See a selection of speakers below. Each participant has offered their time as volunteers or as a part of their company to share their learned and lived experiences with us for the 2018 Out & Equal NW Regional Summit. We look forward to adding more bios as they are received from our presenters and thank each of them for their dedication to LGBTQ+ Equality.
Angela Hall – Biography
Angela Hall is the Operational Excellence Director for Boeing Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) organization and is responsible for integrating EHS strategy at an enterprise level. She has direct oversight of enterprise EHS Business Operations, Engineering, Radiation, Audit, Training and Global Processes. This is all accomplished with a focus on safety, quality, employee engagement, Lean+ and a culture of continuous improvement.
In Angela’s 20 years with Boeing, she has worked in multiple operational and program roles in both the Defense and Commercial business units. She has led Quality, Operations, Manufacturing and Engineering functions across a broad portfolio of air and space craft programs. She has had the opportunity to train and implement lean in factory and office environments.
Angela is also committed to ensuring that diversity at Boeing is a competitive leverage. She is an Executive Champion for BEPA (Boeing Employee Pride Alliance), Boeing's Business Resource Group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and allies.
In addition to the aerospace industry, Angela has worked for an airline and in general aviation. She is a licensed pilot and holds an Airframe and Powerplant Certificate. She graduated with honors from San Jose State University in California, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Management with a minor in Business in 1993. Angela is married (Cliff) and has a daughter. In addition to spending time with her family at her home in Newcastle, Washington, she enjoys playing ice hockey, spending time outdoors, and travelling.
James Le Blanc contributes to the Boeing Company as a Data Management Specialist building and processing data for various Engineering & Manufacturing courses. He is also the Program Lead for India Onboarding & Orientation and currently sits as Vice President of Boeing Employee Ability Awareness Association Puget Sound– Business Resource Group. In 2017 James was recognized with Boeings HR-E Award for Innovation Excellence.
Lindsay Klarman, MNPL, NIC-A
Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center appointed Lindsay Klarman as Executive Director in 2014 after an extensive search. Formerly an Outreach & Education Specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS), Lindsay conducted research at UW for 13 years in developmental cognitive science, as well as speech and hearing sciences. She is also a certified sign language interpreter, has a Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University, and serves on numerous nonprofit boards.
Lindsay is excited to lead HSDC and looks forward to connecting with the community in her leadership role.
Steve Bubinas is a senior manager within the Talent Planning & Acquisition organization supporting staffing for the western region of the United States. Prior to his three years with Boeing, he specialized in university and military recruiting in both the technology and manufacturing industries. Steve received a Bachelors degree in Political Science and International Relations from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Vice-President, Global Head of Talent
Michael is the Global Head of Talent for The Boeing Company. He is responsible for developing and executing Boeing’s talent planning, acquisition and management strategy along with ensuring that Boeing has the data and insight to further its position as an industry leader and career destination for top talent globally. He is passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive workforce that ensures high-performance and the achievement of organization’s objectives.
Michael’s career spans several global companies including Comcast, Walmart, and Bank of America, among others. His career has taken him across the US and around the globe including an expat assignment in Sydney, Australia.
In addition to his role at Boeing, Michael currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Out & Equal, an organization dedicated to ensuring workplace equality for the LGBTQ community. Michael recently relocated to Puget Sound from Philadelphia with his fiancé Matthew.
In 2013, Susi Collins joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and she serves as an Associate Officer, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) in the People & Organization Potential team. In this role, she manages the foundation’s seven employee resource groups (ERG) and provides project and leadership support to various initiatives that promote DEI in the workplace. Susi if the founder and co-chair of the DEI Community of Practice, a group that brings together over 400 DEI practitioners and ERG leaders from the Greater Seattle area organizations with the common goal of advancing equity in inclusive workplaces that value diversity.
Susi is a former fellow with Hispanics in Philanthropy’s Next Generation Latino Leaders and the Salzburg Global Seminar. She received a Master of Nonprofit Administration from University of San Francisco and serves as a board VP for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Susi is originally from Lima, Peru and
immigrated to the United States in 2004. She currently lives with her bilingual and multicultural family in Seattle.
Joshua Cooper is a Senior Tax Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC), where he spends part of his time supporting Moiré Rasmussen, the Market Diversity Leader for the Bay Area and Northwest Market. He is a lead for the Seattle Office's LGBT Inclusion Network and is extremely involved within the Seattle DE&I Community. Joshua was a founding member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community of Practice and sits on the Steering Committee. He also sits on the Executive Board of Out & Equal.
Joshua received his Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Seattle Pacific University. He originally attended the University of Notre Dame for his Masters in Taxation, but after missing Seattle, he transferred to the University of Washington to finish his graduate work there.
Jon A. Freier
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, T-MOBILE RETAIL
Jon Freier serves as our Executive Vice President of T-Mobile’s retail channels including all company-owned retail stores, T-Mobile premium retailers, independent authorized retailers, national retailers, and our digital retail teams. Jon is responsible for leading the strategy, planning, and overall operations to deliver a word-class customer experience in over 5,300 T-Mobile branded retail stores across the United States and Puerto Rico. Enthusiastically leading over 46,000 retail and operations employees, Jon has transformed T-Mobile Retail into an award-winning and customer-obsessed culture by passionately serving our frontline teams. Additionally, Jon and his team have led one of the largest and fastest retail growths in American history by adding over 2,200 stores to T-Mobile’s distribution portfolio since 2015, including launching T-Mobile’s iconic Signature stores, bringing the Un-carrier to tens of millions of more Americans.
As a veteran of T-Mobile and its predecessor companies, Jon has nearly 25 years of experience in the wireless telecommunications industry with increasing levels of responsibility in customer-facing functions. Jon began his wireless career in 1994, as a frontline sales associate, with Western Wireless Corporation in Lubbock, Texas when the Company had less than 100,000 total customers. With a concentration in rural, unserved markets throughout the western United States, Western Wireless birthed VoiceStream in 1996, and then became T-Mobile USA when Deutsche Telekom acquired VoiceStream in 2001. Jon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Lubbock Christian University and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University.
Christopher Juneau has been with SAP Concur for 17 years. Mr. Juneau has extensive international experience having managed Marketing for Australia, Asia-Pacific for three years where he opened numerous new markets. He also spent nearly two years in Europe where he opened Concur’s European Centre of Excellence in Prague, Czech Republic and opened new markets in central Europe. He has served on the board of the Global Business Travel Associations and has spoken at numerous Corporate Travel conferences around the world. He resides in Seattle, WA when not traveling internationally. He received his Masters in Business Administration degree from Emory University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University.
Denise Nelsen - senior vice president, Operations Services
Denise Nelsen is senior vice president, Operations Services. In this role, Denise is responsible for leading our operations services. Denise’s team drives operationalizing key initiatives in Starbucks retail stores and owns core operations capabilities, including: operational excellence, deployment, customer service, labor, communications and inventory management.
Denise began her career with Starbucks in 1997 as a barista in the Chicago market, looking for a role using her degree in human resources and marketing. She quickly fell in love with the culture and became a store manager in the spring of 1998 and moved to Indianapolis the next year to open the first Starbucks store in that market. In 2000 Denise was promoted to district manager, where she spent almost six years supporting several markets including Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Oklahoma. Denise later became a field implementation manager, then promoted to regional director of operations. After four years as a regional director, Denise moved to Seattle and became the director of business operations for U.S. Licensed Stores. Prior to her current role, she served for three years as regional vice president for Starbucks Western Mountain Region, living in Denver and leading operations for the seven states around the Rockies.
Denise holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where she majored in human resources and marketing. Denise was recognized in 2009 by the Indiana Business Journal “Top 40 Under 40” and in 2014 by the National Diversity Council of Colorado “Most Powerful and Influential Women.”
Ryan Gibson Bio
Ryan Gibson is a senior program manager and subject matter expert on lavatory and lighting systems for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Over the years, he has established new products in lighting systems for the 787 airplane such as upgraded dimmable windows, escape path markings, and passenger information signs. Ryan has been an advocate and champion for people with disabilities within the company and in the community. Ryan has served on the boards of the Boeing Employees Ability Awareness Association (BEAAA) BRG, Boeing USBLN External Technical Affiliation, and the Boeing Abilities Engagement Team. He is also passionate about developing others as a technical mentor and inclusion advisor. Ryan has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA, Engineering and Technology Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Alyssa Jarvis - Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Alyssa is the Corporate Engagement Manager for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. She starting working for Out & Equal in 2015 and is responsible for creating strategic partnerships with corporations and government agencies. Before joining the Out & Equal team, Alyssa studied Nonprofit Management at Indiana University. In her free time, Alyssa likes to go for long hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area and make plans for her next international travel adventure.
Rachel Ho - SAP
Based in Vancouver, BC, Rachel leads LGBTQ+ and diversity and inclusion initiatives for Pride@SAP Canada. Since founding the ERG 2 years ago, she proudly collaborates across Pride chapters in Montreal and Toronto. She has lent her skills as a product marketing manager for Business Intelligence and Analytics solutions for the last 3 years, and strives to highlight cross-sectional strengths across technology, innovation, and D&I.
William Metz leads Supplier Chain Finance Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this director role, William leads the development and execution of financial strategies and analysis to achieve best value procurement, supply chain management and cost reduction. Previously, William was a senior manager for Procurement Finance overseeing major aerostructures contracts. William has also worked in various Finance roles in Supplier Management, the 787 Program and Estimating for BCA Product Strategy & Development. He joined the company as an industrial engineer and capacity planner in the Interiors Responsibility Center.
William has an MBA from Seattle University and his Bachelors degree in Finance & Economics from Central Washington University. He is a Puget Sound native, married to Jennifer with one grown daughter and two rambunctious grandsons. In his free time he enjoys travel and sports and is an avid Seattle Sounders fan. Additionally, William is one off the Executive Sponsor for Puget Sound Boeing Employees Pride Alliance (BEPA).
Elayne works at Gender Justice League, a statewide civil rights & human rights organization dedicated to achieving equity, Equality and justice for trans and gender diverse people across Washington. Her background includes major event production management for the organization, as well as serving as its first board chair. During that time she worked across the Greater Seattle area as a freelance media producer and consultant. Her work in film and video spans a decade, winning both awards and spots in local, national and international film festivals.
She also works diligently as a freelance consultant to both public and private companies in the areas of workplace equality, healthcare parity and social justice.
Elayne loves to travel, and makes an annual circuit of the Olympic Peninsula to revel in the trees and the coastal waters. Of course, she loves to watch films as much as make them!
Jen Palmer - Director Social Marketing - T-Mobile - Chair Pride and Allies Network (PAN)
T-Mobile's Pride and Allies Network is a resource and advocate for information, consultation and education across the enterprise on sexual orientation and gender identity issues, enhancing T-Mobile as a safe, accepting and exceptional workplace for all employees, moving the business forward to greater growth.
Leanne Plancic, Retirement Planning Specialist of AXA Advisors, is one of the top-tiered Elite Producers at AXA Advisors. She has spent the last 9 years empowering her clients to create custom Financial Game Plans to keep them on track towards financial success. She is passionate about being a resource to when it comes to LGBT Financial Planning. Despite achieving marriage equality, there are still many financial planning considerations important for LGBT families. She serves on AXA’s national LGBT Advisory Committee and is a board member for National Association of Women MBAs.
Kaycee Kiesz - T-Mobile
Kaycee Kiesz prides herself as being a “master-connector”, who possesses a wealth of social economic value by nurturing long-term, authentic relationships with a wide variety of people, external agencies and community outreach organizations.
Kaycee is energized by finding common ground and connecting with others on social economic and equity issues. She is recognized for being a collaborative project & program manager who has the ability to add context, link people to common goals, and bridge silos motivating others to act. She has contributed to a wide array of Employee Engagement Programs that have increased diverse pipelines, developed diverse bench, and succession.
Kaycee’s diverse background of experience includes, working in Corporate Responsibility, Inclusion & Equity, Retail Operations, Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, and Diverse Supplier Relations. She has a keen knack for seeing the big picture, identifying key players and connecting the dots to accomplish the most challenging team initiatives.
Steve Gunn - Associate Vice President – Investment Officer at Wells Fargo Advisors
Chad Guenser-Minnick - SAP Concur
Chad serves as Group Manager, Customer Marketing in the Enterprise Business Unit at SAP Concur. In his 7 years of tenure, he’s spearheaded client event content, led product trainings and is co-chair of Pride@SAP North America. Outside of Concur, Chad serves as a recognized community leader for Leadership Eastside. In addition, he is on the executive board for Out & Equal Seattle and has previously been a member of the HRC Seattle Steering Committee. Chad is the loving husband of Alex, proud father of his son, Liam, and an amused owner of his pet Roomba.
Siri May leads the United Nations work at OutRight Action International, an international NGO in consultative status with ECOSOC and headquartered in New York. Siri works to ensure the visibility and rights of LGBTI people across United Nations headquarters with a focus on human rights, gender equality & mainstreaming, peace & security and sustainable development. She is an advocacy and strategy expert, with over 15 years of experience engaging civil society, governments and the private sector on issues related to social impact and change, public health and human rights. Siri has worked with both intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in positions at headquarters, in national and regional contexts, with the private sector and within federal government.
Before joining OutRight Siri served as Senior Advisor at the Australian Human Rights Commission where she oversaw the first national consultation and report on the state of LGBTI rights in Australia. Siri has been an active member on numerous boards and committees, including serving as Vice Chair/Company Director for The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, ACON (Previously the AIDS Council of NSW), The Anwernekenhe National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander HIV/AIDS Alliance and The NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby. Siri holds Bachelor of Economics & Social Sciences from the University of Sydney and Masters of Law (L.L.M. Human Rights) with Monash University in Australia.
Michael Villanueva is a Global Diversity & Inclusion Specialist with the Boeing Company. His responsibilities include guiding and supporting the various Business Resource Groups (BRG) and Diversity Councils in Everett and nearby sites to ensure alignment with Boeing’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. Michael is currently the enterprise focal for BAPA, the Boeing Asian Professional Association and formerly for BEPA, the Boeing Employees Pride Alliance. He also provides direction, training and solutions for managers and employees on ways to further foster a culture of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Michael is a sought after speaker and trainer for many diversity topics. He is a 21+ year employee with the company his first 17 years focused on Electrical Engineering design related positions for various Boeing aircraft models. He made the move to HR 4 years ago and has enjoyed learning how HR supports their employees and the business. He is also a Gender Transition focal at the company assisting transitioning employees and their work teams to transition together with the goal of fostering harmony in the workplace. His credentials include a BS in Electrical Engineering and MBA.
RESOURCEFUL PROJECT MANAGER exceling at relationship building, clear communication, planning skills, and business analysis. An adaptable change catalyst who develops and delivers industry-leading strategies and initiatives that embed and promote diversity and inclusion in every aspect of business and at every level of the organization. In 2015, Kevin executed the largest PRIDE Team Member Network event in Wells Fargo's history, and received the 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award in honor of this accomplishment.
Kevin's Top 5 StrengthsFinder results are: Adaptability, Consistency, Developer, Empathy, and Harmony.
Michael Palmer is a Senior Manager at T-Mobile, who focuses on accessibility and regulatory compliance for company programs, products and services. Michael now supports T-Mobile’s Accessibility Programs, partnering with manufacturers to include accessibility features and ensure customers have access to the latest technologies. Michael also supports the development of informational tools related to the company’s Accessibility Programs and has been an active participant in T-Mobile’s consumer outreach efforts. In addition to these responsibilities, Michael is involved in the T-Mobile Disability and Inclusion Council and currently serves as the Chair of the Access for Disability Networks. He is on the board of the World Institute on Disability