2018 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 a member of the Field Operations and Programs Committee for HOBY International. He is currently employed at Microsoft as an Eco-Design and EPEAT Project Manager, and in his spare time Eric enjoys cooking and reading.


Nick-ProfessionalNicholas Panebianco – Director of Staff

Nicholas is a motivated and spirited individual that has worked with HOBY since he was an ambassador in 2011. He has grown with HOBY in multiple positions and now serves as the Director of Facilitators. Nicholas current works at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle as a Patient Financial Services Coordinator for Insurance Billing and Follow-Up, but in his time off he is working on his MBA in Healthcare Management, enjoys traveling, and being an explorative foodie.


Jordan Bowen – Seminar Planning Team Member at LargeJordan Bowne

Jordan began volunteering with HOBY Washington as a facilitator in 2009 at the request of a friend. She then attended the HOBY Training Institute in 2012 and served as the Director of Programs from 2013-2016. In addition to creating the seminar program book, Jordan is also the current Corporate Board Treasurer. Jordan is passionate about youth engagement and proudly works in Corporate Responsibility at Umpqua Bank. Jordan enjoys reading, travelling, painting, and is learning to golf.


Rachel Fricke – Seminar Planning Team Member at Large

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 Environmental Studies. When not holed up in the library with an ample serving of espresso, she can be found backpacking, skiing, kayaking, or running.


colin-watrin (1)Colin Watrin – Associate Director of Programs

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.


Justine Keller – Co-Director of Programs

Justine Keller has volunteered with Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Organization since she was an ambassador in 2007 at HOBY Pennsylvania East. Wanting to continue the positive ripple effect, she has volunteered both in director and facilitator roles for multiple local seminars across the country, as well as the World Leadership Congress and the Advanced Leadership Academy. Justine is a Data Visualization Specialist. She has an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts and an MS in Data Visualization from Parsons. She believes that impact and passion lead to a better world. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, skiing, sloth videos, and photography.


Erin WrzesinskiErin Kaufman – Director of Recruitment

Erin is a HOBY volunteer from Onalaska, Washington who currently resides in Killeen, Texas. She is a 2010 HOBY alumni and has volunteered in different positions with HOBY over the years. Erin graduated from Western Washington University with a History degree and is currently looking for a teaching position in her new home in Texas. She is a proud cat mom and passionate about leadership and education.  She’s super excited about HOBY and life. She hopes all her hard work in recruitment will lead to an outstanding seminar.


Tyler Hamke – Director of Operations

Tyler is a 2011 HOBY Washington and WLC alumnus and has volunteered with HOBY WA in several positions since his ambassador year. He is passionate about using engineering to create technology to help improve the lives of people all over the world. He is a proud alumnus of Gonzaga University and currently spends his time building machines that equip communities with better tools for sanitation and waste management. When not working he enjoys traveling, building, exploring the North Cascades, and discovering new podcasts.


Randi TaylorRandi Taylor –  Assistant Director of Operations

Randi has been involved with HOBY in a number of different positions since her ambassador year in 2006 and is always willing to step up and help in anyway she can. Randi took the skills she learned as an ambassador and has transferred them into her daily life helping animals. She volunteers with a number of rescues to help animals in need in addition to her job at Washington State University (Go Cougs) Veterinary Teaching Hospital where she helps nurse sick animals back to health.


Zoe Jaspers – Co-Director of Team Alumni

Zoe is an alum of HOBY Washington’s 2014 seminar, and has worked with HOBY WA ever since. They are a proud student of Gonzaga University and jointly study History and Religious Studies, with primary focuses in LGBTQ+ inclusion and the preservation and accessibility of LGBTQ+ and minority histories. When they aren’t perusing new hair dyes or playing trombone in GU’s pep band, Zoe can be found knitting, cooking, prepping for international scavenger hunts, and/or drinking perhaps a bit too much coffee.