2017 HOBY WA Seminar Planning Committee –

Eric Martin – Leadership Seminar Chair (LSC)

Eric is a longtime volunteer with the organization and a 2007 HOBY Washington alumnus. In addition to volunteering with his local seminar, Eric serves as a Regional Project Director for Region H, and as the Vice Chair of Marketing and Recruitment for HOBY International. He is currently employed as an Environmental Compliance Coordinator for Microsoft, and in his spare time Eric enjoys cooking, dancing and reading.


Amanda Klein – Co-Director of Facilitators

Amanda is a longtime volunteer with HOBY.  She has served in a wide variety of seminar roles but focuses on her favorite, developing and supporting facilitators.  She has a special place in her heart for teenagers, and has done unique work empowering them since her early 20’s.  Amanda has spent her professional career in business management, and talent and leadership development; with a B.A. in Education and an MBA.  Amanda is currently the People Development Program Manager for Community Health Plan of Washington.


AndrewAndrew DeBerry – Co-Director of Facilitators

Andrew grew up in a military family, was a HOBY ambassador in Ohio, and has served at HOBY conferences in Dallas, Austin, SW Ohio, and Washington.  He studied engineering with Air Force ROTC at Notre Dame where he taught in Uganda, studied Arabic in Cairo on a grant, and worked in British Parliament.  He was an USAF Intelligence Officer in Korea, Germany, and Afghanistan and directed undercover airstrikes for international Delta Forces looking for Osama Bin Laden before changing course for an MBA/Arabic dual-degree at Wharton.  At Microsoft he has worked in global education, AR/VR, and emerging tech.


Nick-ProfessionalNicholas Panebianco – Director of Programs

Nicholas is a motivated and spirited individual that has worked with HOBY since he was an Ambassador in 2011. He has grown by the opportunities given by HOBY and now serves as the Director of Programs and Alumni Advisor. Nicholas currently works in specialty retail as a store manager at Brookstone, but in his time off he enjoys traveling and creating music. Having just graduated from University of Washington with his bachelors degree in medical anthropology and global health, he plans to go back to school for nursing to focus on issues in LGBTQ healthcare.


Jordan Bowen – Seminar Planning Team Member at LargeJordan

Jordan began volunteering with HOBY Washington as a facilitator in 2009 at the request of a friend. She attended the HOBY Training Institute in 2012 and served as the Director of Programs from 2013-2016. Jordan is stepping back this year to serve the Seminar Planning Team as a member-at-large. She has made it a priority to develop a stellar seminar program book and will continue to design the book for the 2017 seminar. Jordan is passionate about youth engagement and proudly works in Risk and Compliance for Umpqua Bank. In her spare time Jordan loves to read, paint, and play Pokemon Go.


Rachel Fricke – Program Coordinator

A Spokane native, Rachel has been volunteering for HOBY Washington in various positions since attending the Leadership Seminar as an ambassador in 2013. She is currently a student at the University of Washington studying Aquatic & Fishery Sciences and Political Science. When not holed up in the library with an ample serving of espresso, she can be found backpacking, skiing, kayaking, or running.


Scotland Kapstafer – Director of Operations

Scotland came to HOBY in the Summer of 2016 and was blown away by the OUTSTANDING results that HOBY yields in the students that participate in the seminar. Scotland currently attends Spokane Falls Community College and works for the school as a Tutor specializing in Accounting and Economics, however also tutors a wide variety of subjects. He is a firm believer in leadership by example. As an eternal optimist, he will always have a smile, even in the worst of times.


colin-watrin (1)Colin Watrin – Co-Director of Team Alumni

Colin is a HOBY Washington Alumni from 2004 and has found ways to continue his love for leadership, service, and the HOBY Washington Family volunteering as a Team Alumni, Junior & Senior Facilitator, member of the Corporate Board, and most recently as Co-Director of Team Alumni. Colin’s passion for education and working with students led him to Colorado State University where he recently earned a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Colin currently serves as the Assistant Director for Admissions and Student Life at Seattle University School of Law.


Matt photoMatthew Schaffer – Co-Director of Recruitment

Matthew Schaffer is a returning veteran of HOBY Washington. Since 2012 Matthew has taken on positions as both junior and senior facilitators in Washington and Idaho, back to back years as a state recruiter and took on the role of Co-Director of Recruitment. Currently Matthew attends Gonzaga University majoring in International Relations with the potential of minoring in Arabic. When not knee-deep in school work, Matt plays for the Gonzaga Club Lacrosse Team, mentors children in middle school and plays fetch with his dog Dory.


AllisonAllison Welch-Santos – Director of Development

Allison has been involved with HOBY since she attended the program in Alabama as an ambassador in 2000.  Since then she has volunteered in multiple roles including Director of Public Relations, Senior Staff Coordinator, and Director of Fundraising and Development.  Allison is currently employed as a Wine Guide for Traveling Vineyard, and in her free time she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her husband and two year old daughter.


Aya Tange– Director of Communications

Aya was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and was unfamiliar with HOBY until she moved to Seattle and was introduced to this amazing organization! She has always believed in leadership and service and is ecstatic to be continuing her journey with HOBY as the Director of Communications. Aya recently graduated from Harvard University and is currently a Business Planner at Microsoft. In her free time, you can find her traveling, hiking, skiing, and eating new foods!

If you’d like to join our team, you can begin by registering as a volunteer with HOBY International.  We will be contacted to approve your application, and then we will send you the appropriate local forms, including a background check.  There are many ways for you to volunteer for an hour, a day, a week, or all year.  Thank you for your interest!