Board of Directors & Advisors

Board of Directors
(Current & Former Board Members: Brenda Berry, Ed Mikel and Judy Friesem)

Board of Directors

Brenda Berry
Brenda is an involved in supporting her community through a number of local causes, including serving on the board of Bainbridge Island Youth Soccer and working with the non-profit, A New Course. Brenda has a background in education, has a Masters of Fine Arts, and works as a professional photographer and documentarian.  She produced a  wonderful short documentary on our OWWCC Delegation to Manzanar.

Katy Curtis
Katy is an amazing educator and community organizer, and works tirelessly to promote peace, tolerance and social justice.  She works as Director of Education at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum. For many years she has been a facilitator for professional development programs, working in learning organizations, and consulting in non-profits and small businesses. Katy is curious about the stories people have about the cultures they belong to, about their experiences of inclusion and exclusion. She works closely with the Bainbridge Island Japanese American community and serves on the Multicultural Advisory Council of the Bainbridge Is. School District.  Katy has been involved in supporting our OWWCC program and our Delegations to Manzanar.

Leslee Dixon
Leslee is a baker, chef, farmer, and consultant for regional food businesses.  For more than 15 years, she has been creating innovative solutions, partnerships and outlets for growing micro producers and growers in the pacific northwest.  Leslee is co-founder and former owner of the Food Shed and Mossback in Kingston, WA.  She currently works at Iggy’s Kombucha, and is also a partner at Corvus.  Leslee previously served as Edible Edible Lead Instructor and Chef-in-Residence for EduCulture.

Jonathan Garfunkel, M.A.Ed.
Jon is founder and Managing Director of Global Source Education, now EduCulture. He  is an educational architect has worked across the landscape of K-12 education for almost 30 years, teaching in secondary and higher education, and designing and leading innovative professional education and curricular development projects, and consulting with K-12 schools and learning organizations.  He is also Adjunct Faculty in the Center for Programs in Education at Antioch University Seattle, and serves on the Puget Sound Regional Food Policy Council and the WSU Community Food Systems Advisory Team.

Edward Mikel, Ph.D.
Ed has been a teacher educator for 20 years, and is Professor Emeritus  Director at the Center for Programs in Education at Antioch University Seattle.  Before that worked as social studies teacher, research and evaluation specialist in a national educational laboratory, and a central office administrator in a large urban school district. He is author of numerous articles and co-author of Cultures of Curriculum (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000).

In Memory:
EduCulture of Global Source Education mourns the loss of long time colleague and Board member, Kim Bush, who passed away in November 2011. He left big shoes for us to fill.

Advisory Board:
• Jim Corsetti, Principal, Sakai Intermediate School
• Bill Covert, Wilkes Elementary School
• David Cowan, Physician, Healthier Kids Bainbridge
• Christine Fulghum, Retired FACSE Educator
• Lilly Kodama, Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community
• Alisa Lynch, Manzanar Historic Site, National Park Service
• Kay Sakai Nakao, Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community
• Vern Nakata, Town & Country Market, Middlefield Farm
• Tad Mitsui, Heyday Farm House Kitchen
• Brian MacWhorter, Butler Green Organics
• Rob Purser, Suquamish Tribe, Kitsap County Council for Human Rights
• Laura Ryser, WSU Extension Kitsap, Jefferson, Clallam
• Karen Selvar, Bainbridge Island Farms & Suyematsu Farms
• Eiko Suyematsu Shibayama, Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community
• Victor Takemoto, Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community
• Jo Vander Stoep, Retired Principal, Sakai Intermediate School
• Judith Weinstock, Food Muse Inspired Catering
• Betsey Wittick, Laughing Crow Farm & Bainbridge Vineyards
• Mary Woodward, Educator & Author (“In Defense of Our Neighbors”)