GOVERNING BOARD

 
 

Greg Abell

Board Chair

Greg is the Principal at Sound Options Group, LLC, a Conflict Engagement firm.  In this role he coordinates the design, implementation and delivery of all services. His particular area of expertise is in assisting agencies, organizations and communities in designing and implementing systems for more effectively engaging conflict, and facilitating productive and collaborative work environments. As a professional mediator, he has 25+ years experience mediating highly contentious, multi-party community and institutional disputes. He has the ability to weave this experience into his consulting and teaching as he assists individuals and organizations in collaboratively navigating conflict and change.  Greg consults nationally and works primarily in the context of Education and Social Services Systems.

 

Dawn Bonker

Board Member

Growing up in Washington DC, Dawn Bonker came back to her roots in Seattle seven years ago. With a background in youth work, PR and real estate, Dawn moved into the non-profit field five years ago to work with Seattle's Union Gospel Mission as well as Jubilee REACH in their development offices. With a clear heart for engagement and relationship building she has been able to create multiple opportunities for partners to more fully experience their investment. Presently serving as the Donor Relations Director at The Salvation Army's NW Division, she brings relational, fundraising and strategic skills to the First Aid Arts Board of Directors.

 

Brian Howe

Co-Founder

Brian Howe serves as Vice President for the First Aid Arts Board of Directors. He thinks that the genetic lottery (what family and place you were born into) should not dictate your rights or opportunities in life. He has eight years of experience serving other nonprofit organizations as director, board member, and volunteer. Currently, he runs a law firm that serves businesses and organizations specifically conceived and structured to alleviate poverty, better the environment, and further social justice causes. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor in the field of international development and has contributed to publications on human rights protection for immigrants.

 

Michelle Howe

Board Member, Secretary

Michelle Howe serves as Secretary on the First Aid Arts board of directors. 

Michelle currently runs an innovative Iora Health primary care practice in the central district of Seattle with the mission to "restore humanity to healthcare".  She loves the creative culture of her team and the ability to provide high level clinical care for complex medical and social needs.

Prior to Iora, Michelle worked as an LA County emergency department nurse,  and served on the hospital’s emergency preparedness committee. She was honored with the “Nurse of Distinction Award" after developing curriculum to improve the recognition and response of child abuse in emergency departments.

Michelle lectures on child abuse in the university and community settings, and is passionate about supporting those fostering, adopting, and caring for vulnerable youth.  She loves traveling with her husband, biking around Seattle, and hosting friends and family over for good meals.

 

Jennifer Kim

Board Member

Jennifer Kim is Director of Major and Planned Gifts for Virginia Mason Medical Center.

 

Burton Li

Board Member, Treasurer

Burton Li serves as Treasurer for First Aid Arts. He has been working with non-profits and small businesses in the Bay Area since moving to San Francisco in 2002. Following a position as the finance manager for Center for Environmental Health, he began offering contract bookkeeping services to non-profits and small businesses in 2005. He founded Sutro Li in 2009, a full service financial management team that provides bookkeeping and financial advisory services to non-profits, businesses, and individuals. He lives in San Francisco with his family and enjoys fly fishing and creating music.

 

Curtis Romjue

Co-Founder, President

Curtis Romjue serves as President of First Aid Arts. He was raised in the Hawaiian islands and the Pacific Northwest. In 2003 he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Seattle Pacific University where he studied Latin American Studies and Philosophy. He traveled extensively during college and learned about modern slavery. He developed the philosophy "Do what you love to fight what you hate" and formed JUBILEE in 2004 as the first 501(c)(3) nonprofit rock band in the United States using music to combat human trafficking. Curtis has worked closely with International Justice Mission since 2003 and developed First Aid Arts in response to the needs of IJM social workers serving survivors of sex trafficking and slave labor. Curtis enjoys surfing and sailing with his wife Grace and daughters Harper Sparrow and Malia Eden.

 

Grace Romjue

Co-Founder

Grace Romjue is a mother and professional musician. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for First Aid Arts, she also volunteers her time as a coordinator for Healing Arts Toolkit trainings. She is a Justice Advocate with International Justice Mission, and co-leads the musical worship at Cross Sound Church on Bainbridge Island, WA with her husband, Curtis. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a BA in Theology and Spanish.