Advisory Board Member Biographies
Sabine Lang is Associate Professor of International and European Studies at the H.M. Jackson School of International Studies of the University of Washington. She received her PhD in Political Science at the Free University in Berlin and has held previous teaching positions at the University of Leipzig and at the J. F. Kennedy-Institute of the Free University Berlin, Germany. From 1990 to 1994 she was Director of the Public Affairs Department and the Executive Office of the State Secretary for Labor and Women’s Issues in Berlin.
Sabine is book review editor of the journal Politics & Gender and is on the editorial board of femina politica and German Studies Review. Her areas of research are comparative politics with an emphasis on nongovernmental organizations, civil society, gender, and transnational movements. Her latest book NGOs, Civil Society, and the Public Sphere was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.
Brad Kirkpatrick is an accomplished golfer and tennis player with a commitment to youth sports. A former financial, business and team leadership consultant working for such companies as Ernst & Young, Kibble & Prentice and Washington Mutual, Brad opened the first TGA franchise in the Seattle area in June 2012.
Board of Directors Biographies
Chandler Lewis, Executive Director
Chandler Lewis, a recent graduate of the University of Washington, founded The Evergreen Project in December 2012 after learning about the shocking statistics of dating violence. Most recently, Lewis has been appointed to the 2014-2016 National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB) for the national non-profit organization loveisrespect and was elected to the Executive Board of the NYAB as the Community Outreach and Advocacy Manager. As a newly appointed board member, Lewis will meet monthly with a select group of individuals aged 14-24 from across the nation to discuss ways of encouraging youth empowerment and healthy relationships in their respective local communities. These youth leaders are chosen through a very competitive application process and must exhibit the significant impact they have already made in advocating for relationship education in their community. Chandler Lewis graduated from the University of Washington in March of 2014 with a B.A. in Political Science.
Ricardo Gonzalez, Board Member
Hi I'm Ricardo Gonzalez. Originally I am from Miami, Florida and just recently moved to Seattle after my graduation from Florida International University to pursue an advanced degree in Psychology. During my studies I focused on health, gender, women and other marginalized groups in society. In the future, I hope to become a Clinical Psychologist. With my contribution to The Evergreen Project, I believe we can make a difference by helping to create a more positive and egalitarian society. Our team will focus on inspiring individuals towards a brighter future.
Daniel Lih, Board Member
I recently graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S in Bioengineering with a focus in cell and system engineering and am currently pursuing a Masters in the same field. I have been working on various projects in bioengineering research in my lab for over the last three years. I hope that one day my research will contribute to the eradication of cancer through the advancement of stem cell based research. I have experience with all ages of kids and hope to utilize my passion to live in a better society and my observational and analytical skills in our team while also helping to create a more inclusive, supportive community.
Elias Edwards, Board Member
I currently attend Seattle Central College, I plan to attain my AS so that I may further my education into Environmental Science and Resource Management. After completion of my schooling I would love to work with existing communities, where I would implement an array of self-sustaining systems. My first community would be my home; The Colville Reservation, the largest Native American reservation in WA at 1.4 million acres.
Growing up on a reservation displays relationship violence as a social “norm” to so many young people. I was one of these children. I have first-hand experience with the torment that engulfs lives of many individuals. With my goals to environmentally improve communities, and experiences from life, I believe I have the right outlook that will empower The Evergreen Project to achieve the goals set forth.
Rick Flinn, Board Member
Originally from Columbia, Missouri, I first came to Seattle two years ago to study at the University of Washington. I am studying Political Science with a focus on international relations and security. The experiences of some of my closest friends and relatives have fostered in me a steadfast commitment to a world free of relationship violence. When I was asked to be a part of the Evergreen Project, I jumped at the chance to help create meaningful change. By helping to educate about these important issues and provide for those they affect, I hope that we can create a lasting and meaningful impact on our society and the way that we as human beings treat one another.
KJ Zunigha, Board Member
KJ Zunigha is a Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator at PATH, a global health nonprofit organization. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Spanish from Seattle University, and is currently pursuing her Master of Public Adminstration from Seattle University.
KJ brings her passion for data, metrics, and strategic visioning to the Evergreen Project, and looks forward helping track results and provide meaningful insights as the Evergreen Project achieves impact in the community.