Board of Directors

Ryan McDonald
Co-Chairman, Treasurer
A University of Washington and Seattle University alum, Ryan is a self-proclaimed practical thinker. Ryan’s classical education in accounting, finance and economics compliment his professional accomplishments as a consultant, PM and business analyst.
The wellspring of his ideals adhere to concepts originating from stakeholder theory. Beyond the numbers, Ryan volunteers as a coach and mentor to students, as well as displaced youth. His applied experience with Project Management, Change Management and Team Enablement find seamless alignment with the youth empowerment imperative of Global Visionaries.
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Roger Kastner
Co-Chairman
Roger Kastner is passionate about enabling leaders and teams to achieve greater success by helping them raise the caliber of their people and project leadership skills. Roger brings over 20 years of experience in Organizational Development and Project Management as a consultant, instructor, and facilitator.
Roger has a proven track record of successfully coaching leaders to facilitate change within their organizations, being a dynamic facilitator and presenter, and driving business and technology projects. Roger has taught leadership courses at the University of Washington and is the author of “The Project Success Checklist: Drive Alignment, Produce Results, and Reduce the Risk of Project Failure.”
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Zachary Roberts
Secretary
Zachary Roberts is a young professional and small business owner from the Seattle Area with a passion for helping others.
Wengelawit Belgu
Board Member & ALP Participant
Wengelawit Belgu was a participant in the 2018 Summer Immersion Program and is currently a junior at Garfield High School. As soon as Wengel heard about Global Visionaries, she instantly knew that she wanted to join this program. While in Guatemala, she worked with the construction team, and helped build a school. Through this she gained leadership skills, that she is forever grateful for.
After coming back from Guatemala, she knew that she didn’t want that to be the end. Her love for Global Visionaries had increased after the immersion. What she loved most is the fact this program is about social justice. She loves how the program was solely focused on helping to create a just and sustainable society, and she wants to be a part of that. Joining the Advanced Leadership Program was the next step for her. Outside of Global Visionaries, Wengel is passionate about photography, and is involved in many extra circulars that focus on college readiness, social justice, and the empowerment of young people.
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Jordan Bowles
Board Member & ALP Participant
Jordan Bowles was a participant in the Summer Immersion program of 2017 and is currently a senior attending Ballard High School.
When Jordan first heard about Global Visionaries in her Spanish class freshman year, she was drawn in by the opportunity for an immersion experience in Guatemala and the prospect of working in a hospital with kids. After Jordan traveled to Guatemala and worked in the hospital, she found it a life changing experience. It affirmed her dreams to become an elementary school teacher while also teaching her the importance of body language, caring and being there for others, and understanding the impact that just a persons presence can have. Jordan has spent many of her free days and summers traveling and boating in Puget Sound. She fuels her passion for kids through volunteering with the Girl Scouts day camp every summer as well as nannying. She loves spending time outside in nature and expanding her horizons with new experiences.
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Avinash Chung
Board Member & ALP Participant
Avinash Chung was a participant in the Summer Immersion program of 2017 and is currently a senior at Garfield High School.
While in Guatemala, Avinash worked as part of the reforestation team. Avinash joined the Advanced Leadership Program because he believes that others deserve to have the same learning experience about different cultures and world issues that he did in Guatemala. Avinash also plays alto saxophone in the nationally ranked Garfield jazz band, runs cross country, and plays soccer. In addition, he helps lead trips as a staff member of the POST outdoor education program.
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Mindy Geisser
Board Member
As Chief Human Resources Officer of Savers, Inc., a privately held thrift retailer that benefits more than 150 nonprofit organizations, Mindy Geisser brings to Global Visionaries over two decades of nationally-recognized human resources expertise.
Mindy was formerly at Colliers International, where she worked as the CHRO since 2010.  Prior to joining Colliers, Mindy held the role of vice president of HR for Two Degrees, LLC, where she was responsible for designing and building sustainable human resources strategies and creating a best places to work for employees, developing policies, programs, tools and infrastructure.
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Joseph Maurice
Board Member & ALP Participant
Joseph Maurice was a participant in the Summer Immersion program of 2017 and is a junior at Garfield high school. When Joseph first learned about Global Visionaries two years ago in his Spanish class, he was drawn by the idea of an adventure. However, after dedicating a year to the program and going to Guatemala, he realized that GV was so much more.
Joseph found that GV is about learning and growing as much as it is about getting outside of your comfort zone. He joined ALP and the board because he wanted to continue growing as a person and give that opportunity to others. In his free time, Joseph loves to run cross-country, play in the Garfield jazz band, and lead a Jewish youth group
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Kelly McCuistion
Board Member
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Zoë McGough
Board Member & ALP Participant
Zoë McGough was a participant in the Summer Intensive Immersion program of 2018, and is currently a junior at Franklin High School.
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Kate Milne
Board Member & ALP Participant
Kate Milne was a participant in the Summer Immersion program of 2017 and is a Senior at Seattle Academy.
Kate is a member of Global Visionaries’ Advanced Leadership Program because of the experiences she had during her immersion to Guatemala. She was originally interested in the program because of the possibility of going to a new country and becoming more aware of social justice issues. She is very grateful for the leadership skills she has gained from the program. Outside of Global Visionaries, Kate enjoys playing soccer, tennis, and running cross country. She also participates on her school’s speech team and applied to be part of the student facilitators team which is a leadership program at her school. Her inspiration for applying for this group came from the leadership skills she learned from the first year program. Kate is very excited to be part of Global Visionaries’ board of directors because of the real world experiences she will gain, and the chance of working with adults which is something new for her.
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Vivian Page
Board Member
Vivian Page is currently the Vice-President of Human Resources at TalkingRain Beverage Co. and a member of the Leadership for this fast growing organization; a Seattle Icon that has received numerous awards for excellence in several areas of business, locally and nationally.
Thomas Tomasevic, CEO of T2 Team Consulting and author of Six Word Lessons to Create Stellar Teams, has worked closely with TalkingRain Beverage Co. and Vivian Page and describes her as the driving force behind the amazing success that TalkingRain Beverage Co. has experienced. Vivian also consults with small to medium organizations on how to set an organization in the path to success through accountability. Vivian has passion for moving to the next level in all areas and also consults privately with families on disruptive dynamics and setting visions for new family paths. Vivian attended BYU and Berkeley, Haas School of Business and truly believes that a mind can continue to grow at any age as long as it’s open to feedback and implementation of new practices. Vivian was born in Guatemala and serving with GV is a thrill as she feels this is a great way to give back to her country of origin.
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Glenn Rotheberg
Board Member
Glenn holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Whittier College and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Graduate Management. In his current role as Head of Marketing for Farmers Life Insurance, a subsidiary of Zurich Insurance Group, and in prior executive roles in mobile, banking, technology, and consumer products, Glenn leads organizations toward long-term growth by aligning an organization’s strategy, resources, and operations to meet customer needs.
Through personal travel and oversees studies, and having had the opportunity to work with companies spanning the globe, Glenn has developed an appreciation for the role that global and cultural sensitivities and awareness have in achieving personal and corporate success. Global Visionaries supports our communities by helping youth – our future business leaders – develop an appreciation for a diversity of cultures, styles, and experiences.
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Steve Smith
Board Member
Steve Smith received his master's degree from the UW in Urban Transportation and has worked for Portland’s public transit system and Washington State Ferries managing their planning departments.
For the past 20 years Steve has worked for Rick Steves Europe, co-authoring guidebooks to France and training tour guides. Fluent in French, he’s lived in France on several occasions, starting when he was seven. Steve owns a restored farmhouse in rural Burgundy where he hangs his beret in book research season.
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