Board of Directors

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Diane Lee

Co-Chair

Diane is currently a senior product manager with Amazon Business.  Prior to Amazon, Diane worked at Microsoft and Boeing in strategic business planning roles.  She has been volunteering with Minds Matter since its inaugural year, serving as a Math Matters instructor in FY14 and FY15 and joining the board in FY16.  She holds a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A from the Darden School of Business.

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Tully McGowan

Co-Chair
Tully has been involved with Minds Matter since 2012, when he started as a mentor in our New York City Chapter. Upon moving to Seattle in 2014, Tully led our early community outreach and mentee recruitment efforts, working with our great community partners. He joined the board in 2016, after serving on the Executive Committee. Tully is a private wealth advisor at AB Bernstein, a global research and investment management firm, where he advises executives and multigenerational families. He holds a BA from Stanford University.

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Forrest Collman

Treasurer

Forrest has been a mentor with Minds Matter since 2014, and is currently acting as the Director of Grants. Forrest was born and raised in Franconia, NH, a small town of ~1,000 people in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and attended the small public high school there, where his graduating class contained 39 people. Forrest attended Princeton University as an undergraduate, where he majored in Physics. He liked it enough to stay on for his Phd., though switched fields to become a neuroscientist. After four years working as a post-doc, he moved to Seattle to take a job as a Scientist as the Allen Institute for Brain Science, where he studies the different types of synapses in the brain and how they change during learning.

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Rissa Durham

Board Member

Rissa is currently Program Manager for the Polio team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role she supports business operations, strategic planning, and ongoing portfolio management. She served in a similar role for the Foundation’s U.S. Advocacy team, focused on College Ready and Post-Secondary educational programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Rissa served as Executive Director for Minds Matter for more than four years, during which time she focused on strategic growth, infrastructure development, and programmatic expansion. Rissa holds a B.A. in English and political science from Williams College, an M.A. in education from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from the Johnson School at Cornell University.

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Trevor Greene

Board Member

Trevor Greene spent a dozen years teaching English and Spanish and three years in administration before becoming the principal at Toppenish High School (THS) on the Yakama Indian Reservation.  During his tenure serving in a school of 99% poverty, the school implemented a nationally recognized STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) program and realized a 93.5% graduation rate.  In 2012, Mr. Greene was selected by his peers as the 2012 Washington State High School Principal of the Year and, a year later, was named the 2013 National High School Principal of the Year.

He then completed a one-year fellowship with the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) and supervised and supported principals in the Highline Public Schools (HPS).  Over the last two years, he has been the HPS Executive Director of Workforce Planning and Development.  He and his team have established dual-language “teacher pipelines” for classified staff, successfully increased early hiring, and diversified the educator workforce by over 20%.

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Nicole Olesh

Board Member

Nicole has been involved in education since she graduated from UCLA in 2004 with a B.A. in sociology. Nicole worked in the education system for five years teaching both special education and general education in low-income schools. As an educator, Nicole served in key roles on several district-level committees creating district-wide assessments and piloting new programs.

She then attended the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas as a Consortium Fellow where she earned her M.B.A. While in business school she continued working to improve education through charter management organizations and education nonprofits. Her experience includes market data collection and analysis, teacher effectiveness recommendations, new funding source identification, and operational improvements earning her an award for social enterprise. Additionally, she drove an internal organization assessment as a Board Fellow with the Board of Directors of the United Way Capital Area (Austin, Texas) using the internal standards of excellence to develop key areas of focus that aligned with the five-year strategic plan.

After graduating with her M.B.A. in 2011, Nicole went to work for Deloitte Consulting as a Senior Consultant in the Human Capital practice specializing in Organization Transformation. In 2013, she joined the Minds Matter Seattle inaugural Executive Committee as Co-Director of Volunteers and Director of Math Matters. In 2014, she left Deloitte to join Charter Management Organizations, or EdTec, where she provides financial analysis and recommendations to various educational organizations in Southern California.

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Ann Rubin

Board Member

Ann joined Minds Matter Seattle in 2013 as Mentor & Director of Summer Programs, becoming President in 2015. Born and raised in Tokyo, she is a certified college counselor and owner of COLLEGE-DO, a private college counseling service firm specializing in both local and international students. She has enjoyed working closely with each of the mentees in finding their best-fitting summer programs and looks forward to supporting even more students in the coming years. Ann obtained her B.A. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College, an M.A. in Education from Columbia University Teachers College, and her college counseling certificate from UCLA.

James Stoner

Board Member

James has volunteered with Minds Matter since 2007. He started with the organization as a mentor and also served as a team leader and program director in the New York City chapter. For the last three years, James was a mentor for the Seattle chapter’s inaugural class and was thankful to play a small role in his mentee’s acceptance to Princeton. James holds a B.A. in accounting and information systems from the University of Washington and a Masters in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, James is the Chief Financial Officer at Archon Capital Management LLC and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Catherine Simonsen

Founder

Catherine has been involved with Minds Matter since 2004. She started as a mentor in New York City, served for two years as the Director of the Sophomore Program, chaired the board from 2007-2008, served as Director of Programming on the National Executive Committee from 2008-2009, and founded the Seattle chapter of Minds Matter in 2013. Catherine graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in economics and science, technology, and society. She worked as an analyst and associate in over-the-counter equity derivatives at Goldman Sachs in New York from 2004-2008, graduated from Yale Law School in 2011, clerked in federal circuit and district court in Seattle from 2011-2013, and is now an attorney at Perkins Coie LLP.