatives for Apple Inc. in the western United States, where she manages relationships with elected officials and community thought leaders around issues related to student achievement and technology. Prior to joining Apple, Renee spent 14 years as a journalist, followed by four successful elections to the Washington State House of Representatives. Since retiring from public office, Renee has served in policy leadership roles with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Electronics Association, and now with Apple. Renee has served as a volunteer with a number of local government, humanitarian and workforce efforts over the years and continues to serve her community through a variety of policy-related, community-based activities.


Deborah Wilds

Deborah Wilds currently serves as the President and CEO of the College Success Foundation. Before coming to the Foundation in 2006, Wilds was a senior program officer for education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to that, Wilds served as the deputy director of the American Council on Education's (ACE) Office of Minorities in Higher Education, in Washington, DC. She was the co-founder and chair of the board of directors of New Era Education, an independent school and pre-school located in Baltimore. Wilds holds a Ph.D. in education policy, planning, and administration from the University of Maryland at College Park, an master's degree in education administration from Howard University and a bachelor's degree from the California State University, San Diego.


Carl Zapora

Carl Zapora was named Superintendent of Public Hospital District No. 2 Snohomish County in February 2011, with responsibility for the administration of the hospital district entity, financial and capital assets, and the development and launch of the PHD’s new program, the Verdant Health Commission. He oversees a staff of four, a $10 million budget, and works closely with the five elected Commissioners of PHD2.

Previously, Carl was the President & CEO of United Way of Snohomish County (Everett, Washington) with responsibility for the $10,000,000 United Way serving Snohomish County, Washington.

Before that, Carl was VP & Mid-America Regional Director for United Way of America, based in Chicago, with responsibility for 651 United Ways in 20 states, raising $1.8 billion dollars. He has also held chief executive and senior management positions at United Ways in Texas, Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Additionally, he has been VP of Marketing for a software company in Illinois, and owned and managed a restaurant in Reading, Pennsylvania.

In 2005 Carl was elected president of United Ways of Washington, and was also appointed to United Way of America’s National Professional Council, the select group of United Way CEOs who advise the president of United Way Worldwide.

Carl’s wife, Cheryl Foster, is a retired Ford Motor Company executive. They live in Edmonds and have a pet parrot named “Edsel.”