Meet Our Board
Travis is the Co-Founder and current VP for the YES Foundation Board of Directors. He has served on the board in a variety of roles and terms throughout the history of the organization. Professionally, he has worked in a variety of industries such as banking, recruiting, training, and was self-employed two different times, owning a coffee shop and then a restaurant/bar. He currently works as the Director of Operations for Lake Burien Presbyterian Church and enjoys focusing his energy and skills working in the non-profit industry.
Travis has his Bachelors’ degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Phoenix and received his Master Training & Coaching Certification through ASTD. Travis is also proud to be one of the founding members of the Umpqua Bank Pride Associate Resource Group and served as the Communications manager for three years before stepping out of leadership to participate as a member in the group.
In his free time he enjoys traveling with his husband, experiencing new things, and spending time with friends and family, but prefers to spend as much time as possible sipping a beverage on a beach in the sun.
Brandy joined the board in 2019 and has supported the YES! Foundation throughout the years by procuring items for auctions, donating her time and attending social events. Professionally, she is a Sr. Program Director with 20+ years’ experience in contingent staffing, human resources and employee engagement. She was born and raised in the Burien area and is deeply rooted in the White Center community. In her personal time she enjoys traveling, live comedy shows, wine tastings and giving back to her community.
Jessica has enjoyed being a YES! Foundation director and treasurer for eight years. She is a full-time mom of three, full-time teacher and full-time community supporter. When she's not spending time with the most-awesome Pat Thompson, she works to invent a method to clone herself.
Carrie is a fundraising coordinator and YES! Foundation Board Member. Carrie loves this opportunity to support amazing programs that serve a wonderful community. Carrie has worked in education in a variety of roles for over 25 years. She currently works at Green River College for the Open Doors Program helping youth re-engage in school. Aside from her work with the YES! Foundation she also volunteers as a Girl Scout Leader and in her free time loves to travel and spend time crafting.
Lisa Nguyen went to Mount View, Cascade, and Evergreen (HS3) and grew up in the White Center area. She works for a Marine Transportation company and specializes in coordinating shipping freight in and out of Alaska. Lisa's connection through YES! started in HS when she joined the Bike Club. Fun fact, Lisa biked from Seattle to Portland (200+ miles) through Bike Club/Major Taylor Project. Now, Lisa is of co-host the Inside White Center Podcast with a small group of amazing people who all grew up in WC. In her free time Lisa loves binge watching shows, cooking & baking, hanging out in WC, and going on mini adventures. Lisa attended Western Washington University and was the first in her family to graduate college. She earned a degree in management and communications.
Lina has served on the YES! Foundation Board for many years. She loves being able to provide support for the work of YES! because it serves the community of White Center where she grew up and where she still lives. The thing she loves most about the YES! Foundation is that it has a rich history of developing young leaders which can be seen on a daily basis through our programs, board development, and current staff. Lina currently serves as the Lead Pastor at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church.
Sili has more than 20 years of experience in leadership and community service positions involving policy development, cross-cultural coalition building and community organizing for social justice issues. She is currently the Executive Director of the White Center Community Development Association, which promotes the development of White Center through leadership opportunities and community-led, neighborhood initiatives.
Sili is in her second term as a member of the Board of Trustees at Highline College. She also serves on the Governor’s Commission on Closing the Achievement Gap, the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs committee and Community Center for Education Results steering committee. Previously, Savusa served on the Highline School Board until 2011 and has served as the Family Center Coordinator for Southwest Youth and Family Services. She is also the founder of the first Samoan/Pacific Islander Parent Teacher Student Association in the nation, which works to address education issues impacting Pacific Islander students and their families.
Savusa earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Washington and her associate degree from Seattle Central Community College.
Bobbie is an experienced Senior Benefits Professional with a specific skill set in Benefits Management, Leaves of Absence Management, and HRIS with over 20 years in the Benefits. She has led the benefits vision and direction at companies of all sizes and industries. She is currently the Director of Benefits and Leave of Absence for Aegis Living, an assisted living and memory care organization. Previously, she was the Benefits Manager at Avalara a national tax and cloud-based support organization, where she led the benefits and HRIS platforms and provided strategy for all employees. Before this, she was Benefits Manager at Seattle based companies BECU and Russell Investments where she made great strides in their total rewards programs and benefits offerings. She also held a seat on the board of many LGBTQA, Women's and Diversity Employee Resource Groups.
Bobbie and her wife, Andy, have been best friends for over 30 years and finally decided to make it official and got married this past July. Together they have two beautiful children, Bobbie's 23-year-old daughter and Andy's 19-year-old son. They are both so proud of them and who they have become as young adults. They also have their furry family that includes two dogs and three cats. In Bobbie's free time, she enjoys finding time to spend with her wife, family, and friends.