Our Staff & Leadership

A highly skilled, energetic and committed group of folks keeps The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas humming. Our team represents a fabulously diverse group of thinkers, educators, and engaged citizens who are ready to converse with you...in any number of languages!

Our Staff & Leadership


Erica Mullen (she/her)
Executive Director
Erica is a strong team leader focused on improving the quality of youth development programs and increasing access to those who need them. She spent over 20 years at the YMCA of Greater Seattle, most recently as Executive of Education Initiatives. She is deeply committed to educational equity and creating programs that prepare youth for college, career, and the life they choose. She enjoys running, cooking, and travel adventures.

Humaira Barlas (she/her)
Senior Accountant
Humaira received her MBA in marketing from the University of Hartford, Connecticut, and a Bachelors of Commerce from Hailey College of Commerce in Pakistan. Before coming to BFI, she worked for the Lupus Foundation for nine years. She can communicate in English, Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi.

Casey Magee (he/him)
Operations Manager
Casey recently spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, where he designed, funded and managed programming for a youth organization and advised nongovernmental leaders on the region. He has a master's in nonprofit management from the University of Central Florida and can converse in Russian and Ukrainian.

Faith Eakin (she/her)
Lead Program Manager
Faith earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida, after which she spent two years in the U.S. Peace Corps, serving as a Teacher Collaborator and Community Outreach Facilitator in Thailand. She landed in Seattle two years ago and most recently taught 1st and 2nd grade students in Queen Anne. She spends her time teaching kids, meditating, and traveling as often as she can.

Nat Neville (they/them)
Program Manager
Nat is a passionate youth worker, educator, and writer, as well as an activist, friend, and dog parent. They believe that all young people deserve access to free, high-quality youth programming and are excited to be working with students throughout Seattle with BFI. Nat earned their bachelor's degree in International Studies and Human Rights from New College of Florida. Since graduating, Nat has worked in multiple youth-serving programs in Seattle, and has served as co-chair to the Seattle Tutoring Coalition since 2016. In their free time, Nat loves gardening, writing, laughing, road tripping, talking about gender, playing with glitter, and reading their horoscope.

Bryan Wilson (he/him)
Program Manager
Bryan earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Washington, focusing his research on contemporary African literature and theory. Bryan has traveled extensively in East Africa and currently serves on the board of directors of the Anthill Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to health and education in rural Uganda. As an educator, Bryan has taught ocean science and literacy at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California, and has been a tutor, field trip leader, illustrator, and programming intern at BFI (and the former 826 Seattle). When Bryan is not at BFI, he is a bookseller at Seattle's University Bookstore and enjoys exploring and writing about nature, from Seattle to the redwood coast of northern California, where he is from.

Ian Bell (he/him)
Creative Director & Volunteer Coordinator
Ian received his BA from Bennington College in Vermont and continued his education studying graphic design at the School of Visual Concepts here in Seattle. When Ian is not designing graphics and creatively directing things, he's a professional actor, director, and theatre-maker.

Roberto Ascalon (he/him)
Program Manager
Roberto Ascalon is a poet, writer, arts educator, and spoken-word performance artist. Roberto uses his love for the craft of poetry to transform the world that surrounds him. He connects with audiences via universal narratives that encompass topics such as racism, first kisses, love, family, and Spam. He has taught at Nova High School, participated in the Seattle Arts and Lectures Writers in the Schools program, and worked as a teaching artist and mentor for Arts Corps, Youth Speaks Seattle, and the Service Board.

Gayle Tice (she/her)
Assistant Store Manager
Gayle is passionate about reading, writing, art, working with youth, and sharing BFI’s mission through our Greenwood Space Travel Supply store. She earned her bachelor’s degree in writing and visual art from Evergreen State College, and has shared an apartment with her husband and their combined art supply collections ever since.

Chris Robinson (he/him)
Development Director
Chris has spent the last 16 years working for non-profits in leadership roles that have allowed him the opportunity to impact communities in need throughout King and Snohomish Counties. He spent 10 years leading camps and recreation programs for the YMCA of Greater Seattle and has spent the last 6+ years in financial development for organizations such as The NOAH Center, Volunteers of America, and Providence Hospice & Home Care Foundation. When Chris isn’t raising money for BFI, you can find him writing screenplays, painting masterpieces only he will see, and playing outdoors with his dog, Omar. He is an avid UW Husky fan (where he attended school) and cheers on all the local sports teams (where he has learned to cope with disappointment in a positive way).

Kelsie Taylor (she/her)
Store Manager
Kelsie is a graduate of the Art Institute of Seattle with a degree in Photography. She has a diverse creative background, as well as past work experience in engineering and military intelligence. When she’s not at Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., she is typically adventuring with her dog (who can often be found greeting people at BFI), playing piano, and supporting local queer events. She has traveled throughout Eastern Europe and Asia, has taken multiple road trips across North America, and plans to expand her travels as often as possible.

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Board of Directors

Sherri Gwizdala
Board Chair; Director, local Fortune 50 company; longtime big sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound.

Pandora Andre-Beatty
Board Vice President; reader, writer, and educator

Jenny McGovern
Board Secretary; middle school French and religion teacher, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart; former middle school assessment and curriculum coordinator at Forest Ridge; active volunteer for St. John's overnight women's shelter

Matthew Kingston
Board Treasurer; writer; Training and Development Specialist for Verity Credit Union; former staff member, mentor, and reviewer for the University of New Hampshire's Connors Writing Center and Online Writing Lab; volunteer high school tutor for BFI.

Dior Biancofiori
District Manager, Sephora; former district manager for Edie Bauer, Fossil, and Gymboree; volunteer for Construction for Change, West Side Baby, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Howard Cutler
Former Director and Executive Producer of Interactive Media at WGBH Boston; member and former chair of Plan USA’s Board of Directors

Michael Kroll
Head of the Bing homepage and editorial team at Microsoft; former teacher, children’s magazine editor, copywriter, brand strategist, and creative director; singer, songwriter, and recording artist.

Brian Nash
Director of Product Marketing, CloudBees; author of several children's books on cars and motorsports; experienced board member, including as board president for The World is Fun, which organizes volunteer opportunities for nonprofits.

Chris Pratley
Corporate Vice President, Microsoft, in charge of the Office Media Group; founder of the OneNote and Sway products; holder of over 20 patents; world traveler.

Dave Roberts
Former CEO of PopCap (sold to Electronic Arts); CEO and founder of Diamar (sold to Getty Images); Advisory Board member for SeaDoc Society and the UW's Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

Youth Advisory Board

Our Youth Advisory Board is a group of motivated high school students providing the Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas a student’s perspective on programs, while also serving as mentors and role models for younger students. We are proud of our diverse, committed group of youth who advise us on programming, do outreach in their schools, represent BFI in the community, and act as an editorial board for our publications. Students who participate as active members of the Youth Advisory Board receive community service credits for their efforts.