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Posted October 21, 2005

Matt Kelley, Founder/President


(Seattle) The MAVIN Foundation Board of Directors has elected three new members during its September and October 2005 meetings. Mariya Rubbelke, MBA PHR and Joseph A. G. Sakay, Esq. were elected to the organization's national Board of Directors, and Gina M. Samuels, PhD was elected to MAVIN's national Board of Advisors.

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Mariya Rubbelke, MBA PHR is the Diversity Affairs Director for Nordstrom's Corporate Diversity Affairs. 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. 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. 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.
Gina M. Samuels, PhD 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.  
"As we reviewed candidates to join the MAVIN Foundation Board, we were very impressed by the calibre of these three candidates and enthusiastically welcome them to the organization," says Eric Fredricks, the Chair of MAVIN Foundation's Board of Directors. "They join MAVIN at a critical point in the organization's development as we develop a truly national presence for mixed heritage people and families."

MAVIN Foundation builds healthy communities that celebrate and empower mixed heritage people and families. Since 1998, MAVIN has invested over $2.5 million into innovative and award-winning projects focused on mixed heritage people, transracial adoptees, and multiracial families. For more information, visit
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