Teddy Overleese has lived in Kirkland for 43 years and has been active in the community for the past 30 years. She has been board chair of the EvergreenHealth Foundation Board, board chair of the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, member of the Kirkland Arts Center Board, Kirkland Performance Center Board, Seattle Symphony Women’s Association Board, St. Thomas Day School Board, and the Lake Washington Institute of Technology Foundation Board. She has served on numerous task forces. She was the founding executive director of the Kirkland Downtown on the Lake (Downtown Association) and was instrumental in the formation of the Kirkland Fourth of July parade and Farmer’s Market. She also raised funds for the Kirkland Centennial. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design, has owned her own business and loves fabric arts. She participated in the Kirkland Fish Frolic, creating the only fabric fish (and indoor fish) in the collection. She is known to be a “connector” of people, organizations, and causes.
With an involvement in the education community spanning more than 30 years, Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe serves as the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee and as a member of the Senate Accountability & Reform Committee. She also serves as the Senate Democratic Caucus Vice-Chair. She works hard to better Washington’s public schools and prepare students for life surrounded by new and emerging technology. Rosemary is a staunch advocate for students, teachers, and parent involvement in their child’s educational career. Sen. McAuliffe lives in the Bothell with her husband, James. They are both active in the community and have six grown children, fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. Rosemary is the recipient of numerous awards throughout her legislative career. A Democrat, she began her fifth term in the State Senate in January, 2013. Prior to her service as a state lawmaker, she served on the Northshore School Board of Directors for 14 years, from 1977 to 1991. She was board president for two years. Rosemary and James are small business owners of the Hollywood School House, a wedding, banquet and conference facility. She graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
President, LWTech Foundation, Owner, Northwest Nurseries
Laura Wildfong is the owner of Northwest Nurseries, Inc., a wholesale nursery located near Lake Washington Institute of Technology. A longtime supporter of the LWTech Environmental Horticulture program, Laura generously funds the Jim Colman Horticulture Scholarship in memory of her father. The Jim Colman Horticulture Scholarship pays full tuition for an Environmental Horticultural student each quarter. Laura also serves as President of the LWTech Foundation Board of Directors. Under Laura’s leadership, the Foundation has more than doubled the amount of funds raised for student scholarships, revitalized the Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast event, initiated a stewardship program and significantly enhanced the Foundation’s technology infrastructure to better serve students and donors.
Student, President, LWTech Student Nursing Organization
Ambera graduated from the LWTech Nursing Program in June 2016. LWTech offered Ambera hands-on training and knowledge of the diverse world of Nursing and it also inspired a dedication to the communities that Ambera will service through the practice of community leadership skills with her involvement in the Student Nurses Organization. Currently, Ambera works as a Critical Care nurse at Overlake Hospital Medical Center and is enrolled in a full-time Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of Washington. Ambera believes that Nursing is both a science and an art— and she appreciated the fact that LWTech mirrors this important belief.
Don is a graduate of the University of Washington, Seattle, with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics. He later earned a degree of Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with President’s Honors from City University. Don joined the Boeing Commercial Airplane Division as an engineer after graduating from the U of W in 1966. He has held various staff and management positions at the Boeing Company during his 38 years – beginning as an engineer with the 707 Aerodynamics Group and eventually as a 747 Aerodynamic Staff supervisor for the first half of his career. For the second half, he worked for a few years in marketing - mainly supporting the 767 and 747 programs in Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America - and then sales – finishing his career as Deputy Vice President and Business Director for Asia-Pacific Sales, before his retirement in 2004.
Don has been active in the community, serving on the Kirkland City Development Code Commission from 1978 to 1982, on the board of the Kirkland Performance Center for ten years, and as a current board member of the EvergreenHealth Foundation. He has been a member of the Kirkland Rotary Club since 2004. Don and his wife, Merrily, live in Kirkland, Washington and have three grownup children and four grandchildren. He enjoys traveling, amateur photography, fishing and playing golf.
Branch Manager and DRP, First Allied Securities, Inc.
Manager, Evergreen Home Care Services
Angela Martin-Davis joined the Foundation Board in 2016 and is the Director of Operations for EvergreenHealth Home Care Services. She is a registered nurse and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Creighton University and Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University.
Vice President of Instruction, LWTech
Senior Vice President, The Private Client Reserve US Bank
Officer, LWTech Foundation Board of Directors
Bill Shelby graduated from University of Puget Sound in 1988 with a B.S. in Economics with additional emphasis in Math, Physics and Computer Science. He worked at Microsoft as a software engineer during the 90s (with Laura Wildfong) before moving to his wife, Aly’s, home town of Dublin, Ireland for 3 years. Upon returning to the U.S., he continued to work in high tech at companies such as Microsoft, Big Fish Games, Zillow, and StockCharts.com. Bill has volunteered at Evergreen Hospital since 2014, and is a member of the Kirkland civilian emergency response team (CERT), as well as being active with the Irish Network Seattle. The BSN campaign at LWTech hits close to home as his mother was a career BSN and his father a university professor.
Executive Director, LWTech Foundation
Elisabeth Sorensen oversees the activities of the LWTech Foundation including annual giving, events, major and capital gifts, and legacy giving.
Sorensen joined Lake Washington Institute of Technology in 2013 after nine years in development and community relations at Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County and Bellevue Arts Museum. In 2002, Sorensen was appointed by Governor Gary Locke as the executive director of the 2004 National Governors Association Annual Meeting in Seattle. She has also held public and community relations posts with Washington Governor Gary Locke, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and U.S. Senator Patty Murray.
Sorensen holds an Executive Master of Public Administration degree from University of Washington and is active in the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce. She lives in Redmond with her husband and daughter.
Executive Director, Executive Director