Board of Directors
President & Chair of the Board
Asst. Director of Community Relations
Tracy Wort is responsible for Symetra’s community relations programs including corporate and employee giving, Symetra’s signature Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® program, sponsorships and events. Wort also encourages community involvement through employee volunteer programs, such as working with Bellevue LifeSpring’s Holiday Adopt-A-Family™ program and the Symetra Week of Service, which engages employees across the country with local nonprofits. Wort has also served as an executive board member for Atlantic Street Center and as an advisory board member for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, with the American Cancer Society.
Senior Human Resources Leader
McCall Allen joined Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer leading onboarding accessibility, a global team charged with helping people with disabilities meaningful work without added friction due to accessibility. In this role McCall builds out the people accessibility strategy to influence inclusive experiences for people with disabilities in order to welcome new hires to Amazon and ensure they have the necessary tools and support needed to thrive. Her day-to-day responsibilities include crafting scalable global programs across the enterprise and partnering and influencing business leaders to implement changes that drive equality across teams to ensure a seamless employee experience. Prior to her current role, McCall worked for Amazon Web Services where she served as chief of staff and senior program manager for the machine learning, databases & analytics, and platform business units. In this role she provided oversight for all human resources functions including expansion, talent, and operations impacting over 6,000 employees globally.
Before joining Amazon, McCall worked at Akamai Technologies as a program manager in the human resources group. In this role McCall was responsible for consulting with senior-level executives and teams for the planning and execution of enterprise-wide human resources projects, leading HR programmatic efforts for the mergers & acquisitions team, and developing training for employees to learn to be effective project managers and people leaders. She most notably launched a global time keeping system which was implemented in over 20 countries across North America, Europe & the Middle East, and Asia Pacific to ensure compliance and reached 7,000 employees.
McCall has successfully worked in the tech & internet industries for 5+ years, starting her career at Vistaprint where she served as chief of staff and project manager to the global head of human resources. McCall has also worked in higher education at both Tufts and Simmons Universities, where she was exposed to global HR programs and projects managing executive education programs and leading women’s leadership and development initiatives for Fortune 500 companies such as Visa, Merck, and Dell EMC.
McCall graduated from Simmons University in Boston, MA where she received a master’s degree in management and attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI where she received her bachelor’s degree in management and business administration. Raised in Lexington, MA, she now resides in Seattle, WA and is a dedicated member to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and enjoys global travel, yoga, and reading.
CEO and Managing Attorney
Equinox Business Law Group PLLC
Michelle Bomberger is the CEO and Managing Attorney at Equinox Business Law Group. Michelle has background and experience as a businesswoman, entrepreneur and business lawyer. Her desire to work with small businesses and entrepreneurs began while she attended Northwestern University. Michelle was a founding member and served as President of the Small Business Opportunity Clinic at Northwestern University School of Law, where she provided both legal and business advice to nonprofit and for-profit small businesses.
The following individuals are returning Directors for re-appointment to the Bellevue LifeSpring Board of Directors for a three-year term. They now stand for election by the Bellevue LifeSpring membership.
Julie Cheng Bui
Philanthropist & Writer
Julie Cheng Bui is a philanthropist and freelance writer, currently working on copywriting projects with Serena Williams’ retail team. In a previous life, she worked in product management and site merchandising on the Amazon Kindle, after a role as a senior project manager in local government energy efficiency. Julie holds an MBA, with a specialty in hospitality management, and began her career in event planning and management in the Bay Area. From volunteering with the American Red Cross in high school to currently serving on the board of Bellevue LifeSpring, she has always had a passion for community involvement and serving others. She lives in Bellevue with her husband and two young children.
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Director of Major Projects
Darin Chestnut is a senior executive in PCL Construction’s Seattle office, responsible for leading major project pursuits and client development in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Chestnut has been supporting Bellevue LifeSpring through PCL Construction and on a personal level since the 2014 Uncork the Night auction. Mr. Chestnut and PCL Construction give generously to several charities every year including the United Way, the Red Cross, Food Lifeline and Habitat for Humanity.
Sabrina Smith Delery
Windermere Yarrow Bay
Sabrina has been a member and volunteer with Bellevue LifeSpring since 2005 with a particular emphasis on fundraising events. A founding member of the Bellevue Downtown Circle, she was Circle Chair for two years and served as liaison with Bellevue Rotary for their 2011 auction. She has been a Board Member of the Windermere Foundation since 2006 and has access to a network of working professionals to increase awareness and assist in the development and expansion of Bellevue LifeSpring.
Sabrina Smith Delery
Windermere Yarrow Bay
Dr. Ivan Duran
Bellevue School District
Dr. Ivan Duran joined the Bellevue School District as Superintendent in July 2017. Prior
to his role in Bellevue, Duran was deputy superintendent of the Dallas Independent
School District in Texas —a district serving approximately 160,000 students. Duran has
also served as assistant superintendent for elementary education for Denver Public
Schools in Colorado. He has also served as principal supervisor, director of instructional
technology, principal, assistant principal and teacher—all at public school districts in
Dr. Duran holds a doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy Study from the
University of Denver, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the
University of Colorado, and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. His doctoral
work focused on leadership in two different groups of turnaround schools and the
leadership practices that impacted student learning outcomes.
Business Owner, retired
One of Keri’s core beliefs is that a child’s success is greatly influenced by relationships with caring adults and access to good education. Over the years, Keri has mentored youth groups and volunteered with various organizations that share this core belief, from Books for Kids (now Page Ahead), Delancey Street Foundation, Amara, and now Bellevue LifeSpring. Keri began her professional career as an Estate Planning attorney at Lane Powell and later become involved in a trio of family businesses, serving as an advisor and strategist before being promoted to the top leadership position. Keri led a corporate restructuring of the companies, growing their value by 75% which ultimately led to a purchase offer and successful sale. Keri and her husband, Rob, have two daughters and a new son-in-law. One of their favorite hobbies is skate skiing in Mazama, WA.
Business Owner, retired
Kemper Freeman, Jr.
Chairman, President & CEO
Kemper Development Company
Kemper Freeman, Jr. is the principal owner and hands-on leader of Kemper Development Company. His portfolio of real estate called “The Bellevue Collection” is comprised of Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place, and luxury mixed-use projects at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, The Westin Bellevue and the W Hotel. Kemper is a past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers as well as the past Chairman of the association’s Government Relations Committee and has served as a Trustee since 1987. He serves on the Boards of Overlake Hospital and Performing Arts Center Eastside. Kemper and the Freeman family have a long history of involvement in political and civic activities in Bellevue, including support of Bellevue LifeSpring for three generations.
Executive Managing Director - Puget Sound Brokerage
Beth Halvorsen is the Executive Managing Director and Market Leader for Colliers (CIGI), a leading commercial real estate brokerage, professional services and investment management company for landlords, tenants and investors. An industry veteran, Beth has held multiple leadership roles on both east and west coasts within the institutional sector including as an Asset Manager at TA Associates in Boston. Prior to joining Colliers, she was an independent business strategy consultant, sought after public speaker and featured writer for Seattle Business Magazine’s “Got A Minute?” career advice column. Before starting her own consulting business, she was the Managing Director of Asset Services for CBRE responsible for a portfolio of assets throughout the Pacific Northwest. She has extensive experience leading large teams, managing complex P&Ls, budget and finance, developing strategic plans and real estate portfolio strategies. Beth was named to the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2020 Power 100 and was featured in the 2019 Puget Sound Business Journal’s ‘Women Who Lead’. She lives in Clyde Hill with her husband and three teenagers.
Co-founder & Owner
Bureau of Education & Research
Marilyn co-founded the Bureau of Education & Research along with her husband, Richard in 1976. Celebrating 44 years, BER is the leading provider of professional development and PD training resources for teachers and educators in North America.
Marilyn has served on the Bellevue LifeSpring Board since 2005. She has held positions of Programs Director, Parliamentarian and chaired the Holiday Adopt-A-Family program for 5 years. Marilyn is currently serving her third year as an Annual Fundraising Luncheon Chair. She has been an active member of Hunts Point Circle since 2003, serving as Chair for 7 years and Treasurer for the past 6 years.
Marilyn has been active on YMCA Boards for many years, and served as Community Campaign Chair for the Coal Creek Family Y.
Co-Founder & CMO
Linh is a co-founder and the CMO of ConDati, a marketing company that uses AI to boost digital marketing performances for their clients. In addition to ConDati, Linh previously worked as the Chief of Staff at SAP Concur and created an app that pairs local home chefs with “kitchen-challenged” people. While at SAP Concur, Linh was a crucial player in communications during the $8.3 billion acquisition of Concur by SAP. Linh has almost 20 years of experience in corporate marketing and communications.
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
Anu Jain is an entrepreneur and philanthropist driven to make a positive impact in the world. She is passionate about empowering girls, women, health, and wellness.
Anu is the Vice President of Community Relations at Viome, a company focused on disrupting healthcare with the goal of making chronic illness elective. She is also the Co-Founder of The Billion Dollar Fund, a global consortium of funds focused on raising awareness and money to invest in women founded companies. Anu is the Founder of the Anu and Naveen Jain Women
Safety XPrize and President of the Anu and Naveen Jain Family Foundation. She is also the Co-Founder of InfoSpace.
Anu launched a $1 million XPrize competition to incentivize innovators to design a technology-based solution that sets a new safety standard for women and awarded the winner at the United Nations in June 2018.
Anu sits on several boards including the University of California San Diego Health and is on their Science, Technology and Global initiatives committee. She is also on the advisory board for Girl Up of the United Nations Foundation, a board trustee of the X-Prize Foundation focused on using exponential technologies to solve global problems. Anu is also a member of Women Moving Millions and on the Board of Bellevue Lifespring and the Tateuchi Center.
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Hedge & Vine
Lisa has lived and worked in the Bellevue community for over 20 years. She is co-owner of a gift and wine shop; Hedge & Vine on Main Street and also has a background in interior design and marketing/event-planning. Her introduction to Bellevue LifeSpring was via the Yarrow Point Circle, where she was an active member for nearly 10 years. Currently, she is Chairing the Circle Round Table Committee and hopes to foster collaboration and unity within the Circles and increased communication between the Board and Circle Members. She has also volunteered in a number of capacities (Thrift Shop, Holiday Adopt-A-Family, the Annual Luncheon and Uncork the Night wine tasting and auction fundraising committees). Lisa is passionate about Bellevue LifeSpring’s mission and is interested in increasing awareness of Bellevue LifeSpring through the creation of mutually beneficial partnerships within our community.
Family Wealth Strategist
Senior Vice President
Key Private Bank Family Wealth
Ken is Relationship Manager for high net worth clients with Wells Fargo Private Bank. Prior to this he was with Inslee Best Doezie & Ryder where he chaired the firm’s trust and estate planning group. Ken is active in his community serving as a Bellevue Schools Foundation Board Member from 2008 – 2010 and is Vice President of the Board for Lawyers Helping Hungry Children since 2012. He also was past President and Board Member of the Pediatric Interim Care Center from 1998- 2011 where he led the capital campaign that resulted in the construction of a new facility. Ken lives in Bellevue with his wife and two children who attend the Bellevue public schools.
Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis
Leslie is the Senior Finance Leader responsible for managing budgets of $6B annual operating costs and $6B annual capital investment for Engineering and IT. Operations include a nationwide cellular network covering 300+M pops and IT organization covering a complex, high tech/high growth industry. She acts as a financial advisor to C-Level leadership and partners with key budget owners to provide analytics and recommendations on how to drive down costs/achieve targets. She oversees a staff of 40, supporting a dynamic resource base including 8,000 technology employees. Prior to joining T-Mobile in 2001, Leslie served as the Director of Small Business Programs for the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.
Hong Kong Association of Washington
Benjamin was the President of Hong Kong Association of Washington (HKAW) from 2006 to 2009, and Chairman of the National US Hong Kong Business Association (NUSHKBA) in 2009. A well-known figure within the Seattle community, he is willing to step up to help and donate to the community at any opportunity he gets. Benjamin has been an influential figure of HKAW’s recent growth by working closely with the National USHKBA and Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide. He brings in numerous business connections, and leading the way on building relationships with organizations such as Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO). On the business side, Benjamin is also an international business leader.
Benjamin is an owner of an import/export company who is well connected in the business world, especially in Asia, from Hong Kong, Shanghai, to Taiwan. He has worked with the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce and was among the leaders of the Hong Kong Association of Washington who initiated the annual Chinese Lunar New Year Gala. In 2016, Bellevue LifeSpring will be the beneficiary of the Chinese Lunar New Year Gala event.
Debbie has extensive leadership, recruiting, and employee development experience. Before starting her talent and coaching companies, she was on the executive team of an emerging technology services firm.
She is currently on the Bellevue LifeSpring Board and is Coaching in Organizations SIG Co-Chair and a Past Board Member of the Seattle Society of Human Resources Association (SHRM). She has held Board Leadership Roles in Workforce Readiness, Membership and Partnerships. Previously she has served on the board of Washington Women Education and Employment where she held Secretary, Compensation, and Community Liaison roles. She has also assisted in developing and delivering job skills training with Washington Veterans Administration, YWCA and the Seattle Jobs Initiative.
Ken is a CPA and owns a CPA firm. He has been involved with Bellevue LifeSpring since 2004. He has served on the Audit Committee and as Chair of the Bellevue Downtown Circle. He is currently the Bellevue LifeSpring Secretary and is currently Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. He also serves on the Endowment and Executive Committee.
A longtime community resident and volunteer, Maggie served as the full-time volunteer manager of Bellevue LifeSpring’s Thrift Shop for over ten years. In 2015, she was awarded the Trish Carpenter Volunteer of the Year Award for her dedication to the thrift shop and the organization. She continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to the community and Bellevue LifeSpring and has cultivated strong relationships with an extensive number of Bellevue LifeSpring members and friends who provide their volunteer support to the thrift shop, Adopt-A-Family and other programs and projects throughout the year. Maggie takes great pride in being a longtime member of Fairweather Circle and has co-chaired a number of their fundraisers.
Maggie and her husband, Scott, are graduates of Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania. Maggie also completed a summer study of French in Neuchatel, Switzerland. In addition to teaching, Maggie worked for Bank of Hawaii for nearly 4 years. Prior to returning from Hawaii (second move to Hawaii) in 1996, Maggie taught part-time at Trinity Christian School in Kailua and was their fundraising chair from 1987 – 1996.
Former Sales & Marketing
The Payne Group
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