Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors maintains public trust by ensuring Real Change operates with integrity.  This is achieved through fiscal oversight, mission guidance, program setting & evaluation, and selection of the Founding & Managing Directors responsible for day to day operations.

Danielle Nouné (President) became involved with Real Change in the fall of 2011 as a front desk vendor sales volunteer and transcriber.  Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she spent nearly a decade in New York City in both the fields of social work and law before moving to Seattle in 2008 as a paralegal. Her degree is in psychology from The University of Michigan; a tool she employs daily in order to better understand the core of individual, organizational and social issues. From a young age Danielle has been ingrained with a passionate sense for social justice and equality among all. She is steadfast in her support and belief in Real Change’s ability to meet folks where they are and affect multi-level change in both Seattle and surrounding areas. Danielle was elected to the board of directors in April of 2012.

Pamela Kliment (Vice President) grew up in New York City and moved to Seattle in 1980, eventually graduating from the University of Washington with degrees in Botany and Landscape Architecture. She has worked for the Seattle Parks Department since 1998. Pam’s work at the Parks Department introduced her to the Homeless Remembrance Project Committee, and relationships developed there led to a greater awareness and concern for the challenges faced by homeless people. In 2009, Pam focused on Nickelsville for a 24-hour photo challenge for Photography Center Northwest. This led to an ongoing commitment to the vision of Nickelsville and to the people who live there.  Never much of a “joiner”, Pam finds herself involved in several communities and was overheard saying in regard to Real Change, “I want to be a part of it!!!” Her local vendors are Terry Cunningham and Tricia Sullivan. Pam joined the Real Change Board of Directors in 2012.

Jim Douglas

Jim Douglas (Secretary) started volunteering at the vendor sales desk and as a book review writer for Real Change in 2012. He grew up in California and has lived in Seattle since the mid-‘70s. He was in the Peace Corps in Somalia and now leads international volunteer trips doing home construction with the Global Village program of Habitat for Humanity, preferably to rural locations in Africa. He recently retired as a lawyer in a small Seattle firm where he represented claimants for social security and SSI disability benefits. Many of his clients were homeless or otherwise living on the lowest rung of society’s ladder. He is honored to have received the State Bar Association’s community service award for 2012. Jim joined the Board of Directors in 2013 and is drawn to Real Change by the quality of the paper, the attention to vendor services, and the effectiveness of Real Change’s advocacy work.

Jim Lauinger

Jim Lauinger (Treasurer) was raised and educated in Portland, Oregon and moved to NYC to complete a graduate program in business at NYU. For the next 35 years he worked in the department store sector and later owned stores in Kirkland, Washington. While in Kirkland during the 90’s he became involved with public service on the Eastside culminating with the Kirkland Planning Commission, the City Council, and finally as a two term Mayor of Kirkland. In 2000, he was one of 79 national recipients of the National Association for Community Leadership’s Distinguished Leader Award. He has served the Eastside with membership on numerous human service boards, and finally sought out a Board Membership at Real Change through his acquaintance with his Issaquah vendors, his love for Real Change News, and for the organization’s mission as a voice for economic justice for our low income and homeless neighbors.

Mark Early was born and raised in West Seattle and lives in North Ballard with his wife Lolly Bates. He began designing computer hardware and writing software in 1979 to control industrial machinery used mostly by aerospace metal forming companies, and continued his work in computer design and software development in the systems engineering department of a defense contractor doing work at Fort Lewis, Washington. “Computers were new,” said Early, “and I was young and enjoyed solving technical problems with a talented team of coworkers.” His interest in affordable housing lead to volunteer work in Seattle with the Downtown Human Services Council involving issues of homelessness and land use. It was thru DHSC that he learned about the important work of The Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project. Mark joined the Board of Directors in 2011 and feels privileged to join the talented team of vendors, staff, volunteers and board of Real Change.

Anitra Freeman was homeless when she was recruited to the Real Change editorial committee by Wes Browning in 1996. With a background in computer programming and in writing workshops, Anitra was soon leading workshops in writing and computer skills for vendors and other homeless adults. Anitra is also among the founders of Nickelsville and is proud to learn recently that what she had proposed be the first and only rule remains, as Rule 12: “Don’t do stupid stuff.” Anitra lives in the International District and enjoys reading, writing, and gardening. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Low Income Housing Institute; is President of the Board of Directors of Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (SHARE); and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Women’s Housing Equality & Enhancement League (WHEEL), a grassroots organizing project of homeless and formerly homeless women. Anitra joined the Real Change Board of Directors in 2009.

Rebecca Kavoussi

Rebecca Kavoussi is a dedicated advocate for improving health care access for vulnerable populations and has 15 years’ leadership experience in Medicaid, public policy, public and government relations, and strategic planning in health care delivery and managed care organizations. She also has background in journalism and ran one of Washington’s largest grassroots health care advocacy programs for eight years. Rebecca was a board member for Real Change from 2002-2006, and rejoined in 2014 hoping to contribute her expertise in fund raising, coalition-building, and advocacy to support Real Change in its social justice advocacy efforts and its vendors in meeting their immediate needs and improving their economic security over time.

Nick Maxwell

Nick Maxwell grew up in the Bronx borough of New York City. His mother, a woman from Ponce, Puerto Rico, raised him and his brother. As a youth he loved playing sports, watching movies and acting. He attended and played football at Syracuse University for two years. At age 25, he moved to Hollywood, California to pursue a film career. He scored a minor role in the Tommy Lee Jones sci-fi flick “Black Moon Rising,” and worked on other films and game shows as an extra. In search of steadier work, Nick moved to Olympia, WA in 1989 and found temporary jobs doing general labor and food service. He began selling Real Change at the age of 52 in 2011, and was immediately recognized for his hard work as “Vendor of the Week.” In June 2013, he testified at a City Council hearing to support the passage of legislation that would prevent employment discrimination against people with criminal records. The “Jobs Assistance” legislation passed unanimously and Nick’s testimony was quoted in an article featured in The Seattle Times the next day.  Realizing the power of his words, Nick joined the Real Change Homeless Speakers Bureau to educate the public about the realities of homelessness and advocate for the rights of homeless and formerly incarcerated people. In fall 2013, he graduated from the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance’s Emerging Advocates Program and served as the “Advocacy and Organizing Intern” at Real Change in spring 2014. He was elected to the Board in April of 2014. He strongly believes in Real Change’s mission to “provide opportunity and a voice” and is honored to be part of the Real Change family.

Patrick McIntyre

Patrick “Mac” McIntyre came on the Real Change board in 2014. A product of the Illinois foster care system, Mac grew up on Chicago’s Southside. He has been a respected member of the Washington State and national civil legal aid communities since 1972, and served as the founding director of the Northwest Justice Project in Washington State.  He is a proud and honored recipient of the King County Bar Association’s Outstanding Lawyer Award (1998), the Washington State Access to Justice Board’s Leadership Award (2006), the Washington State Bar Association’s Lifetime Service Award (2006) and the Legal Foundation of Washington’s Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award (2007). Mac currently enjoys a quite active semi-retirement, which, in addition to numerous volunteer activities, has included occasional management consulting work for a variety of legal aid/pro bono programs and bar associations around the country.  He has been interested in the possibility of serving on the Real Change board for some time and is honored and excited by the opportunity.  As he puts it,  “Real Change is a perfect fit for someone with a personal background like mine and a deep commitment to social justice.” Starting as an avid reader, Mac soon established lasting friendships with his local vendors and, in 2008, began submitting crossword puzzles to be used in the Real Change newspapers. His levels of involvement and support have steadily increased.

Teresa Reeves joined Real Change as a contributing writer and Editorial Committee member in 2009. She became homeless for seven years after moving to Seattle in 2000. She has worked as an advocate, writer, facilitator, and speaker for WHEEL and a member of the WHEEL Executive Committee.  She is also a member of Women in Black and the Homeless Remembrance Project Committee (HRPC), and is a founder of the Cheerios Corner writing group at Antioch’s Women’s Education Program. As a singer, songwriter and musician, she has had more than 80 songs published and she performed a live concert in Downtown Seattle for HRPC on June 11, 2011. She has been an advocate for transsexuals since 2010 and has been a leader in the Gender Identity Empowerment Coalition and the Transsexual & Feminist Liberation group. Teresa was elected to the Board of Directors in January of 2012.

Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes grew up in New York City, was raised in the Bronx and did a lot of DJing when hip hop began in the early 70s. He played music with popular rap groups at that time. During his high school years, he was into sports - track and field, gymnastics and handball - and won several awards. After high school, he attended a vocational committee college in New York City. He majored in mechanical engineering, photography and music and received his degree in 1980. Nick then did freelance photography for a company called Paper Blue. After that, he went to work at sea as a merchant marine with Military Sealift Command for ten years. He worked in the engine room and received his junior engineer endorsements degree at Seafarers International Union Seamanship School in Piney Point Maryland. He then held part time jobs at Federal Express and UPS as a machine operator. He fell into some hard times in 2009 due to a relapse into addiction. In 2011, he moved to Seattle to get a fresh start. Nick heard about Real Change from a friend and became a vendor in April of 2012. As a vendor, he started making enough money to get out of poverty. In addition, he met lots of great people who helped him feel reconnected to the community. Nick was selected as Real Change’s first paid intern and was highly successful working to recruit new vendors in Kitsap County and in Bellevue. Nick is also active in our advocacy work and a member of Real Change’s Homeless Speakers’ Bureau. He applied to the Board to learn more about Real Change and to give back to the organization. He was elected as a board member in April of 2014.

Becky Spithill was raised in Ellensburg, Washington and has worked primarily in the public sector in a variety of positions ranging from water treatment plant operator to policy analyst. Currently, Becky works as an administrative staff assistant for King County. Becky chose public sector work out of a desire to contribute to her community, but has often been frustrated by the weak connection between the work that she performs day-to-day and life getting better for others. When a recent volunteer position working with developmentally disabled children ended, Becky experienced “what can only be described as separation anxiety from feeling engaged and worthwhile,” and she joined the Real Change Board of Directors in 2013 to continue her calling to community service. She is inspired by her longtime RC vendor, Jay, along with her deep appreciation for the newspaper and the important social justice issues for which Real Change advocates.

Chukundi Salisbury

Chukundi Salisbury is the CEO of Seaspot Media Group. Founded in 1998 SMG is a leader in Multi-Cultural Marketing across the region with offices in Seattle, WA and Portland, OR. He is also involved in several community based organizations including the Silent War Project which is aimed at breaking the silence around Black on Black Violence. He has served on several volunteer community boards including South East Youth and Family Services where he served as Chairman of the Board. In addition to his business and community efforts, Chukundi is a nationally recognized disc jockey ( DJ KUN LUV) and performs regularly at local & regional nightclubs. Besides his entrepreneurial endeavors, Salisbury is also a 17-year employee of the City of Seattle, where he works as a Project Manager for Parks and Recreation. Chukundi has a B.S. in Computer Science from Elizabeth City State University (NC) and is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Currently, Salisbury lives in Rainier Valley with his family: wife Michelle, 14-year-old daughter, Alma, and 8-year-old son, Chukundi Jr.

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