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MAVIN Foundation Board of Directors





MAVIN Foundation Board of Directors
:

President
Mariya Rubbelke, MBA PHR

Vice President
Kelly Bates, Esq.
Joseph A. G. Sakay, Esq.

Secretary
Sashya Clark, MSW

Directors
Janiva Cifuentes-Hiss
Susan Soon-keum Cox
Eric Fredricks (Past-Pres./Chair)


Past Chairs of the Board
:

Gwen Trotter
2000-2002

Christopher B. Sharp
2002-2003

Eric W. Fredricks
2003-2005


MAVIN Foundation Board of Advisors:

Edwin C. Dorn, PhD
Matt Kelley (Founder)
Maria P. P. Root, PhD
Joana Ramos, MSW
Gina M. Samuels, PhD
Kinam Sohn, CPA

Kelly Bates, Esq. [VICE PRESIDENT]
Kelly, a biracial woman of African-American and Irish/English ancestry, is an attorney who owns Bates Consulting, a diversity and organizational development consulting and training firm located in Boston. Kelly is a motivational speaker on the mixed race experience, diversity, leadership and change. A former faculty for Northeastern University Law School, she is writing a chapter on the mixed race experience. Kelly is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and recipient of the Eureka- Boston Fellowship for Nonprofit Leaders. She is the recipient of the Rising Star of the Year Award by the UMASS Program for Women in Politics and Government. In 1999, Kelly received a proclamation from the MA House of Representatives in recognition of her efforts to improve health care, low-income families, and public housing. Kelly, her husband, and child reside in Boston.
Janiva Cifuentes-Hiss
Janiva is the Program Assistant of the School for Field Studies at the Costa Rica Center for Sustainable Development Studies. Co-chair of the 8th National Student Conference on the Mixed Race Experience, she co-founded the National Mixed Race Student Coalition and served as president of MORE, the Claremont Colleges' Multiracial Organization Redefining Ethnicity. A graduate of Pomona College with a degree in Latin American Studies, Janiva's work has been published in The Encyclopedia Latina, Teen People, and MAVIN's Multiracial Child Resource Book. In 2004 she testified at the U.C. Board of Regents Meeting on behalf of "One Box Isn't Enough," and in 2003 marched on Washington to save affirmative action. She has written and presented on topics like spanglish, mestizaje, and White privilege. In 2004, she received a Faucet Grant in Latin American Studies and produced "Desplazados", a documentary film.
Sashya Tanaka Clark, MSW [SECRETARY]
Sashya earned her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Washington with an emphasis in contextual practice and community building. She has worked with MAVIN Foundation in several capacities, most recently as Project Manager for the Community MAP (Mixed race Action Plan) initiative as well as Development Associate and all-purpose volunteer. Her main areas of academic interest are in identity development and borderland theory. In practice, her work focuses on engaging youth in issues of social justice, youth leadership development, and dialoguing across differences. She has created and led workshops and trainings on many topics, including stereotyping and discrimination, anti-racist principles, and building resources around mixed heritage awareness. Other passions include curriculum development, any kind of community involved event, and samba dancing. Sashya lives in Seattle and loves it – rain or shine!
Susan Soon-keum Cox
Susan, adopted from Korea in 1956, is the Vice President for Public Policy and External Affairs at Holt International Children’s Services, the world’s largest adoption agency. As an adoption professional since 1978, she has directed heritage camps, motherland tours to Korea, and was founder of the International Gathering of Korean Adoptees. She is a member of the Hague Special Commission on Intercountry Adoption, and was appointed to the first White House Commission on Asian and Pacific Islanders. Susan is a nationally recognized presenter and editor of Voices from Another Place.
Eric W. Fredricks
[IMMEDIATE PAST-CHAIR (PRESIDENT)]
Bio statement is forthcoming.
Mariya Rubbelke, MBA PHR [PRESIDENT]
Mariya supports Corporate Learning and Development projects at Nordstrom, including diversity education. As a human resource and diversity professional, she has experience developing education programs that promote the importance of equality and diversity within the workplace. Her extensive knowledge areas include cross-cultural theories/issues, people and strategy development, execution and integration, marketing, U.S. employment law and community development. A Korean adoptee, she has volunteered with youth and young adult mentorship programs at the University of Washington, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of King and Snohomish County, and as a current Board member of the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF). Mariya lives in Seattle.
Joseph A. G. Sakay, Esq. [VICE PRESIDENT]
Joe is a partner at the Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson, P.S. law firm in Seattle. His practice focuses on the litigation and trial of complex civil matters in state and federal courts. He has participated in the successful litigation of antitrust cases with potential damages in excess of $1 billion. Joe is a member of state and federal bar associations and has volunteered for pro bono and mentorship projects. He is published on topics including Filipino Amerasians and the struggle for Black equality in Seattle. A mixed heritage person and the father of two young children, Joe became acquainted with MAVIN when he registered as a bone marrow donor at a 2002 MatchMaker drive. Joe lives with his wife Lisa and their children in Seattle.

MAVIN Foundation Board of Advisors
Edwin C. Dorn, PhD
Ed is a Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas' Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He served as Dean of the LBJ School from 1997 to 2004. He previously served as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In that capacity, he was the Defense Secretary's senior advisor on recruitment, training, pay, and benefits for the Defense Department's total force of more than three million people. Before joining the DOD, Dorn was a Senior Staff Member at the Brookings Institution, where he developed executive education programs for government and private sector managers. He also has been Director of Executive Operations for the U.S. Department of Education, and Special Assistant in the U.S. Department of Health, Education. Ed is the author of over fifty articles, reports, and op-ed pieces. He lives with his family in Austin.
 
Matt Kelley
Matt is MAVIN Foundation's founder. He founded MAVIN magazine in 1998 as a college freshman. He is also co-editor of the Multiracial Child Resource Book and producer of the film, Chasing Daybreak. Matt has been featured in over 400 media, including the New York Times, CNN and Newsweek, and is the recipient of many awards, including a "Points of Light" distinction by President George W. Bush. Matt has presented testimony to Congress about the health needs of mixed heritage people, served as vice president of the Association of MultiEthnic Americans (AMEA), and volunteers with the Korean American Coalition and the Pride Foundation. Born and raised in Washington, he enjoys fishing, horticulture and trying on different identities.
 
Maria P. P. Root, PhD
Maria is an independent scholar and clinical psychologist. She is a trainer, educator, and international public speaker on the topics of multiracial families, multiracial identity, cultural competence, trauma, work place harassment, and disordered eating. One of the leading authorities in the field of racial and ethnic identity, Maria published the first contemporary volume on mixed race people, Racially Mixed People in America (1992). Including this book, she has edited two award-winning books on multiracial people and produced the Bill of Rights for Racially Mixed People. The U.S. Census referred to these texts in their deliberations that resulted in an historic “check one or more races” format to the race question for the 2000 census. She is past-President of the Washington State Psychological Association and the recipient of national and international awards.
 
Gina M. Samuels, PhD
Gina is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Her research interests are in child welfare and examine the long-term socio-cultural outcomes among transracial adoptees and foster youth, including racial/ethnic heritage and identity development. A biracial adoptee herself, Gina also serves as a Research Expert on the Illinois Adoption Advisory Council, and is a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Race Polictics and Culture and a Faculty Associate at the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. Gina and her husband live in Chicago.
 
Kinam Sohn, CPA
Bio statement is forthcoming.