Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors serves as the organization's guiding force, ensuring that we keep our eyes on the big picture while achieving our mission as effectively as possible.

  • Thomas Buford, President
  • Laura Skelton, Vice President and Secretary
  • AJ Howard, Treasurer
  • Beth Hintz
  • Kim Rakow Bernier
  • James Robenalt
  • Tese Wintz Neighbor
  • Gilda Wheelor
  • Ben Wheeler

Directors Emeritus

Anne Fox, Director Emeritus
Anne serves as a community volunteer with a focus on environment and community.  Earlier in her career she worked in the nonprofit sector as a Manager for Families That Work, a Children's Trust Foundation project and, later, as a Development coordinator and Campaign Manager for the Seattle Art Museum. In the for-profit sector Anne was Manager and Operations Analyst for NC Machinery Co., Caterpillar Dealership; and a Project Coordinator for Shapiro & Assoc., Environmental Consultants. For 20 years Anne has been an active volunteer and leader within the Mercer Island Community, including service for five years as a Commissioner of the Planning Commission.  Anne received a recognition award from the Mercer Island Rotary for leading an elementary school project to build an Outdoor Classroom/Native Habitat Courtyard.  She has chaired two grant committees, one for the NW Children’s Fund and the other for the NC Machinery Foundation. Anne received her MA: Environment & Community from Antioch University and her BA from Williams College.

Lee Minto, Director Emeritus
Lee Minto was a founder of Facing the Future in 1993 along with Dr. Alexander Bill, Dr. Gordon Perkin and Thomas Foster who all recognized the need for the education of young people regarding the linkages, world-wide, between population pressures, poverty, consumption, conflict, and the environment.  Their strategy from the beginning dealt with writing appropriate curricula, and teaching teachers how to present the materials to their students in dynamic ways which encouraged them to begin solving problems in their own communities.  In 2010 Lee was voted an Emeritus Member of the Facing the Future Board.

Lee spent 37 years actively involved, first as a Board member and from 1967 until her retirement in 1993, as President/CEO of Planned Parenthood of Seattle/King Co., now one of the largest affiliates in the country.  She was a leader in passing Referendum 20, in 1970, the first abortion reform law in any state ever to be to be passed by a vote of its citizens.  Subsequently, she chaired Pro Choice Washington, the coalition which twice defeated initiatives which would have denied low income women access to funding for legal abortions.  In 1990, again she chaired a statewide initiative passed by the people, insuring that Washington State women have the right to choose.  For 25 years Lee was on the adjunct faculty of the University of Washington in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and a frequent lecturer in the Schools of Communication, Social Work, and Sociology.  She has been recognized with many national, regional, state and local awards for her work on behalf of women, families, and youth.

Gordon Perkin, Director Emeritus
Dr. Gordon Perkin is a Senior Fellow with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Health Program (retired 2005). Perkin has been associated with the foundation since 1995, when the first grants in global health were awarded. From 1999 through 2001, he was responsible for the development and operation of the foundation’s Global Health Program. Over a nineteen year period (1980-1999), Perkin served as President of the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), an international nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health, especially the health of women and children. As a physician with more than 40 years of experience in international health and family planning, Perkin also spent 14 years with the Ford Foundation, where he worked as program officer in a variety of international health and population projects. He served as a long-term consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) on the design and research strategy of the Special Programme in Human Reproduction, and has consulted with several other WHO programs. He was a member of the Committee on Contraceptive Development of the Institute of Medicine, and a board member of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Alan Guttmacher Institute, and the Global Health Council. In 2009 Dr. Perkin was inducted into the Order Of Canada, Canada’s highest Civilian honour. He is an Officer of the Order.

Katie Strong, Director Emeritus
Kathryn Ketcham Strong is a community volunteer and long-time activist in women’s reproductive rights and health care. Ms. Strong currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pathfinder International, an organization devoted to the provision of family planning and women’s reproductive health care in the developing world. Ms. Strong served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Seattle-King County for 16 years, serving as board chair from 1994-1996. She formerly served on the boards of the Virginia Mason Hospital and Medical Center Board of Governors, Seattle Mental Health and participated in numerous other non-profits as a community volunteer. She served on the Board of Facing the Future from 1996 – 2003 chairing the Board from 1998-2001. Until recently, Ms. Strong co-managed a property management/real estate investment company and, formerly worked in community mental health.


About Us

We equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future through hands-on curricula and professional learning.

Facing the Future is an
independent program of WWU