Tanya Trejo | Board President
Tanya joined the FEAT Board of Directors in June 2011. She is an IT professional with Starbucks Coffee Company 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 ha! s 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 and cat, Audrey.
Michael Luckevich | Treasurer
Michael has been a FEAT member since 1998 and first served on the Board from 2004 to 2009. His other public service achievements include: establishing a YMCA youth hockey program, serving on the Washington State PTSA Legislative Action Committee, serving on the Bellevue College Industry Advisory board, and volunteering at the Washington State Children’s Center.
Michael graduated BS Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. He has worked in the information technology professional services industry for over 25 years and retired vice-president Hitachi Consulting. He has taught at the University of Washington and is the author of Business Intelligence: Making Better Decisions Faster. Michael lives on Mercer Island with his daughter Lindsey (2o) and son Steven (18). He enjoys hiking, road trips, and ballet.
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.
Edgar Aponte | Board Member
Edgar Aponte has worked in the Electrical Manufacturing and Wholesaling Industry for over 28 years with a broad range of experience in Sales Marketing. He is currently Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Platt Electric Supply. Platt is a family owed Wholesaler headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon with over 1,000 employees and 100 Branches across 7 States. Established in 1953, Platt is today one of the largest family owned wholesalers in the United States and has a rich tradition of caring for people in our communities. Previous to Platt he worked for Westinghouse Electric in a variety of roles across multiple states and countries, including General Manager of Westinghouse Electric LTD in Europe. As a FEAT board member he is excited to be able to assist FEAT of WA in achieving its mission of providing hope and guidance to the Families with Autistic children so they may reach their full potential.
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).
RoseAnn Gizinski | Board Member
RoseAnn joined the FEAT Board of Directors in August 2014. She is an IT Professional with Starbucks Coffee Company where she has worked for 9 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Accounting from Seattle University. RoseAnn has a passion for community service especially in support of children and animals. She is involved in organizations such as NW Children’s Fund, Seattle Girls’ School, Seattle Humane Society, Seattle Gospel Mission and Jubilee Women’s Shelter through volunteering her time and event support. She is excited to contribute anything she can to FEAT and to learn more about the autism community. She lives in West Seattle with her faithful dog, Rhett.
Paul Goodwin | Board Member
Paul Goodwin is the senior vice president, onboard revenue services and tour operations for Holland America Line Inc., a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc. Goodwin directs the development and implementation of Holland America Line’s onboard revenue, including shore excursions, beverage operations, retail services, spas and salons, casino operations and other revenue outlets. He also holds responsibility for worldwide pre- and post-tours including overall responsibility for Seattle, Alaska and Yukon land operations including the Westmark Hotel and Gray Line of Alaska. A 30-year veteran of the cruise and travel industry, Goodwin joined Holland America Line in December 2003, having served as vice president, pricing and planning at Radisson Seven Seas Cruises. In that position he was responsible for itinerary planning and development, cruise pricing, revenue/yield forecasting and anagement, shore excursions, land, hotel and air.
Goodwin was also director of passenger services of Regent Seven Seas Cruise Line. Goodwin began his career with Holland America Line in the early 1980′s as manager of the Vancouver operation. Goodwin graduated from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver with a Bachelor’s degree in 1983 and lives in Woodinville with his wife and three children.
Lisa Grove | Board Member
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 of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle where she has worked for ten years. 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.
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 Director 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.
Wendy White | Board Member
Wendy White is principal of Surge MG, a marketing firm specializing in accelerating start-up growth. Wendy is a seasoned business-to-business marketing executive with numerous awards from her >20 year tenure at tech leaders such as Intel, Motorola and Microsoft and her role as Marketing VP for Seattle-based start-up Tier 3.