Pinchot Leadership

Board of Trustees

Joyce LaValle

Board Chair

A veteran in the commercial-interiors industry and influential advocate for environmental sustainability, Joyce retired recently from Interface, Inc., as both Senior Vice President of Marketing and Senior Vice President of Customer & Associate Engagement.

Joyce was educated in England and the US, including completing the Keenan Flagler Advanced Management Program. Joyce is a past Board member of FIDER (Federation for Interior Design Education and Research) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and she served on the Visitors Board for the Interior Design Program at Virginia Tech. She is a founding member and current board member of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future. She currently serves on the Board of Advisor’s for IceStone, LLC and volunteers on the Capital Action Team for AARP.

Joyce is the 2008 recipient of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future (WNSF) Businesswomen’s Sustainability Leadership Award, and was named as one of the “most innovative minds in Atlanta” by Inspiring Futures in 2008. In 2007, she was honored by the New York chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) with an inaugural “LEEDer” Award in recognition of her “extraordinary dedication and service to the cause of green building and work in furthering the chapter’s mission of transforming the metropolitan New York marketplace.”

Joyce is passionate about sustainability education and maximizing people’s talents. Joyce’s passion led her to create a series of events and seminars for design professionals that use personal development as a means for leadership development. Joyce is a frequent speaker on stakeholder engagement, sustainability, design and people development.

Joanne Ellis

Vice Chair

Joanne Ellis, a graduate of the University of Oregon, has a lifetime of experience in arts administration, civic organizations, nonprofits, schools, and community outreach, most recently as the longtime managing director of Bainbridge Performing Arts, whose mission is to educate, entertain, and encourage youth and adults in the performing arts of theater, music and dance. Through decades of work in arts administration, in both the United States and Canada, Joanne is very skilled at accomplishing the delicate balance between the disparate entities of the business elements of an arts organization and its artistic personalities to facilitate creative problem solving.

As past president of the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island, which has served the community for over 60 years, Joanne has also chaired the annual Rotary rummage sale and auction, managing over a thousand volunteers in the region’s largest recycling event. As a passionate environmentalist, she is appalled that, although this event finds new homes for literally tons of merchandise and raises close to $400,000 annually, it still generates close to 60 tons of garbage. Joanne is also a volunteer in local schools, nonprofits, and civic organizations seeking how these different groups intersect and the ways they can balance each other to improve the community as a whole.

Emily Gigot

Secretary, Alumna

Emily holds a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College and completed her AA in Apparel Manufacturing Management at FIDM. She has worked in the apparel industry representing designer brands at industry trade shows domestically and across Europe. Her passion for travel, cultural immersion and language led her to Thailand, where she spent four years managing a community development project for Global Vision International and teaching English. Upon returning to Seattle, Emily became the business manager at Harmony Fields, a family-run organic farm operation in the Skagit Valley. Emily holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University.

Mona Das

Trustee, Alumna

Mona Das was born in India and moved to the United States when she was 8 months old. Her outgoing personality was forged during the many family moves for her father’s career. Ms. Das graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Psychology. After graduation she quickly found her calling as a Sales Professional. She spent 8 years as a Sales Executive for a variety of software companies in Portland OR, as well as Dublin Ireland. For the past seven years she has been working as a Mortgage Broker, which combines her passion for people and customer service.

Mona has served on the Budget Committee for The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, as well as been a Board member for DinnerGrrls, a professional social networking organization. She has volunteered for the Friends of Trees, SOLV and The Oregon Symphony.

Mona holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University. In her free time she likes to travel, hike and hang out with her two dogs and friends.

Sheri Flies


Sheri Flies began her career with Costco Wholesale Corporation over 19 years ago as Corporate Counsel, where she was responsible for Costco’s legal issues related to merchandising, its vendor code of conduct, intellectual property, pharmacy, export, e-commerce and privacy policies. In 2007, Sheri transitioned from legal into the buying side of the business in order to learn how to integrate sustainability practices into everyday buying decisions and her teams supported the development of Costco’s private label “Kirkland Signature” products in numerous categories including nuts, snacks, confectionery, chocolate and eggs. In January 2013, she joined the newly formed Global Sourcing department at Costco and currently holds the position of Assistant General Merchandising Manager. She is involved with various sustainability projects, both domestically and internationally, that explore public/private market based solutions to address poverty, malnutrition and illegal trafficking, with an emphasis on value chain analysis to source. Sheri is a frequent guest lecturer at various universities discussing topics related to business, ethics and sustainability and recently has been invited to share the results of her work with governmental Institutions, such as The World Bank, The World Food Programme, USDA/FAS, and US Department of State. She is a 2011 recipient of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award, is currently on the Advisory Board for the Center for Business Ethics at the Albers School of Business of Seattle University and a Trustee of Pinchot University.  Sheri also managed Costco’s participation in a private/public collaboration to develop and build a replicable, affordable and high quality early learning center for children and families. She is a past Board Member of the Foundation for Early Learning and served on the Governor’s Commission on Early Learning for Washington State. Prior to joining Costco, Sheri was a partner in a Seattle law firm.

Michael Free, Ph.D.


Dr. Michael Free, a citizen of Great Britain, has spent the past four decades in the service of creating and introducing appropriate and affordable technologies that address the health care needs of resource-poor populations in developing countries.

Starting in 1977, Michael helped to build a new nonprofit organization, now known as PATH, committed to building partnerships with the private for-profit sector to solve special health care needs in the developing world. Michael holds the position of Vice President and senior advisor for technologies at PATH. He is the global program leader for Technology Solutions, the leadership role in PATH health technology programs, which includes assessment of need, technology development and transfer, global introduction, development of international standards, program planning and management and policy development.

Michael has overseen the development of specialized engineering and biotechnology facilities, human resources networks and strategies that have led to the advancement and wide-scale use of more than 30 technologies and 40 additional products that address problems of health care in low-infrastructure and underserved communities around the world. He is also the leader of the Technologies for Health (HealthTech) project, a 24-year-old United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded, multi-million dollar program to develop appropriate health technologies to improve maternal and child health.

Michael holds four patents and among his extensive publications in research, technology, family planning, and health issues are 15 invited book chapters and symposium reviews.

Michael served three years in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps and four years in the reserve. He holds a BS (graduating with honors) in Physiology from the University of Nottingham in England, and an MS and Ph.D. in Physiology from the Ohio State University.

Steve Hill

Trustee, Chair of the Board Development Committee

Steve Hill is a business and community leader with extensive human resources and organizational effectiveness experience in both the private and public sectors. He is on the Faculty of BGI, teaching Management and Organizational Systems. Steve served as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Weyerhaeuser Company from 1990 to 2003. He was the director of two Washington State Agencies: Health Care Authority (2005-10) and Department of Retirement Systems (2009-2013). Steve has been a leader in health policy for employers and government since 1980 and currently chairs the Robert Bree Collaborative, a side-wide quality improvement effort.

Steve is currently a Trustee of Seattle Colleges, Habitat for Humanity – Seattle King County, and the Seattle Foundation. Prior board experience includes Washington State Investment Board, Consumer Reports, and Washington State University Board of Regents. Steve obtained a BS in Forest Management from and University of California, Berkeley in 1969 and a MBA from UCLA in 1971.

Christina Hulet

Trustee, Alumna

Christina Hulet is heavily involved in community service, working with the Center for Women and Democracy, Leadership Tomorrow and Seattle’s Next Fifty Project. Christina has ten years of experience in the health care industry; from 2005 to 2009, she served Governor Christine Gregoire as her Executive Policy Advisor on health care issues. In that role, she was responsible for developing policy, working with legislators and stakeholders and coordinating implementation with state agencies.

Christina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University and an MBA from Pinchot University. She lives in Seattle with her husband.

Frederick A. Miller


As CEO and Lead Strategist of The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc.— one of Consulting magazine’s 2010 “Seven Small Jewels”—Fred specializes in developing leadership and workforce utilization strategies that accelerate results to deliver higher organizational performance. A pioneering change agent and thought leader in the field of organization development, he was cited as a forerunner of corporate change in The Age of Heretics: A History of the Radical Thinkers Who Reinvented Corporate Management, honored as the OD Network’s youngest lifetime achievement award recipient, and named one of the 40 Pioneers of Diversity by Profiles in Diversity Journal.

A prolific author, Fred was managing editor of The Promise of Diversity (1994, Irwin), and co-author, with Judith H. Katz, of The Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing the Real Power of Diversity (2002, Berrett-Koehler), Be BIG: Step Up, Step Out, Be Bold (2008, Berrett-Koehler), and Opening Doors to Teamwork and Collaboration: 4 Keys That Change EVERYTHING (2013, Berrett-Koehler). His current and past board memberships include Pinchot University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Automated Technology Systems, the Sage Colleges, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., and Day & Zimmermann.

Craig Nakagawa, C.F.A.


Craig Nakagawa is the Director of Partnership Development at Global Good, an invention fund sponsored by Bill Gates and managed by Intellectual Ventures. He has over 20 years of experience in global health and economic and infrastructure development in developing countries. He began his career at Lehman Brothers in the pharmaceuticals sector. In 1999, Craig joined Teledesic, a global telecoms ventures started by Craig McCaw. While at Teledesic, he co founded VillageReach, a social enterprise bringing essential health and infracture services to the poor in developing countries. Craig has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He lives in Seattle with his wife Sunia Ben-Abdallah and son Sufian Ben-Abdallah Nakagawa.

Will Poole


Will Poole is a Social Technologist, focused on improving ecosystems that bring social and economic opportunity to low-income populations. He is co-founder of Unitus Seed Fund, an impact investment fund based in Bangalore and Seattle that aims to provide opportunities for economic self-reliance, education, and obtaining basic necessities to millions of people living at the base of the economic pyramid. Will serves as Chairman of NComputing, a leader in low-cost, low-energy computing; he is the Co-Chair of Pengala Learning, a software and content innovator whose mission is to change the way India learns; he co-founded Volt Boats, bringing green power to personal watercraft. He leads Social Venture Partners Seattle’s initiatives around social entrepreneurism, serves on the investment committee of the W-Fund, and serves on the board of Village Reach and Global Washington. Will advises Western Governors University and Brown University on technology and is a Trustee of Pinchot University.

Will was previously a corporate vice president at Microsoft where he led several businesses, including Windows. His career started by founding two startups at the dawn of the PC era, working in the early days at Sun Microsystems, and pioneering e-commerce at eShop which was acquired by Microsoft in 1996. He received a degree in Computer Science from Brown University in 1983.

Justice Calo Reign

Trustee, Student Representative

Justice is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a bachelor of science degree in Behavioral Science – Leadership & Counseling, was commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force, and has commanded over 150 personnel.

On active duty, in one year he published 5 technical journals used to develop the Weighted Airmen Promotion System Test, and curriculum for Air Force Enlisted technical schools. As a Captain, he managed the curriculum and instructor development for 17 college-level courses at the USAF Academy during regional reaccreditation, and was twice named Instructor of the Semester.

Justice has developed international relationships with dignitaries from Bayelsa State, Nigeria, to Boracay Island, Philippines, working to develop sustainable energy and green building projects. Acting as a CEO of a private foundation, he was responsible for over $1 MM in donations for international projects, and he has worked as an analyst for medium-sized companies with $1-5 million in annual revenues.

Justice has coached world-class athletes (including a 2012 Olympian), award-winning entrepreneurs, television hosts, public personalities and social entrepreneurs. He is a commissioned Kentucky Colonel (the highest award granted to civilians by the Commonwealth of Kentucky) for his work with character development in youth through athletics. Justice is certified in NeuroPositive Empowerment through the Applied Neuroscience Institute.

Justice is an MBA Candidate at BGI at Pinchot.

Sabrina Watkins

Trustee, Alumna

Sabrina Watkins serves as global corporate Head of Sustainable Development for ConocoPhillips, with responsibility for corporate policies, positions and implementation strategies related to sustainable development.

Watkins began her career in upstream production and drilling engineering in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, in New Orleans, Louisiana. During her 30 years in the industry, she has held management roles in asset development, production, procurement, drilling, health, safety, and environment in Lafayette, Louisiana, Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas. Since 2001, she has led work on early-stage innovation, emerging technologies, and has directed global upstream technology strategy. She managed global corporate environmental technology from 2006-2008, worked directly on carbon capture and storage policy development, and assumed her current role in 2009.

Watkins serves on the executive committee of the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development, and served as chairman from 2007-2009. She served on the board of Houston Wilderness from 2009-2010, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Pinchot University. She does ongoing community volunteer work in leadership training and non-profit board strategy development. In 2012, she was named to the Industrial Safety and Health News “Power 101” list of influential leaders who have the ability to facilitate international collaboration and cooperation toward innovative solutions to environmental and sustainability challenges.

Watkins earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University in 1981 and an MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University (then Bainbridge Graduate Institute) in June 2007. Sabrina lives in Houston with her husband, Jim Watson and a small green Quaker parrot.

Jeff Wiggin

Trustee, Alumnus

Jeff Wiggin is presently Vice President for IT Development for T-Mobile, and a graduate of Pinchot University (Cohort 6, June 2010). After completing his BS degree at the University of Washington, Jeff served in the US Navy as an Officer in the engineering duty program, where he led new construction and overhaul projects on nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. After completing his military service, Jeff worked for Andersen Consulting and Deloitte Consulting, specializing in business transformation programs in the retail, consumer products, technology and energy industries. His clients included Nestle, REI, Starbucks, Microsoft, Boeing, The Seattle Times, Philips Medical Systems, Puget Sound Energy, Hewlett Packard, Pacific Bell, PacifiCorp and Southern California Edison.

In 2001, Jeff transitioned from management consulting to IT management and held senior positions at JDSU, The Home Depot and Chico’s FAS prior to his position with T-Mobile.

Jeff lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with his wife Alicia and their five children.

Gifford Pinchot III

Trustee (ex-officio), Co-Founder

Gifford Pinchot III is President of BGI and a well-known author, speaker and consultant specializing in new venture creation and innovation management within large organizations. He has helped launch over 700 business units within corporations, several of which are doing over a billion dollars in sales. He is also a partner in a successful angel capital firm, Alacrity Ventures.

Gifford has published three books. The first, in 1985, Intrapreneuring: Why You Don’t Have to Leave the Corporation to Become an Entrepreneur, was an international business bestseller that introduced the concept of creating innovation within existing organizations. ‘Intrapreneur’, the term he coined with its publication, has since been added to the Random House Dictionary. The second book, The Intelligent Organization, written with Libba Pinchot, expanded the vision to include a revolutionary way of organizing work to increase intrapreneurship and promote democratic participation.

Since 1983, Gifford has led Pinchot & Co., a firm that assists companies in new business ventures and in implementing sustainable practices. Its client list includes half of the Fortune 100 and numerous government and non-profit organizations. In 2008, Executive Excellence Publishing listed Gifford as number 32 in their Excellence 100–the top 100 leadership consultants. That same year he was awarded a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa from the University of Puget Sound. In March 2009, Gifford was awarded the Olympus Lifetime of Education Innovation Award.

Gifford graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1965 with an A.B. degree in Economics. He then completed his coursework for a Ph.D. in Neurophysiology at Johns Hopkins University. Gifford and his wife Libba live in Seattle with their daughter Marianna.

Libba Pinchot

Trustee Emeritus, Co-Founder

Libba Pinchot has taught leadership development and intrapreneurship to senior executives in Fortune 100 companies for the last twenty years, as co-founder and President of Pinchot & Co. She also has advised the executive directors and senior staff of numerous nonprofit organizations. Libba co-authored The Intelligent Organization with her husband Gifford and has chaired the boards of a model progressive school and a start-up environmental education facility. She was a staff clinician in an outpatient setting, delivering psychological services to individuals, groups and families. Libba was senior curriculum developer for the first computer-assisted education project at Stanford University, a joint venture of IBM and Stanford University.

Libba received a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Oregon, a second Master’s degree in Family and Organizational Systems from Goddard College, and a BA in philosophy from Stanford University. She hopes to finish her PhD in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University by 2015, contributing a collaborative learning history of the development of Pinchot University’s academic program. Libba lives in Seattle with her husband Gifford and daughter Marianna.

Sherman Severin

Board Chairman Emeritus, Co-Founder

Sherman Severin co-founded the Bainbridge Graduate Institute along with Gifford and Libba Pinchot in 2002. He served as an Executive in Residence in 2005 and taught leadership informally, which to him is as natural as breathing. Sherman co-founded and served as chairman of Marylhurst University’s Graduate Department of Management. He was the author of In the Twinkle of an Eye: Corporate Extinction & Rebirth, a book about personal and corporate rebirth during downsizing.

Sherman was a national keynote speaker on corporate change, management, generational work issues, and sustaining innovation in large corporations. As a principle management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, he specialized in creating alternative scenarios in business strategies and implementations.

Sherman’s extensive business and entrepreneurial history includes: Co-Founder and former acting VP of Business Development, CTO at a national retail energy transaction exchange information clearinghouse, and President and CEO of United Epitaxial Technologies, an engineered materials company.

Jim Chapel

Trustee Emeritus, Founding Member

John Phipps

Trustee Emeritus, Founding Member

Dal LaMagna

Trustee Emeritus


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