Board of Directors

Frances Donegan-Ryan, President
Krystelle Purkey, Vice President
Connie Robinson, Treasurer
Tai Daniels, Secretary

Anna Borris
Nicolette Brant
Hannah Burn
Waverly Dolaman
Karrin Klotz
Phyllis Levy
Jane Repensek
Devorah Signer Hill
Ann Simons
Stephanie Wilder


 

More about us

Frances Donegan-Ryan – President
Frances is a marketing executive with a 15-year international background in advocacy, storytelling, and online marketing for not-for-profits, startups and multinational companies. She is passionate about the role of women in politics, technology and business, and is an advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the corporate world. She co-founded Janes of Digital (now known as Open Perspectives) to create a conversation about diversity in the digital advertising industry. She’s worked for tech startups in the PNW, helped found a search marketing agency, spent time at Microsoft and AWS, and has recently gone back to her startup roots as the new Community Engagement manager at Highspot.

Krystelle Purkey – Vice President
Krystelle is President of Purkey Government Affairs Consulting, which represents a variety of clients at the Washington State Legislature. She founded Purkey G.A. in 2015, which has focused primarily on housing policy, banking of the cannabis industry, and employment law.  She is the first person in her family to graduate from college, an Achiever’s Scholar, has a mother in the military, and had custody of her little brother until he turned 18. She has brought these experiences with her, driving her to support women in politics who understand the struggles young women face starting a career while juggling family responsibilities.

Connie Robinson, PhD  – Treasurer
Connie is a senior lecturer in Sociology at Central Washington University. Her research focuses on nationalist and ethnic conflict and democratization in post-conflict societies. That research has fostered a deep passion for fostering inclusive and equitable democratic societies worldwide through education and advocacy.

Tai Daniels – Secretary
Tai is the former Director of Operations for CWD. Tai has a background in nonprofit leadership and is currently transitioning to a career in law. Tai interns with King County Bar Association’s Housing Justice Project, as well as the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. She is a volunteer advocate with Seattle Police Department’s Victim Support Team and President of Seattle’s Rainier Roller Riot, a competitive roller derby league.


Anna Borris currently serves as the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Public Lands, a state-wide elected official who oversees the management of about 6 million acres of public lands and is the head of our state’s wildfire fighting force. Anna splits her time between Lake Forest Park and Olympia and loves to explore the Pacific Northwest, support the arts, and cook in her free time. She also serves on the executive board of the 46th Legislative District Democrats and is passionate about grassroots democracy.

Nicolette Brant is currently the Vice President for Strategic Client Engagement at Optum, a subsidiary of United Health Group. She is currently a board member for The Lands Council and CASA Partners. She volunteers for many organizations in and around Spokane, WA.

Hannah Burn is a consultant, working with public and social good organizations. Hannah wants to see better support for women leaders, and more women leaders in every sector, period. She’s excited to work on that with CWD.

Waverly Dolaman is a global strategy and marketing leader with experience working domestically and abroad at Global Fortune 100 technology companies. She has a MBA in General Management and an MA in Liberal Studies in International Affairs and was a 2018-2019 Fellow on the World Affairs Council of Seattle. She is passionate about mentoring and helping women attain leadership roles in global business and legislation.

Karrin Klotz is an attorney and Professor Emeritus who has taught classes in international law, intellectual property licensing and audits, business law, environmental law, and introduction to law courses at UW, UW Bothell, Seattle University Law School, and Bellevue College. She clerked for the Hon. Gabrielle K. McDonald of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas upon graduation from the University of Madison Law School, was a legal writing instructor in law school, and an intern for the National Labor Relations Board. She has been a litigation attorney for Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, corporate counsel for Microsoft Corporation and Associate General Counsel for Wall Data Inc. She is also currently on the Editorial Advisory Committee, Legislative Review Committee, and Bench-Bar-Press Committee of the WSBA, and past president of the Public Information & Media Relations Committee. In addition she is on the Board of Trustees of the Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa. She is a long-time advocate of issues involving women and girls, having worked with the Alliance of International Women’s Rights (where Washington women lawyers work with women judges, lawyers and legislators in Afghanistan on legal issues), the AAUW (as chair of the Kirkland-Redmond AAUW Scholarship Committee), as a mentor for the Seattle Girls’ School, and as a DECA coach for co-ed teams in national business law competitions. As a VP of Washington Women Lawyers she filmed interviews she did with pioneer women judges and lawyers in Washington State and produced a film based upon those interviews. She has also been a US Congressional Intern, a Girls State representative and Girls Vice President for her high school, and has also shared her skills in mountaineering, rock-climbing, cross-country skiing, and as a professional whitewater river guide with young women over the years.

Phyllis Levy is a former Director of UX Design at CGI Solutions & Technology, a worldwide IT consulting company. Her area of expertise is UX design and she spent many years working as a UX Project Manager helping developers and designers communicate with the shared goal of creating world class customer experiences. Prior to that she spent many years working for local technology companies including Microsoft and Adobe in UX, program management, and training. She excels at cross-team communication and driving alignment across complex issues.

Jane Repensek
Jane is currently the COO/CFO for Seattle Opera. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President at Seattle Foundation, among the top-25 largest US community foundations which evaluates and funds hundreds of non-profits in Washington state.

Devorah Signer Hill has a J.D. and practiced law as a government attorney for a few years after law school. She currently works at the Washington State Bar Association. She is very committed to advancing women’s interests in all realms of society and shares CWD’s enduring values – camaraderie in a pro-woman environment; meeting women across industries, ages, professions and cultures; encouraging women’s leadership; and a hunger for knowledge.

Ann Simons
Ann is Director of Regional State Government Affairs for Juul Labs, but her enduring passion is women’s justice. She started her career as a lobbyist for Washington Women United that was a statewide umbrella women’s organization representing women’s voices throughout the state. Ann founded a new women’s health advocacy organization called the Sun Mountain Women’s Health Alliance and published “The Health of Washington Women.” She recently completed her Masters in International Service from American University. After 25 years of advocating for the reestablishment of a Women’s Commission she succeeded in making the Commission a reality in 2018.

Stephanie Wilder is a globe-trotting consultant, project manager and leader who values community, connections, communication and teamwork to help individuals and organizations achieve their dreams. She is a grateful alum of the CWD Leadership Institute and enthusiastic to carry forward its positive legacy.