All of our Board members have volunteered their time, talents and resources to build the American Friendship Foundation (AFF) into an organization that has a significant and long lasting impact on our world.

Randal Pinney

AFF Board President – rjpinney@affhope.org

Randal strongly believes that every child needs access to clean water, education, healthcare and a safe place sleep, and he has been working to help make that happen for children from Seattle to Haiti to Morocco to Afghanistan to India and Nepal.

Randal is an experienced manager and director of computer and telecom companies including AT&T, Sprint, SAVVIS, and AMD. He has also served as Director and Chairman of non-profit boards. Randal is actively involved with searching out new projects and working with the “entrepreneurial” individuals who are looking for assistance in making their passion to help others become a reality.

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David C. Carlson

AFF Board Secretary and Vice President – dcarlson@affhope.org

David has a strong background in the banking, finance and investment world based on his experience working for Laney & Company Investment Brokerage and Summit Savings. David is a graduate of the University of Washington in Public Health & Community Medicine. David brings a wealth of experience to AFF having traveled extensively to Central and South American as part of his community land and housing work with Medical Teams International and Agros, and he is fluent in Spanish making him a great asset in our work in Central America.

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Gretchen Huizinga

AFF Board Member – gretchen@affhope.org

Gretchen is a researcher, writer, producer, educator and podcaster. She is the founder of Extra Strength Media, a non-profit media production organization, and is the creator of the Digital Wisdom Project as well as the Center for Digital Wisdom, a nascent consortium of cultural guardians, including technologists, researchers, social scientists, religious leaders, educators and parents, dedicated to the qualitative search for wisdom in an increasingly quantitative world.

Gretchen has worked as a teacher and vice principal, an adjunct university professor, a freelance writer and humorist, a qualitative researcher, and a software product planner. She has also been a panel moderator and a public speaker. Recently, she served as Executive Director of the Harbers Family Foundation, where she was the executive producer of more than fifty short films. She is the currently the Executive Producer and Host of the weekly Microsoft Research Podcast.

A lifelong learner, Gretchen has earned a series of degrees including a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Education and a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication. She is currently in the process of completing a PhD with a research interest in the impact of technology on the culture.

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Katie Goldsmith

AFF Board Member – katie@affhope.org

Katie is a lifelong learner and professional educator. She has spent over 20 years in the classroom and provides administrative leadership as a Secondary Administrator. In additional to state and national teaching and administrative certificates, Katie holds a B.A. in Social Science from Seattle Pacific University, a M. Ed. in Educational Technology from City University and is currently pursuing a second graduate degree in Practical Theology at The King’s University.

Katie also serves on the Executive Board as Secretary for ACTS, an international educational accrediting organization. Katie is actively involved in volunteer and support roles with several local and international organizations to bring awareness, relief and change to social justice issues, with an emphasis on anti-human trafficking efforts. Katie’s passion for people and a desire to encourage others to engage in using their resources and talents to help others has led to her active involvement with Papilio and to support the vision of AFF to support such projects across the globe.

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Jason Bohreer, CISSP, GMON, GCCC, GCWN

AFF Board Member – jason@affhope.org

Jason has dedicated his life’s efforts to seeing growth in himself and others. He lives by the philosophy of “model and mentor” – leading the way with his own personal and professional successes, but also bringing others with him in his journey through intentional mentorship. With over 25 years of experience in Network Engineering and Information Security, Jason has spent the majority of his career in Biotech and FDA regulated industry.

Jason has taught at Bellevue College, and lectured at healthcare InfoSec and actuarial conferences. He regularly volunteers his “Blue Team” skills with a local non-profit, optimizing the organization’s resources to best defend against identity and data theft. He has traveled across four continents, most recently using his logistics skills to organize and oversee a medical camp in two Nepali villages. Jason is honored to join the AFF Board and is looking forward to bringing his passion for personal and community development into new opportunities.