2017 Leadership Firesides Bios
Margaret Hoelzer is a Double Olympian and three-time Olympic Medalist in Swimming, as well as a former World Record holder. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she was awarded Silver medals in the 200m Backstroke and the 400m Medley Relay. She also holds a Bronze medal in the 100m Backstroke. Originally from Huntsville Alabama, Margaret attended Auburn University where she was a 22-time All- American and a 6-time National Champion.
Since retiring in 2010, Margaret has been happily residing in the Pacific Northwest. She teaches private swim lessons and travels frequently for swim clinics and motivational speaking. Margaret is an accomplished public speaker and vocal advocate for victims of sexual abuse, having given speeches on TedX and at various conferences and fundraisers around the country. In her speeches, Margaret shares her personal experience as a survivor of sexual abuse and focuses on lighting the path toward healing for other victims, their families and friends.
Margaret is currently the National Spokesperson for the National Children’s Advocacy Center as well as being a featured survivor in the training video ‘Stewards of Children’ by Darkness to Light. She has also been involved with USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program since its inception in 2010. She has also been working with the US Olympic Committee to help form a similar program for every sport.
Linda Callecod, POD & Seraphim Consulting & Training
Her trademark is her colorful inclusive style, out-of-the-box creativity, limitless energy, and spontaneous humor.
A Detroit Michigan native, Linda prepared at Wayne State University to teach music and performance in the Detroit public schools. After college, however, she moved to the Pacific Northwest and spent eleven years as a Christian song writer and recording artist, two more as a junior high school teacher, and over twenty years working, teaching, and coaching in the field of retail – eleven of which were in human resources and people-development.
After 14 years, she retired her teaching position for the University of Washington’s Human Resource and Adult Learning and Development certificate programs, from which she was a recipient of their Teaching Excellence Award in business and management. In addition to operating Seraphim Consulting, Linda also serves as Senior Organizational Development Consultant for UW’s Professional & Organizational Development department.
Ms. Callecod is author of More Than Just a Feeling, Tools of the Trade: A Practical Guide for Trainers, Presenting with Distinction and Excellence, plus workbooks, materials, and assessments included in the Curriculum Development Tool Kit and the Training and Development Tool Kit.
Jamie Stroble, Seattle Planning Commission
While growing up in Hawai’i, Jamie 真理恵 Stroble developed a passion for service to the community and the land, and great pride in her multiracial, multiethnic and multicultural background. Her journey to leadership is rooted in community organizing and relationship building, and holding space for those whose voices are not often heard. She has been active in environmental justice and equitable development in the Seattle area, and brings over nine years of experience in fostering leadership skills, teaching environmental and social justice, and designing culturally-relevant programs, particularly with youth and immigrant communities. She has built critical cross-sector partnerships to involve communities of color, youth, and limited English speaking populations in addressing environmental justice issues and developing community based solutions.
Jamie currently works for King County’s Climate Action Team as the lead on climate engagement and community partnership collaborative efforts, and the integration of equity and social justice into regional climate action work. Before becoming a “bureactivist,” Jamie worked for a community-based non-profit in the Chinatown/International District, running an environmental justice youth leadership program for young leaders of color from immigrant and refugee families, and intergenerational projects around environmental and community development issues for Asian Pacific Islander (API) youth and elders. She currently serves on the board of the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF), and co-designed social justice, community engagement and leadership development curriculum for more than 4 years of Community Leadership Program (CLP) classes. Jamie is also involved in several community coalitions and city policy committees around climate justice – she serves on grassroots nonprofit Got Green’s Climate Justice Committee, and just finished her term on the City of Seattle’s Environment & Equity Initiative Community Partners Steering Committee, a precedent setting initiative to center communities of color and those involve those most impacted by climate change in city environmental policy (read report). Jamie is also a commissioner on the Seattle Planning Commission, advocating for equitable development, resiliency, and increased community accessibility to city planning and policymaking.
Jamie is a University of Washington graduate, with double degrees in Environmental Studies and International Studies, and minors in Geography, Diversity and ESRM. While at UW, Jamie was also a co-founder of the Mixed Race Class Project and the National Association of Mixed Student Organizers (NAMSO). Originally from Hawai’i, she has been a Seattle resident for over twelve years, and has made the PNW her second home.
Amanda Twiss & Ken Myer, Entrepreneurs in Residence Panel
Amanda Twiss is a serial entrepreneur with experience in founding, financing, building and exiting companies. She co-founded four technology start-ups and participated in leadership roles and on boards in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. She co-founded and served as CEO for OCS, which was named among the Deloitte “Washington Fast 50” as one of the state’s fastest growing technology companies for seven consecutive years. She currently serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UW’s Co-Motion program; consults with local start-ups; and is involved in several real estate development projects.
Amanda has two teenage sons and is actively involved in several non-profits addressing children, including Amara, an organization serving the needs of foster children.
Ken Myer is an interim executive and advisor providing both strategic and hands-on assistance to companies across industries. For more than 25 years Ken has helped launch, lead or turn around companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 100.
Ken has been recognized as one of Seattle’s most influential business leaders and has twice been recognized for leading a “Best Company to Work For.” He has co-founded a startup, been a corporate officer and board member of a public company and has run the Washington Technology Industry Association−one of the largest nonprofit trade associations of its kind.
Ken holds an M.B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Washington and teaches Technology Commercialization and Leadership of High Performance Organizations at the U.W. Foster School of Business.
Richard Conlin, Richard Conlin & Associates
Richard Conlin is a consultant on sustainability, resilience, food policy, local government and policy development and implementation. He currently manages the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund, a community development program, under contract to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Under contract to the City of Riverside, California, he facilitated the formation of the Riverside Food Systems Alliance and developed the Riverside Food Policy Action Plan. Richard teaches ‘Resilience and Emergency Management’ ‘Leadership in Public Service’ and ‘Food Policy’ at the Evans Graduate School of Public Affairs and ‘Community Development, Poverty, and Resilience’ at the Department of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington. He also teaches ‘Environmental Policy’ and ‘Food Systems and Food Policy’ at Antioch University Seattle. He served on the Selection Panel for the ‘Ideas for Action’ award recognizing exemplary anti-poverty programs, and has been a speaker at numerous conferences and workshops. Richard is a Board Member for the Northwest Environmental Forum and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Washington Chapter and Co-Chairs the Regional Food Policy Council for the Puget Sound Regional Council.
John Richards, KEXP
John Richards is the host and producer of The Morning Show with John on 90.3 FM KEXP Seattle, and online at kexp.org. He is also KEXP’s assistant program director. He was instrumental in expanding KEXP’s audience through its strong online presence and has raised more funds for public radio no air than any other DJ while building the station’s core membership base. Today, KEXP is an internet leader with a worldwide audience.
Richards is the owner of his own record label (Loveless Records), does A&R work with the TAO Music Group, and undertakes an assortment of music consulting projects.
Stanley Herring, UW Medicine, Seattle Seahawks & Mariners
Mike Fong, Seattle Mayor’s Office
Mike Fong is Mayor Ed Murray’s Chief of Staff. In this role, he is responsible for planning and overseeing the daily operations of the mayor’s office. He is also Mayor Murray’s strategic lead for his Executive team to advance the Administration’s agenda around building a safe, equitable, affordable and vibrant Seattle for all. Prior to his appointment as Chief of Staff, Fong served as Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Policy and Innovation, helping to advance Murray’s policy agenda, specifically in the Seattle Preschool Program and in the creation of the Seattle Parks District. Fong has also served as the Mayor’s primary liaison with members of the City Council. Prior to joining the Mayor’s office in 2014, Fong worked for the Seattle City Council for 14 years, including serving as lead policy staff to Councilmembers Heidi Wills and Tom Rasmussen, and as a policy analyst on the City Council’s Central Staff. Fong was born and raised in Spokane. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1999 with a bachelor of arts in political science. He is a 5th-7th grade youth basketball coach with the Seattle Chinese Athletic Association and the Seattle Parks Department. He lives with his partner, Laura, in Wedgwood.
Jim Scholefield, NIKE