BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tanya Trejo | Board President
Tanya joined the FEAT Board of Directors in June 2011. She is an IT professional and has been touched by several friends who are on the autism spectrum. Tanya is passionate about education, support, and awareness and she is enthusiastic about continuing to learn more and give back to the autism community. Tanya has been involved in multiple organizations through event support, including the National MS Society, Jubilee Women’s Center, Northwest Harvest, and the Arthritis Foundation. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Keane Watterson.
Troy Ness | Secretary
Troy joined the FEAT Board of Directors in July, 2014. He is a technology leader with an accomplished career of innovation and execution for several Fortune 200 retail innovators. Troy has been lucky enough to know and work with many families touched by autism and has admired the sacrifices willingly made to ensure loving support. The opportunity to extend this into active support is one that Troy readily embraced when the opportunity presented itself. His prior community-based Board service has focused on the arts. Troy currently resides in Seattle with his youngest son and a small assortment of animals.
Lisa Grove | Treasurer
Lisa Grove joined the FEAT board in April 2014 after being a FEAT member and supporter for many years. She is the Director of Internal Audit at BECU. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Investment and Derivative Auditor. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Oregon State University. She resides in Bothell with her husband Bob and stepsons Chris and Alex.
Patrick Giusti | Board Member
Patrick joined the FEAT Board of Directors in April 2010. Patrick is an IT professional at Oracle Corporation where he helps companies in multiple industries become more efficient and innovative through the use of technology and business applications. He is passionate about helping families affected by Autism and specializes in fundraising, community awareness and working to bring the best resources to the Puget Sound community. Patrick has been involved in multiple community organizations in the area, serving on the Board of Trustees of the MS Society and working on fundraising and corporate events with the Ronald McDonald House of Seattle. Patrick lives in Woodinville with his wife Mary and two sons Baron (12) and Augie (10).
Anna Kakos | Board Member
Anna Kakos joined the FEAT Board of Directors in August 2014. Anna is an attorney for Starbucks Corporation specializing in marketing and advertising law, charitable promotions, and commercial transactions. She received her law degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Anna and her husband Patrick are parents to twins (Lila and Finn) – with Finn receiving a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder before his second birthday. Lila and Finn are graduates of the Experiment Education Unit – Haring Center at the University of Washington, and Finn is currently enrolled at the Academy for Precision Learning. Prior community service includes volunteer support for literacy initiatives and therapeutic horseback riding. Anna is also an active member of the Starbucks Parents of Children with Disabilities network.
Traci Schneider | Board Member
Traci Schneider entered the world of autism in January 2005 when her oldest son was diagnosed at the age of 3. At that time, Traci and her family were living in Wisconsin. She was on the Board of Directors of the local chapter of the Autism Society of America while in Wisconsin and also worked to establish a grant for families with children on the spectrum. In 2010, her family moved to the Seattle area when her husband John was named the General Manager of the Seattle Seahawks. While looking for an organization to become involved with in the area, she loved that FEAT was a family-based support system. Traci is also the President of the Seahawks Women’s Association and supports many other causes as well. Before having her two wonderful boys, she was a marketing manager for a health insurance company.
Joel Sepavich | Board Member
Joel Sepavich joined the FEAT Board of Directors in September of 2014. Joel is a Vice President and Affluent Segment Manager for Wells Fargo Bank, where he has spent the last 15 of his 19 year financial services career. Joel was born and raised in the Chicago area and earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University. Joel’s son Zachary received his diagnosis of ASD when he was two years old and has benefitted from a number of services and programs in the Seattle area that have made a significant impact on his development. Zack attended the E.E.U. at the University of WA, Rising Star Academy, and an incredibly supportive school program at Roxhill Elementary School. Joel lives in Lynnwood with his wife Alison and Zachary, along with two dogs, a cat, and most likely whatever pet Zack asks for next. As a member of the Board of Directors, he is excited to be a part of the growth and development of FEAT’s programs seeing that the families in our communities continue to have an organization like FEAT to turn to.
Mary Wentworth | Board Member
Mary joined the FEAT Board of Directors in June 2015 and is thrilled to be involved in helping connect families to support and treatment for Autism. Mary graduated from Pacific Lutheran University and has worked at Microsoft for the last 15 years. She lives in Kirkland with her husband, Todd. Their son, Kyle, is currently a senior at the University of Washington.