Board of Directors


  • Jason Malone, President:  Jason is currently the Clinical Compliance Officer for the Institute of Translational Health Sciences at the University of Washington, working in the area of bioethics and regulatory compliance. Prior to working at the UW, Jason was a strategic leader for a major independent Institutional Review Board, serving as both Director of Business Development & Public Relations and Director of IRB Administration during his tenure there. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from UW. He also serves on the Board of Les Faeries Vertes, a Seattle-based non-profit he helped found in 2008 that raises funds for other local charities. He is also actively involved in the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, serving as a student mentor and science expo judge for the past 6 years. In his leisure time Jason enjoys travel, playing piano, cooking, gardening, and raising chickens with his partner Stuart.
  • Kimberlee Gunning, President-Elect: Kimberlee is an Assistant Attorney General at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. As an AAG in the Consumer Protection Division, Kim investigates and files legal actions to stop unfair and deceptive business practices that harm Washington consumers. Before joining the AGO in 2013, Kim was in private practice for 9 years, focusing on complex civil litigation and appeals on behalf of consumers and employees. Kim is on the board of the Northwest Consumer Law Center and is also an adjunct instructor at Seattle University School of Law. She has served on QLaw’s Judicial Evaluation Committee since 2011 and is currently the co-chair. In her free time, Kim enjoys attending screenings at Seattle’s many film festivals, traveling to new places, Scrabble, and chasing her two cats, Chai and Retta.
  • Laurie Carlsson, Vice President: Laurie provides a non-lawyer voice to the Board, with a passion for social justice and experience in community organizing, nonprofit fundraising, and utilizing technology in outreach efforts. She brings the skills she developed while building community and encouraging collaboration in the music world to her passion for LGBTQ rights.  Laurie is a former co-producer of the Angel Band Project – a musical endeavor that gives voice to survivors of sexual assault – and co-founder of the Seattle Singer/songwriter Association. She worked as Family Outreach Specialist for the Pride Foundation's marriage equality education campaign and has helped the fundraising efforts of Legal VoiceSocial Justice Fund Northwest, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She currently works at the University of Washington School of Law 
  • Dave Iseminger, Treasurer: Dave is a Staff Attorney at the Washington State Health Care Authority. Prior to joining the in-house team at the Washington State Health Care Authority, Dave was an Assistant Attorney General based in the Attorney General's Office's Department of Social & Health Services Division (Olympia, WA). Prior to joining the AGO, Dave clerked for Judge Christine Quinn-Brintnall and Judge Jill Johanson at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II. Dave has a passion for LGBT issues and an incredible memory, providing him with an uncanny ability to tell you the status of LGBT issues on state and federal levels off the top of his head. He and his partner Shawn spend as much of their free time as they can traveling along the Washington and Oregon coasts.
  • Isaac Ruiz, Secretary:  Isaac is a partner with Keller Rohrback L.L.P. in Seattle. He received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School. After law school, Isaac served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado. Isaac represents insurance claimants and people who have been seriously injured by others. He is the author of Washington's Insurance Fair Conduct Act: Cases and Analysis, published in 2014. Isaac has a personal website,
  • David Ward, Past-President: David is Legal and Legislative Counsel at Legal Voice. As a member of the QLaw Foundation Board, David has been instrumental in fundraising, both through the FallTacular and through grant writing. He has also been involved with Project OUTReach, leading collaborative efforts with many local and national LGBT organizations and co-sponsoring education events about issues impacting the LGBT community. When David isn't devoting his energy to social justice work, he and his partner John Bailey enjoy the arts and travelling. 
  • Gabe Verdugo: Gabe is a judicial law clerk for the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Washington and previously clerked for Justice Steven C. Gonzalez at the Washington State Supreme Court. He has been a QLaw Foundation board member since 2011 and currently serves as co-chair of the Grants Committee. Gabe and his husband live in Spokane with two miniature dachshunds and one large cat.
  • Jennie Laird: Jennie Laird: Jennie is a King County Superior Court Family Law Commissioner. She currently presides over child abuse and neglect / dependency matters in juvenile court. Jennie practiced family law in the Seattle area for almost 20 years, first as a legal services staff attorney and then in private practice, before being appointed to the bench. She is a past-president of the QLaw Foundation. Jennie was awarded the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty award from Seattle University School of Law in 2010, and was previously awarded the WSBA Neville Pro Bono award for her work with low-income survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as a Cynthia Gillespie award from Legal Voice (then called the Northwest Women’s Law Center) for her participation on the Marriage Equality Team. She also participated on the litigation team representing the petitioner in In re the Parentage of LB. Jennie enjoys spending personal time with her wife, Elise (an intellectual property attorney), and their menagerie of dogs and cats. Jennie is especially pleased that she is currently eligible to perform weddings.
  • Julie Shefchik: Julie is a Seattle area attorney, dedicated to practicing pro bono family and probate law and volunteering with the area's free legal clinics. Originally from Alaska, she comes to Seattle as a graduate of Hamline School of Law.  As an employee of Lighthouse E-Discovery, Julie practices law in her spare time as a solo attorney and has been volunteering with the QLaw Foundation GLBT Legal Clinic since May 2013.  As the chair of the Legal Clinic Committee, she is focusing on meeting the current needs of clients, while looking for exapansion possibilities to serve more clients.
  • Julie Wilson-McNerney:  Julie is an associate attorney at Perkins Coie, where she focuses on environmental litigation and project permitting. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, she worked as a legal intern at the Arizona Attorney General's Office in the Natural Resources Section. She served as Vice-President of Pride Law, the LGBT law student organization at the University of Arizona College of Law, and has been a member of the National LGBT Bar Association since 2011. Julie joined us as a new board member of the QLaw Foundation in 2014. In her free time, Julie enjoys watching the Rat City Rollergirls and kayaking with her soon-to-be wife.      
  • Nicholas Oakley: Nicholas is an Associate Attorney at Carey & Lillevik, PLLC, where he practices in the areas of juvenile defense, criminal defense, and education law. He also serves as a Part-time Lecturer in the University of Washington School of Law’s Child and Youth Advocacy Clinic, of which he is also an alumnus. In his capacity as a lecturer and as chair of the QLaw Foundation’s QYouth Committee, Nicholas is working with law students and community partners to manage a drop-in legal clinic for homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth. Nicholas has worked in the past on the development of a statewide protocol for responding to and serving commercially sexually exploited children with the Center for Children and Youth Justice and was also a Peace Corps volunteer in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. He is a member of the 2013-2014 cohort of the Out in Front LGBTQ leadership training program.
  • Rachel Schaefer:  Rachel is an associate at Riddell Williams P.S., where she is in the Corporate Transactions and Finance practice group. She assists companies on a wide range of business matters, including entity formation, corporate governance, financing and capital raising, and drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts and license agreements, and also assists nonprofits with legal issues such as formation and dissolution, governance, and obtaining and maintaining federal tax exemption. Rachel is originally from Maryland and enjoys spending her free time extolling the virtues of Old Bay seasoning, gardening, and traveling with her partner Claire.
  • Sam Strauss:  Sam is an Associate Attorney at the law firm of Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie PLLC, where he concentrates his practice on consumer and employment class actions. In addition, Sam works closely with the firm’s partner in developing a consistent brand and communication strategy for the firm. Before attending law school, Sam worked as the Director of Marketing and Communication at the Jewish Community Federation and Foundation, in the Bay Area.  Sam is also on the board of the Unemployment Law Project.  In his free time, Sam enjoying cooking, hiking and parenting his two small puppies.
  • Terry Price:  Terry is the Associate Director of the health law program at the University of Washington School of Law. Prior to this position, Terry worked for four and a half years for the Washington State Legislature House Democratic Caucus on judiciary, public safety and early learning and family services issues. He clerked for Judge Christine Quinn-Brintnall at the Washington State Court of Appeals, and previously served on the QLaw Association Board of Directors. He is also a graduate of the Washington Leadership Institute and has a Master's in Social Work in addition to his law degree. When not at work, Terry and his husband Joe spend as much time as possible traveling.

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