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Current Board of Trustees Member Bios

 

The FIUTS Board of Trustees includes members of the Seattle-area and University of Washington communities from many different backgrounds. Read more about them below.


Michelle Primley Benton, University of Washington Housing & Food Services

Michelle Primley Benton is a student affairs professional at the University of Washington with an interest in technology, lifelong learning, and team development. Michelle is currently a Residential Life Administrator at the University of Washington, where she works with international students, diversity initiatives, and strategic planning for the unit. Michelle is a proud Coug-sky, with a BA in Political Science and English Teaching from Washington State University, and a Masters of Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington.

Michelle is an active runner, participating in the Seattle Green Lake Running Group and serving as a Running Buddy for the nonprofit Girls on the Run. A native Washingtonian, Michelle loves the Pacific Northwest beer scene; Sounders futbol; pub trivia; and getting out on or near the water as much as possible.

Michelle became involved with FIUTS as the Haggett Hall Resident Director in 2008, working with the Global Experience theme community. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2011, chairing the Strategic Planning committee in its creation of the newest FIUTS Strategic Plan. Michelle has served as CulturalFest co-chair, Vice President, and is the current FIUTS BOT President.

Other languages spoken: very, very little German

Favorite Place on Earth: The San Juan Islands

Next Place I’d Like To Go: Peru; Alaska; Spain

Favorite International Dish: döner kabab (Berlin); sushi; dim sum; macarons


 

Ricardo Ibarra, Studio 5 Design

Ricardo Ibarra is a freelance creative director, jazz enthusiast, and lover of classic cocktails. In 2005, he launched his design consultancy Studio 5 Design, a boutique creative marketing agency that focuses on the nonprofit, education, and real estate verticals. Ricardo assists his clients in distilling and effectively communicating their core brand promise through compelling visual design and marketing strategy. Additionally, Ricardo contracts with agencies throughout Seattle, enabling him to work with clients large and small.

When he isn’t staying up-to-date on the latest digital marketing trends, Ricardo enjoys cooking Spanish, French, and Asian-fusion cuisines, practicing classical piano, and exploring Seattle’s vibrant arts culture. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Washington.

In 2011, FIUTS hired Ricardo to redesign the organization's logo and website. He joined the FIUTS Board of Trustees in 2012, and has served as co-chair of the Marketing & CulturalFest committee since. He was elected to serve as Board Secretary in 2013.

Other Languages Spoken: Spanish (semi-fluently)

Favorite Place on Earth: Barcelona, Spain

Next Place I’d Like To Go: Thailand

Favorite International Dish: Croquetas con Jamón Serrano, Spain; Panang Curry, Thailand


 

Elisabeth Rabusseau, Harman International

Lissy Rabusseau, Director of Sales, Harman International is responsible for working with diverse clients, such as Microsoft to provide end to end software and services solutions. Before entering the global outsourcing world of China and India, Lissy worked at the University of Washington as Moodle Administrator during her Graduate Studies enabling students and teachers to utilize technology to enhance learning and reduce costs and time by providing automatically graded online assignments and learning modules.

Lissy has served on the board of FIUTS since 2007, as a student, President of the Student Board and Chair of Marketing and Fundraising.

“My life became much more flavorful (literally) and colorful through my involvement in FIUTS. Amazing programs, outstanding people, a fantastic way to learn, cultivate compassion and curiosity.”

Born in Germany, Lissy is now celebrating her 10 year anniversary in Seattle.

Other Languages Spoken: German, French, (some Turkish, Spanish, Chinese)

Favorite Place on Earth: On top of Aasgard pass in the Enchantment core zone (near Leavenworth, WA), enjoying the view and meeting of two climate zones.

Next Place I'd Like to Go: Brazil, Thailand, Vietnam

Favorite International Dish: Vietnamese food (pho is always a yes!)


 

Kimberly Couri, Matisia Consultants

Kimberly Couri is an experienced business and technology consultant, with a spirited passion for strategic thinking, cultural immersion and global philanthropy. Kimberly’s career has spanned work with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, The Boeing Company and T-Mobile, among others. As a Senior Consultant with Matisia Consultants, Kimberly is currently focused on implementing effective Agile solutions that drive the fusion of business and IT in a changing technology landscape. She was previously with Logic20/20 and FTI Consulting in New York City.

Kimberly has volunteered for the past five years with Sanejo, a non-profit driven to rebuild communities transitioning from war to peace through the promotion of education. As USA Director, Kimberly recently completed a five-year project to rebuild a primary school in Ntenyo, Rwanda. The school, nearly shut down in 2008, has grown to 1,200 students and has been recognized as the top school in the district. In 2015, she joined the FIUTS Board of Trustees and is a member of the Strategy and Programming Committee.

In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys conquering high-altitude summits in remote alpine environments and camping with her 130-pound Alaskan Malamute. Kimberly is an active member of The Mountaineers and has completed two courses with The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Kimberly holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Other Languages Spoken: Spanish

Favorite Place on Earth: Patagonia

Next Place I’d Like to Go: Norway, Iceland or Japan

Favorite International Dish: Pulpo (Octopus) Ceviche

 


 

Anand Yang, University of Washington

Anand A. Yang, Tamaki Professor, International Studies and History, is the former Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. Before 2002, he taught at the University of Utah. He is the author of several books and articles in South Asian Studies, social and cultural history, and world history, and a former editor of The Journal of Asian Studies.

Anand has served on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations in Seattle and nationally, including Global Visionaries, the World Affairs Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).

Born in India, Anand has lived for long periods of time in Asia, Mexico, and Europe.

Other Languages Spoken: Hindi, Chinese

Favorite Place on Earth: Wherever I wake up.

Next Place I'd Like to Go: Anywhere I have not been as yet!

Favorite International Dish: Chaat (savory snacks, India).

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