2019 Speaker: Melissa Arias
Melissa joined the local Make-A-Wish chapter in September 2018. She has 15 years of experience as a non-profit executive and previously served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement &External Relations at the University of Washington’s Bothell campus; Director of Development for the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network(DAWN) and spent five years in private legal practice.
She has a Juris Doctorate degree from Seattle University School ofLaw, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. Melissahas also completed a certificate in non-profit management from Seattle University.
Melissa is passionate about working on behalf of children and families and has concentrated her volunteerism in that space. She is currently a trustee for the Scholarship Foundation of Northshore, a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals and the Washington State Bar Association. She has served on numerous other boards and been a member of a variety of professional organizations. She is also a Woodinville Rotarian. When not at work she enjoys reading, spending time with family and cheering on the Huskies.
2018 ASCL Speaker - Dan Lewis
After 41 years in broadcast news, the last 27 at KOMO Television in Seattle, Dan Lewis retired in May of 2014. While at KOMO, Dan, Kathi Goertzen and Steve Pool were one of the longest running anchor teams in the country. Dan often left the anchor desk for reporting in the field locally, across the country and around the world. His international reporting included the award winning Vanishing Giants documentary in Africa. He also traveled on assignment to Japan, the Philippines, France, Poland, Germany, South America, Israel, Panama and the UK.
Over the years Dan interviewed many world leaders, athletes and celebrities including Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. For his anchoring, writing and reporting Dan won 14 Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. Dan is now happily retired and enjoys time with his family, traveling, hiking, snowshoeing, golf and photography.