Boris Desancic, President
“Throughout our lives we all have an opportunity to meet and get to know many people from all walks of life. While treating every person we meet and interact with, with genuine care, kindness, gratitude, and appreciation, we have the distinct privilege to not only get to know them on a deeper level, but also greatly impact theirs and our lives in a profoundly positive manner. In turn, this provides a ripple effect on all of our loved ones and our communities. I believe this impact becomes even more profound when we are able to interact and help children in need. There is just no limitation to what a child can achieve when exposed to love, kindness, support, and positive inspirational energy”
Boris Desancic was born and raised in former Yugoslavia (today’s Serbia.) He came to the United States by himself at the young age of 17. After receiving dual degrees in Finance and International Business, he embarked on a career in financial advising with a small wealth management firm in 1994. After building his own successful practice, he started the Seattle Firm for Waddell & Reed. In the past 16 years this Seattle Firm has become one of the fastest growing firms in the history of Waddell & Reed, with over 70 associates, in three locations, and more than a billion dollars in investments under management. During this time, Boris has received numerous awards for his success, and highest recognitions for Managing Principals with Waddell & Reed such as Leadership Council, Chairman’s Council, Crest and Circle awards.
Boris believes in helping any organization dedicated to improving the life of a child. An involved parent with his daughter, he is currently active with Seattle’s Country Day School, which she attends. He also serves on the board of Redeeming Soles and No Kids Left on the Sideline, both non-profit organizations in the Seattle area. In addition, he has joined the Make-A-Wish efforts to adopt and fulfill wishes for kids every year in the area.
Andre Lang, Vice President
Mr. Lang grew up in the Madrona Neighborhood in Seattle’s Central District. He attended nearby St. Therese School and Bishop O’Dea High School, located in the heart of Downtown Seattle.
Mr. Lang obtained undergraduate degrees in Humanities/Political Science and Criminal Justice from Seattle University in 1995, earning athletic and academic scholarships. He earned a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law in December of 2004 as a Diversity Award winner. He is a member of the Washington State, King County, Snohomish and Skagit County Bar Associations, as well as a 2015 Fellow within the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI).
Prior to attending law school, he served as a police officer for the City of Kent, Washington, and played professional basketball in Europe. He remains active as a mentor for At-Risk Youth, serves as a Committee or Board Member for various Non-Profit organizations, as well as serving on the Practice of Law Board (POLB) for the Washington State Bar Association.
During law school, he clerked for Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, where he worked on Multi-District Litigation and Class Action matters. After law school Mr. Lang worked as a Regulatory Attorney for Children’s Hospital, Recruiting Manager for a Fortune 500 Company, as well as working within private practice on Matrimonial, Child Custody and Estate Planning matters.
Dr. Ben Danielson
Along with two sisters, he was raised by an amazing single mom who instilled in him an appreciation for the value of education and a desire to be a contributing member of the community. In college he decided being a doctor was a good melding of scientific and human service interests. After finishing his undergraduate studies in Boston, Dr Danielson’s medical education, residency and career have all been spent in Seattle. Dr Danielson has been the medical director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic since 1999. He works along side dedicated, talented staff who strive to uphold the clinic’s enduring tradition of growing wellness through quality care with dignity, community engagement, honoring culture and sustaining trust. He also works on the inpatient service at Seattle Children’s Hospital. In addition, he is on the county’s board of health, the state’s health exchange board, various boards of philanthropic organizations, and works with several community groups. Dr Danielson believes that an opportunity to serve an individual or a community is a cherished privilege. He also ascribes to the truism that health is more than healthcare and that any healthcare provider who strives to improve health must be active beyond the realm of their medical practice.
Eric S. Nelson is an attorney representing individuals who have been personally injured by the wrongdoing of others. Eric prides himself on taking the time to build a relationship with his clients and is passionate about finding fair results for them. Over the last 24 years, Eric has been fighting hard to obtain justice for his clients and plans to do so for many years to come.
Eric is the owner of Nelson Injury Law, PLLC. He was born and raised on Capitol Hill in Seattle. He attended St. Joseph’s Elementary on Capitol Hill and O’Dea High School on First Hill. He obtained his undergraduate degree from University of Washington in 1988. In 1992 he graduated with honors (cum laude) from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California. Eric returned to Seattle and began practicing law with his father, Richard C. Nelson in 1992. Eric felt proud, fortunate and blessed to have practiced law with his father. It is something that Eric would like to do someday with one or more of his three children. Richard is now “of counsel” at Nelson Injury Law and is still enjoying the practice of law at age 81.
Eric is not only passionate about his work, but he is also passionate about his family. Most of his spare time is taken up with activities involving his children, his siblings and their families (four brothers and one sister), and his parents (still on Capitol Hill). He also manages to participate in his sports, primarily basketball and tennis, which have been a major part of his life. Despite his busy schedule, Eric still makes time to help others in need and is honored to serve on the board of Redeeming Soles and No Kids Left on the Sideline.
Joseph Wiser is a Client Relationship Manager for Evergreen Gavekal, a private wealth management firm. He began his career with Farmers Financial Services as a Registered Principal managing agents and brokers in Washington State. His last six years in the financial services industry has been centered on growing and managing a team of registered brokers. A graduate of Portland State University, Joe was the quarterback and captain of the PSU football team and had a brief professional career for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. In his spare time, he enjoys playing pick-up basketball, golfing, triathlons and working on classic cars.
Sean was born and raised in Lincoln, Rhode Island. He attended Brown University for his undergraduate degree as well as his medical degree. He spent four years in Washington DC where he completed his residency in Pediatrics.
He moved to Seattle in 1999 to help develop the Pediatric department at Swedish Medical Center. There he has been the medical director for his department for over twelve years and currently represents Pediatrics on the hospital’s Executive Committee.
In 2016, he joined the Board of Redeeming Soles .
“While providing care to hospitalized children has been incredibly rewarding and allows me interact with the families of the region, I saw an opportunity in Redeeming Soles to be involved with an organization that has a broader impact on the community in which I live and serve. Dignity and opportunity are often obtained through the smallest of gestures and provisions. The work done by the people within this great organization does exactly that.”
Jonas Harris, Secretary
Jonas Harris is a serial entrepreneur, and assisted Scott Sowle in assisting with the establishment of Redeeming Soles in 2009-10.
Former Board Members
Leo Simpson Ph.D, Director Emeritus
Dr. Leo Simpson has been a professor of entrepreneurship teaching creative course designs in over 20 different courses for 41 years. One of the early pioneers of entrepreneurial higher education, he has served five universities with tenure and the rank of full professor for the past 29 years. He has been the Management Department Chair at Eastern Washington University (EWU), EWU Foundation Distinguished Professor, Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship at Western Kentucky University (Mattie Newman Ford Professor of Entrepreneurship), and an Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship at Seattle University (Lawrence K. Johnson Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship). Leo also worked for the DuPont Company prior to entering the education field contributing to two patents at the Nomex® facility along with a complete revision of their waste processing system in Richmond, Va. He has won numerous research and teaching awards at three universities and has been recognized by professional organizations as a mentor, fellow, and certified business trainer. His career interests at this stage involve entrepreneurial program development at Seattle University.
Jackie Micucci, Director Emeritus
Jackie Micucci has more than 20 years of experience as an editor and writer. She served as Managing Editor for the footwear industry trade publication Footwear Plus and Executive Editor for 20/20 magazine both in New York. She has also written and edited for numerous publications and websites throughout her career including the New York Times, SoHo Style and Through The Fence Baseball. Jackie is a frequent Contributor to Seattle Magazine and currently works as a Content Developer for TCS Expeditions, a luxury travel company. A resident of Ballard, she has done content management and development for Microsoft, T-Mobile and Amazon.
Jackie has also done work for such charitable organizations as Soles4Souls and Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.). A transplant from New York, Jackie wanted to get involved in the local Seattle community and was inspired by Redeeming Soles’ mission. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travel, running, tennis and watching baseball.