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Board of Directors

Danna K. Johnston - President, Chair


Danna K. Johnston grew up in Seattle and graduated from Franklin High School. She earned an undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Washington. During college, she studied abroad at Peking University in Beijing, as well as the Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico. Danna worked in finance for many years at a major global bank, where she was involved in many of the organization's community outreach efforts – it is here where she found her true calling which was to give back to her community. 

In 2008, Danna founded her non-profit foundation while simultaneously starting her for-profit skin care business, Aloeformocha. In this way, she could educate women on self-care, address the needs of at-risk youth, and give back a portion of profits to the communities in which she conducted business. 

Danna loves travelling, yoga, and good food. Danna and her husband Jim live in Newcastle, Washington with their two Chihuahuas - Maggie and Jackson.





Tony Hopson - Member

Tony Hopson is a native of Portland, Oregon and is a respected neighborhood and community leader.  He is the founder of Self Enhancement, Inc., an award-winning, nationally recognized youth development program that currently serves more than 2,000 students and 5,000 families per year.  SEI has been recognized with awards such as the "Oregon Award for Public Service" and being named a "Point of Light" by President George H.W. Bush. 

Tony is a Trustee on the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation Board, is Co-Chair of the Portland African American Leadership Forum and sits of the Portland Trail Blazers Executive Advisory Board.  He has also been recognized for his activism and community leadership by receiving the State of Oregon's "Gold Schmidty Award," The Urban League of Portland's "Equal Opportunity Award," the Albina Ministerial Alliance's "Bridge Builder Award," Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's "Emerald Award," the Black United Fund's "Legacy Award," The "Aubrey R. Watzek Award" from Lewis & Clark College, the "Community Award" from the Portland Observer Newspaper, The "Living Legend Award" from Willamette University, the "First Citizen Award" from the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors  the "Oregon Ethics in Business Award" from the Samaritan Counseling Center, and the "Distinguished Service Award" from the University of Oregon.  

Tony graduated from Willamette University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Sociology and a teaching certificate in 1977.  That same year, he earned a counseling certificate from Portland State University.  In 1991, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Willamette University. 




David M. Barron - Member, Fundraising Chair

David has over 20 years experience as an attorney, specializing in corporate finance and securities law and is currently associated with the Bellevue, Washington law firm,   Oseran, Hahn, Spring, Straight & Watts, P.C. where he specializes in securities law. 

Prior to his current position, David worked was corporate counsel for several broker/dealers, specializing in securities law.  Additionally, David has worked with Issuers, investors, investment banks, venture capitalists and hedge funds in a variety of financing transactions, including private placements, venture capital financings, public offerings, PIPE's and lines of credit. David has also represented clients in connections with mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and recapitalizations. David routinely advised clients regarding SEC/FINRA reporting, fiduciary obligations, ethics and general corporate matters. David's client companies have ranged from emerging growth businesses to more established business concerns and represented a broad range of industries, including information technology, energy, venture capital and investment banking. David is an active member of the Washington State Bar Association. 

David received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington and his Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law, now Seattle University. 
   



Meredith Hutchins - Member

Meredith Wright Hutchins grew up in Seattle and graduated from Roosevelt High School.   Meredith’s father was a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and her uncle, grandfather and brother were also lawyers.  Her family told her that law was not a suitable career for a woman so instead, she got married and had a child.  Then, because she could, she finished college and entered and graduated from law school.  This is one reason why Meredith thinks that Successful Youth Inc. is so very important.  It encourages young people to be ALL that they can be.

Meredith spent many years as an assistant attorney general and senior counsel with the Office of the Attorney General in Olympia representing such diverse clients as the Department of Labor & Industries; Energy Facility Siting Evaluation Council; Washington State Lottery; Liquor Control Board; Office of State Procurement and the Washington Horse Racing Commission.  For the past eight years she has been in private practice in Olympia.

Meredith has served on many boards including: POSSCA; Governmental Lawyers Bar; Washington Center for the Performing Arts; Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services; and, Board of Bar Examiners.  She is an elected Thurston County Fire Commissioner. She adores musical theater and is currently on the 5th Avenue Theater Gala Committee. Meredith and her husband Jim live in Olympia with their three Maine Coon cats [and one alley cat] and a large koi pond. The cats are not allowed to fish in the koi pond.

Meredith holds a JD from the University of Puget Sound Law School [now Seattle University], and a BA in Political Science and Sociology from University of Puget Sound.  
 

Lisa Jensen - Member  

Lisa Jensen is a principal of Jensen Companies, Inc, a company providing technical training to contractors and website and internet marketing support to a variety of small business and non-profit organizations. She has served as a Councilmember on the Newcastle City Council since first being elected in 2007, and currently serves as the Deputy Mayor. Lisa serves as a Board member for Harborview Medical Center, and as Chair of the Valley District Healthcare System Board. Her experience includes over 10 years with Lawson Software, consulting and managing sales support for Healthcare clients, and several years as an Industrial Engineer in the aerospace industry, focused on improving efficiencies in manufacturing processes. 

Community Leadership positions have included President and Board member of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, Board member of Friends of King County CASA, and 5 years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, advocating for children involved in dependency cases.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from the University of Washington.