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Vicky Vreeland | Chair
Vicky Vreeland is recognized as one of the top trial lawyers and employment and civil rights attorneys in the state of Washington. She has represented numerous individuals in sexual abuse, employment and civil rights cases addressing age, disability, race, gender, religion and national origin discrimination and retaliation claims. She has negotiated severance agreements and brought cases against both large and small local and national corporations, government agencies, school districts, professionals and nonprofit organizations.
She was named President of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) for 2015-2016, to lead the state’s trial lawyer organization of more than 2,300 attorneys who represent those injured by the wrongdoing of others. She has been chair of the Washington Employment Lawyers Association (WELA), and has served as a Governor the Washington State Bar Association, and on its Disciplinary Board. She is a member of the Damage Attorneys Round Table (DART), the WSBA Labor & Employment Executive Committee, Federal Bar Association, American Association for Justice and National Employment Lawyers Association.
Vicky is also a leader in representing businesses facing unfair practices, business misconduct, fraud, contract violations and more. She has and continues to represent the public interest on behalf of the Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s Office as Receiver in many insurance receiverships, recovering millions on behalf of policyholders, claimants, and consumers.
She secured the largest state federal jury verdict for a single employee against a corporate conglomerate in a gender discrimination/retaliation case in 1997 -- $11.7 million. She also secured a $19.3 million federal jury verdict against four defendants for criminal profiteering, civil conspiracy, unfair trade practices, misrepresentation and fraud in 2010, plus an award of more than $2 million for fees and costs.
Vicky was awarded Trial Lawyer of the Year by WSAJ in 2007 and has been named Best Lawyers in America every year since 2009. She has consistently been named Top 50 Women Lawyers and a Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics since 2002, and Washington Top Lawyers by Seattle Met magazine. In April 2007, she received the Myra Bradwell Award from Gonzaga University School of Law Women’s Caucus for her pioneering legal work to protect the rights of Washington citizens and minorities.
Prior to starting her own law firm, Vicky was a partner at Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP, a major law firm in Seattle/Tacoma. She also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Washington State Attorney General’s Office as Chief of the Crime Victims Compensation Section, Department of Labor & Industries and in the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division.
She was the first woman judicial clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division III. She is a graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law, Summa Cum Laude, and received the Law’s Dean Award. She graduated with a B.A. from Eastern Washington State University, Summa Cum Laude.
Vicky was named as 425 Magazine’s Citizen of the Year in May, 2017.
Vicky resides in Redmond. In her spare time, she plays piano and often performs at public events and nursing homes. She loves baseball and attending Seattle Mariners games at Safeco Field.
Deanne Meek | Vice Chair
A native of the Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington, Deanne Meek grew up in the shadow of the Hanford Reservation. As an internationally acclaimed opera singer, Deanne has traveled the world performing in the great opera houses of North America and Europe, interpreting the principle roles in the mezzo-soprano repertoire. She is a graduate of Whitman College, The Peabody Conservatory of Music and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Deeply versed in a variety of movement techniques, Deanne combines these with her strong acting and vocal skills to tell stories of her native landscape, including the impact of Hanford on it's environment and inhabitants.
Returning to the Seattle area, Deanne currently instructs voice students in the University of Washington's Opera program and teaches both voice and movement in public master classes and in her private teaching studio. She focuses her community involvement and service through her passionate concern for the issues surrounding the Hanford Reservation and it's clean up, with emphasis on the health and safety of it's workers, the citizens of Washington State and beyond.
Craig McGlinchey | Treasurer
Craig McGlinchey is a financial executive with over 20 years of corporate leadership experience. He has been instrumental in achieving significant cost reductions and revenue improvements through reengineering, team building, and leadership expertise. A graduate of the Seattle University Organization Systems Renewal program where he earned a Masters Degree, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. A CPA, Craig has a solid business background with extensive knowledge of financial reporting/planning, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, capital planning, strategic planning, accounting, and SEC reporting.
In his own words: “I want to make a difference every day. I want to do that for my family, colleagues at work and my community. I want to learn – I try to learn one new thing a day from someone new I just met. I found my greatest rewards have been teaching Tae Kwon Do. There is something really special when you work with a student and they break their first board or cinder block. Seeing the joy in their face when they can do what they thought was impossible.”
Dr. Steve Gilbert
Dr. Gilbert , Director and Founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND), has a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Rochester, and is a Diplomat of American Board of Toxicology (D.A.B.T.).His book, A Small Dose of Toxicology- The Health Effects of Common Chemicals addressing everyday concerns about toxicology was published in 2004 (seewww.asmalldoseof.org).
His latest project is developing Toxipedia (www.toxipedia.org), a wiki based web site designed to connect science and people by placing scientific information in the context of history society and culture. This project has resulted in a series of wiki based web sites including the World Library of Toxicology (WLT,www.wltox.org), funded in part by the National Library of Medicine.
He also started a web site on Integrated Pest Management (www.ipmopedia.org), in part with funding King County, WA Hazardous Waste. He recently established Health World Press (www.heallthyworldpress.org) and published its first book “Particles on the Wall” (see www.particlesonthewall.org) which united the arts and science to address issues at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. He is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington and an Affiliate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Bothell. Dr. Gilbert is a former owner and President of Biosupport, LTD., which he sold to SNBL USA Ltd. a Japanese based corporation. For two years he continued as President of SNBL USA and SNBL USA Biosupport. These companies were involved in pre-clinical contract research, toxicology, primate research and specialized model development including, research in cardiovascular biology, and neurobiology in a GLP environment.
Senator Adam Kline
Adam Kline was the State Senator for Washington’s 37th Legislative District, comprising Southeast Seattle and part of Renton, from 1997 to 2015. He served as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and was a member of the Health Committee, Ways and Means Committee, and Government Operations Committee. Kline practiced law in Pioneer Square for 32 years before retiring in 2004 to work as an organizer for the Laborers Union, Northwest Region. He was a cooperating attorney with the ACLU, a board member of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, a founding member of the King County Chapter of Washington Conservation Voters, and a member of the Legislative Steering Committee of the Washington State Trial Lawyers.
Laura R. Gerber
Laura R. Gerber is an attorney with Keller Rohrback with a history of representing and advocating on behalf of whistleblowers. Laura has built her career as an advocate on behalf of both employees and customers of large corporations. Laura represents her clients with skill, tact, and diplomacy.
While in law school, Laura concurrently received a Master’s degree in Public Administration and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Board.
Mary Allison has over twenty-five years of senior executive leadership and organizational development experience including financial accomplishment and strategic design expertise in the not for profit, private and public sectors. She is passionate about working with social service organizations that are experiencing the challenge of meeting their mission during times of economic, social and leadership change. Her work focuses on the creation and implementation of strategic alignment between organizational goals and leadership actions resulting in outcomes that are mission specific, financially productive and personnel supportive.
For the last decade, Ms. Allison has been working as an organizational consultant specializing in the not for profit sector. Her clients include Jubilee Women's Center, Epilepsy Foundation Northwest, Family Law CASA of King County and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. Her work has included organization and board leadership, strategic goal development, fund raising and conflict resolution. She has Chaired both not-for-profit and for-profit Boards, granting her unique perspective with client staff and volunteer leadership. She has expertise in major donor development and retention as well as capital campaign management. Prior to becoming a consultant, Ms. Allison served for over twenty years in executive leadership for organizations such as Eddie Bauer, Garden Botanika and drugstore.com.
Ms. Allison earned her MA degree in Organizational System Design and Renewal from Seattle University, and her BA in Communications from Washington State University.
Ms. Allison's high energy personality and personal commitment to not for profit service results in client work that anchors alignment between mission, strategy and tactic that is organizationally sustainable and successful. Her unique background allows her to combine the business acumen of a professional manager and executive with the insight of a highly service-oriented leader. She understands the numbers and embraces the human beings. She brings both savvy and integrity to all her dealings. She deeply engages with people around meaning, passion, truth, and achievement. Ms. Allison has been recognized for commitment to operational excellence and workforce management.
Ms. Allison lives in Woodinville, Washington with her husband Bruce.
John Kriese has 20 years of experience as a Senior Executive in the U.S. Intelligence Community leading collection, analysis and program development activities. He served as Associate Director for Science and Technology in the Defense Intelligence Agency, Chairman of the Joint Atomic Energy Intelligence Committee, Chairman of the Measurement and Signature Intelligence Committee and as a Senior Scientist with the Central Intelligence Agency.
After earning a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, John worked at Westinghouse in the Naval Reactors Program and then at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the nuclear weapons design division.
John now volunteers as a consultant with 501 Commons, helping amplify the strengths of nonprofits so that people and communities flourish. He served as Chairman of the Greater Seattle Chapter of SCORE, a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration, helping entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.