ARCS is grateful for the hard work and dedication of all board members from 2013-2014.
Ioana is a native of Romania who came to Seattle in 1999. She is an attorney practicing in the area of immigration law and a partner in a small Seattle law firm that she co-founded. Ioana brings to ARCS many years of legal and business management experience as well as a personal understanding of the immigrant's emotional experience of living in, and sometimes in-between two worlds. Ioana believes that Eastern Europe in general, and Romania in particular are underrepresented in the cultural landscape of the greater Seattle area. Through her involvement with ARCS, she wants to bring that part of the world, with its rich history, incredible ethnic diversity, and unique culture to the Seattle public.
Maria Gerea is a Marketing Manager with over 10 years of experience working in several large corporations, managing complex programs and leading cross-functional and cross-cultural teams. Born in Romania into a family of music professionals, Maria has developed a passion for opera, classical music and theatre early on. Also a citizen of Croatia where her mother spent many years as a lead opera singer for the Croatian National Opera House in Split, Maria will bring to ARCS her rich knowledge and understanding of Eastern European cultures and traditions, as well as her experience in business development and marketing.
Lori has many years of legal and business management experience as an immigration lawyer and partner in a Seattle law firm that she co-founded. As a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Lori has served for many years as Secretary and Membership Chair of AILA's Washington chapter. Her deep commitment to the cause of immigrant rights has been manifest since she attended law school at the University of Washington. While a law student, Lori participated in the Immigration Clinic at the Northwest Immigration Rights Project, volunteered with the King County Bar Association's Neighborhood Legal Clinic Program, and received the Charles Z. Smith Public Service Student of the Year Award in 2007. Lori's involvement with ARCS springs from her interest in the immigrant story as illustrated both by works of art and by the very real life stories of her clients and her friends.
Daniella helps families navigate the school system through her work in the World Family Center at Seattle World School, a school centered around ELL students. Additionally, she works with Seattle Parks and Recreation in experiential education programs. After earning her undergraduate degree in Communications and Psychology, she spent time working with youth outdoors and in Native American land management before completing her Masters in Natural Resource Sciences. In the early 80s, Daniella’s family came over as political refugees from Transylvania, Romania. Struggling to find balance between two cultures led her to develop a love of the natural world, where she found refuge and adventure. Daniella hopes her passion for the outdoors will bridge the cultural differences into a mutual respect of both countries.
Marchette DuBois is a coordinator for Balkan and Romanian music and culture networks in the greater Seattle region. Her band "Bucharest Drinking Team"
bucharestdrinkingteam.com performs a large repertoire of songs from Eastern Europe. A native of New York, she studied music at SUNY Potsdam. Marchette learned Romanian in Cluj and at the University of Washington and has travelled throughout the Balkans in search for new tunes and inspiration. Marchette will bring to ARCS her music and passion, firsthand knowledge of the region and expertise in community outreach and cultural project planning.