Pongo's Directors and Staff  


Board of Directors
  • Douglas Thorpe, PhD [English professor, Seattle Pacific University] - President
  • Karen Hirsch, MA [consultant in nonprofit development] - Vice-President
  • Liz Jordan, MD [psychiatrist in private practice] - Secretary
  • Bartell Broussard, MBA [consultant, nonprofit founder] - Treasurer
  • Mick Storck, MD [associate professor, University of Washington School of Medicine - Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry]
  • Kiana Davis, BA [poet, educator]
  • Richard Gold, MA [Pongo founder] 

  • Richard Gold [Founder, Executive Director]
  • Nebeu Shimeles [Development Manager]
  • Ann Teplick [Project Leader]
  • Arlene Naganawa [Assistant Project Leader]

Youth Representative
  • Maven Gardner [Pongo Poet Ambassador, Seattle 2016-17 Youth Poet Laureate]
Advisory Board
  • Eric Trupin, PhD [director, University of Washington School of Medicine - Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy]
  • Ted Rynearson, MD [Virginia Mason Hospital, Separation and Loss Clinic]
  • Perry Gold, MA [California Outward Bound, Director of Finance and Operations]
  • Steve Jubb, MA [consultant in education and leadership development]