Board of Directors | Northwest Center

Mike Gano, Chairperson

Director since 2012

Mike Gano is currently the Managing Partner for the Bellevue office of the Portland based “The Partners Group (TPG)”. He is also a Board Member of TPG, and a member of the TPG Executive Team. Prior to joining TPG, Mike was President of the Baldwin Resource Group, a company that merged with The Partners Group in June of 2011. The Partners provides services to clients in the commercial insurance, risk management, employee benefits and private client services arenas.

Throughout his career, he has been an active participant in community, non-profit and industry organizations. Mike is currently a member of Seattle #4 Rotary, and the Eastside Business Roundtable. He also serves on the board for the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. While in Portland, he served as a board member-President-Chairman of Community Services Inc. (CSI), an organization that provides housing and employment opportunities for developmentally disabled individuals. Mike has a brother with a developmental disability who lives and works within the CSI network. Mike has also served as a board member of the Rotary Boys & Girls Club, as President of the Bellevue Select Girls Basketball Club, and has been a mentor with the University of Washington Business School.

Mike has two children; (Zoe) is a graduate from the UW Foster School of Business, and (Raechel) a graduate from Whitman College.

Allan Munro, Past Chairperson

Director since 2004

Allan has been advocating for the needs of people with disabilities since the middle 1960s, when he met Northwest Center's founders and embarked on four decades of collaboration with the organization. During his distinguished career as an attorney, he has held the positions of Assistant Attorney General for Washington State, Counsel for the Washington State Senate Judiciary Committee and Civil Service Commissioner for the City of Seattle. He is member of the King County and Washington State Bar Associations and has shown his steadfast commitment to inclusion through his leadership of the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and the Governor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped. Allan was a Director on the Northwest Center Board during the 1970s and began his current tenure in 2004; he has held the positions of Secretary, Vice Chair and Treasurer and is currently Chair of the Board. Allan has a daughter and two sons; one of his sons has autism and the other has developmental delays. His wife, Eleanor also has two children.

Jeff Roush, Vice Chairperson

Director since 2013

Jeff Roush retired in 2014 as a Principal at Martin Smith Commercial Real Estate Investment. Since 1985 Jeff has served as managing partner for many of Martin Smith’s self-sponsored commercial real estate partnerships in the Northwest. Prior to Martin Smith, Jeff worked at several regional and national commercial real estate companies in the Northeast and Midwest.
Jeff was a Director on the Northwest Center Board from 1986-1990, and began his current tenure in 2013. Jeff graduated from Susquehanna University’s School of Business and has a Master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. Jeff serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove and Pennsylvania. Jeff is married (Dabney) and has three children, Jonathan (39) who serves as Employment Director at Northwest Center, Elizabeth (29) a graduate from Seattle University and Emma (25) who graduated from Susquehanna University.

Marti Louther, Secretary

Director since 2009

Marti Louther is a Senior Environmental Planner at Sound Transit. Marti’s daughter Nora started with NWC Kids when she was 4 months old. Nora is 12 and continues to attend before-school care and summer programs at the Greenwood Kids location. Nora is featured in marketing materials, including her picture on donation trucks. Marti is committed to Northwest Center’s success because she has seen and understands the value of the mission firsthand. She would like to continue advocating for Northwest Center and people with developmental disabilities. Marti has been a Director since 2009 and Board Secretary since 2011.

Brian Volkert, Treasurer

Director since 2010

Brian Volkert’s business expertise includes accounting, finance, sales, marketing, logistics, information technology, transportation, manufacturing and distribution. He is the Chief Financial Officer for Health Resource Services and National Purchasing Partners -- two entities that are connected with Virginia Mason Medical Center. Brian has also served as director on the board of private businesses, and is a former CEO and COO. Former nonprofit activities include service as a volunteer business counselor at Score and an account director for the Taproot Foundation. He is a CPA, and earned an MBA from the University of Washington. Brian is married with three adult children, including a daughter with multiple disabilities.

Mary Barbosa

Director since 2012

Mary is an attorney who has practiced in the Seattle area since 1998. Mary lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters. Her youngest daughter, Julia, has a neurological disorder. Julia and her sister attended Northwest Center Kids Childcare center and Julia received Early Intervention Services through Northwest Center. Mary and her family have experienced first-hand the powerful benefits of inclusion. Mary is dedicated to helping Julia, and others like her, achieve independence, self-confidence and happiness. Mary and her family fully support the mission of Northwest Center.

John Hartman

Director since 2015

Like many parents of children with disabilities, John Hartman knows of the unique challenges of securing quality educational and employment resources for those with special needs. John knows firsthand how valuable these resources are for the disabled to experience and enjoy the quality of life they deserve. Throughout his career, John has successfully led and managed a number of businesses including startups, expansions, turnarounds, and acquisitions. As owner of CEOtoCEO, John works with CEOs and business owners to solve complex business management issues, achieve measurable results, and develop leadership capacity to improve productivity and performance. John sees great potential in Northwest Center's unique Social Enterprise business model. His goal is to contribute his business acumen and experience to help grow Northwest Center's businesses and to provide additional funding for Northwest Center's educational programs and more employment opportunities for those with developmental disabilities.

Gene Boes

Director since 2015

Gene Boes is currently a Senior Manager for the Seattle office of North Highland Worldwide Consulting, LLC. Prior to joining North Highland, Gene was Managing Director at Loft9 Consulting, a Bellevue-based Management Consulting Firm. Gene’s career also includes nearly 14 years at Microsoft, 2 years with Deloitte Consulting, and 9 years serving as a Naval Flight Officer in the US Navy. Throughout his career, he has been an active participant in community and non-profit organizations, and served on the Board of Directors for Cure Autism Now, prior to their merger with Autism Speaks. Gene is a Mentor for the Albers School of Business at Seattle University, and also performs duties as an Adjunct Professor. Gene is married (June), and has two children, a 25-year-old son (Andrew) who is a volunteer with the Peace Corps currently serving in Peru, South America, and a 23-year-old daughter (Tori) who has Autism.

Stephanie Gebhardt

Director since 2012

Stephanie Gebhardt is a CPA and the CFO for MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, Inc., a local mechanical contractor. She has over 20 years of experience in accounting and financial analysis. Stephanie has previously served as the Treasurer for the Northwest Infant Survival and SIDS Alliance and as President for the Puget Sound Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association. She and her husband "Geb" enjoy raising daughter Stacy, who received early intervention therapy services from the Northwest Center. Stephanie is also a parent to two energetic boys, Nels and Kellan, who actively participate in their little sister's progress.

Parul Houlahan

Director since 2004

Parul Houlahan became the Chair of the Northwest Center Board of Directors in 2008. Her first introduction to Northwest Center was in the 1980s through Katie Dolan, a founding member and close friend. Since then, she has been a fierce advocate and guardian for countless people with disabilities. Her service to our community includes leadership roles at the Washington State Protection and Advocacy Agency and the United Cerebral Palsy Association (now PROVAIL), where she sought funding to deinstitutionalize a residential facility. Parul holds an MA in Social Work and joined the Board at Northwest Center in 2004, in order to refocus our energies and resources toward programs and basic human rights. "I do this work because I believe in the Constitution, which guarantees equal protection and equal rights to everyone," she says.

Patrick McGuire

Director since 2013

Patrick McGuire has instilled his convention-defying style into hundreds of campaigns for some of the most recognized names in American business, including Nissan, Johnson & Johnson, Pepsi-Cola, Microsoft, Nintendo, Adidas, Heinz, Almond Board of California, Dannon, ConAgra, Starbucks, Comcast and

He is well-versed in evolving national lifestyle and consumer trends, with a wide spectrum of expertise including philanthropy, consumer brands, foodservice, food commodities, retail, health and wellness, technology and corporate reputation.

Patrick has worked pro bono with Northwest Center’s marketing staff since 2011. He is an outspoken advocate for the evolution of NWC’s community-directed marketing, integrating his expertise with his passion for the NWC mission.

Before joining Edelman, Patrick founded and managed his own marketing firm, WHaM communications. In April of 1999, Edelman acquired WHaM, naming him general manager of its Seattle office and later, president of Edelman’s West Coast region. Most recently Patrick was president of Edelman’s specialty branding and marketing agency Ruth and business development officer for Edelman’s entertainment agency MATTER. Today, as managing director for Edelman’s west coast food businesses, he oversees California Walnuts, Alaska Seafood and Sunkist.

Patrick holds a B.A. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley.

David McRae

Director since 2010

With over two decades of leadership experience in financial decision making, management and operational analysis, David McRae brings critical expertise and perspective to the Northwest Center Board. He currently works as Relationship Manager for Banner Bank. His previous experience includes leadership positions at Access Business Finance, Global Ventures, Inc., Key Bank/McDonald Investments and U.S. Bank. David earned a BA from Central Washington University and an MBA from the University of Washington. He joined Northwest Center's board in 2003 and served as treasurer before leaving due to term limits in 2009. His other service affiliations include the RMA Association, Seattle Children's Museum and Rotary Club of Lake Union. When he's not focused on his community and business responsibilities, David enjoys spending time with his three children.

Tom Mormino

Director since 2013

Tom Mormino recently retired from Turner Construction Company. Over his 42-year career with Turner, first in Boston and later in Seattle, he progressed through a number of different fields and office assignments before assuming the role of Vice President shortly after arriving in Seattle in 1989. Tom remains on two committees at the Jewish Community Center after completing three, three-year terms on the Board. Tom joined the Board of New Horizon School in Renton, a private school dedicated to serving Gr. 4-12 students with learning disabilities, attention deficits and other learning differences. Tom is married with three adult children, the youngest of whom has developmental disabilities and is presently working part time with supported employment.

Laethan Wene

Director since 2010

Laethan Wene is a distinguished alumnus of Northwest Center Works, where he started at age 21 to develop the skills to succeed in a community employment position. Since 1996, he has excelled as an outstanding employee at Arby’s in Edmonds, where he has won the Employee of the Quarter and the Arby’s Red Hat awards. His leadership and community involvement include membership on the Shoreline City Council and the Washington State Disability Council, where he served with Governor Christine Gregoire. Laethan is also very involved in his church and is a tireless advocate for people with disabilities and Northwest Center, which presented him with the Employment Achievement Award at the 2007 Golden Hearts Luncheon. He also generously lent his story and voice to Northwest Center’s it’s what’s inside that counts public service announcements in 2009. 

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