2014 Board Members

A Board with History and Accomplishments

Dan Hudson

Membership Committee Chairman

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Dan Hudson is Dealer Account Rep at Credit Union Direct Lending (CUDL).  He works with 26 Washington credit unions and 200 Washington State auto, boat, motorcycle, and RV dealers to secure credit union member financing at the dealer.  He resolves disputes between credit unions and dealers regarding loans of a fraudulent nature; Dan markets warranty service contracts and gap insurance to dealers to sell to credit union members.

Dan has been a BG member for 12 years and also serves on the Marketing Committee. Dan is an avid spring and summer vegetable gardener, loves to drive his 1980 MGB British Roadster convertible, and he and his wife Sojn enjoy being at their second home in the Cle Elum Eastern Wa area as much as possible to hike the woods and ride atv quads in the summer and  cross country ski & snow shoe in the winter.  Dan also enjoys hosting his annual Backyard BBQ for 100 plus friends every summer.

Dr. Jim Smith

Education Committee Chairman

Dr. James B. Smith retired in 2003 after 35 years as a high level executive for Allstate Insurance Company. Although Dr. Smith had a BS in Business Administration, an MBA in Business Administration with emphasis in Management/ Leadership, and a PhD in Business Administration with an emphasis in Leadership and Corporate Strategic planning, upon retiring he returned to graduate school (Antioch University) and obtained his K-8 Teaching credentials. Dr. Smith has been a substitute elementary school teacher for the Auburn School District, a hearing officer for the district and a professional development consultant for the Auburn School district’s teachers in the areas of diversity, multicultural education, cultural competency, and children at-risk, as well as being a member of the district’s diversity committee. He was an education consultant to the district’s School Improvement Team during the development of the district’s three year school improvement plan. His consulting work is completed through his company, Diverse Education Evolution. He was recognized by the Auburn School Board for three years in a row as one of the premier guest teachers of the year and one of the district’s 2007 “Gold Star Volunteers”.

Carl Rabun


Carl Rabun retired from the federal government in 2007 with over 40 years of service.  Thirty-five years of his career were spent with the Social Security Administration.  He served as the Regional Commissioner for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska during the final five years of his time with Social Security.  In that capacity he was responsible for the overall administration of Social Security operations in the northwestern region of the U. S.  Carl was the first African-American to serve in this position.  Mr. Rabun has been a Breakfast Group member for 15 years and is currently the Board Secretary.  His post-retirement activities include photography, snow skiing, bicycling, and traveling to spend time with his grand daughter and other family members and friends.

Herman McKinney


Herman received his Bachelors degree from The University of Oregon and his Masters Degree from the University of Washington School of Social Work in June of 1968.  He had the opportunity to serve as Assistant Dean there for nine years. Afterwards, he started a small business (Extra Hands) and operated it successfully for over eight years before moving on to the position of Vice President for Urban Affairs at The Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Herman retired two years ago and currently serves on saveral non-profit boards, including: The Breakfast Group, The Seattle Art Museum, The Graduate School Advisory Board, The Police Foundation, and The University of Oregon Foundation.

Ernie Dunston

President Emeritus and Founder

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ERNIE DUNSTON is an active community volunteer, with a strong interest in programs designed to assist youth and promote economic development in the African-American community. He is a charter member and Immediate Past President of the Board of The Breakfast Group. He is also a long-serving Board member for the local Boys and Girls Clubs, as well as being a recipient of Boys Clubs of America “Man and Boy Award” – the highest honor awarded by that organization. Early in his professional career, Ernie was selected as one of the “Forty Newsmakers of Tomorrow” by the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Recent awards include: 1) Distinguished Alumni of Seattle University; 2) Charles Odegaard Award for Community Service from the University of Washington; 3) The Nordstrom Community Service Award; 4) Spingarn (D.C) High School Hall of Honor.

Amani Harris


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Amani Y. Harris is Second Vice President, Portfolio Manager and Financial Advisor with a leading investment firm in Seattle. He has always asked questions in a continuous quest for potential solutions to help navigate a complex market. This approach means reviewing the history of the markets and items such as: Relative Strength, Modern Portfolio Theory, Benjamin Graham’s strategies, Charles Dow and Hamilton’s theories, dynamic, tactical and strategic asset allocation and much more. Amani began his career in the financial services industry in 2002 after he earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Seattle Pacific University. Amani also graduated from Cameron University with a Bachelor of Accounting and the University ROTC Leadership Program. Amani was selected and served in the role of a Commissioned US Army Officer (1LT). He spent 10 years serving in leadership and operational roles such as Platoon Leader and Assistant Operations Officer. The years of selfless service provided a focus on discipline, contingency planning, risk management, structure and process management. For example, he managed a team of over 60 people and $14 Million of equipment and in his Assistant Operations Officer role provided planning for a unit of over 700 people. Amani actively supports local charities and is a board member of several organizations that focus on inspiring youth in education. His core values are compassion, honesty, integrity, learning, determination. Amani’s hobbies are golf, skiing, chess and enjoying the relationships with family & friends.

Bob Luciano

Finance Committee Chairman

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Bob Luciano is a Senior Vice President with over 22 years of bank experience with Bank of America. Bob has worked in various capacities in both retail and commercial banking operations. He is currently a Senior Client Manager for the Global Commercial Bank.  Bob holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Economics from Seattle University.  He has been active in the community for many years.  He currently serves  as a Board Member and  instructor for the CHOICES Educational group, Board Member and  Treasurer for the Breakfast Group, and is on the Board of Directors for Leadership Tomorrow.  Bob is married with two sons and enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering in the community.

Dr. Paul Jackson


Paul obtained his PhD in computer engineering in 1998 from TX A&M and came to Seattle to work for Boeing.

Originally from the east coast, Paul was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Paul has conducted research and development in the areas of: wearable and alternative computing platforms (handheld and tablet PC); augmented reality; personal area networks (bluetooth & RFID) and touch labor applications.

Paul has also taught in the areas of: electronics; programing; computer applications; digital video production and internet technologies.

Darryl Russell

Program Committee Chairman

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Darryl Russell is The President of The Russell Group, LLC, a business leadership coaching and organizational development company located near Seattle. He works with individuals and organizations to help them create the positive behavioral changes needed to achieve improved performance and results.  His core business is designing and facilitating processes that enable his clients to pursue excellence.  He offers unique methods of motivation, control, evaluation and application that are aimed directly at achieving an organization’s specific goals.

He spent 25 successful years in sales, management and marketing in the communications and high technology industries with nationally recognized companies such as: Xerox, Honeywell, Exxon, MCI, and GE Information Services.  Darryl achieved Presidents Club status with Xerox, Exxon, and MCI.  He has earned top sales and management professional awards on multiple occasions with these companies.


Gary Melonson

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Gary joined Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. in 2009 after 11 years with Smith Barney.  He also spent 25 years in the banking industry serving in management roles, in both the retail and commercial banking sides. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Pacific Coast Banking School. He also holds his security and insurance licenses. He currently serves on The Board of the following organizations: Pacific Northwest Bankers Association, the Legal Foundation of Washington, Community Capital Development and The Breakfast Group. Gary’s family is very important to him. He values spending much of his free time with his children and other family members. He also enjoys competitive sports such as tennis and golf.

Bob Harvey

Fundraising Commitee Chairman

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Bob is the retired President and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union. He retired in 2011 after 20 years with the credit union. He has worked in management positions in California with Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank and the Lockheed Federal Credit Union. Prior to beginning his 40 year banking career, Bob was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Born and raised in Boston, he spent many years in Southern California before moving to Seattle. He holds a BA in Mathematics and a MBA in Banking. He was awarded the distinction of CEO of the year by the Credit Union Executives Society in 2003. He is married and has adult children living in California, as well as adult step children living in the Puget Sound area. His grandchildren now number nine. Bob serves as a Trustee on the City of Seattle Pension Board and serves as a fully certified Reserve Police Officer with the Seattle Police Department. Many Friday nights you’ll find him on patrol around Seattle. He has been assigned to SPD’s Gang Unit for over 10 years. Bob is a Board member for the Breakfast Group and serves as the chair of the Funding Committee. His hobbies include motorcycling, bicycling, vintage cars, movies and traveling. His favorite post retirement endeavor is playing a tenor drum for The Seattle Police Department’s Pipe and Drum band.

Paul Mitchell



Tony Orange

Dr. John German

All Achievers Committee Chairman


Nate Miles

Al Herron

Economic and Business Development Committee Chairman


Christopher Webb

Marketing Committee Chairman


Dr. Ralph Bayard

Dr. Ralph Bayard is a Senior Director for Systems Improvement and Strategic Consultation at Casey Family Programs.  In addition to serving as the lead consultant for systems reform in the states of North Carolina and S. Dakota, he leads and coordinates the organization’s national work efforts in consulting with other state, county, and tribal jurisdictions choosing to address race equity and reduce disproportionate representation and disparities for children of color in their child welfare systems.  Dr. Bayard served as the Casey Family Programs lead representative to the Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare, an alliance of all of the Casey Foundations including Annie E. Casey/Casey Family Services, Marguerite Casey, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy. Dr. Bayard  co-chaired the Casey Family Programs national Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) on Disproportionality, and served as a faculty member of the California Disproportionality Project and the Iowa BSC on Disproportionality.

Dr. Bayard received his doctorate from the University of Washington in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  He also received his Masters’ and Bachelors’ degrees in Communications, also at the University of Washington.

Dr. Charles Mitchell

Vice President