Executive Directorview bio
David Robinson became intentionally unemployed from Microsoft in 2000, after a career as an engineer in the computer hardware and software industry. He has served on the boards of Northwest Children’s Fund and Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, and has experience in helping a number of nonprofits. David graduated from MIT with a BS degree in Physics.
Lee Rhodes is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of glassybaby, LLC. glassybaby specializes in hand-blown glass votive candleholders produced in more than 400 rich colors. glassybaby also produces a version of its product for use as drinking glasses. The business was born in 1998, after Ms. Rhodes's then-husband brought home a colored vessel he had made in a glass-blowing class. Ms. Rhodes, who was suffering from lung cancer, dropped in a candle and became mesmerized by the chromatic light. Ms. Rhodes hired glass blowers and started giving away the votive holders; then, seeing their popularity, she began selling them out of her garage. In 2003, she opened her first studio and retail space; the company later moved to its flagship in Seattle's Madrona neighborhood, where 70-plus glass blowers now produce more than 750 glassybaby per day. glassybaby has two other stores in the Seattle area and a thriving online presence. In 2011, Ms. Rhodes was honored with the "It's Always Something Award" from Gilda's Club New York City for her work to help cancer patients. Ms. Rhodes also was named Entrepreneur of the Year for 2011 by Entrepreneur Magazine.
Alison Urkowitz first joined glassybaby in October 2014 as giving director. With a decade of experience in philanthropic funding, she brings knowledge of managing teams, designing and building grant management processes and strategic planning to the glassybaby white light fund role. Prior to joining glassybaby, Alison worked at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research where she served as a leader on the research team and across the entire organization. As Vice President, research operations, she led this team to manage and oversee grant administration, funding evaluation, strategic management and meeting coordination. Alison also ran grassroots fundraising events and served as a Team Fox mentor. Alison earned an MPA focusing on public and nonprofit management from NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. She also worked for 5 years in the media buying departments of several global advertising agencies. Before that, Alison earned a BA in sociology from Tufts University with a minor in mass media and communications.
Barry Laurance Harmon
Barry L. Harmon previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of glassybaby, LLC, from 2012 - 2015. Mr. Harmon served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ESI from April 2003 until January 2004. During the period February 1992 until December 1998, Mr. Harmon was a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ESI. ESI makes high precision capital equipment for manufacturing electronic devices, including semiconductors, flexible circuits and ceramic capacitors. Its largest customers are Apple Computer and Samsung. He currently serves on the ESI Board of Directors and is the Chairman of the Compensation Committee. From 1999 until 2001, Mr. Harmon was the CFO and Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations for Avocent, which became a Division of Emerson Electric. Avocent made IT tools for managing large enterprise. From 1985 until 1991, Mr. Harmon worked a senior staff member for the Private Banking Group of Citibank in New York, specializing in finance and strategy for the investment management business. Mr. Harmon graduated from Washington State University with a BA degree in Business Administration (Accounting) and began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. where he worked for seven years, ending as an Audit Manager.
Annjette del Valle
Annjette del Valle currently is the retail manager for the Madrona glassybaby store. a retail sales associate employed by glassybaby, LLC. Ms. del Valle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1990 from the University of Oregon. She worked from 1990-1995 for Network Health Plan, Inc., holding various positions including sales and management. Ms. del Valle worked from 1995-2000 for PacifiCare of Washington, in account management. From 2010 to present, Ms. del Valle has held various positions with glassybaby, including sales, management and giving.
Kristine Griffin currently is a retail sales associate employed by glassybaby, LLC, which she joined in 2011. Ms. Griffin attended Seattle University. She was a founding member of glassybaby's White Light Fund. Ms. Griffin also volunteered for glassybaby and University of Washington in various roles.
Charlotte Wayte, along with Mary Douglas, is a co-founder of Limelight Partners, a public relations and marketing firm specializing in lifestyle brands. Charlotte has experience in marketing, public relations, advertising, broadcast, sales, business development and event production. A Seattle native, Charlotte has deep connections in the region. In her 15 year tenure as Director of Sales and Marketing for Kimpton Hotels in Seattle (which includes the Alexis, Hotel Vintage Park and Hotel Monaco), she oversaw new hotel launches, property re-branding, managed sales strategies and handled all aspects of public relations, advertising, web design and collateral development. Charlotte graduated from Washington State University in the Hotel and Restaurant program in the College of Business.