We have been blessed with a wonderful board of directors who look forward to making a sole impact during the next year.
Leo Simpson Ph.D, President
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.
Lacey Faith, Vice President
Lacey Faith is a prolific volunteer. She currently is a member of the St. Jude Seattle Shower of Stars Inaugural Committee and has done volunteer work for Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural and Charitable Organizations (PONCHO). She served as chairperson for Seattle Pacific University’s Senior Gift Committee, raising $10,000 from college seniors. A graduate of Seattle Pacific University, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and has done internships with Discovery Institute for Public Policy and King County Diversity Management Division.
Jonas Harris, Secretary
Marinilka Kimbro Ph.D, Treasurer
Jackie Micucci, Director
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, most recently was Executive Editor of the optical industry’s leading trade magazine, 20/20. She currently works as a technical writer in Product Realization for T-Mobile. A recent transplant from New York, Jackie wanted to get involved in the local Seattle community and was inspired by Redeeming Sole’s mission. She has done work for such charitable organizations as Soles4Souls and Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.).
Jessica Reasy, Executive Director
Scott Sowle, Founder
After 13 years of living homeless on the streets of several large cities Scott witnessed a need for footwear for the underprivileged and himself, but due to addictions he was unable to make an impact on this need. He arrived in Seattle homeless in 2009,very broken and found Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission where he attended their year long spiritual program and again witnessed a huge need of footwear. During Thanksgiving 2010 Scott hitched a trailer to a bicycle and ventured to the front of Seattle’s Columbia Tower, where he began to hand out flyers asking for shoe donations. The following week saw over 250 pairs of shoes donated. This method continued over the holidays and by February 2011 individual interest grew into forming a nonprofit corporation, Redeeming Soles.
Redeeming Soles continues to grow at a surprising rate and within the two years of operation has seen local and national media attention including the Seattle Times, KING5 News, KOMO News, Huffington Post and The Hallmark Channel.