2014 Board Members


"A Board with History and Accomplishments"

 

DAN HUDSON

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

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

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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

SECRETARY

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

FOUNDER

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

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

PRESIDENT

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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 AND TREASURER

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

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY

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

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

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 COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

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.

 

Dr. Charles Mitchell

VICE PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER

Charles Mitchell worked with Seattle Community Colleges for more than 25 years including periods as President of Seattle Central Community College and Chancellor of the Seattle Community College System.
Mitchell was born in Seattle in 1940 and is the product of the city's education system. He attended T.T. Minor Elementary School, Meany Junior High, and Garfield High School. He also earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington (UW), a master's degree from Seattle University, and a doctorate in education from Brigham Young University.

During his years at the University of Washington, Mitchell played football with the UW Huskies and was a member of the winning 1961 Rose Bowl team. He was inducted into the Husky Football Hall of Fame in 1992. After graduation from the UW, he played professional football for six years with the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills.

After earning advanced degrees from Seattle University and Brigham Young University, Mitchell worked briefly for the Governor of Colorado and later for King County Executive John Spellman.

In 1987 Mitchell was named President of Seattle Central Community College.  He held the post until 2003.  Under his leadership as President of Seattle Central Mitchell oversaw the expansion of enrollment.  He also encouraged programs and initiatives that brought in more students of color and students of immigrant backgrounds.  His work was recognized by Time magazine which named Seattle Central "College of the Year" in 2001-2002.  

In 2003 Mitchell was named Chancellor of the Seattle Community Colleges and held the post until 2008.  While there he administered four campus and six specialized training centers with a total enrollment of more than 55,000 students.  After completing five years as leader of Washington State’s largest two-year college district, he was named to lead the Power & Promise multi-year fund-raising campaign for the community college system. 

Mitchell has received numerous awards recognizing his educational and community achievements. They include an honorary Ph.D. from Seattle University (2008), the Charles E. Odegaard Award from the University of Washington (2006), and induction into the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.  In 2002 he was “Father of the Year” from the American Diabetes Association.  In 2001 he won the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction from the Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society.  Mitchell is also a University of Washington “Husky Legend” and has been honored with a UW Minority Affairs Program Alumnus Award. His work to promote the advancement of minority students in higher education was recognized with the Equity Award from the Trustees Association of Washington Community Colleges. 

PAUL MITCHELL 

CO-FOUNDER

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Paul began his career with Boeing Corporation as a material buyer and military aircraft parts procurement specialist..  His retail career spanned a 30 year period and includes management and purchasing positions with JC Penne, The Bon Marche/Macy's.  As a  Men/ Boys Clothing Buyer he travelled the world procuring men clothing from suppliers and managed a 5-10 million dollar purchasing budget.

His current affiliations and responsibilities include; Roots Picnic Co-Chair, Board of Downtown Association, Nofthwest Black Pioneer Co-founder and Coordinator of the Northwest Pioneer Exhibit and community events, Downtown YMCA Board of Directors, Medina's/Amara Children Adoption Agency Board of Directors, Breakfast Club Co-founder, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Member.

Awards: Excellence in Education Award The Measure of a Black Father Award Seattle African American Community Award Role Model Award Black Achievers Award Washington State University Multicultural Student Service Award Abe Keller Community Service Award Pacific Northwest Football Hall of FAME Award, and The Medina Children's Service  Outstanding Community Service Award.

Paul holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Idaho State University.

TONY ORANGE 

Tony Orange served as Executive Director of the Central Area Motivation Program from 2003 to 2007.  Tony formerly worked for seven years as Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs and coordinated a stakeholder listening project for Region 4 Community Services Division Administrator of the State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Prior to that, he served for a year as acting director of the Central Area Youth Association in Seattle and was staff assistant to the Seattle Human Rights Commission from 1988 to 1994. He was also executive director for the Coalition for Quality Integrated Education before landing a job as manager in the Equity and Compliance Department of the Seattle Public School District in 1977.

Tony currently serves on the board of directors of Festival Sundiata, the Seattle-King County NAACP, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Breakfast Group and the Seattle Affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute. He is a member of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission and the Loren Miller Bar Association Judicial Review Committee.

 

DR. JOHN GERMAN 

ALL ACHIEVERS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

EXPERIENCE

Seattle Public School - 26 years, including a position as Principal of Middle College High School for 14 years.
Campuses include:  Indian Heritage, Seattle Central Community College, South Seattle Community College, Northgate Mall Academy and the University of Washington
•    Principal – South Shore Middle School, 5 years
•    Assistant Principal - High School, 7 years
Renton School District, Renton WA, 2 years
•    Assistant Principal
San Diego Unified School District, Educational Curriculum Consultant
San Mateo Unified School District
•    Classroom Instructor (Industrial Arts/Vocational Ed
Boeing Aircraft Company
•    Industrial Engineer
U.S. Navy
•    Submarine Service, SSBN Qualified
EDUCATION

Pacific Western University
California State University Hayward
•    M.S. Secondary Administration/Supervision
California State University Long Beach
•    B.A. Education/Industrial Arts
COMMUNITY BOARDS

•    Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic
•    Southeast Youth and Family Services    •    Simon Youth Foundation 
•    The Breakfast Group

NATE MILES 

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“Highly respected”, “extremely versatile” and “tremendously effective” is how many describe Nathaniel “Nate” Miles, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for Eli Lilly and Company.  For more than 30 years, Nate has been a major force in the national healthcare, community and non-profit sectors.    

He has been called upon time and again to serve his community, state and country.  He is recognized by local and national leaders, elected officials and advocates as a powerful agent of change and reliable voice of reason. In addition to his leadership in the business community, Nate has spent nearly thirty years building coalitions among some of the most diverse populations to support public policy initiatives and affect change. 

PROFESSIONAL CAREER 

Nate is Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for Eli Lilly and Company, one of the nation’s top pharmaceutical firms.  Nate leads concept, development and flawless implementation of innovative and highly effective strategic initiatives, to generate sound public policy and brand support from traditional and non-traditional allies such as grassroots organizations, Faith based organizations, Communities of Color, labor organizations, civil rights/social justice and non-governmental organizations.  He’s breaking new ground for 21st century partnerships to further innovation in healthcare and business development for a global marketplace. 

As a Director for State Government Affairs for Lilly between 1994 and 2011, Nate was and continues to be responsible for state government relations, public affairs and external relations activities in his multi-state region.  In that role his team oversees the public payor market, which at it’s peak, was in excess of $100 million annual revenues.       

Nate began his career as a Marketing Executive for KIRO Broadcasting in Seattle (CBS Affiliate) where his ability to develop award-winning media/marketing campaigns and client relations, earned him high praise and recognition throughout the industry. 

In the 1980s, one of Washington’s most powerful political leaders hand-picked Nate to be his Chief Legislative Aide.  Here, Nate helped shape and direct many strategic policy initiatives for Washington Senate Majority Caucus Chair George Fleming. He gained bi-partisan respect and commendations for his role in creating international trade legislation that helped move Washington products into foreign markets and led the effort to structure groundbreaking economic development initiatives that helped revitalize Seattle’s Central Area Core Business District. 

Returning to the private sector, Nate joined the Senior Management Team at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center (WSCTC).  His efforts in government affairs, community outreach, facilities operations, retail development, labor negotiations and branding development were pivotal to securing $125 million dollars for the facility expansion. 

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

As a trusted confidante and recognized problem solver throughout his career, Nate is constantly sought out by elected officials, and community based organizations, to serve in various leadership capacities including the boards of directors for many community and civic groups

Nate was called upon by then-President Bill Clinton, to join prominent business leaders from around the country as a White House Conferee on International Trade.  Nate, along with the others, advised the President on the development and implementation of landmark foreign trade policy. 

Locally Nate stepped up to the plate to join an elite “Blue Ribbon Commission” of concerned civic leaders, who crafted the landmark, multi million dollar, long range restructuring plan to save local parks. He was a central figure in creating profit-making partnerships with outside businesses, designing attractive re-financing scenarios, and re-shaping the parks management system. 

Nate has a stellar record or philanthropic involvement, and serves and/or has served on: The Board of Directors of The University of Washington Foundation, The Puget Sound Regional Council - Economic Development Board, Association of Washington Business, Medical Teams International, The Alliance For Education, Islandwood, The Seattle Chinese Nursing Home, Chair of the Board for The Seattle Urban League, and Seattle CityClub.  He sits on the NAACP Special Contributions Fund Board of Directors, and The National Action Network Corporate Advisory Committee to name a few. 

HONORS

Nate’s work has been recognized on over 300 occasions, receiving a variety of honors and awards including the Edward “Eddie” Carlson Award for Seattle’s Leadership Tomorrow program; “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Central Area Motivation Program, a “Friends of JACL” (The Japanese American Citizen’s League) Award, and being selected as one of  “ 30 Leaders of the Future” by Ebony Magazine.

Born and raised in Washington State, he is a distinguished graduate of the University of Washington, who resides in the Seattle area and is a married father of three.

 

AL HERRON 

ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

Al is a Particle Physicist, Electrical Engineer, and Entrepreneur.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering.  He has spent his career pushing the boundaries of Compact Linear Accelerator Technology, driving New Business Development Opportunities, and working with fellow Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs.

Al’s current business focus is in the Technology Business Development, and Social Enterprise Space.  

He is the Principle Consultant at Puget Sound Nexus, LLC, (PSNXS).  This company is a Dynamic Business Innovation and Resource Development Enterprise

PSNXS connects resources and opportunity through practical business strategies and strategic partnerships. We work and partner with clients from the private, public, and non-profit sectors throughout the Puget Sound Region to identify high-value opportunities while addressing operational challenges. 

With a focus on STEM initiatives and the impact of the new innovation economy, PSNXS is able to leverage national partnerships and affiliations in order to provide sustainable solutions for our under-served/underutilized communities. 

He is also the Founder and Executive Director of the STEMTAC Development Program.  STEMTAC is an innovative approach to STEM Education and Training currently under development by Al Herron, in conjunction with Eastside Psychology Services, and XwebFusion Technologies. STEMTAC, LLC’s developmental programs touch on a wide range of STEM disciplines.

 

CHRISTOPHER WEBB

MARKETING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AND DIGITAL STRATEGY

Christopher Webb holds a Master’s degree in Information Science with a specialization in Information Economics, Management and Policy from the University of Michigan.  He also holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan in International Economic Development with a concentration in Latin American Political Economy.  

Christopher works as a consultant and business owner in the Information Technology sector, He has more than 15 years of management and entrepreneurial experience which includes; international business (export and account management), joint venture supervision, and strategic planning.  In his international business work he traveled extensively to Europe, Africa, and Latin America.  As a result he cultivated language skills in Spanish, French and Portuguese.  In his current work he is a consultant specializing in Digital and Intellectual Property Asset Strategy.

He also has more than 16 years of professional writing experience that includes; proposal (business and grant), business planning, academic journals, book reviews, reports, conference presentations, and integrated marketing and communications. Christopher has a passion for education and has taught coursework ranging from Creative Writing and ESL, to Information Literacy both domestically and Internationally (Brazil and England).  He has also worked in the private sector in France, England, and Brazil.

 

DR. RALPH BAYARD 

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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.