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Board of Directors

Yeletta Banks, President

T-Mobile
Yeletta holds an M.B.A. as well as a B.A. and an M.S. in Psychology. Professionally, her experience includes working in the telecom industry in business analysis, operational management, and organizational development. After moving to Seattle several years ago, Yeletta jumped into serving the community, also serving on the Board of Street Yoga. She is currently a Partner Account Manager at T-Mobile. Yeletta is excited about the work of Powerful Voices in the lives of girls leading them to become powerful women.

Rebecca L. Gobeille, Vice President

Stoel Rives LLP
I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, in a homogenous community, with parents that had spent their childhoods in Washington, D.C. and Hartford, CT. I spent my senior year in high school as a foreign exchange student in Denmark and traveled around Europe. I attended the University of Pennsylvania and majored in Urban Studies, focusing on community development organizations and housing.
I went directly from UPenn to the University of Michigan Law School, where I earned a JD and a masters in Urban Planning. While in law school, I spent two summers working for a legal services office in Philadelphia helping community development organizations finance and develop affordable housing in the greater Philadelphia area. I spent my third summer representing low-income individuals in domestic violence, custody, employment and housing cases.

After law school, I moved to NYC and spent 8 years working in real estate law, focusing on the financing of affordable and supportive housing developments. During that time, I met my husband and we moved in together and eventually had my son, who is now 3 years old. Last year we decided that NYC was not where we wanted to raise our son and moved the whole family to Seattle. We are now in the process of being licensed as foster parents with the goal of adopting an older child from the foster system.

I am an attorney, mother, wife, feminist, rugby player, coach, pit bull advocate and community organizer. I love Seattle and its diverse communities and am looking for an effective way to make them even better. I strongly believe that no community can be truly healthy that does not strengthen and encourage the involvement of its most vulnerable populations, including girls and particularly girls of color and those who are vulnerable or marginalized in other ways.

Fred Capestany, Treasurer

Rainier Scholars
Born the son of Cuban immigrants, Fred was born and raised in Seattle’s Rainier Valley neighborhood. Growing up in the South End, he had the amazing opportunity to live in a community that was rich in ethnic, cultural and economic diversity. Being from a Latino immigrant family that struggled economically, he has always had a keen sense of social justice and a commitment to multiculturalism, diversity and anti-bias. After high school, Fred attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA where he earned a BA in psychology. His first professional job was as a bilingual community educator for Planned Parenthood, where he provided sexuality education for children and youth of all ages, with a particular emphasis on the Spanish-speaking community. Fred has also worked as a college admissions counselor and a non-profit agency administrator. In the late 1990’s he enrolled at Seattle University’s School of Education, where he spent 2 years working on a masters with an emphasis on college student development and worked as a graduate intern in the Student Programs office. Fred went on to Highline Community College where he served as the Multicultural Student Programs Advisor and then the Assistant Director of Student Programs. After 6.5 years working at Highline, Fred switched places with his wife and became the full-time caregiver for their 3 children for the next 5 years. Three years ago, Fred took on a part-time job at University Unitarian Church as the youth programs coordinator. Then in 2013, Fred was asked to become the full-time Director of Religious Education. Fredis currently the Director of College Support at Rainier Scholars. He loves his job and feels it is an honor and a privilege to help guide the lives of our young people.

Kimberly Davis, Secretary

Rainier Scholars
Kimberly Davis is committed to advancing opportunities for and perceptions about the immense capabilities of young women. Working with aspiring youth has always been important to her. Volunteer commitments include support for organizations such as Denny Place Youth Shelter, Planned Parenthood and FareStart to support young people facing challenges with employment, health issues and homelessness. She is excited to join the Powerful Voices board and continue to support the incredibly talented youth in our Seattle community.

For more than 15 years Kim has worked as a marketing and communications professional with organizations like Seattle Children’s Hospital, Virginia Mason Medical Center and projects for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Currently, she is Marketing and Communications Manager at Rainier Scholars. She cares about the health and well-being of all persons and found this industry a good match for her values.

She is also a mother of two young girls. “They are my light and guide and drive me to support important opportunities for all girls that will make the world a better place.” She is especially committed to helping young women become future women leaders to give voice to important issues that sometimes get lost in business and government and places that hold power.

Jacinda R. Chislum

Microsoft
Jacinda is a Global Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Microsoft, where she collaborates with other corporate leaders to recruit and cultivate diverse talent. Her role also includes working to create and foster an inclusive work culture enabling employees to realize their full potential. Before joining Microsoft, Jacinda spent seven years as a recruiter and human resources leader at a large company on the east coast after graduating from Yale University with a degree in Sociology.

Jacinda worked as an adult ally for Powerful Voices for three months in early 2014; she also volunteered at a mock interview event in 2012. In addition, her philanthropic/community activities include serving as a board member at two non-profit organizations on the east coast, one focusing on social services, the other supporting municipal parks. She has also volunteered on an art council and at a youth bicycling non-profit. Through a constant process of self-reflection, Jacinda strives to channel her own diverse life experiences into her daily “work, engagements, and interactions.”

Seferiana (Sera) Day

Legislative Assistant
Sera is a Legislative Assistant for Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess whom she advises on an array of social justice issues and supports by managing communications, drafting legislation, and serving as a member of the King County Committee to End Homelessness. Formerly, she was the Campaign Manager for State Senator Pramila Jayapal, a Community Organizer for Working Washington (a labor advocacy organization), and the Outreach and Mentorship Coordinator for the Washington Bus (an organization that engages youth in politics and social issues).

Sera was an AmeriCorps volunteer for Powerful Voices in 2009 and is currently a board member at both the Washington Bus and South Seattle Emerald (a community operated online news outlet). She is passionate about working with youth to explore issues of identity and community, which is driven by her personal struggle with issues relating to her own racial identity.

Jerry Evergreen

Mirror Image Counseling Services
Jerry Evergreen received his BA from Seattle University in Psychology in 1988. He continued at Seattle University receiving his Masters in Clinical Psychology in 1990. He has worked for 20 years in the community mental health system in the Seattle area. His primary focus has always been the impact of trauma on adults, adolescents and children. For 11 years he worked as the Director of Family Counseling and Clinical Director at the Center for Human Services in Shoreline Washington. Jerry has focused on developing an approach that includes individualized treatment plans that focus on hope and understanding of the individual’s life experience. This has enabled him to be successful in developing community with people who are excited about helping and being helped in a community mental health setting. Jerry received the Community Service and Advocacy Award in 2012 from Seattle University’s Existential-Phenomenological Therapeutic Psychology (MAP) Program. As the Clinical Director of Mirror Image Counseling Services, Jerry has blended his understanding of how the community mental health system works in Seattle and a desire to build a community mental health approach that focuses on hope and healing in the individual.

Amy Garyuam Huang

City of Seattle
Born and raised in Seattle from Southern China immigrant parents, I am a second generation Chinese American with a deep passion for community activism, civic engagement and multi-ethnic research and dialogue. I am committed towards building long-term, sustainable social movements using innovative ideas. I am passionate about social work advocacy for the people in my community. I am privileged and blessed to serve humbly and in humility with people in my community through non-profit and government work. My love for direct- service, case management and creating dialogues with young people as a Youth Development Counselor has created awe-inspiring moments for me every day. I hope to continue advocating, coaching, educating and mentoring young people to become responsible, civic- minded leaders. I enjoy food and fellowship, striving to live life with authenticity and being inspired through art and writing.

Viché Thomas

Rainier Scholars
Viché is an Academic Counselor with Rainier Scholars, with a BA in Sociology and a passion to cease oppression. At the age of 11, she joined Rainier Scholoars; an eleven-year academic, college prep program. Viche says, "It was at this age that I learned how both my ethnicity and gender affected my reality as my mom explained to me why I had to work harder than my peers to be successful. Growing up I witnessed a lot of substance abuse, violence, gang activity, etc. and always questioned why certain destructive realities such as these existed predominately for people of color." Graduating from the University of Washington, Viché also completed internships and worked at Powerful Voices during her college years. Not only is the work she chooses to do with youth of color important to her, but it is also her commitment to giving back.

Jennifer Werdell

Seattle University
Jennifer Werdell serves as the Associate Director of Seattle University School of Law’s Access to Justice Institute (ATJI), collaborating with community partners to develop legal and social justice opportunities for law students. Jennifer received her BA from Amherst College and her JD from New York University. After law school Jennifer clerked for a federal magistrate judge then served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and legal services attorney in New York City, addressing public benefits and economic justice issues. She also served as board member and Director of Advocacy for Project FAIR, a volunteer-based project providing assistance to low-income and homeless individuals.

Jennifer has extensive nonprofit and volunteer management experience, managing public service programs at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, NPower, and Microsoft. In addition to her work with Powerful Voices and ATJI, she stays connected to the local community through volunteer positions with Legal Voice and the United Way of King County. She spends her free time in Seattle with her husband, her amazing daughter, and her ever-present Golden Retriever. Jennifer was thrilled to join Powerful Voices to combine her passion for social justice with her commitment to leadership development and creating opportunities for young women.

 

 

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