We have been blessed with a wonderful board of directors who look forward to making a sole impact during the next year.
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
Professor Kimbro received her PhD from The University of Maryland in College Park in 1999 and has held research and visiting appointments at the University of Maryland, Groupe HEC Paris, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Instituto de Empresa, IE in Spain, at the University of Washington Tacoma and at Gonzaga University. Marinilka has also been active presenting and training at the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong, Goldman Sachs Asia-Pacific, Credit Suisse First Boston, Johnson Stokes & Masters, Ernst & Young, Sidley, Austin Brown & Wood, the International Anti-Corruption Conference of the World Bank, the NYU Summer Institute and at the Global Forum, among others. Originally from Puerto Rico, Prof Kimbro says that it was the “island boundaries” that she grew up with, that drove her to travel and work all over the world – and she believes this experience enhanced not only her research but also her teaching, something for which she has a passion. Her refereed publications appear in the Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance, Journal of International Accounting Research, Journal of International Financial Management & Accounting, Journal of International Business Performance & Management, among others. She has received numerous teaching awards and her research has been recognized in: the Asian Wall Street Journal, The South China Morning Post, Expansion TV and Handelsblatt, among others.
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.).
Blake Klingeman CPA, Director
Blake is the Manager of Finance and Accounting at Saltchuk, a great family owned transportation company in the Seattle area. He has been serving as a board member since early 2014 and also currently serves on the Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy Board of Directors. Before he began with Saltchuk he developed his skills in finance and accounting working in several industries. He has a passion for people and really enjoys applying his expertise to solving problems in our region.
Blake holds a B.S. in Accounting from Washington State University and also holds a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Certificate. He is an MBA candidate at Washington State University.
Blake lives on the Eastside and enjoys spending time with his fiancé Lindsay. In his free time you can find him exercising and spending time with his friends and family.
Timothy O’Reilly, Director
Tim is a senior at Seattle University pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration, with majors in Business Economics and International Business. He has a wealth of experience in business start ups, and recently started up a Small Business Consulting Service for businesses in the 23rd and Union neighborhood in Seattle. He leads the Seattle University Enactus team (Entrepreneurship Club), and looks forward to entering the business world in the Fall of 2014.
A resident of Capitol Hill, Tim enjoys spending time with his friends in the bustling neighborhood, and traveling around the world. He is passionate about social entrepreneurship & innovation, business sustainability, and all things economics. He also enjoys cross country skiing (granted he is not very good at it!).
Joseph Wiser, Director
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.