Advisory Council Members

Ada Healey | Co-Chair

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Ada M. Healey directs all real estate strategies for Vulcan Inc. She leads Vulcan’s redevelopment of 60 acres in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood and oversees the company’s additional real estate investment activities throughout the Pacific Northwest. Under her direction, the company has developed nine million square feet including 3,400 residential units, delivering an average of more than 500,000 square feet annually since 2004. Ada’s team also provides real estate services to Vulcan affiliates including the Allen Institute, Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle Seahawks and The Hospital Club, among others. Ada can be credited with Vulcan’s widespread industry recognition for its innovative development approaches and commitment to sustainability.

Gary Locke | Co-Chair

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Gov. Gary Locke is an advisor and consultant for Davis Wright Tremaine. He consults with DWT’s domestic and international clients in several key areas, including: Trade, regulatory, and investment policy issues at the local, state, national, and international levels, and Providing guidance and direction on doing business in China and in the United States.
Gov. Locke’s unique understanding of the complexities in the U.S.-China political and economic relationships has earned him the trust and respect of an inner circle of business and government leaders in both countries who value his insight.
He has demonstrated a remarkable ability to function within the highest levels of the top Chinese government. For example, Gov. Locke served as the co-chairman of the Washington Welcoming Committee for the Seattle visit of PRC President Xi Jinping in September 2015. In 1997 Locke met with President Jiang Zemin. They enjoyed several more meetings over the next few years. In 2004, Locke visited at length with President Hu Jintao in Beijing. They had met initially when Hu was vice president. As a result of these relationships, in 2006, Gov. Locke was asked by the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, to plan and coordinate a visit to Washington by PRC President Hu Jintao. The event was a resounding success.

Larry Brown | Co-Chair

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In December 2018, Larry Brown was elected President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the state’s largest union organization, representing the interests of more than 600 local union organizations with some 450,000 rank-and-file members. He began his four-year term on Jan. 5, 2019.
Prior to his election, Brown served as Legislative and Political Director of Machinists (IAM) District Council 751. He first became a member of the IAM in 1983 as an inspector at Boeing, after serving in the U.S. Navy from 1973-1977. Brown joined the District 751 staff in 1997 and has served as a Business Representative before becoming Political Director. He helped establish the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee and has served on the Board of Trustees for Green River College from 1998-2011 and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges from 2011-present. In 2017, he was also elected to serve on the Auburn City Council.

Ezra Teshome | Co-Chair

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Ezra Teshome is an entrepreneur who has earned accolades worldwide for his philanthropic endeavors and efforts within Africa to impact the lives of children. He is passionate about global health issues, particularly focusing on the eradication of polio and bringing clean water to villages in rural Ethiopia. One of his most memorable accomplishments in Ethiopia was the completion of low cost shelter houses and establishing a micro banking system for homeless women and children. He has served notably on the board of several organizations, as well as being a current Trustee of his alma mater, Seattle University. Professionally, Mr. Teshome has built a successful insurance and financial services business in Capitol Hill for over 35 years. He is also very involved in his local Ethiopian community, where he helped build the first church and establish the local community center. Additionally, Ezra has remodeled and developed several single and multi-family homes throughout much of the Central District and Rainier Valley. Most recently, he built an in-city apartment building which has been celebrated for the abundant community space for the residents.
As a testament to his contributions to society, Mr. Teshome has been awarded with many of the highest honors in his community, including the World Affairs Council’s World Citizen Award; Seattle University’s Alumni Community Service Award; the Rotary International Service Above Self Award; the Rotary International Service Award for a Polio-free World; a Distinguished Service Award from the University of Washington in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and being named a Global Health Hero by TIME magazine. Mr. Teshome served as the district governor of Rotary District 5030 in 2013–14. He and his wife, Yobi, have four children and four grandchildren.

Aaron Fairchild

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Aaron has over 25 years in real estate construction, development and lending. He is an experienced fund manager, developer and social entrepreneur. Aaron is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Gabon, Africa where he built schools and homes for teachers, and holds an EMBA from the University of Washington. He was a two-term board member of Washington Environmental Council and is currently serving his second board term with both the Master Builders Association and Enhabit.

Amy King

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Bio coming soon!

Brad Reisinger

As Division President of the Pacific Northwest, Brad oversees all facets of operating a successful multifamily development and investment organization. Brad joined LMC in 2013 and has since built a development pipeline consisting of over 3,100 new apartment homes across eleven communities in the Seattle and Portland metropolitan areas.
In addition to LMC, Brad has developed multifamily communities for Alliance Residential and Goodman Real Estate in the PNW. He previously had spent two years structuring institutional investment in in the private rented sector in London, England for Pinnacle Development, a Goodman Real Estate subsidiary. Prior to Goodman, Brad consulted with the US Army and the US Air Force where he structured public private partnerships to redevelop military housing at installations across the country.
Brad earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He earned his BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point where he majored in Economics. Brad served as an Army Ranger for five years after West Point. Brad is an active participant in the Downtown Seattle Association and the Urban Land Institute. Locally Brad and his wife Minou are active with Mary’s Place which empowers homeless women, children, and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community.

Bruce Brooks

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Bruce is Craft3’s General Counsel charged with overall responsibility for its legal affairs and with providing advice and counsel to management, staff, and the Board of Directors regarding both business and strategic matters across the organization. Prior to joining the Craft3 team in June 2016, Bruce formerly worked as general counsel for an early-stage technology company in Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA and as a partner at Perkins Coie in its Seattle office. Bruce also has held a number of other leadership positions operating at the intersection between business and community, including in financial services as an EVP of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, in the public sector as Deputy Mayor for the City of Seattle, and as Director of Community Affairs for Microsoft Corporation.
Bruce received his AB and JD degrees from Harvard University and his MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles. Throughout his career, Bruce also has made it a priority to engage in local and regional community activities, including his current service on the board of directors of the Equal Endowment for Justice supporting civil legal services for low-income individuals, families and communities in the State of Washington and as a former chair of United Way of King County and the Northwest Area Foundation.
Craft3 is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing loans that strengthen businesses, families and the environment throughout Oregon and Washington. With capital support from financial, philanthropic and religious institutions and corporations, government agencies and accredited individual investors, Craft3 has invested more than $500 million in Northwest communities since 1994. To learn more, visit www.Craft3.org.

David Della

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David J. Della is a lifelong resident of Seattle and Washington State.  He is a government, business, and community relations professional with over 20 years' experience in the public sector in appointed, elected and managerial positions in local and state government including Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Norman Rice, serving as a member of the Seattle City Council (2003-2008), and as Executive Director of the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs under Governors Mike Lowry and Gary Locke (1993-1999). He has also worked for over a decade in the private and non-profit sectors, including Director of Community Affairs at United Way of King County, through his own sustainability consulting practice, and managing contracts/community relations for a national environmental services company, and directing community/government relations with United Way of King County.   His expertise is in government policy, legislative advocacy, community and coalition building, and resource development.  He and his wife, Odette Polintan are empty nesters and live in Seattle with their two dogs

Dan Duffus

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Dan leads Blueprint’s business development, including the acquisition, design and permitting of new projects. Dan has been in the real estate industry for over 30 years and has developed thousands of residential units.
In 2009 he co-founded Blueprint and has underwritten over 2,000 units for Blueprint builders and over 500 units for Blueprint’s portfolio. In 1997 he founded Soleil Development, a leading developer of over 1,000 residential units in Seattle. Prior to development, Dan spent 11 years in the title insurance business, including starting and growing Fidelity National Title Company’s Washington operation. Dan served on the Master Builders Association / Seattle Builder Council board of directors for 7 years

Doris Koo

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Doris W. Koo is a nationally respected leader and seasoned executive in the community development sector. Her current consulting practice highlights community-led efforts around equitable development and place-based collaboration. From 2001 to 2013, Koo served in a variety of executive roles including that of president and CEO with Enterprise Community Partners, a leading national nonprofit specializing in affordable housing finance, advocacy and community development. Prior to her work with Enterprise, Koo spent seven years with the Seattle Housing Authority as Deputy Executive Director, leading efforts to build and preserve affordable housing, including the redevelopment of NewHolly, Rainier Vista and High Point. In New York City, Doris led Asian Americans for Equality from an all-volunteer organization to the biggest owner and developer of low-income housing in New York City’s Chinatown and Lower East Side neighborhoods. Doris is a strategic advisor of Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority in Seattle, and a member of the Seattle Parks Foundation board of directors. She served on the national board of AARP from 2014-2016, and the board of the AARP Foundation from 2012-2014. She has served on the Investment Committee of The Russell Family Foundation; Washington State Infrastructure Task Force, and on boards of the National Housing Trust and the National Low Income Housing Coalition. She has a B.A. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago.

Faith Pettis

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Faith Pettis serves as bond counsel and outside counsel to state and local governments, with a primary focus on housing, education, and nonprofit finance. Her clients range from state agencies and housing authorities to local school districts and include the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, the issuer of nonprofit, multifamily, and single-family bonds and the allocating agency for federal low-income housing tax credits in Washington State. She also represents the Washington State issuer of bonds for private colleges and universities.
Prior to Pacifica, Faith practiced for 19 years with Preston Gates & Ellis and its successor firm, K&L Gates, where she served as the coordinator of the firm-wide public finance practice group. Faith was appointed in 2018 by Governor Inslee to a six-year term on the Board of Trustees of Western Washington University. The Mayor of Seattle appointed Faith in 2014 to co-chair the City’s Housing Affordability and Livability task force, which was charged with delivering a ten year plan to address housing affordability in the City. She previously served two terms as chair of the statewide Affordable Housing Advisory Board. Faith served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Bond Lawyers (“NABL”) from 2010 to 2011 and from 2012 to 2015, and as a Trustee for College Spark Washington, an education grant-making organization, from 2010 to 2015.

Gabe Grant

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Gabe is a Seattle native with a passion for creating great places, a deep commitment to civic affairs, and a strong multi-disciplinary approach to real estate. He has extensive experience identifying investment opportunities, structuring and negotiating complex real estate ventures, and managing the creative development and re-positioning of a variety of asset types.
Gabe is Chair of Bellwether Housing, an innovative non-profit that develops affordable housing in Seattle, served for many years as Chair of the Downtown Seattle Design Review Board and a Fellow of the University of Washington's Runstad Center and was honored as one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” an award given to business and civic leaders under the age of 40.

Greg Gorder

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Gaard Development is partnering with owners of unreinforced masonry buildings in Seattle's Chinatown-International District and the broader community to develop more than 1,000 new units of affordable workforce housing, primarily with existing historic buildings that are currently vacant or underutilized.

Joe Ferguson

Joe Ferguson
As co-founder and principal of Lake Union Partners, Joe leads the firm’s investment strategy, site acquisition and capital development efforts. Utilizing his background in brokerage and land use economics, Joe combines a creative market vision with strong transaction instincts to guide effective real estate investment opportunities. Joe serves on the National Advisory Board for the University of Colorado Real Estate Center and is a former Associate Fellow of the Runstad Center at the University of Washington.

Joe Shocken

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Mr. Schocken is the Founder and President of Broadmark Capital, LLC, a FINRA Member broker-dealer. With nearly 40 years in investment banking, Mr. Schocken has extensive knowledge of the financial services industry and established relationships with both strategic and institutional investors throughout the United States and internationally. He has guided Broadmark’s corporate finance practice through hundreds of private equity transactions with an aggregate transaction value measured in the billions. These projects have included private placements, debt offerings, mergers, asset purchases and public offerings in a broad array of industries including technology, life science, broadcasting and travel. In addition, Mr. Schocken leads Broadmark’s merchant banking and family office activities, overseeing what has become a significant portfolio of private and public company holdings.

John Hemplemann

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John Hempelmann is one of the founding partners and the Chairman of Cairncross & Hempelmann, a full service Seattle law firm. He has over 40 years of experience as a land use and real estate development attorney and has worked extensively to help form the legislation that governs Washington’s land use law. John has been the attorney for major commercial, mixed-use, hotel, residential, religious, and institutional urban developments. Many of his current projects include work on transit-oriented communities in Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma.
John is very active in national and community affairs. He is the President of the Senator Henry M. Jackson Foundation and is the Immediate Past Chair of the national Transit-Oriented Development Council of the Urban Land Institute. He is also on the National Steering Committee of LOCUS, a national coalition of real estate developers and investors who advocate for sustainable, equitable, walkable development in America’s metropolitan areas.

Julie Howe

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Julie brings over twenty-five years of experience in real estate development to Urban Evolution. With seventeen years managing all aspects of the development of multifamily and single-family projects, affordable, conventional and workforce, senior and family, she has deep knowledge of development. In addition, seven years as a consultant on real estate strategy, asset management and portfolio turnaround has given Julie the "long view". Julie has a passion for blazing new trails in how we create affordability and build and sustain community.
Julie has an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Colorado and a Master of Urban Planning and master’s level Certificate in Commercial Real Estate from the University of Washington. She has spent her career exploring housing models, real estate development and healthy communities from many perspectives including fields as seemingly unlikely as neurobiology, sociology and healthy aging.

Kathleen (Kat) Sims

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Kathleen “Kat” Sims is the executive director of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS), the largest and oldest local homebuilders association in the nation. The association’s first female executive director, Sims joined MBAKS for its 109-year history of building coalitions and advocating on issues central to keeping the Puget Sound region a great place to live, work, and play. Her objective is to cultivate new partnerships and co-create solutions that balance the urgent need for additional housing with protection of the environment and the Pacific Northwest way of life. Her proven collaborative and problem-solving leadership style will elevate the association’s influence, strengthen strategic priorities, and drive membership growth.
Sims has dedicated her career to addressing issues at the intersection of real estate, land use, sustainability, and the environment. Beginning as an associate attorney with Foster Pepper PLLC, then as a partner with Alston Courtnage & Bassetti LLP, Sims counseled many of the Northwest’s well-known developers on a diverse range of real estate issues. Her ability to build relationships, find common ground, and drive bold initiatives helped advance her career as senior director of sustainability and then vice president of government relations with Plum Creek Timber Company, which merged with the Weyerhaeuser Company in 2016. She was later promoted to vice president of environmental affairs, sustainability, and corporate responsibility at Weyerhaeuser.
Sims earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before being awarded her Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law. She also completed two executive education programs, one at Harvard Business School on aligning sustainability with business performance, and one at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School on executive leadership. Sims’ strengths in envisioning the future and transforming ideas into tangible solutions are primarily what drew her to the real estate industry.

Lisa Bogardus

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Lisa Bogardus currently serves as the Assistant Executive Secretary for the Seattle Building & Construction Trades Council, which represents 19 affiliates and over 20,000 workers. She also serves as the vice chair of the King County Economic Opportunity & Empowerment Program Advisory Board, and is on the Executive Board of the Puget Sound Labor Agency, in addition to serving on the Sound Transit Diversity Oversight Committee and the Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee. Lisa is a Delegate to the MLK Labor Council and a Member of United Association Local 32. Prior to her position with the Building Trades Council, Lisa served the Port of Seattle for seven years as Labor Relations Manager and Project Labor Agreement Manager in the Port’s Capital Development Division. Ms. Bogardus has worked as a practicing attorney in the State of Washington, as a Public Defender at the Defenders Association for five years, and as an Assistant Attorney General for the Washington State Attorney General’s office. She holds a J.D. degree from University of Oregon Law School and a B.A. from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Maria Barrientos

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Maria is the founder of the firm, and has built over a billion dollars of RE in Seattle, with over 60 properties built.
Ms. Barrientos has been named one of the most influential urban-infill developers in Seattle, a Puget Sound Business Journal “Woman of Influence”, a small business “Hero” and is categorized by her peers as innovative, thoughtful, and creative ~ creating housing that incorporates many forward-looking trends.
Over the past 30 years, Maria has become a respected leader in Seattle’s real estate development community. Project types include urban mixed-use, mixed-income, historic renovation and adaptive reuse, both market rate and affordable housing, as well as student housing properties. Maria brings in-depth knowledge of innovative development tools, sustainable development techniques, public/private partnerships, financing mechanisms that include tax-exempt bond financing as well as other sources of private equity and debt. Maria has always been active within the community and serves on several community based and civic organizations and is very involved in land use issues within the city of Seattle.

Mark Dean

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Mr. Dean has over 27 years of experience providing investment banking and mortgage banking services to real estate developers and corporate sponsors. He specializes in financing multifamily housing using Private Activity Bonds, both enhanced and unenhanced, for public housing authorities, affordable housing developers, and senior housing providers. Mr. Dean works with both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations to finance projects such as affordable housing developments, senior living facilities, and market rate housing.
Mr. Dean has provided acquisition, construction and permanent financing for a wide variety of multifamily housing, senior housing, not-for-profit facilities. In addition to these types of financing Mr. Dean has executed current, advance and taxable refundings of existing bond and real estate debt. His experience includes both public offerings and private placements. His broad range of experience with loan products and debt credit enhancements includes conventional financing vehicles as well as bond insurance, contingent loan agreements, FHA mortgage insurance programs, GNMA MBS, Fannie Mae MBS, letters of credit, and collateral pledges. In addition, Mr. Dean is an expert on the use of low-income housing tax credits to finance multifamily apartments. Mr. Dean joined Citi Community Capital, formerly Newman & Associates, in 1998, opening an office in Seattle, WA. Mr. Dean started his career in Public Finance with Rainier Bank and prior to joining Newman & Associates in 1998, he ran the Western Region Public Finance group for U.S. Bank.

Paul Purcell

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Paul provided 17 leadership and direction to Beacon after founding the company in 1999. Today, Paul continues to participate in affordable housing policy implementation on the federal, state and local levels. He is a tireless advocate for affordable housing, serving on the WA State Governor’s Housing Advisory Board and the Seattle Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. He has been recognized by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission with the prestigious Friend of Housing Award. Paul has also served on the Governor’s Task Force on Financing Senior Housing, the Joint Committee on Farm Worker Housing, and the Policy Advisory Team for Housing. Paul started his career in affordable housing at Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. He holds a BA from Western Washington University and a Master in Public Administration from Seattle University. In addition to his policy and advocacy work, Paul enjoys time with his three grandchildren, traveling, and learning about wine.

Theresa Whitmarsh

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Theresa J. Whitmarsh is Executive Director of the Washington State Investment Board, one of the United States’ leading institutional investors, managing $129 billion of state pension, insurance, and other assets. The WSIB is a leader in private asset investing, with private equity, real estate, and tangible assets comprising 43 percent of its retirement portfolio. Theresa joined the WSIB in 2003 with 20 years of experience in business, government, and media. She has a Master of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Seattle Pacific University. Theresa is the immediate past Chair of the Council of Institutional Investors, a director and past Chair of the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute, and a former director of the International Centre for Pension Management. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership and as a member of the Investor Industries – World Economic Forum Steering Committee. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Long Term Investing, a FCLT Gobal Board member, and an external advisor on the ABP Investment Committee.

Tony Mestres

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Tony Mestres is the president and CEO of Seattle Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the country, with more than $1 billion in assets. Tony is recognized for his servant leadership approach in driving organizational evolution as well as expertise in building partnerships across sectors with business leaders, government and community and philanthropic partners. He has redefined Seattle Foundation’s role as a voice for community needs, developing effective, impact-driven strategies to drive greater equity and opportunity across our region.
Tony leads Seattle Foundation’s mission to ignite powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. He directs the strategic counsel and support provided to more than 1,200 individual, family and corporate philanthropists, and oversees the investment of more than $100 million in charitable grants annually.
Tony has centered Seattle Foundation’s strategies on creating greater equity and economic opportunity for people who are not benefitting from our region’s ongoing prosperity. Those initiatives include the Foundation’s creation of the Communities of Opportunity initiative with King County to create greater racial, economic and health equity in our region so that all people can thrive. The Foundation also established the Vibrant Democracy Initiative to strengthen the voice and participation of underrepresented communities, helping people advocate for positive change. And most recently, the Foundation launched a multi-year climate justice effort to address the adverse effects of climate change, which more acutely impact low-income communities.
Tony joined the Foundation in 2014, following a 22-year career in high technology. As a vice president at Microsoft, Tony was the business group leader responsible for worldwide sales and marketing of Microsoft’s Windows product line. Tony also managed strategic partnerships and execution of Microsoft’s PC, Mobile and TV Entertainment strategy. He was recognized as one of Global Telecom’s Forty under Forty Most Promising Executives.
Tony’s philanthropic leadership includes more than 16 years as a partner and, since 2013, board member of Social Venture Partners, a 600-member organization that cultivates effective philanthropists. In addition, Tony was president and is director emeritus of the Kindering Center, a nonprofit that serves and supports children with special needs and their families. Tony currently serves on the boards of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Seattle International Foundation, City Year Seattle/King County, Washington Roundtable and the national Council on Foundations.
Under Tony’s leadership, Seattle Foundation has been recognized with awards including the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Secretary’s Award for Public Philanthropic Partnership; the International Rescue Committee Philanthropy Award; and the King County Municipal League Foundation’s James R. Ellis Regional Leadership Award.