Board of Directors, 2016

Angela Dews, Founding Board Member

  • Resides in Sammamish, WA
  • Parent of two sons, one with disabilities
  • Experience includes being a teacher’s assistant for children having special needs
  • Long time advocate and volunteer for a medically fragile man with developmental disabilities
  • Currently serving on the Fundraising Event Committee
  • Founding member of LEO in 9/1988

Rose Finnegan, Founding Board Member

  • Resides in Issaquah, WA
  • BSN Carroll College in Helena, Montana
  • Parent of five children, one with developmental disabilities
  • Retired nursing supervisor
  • Currently serving on the Executive, Finance, Housing and Fundraising Event Committees
  • Chair of the LEO Issaquah Advisory/Outreach Committee
  • Founding member of LEO in 9/1988

Rebecca Kitz, Board Member

  • Resides in North Bend, WA
  • BA in Business Management from Eastern Washington University
  • Mother of two children, one with developmental disabilities
  • Self-employed as Becky Kitz, CPA PLLC
  • Snoqualmie Valley Special Olympics organizer
  • Currently serving on the Executive, Finance (Chair) & Fundraising Committees
  • Board member since 1/2003

Linda Lentgis, Board Member

  • Resides in North Bend, WA
  • AA in Nursing from Bellevue Community College
  • Mother of two children, sibling of sister with developmental disabilities (deceased)
  • RN at Overlake Hospital – Oncology
  • Past board member of Encompass Northwest
  • Currently serving on the Executive & Fundraising Event Committee
  • Board member since 5/2010

Laura Maloney, Vice President

  • Resides in Sammamish, WA
  • AA degree in Court Reporting from Minnesota School of Business
  • Parent of two children, one with developmental disabilities
  • Past Events coordinator for City of Issaquah
  • Secretary to Principal at Endeavor Elementary
  • Currently serving on the Executive & Fundraising Event (Chair) Committees
  • Board member since 1/2009

Jerome “Jiff” Searing, President

  • Resides in Issaquah, WA
  • BS in Building Construction from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning from University of Washington
  • Parent of two children, one with developmental disabilities
  • Retired from Sellen Construction Co., Inc. after 23 yrs. as Project Manager and Estimator for large commercial general contractor
  • Special Olympics coach for Issaquah High School
  • Currently serving on the Executive & Housing (Chair) Committees and acting as project manager for the building of the 3rd LEO Adult Family Home
  • Board member since 8/2006

Nancy Whitaker, Board Member

  • Resides in Snoqualmie, WA
  • BA in Sociology from Seattle University
  • Parent of four children, one with developmental disabilities
  • Retired Executive Director of Encompass Northwest
  • Member of the Snoqualmie Valley Rotary Club
  • Currently serving on the Executive (Chair) & Fundraising Event Committees
  • Board member since 6/1996

Deborah Donohoe, Board Member

  • Resides in Fall City, WA
  • Parent of two children
  • Secretary/Registrar at Endeavour Elementary
  • Four years’ experience coordinating LEO fundraising events
  • Long-time advocate for people with developmental disabilities
  • Currently serving on the Fundraising Event Committee
  • Board member since 11/2012

Sam Levenson, Treasurer

  • Resides in Seattle, WA
  • BA in Business Administration and Management from Carroll College
  • Manager at Venuelabs
  • Special Olympics Basketball Coach
  • Currently serving on the Challenge Races Committee
  • Board member since 6/2012

Bob Ittes, Board Member

  • Resides in Sammamish, WA
  • MBA Seattle University
  • Parent of two children
  • SVP and Commercial Loan Officer with Heritage Bank, Issaquah, WA
  • Member of the Issaquah Rotary Club
  • Challenge Day Race volunteer
  • Currently serving on the Fundraising Committee
  • Board member since 11/2014

Becky Gordon, Secretary

  • Resides in Issaquah, WA
  • BA in History & Archaeology from the University of Virginia
  • Parent of three children, one with developmental disabilities
  • US Army Veteran
  • Active volunteer in the Issaquah School District and the PTSA
  • Current chairperson of the LEO Issaquah Parent Outreach Committee
  • Board Member since 2/2015

Allison Yocum, Board Member

  • Resides in Sammamish, WA.
  • Doctor of Science in Pediatric Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions  (2003)
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon (1995)
  • Pediatric Physical therapist working with and advocating for children and young adults with disabilities for over 20 years
  • Owner, Waypoint Pediatric Therapies, Issaquah
  • Mother of two children
  • Board Member since 5/2015

Peter McDougall, Board Member

  • Resides in Issaquah
  • Parent of two children, one with Developmental Disabilities
  • BS in Business Administration from University of San Diego
  • Experience in sales, sales management, and financial services
  • Currently serves on Housing and Fundraising Committees
  • Board member since 5/2015

Jim Wright, Board Member

  • Resides in Issaquah
  • Vietnam Veteran
  • BS in Physics from California State University
  • Recently retired
  • Parent of resident at the Ann Dennis House
  • Board Member since 9/2015

Sandra Lum, Board Member

  • Resides in Bellevue
  • WABSN ( Oregon Health Sciences University), MN (University of Washington)
  • Former RN at Seattle Childrens and Occupational Health RN at Hewlett Packard and Public Health Service
  • Parent of 2 children, one with developmental disability
  • Currently serving on Issaquah High PTSA Executive board, Special Services Liaison, Issaquah High Special Olympics parent representative and coordinator
  • Involved with Northwest Behavioral Associates auctions, Bellevue Group Health support group facilitator
  • On LEO Outreach Committee
  • Board Member since 2/2016